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Angels: Christmas with the Great Sopranos ()

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composed by Adolphe Adam, Christmas Traditional, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Gruber, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, George Frederick Handel, Giuseppe Verdi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, John Francis Wade, Pietro Mascagni, Richard Storrs Willis

This album's title, Angels: Christmas with the Great Sopranos, wisely leaves some latitude of interpretation about exactly what type of repertoire is included; this isn't all necessarily Christmas music, but there's nothing that stands out as musically inappropriate for the season. It helps to try to forget the original contexts of some of the selections, particularly Desdemona's "Ave Maria," and the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana arranged with the "Ave Maria" text. Other pieces, like Brahms' Lullaby and "I know that ...

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  1. Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  2. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)
  3. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu
  4. Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
  5. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)
  6. Wiegenlied ("Guten Abend, gut Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4
  7. Otello, opera: Ave Maria, piena di grazia
  8. Vesperae solennes de confessore, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum
  9. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: I know that my Redeemer liveth
  10. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival)
  11. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesus bleibet meine Freude
  12. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Let the bright seraphim
  13. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  14. Ave Maria, for voice & orchestra (adapted from Intermezzo of "Cavalleria Rusticana")
  15. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  16. Exsultate, jubilate, motet for soprano & orchestra, K. 165 (K. 158a): Alleluia
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