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Christmas Recitals - Joan Sutherland - Joy To The World


Release Date: 10/12/2004 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 4756153   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Lowell MasonRichard Storrs WillisAdolphe AdamCharles Gounod,   ... 
Performer:  Dame Joan SutherlandValda Aveling
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia OrchestraAmbrosian Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 40 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The bright recording and arrangements (lots of bells, shiny brass) go delightfully with Sutherland's high-placed voice, at its most fabulous in 1965 when this was recorded. There are fewer embellishments to the vocal line than you might expect (or want) from Dame Joan, but the added trills in "Joy to the World" are indeed a joy; the riff at the end of "Deck the hall" is as unexpected as it is delicious. There and in "The twelve days of Christmas" we get such cute, quick singing that this CD is set apart from the usual Christmas pack. Her "O holy night" is set so high that it's hard to believe how easily she gets the big D-flat above C on the final "divine". A simply sung "Good King Wenceslas" finds her alternating verses with one Patricia Read more Clarke, who sounds like a young girl; "The Holly and the Ivy" is a tinkly delight. In some of the carols Sutherland's famously mushy diction is very much in evidence ("O divine redeemer" might as well be in Urdu; "Ave Maria" is practically funny in its incomprehensibility)--but oddly, we get every word of "The twelve days..." In short, this is joyful and gleaming, just like La Stupenda's voice, and remarkably un-boring, in contrast with most collections of this sort of music.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

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 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
2. It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
3. Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
4. Repentir "O Divine Redeemer" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
5. What child is this? by Traditional
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
6. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7. The Twelve Days of Christmas by Traditional
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: English 
8. Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Valda Aveling (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
9. Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
10. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: German 
11. The Holly and the Ivy by Traditional
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
12. Angels we have heard on high by Traditional
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
13. Deck the Halls by Traditional
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: Wales, UK 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
14. Schlaf, mein Kindelein by Max Reger
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Joy To The World
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
O Holy Night
Repentir (O Divine Redeemer)
What child is this (Greensleeves)
Adeste Fideles (O come, all ye faithful)
The Twelve Days Of Christmas
Good King Wenceslas
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
The Virgin's Slumber Song
"Ellens Gesang III", D839: Ave Maria
The Holly and the Ivy
Angels We Have Heard On High
Deck The Hall With Boughs Of Holly

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