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A Christmas Celebration / Kathleen Battle, Leonard Slatkin


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 47587   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Francis WadeAdolphe AdamFranz SchubertFranz Xaver Gruber,   ... 
Performer:  Kathleen BattleGeorge MimsBarbara AllenNancy Allen,   ... 
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke'sNew York Choral ArtistsHarlem Boys Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), George Mims (Organ)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 8 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "O come, O come Emmanuel", "It came upon the midnight clear", "O little town of Bethlehem" and "Silent Night."
Arranger: Michael Gibson.
This selection is sung in English, German and LatinEnglish, German and LatinEnglish, German and LatinEnglish, German and LatinEnglish, German and Latin. 
2. Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  George Mims (Organ), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: William David Brohn. 
3. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Barbara Allen (Harp), Nancy Allen (Harp), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Nancy Allen.
This selection is sung in German and Latin. 
4. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  George Mims (Organ), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 8 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "O come, O come Emmanuel", "It came upon the midnight clear", "O little town of Bethlehem" and "Adeste fideles."
Arranger: Michael Gibson.
This selection is sung in English, German and LatinEnglish, German and LatinEnglish, German and LatinEnglish, German and Latin. 
5. Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  George Mims (Organ), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: William David Brohn. 
6. Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle by Traditional
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), George Mims (Organ)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Written: France 
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranger: Michael Gibson. 
7. Fum, fum, fum by Traditional
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), George Mims (Organ)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Written: Mexico 
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Catalan 
Notes: Arranger: Robert Sadin. 
8. Gesu Bambino by Pietro Yon
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), George Mims (Organ)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; USA 
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: William David Brohn. 
9. I saw three ships by Traditional
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), George Mims (Organ)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Written: England 
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "The first nowell" and "The Holly and the Ivy."
Arranger: Michael Gibson. 
10. The first nowell by Traditional
Performer:  George Mims (Organ), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Written: England 
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "I saw three ships" and "The Holly and the Ivy."
Arranger: Michael Gibson. 
11. The Holly and the Ivy by Traditional
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), George Mims (Organ)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Written: England 
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "I saw three ships" and "The first nowell."
Arranger: Michael Gibson. 
12. Away in a manger by William J. Kirkpatrick
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), George Mims (Organ)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Michael Gibson. 
13. Schlichte Weisen (60), Op. 76: no 52, Maria Wiegenlied by Max Reger
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), George Mims (Organ)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1912; Germany 
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Robert Sadin. 
14. Zither Carol by Traditional
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Robert Wolinsky (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Robert Sadin. 
15. I wonder as I wander by John Jacob Niles
Performer:  George Mims (Organ), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Robert Sadin. 
16. Mary had a baby by Traditional
Performer:  George Mims (Organ), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: William Levi Dawson. 
17. Rise up, shepherd, and follow by Traditional
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), George Mims (Organ)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Written: USA 
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Robert Sadin. 
18. What child is this? by Traditional
Performer:  George Mims (Organ), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Michael Gibson. 
19. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), George Mims (Organ)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranger: Michael Gibson.
This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
20. O come, O come Emmanuel by Traditional
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), George Mims (Organ)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 8 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "It came upon the midnight clear", "O little town of Bethlehem", "Silent Night" and "Adeste fideles."
Arranger: Michael Gibson.This selection is sung in English, German and Latin. 
21. It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Period: Romantic 
Notes: Arranged: Michael Gibson
This selection shares a track and timing with "Veni, veni, Emmanuel," "O little town of Bethlehem," and reprises of "Silent Night" and
"Adeste fidelis." 
22. O little town of Bethlehem by Lewis H. Redner
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Michael Gibson
This selection shares a track and timing with "Veni, veni, Emmanuel," "It came upon the midnight clear," and reprises of "Silent Night" and
"Adeste fidelis." 
23. Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), George Mims (Organ)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists,  Harlem Boys Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
Venue:  St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in English and German. 

Sound Samples

Finale & Reprise Medley: Veni, Veni, Emmanuel/It Came Upon A Midnight Clear/O Little Town Of Bethlehem/Silent Night/O Come, All Ye Faithful
O Come, All ye Faithful
O Holy Night (New York) (1985)
Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabelle (Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabella)
Fum, Fum, Fum!
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen)
Ave Maria (trans. Nancy Allen)
Gesu Bambino
Medley of Three English Carols: I Saw Three Ships/The First Nowell/The Holly and the Ivy
Away In A Manger
Silent Night
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
Marie Wiegenlied
Zither Carol
I Wonder as I Wander
Mary Had a Baby
Rise Up, Shepherd
What Child Is This?
Ave Maria (arr. Gibson)
Finale & Reprise Medley: Veni, Veni, Emmanuel/It Came Upon A Midnight Clear/O Little Town Of Bethlehem/Silent Night/O Come, All Ye Faithful

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