Placido Domingo – My Christmas (2015) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Placido Domingo – My Christmas (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:46:31 minutes | 481 MB | Genre: Classical, Christmas
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | Label: Sony Music Entertainment

A heart-warming world of Christmas magic comes alive on Placido Domingo’s new holiday album, My Christmas (Sony Classical). Available now, the album is filled with seasonal favorites, plus duets with a variety of special guests including Idina Menzel, Jackie Evancho, Placido Domingo Jr., The Piano Guys and others.

My Christmas features Domingo performing his favorites numbers like “Guardian Angels,” the haunting song composed by Harpo Marx and made famous by Mario Lanza with Idina Menzel, fresh from her triumph as the voice of Queen Elsa in Disney’s Frozen; “Pie Jesu” the pure, ethereal melody from Andrew Lloyd Webber with Jackie Evancho, the 15 year-old American singing phenomenon, who is also the youngest top-10 debut artist in U.S. history; “White Christmas,” the evergreen Irving Berlin classic with his son Placido Domingo Jr.; and “Silent Night” with The Piano Guys, whose witty mash-ups of classical favorites and pop standards have been seen over half a billion times on YouTube.

Other artists featured on My Christmas singing holiday classics with Domingo include the German superstar Helene Fischer (“What Child Is This”), whose albums have sold more than 9 million copies to date; the French heart-throb tenor Vincent Niclo (“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”); and the New Zealand singer Hayley Westenra performing “Loving Christmas,” a new song written by Placido Domingo Jr.

The must-hear seasonal favorites continue with Domingo and Banda el Recodo joining together for the Spanish-language standard “Feliz Navidad” as well as the Voices of Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program for “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”

In addition to such well-loved songs, carols and anthems, there is Mendelssohn’s rousing “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”; and an arrangement of Mozart’s sublime “Ave verum corpus,” composed shortly before his death. A festive symphonic accompaniment is provided by Czech National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Kohn.

Placido Domingo, now in his fifth decade of performing on the world’s great stages, has had the most varied career in operatic history. The Spanish singer, now 74, has sung 147 different operatic roles, more than any other performer, and he is also celebrated for his hugely successful pop and Latin albums. A gifted conductor and artistic administrator as well, he is dedicated to supporting emerging singers through his international vocal competition, Operalia.

1 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 03:49
2 Guardian Angels 03:48
3 Silent Night 03:27
4 What Child Is This 03:53
5 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 03:21
6 Hark The Herald Angels Sing 03:35
7 Pie Jesu from Requiem 03:53
8 Astro del cielo 03:16
9 Loving Christmas With You 03:43
10 It Came upon the Midnight Clear 04:40
11 White Christmas 03:44
12 Ave verum corpus K. 618 02:37
13 Feliz Navidad 02:51

Plácido Domingo – Primary Artist, Vocals
Richard Balcombe – Conductor
Frederick Ballentine – Tenor (Vocal)
La Banda el Recodo – Ensemble
Vanessa Becerra – Soprano (Vocal)
Al van der Beek – Arranger, Vocals (Background)
Lacey Jo Benter – Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Nicholas Brownlee – Bass Baritone
Helene Fischer – Vocals
Alex Christensen – Arranger, Electronics, Engineer, Keyboards
Richard Cottle – Keyboards
Czech National Symphony Choir – Choir/Chorus
Czech National Symphony Orchestra – Orchestra
Mitch Dalton – Guitar
Placido Domingo, Jr. – Composer, Vocals
Jackie Evancho – Vocals
Summer Hassan – Soprano (Vocal)
Eugene Kohn – Arranger, Conductor
Peter Könemann – Arranger, Electronics, Engineer, Keyboards, Program
Abigail Levis – Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Idina Menzel – Vocals
Rafael Moras – Tenor (Vocal)
Steven Sharp Nelson – Arranger, Cello, Vocals (Background)
Vincent Niclo – Vocals
So Young Park – Soprano (Vocal)
Andy Pask – Bass (Vocal)
The Piano Guys – Ensemble
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Orchestra
Brenton Ryan – Tenor (Vocal)
Nino Sanikidze – Music Coach, Piano
Jon Schmidt – Arranger, Piano (Cup), Vocals (Background)
Mike Smith – Drums
Andy Vinter – Piano
The Voices of Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program – Vocal Ensemble
Kihun Yoon – Baritone (Vocal)



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