The Christmas Album - Agnes Baltsa (contralto); Anna Tomowa-Sintow (soprano); Berlin Philharmonic Brass Ensemble (brass ensemble); Dietrich Gerhardt (viola); Eberhard Finke (cello); Emil Maas (violin); Hans Priem-Bergrath (viola); Horst Gobel (harpsichord); Josť van Dam (bass)
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  1. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)
  2. Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): 1. Magnificat
  3. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: March
  4. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  5. Concerto Grosso in F minor ("Christmas Concerto "), Op. 1/8: Pastorale. Andante
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  1. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)
  2. Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): 1. Magnificat
  3. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: March
  4. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  5. Concerto Grosso in F minor ("Christmas Concerto "), Op. 1/8: Pastorale. Andante
  6. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Dance of the Reed-Pipes
  7. O Holy Night
  8. Concerto Grosso in G minor ("Christmas Concerto"), Op. 6/8: Pastorale. Largo
  9. Ave verum corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618
  10. Concerto Grosso in C major, Op. 3/12 "Christmas Pastorale": Pastorale. Largo
  11. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival)
  12. Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 3, arrangements (4) for strings, P. 172: Siciliana
  13. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
  14. Mass No. 15 for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major ("Coronation"), K. 317: Agnus Dei & Dona nobis pacem
  15. The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4: Winter. Largo
  16. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her
  17. Ave Maria, for voice & piano (after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
  18. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Waltz of the Flowers
  19. Exsultate, jubilate, motet for soprano & orchestra, K. 165 (K. 158a): Alleluja
  20. O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)
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This compilation draws Christmas music from several recordings conducted by the late Herbert von Karajan, but emphasizes two of them, both from the 1960s: a collection of Baroque Christmas pieces in a mostly pastoral vein, and an LP on which he and the Vienna Philharmonic backed the great African American soprano Leontyne Price. Neither of these recordings is easy to obtain these days, and Karajan aficionados may well be pleased to have them in a single package. Beyond that, the Price pieces, from her heyday, are gorgeous. ...

The Christmas Album 2014, Deutsche Grammophon

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