Ave Maria: The Ultimate Sacred Christmas Album

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Barnes & Noble - Emily King
Barring any further record company mergers, this really may be The Ultimate Sacred Christmas Album, at least as far as vocal music is concerned. There is a great deal of truly splendid stuff here: Some of the greatest voices of the late 20th century are heard, along with master conductors and interpreters, in sacred music from the baroque of Bach to the romantic Franck to the gorgeously post-romantic Reger. By far the largest part of the album is devoted to excerpts from Handel's Messiah, but the terrific performances from Joan Sutherland, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Bryn Terfel provide plenty of individual variety. There is a nice surprise in the well-known Largo from Serse for ...
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Barnes & Noble - Emily King
Barring any further record company mergers, this really may be The Ultimate Sacred Christmas Album, at least as far as vocal music is concerned. There is a great deal of truly splendid stuff here: Some of the greatest voices of the late 20th century are heard, along with master conductors and interpreters, in sacred music from the baroque of Bach to the romantic Franck to the gorgeously post-romantic Reger. By far the largest part of the album is devoted to excerpts from Handel's Messiah, but the terrific performances from Joan Sutherland, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Bryn Terfel provide plenty of individual variety. There is a nice surprise in the well-known Largo from Serse for those of us who listen first and read the liner notes later: That was no lady, that was countertenor Andreas Scholl in a part that Handel originally wrote for castrato. The only off-note is the sadly faded performance by José Carerras on the Bach/Gounod "Ave Maria." But this is utterly offset by the delightful surprise of Anne Sofie von Otter's serenely beautiful rendition of Max Reger's "Maria Wiegenlied." Hers may be the most sublime performance of all in this uplifting collection of some of Christianity's most inspired compositions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2000
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028946593226
  • Catalog Number: 465932
  • Sales rank: 250,037

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leontyne Price Soprano (Vocal)
Joan Sutherland Soprano (Vocal)
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Luciano Pavarotti Tenor (Vocal)
José Carreras Tenor (Vocal)
Marilyn Horne Soprano (Vocal)
National Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Kiri Te Kanawa Soprano (Vocal)
Herbert von Karajan Conductor
Roger Norrington Conductor
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Performing Ensemble
English Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Neville Marriner Conductor
Sylvia McNair Vocals
Barry Rose Conductor
Anne Sofie von Otter Vocals
Adrian Boult Conductor
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Karl Münchinger Conductor
Trevor Pinnock Conductor
Cecilia Bartoli Soprano (Vocal)
Georg Solti Conductor
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Vienna Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Bryn Terfel Vocals
Myung-Whun Chung Conductor
Uwe Christian Harrer Conductor
Laszlo Heltay Choir Master
John Eliot Gardiner Conductor
Henry Lewis Conductor
Ave Maria Track Performer
Charles Mackerras Conductor
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Chicago Symphony Chorus Choir, Chorus
Kurt Herbert Adler Conductor
Andreas Scholl Vocals
Margaret Hillis Choir Master
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Performing Ensemble
The English Concert Performing Ensemble
Christopher Dearnley Conductor
English Baroque Soloists Ensemble
Hans Jurgen Wille Choir Master
Knut Sönstevold Bassoon
St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, London Choir, Chorus
Vienna Cantata Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chorus Choir, Chorus
John Scott Organ
Saint Cecilia Academy Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Scottish Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Michael G. Gormley Organ
Technical Credits
Franz Schubert Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Penny Bennett Art Direction
R. Peter Munves Concept
William Livingstone Liner Notes
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