A Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert

CarnegieChristmasSuggested by Brad Nelson • Filmed live at Carnegie Hall in 1992, this Christmas extravaganza is conducted by André Previn and features opera divas Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Stade with jazz legend Wynton Marsalis.
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  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Might I humbly recommend this truly exquisite holiday performance that is elegant but not stuffy. I think this will quickly become a holiday classic. It would be a good gift for those looking to bring a little authentic cheer and class into the Christmas season. This is the opposite of “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”

    The video presentation of this concert is the item to get. You must see these beautiful ladies in their stunning dresses. They are marvelous performers. But you could also spring for the CD at a very reasonable price (which is also available for mp3 download).

    This is a mix of semi-modern and old-school. It includes toe-tapping classics such as “Go Tell it on the Mountain” and a few more operatic numbers. My favorite of the bunch is “Mary’s Little Boy Chile” from 1956.

    Frederica von Stade is in pitch perfect in her arias and Kathleen Battle is all charm in “My Favorite Things.” This is a good and rare pairing of talents who blend nicely on the stage. Marsalis does a wonderful bluesy rendition of “Winter Wonderland.”

    The songs include:

    Mary’s Little Boy Chile
    
The Twelve Days of Christmas

    Gesu Bambino
    
Alleluja from Exsultate, Jubilate, KV. 158a
    Winter Wonderland
    
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

    I Wonder as I Wander

    Who Was Mary? Mary Was Queen of Galilee
    
Sister Mary Had-A But One Child

    Go Tell It on the Mountain

    My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music
    
We Three Kings of Orient Are
    
Abendsegen (Evening Prayer) from Hansel and Gretel
    
Maria Wiegenlied, Op.76, No.52
    
I Saw Three Ships
    Away In A Manger

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