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Christmastime in Vienna
Plácido Domingo, Kaas, Fernandez
Christmastime in Vienna
Genres: International Music, Special Interest, Pop, Classical, Latin Music
 
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All the supertenors have their indulgences. Luciano Pavarotti has charity concerts in which he sings with Sting, José Carreras makes disc after disc of soppy love songs, and Placido Domingo can't stop making Christmas reco...  more »

     
   
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All the supertenors have their indulgences. Luciano Pavarotti has charity concerts in which he sings with Sting, José Carreras makes disc after disc of soppy love songs, and Placido Domingo can't stop making Christmas recordings--usually in Vienna. This one features a particularly odd assortment of guest stars: Mexican pop star Alejandro Fernández lends his pleasingly mellifluous voice to songs such as "Blanca Navidad" and "El nino del tambor," but those not already in love with French star Patricia Kaas may be baffled, even repelled. The French love to mix pop genres in ways that sound illogical to American ears, and she proves no exception, delivering pale imitations of Ethel Merman grace notes and Aretha Franklin phrasing with no sense of artistry, expression, or musical point of view. Domingo maintains his integrity throughout, even though this whole enterprise sounds hastily arranged, with some bad tuning in the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Gumpoldskirchner Spatzen (that's a choir, in case you couldn't guess). --David Patrick Stearns

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Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 09/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I don't usually care for Christmas albums, finding them rather bland...but this CD is extraordinary ! Any time, any day, it will lift your spirit. There are moments of such artistry your heart will be filled with joy. With this CD, it can be Christmas every day of the year.The reason for buying it was Alejandro Fernández, and all of his songs are exquisite, but so is the rest of it, starting with the great Plácido Domingo's "Y Nos Vamos a Belén", and Patricia Kaas' unique style and voice complete this terrific vocal ensemble. Listen to them sing the "Silent Night" finale...it's utterly awesome !My favorite tracks are Alejandro's fabulous rendition of "Blanca Navidad" ("White Christmas"), and his duet with Kaas on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". Sung in English, it's a total knockout ! This CD deserves 5 stars just for this 2 minutes and 48 seconds alone. It's sheer perfection. What I wouldn't give to have the video of this incredible concert !...and thank you Alejandro, for bringing so much glorious beauty into my life with your music !"
A Million Stars For Alejandro Fernandez!!
David A. Preiser | Tacoma, WA United States | 06/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This Cd Features Two Of My Favorite Singers...Alejandro Fernandez & Patricia Kaas!! Both Share Their Beautiful Voices And Sing Wonderful Songs, Yet, It Is Alejandro Who's Voice Is Stunning & Magical Singing These Christmas Songs!! His Versions Of "White Christmas" & "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" Are SOOO Beyond Words!! Alejandro Please Record A Christmas Cd!! Your Fans Are Waiting!!"
"Must-Buy" For Christmas Songs Lovers....
Donald C. | Bay Area, CA | 01/30/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The first time I heard about this CD, was when I saw a TV special of the three artists (Domingo, Fernandez, Kaas) performing it live. I was hooked. Placido Domingo is a well-known figure worldwide, being one of "The Three Tenors", and having, at least in my opinion, the best voice of the three. He doesn't fall short in this CD. All of his interpretations are top-notch. Alejandro Fernandez also shines with his great talent. His solo performance of "Blanca Navidad" and "El Nino Del Tambor", show just how talented the Mexican balladeer is. Smooth, gentle, yet a commanding voice, which he deploys effortlesly. Many listeners, will probably find Patricia Kass as the weak link in the trio. However, she does present the audience with a nice performance of "Amours éternels". Overall, the CD is a pleasant addition to any music lover."