A Christmas Festival / Biggs, Curtin, Kostelanetz, Et Al

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A CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL is that rarity when it comes to holiday music: an album driven by more than the common theme of the music. While it does feature a host of seasonal favorites, the show stars remarkable performances, making it a joy any time of year.
The album has been digitally remastered from original recordings made in the late 1960s. The first half of the album features the organ of St. Michael's Church in New York City, played by E. Power Biggs. The majesty of the room can be felt in both the rich organ tones as well as in the chorus' delivery. The second half of the album features the vocals of soprano Phyllis Curtin. In contrast to the all-male vocals of the St. Michael's performances, Curtin gives the album a refreshing female presence. Even when singing with full orchestra, her voice gives intimacy to the music.

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: SONY64354

  • UPC: 074646435427

  • Label: Sony

  • Composer: Adolphe Adam, Bernard De La Monnoye, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Xaver Gruber, Gustav Holst, Henry Walford Davies, James Pierpont, John Francis Wade, John Henry Hopkins Jr., Lowell Mason, Michael Praetorius, Richard Storrs Willis, Traditional, William James Kirkpatrick

  • Conductor: Andre Kostelanetz, Gregg Smith

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra, Gregg Smith Singers, New York Brass and Percussion Ensemble, St. Kilian Boychoir, Texas Boy's Choir Fort Worth

  • Performer: E. Power Biggs, Phyllis Curtin