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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

Decca's double-disc Simply Christmas collection is a reverent, solid tool for installing yuletide cheer. Standards like "Sleigh Ride," "Deck the Hall," and "O Tannenbaum" sit side by side with the somber "In the Bleak Midwinter" and "Ave Maria," glued together by church organs, choirs, and heavyweight such as Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, and The Choir of King's College, Cambridge. The overall feel is that of a mass, and it generates a warmth and intimacy that's refreshingly honest. This is a sprawling, researched, novel of a record, that transcends the usual sing-songy holiday compilations, and would make a fine gift for a pious friend or family Read more member.

– James Christopher Monger, All Music Guide 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
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
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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 Simply Beautiful December 9, 2014 By R. White (Warrenton, VA) See All My Reviews "The title says it all. It is truly a beautiful collection of Christmas music." Report Abuse
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