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

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 028947681649
  • Catalog Number: 000539102
  • Sales rank: 259,138

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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