A first highlight were the studio recordings in February 2002 in Milan for the CD Sacred Songs with Plácido Domingo. Three full scores came in by eMail from New York City during the recordings. Instrumental parts had to be organised in best time.

For one aria a music publisher didn’t send a cello part. So that part had to be edited the night before the first recording day at short notice.

Shortly at the beginning of a recording session Maestro Domingo came with most inventive ideas how to change an arrangement. As this aria was scheduled to be recorded at the end of this session quickest action was needed on the spot. Full scores for the conductor and the recording team as well as a new set of parts could be finished at the last minute.

Plácido Domingo – Sacred Songs

Composers: P. Mascagni · J.S. Bach/C. Gounod · C. Gounod · F. Schubert · G. Rossini · F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy · P. Rustichelli · C. Franck · F.M. Álvarez · J.S. Bach/G.H. Stölzel · G.F. Handel · R. Rodgers · P. Domingo Jr. · R. Wagner · F.P. Tosti
Arrangers: Jos Cleber · Felix Mottl · Robert Sadin · Steven Mercurio
Tenor: Plácido Domingo
Vocals: Sissel
Harp: Luisa Domingo
Piano, Guitar & Synthesizers: Paolo Rustichelli
Choir: Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi
Chorus Master: Romano Gandolfi
Orchestra: Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Marcello Viotti

2002 Deutsche Grammophon
1CD |D|D|D| 471 575-2 |G|H|
Int. Release Date: 09/2002
2003 — Billboard Top Classical Albums Chart #4 (USA)
2002 — Media Control Klassikcharts Chart #1 (Germany)

My thanks go to the following people, who supported my work (in alphabetical order): Christopher Alder, Roberto Bellesi, Jürgen Bulgrin, Plácido Domingo, Stephan Flock, Rainer Höpfner, Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Robert Sadin, Burkhard Scheibe, Sissel, Marcello Viotti and Linda Walther.