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Christmas À La Carte / Bartoli, Domingo, Mutter, Et Al


Release Date: 10/12/1999 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 459155   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachCésar FranckJohnny MarksFranz Xaver Gruber,   ... 
Performer:  Cecilia BartoliChristine SchäferBryn TerfelLuciano Pavarotti,   ... 
Conductor:  John Eliot GardinerMyung-Whun ChungArthur FiedlerRichard Westenburg,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi ChoirSanta Cecilia Academy Rome OrchestraBoston Pops,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The holidays are a time of nostalgia and looking back with fondness on seasons gone by. CHRISTMAS A LA CARTE collects the greatest hits from Christmas albums spanning nearly 30 years, from 1970 to 1998. From the Christine Schäfer's performance of Mozart's "Alleluja" from 'Exsultate, Jubilate,' to the Boston Pops' version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," the music covers the full scope of the holiday spirit.
Top orchestras and solo performers from around the world join together, singing the praises of the season. Their music sets the mood for a joyous holiday gathering, both festive and peaceful.
The holidays are a time of nostalgia and looking back with fondness on seasons gone by. CHRISTMAS A LA CARTE collects the greatest hits from Christmas albums spanning nearly 30 years, from 1970 to 1998. From the Christine Schäfer's performance of Mozart's "Alleluja" from 'Exsultate, Jubilate,' to the Boston Pops' version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," the music covers the full scope of the holiday spirit.
Top orchestras and solo performers from around the world join together, singing the praises of the season. Their music sets the mood for a joyous holiday gathering, both festive and peaceful. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62: no 1, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: German 
2. Panis angelicus by César Franck
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Johnny Marks
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording.
Arranged: Leroy Anderson and Richard Hayman 
4. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Richard Westenburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Sacra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Alice Parker and Robert Shaw 
5. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 13, Act 2 - Waltz of the Flowers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
6. Lieder (5), Op. 41: no 1, Wiegenlied by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Christine Schäfer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: German 
7. O come, O come, Emmanuel for Chorus by Zoltán Kodály
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; Hungary 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Hungarian 
8. Noëls pour les instruments, H 534: no 5, Où s'en vont ces gais bergers by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
9. Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a): Alleluia by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christine Schäfer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10. O magnum mysterium by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1572; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11. Messiah, HWV 56: Thus saith the Lord... by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "But who may abide the day of his coming" from 'Messiah.' 
12. Messiah, HWV 56: But who may abide the day of His coming? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Thus saith the Lord of Hosts" from 'Messiah.' 
13. Les patineurs, Op. 183 by Emil Waldteufel
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Paris, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 42 Secs. 
14. Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Conductor:  Simon Preston
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
15. Le sette parole di Nostro Signore: Qual giglio candido by Saverio Mercadante
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
16. Berceuse for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 16 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
17. Die lustige Witwe: Lippen schweigen by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 

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