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Christmas Adagios / Karajan, Pavarotti, Gheorghiu, Et Al


Release Date: 10/09/2001 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 468503   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertHarold Edwin DarkeTraditionalWilliam J. Kirkpatrick,   ... 
Performer:  Luciano PavarottiIan BostridgeRosemary JoshuaMark Tinkler,   ... 
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert AdlerSir Neville MarrinerSir David WillcocksGeorge Guest,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic OrchestraAcademy of St. Martin in the FieldsAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 32 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Orchestrated: Gamley
This selection is an ADD recording. 
2. In the bleak mid-winter by Harold Edwin Darke
Performer:  Ian Bostridge (Tenor), Rosemary Joshua (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
3. Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Shaw
This selection is an ADD recording. 
4. Away in a manger by William J. Kirkpatrick
Performer:  Mark Tinkler (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks. 
5. Gabriel's message by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  Clare College Orchestra
Written: Basque Provinces 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks
This selection is an ADD recording. 
6. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 10, Sinfonia in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
7. L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: L'adieu des bergers by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850-1854; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: French 
8. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 19, Schlafe, mein Liebster by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Henry Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Cantata Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
9. Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Guadagno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Gamley
This selection is an ADD recording. 
10. While shepherds watched their flocks by night by Traditional
Performer:  Stephen Cleobury (Organ)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1592; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks
This selection is an ADD recording. 
11. Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93: 2nd movement, Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez (Guitar)
Conductor:  George Malcolm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Malpiero 
12. Alma Redemptoris mater by Giovanni Palestrina
Performer:  Julian Podger (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13. O magnum mysterium by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  John Angelo Messana (Countertenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1587; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
14. Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Performer:  David Briggs (Organ), Robin Barter (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Orchestrated: Mann 
15. O Tannenbaum by Traditional
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir
Written: Westphalia, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Uwe Christian Harrer 
16. English Hymnal: O little town of Bethlehem by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
17. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Bach Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Cashmore 
18. Gloria in excelsis by Robert Cowper
Performer:  Julian Podger (Tenor), Nicola Jenkin (Soprano), Elinor Carter (Alto),
Katherine Fuge (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
19. Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alan Loveday (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
20. The first nowell by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks
This selection is an ADD recording. 
21. In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Pearsall 
22. Still, still, still by Traditional
Performer:  Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
Written: Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Ledger and Spedding 
23. Crown of Roses by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
24. A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: Balulalow by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Anthony Way (Boy Soprano), Lucy Wakeford (Harp)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
25. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Sabatini
This selection is an ADD recording.
This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
26. Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339: Laudate Dominum by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
27. The infant king by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Pettmann
This selection is an ADD recording. 
28. Lullaby my Jesus by Peter Warlock
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Carter 
29. What child is this? by Traditional
Performer:  Tom Finucane (Lute), Anthony Way (Boy Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Lloyd 
30. Les contes d'Hoffmann: Barcarolle by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
31. It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra members,  Vienna Children's Chorus,  Vienna Friends of Music Society Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Meyer
This selection is an ADD recording. 
32. Holiday Inn: White Christmas by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carl Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Cullen 
33. Lubi-Te-voi, Doamme by Evghenie Humulescu
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ion Marin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Madrigal Chamber Choir Romania
Written: Romania 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Romanian 
Notes: Orchestrated: Hazell 
34. See amid the winter's snow by Traditional
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks
This selection is an ADD recording. 
35. Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra members
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Totzauer
This selection is an ADD recording. 
36. Panis angelicus by César Franck
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Barry Rose
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Orchestrated: Boustead 
37. O Jesulein süss, O Jesulein mild, BWV 493 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1736; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
38. Süsser Trost, mein Jesus kömmt, BWV 151: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Agnes Giebel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Helmut Winschermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Bach Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
39. Zastupnice userdnaja by Pavel Chesnokov
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Written: Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
40. The blessed Son of God by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: English 
41. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 8 in G minor "Christmas" - 3rd movement, Adagio-Allegro-Adagio by Arcangelo Corelli
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1712; Rome, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
42. The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?" by John Tavener
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
43. Mille cherubini in coro by Alois Melichar
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording.
Arranger: Douglas Gamley. 
44. Weihnachtslieder (6), Op. 8: no 3, Die Könige by Peter Cornelius
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856/1870; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Atkins 
45. Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

O Holy Night (Minuit chrétien)
Ave Maria, "Ellens Gesang III", D839
In the Bleak Midwinter
Coventry Carol
Away in a manger
Gabriel's Message (Basque Carol)
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Two - For the second Day of Christmas: No.10 Sinfonia
L'Enfance du Christ, Op.25 / Partie 2: La fuite en Egypte: Il s'en va loin de la terre
Panis Angelicus
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Two - For the second Day of Christmas: Schlafe mein liebster (excerpt)
Wiegenlied, Op.49, No.4
Musicalisches Gesangbuch von G. C. Schemelli (Leipzig, 1736) 1v, bc. - Sung in English: O Jesu so meek (BWV493)
While Shepherds Watched (Este Psalter, 1592)
Süßer Trost, mein Jesus kommt Cantata, BWV 151: 1. Süßer Trost, mein Jesus kommt (excerpt)
Concerto for Lute, 2 Violins and Continuo in D, RV.93: 2. Largo
Alma Redemptoris Mater - Ed. J. Dixon
O magnum mysterium - Trans. Denis Arnold (1926/86)/Ed.for perf.J.E.Gardiner (1943-)
"Zastupnitse userdnaya", Op.43, No.6
Iubi-te-voi Doamne
Once In Royal David's City
O Tannenbaum
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht
Gloria in excelsis Deo
12 Violin Concertos, Op.8 "Il cimento dell'armonia e dell' invenzione" - Concerto No. 4 in f minor for solo violin,"L'Inverno": 2. Largo (excerpt)
The First Nowell
In Dulci Jubilo Old German Tune - Ed/Adpt. R. Jacques (1894-1969). Arr. R.L. de Pearsall (-1856)
The Three Kings
Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen - Arr. M. Praetorius; Canon a 4 by Melchior Vulpius (c1570-1615)
Still, still, still
Legenda (Legend;The Crown of Roses) Op.54, No.5]
Concerto grosso in G minor, Op.6, No.8 "fatto per la notte di Natale": 5. Pastorale (Largo)
The Lamb
Ceremony of Carols, Op.28: Balulalow
Ave Maria: arr. from Bach's Prelude No.1 BWV 846
Mille cherubini in coro (arr. after Schubert)
Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, K.339: 5. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes
The Infant King (Old Basque)
Lullaby my Jesus
What child is this (Greensleeves)
Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 3: Intermčde-Entr'acte (Barcarolle)
See Amid The Winter's Snow
The Blessed Son of God
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
White Christmas

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