Various Artists: Christmas Adagios

Track List

>Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra "O Holy Night"
>Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6) - National Philharmonic Orchestra/Luciano Pavarotti (Spanish)
>In the Bleak Midwinter - Ian Bostridge
>Coventry Carol (2): "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child" - King's College Choir of Cambridge
>Away in a manger (Tune: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22) - King's College Choir of Cambridge/Mark Tinkler
>Gabriel's Message (Basque) - Clare College Choir & Orchestra, Cambridge
>Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Pastoral sinfonia - Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Neville Marriner
>Enfance du Christ, oratorio for soprano, 2 tenors, baritone, 3 basses, chorus & orchetsra, L' ("trilogie sacrée") H. 130 (Op. 25): Il s'en va
>Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass - English Chamber Orchestra/Kiri Te Kanawa (Latin)
>Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Schlafe, mein Liebster (Slumber Aria) - Marilyn Horne (German)
>Wiegenlied ("Schlaf, Kindlein schlaf! Der Vater hüt die Schaf"), folk song for voice & piano (Volks-Kinderlieder), WoO 31/11 - New Philharmoni
>O Jesulein süss, sacred song for voice & continuo (Schemelli Gesangbuch No. 203), BWV 493 (BC F234) - King's College Choir of Cambridge/Simon
>While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel) - St. John's College Choir, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury
>Cantata No. 151, "Süsser Trost, mein Jesus kömmt," BWV 151 (BC A17): Süáer Trost, mein Jesus kommt (excerpt) - (German)
>Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: Largo - English Chamber Orchestra/Eduardo Fernandez
>Alma Redemptoris mater, motet (unspecified of 4) - (Latin)
>O magnum mysterium, motet for 8 voices - Monteverdi Choir (Latin)
>Zealous Protectress (Zastupnice Userdnaja) - St. Petersburg Chamber Choir (Russian)
>Iubi-Te-voi, Doamne - London Philharmonic Orchestra/Angela Gheorghiu
>Once in Royal David's City - Durham Cathedral Choir/David Briggs/Robin Barter (German)
>O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German) - Vienna Boys' Choir
>O Little Town of Bethlehem - King's College Choir of Cambridge
>Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night) - Bach Choir
>Gloria in excelsis - Monteverdi Choir
>Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: Largo - Alan Loveday
>First Nowell, The (English) - King's College Choir of Cambridge
>In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones) - Bach Choir
>Three Kings, The - Academy and Chorus of St. Martin in the Fields/Gerald Finley
>Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen - Monteverdi Choir
>Still, Still, Still (Stille, stille, stille) (Austrian) - Academy and Chorus of St. Martin in the Fields/Ian Bostridge
>Legend (When Jesus Christ was but a child), song for voice & piano or orchestra (16 Children's Songs), Op. 54/5 - Clare College Choir & Orchestra, Cambridge
>Concerto Grosso in G minor ("Christmas Concerto"), Op. 6/8: Largo Pastorale - Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
>Lamb, for chorus, The - Monteverdi Choir
>Ceremony of Carols, for treble voices, A (or chorus) & harp, Op. 28: Balulalow - St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, London/Anthony Way
>Ave Maria, for voice & piano (after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
>Mille cherubini in coro (after Schubert) - National Philharmonic Orchestra/Luciano Pavarotti
>Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum - London Theater Music/Kiri Te Kanawa
>infant King, The (Basque) - King's College Choir of Cambridge
>Lullaby for voice & piano - Winchester Cathedral Choir
>What Child Is This? (Greensleeves) - Anthony Way
>contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle, Les - L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
>See amid the winter's snow - King's College Choir of Cambridge
>Blessed Son of God, for chorus, The (arranged from "Hodie," Christmas cantata) - Winchester Cathedral Choir
>It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Wiener Groástadkinderchor/Leontyne Price
>White Christmas, song (from "Holiday Inn") - Philharmonia Orchestra/London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Kiri Te Kanawa

Album Notes

Adapter: Jacques.

Personnel: Kiri Te Kanawa , Renata Tebaldi (soprano); Marilyn Horne (mezzo soprano); Luciano Pavarotti (tenor); Gerald Finley (baritone); Mark Tinkler, Anthony Way (treble); Eduardo Fernandez (guitar); Tom Finucane (lute); Alan Loveday (violin); David Briggs , Simon Preston (organ).

Arrangers: Atkins; Cullen; Willcocks; Donald Cashmore.

Some of the most beautiful and stirring seasonal melodies in the classical repertoire are collected in this special two-CD set. Christmas Adagios features 45 songs for the holiday season, performed by some of the world's leading ensembles and vocalists. Selections include "Ave Maria" by Luciano Pavarotti, "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" by Leontyne Price, "O Tannenbaum" by the Vienna Boys' Choir and Uwe Christian Harrer, "In the Bleak Midwinter" by Rosemary Joshua and Ian Bostridge, "See Amid the Winter's Snow" by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, and many more. ~ Mark Deming



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