For Leontyne Price, 1960 was probably the most important year of her life. In that year she signed her first contract with the Metropolitan Opera, made her debut at La Scala, then triumphantly swept through a crowded schedule of European summer festival appearances and recording sessions. Studying at Juilliard School of Music she was heard by composer-critic Virgil Thomson who asked her to appear in the revival of his Four Saints in Three Acts. Then came the role of Bess in the now-famous revival of Porgy and Bess; and later her Covent Garden debut in Aida. Now, after her outstanding performance in the Verdi Requiem on RCA 0 SER 4526/7 ~ RE 25026/7, she offers us a selection of favourite carols, equally beautifully sung and with superb accompaniments from The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Karajan. A recital expressive of Christmas rejOicing and an invitation to spend Christmas with Leontyne.
Silent night; Hark! The herald angels sing; "Ve three kings of Orient are; Angels we have heard on high; 0 Tannenbaum; God rest ye merry, gentlemen;
I t came upon the midnight clear; Vom Himmel hoch; Sweet l'il Jesus; Ave Maria (Schubert); 0 holy night; Ave Maria (Bach- Gounod); Alleluja (Mozart)
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Der Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde and Der Wiener Grossstadtkinderchor conducted /nJ Karajan o SXL 2294 ~ LXT 5657
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