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Christmas in Vienna CD with Sarah Brightman, Placido Domingo, Helmut Lotti and Riccardo Cocciante


The CD was released by Sony Music in 1998.

  1. Christmas Prologue   (2'14")   instrumental

  2. Deck the Halls   (2'26")   PD

  3. The Closing of the Year   (4'45")   PD & SB

  4. Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle   (4'13")   RC

  5. Walking In the Air   (3'35")   PD & RC

  6. Adeste Fideles   (3'59")   HL

  7. Away In A Manager   (3'31")   PD & HL & Marlies King

  8. An Old Fashioned Christmas   (4'07")   PD

  9. First of May   (3'34")   SB

  10. Il Re Gesù   (4'44" )   PD & RC

  11. Fröhliche Weihnacht   (1'03")   PD & SB & HL

  12. Cantemos Rapaces   (1'34")   PD & SB & HL & RC

  13. Christmas Is Here Again   (2'18")   SB & HL

  14. Child In A Manger   (3'21")   SB & RC

  15. Angels From the Realms of Glory   (2'08")   PD & SB

  16. Another Christmas Song   (2'18")   HL & RC

  17. Santa Claus is Coming to Town   (1'56")   PD & SB & HL & RC

  18. Happy Christmas   (4'01")   PD & SB & HL & RC

  19. Silent Night   (7'18")   PD & SB & HL & RC

  20. Bonus Track: First of May   (2'54")   SB -- (studio version)

This CD was recorded live at the Rathaus in Vienna on December 21, 1997. Sarah, Placido Domingo, Riccardo Cocciante and Helmut Lotti perform a myriad of Christmas songs, including “The Closing of the Year” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

Sarah also performs the Bee Gee’s hit song “First of May” (which would later be a part of the Eden tour repertoire). Sarah's studio version of “First of May,”, accompanied by the English National Orchestra, is also featured as an added bonus track.

From the liner notes of the CD:

‘Holiday Greetings from Dr. Michael Haupl, Mayor and Governor of Vienna’ ----

Once again, the city of Vienna is celebrating the Christmas holidays together with millions of television viewers. I am delighted that our “Christmas in Vienna” concert is carrying a message of peace and joy to the world outside.

For this joyous season, the concert hall of Vienna’s Town Hall serves as the splendid setting for these musical greetings from the Austrian capital.

Placido Domingo, who has entertained his many fans with Christmas melodies since 1992, is joined this year by the outstanding artists Sarah Brightman, Riccardo Cocciante, and Helmut Lotti, in collaboration with the Vienna Symphony and composer/arranger Christian Kolonovits.

In the hopes that all of you, both near and far, will enjoy another unforgettable evening in Vienna, “the city of music,” I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year.

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