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Simply Christmas


Release Date: 10/14/2003 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000123002   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John Francis WadeFranz Xaver GruberFranz SchubertHenry John Gauntlett,   ... 
Performer:  Luciano PavarottiLeontyne PriceRobin BarterDavid Briggs,   ... 
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert AdlerSir David WillcocksHerbert von KarajanStephen Cleobury,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic OrchestraLondon VoicesBach Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Includes work(s) by various composers. Soloist: Luciano Pavarotti. Includes work(s) by various composers. Soloist: Luciano Pavarotti. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Notes: Arranged: Gamley 
2.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Notes: Arranged: Cashmore 
3.
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Arranged: Sabatini 
4.
Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Performer:  Robin Barter (Treble), David Briggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
5.
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 
Notes: Arranged: Gamley 
6.
Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Notes: This selection is based on the tune "Branle l'officiel" from Thoinot
Arbeau's "Orchésographie". 
7.
Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Performer:  Stephen Cleobury (Organ), Richard Suart (Bass), Simon Keenlyside (Treble)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
8.
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 
Notes: Arranged: Gamley 
9.
In dulci jubilo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
10.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 10, Sinfonia in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
11.
Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
12.
Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Utah Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Notes: Arranged: Hazell
This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
13.
L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: L'adieu des bergers by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Anthony Singers,  Goldsborough Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850-1854; France 
14.
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 
Notes: Arranger: Douglas Gamley. 
15.
See amid the winter's snow by Traditional
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Notes: Arranged: Willcocks 
16.
What child is this? by Traditional
Performer:  Anthony Way (Boy Soprano), Tom Finucane (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Notes: Arranged: Lloyd 
17.
The first nowell by Traditional
Performer:  David Briggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Willcocks 
18.
O Tannenbaum by Traditional
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Children's Chorus,  Vienna Friends of Music Society Chorus
Written: Westphalia, Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Meyer 
19.
While shepherds watched their flocks by night by Traditional
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1592; England 
20.
Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Performer:  Anthony Way (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Notes: Arranged: Willcocks 
21.
Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  James Blades (Percussion), David Corkhill (Percussion), John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
22.
Deck the Halls by Traditional
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: Wales, UK 
Notes: Arranged: Gamley 
23.
The Holly and the Ivy by Traditional
Performer:  Roland Robertson (Baritone), Jonathan Lamb (), Christopher Hughes (),
Simon Haynes ()
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Walford Davies 
24.
Panis angelicus by César Franck
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Notes: Arranged: Gamley 
25.
In the bleak mid-winter by Harold Edwin Darke
Performer:  Anthony Way (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
26.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Performer:  David Corkhill (Percussion), John Scott (Organ), James Blades (Percussion)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Willcocks 
27.
German Dances (3), K 605: no 3 in C major "Sleigh ride" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
28.
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Traditional
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Gamley 
29.
Shepherds in the field abiding by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Notes: Arranged: Wood 
30.
Tu scendi dalle stelle by Traditional
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Guadagno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: Italy 
Notes: Arranged: Gamley 
31.
I saw three ships by Traditional
Performer:  William Kendall (Tenor), Mark Tinkler (Treble)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Willcocks 
32.
Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Notes: Arranged: Totzauer 
33.
English Hymnal: O little town of Bethlehem by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  David Briggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; England 
34.
Gesu Bambino by Pietro Yon
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Gamley 
35.
Rocking by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: Czech Republic 
Notes: Arranged: Willcocks 
36.
Schlaf, mein Kindelein by Max Reger
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Gamley 
37.
Child in the Manger by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir
Notes: Arranged: Rutter 
38.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 9, Act 1 - Waltz of the Snowflakes by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Finchley Children's Music Group members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
39.
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 
Notes: Arranged: Cullen 
40.
Les patineurs, Op. 183 by Emil Waldteufel
Conductor:  Douglas Gamley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Paris, France 
41.
Mary's boy child by Traditional
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carl Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Voices
Notes: Arranged: Cullen 
42.
Requiem: Hosanna in Excelsis by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), James Lancelot (Organ)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984 

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