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Ave Maria - The Ultimate Sacred Christmas Album

Release Date: 10/10/2000 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 465932   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz SchubertAdolphe AdamCésar FranckGeorge Frideric Handel,   ... 
Performer:  Leontyne PriceLuciano PavarottiCecilia BartoliAndreas Scholl,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von KarajanKurt Herbert AdlerMyung-Whun ChungRoger Norrington,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraNational Philharmonic OrchestraSanta Cecilia Academy Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Billed as "the ultimate sacred Christmas album," AVE MARIA has reason to claim the title: performances of some of the world's most beloved seasonal music by top international performers make this CD a yuletide tradition in the making. These vocal and orchestral performances feature such legendary performers as Joan Sutherland, Sophie von Otter, and Luciano Pavarotti. The selections without a single featured vocalist are by renowned ensembles such as Sir Neville Marriner's Academy and Chorus of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Each takes advantage of the supreme lyrical nature of this seasonal music, with patient, tempered performances.
Two versions of the title track, "Ave Maria," are the only duplications. Soprano Leontyne Price's soaring and
Read more melodic interpretation opens the album with a heavenly beauty, while the power of José Carreras' tenor presents a human passion. Overall, the music presented is a delicate delight, the vocalists' tender performances spreading the joy of the season to a new audience. Read less

Works on This Recording

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
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 
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 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in English and French. 
Panis angelicus by César Franck
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a): Alleluia by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sylvia McNair (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Barry Rose
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: German 
Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Michael G. Gormley (Organ), José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: See the conqu'ring hero comes by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  Charles Farncombe,  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel Opera Society Chorus,  Handel Opera Society Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: English 
Schlichte Weisen (60), Op. 76: no 52, Maria Wiegenlied by Max Reger
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Torbjörn Helander (Viola), Knut Sönstevold (Bassoon)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1912; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: German 
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata no 1, Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra,  Lübeck Kantorei
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: German 
Messiah, HWV 56: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Henry Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Cantata Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
Messiah, HWV 56: Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
Messiah, HWV 56: I know that my redeemer liveth by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
Messiah, HWV 56: The trumpet shall sound by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: English 
Messiah, HWV 56: Amen by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 

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