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Christmas Around The World / Bolzano-trento Haydn Orchestra


Release Date: 12/30/2003 
Label:  Arts Music   Catalog #: 49008   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Xaver GruberTraditionalAdolphe AdamKatherine K. Davis,   ... 
Performer:  Simone NoldArmando GabbaDana McKayErnesto Grisales,   ... 
Conductor:  Barry FaldnerOla RudnerAngelo Campori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn OrchestraLeonhard Lechner Children's Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Like a Christmas tree on which every family member has placed his or her favorite ornament--an assortment that inevitably ranges from the beautiful and finely crafted to the funky and even ugly--this collection of carols and songs from all over the world varies in quality but overall makes a satisfying impression. Fans of Christmas music will recognize and appreciate most of the selections, from "Stille Nacht" and "The Little Drummer Boy" to "Cantique de Noël", "I wonder as I wander", and "In dulci jubilo". But there also are many tunes not so well known outside their home countries--the Bohemian lullaby "Haje, muje andilku", a beautiful and touching Russian Cossack song Read more "Bajuschki Baju", the sweet Italian song "Dormi, dormi", the lovely German traditional song "Leise rieselt der Schnee" (enhanced by the presence of children's voices), and the lushly scored Neapolitan tune "Quando nascette Nino" (which begins oddly like Handel's "He shall feed His flock"), well sung by tenor Ernesto Grisales. We also hear some decidedly non-Christmas pieces--"Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel", "Swing low, sweet chariot", "Nobody knows"--along with the beloved Bach/Gounod Ave Maria and Franck's Panis Angelicus.

The singing--which is mostly done by adult soloists with substantial voices--varies from excellent to embarrassing, this last embodied in the absolute worst rendition of "White Christmas" you'll ever hear, mangled by a soprano and tenor who have no concept of the pop-style they're trying to capture, all of which is sabatoged by a horrendous arrangement. For the most part, however (except for a goofy, overwrought "Jingle Bells") the orchestral arrangements and vocal performances are quite good, and some are really excellent. Special mention should go to soprano Simone Nold and mezzo Graciela Alperyn, whose singing is always tasteful and interpretively consistent with the music. A children's chorus appears on a few of the tracks and several of the pieces are scored for more than one voice. I must admit that after "Jingle Bells" (track 2) I thought of moving on to a different recording--but as the program progressed I found myself enjoying it more--especially hearing tunes I'd rarely or never heard before. There are no texts or translations--so you just have to sit back and listen, which after all is really the point. The sound places singers forward in the mix--slightly disorienting but something you get used to. In general, a pleasant, uneven, unfailingly interesting Christmas CD.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Simone Nold (Soprano), Armando Gabba (Baritone), Dana McKay (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Barry Faldner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Andrea Liotta 
2.
Hajej, Nynej, Jezisku by Traditional
Performer:  Simone Nold (Soprano)
Conductor:  Barry Faldner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Written: Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Czech 
Notes: Arranged: Andrea Liotta 
3.
Kommet, ihr Hirten by Traditional
Performer:  Dana McKay (Mezzo Soprano), Simone Nold (Soprano)
Conductor:  Barry Faldner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Armando Franceschini 
4.
Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Simone Nold (Soprano)
Conductor:  Barry Faldner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: French 
5.
The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum" by Katherine K. Davis
Performer:  Ernesto Grisales (Tenor), Sabina Macculi (Soprano), Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Ola Rudner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Hubert Stuppner 
6.
Señora Dona Maria by Traditional
Performer:  Antonio Siragusa (Tenor), Graciela Alperyn (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Angelo Campori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Written: Chile 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Francesco Brazzo 
7.
Kling Glöckchen, klingeling by Traditional
Conductor:  Ola Rudner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra,  Leonhard Lechner Children's Choir
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Francesco Brazzo 
8.
Dormi, dormi bambin by Traditional
Performer:  Antonio Siragusa (Tenor)
Conductor:  Angelo Campori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranged: Armando Franceschini 
9.
Oh Mary, what you gonna name that pretty little baby? by Traditional
Performer:  Jeannette Thomson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Angelo Campori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Written: by 1904 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Armando Franceschini 
10.
Leise rieselt der Schnee by Traditional
Performer:  Simone Nold (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ola Rudner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra,  Leonhard Lechner Children's Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Hubert Stuppner 
11.
Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Simone Nold (Soprano)
Conductor:  Barry Faldner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Hubert Stuppner 
12.
Panis angelicus by César Franck
Performer:  Antonio Siragusa (Tenor)
Conductor:  Angelo Campori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13.
Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Jeannette Thomson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Angelo Campori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
14.
Adorar al niño by Traditional
Performer:  Graciela Alperyn (Mezzo Soprano), Ernesto Grisales (Tenor)
Conductor:  Angelo Campori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Hubert Stuppner 
15.
Swing low, sweet chariot by Traditional
Performer:  Jeannette Thomson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Angelo Campori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Craig Bohmler 
16.
Nobody knows the trouble I've seen by Traditional
Performer:  Jeannette Thomson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Angelo Campori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Craig Bohmler 
17.
Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel? by Traditional
Performer:  Jeannette Thomson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Angelo Campori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Craig Bohmler 
18.
In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Performer:  Jeannette Thomson (Soprano), Graciela Alperyn (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Angelo Campori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Hubert Stuppner 
19.
I wonder as I wander by John Jacob Niles
Performer:  Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Ola Rudner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Andrea Liotta 
20.
Bayu, bayushki, bayu "Lullaby" by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Graciela Alperyn (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Angelo Campori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Hubert Stuppner 
21.
Quando nascete Ninno by Traditional
Performer:  Ernesto Grisales (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ola Rudner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranged: Hubert Stuppner 
22.
Holiday Inn: White Christmas by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Antonio Siragusa (Tenor), Jeannette Thomson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Angelo Campori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Francesco Brazzo 
23.
Jingle Bells by James Pierpont
Performer:  Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Ola Rudner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra,  Leonhard Lechner Children's Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; USA 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Venue:  Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Hubert Stuppner 

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