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The Voice Of Christmas - Carreras, Ludwig, Von Otter, Et Al


Release Date: 10/15/2002 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 472569   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Lowell MasonPietro YonJohn Francis WadeTraditional,   ... 
Performer:  Dame Joan SutherlandLuciano PavarottiAnne Sofie von OtterUlf Forsberg,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard BonyngeKurt Herbert AdlerJohn Eliot GardinerHerbert von Karajan,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia OrchestraNational Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Voices,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Gesu Bambino by Pietro Yon
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Voices,  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Il est né, le divin enfant by Traditional
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Ulf Forsberg (Violin), Markus Leoson (Marimba)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: French 
5.
Hodie Christus natus est by Giovanni Bassano
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1591; Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Children's Chorus,  Vienna Friends of Music Society Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
While shepherds watched their flocks by night by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1592; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
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 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
The Holly and the Ivy by Traditional
Performer:  Anthony Way (Treble)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
Joseph, lieber Joseph mein by Traditional
Conductor:  Richard Westenburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Sacra
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Angels from the realms of glory by Traditional
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carl Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Voices
Written: France 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
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 38 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14.
In dulci jubilo, BWV 368 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Helmut Winschermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Bach Soloists,  Westfälische Kantorei
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
15.
It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Children's Chorus,  Vienna Friends of Music Society Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
16.
The first nowell by Traditional
Conductor:  Richard Westenburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Sacra
Written: England 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
Messiah, HWV 56: There were shepherds abiding in the field by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection shares track and timing with the "Pastoral Symphony" and "Glory to God" from Handel's "Messiah". 
19.
Navidad nuestra: El Nacimiento by Ariel Ramirez
Performer:  Ariel Ramirez (Piano), José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Miguel Sanchez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilbao Choral Society,  Laredo Choral Salvé
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; Argentina 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
20.
Carol of the Bells by Traditional
Conductor:  Richard Westenburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Sacra
Written: Ukraine 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
21.
Messiah, HWV 56: Lift up your heads, o ye gates by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
22.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata no 1, Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Christa Ludwig (Alto), Gundula Janowitz (Soprano),
Franz Crass (Bass)
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Mozart 
23.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
24.
Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
25.
O little town of Bethlehem by Henry Walford Davies
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
26.
What child is this? by Traditional
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
27.
I saw three ships by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
28.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Children's Chorus,  Vienna Friends of Music Society Chorus
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
29.
Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  New Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
30.
Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
31.
Sweet little Jesus boy by Traditional
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
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 51 Secs. 
Language: English 
33.
O Tannenbaum by Traditional
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir
Written: Westphalia, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: German 
34.
We wish you a merry Christmas by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass,  Elmer Iseler Singers
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
35.
Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Harvey Alan (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; England 
Length: 11 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
36.
Messiah, HWV 56: Glory to God in the highest by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Notes: This selection shares track and timing with the "Pastoral Symphony" and
"There were shepherds abiding in the field" from Handel's "Messiah". 
37.
Messiah, HWV 56: Pastoral Symphony "Pifa" by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Notes: This selection shares track and timing with "There were shepherds abiding in the field" and "Glory to God" from Handel's "Messiah". 
38.
Weihnachtslieder (6), Op. 8: no 3, Die Könige by Peter Cornelius
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856/1870; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Joy To The World
Gesù Bambino
Adeste Fideles (O come, all ye faithful)
Il est né le divin enfant
Hodie Christus natus est - Trans. Denis Arnold/Edited for performance John Eliot Gardiner
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
While Shepherds Watched
O Holy Night (Minuit Chrétien)
Coventry Carol
The Holly and the Ivy
Joseph, lieber Joseph mein - Arr. Norman Luboff
Angels from the Realms of Glory
The Three Kings
Panis Angelicus
"In dulci jubilo", BWV 368
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
The first Nowell
Once in Royal David's City - Arr. David Willcocks
Messiah - Part 1: 13. Pifa (Sinfonia pastorale) - 14. Recitativo: There were shepherds - 15. Chorus: Glory to God
Navidad Nuestra: 3. El Nacimiento (vidala catamarqueña)
Carol of the Bells - Music by M. Leontovich, Arr. Peter J. Wilhousky: Hark! how the bells
Messiah / Part 2: 31. "Lift up your heads"
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part One - For the first Day of Christmas: No.1 Chorus: "Jauchzet, frohlocket"
O Tannenbaum
Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht
Away In A Manger
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
What child is this (Greensleeves)
I Saw Three Ships
God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Good King Wenceslas
Ave Maria: arr. from Bach's Prelude No.1 BWV 846
Sweet little Jesus Boy
White Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
Fantasia On Christmas Carols

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