A Christmas Festival / Biggs, Curtin, Kostelanetz, Et Al
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.
Catalog Number: SONY64354
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