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A Gala Christmas in Vienna / Domingo, Brightman, Lotti

Audio Samples

>Kolonovits, Christian : Christmas Prologue, medley of traditional tunes
>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
>Trevor Horn / Hans Zimmer : Toys, film score
>Traditional, Christmas : Tu scendi dalle stelle (Italian)
>Blake, Howard : The Snowman
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Murray, James R. : Away in a Manger
>Heusen, James Van : An Old Fashioned Christmas
>Maurice Gibb/ Barry Gibb/ : First of May
>Domingo Jr., Placido : Il re Gesu, for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Traditional, Christmas : Frohliche Weihnacht uberall
>Anonymous : Cantemos rapaces (Spain)
>Whittaker, Roger : Christmas is Here Again
>Traditional, Christmas : Child in a Manger
>Traditional, Christmas : Angels from the Realms of Glory
>Anderson, Ian : Another Christmas Song
>Coots, John Frederick : Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
>Lennon, John & Yoko Ono : Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night

Album Summary

>Kolonovits, Christian : Christmas Prologue, medley of traditional tunes
>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
>Trevor Horn / Hans Zimmer : Toys, film score
>Traditional, Christmas : Tu scendi dalle stelle (Italian)
>Blake, Howard : The Snowman
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Murray, James R. : Away in a Manger
>Heusen, James Van : An Old Fashioned Christmas
>Maurice Gibb/ Barry Gibb/ : First of May
>Domingo Jr., Placido : Il re Gesu, for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Traditional, Christmas : Frohliche Weihnacht uberall
>Anonymous : Cantemos rapaces (Spain)
>Whittaker, Roger : Christmas is Here Again
>Traditional, Christmas : Child in a Manger
>Traditional, Christmas : Angels from the Realms of Glory
>Anderson, Ian : Another Christmas Song
>Coots, John Frederick : Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
>Lennon, John & Yoko Ono : Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

This program is also available from Sony on minidisc (SM 60396) and DVD (SVD 60759).

The arrangements are by Christian Kolonovits and Johnny Bertl except where noted.

From its jubilant beginning with "Christmas Prologue" (Christian Kolonovits' melange of familiar Christmas tunes), to its fitting conclusion with all four soloists joined in "Silent Night," A GALA CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA provides the expected blockbuster holiday cheer. This concert is the fifth in the "Christmas in Vienna" series featuring Placido Domingo with assorted stars of classical and popular music.

Sarah Brightman--riding the success of her crossover album TIME TO SAY GOODBYE and its collaboration with Andrea Bocelli--contributes primarily to the pop-flavored selections, but still offers an attractive contribution to the program. Belgian sensation Helmut Lotti turns in a mostly believable imitation of Johnny Mathis in "Adeste Fideles" and betrays his interest in Elvis Presley in "Christmas is Here Again." Domingo's "An Old Fashioned Christmas" will be more familiar to many listeners from Frank Sinatra's Christmas album; Domingo's reading is straightforward and in his own style.

Fans of the previous star-studded galas should not hesitate--this installation delivers more of the same, but with new repertoire and a new crowd of luminaries around Domingo.



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Works Details

>Kolonovits, Christian : Christmas Prologue, medley of traditional tunes
  • Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
  • Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1784

>Trevor Horn / Hans Zimmer : Toys, film score
  • Performers: Placido Domingo (Tenor); Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Traditional, Christmas : Tu scendi dalle stelle (Italian)
  • Performers: Richard Cocciante (Voice); Placido Domingo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.

>Blake, Howard : The Snowman
  • Performers: Richard Cocciante (Voice); Placido Domingo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Performers: Placido Domingo (Tenor); Helmut Lotti (Voice)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1751

>Murray, James R. : Away in a Manger
  • Performers: Placido Domingo (Tenor); Helmut Lotti (Voice)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1877

>Heusen, James Van : An Old Fashioned Christmas
  • Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Maurice Gibb/ Barry Gibb/ : First of May
  • Performers: Placido Domingo (Tenor); Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Domingo Jr., Placido : Il re Gesú, for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Richard Cocciante (Voice); Placido Domingo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, Christmas : Fröhliche Weihnacht überall
  • Performers: Richard Cocciante (Voice); Placido Domingo (Tenor); Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Helmut Lotti (Voice)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.

>Anonymous : Cantemos rapaces (Spain)
  • Performers: Richard Cocciante (Voice); Placido Domingo (Tenor); Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Helmut Lotti (Voice)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.

>Whittaker, Roger : Christmas is Here Again
  • Performers: Richard Cocciante (Voice); Placido Domingo (Tenor); Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Helmut Lotti (Voice)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Child in a Manger
  • Performers: Richard Cocciante (Voice); Placido Domingo (Tenor); Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Helmut Lotti (Voice)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Angels from the Realms of Glory
  • Performers: Richard Cocciante (Voice); Placido Domingo (Tenor); Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Helmut Lotti (Voice)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1816

>Anderson, Ian : Another Christmas Song
  • Performers: Richard Cocciante (Voice); Placido Domingo (Tenor); Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Helmut Lotti (Voice)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Coots, John Frederick : Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
  • Performers: Richard Cocciante (Voice); Placido Domingo (Tenor); Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Helmut Lotti (Voice)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Lennon, John & Yoko Ono : Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
  • Performers: Richard Cocciante (Voice); Placido Domingo (Tenor); Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Helmut Lotti (Voice)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performers: Richard Cocciante (Voice); Placido Domingo (Tenor); Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Helmut Lotti (Voice)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Maurice Gibb/ Barry Gibb/ : First of May
  • Performers: Placido Domingo (Tenor); Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary