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40 Most Beautiful Christmas Classics

Album Summary

>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
>Traditional, Christmas : Gabriel's Message (Basque)
>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piae Cantiones)
>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Traditional, Christmas : I Wonder As I Wander (American)
>Traditional, Christmas : This is the truth sent from above (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol (2)
>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, RV 270 "Il Riposo-Per il Natale"
>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
>Bizet, Georges : Agnus Dei, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
>Holst, Gustav : In the bleak mid-winter
>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
>Davis, Katherine K. : The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum"
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : O Jesulein süss, O Jesulein mild, BWV 493
>Bold, Thomas : A Lullaby (to the tune of Kirkpatick's Away in a Manger)
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Traditional, Christmas : Noel nouvelet, carol (French)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Huron Carol ("'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime"), carol (Quebecois)
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>Traditional, Christmas : O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Tye, Christopher : While shepherds watched their flocks by night (Tune
>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Messe de minuit, for 5 voices, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 9
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
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Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Marjana Lipovsek , Plácido Domingo , José Carreras , Michael George , Thomas Hampson , Sumi Jo, Kiri Te Kanawa , Dawn Upshaw (vocals); Jouko Harjanne (trumpet); Gottfried Bach (fortepiano).

Includes brass christmas medley: festive cheer / sleigh rid by various composers.



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Works Details

>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
  • Performer: Michael George (Voice)
  • Conductor: Robin Stapleton
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 12th Century

>Traditional, Christmas : Gabriel's Message (Basque)
  • Conductor: Edward Higginbottom
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1582

>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
  • Conductor: Edward Higginbottom
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1400

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
  • Conductor: Edward Higginbottom
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1850

>Traditional, Christmas : I Wonder As I Wander (American)
  • Performer: Sumi Jo (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Written: by 1933

>Traditional, Christmas : This is the truth sent from above (English)
  • Performer: Dawn Upshaw (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol (2) :: "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child"
  • Performer: Dawn Upshaw (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1498

>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
  • Performer: Thomas Hampson (Voice)
  • Conductor: Hugh Wolff
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, RV 270 "Il Riposo-Per il Natale"
  • Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 10/1850-07/1854

>Bizet, Georges : Agnus Dei, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Placido Domingo (Voice)
  • Conductor: Vjekoslav Sutej
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1872

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performers: Barbara Ochs (Alto); Sumi Jo (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michael Schneider
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1600

>Holst, Gustav : In the bleak mid-winter
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1904-1905

>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
  • Performers: Michael George (Voice); Kiri Te Kanawa (Voice)
  • Conductor: Robin Stapleton
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1710

>Davis, Katherine K. : The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum"
  • Performer: Thomas Hampson (Voice)
  • Conductor: Hugh Wolff
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1958

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Thomas Hampson (Voice)
  • Conductor: Hugh Wolff
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1852

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : O Jesulein süss, O Jesulein mild, BWV 493
  • Conductor: Edward Higginbottom
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736

>Bold, Thomas : A Lullaby (to the tune of Kirkpatick's Away in a Manger)
  • Performer: Dawn Upshaw (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6 :: 3rd movement
  • Conductor: Claudio Scimone
  • Ensemble: I Solisti Veneti
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Panis angelicus
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Vjekoslav Sutej
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Conductor: Edward Higginbottom
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1751

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performers: Gottfried Bach (Fortepiano); Sumi Jo (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

>Traditional, Christmas : Noël nouvelet, carol (French)
  • Performer: Dawn Upshaw (Voice)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 16th Century

>Traditional, Christmas : The Huron Carol ("'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime"), carol (Quebecois)
  • Performer: Dawn Upshaw (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Performer: Thomas Hampson (Voice)
  • Conductor: Hugh Wolff
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 :: Jauchzet, frohlocket
  • Conductor: Fritz Werner
  • Running Time: 8 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734

>Traditional, Christmas : O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)
  • Conductor: Will Glahe
  • Ensemble: Will Glahe Soloists
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1820

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Conductor: Edward Higginbottom
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840

>Tye, Christopher : While shepherds watched their flocks by night (Tune :: Winchester)
  • Conductor: Edward Higginbottom
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 15th Century

>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1742

>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
  • Ensemble: London Brass
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1823

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Messe de minuit, for 5 voices, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 9 :: Kyrie
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: ?1694

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: March
  • Conductor: Alexander Lazarev
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: The Dance of the sugar-plum fairy
  • Conductor: Alexander Lazarev
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Performer: Jouko Harjanne (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Robin Stapleton
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Behold a virgin shall conceive...
  • Performer: Marjana Lipovsek (Alto)
  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Ensemble: Concentus Musicus Wien
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Oh thou that tellest good tidings
  • Performer: Marjana Lipovsek (Alto)
  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Ensemble: Concentus Musicus Wien
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Hallelujah Chorus
  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Ensemble: Concentus Musicus Wien
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741