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The Ultimate Christmas Album / Pavarotti, Te Kanawa, et al

Audio Samples

>Adam, Adolphe : Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night"
>Traditional : The Twelve Days of Christmas
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
>     White Christmas
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Traditional : Good King Wenceslas
>Traditional : God rest ye merry, gentlemen
>Wade, John Francis : Adeste fideles
>Traditional : Deck the hall
>Bernard, Felix : Winter Wonderland
>Traditional : I saw three ships
>Traditional : The first nowell
>Traditional : Shepherds in the field abiding
>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger
>Mason, Lowell : Joy to the World
>Hairston, Jester : Mary's boy child
>Willis, Richard Storrs : It came upon the midnight clear
>Traditional : Ding Dong! Merrily on high
>Traditional : What child is this?
>Martin, Hugh : Meet Me in St. Louis
>     Have yourself a merry little Christmas
>Schubert, Franz : Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria"

Album Summary

>Adam, Adolphe : Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night"
>Traditional : The Twelve Days of Christmas
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Traditional : Good King Wenceslas
>Traditional : God rest ye merry, gentlemen
>Wade, John Francis : Adeste fideles
>Traditional : Deck the hall
>Bernard, Felix : Winter Wonderland
>Traditional : I saw three ships
>Traditional : The first nowell
>Traditional : Shepherds in the field abiding
>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger
>Mason, Lowell : Joy to the World
>Hairston, Jester : Mary's boy child
>Willis, Richard Storrs : It came upon the midnight clear
>Traditional : Ding Dong! Merrily on high
>Traditional : What child is this?
>Martin, Hugh : Meet Me in St. Louis
>Schubert, Franz : Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria"
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Works Details

>Adam, Adolphe : Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night"
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Kurt Adler
  • Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Performer: Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: Ambrosian Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1818
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn :: White Christmas
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Ensemble: London Voices
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1942
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performers: James Blades (Percussion); David Corkhill (Percussion); John Scott (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Ensemble: Bach Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : Good King Wenceslas
  • Performers: Valda Aveling (Harpsichord); Patricia Clark (Soprano); Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: Ambrosian Chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : God rest ye merry, gentlemen
  • Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Wade, John Francis : Adeste fideles
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Kurt Adler
  • Ensemble: London Voices
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1782
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : Deck the hall
  • Performer: Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: Ambrosian Singers
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bernard, Felix : Winter Wonderland
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Ensemble: London Voices
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1934
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : I saw three ships
  • Performers: William Kendall (Tenor); Mark Tinkler (Treble)
  • Conductor: George Guest
  • Ensemble: St. John's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : The first nowell
  • Performer: Leslie Pearson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Squibb
  • Ensemble: London Festival Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : Shepherds in the field abiding
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Ensemble: Bach Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mason, Lowell : Joy to the World
  • Performer: Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: New Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 19th Century
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Hairston, Jester : Mary's boy child
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Ensemble: London Voices
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Willis, Richard Storrs : It came upon the midnight clear
  • Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : Ding Dong! Merrily on high
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 16th Century
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : What child is this?
  • Performer: Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: New Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 16th Century
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Martin, Hugh : Meet Me in St. Louis :: Have yourself a merry little Christmas
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1944
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Schubert, Franz : Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria"
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Kurt Adler
  • Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1825
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio