Ave Maria: The Ultimate Sacred Christmas Album

Ave Maria: The Ultimate Sacred Christmas Album

     
 

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 theSee more details below

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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:
0028946593226
catalogNumber:
465932

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Tracks

  1. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52
  2. Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra "O Holy Night"
  3. Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass
  4. Ombra mai fu
  5. Alleluia
  6. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  7. Ave Maria, for voice & piano (after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-
  8. See the Conqu'ring Hero Comes
  9. Maria Wiegenlied (Mary's Lullaby: "Maria sitzt am Rosenhag"), song for
  10. Jauchzet, Frohlocket!
  11. O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion
  12. For Unto us a Child is Born
  13. Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion
  14. Hallelujah!
  15. I Know That my Redeemer Liveth
  16. The Trumpet Shall Sound
  17. Amen

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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
Scholl   Vocals
Margaret Hillis   Choir Master
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment   Performing Ensemble
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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