Picks and Pans Review: Leontyne Price Sings Noel

updated 12/05/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/05/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

Perhaps you'd rather string your cranberries to the full-bodied sound of soprano Leontyne Price in concert. This 57-minute production, originally made for Canadian television, was filmed in 1986 within the gilded neo-Gothic interior of Montreal's spectacular Notre-Dame Basilica. Backed by the Montreal Symphony under the baton of conductor Charles Dutoit, Price makes only two brief appearances—each time sheathed in sequins—between orchestral pieces by Weber and Mahler. Hers is a voice that seems to issue from a deep dark cavern, and she takes advantage of it to deliver such Christmas hymns as What Child Is This?, Silent Night and He Shall Feed His Flock with a reverence that befits the setting. (Home Vision, $39.95; 800-262-8600)

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