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The Most Fabulous Classical Christmas Album Ever!


Release Date: 09/26/2000 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63712   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  TraditionalCharles GounodKatherine K. DavisLeroy Anderson,   ... 
Performer:  Placido DomingoAlfred KripsSergio FranchiJames Galway,   ... 
Conductor:  Helmuth FroschauerArthur FiedlerMarty GoldJames Galway,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian BrassVienna Symphony OrchestraArthur Fiedler Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This selection contains both AAD and DDD recordings.
Christmastime is a season made for familiar traditions: food, decorations, and music. This collection of seasonal favorites is an anthology of some of the world's most popular performers. From legendary pops conductor Arthur Fiedler to the voice of Mario Lanza, these are artists recognized in homes across the country.
Timeless classics such as Morton Gould and the RCA Symphony Orchestra's 'Jingle Bells' and Robert Shaw Chorale's 'Deck the Halls' are the epitome of Christmas cheer. Performed with crowd-pleasing flair, the music is equally at home as the centerpiece of a listening experience, or in the background of a family gathering. So pleasant, so familiar, everyone will recognize
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Works on This Recording

1. The Angel Choir and the Trumpeter by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
2. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Helmuth Froschauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Notes: Arranged: Helmuth Froschauer
This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
3. Carol of the Bells by Traditional
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arthur Fiedler Chorus,  Arthur Fiedler Orchestra
Written: Ukraine 
Notes: Arranged: Wilhousky 
4. The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum" by Katherine K. Davis
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arthur Fiedler Chorus,  Arthur Fiedler Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Hayman 
5. Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
6. Holiday Inn: White Christmas by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Alfred Krips (Violin)
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Mason 
7. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Sergio Franchi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marty Gold
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
8. Fantasia on "I saw three ships" by Traditional
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  James Galway
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
9. Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Written: England 
Notes: Orchestrated: Morton Gould 
10. O Tannenbaum by Traditional
Performer:  Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantin Callinicos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Henri Rene & His Orchestra,  Alexander (New Age)
Written: Westphalia, Germany 
11. Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantin Callinicos
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
12. The Holly and the Ivy by Traditional
Performer:  Emily Mitchell (Voice), Emily Mitchell (Harp)
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Mitchell 
13. Silver Bells by Jay Livingston
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Harris
This selection was written in collaboration with with Ray Evans. 
14. Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Harris 
15. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Notes: Arranged: Harris 
16. We wish you a merry Christmas by Traditional
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra Chorus
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Harris 
17. What child is this? by Traditional
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Notes: Arranged: Harris 
18. I wonder as I wander by John Jacob Niles
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arthur Fiedler Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Notes: Arranged: Hayman 
19. Angels we have heard on high by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: France 
Notes: Arranged: Shaw and Parker 
20. Deck the Halls by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Wales, UK 
Notes: Arranged: Shaw and Parker 
21. God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Shaw and Parker 
22. Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Robert Arnold (Organ), Robert Conant (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
23. Messiah, HWV 56: He shall feed His flock...Come unto Him by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Benita Valente (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michael Korn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
24. Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Performer:  Osian Ellis (Harp)
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Notes: Arranger: Osian Ellis.
This selection is based on the tune "Branle l'officiel" from Thoinot
Arbeau's "Orchésographie". 
25. Good Christian men, rejoice by Traditional
Conductor:  Hans Gillesberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir
Written: Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Bauernfeind 
26. The first nowell by Traditional
Performer:  John Grady (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Cable 
27. Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  John Grady (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Frackenpohl 
28. Jingle Bells by James Pierpont
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Morton Gould 

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