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Christmas With Mario Lanza

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Twenty breathtaking performances from Lanza's '50s prime. The pop/screen star who possessed what Toscanini called "the greatest voice of the 20th century" sings Deck the Halls; I Saw Three Ships; O Tannenbaum; Joy to the World; The First Noel; Ave Maria; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; Away in a Manger , and more!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Deck the Halls - Mario Lanza
  2. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Mario Lanza
  3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Mario Lanza
  4. Joy to the World - Mario Lanza
  5. O Christmas Tree - Mario Lanza with Henri René & His Orchestra
  6. I Saw Three Ships - Mario Lanza
  7. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Mario Lanza
  8. Ave Maria - Mario Lanza
  9. O Holy Night - Mario Lanza
  10. The Virgin's Slumber Song - Mario Lanza
  11. Pietà, Signore - Mario Lanza
  12. The First Nowell - Ray Sinatra
  13. O Come, All Ye Faithful - Ray Sinatra
  14. Away in a Manger - Ray Sinatra
  15. We Three Kings - Ray Sinatra
  16. O Little Town of Bethlehem - Ray Sinatra
  17. Silent Night - Ray Sinatra
  18. Guardian Angels - Ray Sinatra
  19. I'll Walk With God - Mario Lanza
  20. The Lord's Prayer - Mario Lanza


Product Details

  • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn, George Frideric Handel, Richard Storrs Willis, Charles Gounod, Adolphe Adam, et al.
  • Audio CD (September 15, 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA Gold Seal
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • ASIN: B000003EP6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Mario Lanza has been gone for many years, but his heart and soul and magnificent voice makes him live in our hearts. This review is for those who have not heard the man, or may not have heard him in this kind of genre. Mario Lanza's voice was an intense lyric tenor, with strong baritonal colorings in the middle to lower part of his range. It was an often sweet sound, coupled with a clear diction that should be a model for any singer in any genre.
Lanza seems to me to have had a deep and abiding affection for God, though I would scarcely think of him as a goody-two-shoes. He had the robust appetites of the common man and displayed them proudly- yet- listen to any of these selections and tell me he didn't believe in God. Hark, the Herald Angels Sing jumps out at the listener, as Lanza wraps his wonderful voice around the words and the very meaning of the words. He was capable of surpassing tenderness as well. There's a song here by Max Reger (I think!), The Virgin's Slumber Song, which is sung in an exquisite half voice. The sounds Lanza produces here are amazingly tender, bell-clear, sweet, and full of love. This song alone is worth the price of the album, but it is hardly the only one. Harpo Marx's Guardian Angels will touch your heart deeply. The descriptions here of a child's heavenly visions are enraptured, full of power, yet tender and yearning for the beauty that is, for the moment, out of reach.
The sound preserved here is far better than the old LP that I owned and listened to for decades. It is free of the distortions that record was prone to. Lanza's voice is clear, clean, and distortion free. He was in fine voice for these sessions, and, for me, this preserves Lanza's best work. May God bless this mighty tenor, wherever he is.
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By A Customer on December 3, 1999
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Christmas with Mario Lanza has been my favorite Christmas CD for over ten years. I am quite a fan of Christmas music and have been exposed to alot of it thanks to working three Christmas seasons in a retail music store. Mario Lanza's CD still gets more playing time around the season than any other I own. A combination of truly great songs and that magnificent voice is unbeatable. His version of O Holy Night is the greatest I have ever heard.
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This CD is a wonderful restoration of a timeless classic for anyone who loves Christmas music. Mario Lanza's magnificent voice complements perfectly the inspiring musical arrangements for listeners of all ages.
Listening to this album brings back memories of childhood when a well-worn record was dutifully and lovingly played on Christmas mornings. One of my favorite selections is "Guardian Angels," a beautiful and haunting song composed by Harpo Marx. "O Holy Night" is a masterpiece and "Silent Night," "The Lord's Prayer" and "Ave Maria" are powerful. Each hymn is impeccably done; Mr. Lanza was truly an artist.
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Mario Lanza's wonderfully soaring, searing voice was made for songs like the great traditional carols he performs on this album. He brings back countless memories of the glorious childhood Christmases so many of us had in the 1950s and 1960s--when Christmas, like life in America generally, was still full of optimism, promise, and hope, when tomorrow could still be better than today.

Lanza's album brings back Spielbergesque childhood memories of elaborate and moving midnight Masses or other Christmas services for which our parents indeed would let us stay up so we could see tiny children bring a life-size figure of baby Jesus up the center aisle and into the manger; fine buffets turned by our grandparents into Christmas wonderlands with cotton batting, tiny houses, ponds made from mirrors, faded and chipped but still-exquisite Nativity sets, and what seemed like millions of tiny multicolored lights; of traditional trees bedecked with Shiny Brite ornaments--whisk- or feather-tailed birds, Santas emerging from chimneys or spheres, tiny bells, fruit, and more, or of aluminum trees and revolving color wheels; of trying to go to sleep amid our childhood excitement over the next day's presents, and awakening with even more when we would open them; of going to our grandparents' homes for even more presents and a rich, filling dinner; and of going to sleep somewhat sad at how all that magic lasted only such a short time and was over so fast. (The blues over having to go back to school wouldn't start until after New Year's Day!
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By WB on December 18, 2006
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When I was growing up in the 60's and 70's Christmas was the focal point of family. It was the only time of year that we saw some of our kin. As such it was always a big deal when the climax of the evening was singing Christmas Carols and my Dad recorded every wacky moment on his reel to reel. Leading up to this extravaganza we'd play a number of different records throughout the day and this one always ruled the roost.

You don't have to be a scholar of musical composition and performance to recognize greatness when something resonates at the core of your being to such an extent that it sends goose bumps scurrying across your skin chasing your hairs on end. Such is the raw emotion conveyed in this most cherished recording. No other possessed such power and grace, and when coupled with the spirit of Christmas - whew! "O Holy Night" and "The Lord's Prayer" are breathtaking.

If you like Christmas music - buy the disc. Especially if you've grown somewhat tired of the usual fair that passes for songs of the season these days. It'll rejuvenate your sense of spirit and if you're not very familiar with him it'll introduce you to one of the greatest voices of all time.
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