Placido Domingo, Patricia Kaas, Alejandro Fernandez: Christmastime in Vienna
All the supertenors have their indulgences. Luciano Pavarotti has charity concerts in which he sings with
Sting, Josť Carreras makes disc after disc of soppy love songs, and Placido Domingo can't stop making
Christmas recordings--usually in Vienna. This one, recorded in 1998, features a particularly odd assortment of guest stars:
Mexican pop star Alejandro FernŠndez lends his pleasingly mellifluous voice to songs such as "Blanca
Navidad" and "El nino del tambor," but those not already in love with French star Patricia Kaas may be
baffled, even repelled. The French love to mix pop genres in ways that sound illogical to American ears, and
she proves no exception, delivering pale imitations of Ethel Merman grace notes and Aretha Franklin
phrasing with no sense of artistry, expression, or musical point of view. Domingo maintains his integrity
throughout, even though this whole enterprise sounds hastily arranged, with some bad tuning in the Vienna
Symphony Orchestra and Gumpoldskirchner Spatzen (that's a choir, in case you couldn't guess).
The fifth song in the final Christmas Medley here is The Band's "Christmas Must be Tonight" from Islands.
Placido Domingo, Patricia Kaas, Alejandro Fernandez - Christmastime in Vienna - 1999 - Sony Classics 61798