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Album Review

Christmas in Vienna is almost like a live Three Tenors album, only with Diana Ross taking the place of Luciano Pavarotti. That alone makes for quite a change, since Ross' style of singing is decidedly different from Pavarotti's, but she acquits herself well. Of course, it helps that she is supported by a wonderful assembly of musicians, from Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo to producer Michel Glotz and arrangers Lalo Schifrin and Antoni Parera Fons, all of whom help make the mix of contemporary carols, hymns, traditional carols, and religious tunes an attractive holiday album.

Customer Reviews

Christmas in vienna ...beautiful

beautiful christmas music with wonderful songs & singing, especially great hearing Diana Ross with these incredible musicians !

Truly beautiful!

Diana Ross looked heavenly and sounded angelic and teamed with those great opera stars, well, let's just say this is one time it's ok to enjoy Christmas all year!

La Diva and Two Tenors Celebrate the Holidays

The 90s were as successful and prolific for Diana Ross as the 70s when she was at the top of her game in so many ways. While garnering pop chart success with studio albums like "The Force Behind the Power" and "Take Me Higher", which was actually released after this album, Diana stretched creatively with concept projects. It came as a wonderful surprise that in 1992-93, she had two separate television specials, "Christmas in Vienna" for PBS and "Stolen Moments" for Pay Per View. Each proved to be quite lucrative for Diana.

But here, after she had recorded her first Christmas album, the multi-platinum, "Merry Christmas" with The Supremes in 1965, there would be back to back holiday albums released in the 90s. "Christmas in Vienna" continued to solidify her global superstar status with the album being Top 10 in Europe and Asia and also the American Holiday chart. If one was expecting La Ross to tackle an aria, you may walk away disappointed. Instead, Diana sings holiday classics like my favorite, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" and shrewdly took her own, "If We Hold on Together" and transformed it to fit this project and clocked a Top 10 single in the meantime. The song was already a bonafide smash in Asia from "Land Before Time". She included it on her 1991 studio album, "The Force Behind the Power" and it became a hit in Europe after this special aired in 1992 (giving her 5 smashes from that album in the UK alone).

She is joined by Jose Carrerras and Placido Domingo on a long, joyous medley of all holiday classics. But the stunner of the album, has to be her triumphant take on "Ave Maria" which safely placed her in another stratosphere as a Diva!


Born: January 21, 1941 in Spain

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the world's most renowned tenors, Plácido Domingo -- along with his frequent collaborators Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras -- is largely responsible for the increasing mainstream popularity of opera among contemporary listeners. Born March 21, 1941, in Madrid, Spain, Domingo and his family relocated to Mexico in 1950; there he studied vocal technique, as well as piano and conducting, at the Mexico City Conservatory. After making his public debut as a baritone, he essayed his first major...
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