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The Magic of Christmas / Te Kanawa, Pavarotti, Price, et al

Album Summary

>Willcocks, David, Sir : Fanfare and O Come All Ye Faithful, for chorus & organ
>Traditional, Christmas : Angels from the Realms of Glory
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger
>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Maria Wiegenlied (Mary's Lullaby
>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
>Willis, Richard Storrs : It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
>Schubert, Franz : Wiegenlied ("Schlafe, schlafe, holder süsser Knabe"), song for voice & piano ("Mille Cherubini in Co
>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
>Brahms, Johannes : Wiegenlied ("Schlaf, Kindlein schlaf! Der Vater hüt die Schaf"), folk song for voice & piano (Volks-
>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Simon Haynes, Christopher Hughes, Jonathan Lamb, Roland Robertson (vocals); Leontyne Price, Joan Sutherland , Kiri Te Kanawa , Renata Tebaldi (soprano); Luciano Pavarotti (tenor); Robin Barter (treble); David Briggs , John Scott , Stephen Cleobury (organ); James Blades, David Corkhill (percussion).

Recording information: 1960-1991.

The Magic of Christmas features a diverse variety of artists performing holiday favorites. Featured performers include the Bach Choir ("Fanfare...O, Come All Ye Faithful"), Kiri Te Kanawa ("Angels From the Realms of Glory"), Frederica Von Stade ("Ave Maria"), and the Choir of St. John's College ("Ding Dong! Merrily on High"), in addition to many others. ~ Jason Birchmeier



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Works Details

>Willcocks, David, Sir : Fanfare and O Come All Ye Faithful, for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Bach Choir; James Blades (Percussion); David Corkhill (Percussion); John Scott (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Ensemble: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Angels from the Realms of Glory
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1816

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performer: Bach Choir
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1818

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Frederica Von Stade
  • Conductor: Joseph Silverstein
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1825

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Performer: Windsor Choir Of St George's Chapel
  • Conductor: George Guest
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588

>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
  • Performers: Windsor Choir Of St George's Chapel; Stephen Cleobury (Organ)
  • Conductor: George Guest
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1823

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Kurt Adler
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1851

>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger :: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)
  • Performer: Cambridge King's College Choir
  • Conductor: George Guest
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1885

>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  • Performers: David Briggs (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
  • Performer: Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1742

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Maria Wiegenlied (Mary's Lullaby :: "Maria sitzt am Rosenhag"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra),
  • Performer: Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1912

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
  • Performers: Robin Barter (Treble); David Briggs (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1850

>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
  • Performers: Simon Haynes (Voice); Christopher Hughes (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir; Jonathan Lamb (Voice); Roland Robertson (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1710

>Willis, Richard Storrs : It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1850

>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
  • Performer: Bach Choir
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1400

>Schubert, Franz : Wiegenlied ("Schlafe, schlafe, holder süsser Knabe"), song for voice & piano ("Mille Cherubini in Co
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Kurt Adler
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 11/1816

>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Ensemble: St. Anthony Singers
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 10/1850-07/1854

>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
  • Performers: Windsor Choir Of St George's Chapel; Stephen Cleobury (Organ)
  • Conductor: George Guest
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1728

>Brahms, Johannes : Wiegenlied ("Schlaf, Kindlein schlaf! Der Vater hüt die Schaf"), folk song for voice & piano (Volks-
  • Performer: Renata Tebaldi
  • Conductor: Anton Guadagno
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1858

>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
  • Performers: David Briggs (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post-Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1892

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Julius Rudel
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performers: Bach Choir; James Blades (Percussion); David Corkhill (Percussion); John Scott (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Ensemble: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840