WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

The Magic Of Christmas / Te Kanawa, Pavarotti, Price, Von Stade


Release Date: 10/11/1994 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 443401   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Francis WadeTraditionalFranz Xaver GruberFranz Schubert,   ... 
Performer:  James BladesJohn ScottDavid CorkhillDame Kiri Te Kanawa,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir David WillcocksCarl DavisJoseph SilversteinGeorge Guest,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach ChoirPhilip Jones Brass Ensemble membersPhilharmonia Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  
ArkivCD  $16.99
In Stock



This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Works on This Recording

1. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  James Blades (Percussion), John Scott (Organ), David Corkhill (Percussion)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble members
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Sir David Willcocks
This selection is preceded by a fanfare. 
2. Angels from the realms of glory by Traditional
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carl Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Cullen 
3. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: D. Cashmore 
4. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Joseph Silverstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Utah Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Length: 6 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Chris Hazell 
5. Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording.
This selection is based on the tune "Branle l'officiel" from Thoinot Arbeau's "Orchésographie".
This selection is based on the tune "Branle l'officiel" from Thoinot
Arbeau's "Orchésographie". 
6. The first nowell by Traditional
Performer:  Stephen Cleobury (Organ)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Sir David Willcocks
This selection is an ADD recording. 
7. 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 
Date of Recording: 1976 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Gamley
This selection is an ADD recording. 
8. Away in a manger by William J. Kirkpatrick
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1984 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Stephen Cleobury 
9. God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Performer:  David Briggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1984 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Sir David Willcocks 
10. 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: 1965 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Gamley
This selection is an ADD recording. 
11. 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: 1965 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Gamley
This selection is an ADD recording. 
12. Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Performer:  Robin Barter (Boy Soprano), David Briggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 1984 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: A. H. Mann 
13. The Holly and the Ivy by Traditional
Performer:  Roland Robertson (Baritone), Simon Haynes (), Jonathan Lamb (),
Christopher Hughes ()
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1984 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Henry Walford Davies 
14. It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra members
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Meyer
This selection is an ADD recording. 
15. In dulci jubilo by Robert Lucas Pearsall
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: R. Jacques 
16. 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 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
17. While shepherds watched their flocks by night by Traditional
Performer:  Stephen Cleobury (Organ)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1592; England 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Sir David Willcocks
This selection is an ADD recording. 
18. 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 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Gamley
This selection is an ADD recording. 
19. On Christmas Night "Sussex Carol" by Traditional
Performer:  David Briggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1984 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: P. Ledger 
20. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Utah Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Chris Hazell
This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
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 members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Sir David Willcocks
This selection is followed by a fanfare. 
22. 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 
Date of Recording: 1976 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording.
Arranger: Douglas Gamley. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 great holiday music January 11, 2014 By Christopher H. (Greenbelt, MD) See All My Reviews "I love choir coral music at Christmas and this album fills the bill, all three of these choirs are at the top of their game. This was indeed a magical Christmas album." Report Abuse
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook