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The #1 Christmas Album / Domingo, Pavarotti, Price, et al

Audio Samples

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5), Op. 49
>     Wiegenlied, Op. 49/4
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : In dulci jubilo, BWV 368
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>     Pastoral Symphony
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     For Unto Us a Child Is Born
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
>Schubert, Franz : Lullaby
>Traditional, Christmas : See amid the winter's snow
>Traditional, Christmas : What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)
>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger
>     Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Holst, Gustav : In the bleak mid-winter
>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : German Dances (3), K 605
>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
>Traditional, Christmas : Angels We Have Heard on High
>Liguori, Alphonsus : Tu scendi dalle stelle
>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
>Yon, Pietro : Gesu bambino
>Traditional, Christmas : Hajej, nynej, Jezishku (Rocking Carol) (Czech)
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Maria Wiegenlied (Mary's Lullaby
>     "Maria sitzt am Rosenhag"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra),
>Traditional, Christmas : Child in a Manger
>Webber, Andrew L : Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>     Hosanna in Excelsis Deo
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>     Waltz of the Snowflakes
>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
>Waldteufel, Emile : Les Patineurs Valse ("Skater's Waltz"), Op. 183
>Hairston, Jester : Mary's boy child

Album Summary

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5), Op. 49
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : In dulci jubilo, BWV 368
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
>Schubert, Franz : Lullaby
>Traditional, Christmas : See amid the winter's snow
>Traditional, Christmas : What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)
>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Holst, Gustav : In the bleak mid-winter
>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : German Dances (3), K 605
>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
>Traditional, Christmas : Angels We Have Heard on High
>Liguori, Alphonsus : Tu scendi dalle stelle
>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
>Yon, Pietro : Gesu bambino
>Traditional, Christmas : Hajej, nynej, Jezishku (Rocking Carol) (Czech)
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Maria Wiegenlied (Mary's Lullaby
>Traditional, Christmas : Child in a Manger
>Webber, Andrew L : Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
>Waldteufel, Emile : Les Patineurs Valse ("Skater's Waltz"), Op. 183
>Hairston, Jester : Mary's boy child
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Douglas Gamley (conch shell).

Recording information: 1958-1996.



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Works Details

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Performers: London Voices (Voice); National Philharmonic Orchestra [London]; Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Kurt Adler
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1751

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performer: Bach Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Leontyne Price (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Members of Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
  • Performers: David Briggs (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir; Robin Barter (Treble)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1850

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Performer: Cambridge King's College Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588

>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
  • Performers: New Philharmonia Orchestra; Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1742

>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
  • Performers: Stephen Cleobury (Organ); Simon Keenlyside (Treble); Richard Suart (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1582

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5), Op. 49 :: Wiegenlied, Op. 49/4
  • Performers: New Philharmonia Orchestra; Renata Tebaldi
  • Conductor: Anton Guadagno
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : In dulci jubilo, BWV 368
  • Performer: Cambridge King's College Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1751

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 :: Pastoral Symphony
  • Performer: Cambridge King's College Choir
  • Conductor: Karl Munchinger
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: For Unto Us a Child Is Born
  • Performer: Chicago Symphony Chorus
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Utah Symphony Orchestra; Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Julius Rudel
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1852

>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 10/1850-07/1854

>Schubert, Franz : Lullaby
  • Performers: Cambridge King's College Choir; Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Simon Preston
  • Conductor: Kurt Adler
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/1816

>Traditional, Christmas : See amid the winter's snow
  • Performers: Cambridge King's College Choir; Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
  • Performers: Tom Finucane (Lute); Anthony Way (Treble)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1600

>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
  • Performers: David Briggs (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1823

>Traditional, Christmas : O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)
  • Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1820

>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
  • Performers: Cambridge King's College Choir; Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1728

>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger :: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)
  • Performers: Cambridge King's College Choir; Anthony Way (Treble)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performers: John Scott (Organ); Bach Choir; Philip Jones Brass Ensemble; James Blades (Percussion); David Corkhill (Percussion)
  • Ensemble: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840

>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
  • Performers: Ambrosian Singers (Voice); New Philharmonia Orchestra; Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1784

>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
  • Performers: Cambridge King's College Choir; Simon Haynes (Voice); Christopher Hughes (Organ); Jonathan Lamb (Voice); Roland Robertson (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1710

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Panis angelicus
  • Performers: National Philharmonic Orchestra [London]; Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Kurt Adler
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872

>Holst, Gustav : In the bleak mid-winter
  • Performers: English Chamber Orchestra; Windsor Choir Of St George's Chapel; Anthony Way (Treble)
  • Conductor: John Music]
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1904-1905

>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  • Performers: John Scott (Organ); Ambrosian Singers (Voice); New Philharmonic Orchestra; James Blades (Percussion); David Corkhill (Percussion); Joan Sutherland
  • Ensemble: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : German Dances (3), K 605
  • Performer: Vienna Mozart Ensemble
  • Conductor: Willi Boskovsky
  • Ensemble: Vienna Mozart Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1791

>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Performers: Ambrosian Singers (Voice); New Philharmonic Orchestra; Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Notes: Composition written: By 1864.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1864

>Traditional, Christmas : Angels We Have Heard on High
  • Performer: Cambridge King's College Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1840

>Liguori, Alphonsus : Tu scendi dalle stelle
  • Performers: New Philharmonic Orchestra; Renata Tebaldi
  • Conductor: Anton Guadagno
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
  • Performers: Cambridge St. John's College Choir; William Kendall (Tenor); Mark Tinkler (Treble)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1666

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Performers: David Briggs (Organ); Chester Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Yon, Pietro : Gesú bambino
  • Performers: National Philharmonic Orchestra [London]; Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Kurt Adler
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1917

>Traditional, Christmas : Hajej, nynej, Jezishku (Rocking Carol) (Czech)
  • Performer: Cambridge King's College Choir
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Maria Wiegenlied (Mary's Lullaby :: "Maria sitzt am Rosenhag"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra),
  • Performers: New Philharmonic Orchestra; Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1912

>Traditional, Christmas : Child in a Manger
  • Performer: Cambridge Clare College Choir & Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Webber, Andrew L : Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra :: Hosanna in Excelsis Deo
  • Performers: English Chamber Orchestra; Placido Domingo; Winchester Cathedral Choir; James Lancelot (Organ)
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1984

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: Waltz of the Snowflakes
  • Performer: National Philharmonic Orchestra [London]
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Running Time: 10 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
  • Performers: London Voices (Voice); Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra; Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Waldteufel, Emile : Les Patineurs Valse ("Skater's Waltz"), Op. 183
  • Performer: National Philharmonic Orchestra [London]
  • Conductor: Douglas Gamley
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1882

>Hairston, Jester : Mary's boy child
  • Performers: London Voices (Voice); Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra; Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956