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Christmas Songs / Leontyne Price


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  London/Decca Jubilee Catalog #: 421103   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Xaver GruberFelix MendelssohnJohn Henry Hopkins Jr.Traditional,   ... 
Performer:  Leontyne Price
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraVienna Singverein
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 39 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Leontyne Price is in fantastic voice in this 1961 recording, and the stunning arrangements and leadership of no less than Herbert von Karajan attest to her (then) newly-arrived place in the operatic firmament. "O Tannenbaum" is delicate and unfussy, "O holy night" rings out with fervor (and every grace note is clearly articulated), the Bach/Gounod "Ave Maria" takes Price up to an easy high B-natural, and the "Alleluja" from Mozart's Exsultate jubilate features somewhat smudged runs but is capped with a high-C that spells superstardom. "We three kings" is meltingly sung as if in one breath and ends with a gorgeous, soft, high sequence. Throughout, Price's diction is impeccable and the choral Read more interjections are tasteful. The sonics are ideal. This exquisite, unmannered collection, filled with intelligent arrangements and guided by the able hand of legendary producer John Culshaw, will please everyone.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday [11/4/2004] Reviewing Decca 4756152
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Works on This Recording

1.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1961 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Meyer 
2.
Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1961 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Meyer 
3.
We three kings by John Henry Hopkins Jr.
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1961 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Meyer 
4.
O Tannenbaum by Traditional
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: Westphalia, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1961 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Meyer 
5.
Angels we have heard on high by Traditional
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 06/1961 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Meyer 
6.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1961 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Meyer 
7.
It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 06/1961 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Meyer 
8.
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1961 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Meyer 
9.
Sweet little Jesus boy by Traditional
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1961 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: MacGimsey 
10.
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1961 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Sabatini 
11.
Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 06/1961 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Totzauer 
12.
Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a): Alleluia by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Milan, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1961 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13.
Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1961 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Sabatini
This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 One of the Best Christmas Albums Ever! December 12, 2011 By L. Lyons (San Rafael, CA) See All My Reviews "This is a perennial favorite. While many other opera singers try to popularize their Christmas albums for middle-of-the-road tastes, Miss Price gives a perfect and quite glorious reading of her selections. This one ranks "up there" with Pavarotti's Christmas Album in terms of solemnity, triumphant glory, and even sweetness. You will not be disappointed. I have worn out several of these discs and continue to enchant our guests with fresh copies each Christmas." Report Abuse
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