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Simply Christmas [Universal]


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fidelis) - London Voices/National Philharmonic Orchestra/Kurt Adler/Luciano Pavarotti
    2. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night) - Bach Choir/David Willcocks
    3. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6) - Herbert von Karajan/Leontyne Price
    4. Once in Royal David's City - King's College Choir of Cambridge/Robin Barter/Stephen Cleobury
    5. Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French) - King's College Choir of Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury
    6. Joy to the World (theme by Handel) - New Philharmonia Orchestra/Richard Bonynge/Joan Sutherland
    7. Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582) - St. John's College Choir/Stephen Cleobury/George Guest/Simon Keenlyside/Richard Suart
    8. Wiegenlied ("Guten Abend, gut Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4 - New Philharmonia Orchestra/Anton Guadagno/Renata Tebaldi
    9. In dulci jubilo, chorale setting for 4 voices, BWV 368 (BC F110) - King's College Choir of Cambridge/David Willcocks
    10. Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Pastoral sinfonia - Karl Mnchinger
    11. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born - Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Chicago Symphony Chorus/Georg Solti
    12. Ave Maria, for voice & piano (after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1) - Utah Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel/Kiri Te Kanawa
    13. Enfance du Christ, oratorio for soprano, 2 tenors, baritone, 3 basses, chorus & orchetsra, L' ("trilogie sacre") H. 130 (Op. 25): Shepherds' farewell (Adieu des bergers) - Colin Davis
    14. Wiegenlied ("Schlafe, schlafe, holder ssser Knabe"), song for voice & piano ("Mille Cherubini in Coro"), D. 498 (Op. 98/2) - National Philharmonic Orchestra/Kurt Adler/Luciano Pavarotti
    15. See Amid the Winter's Snow, for chorus - King's College Choir of Cambridge/Simon Preston/David Willcocks
    16. What Child Is This? (Greensleeves) - Anthony Way
    17. First Nowell, The (English) - King's College Choir of Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury
    18. O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German) - Wiener Grostadkinderchor/Herbert von Karajan/Leontyne Price
    19. While shepherds watched (Thos. Este's Psalter, 1592) - King's College Choir of Cambridge/Simon Preston/David Willcocks
    20. Away in a manger (Tune: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22) - John Scott/King's College Choir of Cambridge/Anthony Way
    21. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival) - Bach Choir/The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble/James Blades/David Corkhill/David Willcocks
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Deck the Halls (Welsh) - Ambrosian Singers/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Richard Bonynge/Joan Sutherland
    2. Holly and the Ivy, The (English) - King's College Choir of Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury/Simon Haynes/Christopher Hughes/Jonathan Lamb/Roland Robertson
    3. Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass - National Philharmonic Orchestra/Kurt Adler/Luciano Pavarotti
    4. In the Bleak Midwinter - St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, London/English Chamber Orchestra/Anthony Way
    5. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English) - The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble/James Blades/David Corkhill/David Willcocks
    6. German dances (3) for orchestra, K. 605: Sleigh ride - Vienna Mozart Ensemble/Willi Boskovsky
    7. Twelve Days of Christmas, The - Ambrosian Singers/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Richard Bonynge/Joan Sutherland
    8. Shepherds, In the field abiding (Tune: French) - King's College Choir of Cambridge/David Willcocks
    9. Tu scendi dalle stelle (Italian) - New Philharmonia Orchestra/Anton Guadagno/Renata Tebaldi
    10. I Saw Three Ships - Saint John's College Choir & Cambridge Choir/George Guest/William Kendall/Mark Tinkler
    11. Cantique de Nol for voice & orchestra "O Holy Night" - Herbert von Karajan/Leontyne Price
    12. O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green") - David Briggs/King's College Choir of Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury
    13. Gsu Bambino - National Philharmonic Orchestra/Kurt Adler/Luciano Pavarotti
    14. Hajej, nynej, Jezishku (Rocking Carol) (Czech) - King's College Choir of Cambridge/David Willcocks
    15. Maria Wiegenlied (Mary's Lullaby: "Maria sitzt am Rosenhag"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 76/52 - New Philharmonia Orchestra/Richard Bonynge/Joan Sutherland
    16. Child in a Manger - Clare College Choir & Orchestra, Cambridge/John Rutter
    17. Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Hosanna in excelsis - Lorin Maazel/English Chamber Orchestra/Plcido Domingo/Winchester Cathedral Choir/James Lancelot
    18. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Waltz of the snowflakes (A pine forest in winter) - Finchley Children's Music Group/National Philharmonic Orchestra/Richard Bonynge
    19. White Christmas, song (from "Holiday Inn") - Danny Davis/Philharmonia Orchestra/London Voices/Kiri Te Kanawa
    20. Patineurs Valse, Les ("Skater's Waltz"), Op. 183 - Douglas Gamley/National Philharmonic Orchestra
    21. Mary's Little Boy Child, song - Philharmonia Orchestra/Carl Davis/London Voices/Kiri Te Kanawa
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 123002

  • Credits
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    Personnel: Robin Barter, Simon Keenlyside, Mark Tinkler, Anthony Way (treble); Stephen Cleobury , David Willcocks (descant, organ); Tom Finucane (lute); Plcido Domingo, William Kendall, Luciano Pavarotti (tenor saxophone); John Scott , David Briggs , James Lancelot, Simon Preston (organ); James Blades, David Corkhill (percussion).
    Directors: Russell Burgess; John Scott ; Martin Neary.
    Translator: Percy Dearmer.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Chicago Symphony Orchestra; St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, London; Wiener Grostadkinderchor; Goldsbrough Orchestra; Stuttgarter Kammerorchester; Lorin Maazel; English Chamber Orchestra; Finchley Children's Music Group; Philharmonia Orchestra; Carl Davis ; Clare College Choir & Orchestra, Cambridge; Karl Mnchinger; Ambrosian Singers; New Philharmonia Orchestra; Bach Choir; Chicago Symphony Chorus; King's College Choir of Cambridge; London Voices; National Philharmonic Orchestra; The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble; Utah Symphony Orchestra; Vienna Mozart Ensemble; Winchester Cathedral Choir; Kurt Adler; Richard Bonynge; Willi Boskovsky; Colin Davis ; Anton Guadagno ; George Guest; Herbert von Karajan; Julius Rudel; Georg Solti.
    Arrangers: Dix; Douglas Gamley; John Scott ; Cullen; Donald Cashmore; Mason ; Henry Walford Davies; John Rutter; Ralph Vaughan Williams; David Willcocks .
    Decca's double-disc Simply Christmas collection is a reverent, solid, non-secular tool for installing yuletide cheer. Standards like "Sleigh Ride," "Deck the Hall," and "Oh Tannenbaum" sit side by side with the somber "In the Bleak Midwinter" and "Ave Maria," glued together by church organs, choirs, and heavyweight such as Plcido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, and The Choir of King's College, Cambridge. The overall feel is that of a mass, and it generates a warmth and intimacy that's refreshingly honest. This is a sprawling, researched, novel of a record, that transcends the usual sing-songy holiday compilations, and would make a fine gift for a pious friend or family member. ~ James Christopher Monger

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