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The All-star Christmas Album / Battle, Brightman, Et Al


Release Date: 10/20/1998 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 457357   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelJohann Sebastian BachPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyRichard Rodgers,   ... 
Performer:  Bryn TerfelDame Kiri Te KanawaChristopher HerrickJosé Carreras,   ... 
Conductor:  Trevor PinnockJohn Eliot GardinerHerbert von KarajanPaul Daniel,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English ConcertEnglish Concert ChoirEnglish Baroque Soloists,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The title THE ALL-STAR CHRISTMAS ALBUM might herald yet another dreadful compilation of worn-out Christmas tunes sung by worn-out stars. Fear not, for behold it brings you tidings of great music! Wrapped in this attractive blue package, you'll find Bryn Terfel, Placido Domingo, Sarah Brightman, and José Carreras--some of the catalog's brightest stars--and also selections from Christmas-related classical compositions both familiar and unknown.
The disc begins with a rollicking "For unto us a child is born" and continues in holiday spirits to a "Jauchzet, frohlocket" that will leave you wanting to rush out and do some jauchzet-ing and frohlocket-ing (rejoicing and being jubilant) of your own. In between, you'll find familiar hymns and
Read more carols like "Adeste fideles" and "Hark! The Herald angels sing" alongside some of the more meditative moments of Classic and Baroque music, of which the Mozart "Laudate dominum" is surely the highlight.
The performances are, as expected from Deutsche Grammophon's catalog, first-rate. All in all, THE ALL-STAR CHRISTMAS ALBUM is sure to be an agreeable addition to your holiday party, tree-decorating, or sitting at home watching the Yule log. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
2. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 10, Sinfonia in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 14c, Act 2 - Variation II, Sugar-Plum Fairy and Coda by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
4. The Sound of Music: Edelweiss by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
5. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carl Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Cullen 
6. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Conductor:  Georg Ratzinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Regensburg Cathedral Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording.
Arranged: Carl Thiel 
7. Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Conductor:  Simon Preston
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks 
8. Messiah, HWV 56: Pastoral Symphony "Pifa" by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
9. Misa Criolla: Sanctus by Ariel Ramirez
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  José Luis Ocejo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilbao Choral Society,  Laredo Choral Salvé
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; Argentina 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 8 in G minor "Christmas" - 7th movement, Largo "Pastorale" by Arcangelo Corelli
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording.
Composition written: Rome, Italy (1708 - 1712). 
11. Mary's boy child by Jester Hairston
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
12. Maria durch ein Dornwald geht by Heinrich Kaminski
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: German 
13. Mass in C major, K 317 "Coronation": Agnus Dei by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Trudeliese Schmidt (Alto), Gösta Winbergh (Tenor),
Ferruccio Furlanetto (Bass), Rudolf Scholz (Organ)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14. Te Deum in D major, H 146: Prelude by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa ?1690; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
15. Ich schenk dir eine neue Welt by Karl-Heinz Loges
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Karl-Heinz Loges
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
16. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 3: no 12 in C major "Christmas Concerto" - Pastorale by Francesco Manfredini
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1718; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
17. Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
18. Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339: Laudate Dominum by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cheryl Studer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ion Marin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
19. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata no 1, Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: German 
20. Requiem: Pie Jesu by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performer:  Sarah Brightman (Soprano), Paul Miles-Kingston (Boy Soprano), James Lancelot (Organ)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Sound Samples

Messiah, HWV56 / Part 1: 12. Chorus: "For unto us a Child is born"
Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht
Concerto Grosso In G Minor, Op.6, No.8 "fatto per la notte di Natale": 5. Pastorale (Largo)
Mary's boy child
"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"
Messiah / Part 1: 13. Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
Misa Criolla: 4. Sanctus (carnaval cochabambino)
Maria durch ein Dornwald ging
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Two - For The Second Day Of Christmas: No.10 Sinfonia
Mass in C, K.317 "Coronation": 6. Agnus Dei
Edelweiss [The Sound of Music]
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
Pie Jesu
Adeste fideles
Te Deum For Soloists, Chorus And Orchestra, H 146: Prélude . Rondeau
Ich schenk dir eine neue Welt
Concerto In C, Op.3, No.12 -"Christmas Concerto": 1. Largo (Pastorale per il Santissimo Natale)
Wiegenlied, Op.49, No.4
Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, K.339: 5. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (Ps. 116/117)
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part One - For The First Day Of Christmas: No.1 Chorus: "Jauchzet, frohlocket"

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