- Audio CD (Oct. 12 1993)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import, Live
- Label: Sme
- ASIN: B0000028YU
- Other Editions: Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
|1. Intoruction: Jingle Bells|
|2. Mille cherubini in coro|
|3. Amazing Grace|
|5. Carol Of The Drum|
|6. The Gift Of Love|
|8. White Christmas|
|9. Ave Maria|
|10. Ave Maria|
|11. It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year|
|12. Adeste Fideles|
|13. If We Hold On Together|
|14. Medley: O Tannenbaum - Minuit, Chretien - Jingle Bells - La Virgen lava panales - O Little Town Of Bethlehem - Tu scendi dalle stelle - Joy To The World|
|15. Silent Night|
Late one Christmas Eve a few years ago, I heard a Christmas song by The Supremes on the radio. I've always been a huge Supremes fan, but I had never heard this song before. Not surprisingly, I was immediately enchanted by Diana Ross's voice (backed by the enriching sounds of The Supremes) on this Christmas classic, so I bought "The Supremes Merry Christmas" CD, and I've been enjoying it ever since.
I didn't see this "Christmas in Vienna" concert in 1992 or hear the music when it first appeared, but I recently discovered the CD, and I must say, Diana Ross hasn't lost the Christmas magic in her voice that she first expressed on the aforementioned Supremes album which was recorded in 1965.
Diana Ross's voice seems perfectly suited for traditional Christmas music, and surprisingly (at least for me), she truly sounds incredible with the rich classical orchestrations on the "Christmas in Vienna CD". She more than keeps up with Domingo and Carreras, and lends a magical touch to the lush orchestrations with her velvety-creamy voice.
I know I will enjoy this CD for many a holiday season to come. In fact, I'm sure I'll be listening to it throughout the year whenever I feel the need for a little Christmas in my heart.
The only thing missing on this CD is The Supremes, which would have embellished Diana's voice and made the music even more magical than it is. Diana Ross is still Supreme, whether she wants to be a Supreme or not.
There is a wide range of Christmas music presented in this concert, from traditional carols, such as O Come All Ye Faithful (sung in English and Latin) and O Holy Night, to the cosmopolitan pop songs such as White Christmas and It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Here, the three artists are in glorious voice, accompanied by tasteful arrangements by film composer Lalo Schifrin. Each of the artists shine individually and in tandem with each other, and you can almost sense that they are wooing each other with their contributions. Domingo and Carreras are, of course, superb in their solos and duets (listen to their fine duet of O Come All Ye Faithful, in Latin and in English) and in the new compositions, The Gift of Love and the rarely-heard Navidad. They are just as charismatic as Diana Ross on Amazing Grace and If We Hold On Together. Most importantly, you can feel the sense of shared respect in the two closing ensemble numbers.Read more ›