Simply Christmas [Universal]

Simply Christmas [Universal]

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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 Plácido 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2003
Label: Imports
UPC: 0028947508120
catalogNumber: 1154015
Rank: 232106


Disc 1

  1. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fidelis)
  2. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)
  3. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52
  4. Once in Royal David's City
  5. Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  6. Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
  7. Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
  8. Wiegenlied ("Guten Abend, gut Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4
  9. In dulci jubilo, chorale setting for 4 voices, BWV 368 (BC F110)
  10. Pastoral sinfonia
  11. For unto us a child is born
  12. Ave Maria, for voice & piano (after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-
  13. Shepherds' farewell (Adieu des bergers)
  14. Wiegenlied ("Schlafe, schlafe, holder süsser Knabe"), song for voice &
  15. See Amid the Winter's Snow, for chorus
  16. What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
  17. The First Nowell (English)
  18. O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)
  19. While shepherds watched (Thos. Este's Psalter, 1592)
  20. Away in a manger (Tune: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)
  21. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssoh

Disc 2

  1. Deck the Halls (Welsh)
  2. The Holly and the Ivy (English)
  3. Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass
  4. In the Bleak Midwinter
  5. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  6. Sleigh ride
  7. The Twelve Days of Christmas
  8. Shepherds, In the field abiding (Tune: French)
  9. Tu scendi dalle stelle (Italian)
  10. I Saw Three Ships
  11. Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra "O Holy Night"
  12. O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Fore
  13. Gesù Bambino
  14. Hajej, nynej, Jezishku (Rocking Carol) (Czech)
  15. Maria Wiegenlied (Mary's Lullaby: "Maria sitzt am Rosenhag"), song for
  16. Child in a Manger
  17. Hosanna in excelsis
  18. Waltz of the snowflakes (A pine forest in winter) [The Nutcracker Suite
  19. White Christmas, song (from "Holiday Inn")
  20. Les Patineurs Valse ("Skater's Waltz"), Op. 183
  21. Mary's Little Boy Child, song

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Colin Davis   Conductor
Leontyne Price   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
John Rutter   Conductor
Joan Sutherland   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Luciano Pavarotti   Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Plácido Domingo   Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
National Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Kiri Te Kanawa   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Bach Choir   Choir, Chorus
Herbert von Karajan   Conductor
Choir of King's College, Cambridge   Choir, Chorus
Renata Tebaldi   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Ambrosian Singers   Choir, Chorus
Willi Boskovsky   Conductor
Simon Preston   Organ
John Andrews   Choir Master
James Blades   Percussion
David Corkhill   Percussion
English Chamber Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Martin Neary   Choir Director
Utah Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
David Willcocks   Organ,Conductor,Descant
Charles Wood   Harmony
Richard Bonynge   Conductor
Chicago Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Karl Münchinger   Conductor
New Philharmonia Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
London Voices   Choir, Chorus,Ensemble
Georg Solti   Conductor
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Anton Guadagno   Conductor
Winchester Cathedral Choir   Choir, Chorus
Stephen Cleobury   Organ,Conductor,Descant
Tom Finucane   Lute
Douglas Gamley   Conductor
Simon Keenlyside   Treble
William Kendall   Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
James Lancelot   Organ
Julius Rudel   Conductor
Mark Tinkler   Treble
Anthony Way   Treble,Treble Vocals
George Guest   Conductor
Simon Haynes   Vocals,Soloist
Christopher Hughes   Vocals,Soloist
Jonathan Lamb   Vocals,Soloist
Roland Robertson   Vocals,Soloist
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Chicago Symphony Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Kurt Herbert Adler   Conductor
Philip Jones Brass Ensemble   Brass Ensemble
Wiener Mozart Ensemble   Ensemble
Robin Barter   Treble
Russell Burgess   Choir Director
Finchley Children's Music Group   Choir, Chorus
Margaret Hillis   Choir Director
Thomas Armstrong   Descant
David Briggs   Organ
Richard Suart   Bass,Bass (Vocal)
Lorin Maazel   Conductor
Wandsworth School Boys' Choir   Choir, Chorus
John Andrews   Choir Master
Goldsbrough Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Mann   Harmony
Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde   Choir, Chorus
Wiener Großstadtkinderchor   Choir, Chorus
St. Anthony Singers   Choir, Chorus
St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, London   Choir, Chorus
Reinhold Schmid   Choir Master
St. John's College Choir, Cambridge   Choir, Chorus
St. Paul's Cathedral Choristers   Choir, Chorus
Clare College Orchestra, Cambridge   Performing Ensemble
John Scott   Organ,Conductor
Philharmonia Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Carl Davis   Conductor
Clare College Choir, Cambridge   Choir, Chorus
Terry Edwards   Choir Master

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Hector Berlioz   Composer
Colin Davis   Contributor
César Franck   Composer
Charles Gounod   Composer
George Frideric Handel   Composer
Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Composer
Max Reger   Composer
John Rutter   Arranger,Text
Franz Schubert   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Ralph Vaughan Williams   Arranger
Emile Waldteufel   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Mason   Arranger
National Philharmonic Orchestra   Contributor
Bach Choir   Contributor
Clare College Choir & Orchestra, Cambridge   Contributor
Herbert von Karajan   Contributor
Choir of King's College, Cambridge   Contributor
Ambrosian Singers   Contributor
Willi Boskovsky   Contributor
John Goss   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Cullen   Arranger
English Chamber Orchestra   Contributor
Martin Neary   Director
Utah Symphony Orchestra   Contributor
Isaac Watts   Composer
David Willcocks   Arranger
Richard Bonynge   Contributor
Chicago Symphony Orchestra   Contributor
Karl Münchinger   Contributor
New Philharmonia Orchestra   Contributor
London Voices   Contributor
Georg Solti   Contributor
Charles Wesley   Composer
Anton Guadagno   Contributor
Winchester Cathedral Choir   Contributor
Donald Cashmore   Arranger
Percy Dearmer   translation
Douglas Gamley   Arranger
J.M. Neale   Text
Julius Rudel   Contributor
John Francis Wade   Composer
George Ratcliffe Woodward   Text
Joseph Mohr   Text
Martin Madan   Composer
Christina Rossetti   Librettist,Composer
Nahum Tate   Text
Jester Hairston   Composer
Harold Darke   Composer
Henry Walford Davies   Arranger
George Whitefield   Composer,Text
Alois Melichar   Text
George Guest   Contributor
Dix   Arranger
Adam Storck   Libretto Translation
Traditional   Composer
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra   Contributor
Chicago Symphony Chorus   Contributor
Kurt Herbert Adler   Contributor
Philip Jones Brass Ensemble   Contributor
William Chatterton Dix   Composer,Text
Wiener Mozart Ensemble   Contributor
Wiener Großstadkinderchor   Contributor
Russell Burgess   Director
Finchley Children's Music Group   Contributor
Lorin Maazel   Contributor
Mabel Dearmer   Text Translation
Charles Jennens   Text
Goldsbrough Orchestra   Contributor
Georg Scherer   Text
Picander   Text
Edward Teschemacher   Text
St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, London   Contributor
Philips Brooks   Text
Madan Gopal Singh   Librettist
John Scott   Arranger,Director
Herbert Stanley Oakeley   Text
Philharmonia Orchestra   Contributor
Carl Davis   Contributor
Pietro Yon   Composer
Frederick H. Martens   Text
William J. Kirkpatrick   Composer

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Simply Christmas [Universal] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Tybee217 More than 1 year ago
This CD instantly became my favorite. Gorgeous renditions of traditional and rarely heard carols. A wonderful gift.