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The Ultimate Classical Christmas Album Of All Time


Release Date: 10/01/2002 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 87771   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachAdolphe AdamFelix MendelssohnKatherine K. Davis,   ... 
Performer:  Placido DomingoLuciano PavarottiWesley ParrotNatanja Hadda,   ... 
Conductor:  Eugene OrmandySteven MercurioHelmuth RillingJerold Ottley,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia OrchestraVienna Symphony OrchestraGumpoldskirch Boys Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/11/1968 
Venue:  Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Lucien Cailliet 
2. Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranger: Luca Logi. 
3. Magnificat in D major, BWV 243: Magnificat by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  Geddchtniskirche, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 59, Ich steh an deiner krippen hier by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1984 
Venue:  Geddchtniskirche, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 
5. Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Temple University Concert Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/08/1962 
Venue:  Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Arthur Harris 
6. The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum" by Katherine K. Davis
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Ensemble,  Columbia Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1980 
Venue:  Mormon Tabernacles, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Henry Onerati and Harry
Simeone. 
7. Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Canzon septimi toni a 8 - no 2 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble,  Cleveland Orchestra Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1968 
Venue:  Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
8. Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Performer:  Wesley Parrot (Organ)
Conductor:  Valentin Radu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ama Deus Ensemble,  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 1995 
Venue:  Trinity Episcopal Church, Ambler, PA 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
9. Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/13/1967 
Venue:  Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
10. Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1958-59 
Venue:  Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 
11. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing by Charles Burney
Performer:  Natanja Hadda (Alto), Gillian Ross (Soprano), Lucy Carolan (Organ)
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill Church, London, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
12. German Dances (3), K 605: no 3 in C major "Sleigh ride" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/12/1965 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
13. Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a): Alleluia by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Judith Blegen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Milan, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/19/1978 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14. Historia, der freuden und gnadenreichen Geburth...Die Geburt unsers Herren Jesu Christi, SWV 435: Der Engel sprach by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Choir,  Stuttgart Baroque Ensemble,  Cologne Musica Fiata
Date of Recording: 05/1990 
Venue:  Evangelische Kirche, Gonningen, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
15. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 2, Act 1 - March of the Wooden Soldiers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/16/1963 
Venue:  Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
16. Angels we have heard on high by Traditional
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 03/1983 
Venue:  Mormon Tabernacles, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
17. Deck the Halls by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Written: Wales, UK 
Date of Recording: 02/14/1967 
Venue:  Town Hall, Philadelphia 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
18. Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Conductor:  Anthony Newman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choral Guild of Atlanta Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks.
This selection is based on the tune "Branle l'officiel" from Thoinot
Arbeau's "Orchésographie". 
19. The first nowell by Traditional
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/29/1962 
Venue:  Philadelphia Athletic Club, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Artur Harris 
20. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Alexander Schreiner (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard P. Condie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  Salt Lake City, Utah 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Artur Harris 
21. Gloria in D major, RV 589: Laudamus te by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Jean-Claude Malgoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1976 
Venue:  Eglise du Liban, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
22. Gesu Bambino by Pietro Yon
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1983 
Venue:  Mormon Tabernacles, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
23. Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Helmut Deutsch (Piano), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Herny Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: German 
24. Requiem, Op. 48: Pie Jesu by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Lucia Popp (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888 rev 1893; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1977 
Venue:  All Saints Church, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
25. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Alexander Schreiner (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard Conde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  Salt Lake City, Utah 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Artur Harris 
26. Vespro della Beata Vergine: Deus in adjutorium by Claudio Monteverdi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1610; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1988 
Venue:  RCA Studios, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Arthur Frackenpohl 
27. Lullay, my liking, Op. 34 no 2/H 129 by Gustav Holst
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Gregg Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith Singers,  New York Brass and Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  St Michael's Church, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
28. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ayako Shinozaki (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1962 
Venue:  Philadelphia Athletic Club, PA 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Arthur Harris and Ayako Shinozaki 
29. I wonder as I wander by John Jacob Niles
Performer:  Emily van Evera (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill Church, London, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
30. O little town of Bethlehem by Lewis H. Redner
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/04/1959 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
31. Watt's Cradle Hymn by Traditional
Performer:  Tom Finucane (Guitar), Michael Lees (Countertenor), Tom Raskin (Tenor),
Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  All Saints Church, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Hugh Keyte 
32. Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Performer:  Eileen Farrell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Luther Henderson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luther Henderson Orchestra
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 09/04/1959 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
33. This Christmastide "Jessye's Carol" by Donald Fraser
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
34. O come, O come Emmanuel by Traditional
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Temple University Concert Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/08/1962 
Venue:  Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Arthur Harris 
35. O Tannenbaum by Traditional
Written: Westphalia, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/19/1961 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
36. What child is this? by Traditional
Performer:  Alexandre Lagoya (Guitar), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute), Michel Legrand (Celesta)
Conductor:  Michel Legrand
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1980 
Venue:  Olympic Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Michael Legrand 
37. Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1980 
Venue:  St Benedictus College, St Joseph, MI 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
38. It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Performer:  Eileen Farrell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Luther Henderson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luther Henderson Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/03/1959 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Luther Henderson 
39. O du fröhliche by Traditional
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/29/1962 
Venue:  Philadelphia Athletic Club, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Arthur Harris. 
40. Villancico de Navidad by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; Paraguay 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
41. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 8 in G minor "Christmas" by Arcangelo Corelli
Conductor:  Richard Kapp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1712; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/05/1979 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Ettore Pinelli 
42. Hänsel und Gretel: Abends will ich schlafen gehn "Evening Hymn" by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/22/1970 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
43. Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Boychoir,  Christmas Concert Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/08/1991 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 

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