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20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Great Voices
     

20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Great Voices

 
It's Christmas with a bunch of opera singers. This discount-priced compilation leads off with Luciano Pavarotti intoning the English lyrics of "O Holy Night" in his heavy Italian accent, which gives a good indication to the potential customer about what the rest of the disc is like. After a verse, Pavarotti wisely switches over to Italian, eliminating the self-parody

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It's Christmas with a bunch of opera singers. This discount-priced compilation leads off with Luciano Pavarotti intoning the English lyrics of "O Holy Night" in his heavy Italian accent, which gives a good indication to the potential customer about what the rest of the disc is like. After a verse, Pavarotti wisely switches over to Italian, eliminating the self-parody of the first two minutes of the track and the album. But the point is made. The cumbersomely titled The Best of Great Voices of Christmas: 20th Century Masters/The Christmas Collection is a solemn, self-serious treatment of holiday music composed by the likes of Handel, Mozart, and Bach, as performed by some of the top opera singers of the 1970s, '80s, and '90s. Those performances tend to be more impressive the further they get from conventional Christmas carols. These tenors and sopranos (and choirs) are much more comfortable with Handel's Messiah (Marilyn Horne's "O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion" and "Hallelujah" by the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Orchestra and Chorus) and Bach's Christmas Oratorio (Elly Ameling's "Flösst, Mein Heiland, Flösst Dein Namen") than they are with traditional fare like "Good King Wenceslas" (Joan Sutherland) and "The Twelve Days of Christmas" (Kiri Te Kanawa) that actually make smaller demands on their voices. An exception to this rule, however, is Renata Tebaldi's interpretation of "What Child Is This?," which manages to be both high-flown and moving.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0028947681649
catalogNumber:
000539102

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joan Sutherland   Soprano (Vocal)
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Luciano Pavarotti   Tenor (Vocal)
José Carreras   Tenor (Vocal)
Marilyn Horne   Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Plácido Domingo   Tenor (Vocal)
Elly Ameling   Soprano (Vocal)
National Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Kiri Te Kanawa   Soprano (Vocal)
Peter Schreier   Conductor
Renata Tebaldi   Soprano (Vocal)
Ambrosian Singers   Choir, Chorus
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields   Performing Ensemble
Neville Marriner   Conductor
George Thalben-Ball   Organ
Richard Bonynge   Conductor
New Philharmonia Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
London Voices   Choir, Chorus
Karl-Heinz Loges   Conductor
Henry Lewis   Conductor
Damian Sanchez   Conductor
Patricia Clark   Soprano (Vocal)
Kurt Herbert Adler   Conductor
Eugen Jochum   Conductor
Wandsworth School Boys' Choir   Choir, Chorus
Bilbao Choir   Choir, Chorus
Bilbao Choral Society   Choir, Chorus
Vienna Cantata Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Philharmonia Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Dresden Staatskapelle   Choir, Chorus,Performing Ensemble
Carl Davis   Conductor
MDR Leipzig Radio Chorus   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Charles Gounod   Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Composer
Ariel Ramírez   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Karl-Heinz Loges   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination

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