Herbert von Karajan - The Christmas Album (2014)
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 328 MBLabel: Deutsche Grammophon | Tracks: 20 | Time: 69:31 min
This compilation draws Christmas music from several recordings conducted by the late Herbert von Karajan, but emphasizes two of them, both from the 1960s: a collection of Baroque Christmas pieces in a mostly pastoral vein, and an LP on which he and the Vienna Philharmonic backed the great African American soprano Leontyne Price. Neither of these recordings is easy to obtain these days, and Karajan aficionados may well be pleased to have them in a single package. Beyond that, the Price pieces, from her heyday, are gorgeous.