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100 Best Carols

100 Best Carols

If you're in the market for a disc of mostly English choirs performing mostly English carols, then this is the set for you. It opens and closes with a matched pair of discs by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, under either Philip Ledger or David


If you're in the market for a disc of mostly English choirs performing mostly English carols, then this is the set for you. It opens and closes with a matched pair of discs by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, under either Philip Ledger or David Willcocks, and in-between it has a disc by the Clare College Choir, Cambridge, under John Rutter; a disc by the Taverner Consort, Choir, and Players under Andrew Parrott; a disc by the Huddersfield Choral Society under Owain Arwel Hughes, the Bach Choir under David Willcocks and the Hallé Choir under Maurice Handford; and a disc featuring eight different sets of carols almost entirely by non-English performers like Hermann Prey, Barbara Hendricks, and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. The Anglophone repertoire naturally favors perennially popular carols like "The First Nowell," "Away in a Manger," and "O Come All Ye Faithful," but also makes room for many more later hits like "The Little Drummer Boy" and, of course, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Recorded between 1957 and 1996, the sound here is consistently big, bold, and brazen. For Brits and Anglophiles, this set can't be beat.

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Warner Classics


  1. The First Nowell (English)
  2. Away in a manger (Tune: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)
  3. Up! Good Christian Folk, and Listen (Piae cantiones)
  4. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  5. I Sing of a Maiden for 2 voices & piano
  6. A Spotless Rose, for chorus
  7. Once in Royal David's City
  8. Personent Hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)
  9. Myn Lyking
  10. O come, O come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, emmanuel), carol
  11. The Holly and the Ivy (English)
  12. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)
  13. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night (unspecified tune)
  14. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  15. The Lord at first did Adam make
  16. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival)
  17. Shepherd's Pipe Carol
  18. Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (W zlobie lezy)
  19. Angel Tidings (Moravian)
  20. Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (Whence is that goodly fragrance?) (French)
  21. I Saw Three Ships
  22. Nativity Carol
  23. Quem pastores laudavere (Hohenfurth Manuscript, 1410)
  24. Rocking Carol (Czech)
  25. Wassail Song ("Here We Come A-Wassailing"), carol
  26. The Coming of our King (Polish Carol)
  27. The infant King (Basque)
  28. La pastora Caterina, carol (Catalan)
  29. Noël nouvelet (French), carol
  30. Gabriel's Message (Basque)
  31. Sans Day Carol
  32. Past Three O'clock, carol (English)
  33. Methinks I See a Heavenly Host
  34. Los que Fueren de Buen Gusto
  35. A Virgin Unspotted
  36. The Babe of Bethlehem
  37. This Endere Nyghth
  38. Riu, riu, chiu
  39. Christum Wir Sollen Loben Schon
  40. Gaudete!
  41. Verbum Caro: "In Hac Anni Circulo"
  42. Alleluya: A nywe werk, for chorus
  43. The old yeare now away is fled (English)
  44. Hodie nobis caelorum Rex, motet for 4 voices, P. 92
  45. Audite principes, motet for 16 voices
  46. In Dulci Jubilo, for chorus & ensemble (from the Polyhymnia caduceatrix)
  47. The Little Drummer Boy (Carol of the Drum), carol
  48. El niño querido (The Beloved Child) (Spanish)
  49. Simple Gifts
  50. Maria Wiegenlied (Mary's Lullaby: "Maria sitzt am Rosenhag"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 76/52
  51. Go Tell It on the Mountain (American)
  52. Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
  53. Judas Maccabaeus, oratorio, HWV 63: Tochter Zion, freue dich
  54. Zu Bethlehem geboren (Geistlicher Psalter, Köln 1638)
  55. Mary's Boy Child
  56. Ukrainian Bell Carol (Shchedryk)
  57. Il est né, le divin enfant (French)
  58. Minuit Chrétiens
  59. La Marche des Rois (Provençal carol)
  60. Noël des îles
  61. Chanson joyeuse de Noël
  62. Weihnachten ("Leise weht's durch alle Lande"), for voice & piano
  63. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her (From Heaven on High), carol (German)
  64. In the Bleak Midwinter
  65. O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)
  66. The Twelve Days of Christmas
  67. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  68. Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
  69. We Three Kings of Orient Are
  70. Angels From the Realms Of Glory
  71. As With Gladness Men of Old
  72. Coventry Carol (2): "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child"
  73. We've been a while a-wandering, carol ("The Yorkshire Wassail Song")
  74. Masters in This Hall
  75. See Amid the Winter's Snow
  76. Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
  77. Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  78. O Little One Sweet
  79. Wassail Song ("Here We Come A-Wassailing"), carol
  80. Carol with Lullaby
  81. A Cowboy Carol
  82. L' Enfance du Christ, oratorio for soprano, 2 tenors, Baritone, 3 basses, chorus & orchetsra ("trilogie sacrée") H. 130 (Op. 25): The Shepherds' Farewell
  83. We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
  84. Nowell! Nowell! Nowell!
  85. And All in the Morning ("On Christmas Day"), carol for chorus or voice & piano (Traditional English Carols No. 1)
  86. I Saw A Maiden (Basque)
  87. Ein Kind geborn zu Bethleham
  88. Where Riches is Evelastingly
  89. How Far To Bethlehem?
  90. Of the Father's heart begotten (A Christmas Procession)
  91. Resonet in Laudibus (Piae Cantiones)
  92. Shepherd's Cradle Song
  93. Quittez pasteurs (O come away ye shepherds) (French)
  94. Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child, for soloist & chorus, Op 25b
  95. Remember, O thou man (from Melismata, 1611)
  96. Hodie Christus natus est, motet for 5 voices & continuo (Cantiones Sacrae No. 13)
  97. Hosanna to the son of David, anthem for 6 voices
  98. Angelus ad virginem
  99. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English)
  100. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fidelis)

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