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Christmastime In Vienna / Domingo, Kaas, Fernandez


Release Date: 09/21/1999 
Label:  Sony Classical   Catalog #: 61798   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  José Maria CanoEduard EbelSteven KrikorianKatherine K. Davis,   ... 
Performer:  Andrea ZeinerPlacido DomingoPatricia KaasAlejandro Fernández
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony OrchestraGumpoldskirch Boys Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is impossibly difficult to inject new life into the Christmas concert formula. Each year there are recordings featuring the same old menu of traditional carols in tiresome renditions. Fortunately this is not so for an artist with such exacting standards as the tenor Plácido Domingo. 'Christmas in Vienna' is an exciting recording of the live Christmas concert gala that has featured Domingo for the past few years.
This recording is filled with holiday treats both familiar and rare. The concert opens with an exuberant and colorful medley of favorite Christmas tunes arranged by conductor Steven Mecurio. Of course the vocal selections are the heart of the program. Domingo is joined by French singer Patricia Kaas and the Mexican vocalist
Read more Alejandro Fernández in Spanish, English and German favorites. Most memorable is Fernández's Spanish rendition of "The Little Drummer Boy" and Domingo's moving by such well-known composers as Alberto Ginastera, Ernesto Lecuona, Enrique Granados and Isaac Albeniz are played with panache by Iruzun. Iruzun makes the program even more compelling by introducing such obscure composers as Ernesto Nazareth, Alberto Nepomuceno, Marlos Nobr and Francisco Mignone.
Most interesting is the music by a handful of Brazilian composers. Ernesto Nazareth was born in Rio de Janeiro and developed his art by improvising music for silent films. Nazareth's musical voice is lyrical and spiced by tango rhythms. Folk music was a major influence for another Brazilian, Fructuoso Vianna whose "Dansa de Negros" is filled with sensuality and verve. Iruzun obviously loves this music and her playing reflects her passion. Whether she is launching into ragtime-like syncopated rhythms or playing a melancholy line, Iruzun impresses throughout. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Y nos vamos pa Belén by José Maria Cano
Performer:  Andrea Zeiner (Boy Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Madrid, Spain 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
2.
Leise rieselt der Schnee by Eduard Ebel
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Patricia Kaas (Voice)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1900; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Christian Kolonovits 
3.
Merry Christmas, Baby by Steven Krikorian
Performer:  Patricia Kaas (Voice)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with John Keller.
Arranged: Christian Kolonovits 
4.
The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum" by Katherine K. Davis
Performer:  Alejandro Fernández (Voice)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Christian Kolonovits 
5.
It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Christian Kolonovits 
6.
Here is Christmas by Ann Wilson
Performer:  Alejandro Fernández (Voice), Patricia Kaas (Voice)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Nancy Wilson and Ritchie Zito.
Arranged: Christian Kolonovits 
7.
Midnight in Moscow by Vasily Solov'yov-Sedoy
Performer:  Patricia Kaas (Voice)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: French Lyrics by Philippe Bergman
Arr: Christian Kolonovits 
8.
Holiday Inn: White Christmas by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Alejandro Fernández (Voice)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Christian Kolonovits 
9.
Por el valle de rosas by Miguel Bernal Jiménez
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Alejandro Fernández (Voice)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Christian Kolonovits 
10.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Patricia Kaas (Voice), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Alejandro Fernández (Voice)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Christian Kolonovits 
11.
Meet Me in St. Louis: Have yourself a merry little Christmas by Hugh Martin
Performer:  Alejandro Fernández (Voice), Patricia Kaas (Voice), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also incorporates the songs "Ihr
Kinderlein kommet," "Jeg er saa glad hver julekveld," "Buenos Reyes," "Christmas Must Be Tonight," "Hay que sembrar en Navidad," "Il est né le divin enfant," "Mary's Boy Child" and "Ding, Dong! Merrily on High."
Arranged: Christian Kolonovits 
12.
Jeg er sa glad hver julekveld by Traditional
Performer:  Alejandro Fernández (Voice), Patricia Kaas (Voice), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also incorporates the songs "Ihr
Kinderlein kommet," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Buenos Reyes," "Christmas Must Be Tonight," "Hay que sembrar en Navidad," "Il est né le divin enfant," "Mary's Boy Child" and "Ding, Dong! Merrily on High."
Arranged: Christian Kolonovits 
13.
Buenos Reyes by Traditional
Performer:  Alejandro Fernández (Voice), Patricia Kaas (Voice), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also incorporates the songs "Ihr
Kinderlein kommet," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Jeg er saa
glad hver julekveld," "Christmas Must Be Tonight," "Hay que sembrar en Navidad," "Il est né le divin enfant," "Mary's Boy Child"
and "Ding, Dong! Merrily on High."
Arranged: Christian Kolonovits 
14.
Christmas Must Be Tonight by Robbie Robertson
Performer:  Alejandro Fernández (Voice), Patricia Kaas (Voice), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1977 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also incorporates the songs "Ihr
Kinderlein kommet," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Jeg er saa
glad hver julekveld," "Buenos Reyes," "Hay que sembrar en Navidad," "Il est né le divin enfant," "Mary's Boy Child"
and "Ding, Dong! Merrily on High."
Arranged: Christian Kolonovits 
15.
Hay que sembrar en Navidad by Manuel Alejandro
Performer:  Alejandro Fernández (Voice), Patricia Kaas (Voice), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also incorporates the songs "Ihr
Kinderlein kommet," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Jeg er saa
glad hver julekveld," "Buenos Reyes," "Christmas Must Be Tonight," "Il est né le divin enfant," "Mary's Boy Child"
and "Ding, Dong! Merrily on High."
Arranged: Christian Kolonovits 
16.
Il est né, le divin enfant by Traditional
Performer:  Alejandro Fernández (Voice), Patricia Kaas (Voice), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also incorporates the songs "Ihr
Kinderlein kommet," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Jeg er saa
glad hver julekveld," "Buenos Reyes," "Christmas Must Be Tonight," "Hay
que sembrar en Navidad," "Mary's Boy Child"
and "Ding, Dong! Merrily on High."
Arranged: Christian Kolonovits 
17.
Mary's boy child by Jester Hairston
Performer:  Alejandro Fernández (Voice), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Patricia Kaas (Voice)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also incorporates the songs "Ihr
Kinderlein kommet," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Jeg er saa
glad hver julekveld," "Buenos Reyes," "Christmas Must Be Tonight," "Hay
que sembrar en Navidad," "Il est né le divin enfant," and "Ding, Dong! Merrily on High."
Arranged: Christian Kolonovits 
18.
Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Alejandro Fernández (Voice), Patricia Kaas (Voice)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also incorporates the songs "Ihr
Kinderlein kommet," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Jeg er saa
glad hver julekveld," "Buenos Reyes," "Christmas Must Be Tonight," "Hay
que sembrar en Navidad," "Il est né le divin enfant," and "Mary's Boy Child."
Arranger: Christian Kolonovits.
This selection is based on the tune "Branle l'officiel" from Thoinot
Arbeau's "Orchésographie". 
19.
Announcing Christmas by Christian Kolonovits
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
20.
Canción de Cuña (para Jesús) by Domingo, Placido, Jr.
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Alejandro Fernández (Voice)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Juan J. Colomer 
21.
Der Morgen im Lenze "Ihr Kinderlein kommet" by Johann Abraham P. Schulz
Performer:  Alejandro Fernández (Voice), Patricia Kaas (Voice), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1998 
Venue:  Live  Rathaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also incorporates the songs "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Jeg er saa glad hver julekveld," "Buenos Reyes," "Christmas Must Be Tonight," "Hay que sembrar en Navidad," "Il est né le divin enfant," "Mary's Boy Child" and "Ding, Dong! Merrily on High."
Arranged: Christian Kolonovits 

Sound Samples

Announcing Christmas
Y nos vamos pa' Bélen
Leise rieselt der Schnee
Canción de Cuna (para Jesús)
Merry Christmas, Baby
El niño del tambor (Little Drummer Boy)
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Here Is Christmas
Amours éternal (Midnight in Moscow)
Blanca Navidad (White Christmas)
Por el Valle de Rosas
Medley: Ihr Kinderlein kommet
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Jeg er saa glad hver Julekveld
Buenos reyes
Christmas Must Be Tonight
Hay que sembrar en Navidad
Il est né le divin enfant
Mary's Boy Child
Ding, Dong! Merrily On High
Silent Night (Video)

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