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O Holy Night / Luciano Pavarotti


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 414044   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Adolphe AdamLouis NiedermeyerCésar FranckSaverio Mercadante,   ... 
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic OrchestraWandsworth School Boys' ChoirLondon Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Conversation is likely to stop if you put on the CD reissue of "O Holy Night" featuring Luciano Pavarotti with the National Philharmonic Orchestra under Kurt Herbert Adler with the Wandsworth Boys' Choir and the London Voices (Decca CD 414 044-2DH)... Most of the music, an indiscriminating patchwork of Catholic religiosity from Schubert through Franck to Bach/Gounod, has been re-arranged, but Yon's Gesu bambino and the Sanctus from the Berlioz Requiem are left with their original orchestration. Adeste fideles at the end is dominated by that breathtaking swooping voice.

– Gramophone [12/1985]
Conversation is likely to stop if you put on the CD reissue of "O Holy Night" featuring Luciano Pavarotti with the National Philharmonic Orchestra under Kurt Herbert Adler with the Wandsworth Boys' Choir and the London Voices (Decca CD 414 044-2DH)... Most of the music, an indiscriminating patchwork of Catholic religiosity from Schubert through Franck to Bach/Gounod, has been re-arranged, but Yon's Gesu bambino and the Sanctus from the Berlioz Requiem are left with their original orchestration. Adeste fideles at the end is dominated by that breathtaking swooping voice.

– Gramophone [12/1985]
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Works on This Recording

1. Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 01/1976 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Douglas Gamley.
This selection is sung in English and French. 
2. Pietà, Signore by Louis Niedermeyer
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 01/1976 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 8 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: Douglas Gamley. 
3. Panis angelicus by César Franck
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1976 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranger: Douglas Gamley. 
4. Le sette parole di Nostro Signore: Qual giglio candido by Saverio Mercadante
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1976 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: Douglas Gamley. 
5. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1976 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Douglas Gamley.
This selection is sung in Italian and Latin. 
6. Gesu Bambino by Pietro Yon
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1976 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1976 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranger: Douglas Gamley.
This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
8. Mille cherubini in coro by Alois Melichar
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1976 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: Douglas Gamley. 
9. Agnus Dei by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Date of Recording: 01/1976 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranger: Douglas Gamley.
This work was arranged by Ernest Guiraud from the Intermezzo of Bizet's
'L'arlésienne.' 
10. Grande messe des morts, Op. 5: Sanctus by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Voices,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1976 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 9 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1976 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranger: Douglas Gamley. 

Customer Reviews

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 Very Appropriate for Christmas December 23, 2012 By Guering F. (West Orange, NJ) See All My Reviews "Beautiful execution of Christmas songs. I saw the original TV program where they played this performance, and it is a beautiful concert, like only Pavarotti could perform." Report Abuse
 Luciano Pavarotti at his best December 14, 2012 By Irene F Schreuder (Charlottesville, VA) See All My Reviews "Exquisite! One of the finest at Christmas." Report Abuse
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