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Merry Christmas - famous sacred arias and classical Christmas songs including Pie Jesu (Fauré), Ave Maria (Caccini), Panis Angelicus (Franck), O Holy Night, Silent Night and more / Amira Willighagen, voice

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Bist du bei mir, aria arranged for voice & continuo (after Gottfried Stölzel), BWV 508
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Nulla in mundo pax sincera in E, RV 630
>Vavilov, Vladimir : Ave Maria, for soprano & piano (known as by Caccini)
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Mercurio, Steven : Sancta Maria (based on the Intermezzo from Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana)
>Traditional, Christmas : Angels from the Realms of Glory
>Traditional, Christmas : What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
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Notes & Reviews:

Winner of Holland's Got Talent in 2013. Amira's audition video of "O Mio Babbino Caro" has over 25 Million YouTube views. Her second album is a Christmas record and features famous sacred arias and classical Christmas songs.

The now eleven year old Amira became a worldwide sensation when her Holland's Got Talent audition video went viral in 2013. At the tender age of 9 the little girl stunned people from her home country, Holland, to the USA with her performance of the opera aria "O mio Babbino Caro," and won with an enormous lead. Her self-titled debut album, released only a couple of months after the finals, went Gold in Holland in a week and made Amira the youngest artist with a number 1 album in the Dutch popcharts. The album was released internationally and Amira traveled the world performing in the U.S. in Las Vegas, the U.K. at Royal Albert Hall, Switzerland (Unicef Gala hosted by Roger Moore), South-Africa (together with Paul Potts) and Hong Kong, as well as tv performances in France, Argentina and Germany. One of the highlights for Amira was performing with the famous violinist André Rieu at his Maastricht concerts, broadcasted in cinemas and on TV worldwide.

This October Amira will release her second album, Merry Christmas. The album features famous sacred arias and classical Christmas songs in which her angelic soprano voice will shine and touch the hearts of the listeners of all ages. The songs include Pie Jesu (Fauré), Ave Maria (Caccini), Panis Angelicus (Franck), O Holy Night, Silent Night, Angels in the Realms of Glory and more.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Motor Music, Belgium (08/2015).

Amira Willighagen's follow-up to her debut CD on Sony Masterworks, Amira, is a collection of 12 Christmas and sacred favorites, presented in tasteful arrangements that support the 11-year-old singer without overwhelming her voice. The orchestra has been kept to chamber size, and the dynamics rarely go above mezzo forte, so Willighagen doesn't have to strain but is allowed to sing more or less naturally. She has a sweet tone which is charming in the simplest selections, such as Bach's Bist du bei mir, the Pie Jesu from Fauré's Requiem, and Gruber's Silent Night, though some of the more difficult pieces, such as Vivaldi's Nulla in mundo pax and the Sancta Maria, based on the Intermezzo from Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, seem a bit advanced for her stage of development. Even so, most listeners will overlook the slight problems with breath control and phrasing, because Willighagen is still growing into her instrument, and what she can do at her age is still impressive. The producers have avoided over-sentimentalizing this young star's talent, and the music is appropriate for quiet Christmas listening. ~ Blair Sanderson



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
  • Performers: Kris Barczewski (Cello); Andrea Bentivoglio (Violin); Marieke Booy (Violin); Gerard de Wit (Organ); Benjamin Hamburger (Viola); Sylvia Houtzager (Violin); Hilka Jelsma (Viola); Barbara Kurmann (Violin); Antoinette Lammers (Piano); Joke Land (Violin); Mariette Laport (Cello); Anahi Oraison (Viola); Hans Rijkmans (Viola); Julia Rusanovsky (Violin); Frank Rutgers (Cello); Vincent Schouten (Violin); Helena Smit (Violin); Sandra Strausa (Violin); Ruzana Tsymbalova (Violin); Gerrit Van Putten (Violin); Amira Willighagen (Voice); Reinilde Zevenbergen (Harp)
  • Conductor: Ton Van Nierop
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1791

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Bist du bei mir, aria arranged for voice & continuo (after Gottfried Stölzel), BWV 508
  • Performers: Kris Barczewski (Cello); Andrea Bentivoglio (Violin); Marieke Booy (Violin); Gerard de Wit (Organ); Benjamin Hamburger (Viola); Sylvia Houtzager (Violin); Hilka Jelsma (Viola); Barbara Kurmann (Violin); Antoinette Lammers (Piano); Joke Land (Violin); Mariette Laport (Cello); Anahi Oraison (Viola); Hans Rijkmans (Viola); Julia Rusanovsky (Violin); Frank Rutgers (Cello); Vincent Schouten (Violin); Helena Smit (Violin); Sandra Strausa (Violin); Ruzana Tsymbalova (Violin); Gerrit Van Putten (Violin); Amira Willighagen (Voice); Reinilde Zevenbergen (Harp)
  • Conductor: Ton Van Nierop
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1722-1725

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Nulla in mundo pax sincera in E, RV 630
  • Performers: Kris Barczewski (Cello); Andrea Bentivoglio (Violin); Marieke Booy (Violin); Gerard de Wit (Organ); Benjamin Hamburger (Viola); Sylvia Houtzager (Violin); Hilka Jelsma (Viola); Barbara Kurmann (Violin); Antoinette Lammers (Piano); Joke Land (Violin); Mariette Laport (Cello); Anahi Oraison (Viola); Hans Rijkmans (Viola); Julia Rusanovsky (Violin); Frank Rutgers (Cello); Vincent Schouten (Violin); Helena Smit (Violin); Sandra Strausa (Violin); Ruzana Tsymbalova (Violin); Gerrit Van Putten (Violin); Amira Willighagen (Voice); Reinilde Zevenbergen (Harp)
  • Conductor: Ton Van Nierop
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1742

>Vavilov, Vladimir : Ave Maria, for soprano & piano (known as by Caccini)
  • Performers: Kris Barczewski (Cello); Andrea Bentivoglio (Violin); Marieke Booy (Violin); Gerard de Wit (Organ); Benjamin Hamburger (Viola); Sylvia Houtzager (Violin); Hilka Jelsma (Viola); Barbara Kurmann (Violin); Antoinette Lammers (Piano); Joke Land (Violin); Mariette Laport (Cello); Anahi Oraison (Viola); Hans Rijkmans (Viola); Julia Rusanovsky (Violin); Frank Rutgers (Cello); Vincent Schouten (Violin); Helena Smit (Violin); Sandra Strausa (Violin); Ruzana Tsymbalova (Violin); Gerrit Van Putten (Violin); Amira Willighagen (Voice); Reinilde Zevenbergen (Harp)
  • Conductor: Ton Van Nierop
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem :: Pie Jesu
  • Performers: Kris Barczewski (Cello); Andrea Bentivoglio (Violin); Marieke Booy (Violin); Gerard de Wit (Organ); Benjamin Hamburger (Viola); Sylvia Houtzager (Violin); Hilka Jelsma (Viola); Barbara Kurmann (Violin); Antoinette Lammers (Piano); Joke Land (Violin); Mariette Laport (Cello); Anahi Oraison (Viola); Hans Rijkmans (Viola); Julia Rusanovsky (Violin); Frank Rutgers (Cello); Vincent Schouten (Violin); Helena Smit (Violin); Sandra Strausa (Violin); Ruzana Tsymbalova (Violin); Gerrit Van Putten (Violin); Amira Willighagen (Voice); Reinilde Zevenbergen (Harp)
  • Conductor: Ton Van Nierop
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
  • Performers: Kris Barczewski (Cello); Andrea Bentivoglio (Violin); Marieke Booy (Violin); Gerard de Wit (Organ); Benjamin Hamburger (Viola); Sylvia Houtzager (Violin); Hilka Jelsma (Viola); Barbara Kurmann (Violin); Antoinette Lammers (Piano); Joke Land (Violin); Mariette Laport (Cello); Anahi Oraison (Viola); Hans Rijkmans (Viola); Julia Rusanovsky (Violin); Frank Rutgers (Cello); Vincent Schouten (Violin); Helena Smit (Violin); Sandra Strausa (Violin); Ruzana Tsymbalova (Violin); Gerrit Van Putten (Violin); Amira Willighagen (Voice); Reinilde Zevenbergen (Harp)
  • Conductor: Ton Van Nierop
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1872

>Mercurio, Steven : Sancta Maria (based on the Intermezzo from Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana)
  • Performers: Kris Barczewski (Cello); Andrea Bentivoglio (Violin); Marieke Booy (Violin); Gerard de Wit (Organ); Benjamin Hamburger (Viola); Sylvia Houtzager (Violin); Hilka Jelsma (Viola); Barbara Kurmann (Violin); Antoinette Lammers (Piano); Joke Land (Violin); Mariette Laport (Cello); Anahi Oraison (Viola); Hans Rijkmans (Viola); Julia Rusanovsky (Violin); Frank Rutgers (Cello); Vincent Schouten (Violin); Helena Smit (Violin); Sandra Strausa (Violin); Ruzana Tsymbalova (Violin); Gerrit Van Putten (Violin); Amira Willighagen (Voice); Reinilde Zevenbergen (Harp)
  • Conductor: Ton Van Nierop
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Angels from the Realms of Glory
  • Performers: Kris Barczewski (Cello); Andrea Bentivoglio (Violin); Marieke Booy (Violin); Gerard de Wit (Organ); Benjamin Hamburger (Viola); Sylvia Houtzager (Violin); Hilka Jelsma (Viola); Barbara Kurmann (Violin); Antoinette Lammers (Piano); Joke Land (Violin); Mariette Laport (Cello); Anahi Oraison (Viola); Hans Rijkmans (Viola); Julia Rusanovsky (Violin); Frank Rutgers (Cello); Vincent Schouten (Violin); Helena Smit (Violin); Sandra Strausa (Violin); Ruzana Tsymbalova (Violin); Gerrit Van Putten (Violin); Amira Willighagen (Voice); Reinilde Zevenbergen (Harp)
  • Conductor: Ton Van Nierop
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1816

>Traditional, Christmas : What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
  • Performers: Kris Barczewski (Cello); Andrea Bentivoglio (Violin); Marieke Booy (Violin); Gerard de Wit (Organ); Benjamin Hamburger (Viola); Sylvia Houtzager (Violin); Hilka Jelsma (Viola); Barbara Kurmann (Violin); Antoinette Lammers (Piano); Joke Land (Violin); Mariette Laport (Cello); Anahi Oraison (Viola); Hans Rijkmans (Viola); Julia Rusanovsky (Violin); Frank Rutgers (Cello); Vincent Schouten (Violin); Helena Smit (Violin); Sandra Strausa (Violin); Ruzana Tsymbalova (Violin); Gerrit Van Putten (Violin); Amira Willighagen (Voice); Reinilde Zevenbergen (Harp)
  • Conductor: Ton Van Nierop
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1600

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performers: Kris Barczewski (Cello); Andrea Bentivoglio (Violin); Marieke Booy (Violin); Gerard de Wit (Organ); Benjamin Hamburger (Viola); Sylvia Houtzager (Violin); Hilka Jelsma (Viola); Barbara Kurmann (Violin); Antoinette Lammers (Piano); Joke Land (Violin); Mariette Laport (Cello); Anahi Oraison (Viola); Hans Rijkmans (Viola); Julia Rusanovsky (Violin); Frank Rutgers (Cello); Vincent Schouten (Violin); Helena Smit (Violin); Sandra Strausa (Violin); Ruzana Tsymbalova (Violin); Gerrit Van Putten (Violin); Amira Willighagen (Voice); Reinilde Zevenbergen (Harp)
  • Conductor: Ton Van Nierop
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performers: Kris Barczewski (Cello); Andrea Bentivoglio (Violin); Marieke Booy (Violin); Gerard de Wit (Organ); Benjamin Hamburger (Viola); Sylvia Houtzager (Violin); Hilka Jelsma (Viola); Barbara Kurmann (Violin); Antoinette Lammers (Piano); Joke Land (Violin); Mariette Laport (Cello); Anahi Oraison (Viola); Hans Rijkmans (Viola); Julia Rusanovsky (Violin); Frank Rutgers (Cello); Vincent Schouten (Violin); Helena Smit (Violin); Sandra Strausa (Violin); Ruzana Tsymbalova (Violin); Gerrit Van Putten (Violin); Amira Willighagen (Voice); Reinilde Zevenbergen (Harp)
  • Conductor: Ton Van Nierop
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1851

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performers: Kris Barczewski (Cello); Andrea Bentivoglio (Violin); Marieke Booy (Violin); Gerard de Wit (Organ); Benjamin Hamburger (Viola); Sylvia Houtzager (Violin); Hilka Jelsma (Viola); Barbara Kurmann (Violin); Antoinette Lammers (Piano); Joke Land (Violin); Mariette Laport (Cello); Anahi Oraison (Viola); Hans Rijkmans (Viola); Julia Rusanovsky (Violin); Frank Rutgers (Cello); Vincent Schouten (Violin); Helena Smit (Violin); Sandra Strausa (Violin); Ruzana Tsymbalova (Violin); Gerrit Van Putten (Violin); Amira Willighagen (Voice); Reinilde Zevenbergen (Harp)
  • Conductor: Ton Van Nierop
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1818