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The Ultimate Classical Christmas Album of All Time


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. I Wonder As I Wander - Promise of Ages/Taverner Consort
    2. Villancico de Navidad, for guitar
    3. O Little Town of Bethlehem - Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Marilyn Horne
    4. Hnsel und Gretel, opera: Children's Prayer - NYPO/Bernstein
    5. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming), for chorus - James H. Litton/The American Boychoir/Robert DeCormier/Christmas Concert Chorus/Frederica Von Stade
    6. Coventry Carol (2): "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child" - Luther Henderson & His Orchestra
    7. Wexford Carol, The ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish) - Promise of Ages/Taverner Consort
    8. Cradle ("Watt's") Hymn - Michael Less/Choir of Westminster Abbey/Emma Kirkby/Tom Raskin
    9. Concerto Grosso in G minor ("Christmas Concerto"), Op. 6/8: Pastoral Ad Libitum - Largo - Philharmonia Virtuosi
    10. O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German) - Rita Ford
    11. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Luther Henderson & His Orchestra
    12. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: Largo - Zukerman/Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
    13. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)
    14. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu - Philharmonia Orchestra/Andrew Davis/Ambrosian Singers/Lucia Popp
    15. Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Ich Steh' an deiner Krippen hier (I stand here by Thy crib) (Choral) - Stuttgart Bach Collegium/Gchinger Kantorei Stuttgart
    16. Lullay my liking, for soprano & chorus, Op. 34/2, H. 129 - New York Brass and Percussion Ensemble/Texas Boys Choir/Gregg Smith
    17. What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
    18. O come, O come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, emmanuel), carol - Ormandy/Temple University Concert Choir
    19. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night) - Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Philadelphia Brass
    20. Wiegenlied ("Guten Abend, gut Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus - Ormandy/Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    2. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival) - Ormandy/Temple University Concert Choir
    3. Cantique de Nol for voice & orchestra "O Holy Night" - Gumpoldskirchner Kinderchor/Plcido Domingo/Vienna Symphony Orchestra/Steven Mercurio/Luciano Pavarotti
    4. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Eugene Ormandy
    5. Little Drummer Boy, The (Carol of the Drum), carol - Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Columbia Brass and Percussion Ensemble
    6. Vespro della beata vergine, for chorus & instruments, SV 206: Deus in adjutorium - Canadian Brass
    7. Gloria, for 3 solo voices, chorus, trumpet, oboe, violin (ad lib), 2 violas, 2 cellos, strings & continuo in D major, RV 589: Laudemus te - Jean-Claude Malgoire/La Grande curie et la Chambre du Roy/La Chambre du Roy
    8. German dance for orchestra in C major ("Die Schlittenfahrt"), K. 605/3 - NYPO/Bernstein
    9. Deck the Halls (Welsh) - Philadelphia Brass
    10. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival) - Taverner Consort
    11. Gsu Bambino - Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Marilyn Horne
    12. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fidelis) - Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Philadelphia Brass
    13. First Nowell, The (English) - Ormandy
    14. Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French) - Chestnut Brass Company/Choral Guild of Atlanta/Anthony Newman
    15. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 1. March - Ormandy
    16. Exsultate, jubilate, motet for soprano & orchestra, K. 165 (K. 158a): 1. Allegro (Exsultate) - Judith Blegen
    17. Sacrae Symphoniae: No. 2: Canzon septimi toni, for 8 parts - Cleveland Brass Ensemble/Philadelphia Brass
    18. Die Geburt unsers Herren Jesu Christi, for chorus, instruments & continuo, SWV 435: Die Menge der Engel - Kammerchor Stuttgart/Barockorchester Stuttgart/Musica Ficta/Khn
    19. Joy to the World (theme by Handel) - Philadelphia Brass
    20. Once in Royal David's City - Chestnut Brass Company
    21. O du frhliche, o du selige, gnadenbringende Weihnachtszeit, carol (tune "O Sanctissima") - Ormandy
    22. Angels We Have Heard on High - Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Marilyn Horne
    23. Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): Magnificat - Helmuth Rilling
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 87771

  • Credits
    ProducerDavid Mottley; David Oppenheim; Charles Beaudrot; John Williams; John Ostendorf; Steven Epstein; Howard H. Scott; Roy Emerson; Georges Kadar; James Mallinson; John Hadden; John McClure; Andrew Kazdin; Paul Myers; Thomas & Richard Frost
    Engineer

    Adapter: Luca Logi.
    Personnel: Natanya Hadda (alto); John Williams , Alexandre Lagoya, Tom Finucane (guitar); Ayako Shinozaki (harp); Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle); Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute); Michel Legrand (celesta); E. Power Biggs, Lucy Carolan, Alexander Schreiner (organ).
    Recording information: Air Studios, London, England (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); All Saints Parish Church, Tooting Graveny, London, Engl (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia, PA (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); Carnegie Hall, New York, NY (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York, NY (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); Eglise du Liban, Paris, France (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); Evangelical Church, Gnningen, Germany (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); Gedchtniskirche, Stuttgart, Germany (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); Henry Wood Hall, Trinity Church Square, London, England (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); Manhattan Center, New York, NY (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); Mormon Tabernacles, Salt Lake City, UT (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); New York, NY (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); Olympic Studios, London, England (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); Philadelphia Athletic Club, Philadelphia, PA (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); Philadelphia, PA (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); Philharmonic Hall, New York, NY (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); RCA Studios, New York, NY (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); Salt Lake City, UT (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); St. Benedictus College, St. Joseph, MN (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); St. Jude-On-The Hill Church, Hampstead Garden, London, (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); St. Michael's Church, New York, NY (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA (11/02/1958-12/23/1999); Trinity Episcopal Church, Ambler, PA (11/02/1958-12/23/1999).
    Directors: Jerold D. Ottley; Richard Condie.
    Editor: John Williams .
    Ensemble: Gregg Smith.
    Arrangers: Lucien Cailliet; Hugh Keyte; Michel Legrand; Arthur Frackenpohl; Arthur Harris; Luther Henderson; Ayako Shinozaki; David Willcocks .

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