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Bryn's Christmas / Bryn Terfel


Release Date: 11/02/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001491472  
Composer:  John Francis WadeIrving BerlinTraditionalGustav Holst,   ... 
Performer:  Bryn TerfelBing CrosbyRolando VillazónCatrin Finch,   ... 
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera OrchestraCordyddNidus Children's Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set includes a full program of music sung mostly in English on the first CD plus a bonus CD of some of the same music (and some different) sung in Welsh.

World-renowned bass-baritone Bryn Terfel is the heart and soul of this album's special assemblage of Welsh and international musicians for a very personal, intimate album of his favorite Christmas carols and songs from around the world and from his native Wales.

The guest list for this studio recording is led by the immortal Bing Crosby: as a tribute to the legendary singer and actor, Bryn has recorded a new duet version of "White Christmas." Other guests are the tenor Rolando Villazón, who joined in for the beautiful Spanish Christmas song
Read more "El nacimento," and the brilliant Welsh harpist Catrin Finch.

Bryn's favorite international and Welsh carols and songs are played brilliantly in new and original arrangements by Mack Wilberg (music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) and Chris Hazell. The exciting arrangements for such well-known carols makes this a terrific addition to your holiday music collection.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Cordydd
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Language: English 
2.
Holiday Inn: White Christmas by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Bing Crosby (Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Language: English 
3.
Still, still, still by Traditional
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Cordydd
Written: Austria 
Language: English 
4.
In the bleak mid-winter by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1906; England 
Language: English 
5.
Navidad nuestra: El Nacimiento by Ariel Ramirez
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor), Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; Argentina 
Language: Spanish 
6.
Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Cordydd
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Language: English 
7.
Shepherd's Pipe Carol by John Rutter
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Cordydd
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Language: English 
8.
Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Language: English 
9.
O Jesulein süss, o Jesulein mild by Samuel Scheidt
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Cordydd
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1650; Halle, Germany 
Language: German 
10.
Candlelight Carol by John Rutter
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Cordydd
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; England 
Language: English 
11.
Mary's boy child by Jester Hairston
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Cordydd
Period: 20th Century 
Language: English 
12.
Meet Me in St. Louis: Have yourself a merry little Christmas by Hugh Martin
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Language: English 
13.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Catrin Finch (Harp)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Language: English 
14.
Wexford Carol by Traditional
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Written: Ireland 
Language: English 
15.
What child is this? by Traditional
Performer:  Catrin Finch (Harp), Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Language: English 
16.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Language: Welsh 
17.
Still, still, still by Traditional
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Written: Austria 
Language: Welsh 
18.
Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Nidus Children's Choir
Language: Welsh 
19.
Candlelight Carol by John Rutter
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Cordydd
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; England 
Language: Welsh 
20.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Catrin Finch (Harp)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Language: Welsh 
21.
Tua Bethlem Dref by Edward Arthur
Performer:  Gwawr Edwards (Soprano), Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Only Men Aloud
Language: Welsh 
22.
Greensleeves by Traditional
Performer:  Catrin Finch (Harp), Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Language: Welsh 
23.
In the bleak mid-winter by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1906; England 
Language: Welsh 
24.
Nadolig? Pwy a wyr? by Ryan Davies
Performer:  Catrin Finch (Harp), Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Language: Welsh 
25.
Gwyl y Baban by Caryl Parry Jones
Performer:  Non Parry (Voice), Ryan Aston (Drums), Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone),
Caryl Parry Jones (Voice), Nigel Hopkins (Keyboards), Geraint Cynan (Voice),
Myryr Isaac (Guitar), Iestyn Jones (Double Bass)
Language: Welsh 

Sound Samples

O Jesulein zart - arranged by Chris Hazell
Oh, come, All Ye Faithful
White Christmas - arranged by Chris Hazell
"Still, still, still"
In The Bleak Midwinter - arranged by Mack Wilberg
Navidad Nuestra - arranged by Mack Wilberg: El Nacimiento
O Holy Night - arranged by Chris Hazell
Shepherd's Pipe Carol - adapted by Chris Hazell
"Away In A Manger"
Candlelight Carol - adapted by Chris Hazell
Mary's Boy Child - arranged by David Cullen & Chris Hazell
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - arranged by Chris Hazell
Silent Night - arranged by Chris Hazell
Wexford Carol - arranged by Chris Hazell
What child Is This? (Greensleeves) - arranged by Chris Hazell
O Deuwch Ffyddloniaid - arranged by Mack Wilberg
Cwsg, cwsg, cwsg - arranged by Mack Wilberg
I Orwedd Mewn Preseb - arranged by Mack Wilberg
Carol y Ganwyll - adapted by Chris Hazell
Tawel nos - arranged by Chris Hazell
Tua Bethlehem dref - arranged by Chris Hazell
Pa fab yw hwnyn dyner roed (Greensleeves) - arranged by Chris Hazell
Ganol Gaeaf Noethlwn - arranged by Mack Wilberg
Nadolig? Pwy a wyr?
Gwyl y Baban

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