Ave Maria - The Ultimate Sacred Christmas Album

Audio Samples

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Adam, Adolphe [Composer] : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY
>     Ombra mai fu
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
>     Alleluia
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>     Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63
>     See the Conqu'ring Hero Comes
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Maria Wiegenlied (Mary's Lullaby
>     "Maria sitzt am Rosenhag"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra),
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>     Jauchzet, Frohlocket!
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion
>     For Unto us a Child is Born
>     Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion
>     Hallelujah!
>     I Know That my Redeemer Liveth
>     The Trumpet Shall Sound
>     Amen

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Adam, Adolphe [Composer] : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Maria Wiegenlied (Mary's Lullaby
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Billed as "the ultimate sacred Christmas album," AVE MARIA has reason to claim the title: performances of some of the world's most beloved seasonal music by top international performers make this CD a yuletide tradition in the making. These vocal and orchestral performances feature such legendary performers as Joan Sutherland, Sophie von Otter, and Luciano Pavarotti. The selections without a single featured vocalist are by renowned ensembles such as Sir Neville Marriner's Academy and Chorus of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Each takes advantage of the supreme lyrical nature of this seasonal music, with patient, tempered performances.

Two versions of the title track, "Ave Maria," are the only duplications. Soprano Leontyne Price's soaring and melodic interpretation opens the album with a heavenly beauty, while the power of José Carreras' tenor presents a human passion. Overall, the music presented is a delicate delight, the vocalists' tender performances spreading the joy of the season to a new audience.



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Ave Maria (Soprano); Leontyne Price (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Adam, Adolphe [Composer] : Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performers: Ave Maria (Tenor); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Kurt Adler
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Panis angelicus
  • Performers: Ave Maria (Mezzo Soprano); Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872

>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY :: Ombra mai fu
  • Performers: Ave Maria (Countertenor); Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Roger Norrington
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a) :: Alleluia
  • Performers: Ave Maria (Soprano); Sylvia McNair (Voice)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1773

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147 :: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  • Performer: Ave Maria
  • Conductor: Barry Rose
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Ave Maria (Tenor); Michael Gormley (Organ); José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Uwe Harrer
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1852

>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63 :: See the Conqu'ring Hero Comes
  • Performers: Ave Maria (Organ); John Scott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Christopher Dearnley
  • Notes: Composition written: 1746.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Maria Wiegenlied (Mary's Lullaby :: "Maria sitzt am Rosenhag"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra),
  • Performers: Knut Sönstevold (Bassoon); Ave Maria (Mezzo Soprano); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1912

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 :: Jauchzet, Frohlocket!
  • Performer: Ave Maria
  • Conductor: Karl Munchinger
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion
  • Performers: Ave Maria (Mezzo Soprano); Marilyn Horne
  • Conductor: Henry Lewis
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: For Unto us a Child is Born
  • Performer: Ave Maria
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion
  • Performers: Ave Maria (Soprano); Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Hallelujah!
  • Performer: Ave Maria
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: I Know That my Redeemer Liveth
  • Performers: Ave Maria (Soprano); Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: The Trumpet Shall Sound
  • Performers: Ave Maria (Bass Baritone); Bryn Terfel (Voice)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 8 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Amen
  • Performer: Ave Maria
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741