Sunday, December 8, 2013

A Sopranos Christmas

No, not Tony Soprano and his family sitting around the fireplace singing Christmas carols.  My last share was a record from exquisite soprano Elly Ameling, so I thought I'd follow up with another amazing soprano, Joan Sutherland.

Joan Sutherland is one of the grande dames of opera, Australian born to Scottish parents.  She has an amazing voice and a storied career.  Her Christmas songs occasionally appear on commercial collections, but fortunately for us, this record, "Joy of Christmas" is not available in CD or MP3 form.

The selections include both religious-themed songs, such as "Ave Maria", "O Divine Redeemer", and "O Holy Night", as well as secular carols such as "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and "Deck the Hall".  All in all, this is a very enjoyable collection from Ms. Sutherland.


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  1. Thank you for this Dame Joan treat!

  2. says "file unavailable"?

  3. Shame, shame, shame on Decca for letting this one go out of print! I have this on LP (I bought it some time in the 1970s) and CD (from when Decca DID issue it), and it's gloriously wonderful, with Dame Joan in her absolute prime and ascending to dizzying heights effortlessly. (That's a high D-flat in "O Holy Night"!) Thank you for sharing this with everyone who hasn't yet heard this legendary singer.

  4. I didn't find any trace of this on CD anywhere on the web, so it must have been published in that format and gone out of print a long time ago. Thanks for the additional background on the record, and the high D-flat notation :-)