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A Gala Christmas in Vienna
Christmas Traditional, Franz Xaver Gruber, Howard Blake
A Gala Christmas in Vienna
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This year's edition of Placido Domingo's annual musical holiday concerts includes traditional international favorites as well as "Walking in the Air" from The Snowman, "Happy Christmas (War is Over)" by John Lennon and "Fi...  more »

      
   
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This year's edition of Placido Domingo's annual musical holiday concerts includes traditional international favorites as well as "Walking in the Air" from The Snowman, "Happy Christmas (War is Over)" by John Lennon and "First of May" by the Gibb brothers.
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Media Type: CD
Artist: DOMINGO/BRIGHTMAN/LOTTI/COCCIA
Title: GALA CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA
Street Release Date: 09/29/1998

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Great vocalists and fun and relaxing music.

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Short of expectations
Iguana | Elmhurst, Illinois USA | 12/18/1998
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I was somewhat disappointed in this album for a variety of reasons. Helmut Lotti's vocal talents are not on a par with Placido Domingo's or Sarah Brightman's but the arrangements were able to somewhat ameliorate the disparity. Not so with Cocciante. I think his voice is inconsistent with the setting, material and arrangements of this particular album and therefore disappointing. (I know, Sting did sing with Pavaroti, but I, myself, didn't like it.) As regards Placido Domingo, it's true that his voice is a gift from God; but I was taken aback by his redition of "Deck the Halls." I thought it sounded stilted, almost like Pavaroti's "Granada" on the latest "Three Tenor's" album; probably a result of the cultural disparity and Domingo's operatic style. The album's arrangements were generally very good, but the further they strayed away from a Baroque feel, the less I liked them. (The strings occasionally reminded me of a sound track to a big budget Hollywood film.) On a positive note, the chorus was wonderful, the arrangements were sumptuous and Sarah Brightman is on the album. This album gives one a chance to appreciate both the power and the ineffable sweetness of her extraordinary voice."
Christmas in Vienna V
Ralf | Zurich | Switzerland | 12/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Hi thereI read the rates here an I would like to explain something for all those who don't seem to know.As I can see the album is beeing sold here as 'A Gala Christmas in Vienna'. But the original title of the CD is 'Christmas in Vienna V'. In Europe, Christmas in Vienna is a well known christmas concert which has been performed and shown on TV here 7 times since 1992, with Plácido Domingo as host and some guest stars every time, such as Diana Ross, Patricia Kaas, Dionne Warwick, José Carreras, Michael Bolton, Vanessa Williams and so on, and it is a cult for every christmas fan.So by now there are seven albums, and this one here was the fifth, and in my opinion, by now the best volume.Anyway, any wishes of having just Sarah and Placido on the CD or to have a double CD with studio versions and so an are completly irrelevant. It could not have been made in any other way since it is a live recording of the concert.All in all, I love especially this edition of the series, and I really recommend this album.Have a wonderful christmas time!"