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Angels - Christmas with the Great Sopranos / Bonney, Fleming, Te Kanawa, Price, Sutherland, Tebaldi, et al

Album Summary

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Laudate Dominum
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17
>Willis, Richard Storrs : It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
>Mascagni, Pietro : Ave Maria, for voice & orchestra
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Celebrate Christmas with some of the most beautiful melodies written for the holidays, sung by the most gorgeous voices. With opera stars both past and present, from Leontyne Price and Joan Sutherland to Renee Fleming and Angela Gheorghiu, this generously filled CD includes everyone's favorite songs, including "O Holy Night," "Silent Night," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and much more.



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Works Details

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andreas Delfs
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Requiem, Op. 48 :: Pie Jesu
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Ensemble: Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
  • Performers: Patricia Clark (Soprano); Valda Aveling (Harpsichord); Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1582

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performers: Renata Tebaldi; George Thalben-Ball (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49 :: Wiegenlied, Op. 49/4
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ion Marin
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello :: Ave Maria, piena di grazia
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Laudate Dominum :: Laudate Dominum
  • Performer: Barbara Bonney
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Ensemble: English Concert Choir
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1780

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: I know that my Redeemer liveth
  • Performer: Sylvia McNair
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147 :: Jesus bleibet meine Freude
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andreas Delfs
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 :: Let the bright seraphim
  • Performers: Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet); Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Barry Rose
  • Ensemble: St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1741.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Willis, Richard Storrs : It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • Performer: Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1850

>Mascagni, Pietro : Ave Maria, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ion Marin
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Performer: Renata Tebaldi
  • Conductor: Anton Guadagno
  • Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1751

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a) :: Alleluia
  • Performer: Sylvia McNair
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1773