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Angels' Glory - Christmas Music for Voice & Guitar


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listen  1. Mary Did You Know? (Voice)Kathleen Battle 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Carol of the Birds (Voice)Kathleen Battle 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I Wonder As I Wander (Voice)Kathleen Battle 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Gesù Bambino (Voice)Kathleen Battle 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. El desembre congelat (December's cold winds were stilled)Kathleen Battle;Christopher Parkening 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. El Noi de la Mare (The Son of the Virgin)Kathleen Battle;Christopher Parkening 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Dormi, JesusKathleen Battle;Christopher Parkening 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Quittez, Pasteurs (Voice)Kathleen Battle 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (Voice)Kathleen Battle 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. JubilationKathleen Battle;Christopher Parkening 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Wasn't That a Mighty Day (Voice)Kathleen Battle;Christopher Parkening 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy (Voice)Kathleen Battle 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Me Thinks I See A Heavn'ly Host (Voice)Kathleen Battle 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Sweet Little Jesus Boy (Voice)Kathleen Battle 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Mary and Her Baby Chile (Medley of three Christmas Spirituals) (Voice)Kathleen Battle;Christopher Parkening 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Mary Had a Baby (Voice)Kathleen Battle 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Jesus, The Light of the World (Voice)Kathleen Battle 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Suo Gan (Voice)Kathleen Battle 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Silent Night (Voice)Kathleen Battle 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 15, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B0000029TS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,924 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The traditional Welsh lullaby "Suo Gan" is very moving.
Hal Lancer
Christopher Parkening and Kathleen Battle work so well together; flawless guitar accompanyment for a beautiful operatic voice.
BGroovy2
Chose this rating because Kathleen Battle's voice is marvelous, and beautifully accompanied by Christopher Parkening.
Flyboy

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Hal Lancer on November 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
There can't be many people who are neutral about Kathleen Battle. Whether you love or hate her singing, you're likely to agree that this lyric coloratura soprano's interpretations are never boring or unoriginal. For those who strongly dislike Ms. Battle's vocal style, "Angels' Glory" is not likely to change their minds. But for those who greatly admire her unique approach, this album garners the highest recommendation. Christopher Parkening's classical guitar is delicately wrought lace that Ms. Battle weaves her voice through. His accompaniment was an inspired choice, far more effective than a large instrumental ensemble would have been for this recording. From my large collection of Christmas CDs in many genres, this one would be in my ball-and-holly-decked desert-island short list.
Most tracks here are rarely heard on other recordings, at least in these languages or settings, but are fully deserving, a welcome thing for those who tire of so many Christmas albums featuring the same ol', same ol' carols. It's hard for me to pick out just a few favorites, but among those in which the interplay of guitar and voice are particularly strong is the traditional Catalan carol, "El Desembre Congelat" (which a few American choirs have performed in English as "The Three Kings"), as well as the traditional Chilean lullaby, "Dormi, Jesu", and William Billings' "Methinks I See A Heavenly Host". The elegantly simple and traditional "Jesus, The Light of the World" is filled with hooks that will stay with you long after you hear it. The traditional Welsh lullaby "Suo Gan" is very moving. But I do have one clear favorite track: Pietro Yon's "Gesu Bambino".
The emotional power of these performances and beauty of this music should soften the hardest of flinty scroogehearts at Yuletide.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By gulliverh@mindspring.com on November 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Battle and Parkening are so synchronized in vocal and guitar. The result is a CD that is prayerful, thoughtful and so beautiful I've practically worn my cd out. I hope they collaborate again.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jude L. Daquin on August 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I felt it my duty to balance out and overrule the one unmerited negative rating and accompanying comment. I purchased this CD around 2 years ago, and several of the tracks are among my Christmas favorites. I am a Christmas carol connoisseur (have been since I was a toddler), and this recording immediately became a seasonal staple for me. First, let me mention that I once showed this CD to my choir director, who mentioned that Kathleen Battle had the egotistical "diva" reputation. Personally, I have never been one to follow the lives of celebrities and therefore generally have no feelings about them one way or another (unless they attempt to shove their left-wing politics down my throat); and so I don't care whether or not the "diva" reputation is accurate and deserved. The lone negative reviewer must be a musician who personally knows Kathleen Battle and has some axe to grind. That said ...

This CD has several tracks which alone would recommend the entire album. Specically, I could mention "El Desembre Congelat" (the specific track which led me to buy the CD in the irst place). I can't understand why this beautiful carol with its melodious tune and catchy-sounding lyrics is not better known than it is. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir (with all 2,073 members) once sang it as "The Three Kings". That was my introduction to this beautiful Catalan carol, and I often try to find other good recordings of it. (The arrangement used by the Mormons is a very good one which leaves nothing to be desired, but I prefer a clearer/crisper, more intimate sound than the Mormons (whose choir could populate an entire mid-sized town). Parkening's guitar satisfies that need. Guitar accompaniment to Christmas music, once you get used to it, is clearer and more intimate than the overpowering organ.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 1999
Format: Audio CD
For anyone who loved the earlier pairing of Battle and Parkening ("Pleasures Of Their Company" -- a splendid album), this more recent CD will not disappoint. These are mostly Christmas songs, with some gospel material; the opening track ("Mary Did You Know") and several of the exquisite Catalan songs are particular highlights. Battle's voice is in fine form, and Parkening's sensitive guitar accompaniment is perfect. Needless to say, I completely disagree with the previous reviewer's opinion -- can't help wondering if that person has an axe to grind. All in all, "Angels' Glory" is a lovely offering, guaranteed to provide much listening pleasure.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "puccinigirl" on December 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is by far my favorite Christmas album. Kathleen Battle does a wonderful job; her voice is lovely and her interpretation is heartfelt. I listen to it over and over again. She includes selections that are standards, like Silent Night, as well as pieces that are more unusual, and songs that are traditional around the globe. I simply can't say enough wonderful things about this collection. It's mood is reverent but not stuffy or sad; the best way to describe it may be as contemplative but never boring. Christopher Parkening is wonderful as well. You won't be dissapointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "puccinigirl" on August 27, 2001
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I absolutely love this album! Kathleen Battle shines and is a wonderful interpreter of the music-and Christopher Parkening complements her perfectly. This is, by far, my favorite Christmas album-her rendition of "Mary, Did You Know?" is outstanding. No complaints, only praise!
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