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Prima Voce - The Spirit of Christmas Past

Album Summary

>Wade, John Francis : Adeste fideles
>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Hallelujah
>Adam, Adolphe : Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night"
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Eisler, Hanns : The oldest Christmas story
>Traditional : Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol"
>Franck, César : Mass for 3 Voices, Organ, Harp, Cello and Double Bass in A, M 61/Op. 12
>Traditional : O du fröhliche
>Yon, Pietro : Gesù Bambino
>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
>Wolf, Hugo : Mörike Lieder
>Loewe, Carl : Legenden (3), Op. 33
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
>Schubert, Franz : Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria"
>Melichar, Alois : Mille cherubini in coro
>Reger, Max : Schlichte Weisen (60), Op. 76
>Warren, Elinor Remick : Christmas Candle
>Traditional : The night before Christmas
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
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Notes & Reviews:

You are invited to be a guest at the 'Prima Voce' Christmas party! Includes seasonal songs, carols and readings from the greatest opera stars of the early twentieth century.



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>Wade, John Francis : Adeste fideles
  • Performer: John McCormack (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Lorenzo Molajoli
  • Ensemble: Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1782
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Hallelujah
  • Performer: Emmy Destinn (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Lorenzo Molajoli
  • Ensemble: Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Adam, Adolphe : Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night"
  • Performer: Enrico Caruso (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Walter Rogers
  • Ensemble: Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Efrem Zimbalist (Violin); Alma Gluck (Soprano); Eugene Lutsky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1859
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Eisler, Hanns : The oldest Christmas story
  • Performer: Charles Laughton (Spoken Vocals)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol"
  • Performers: Harold Williams (Baritone); Gladys Ripley (Alto); John McHugh (Tenor); Isobel Baillie (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 16th Century
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Franck, César : Mass for 3 Voices, Organ, Harp, Cello and Double Bass in A, M 61/Op. 12 :: Panis angelicus
  • Performer: Richard Crooks (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Charles O'Connell
  • Ensemble: Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : O du fröhliche
  • Performer: Lotte Lehmann (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Hermann Weigert
  • Ensemble: Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Yon, Pietro : Gesù Bambino
  • Performer: Giovanni Martinelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Josef Pasternack
  • Ensemble: Chorus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1917
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25 :: Le repos de la Sainte Famille
  • Performer: Paul Planel (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Lorenzo Molajoli
  • Ensemble: Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1850-1854
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Wolf, Hugo : Mörike Lieder :: no 25, Schlafendes Jesuskind
  • Performers: Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano); Ernest Lush (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1888
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Loewe, Carl : Legenden (3), Op. 33 :: no 3, Des fremden Kindes
  • Performer: Karl Erb (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1834
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a) :: Alleluia
  • Performer: Sigrid Onegin (Alto)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1773
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Schubert, Franz : Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria"
  • Performers: Mischa Violin (Violin); Romano Romani (Piano); Rosa Ponselle (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1825
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Melichar, Alois : Mille cherubini in coro
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Lorenzo Molajoli
  • Ensemble: Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Reger, Max : Schlichte Weisen (60), Op. 76 :: no 52, Maria Wiegenlied
  • Performer: Claudia Muzio (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Lorenzo Molajoli
  • Ensemble: Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1903-1912
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Warren, Elinor Remick : Christmas Candle
  • Performers: John Thomas (Baritone); Carroll Hollister (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1940
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : The night before Christmas
  • Performer: Basil Rathbone (Spoken Vocals)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performers: Ernestine Schumann-Heink (Alto); Stewart Wille (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1818
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio