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The All-Star Christmas Album / Battle, Brightman, et al

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6
>Hairston, Jester : Mary's boy child
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Ramírez, Ariel : Misa Criolla, for tenor, piano, chorus & orchestra
>Kaminski, Heinrich : Maria durch ein Dornwald ging, for chorus (from Geistlich Chöre)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass no 15 for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major ("Coronation"), K. 317
>Rodgers, Richard : Edelweiss, song (from "The Sound of Music")
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>Webber, Andrew L : Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Thiel, Carl : Adeste fidelis (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Prélude pour le Te Deum à 8, for strings, H. 145a
>Loges, Karl-Heinz : Ich schenk' dir eine neue Welt
>Manfredini, Francesco : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 3
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Laudate Dominum
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Ambrosian Singers (vocals); Paul Miles-Kingston (soprano, treble); Sarah Brightman, Kathleen Battle , Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano); Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo soprano); Bryn Terfel (baritone, bass voice); Christopher Herrick , James Lancelot (organ).

The title THE ALL-STAR CHRISTMAS ALBUM might herald yet another dreadful compilation of worn-out Christmas tunes sung by worn-out stars. Fear not, for behold it brings you tidings of great music! Wrapped in this attractive blue package, you'll find Bryn Terfel, Placido Domingo, Sarah Brightman, and José Carreras--some of the catalog's brightest stars--and also selections from Christmas-related classical compositions both familiar and unknown.

The disc begins with a rollicking "For unto us a child is born" and continues in holiday spirits to a "Jauchzet, frohlocket" that will leave you wanting to rush out and do some jauchzet-ing and frohlocket-ing (rejoicing and being jubilant) of your own. In between, you'll find familiar hymns and carols like "Adeste fideles" and "Hark! The Herald angels sing" alongside some of the more meditative moments of Classic and Baroque music, of which the Mozart "Laudate dominum" is surely the highlight.

The performances are, as expected from Deutsche Grammophon's catalog, first-rate. All in all, THE ALL-STAR CHRISTMAS ALBUM is sure to be an agreeable addition to your holiday party, tree-decorating, or sitting at home watching the Yule log.



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: For unto us a Child is Born
  • Performer: Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Ensemble: English Concert
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1741

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performers: Carlene Davis (Soprano); Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1818

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6 :: Pastorale
  • Performer: Herbert Karajan
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Hairston, Jester : Mary's boy child
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Bryn Terfel; Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1956

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Pifa
  • Performer: Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Ensemble: English Concert
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1741

>Ramírez, Ariel : Misa Criolla, for tenor, piano, chorus & orchestra :: Sanctus
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: José Ocejo
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1964

>Kaminski, Heinrich : Maria durch ein Dornwald ging, for chorus (from Geistlich Chöre)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1928

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 :: Sinfonia
  • Performer: John Gardiner
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass no 15 for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major ("Coronation"), K. 317 :: Agnus Dei
  • Performers: Kathleen Battle; Ferruccio Furlanetto (Bass); Herbert Karajan; Rudolf Scholz (Organ); Gösta Winbergh (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1779

>Rodgers, Richard : Edelweiss, song (from "The Sound of Music")
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel; Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Paul Daniel
  • Ensemble: English Northern Philharmonia
  • Notes: Composition written: United States of America.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Performer: Herbert Karajan
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1892

>Webber, Andrew L : Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra :: Pie Jesu
  • Performers: Sarah Brightman (Soprano); James Lancelot (Organ); Paul Miles-Kingston (Treble)
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1984

>Thiel, Carl : Adeste fidelis (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
  • Performer: Georg Ratzinger (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Regensburger Domspatzen
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1740

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Prélude pour le Te Deum à 8, for strings, H. 145a
  • Performer: Marc Minkowski (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Loges, Karl-Heinz : Ich schenk' dir eine neue Welt
  • Performer: Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Karl-Heinz Loges
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Manfredini, Francesco : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 3
  • Performer: Herbert Karajan
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49 :: Wiegenlied, Op. 49/4
  • Performers: Bengt Forsberg (Piano); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1868

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Laudate Dominum :: Laudate Dominum
  • Performer: Cheryl Studer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ion Marin
  • Ensemble: Ambrosian Singers
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1780

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 :: Jauchzet, frohlocket
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734