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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2007
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099951037123
  • Catalog Number: 10371

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The First Nowell (English) - Francis Grier & Christmas Traditional (5:00)
  2. 2 Away in a manger (Tune: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22) - Choir of King's College, Cambridge & William James Kirkpatrick (2:12)
  3. 3 Up! Good Christian Folk, and Listen (Piae cantiones) - Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Christmas Traditional (1:19)
  4. 4 O Little Town of Bethlehem - Francis Grier & Christmas Traditional (3:32)
  5. 5 I Sing of a Maiden for 2 voices & piano - Francis Grier & Patrick Hadley (2:31)
  6. 6 A Spotless Rose, for chorus - Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Herbert Howells (3:12)
  7. 7 Once in Royal David's City - Henry John Gauntlett & David Willcocks (5:14)
  8. 8 Personent Hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones) - David Willcocks & Christmas Traditional (2:43)
  9. 9 Myn Lyking - Richard Runciman Terry & David Willcocks (3:20)
  10. 10 O come, O come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, emmanuel), carol - David Willcocks & Christmas Traditional (3:34)
  11. 11 The Holly and the Ivy (English) - David Willcocks & Christmas Traditional (3:12)
  12. 12 Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night) - Franz Gruber & David Willcocks (3:07)
  13. 13 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night (unspecified tune) - David Willcocks & Christmas Traditional (2:54)
  14. 14 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - David Willcocks & Richard Storrs Willis (3:34)
  15. 15 The Lord at first did Adam make - David Willcocks & Christmas Traditional (3:19)
  16. 16 Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival) - David Willcocks & Felix Mendelssohn (4:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Shepherd's Pipe Carol - John Rutter & John Rutter (2:55)
  2. 2 Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (W zlobie lezy) - John Rutter & Christmas Traditional (3:14)
  3. 3 Angel Tidings (Moravian) - John Rutter & Christmas Traditional (1:44)
  4. 4 Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (Whence is that goodly fragrance?) (French) - John Rutter & Christmas Traditional (3:25)
  5. 5 I Saw Three Ships - John Rutter & Christmas Traditional (2:02)
  6. 6 Nativity Carol - John Rutter & John Rutter (4:10)
  7. 7 Quem pastores laudavere (Hohenfurth Manuscript, 1410) - John Rutter & Christmas Traditional (2:24)
  8. 8 Rocking Carol (Czech) - John Rutter & Christmas Traditional (3:54)
  9. 9 Wassail Song ("Here We Come A-Wassailing"), carol - John Rutter & Christmas Traditional (4:09)
  10. 10 The Coming of our King (Polish Carol) - John Rutter & John Rutter (2:39)
  11. 11 The infant King (Basque) - John Rutter & Christmas Traditional (3:08)
  12. 12 La pastora Caterina, carol (Catalan) - John Rutter & Christmas Traditional (3:06)
  13. 13 Noël nouvelet (French), carol - John Rutter & Christmas Traditional (3:31)
  14. 14 Gabriel's Message (Basque) - John Rutter & Christmas Traditional (3:49)
  15. 15 Sans Day Carol - John Rutter & Christmas Traditional (3:19)
  16. 16 Past Three O'clock, carol (English) - John Rutter & Christmas Traditional (2:28)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Methinks I See a Heavenly Host - William Billings & Andrew Parrott (2:52)
  2. 2 Los que Fueren de Buen Gusto - Emily van Evera & Francisco de Vidales (4:17)
  3. 3 A Virgin Unspotted - William Billings & Andrew Parrott (3:17)
  4. 4 The Babe of Bethlehem - William Walker & Andrew Parrott (2:44)
  5. 5 This Endere Nyghth - Charles Daniels & Christmas Traditional (4:47)
  6. 6 Riu, riu, chiu - Matheo Flecha & Andrew Parrott (3:26)
  7. 7 Christum Wir Sollen Loben Schon - Anonymous & Andrew Parrott (3:09)
  8. 8 Gaudete! - Anonymous & Stephen Charlesworth (1:45)
  9. 9 Verbum Caro: "In Hac Anni Circulo" - Christmas Traditional & Andrew Parrott (2:22)
  10. 10 Alleluya: A nywe werk, for chorus - Christmas Traditional & Andrew Parrott (5:54)
  11. 11 The old yeare now away is fled (English) - Jakob Lindberg & Christmas Traditional (1:54)
  12. 12 Hodie nobis caelorum Rex, motet for 4 voices, P. 92 - Thomas Tallis & Andrew Parrott (3:24)
  13. 13 Audite principes, motet for 16 voices - Giovanni Gabrieli & Angus Davidson (6:18)
  14. 14 In Dulci Jubilo, for chorus & ensemble (from the Polyhymnia caduceatrix) - Michael Praetorius & Andrew Parrott (3:45)
Disc 4
  1. 1 The Little Drummer Boy (Carol of the Drum), carol - Katherine K. Davis & Richard Hickox (2:42)
  2. 2 El niño querido (The Beloved Child) (Spanish) - Richard Hickox & Christmas Traditional (2:48)
  3. 3 Simple Gifts - Richard Hickox & Shaker Traditional (2:10)
  4. 4 Maria Wiegenlied (Mary's Lullaby: "Maria sitzt am Rosenhag"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 76/52 - Max Reger & Eric Ericson Chamber Choir (2:27)
  5. 5 Go Tell It on the Mountain (American) - Eric Ericson Chamber Choir & Christmas Traditional (3:30)
  6. 6 Joy to the World (theme by Handel) - George Frideric Handel & Eric Ericson Chamber Choir (1:56)
  7. 7 Judas Maccabaeus, oratorio, HWV 63: Tochter Zion, freue dich - Christfried Bickenbach & George Frideric Handel (3:07)
  8. 8 Zu Bethlehem geboren (Geistlicher Psalter, Köln 1638) - Christfried Bickenbach & Christmas Traditional (1:55)
  9. 9 Mary's Boy Child - Jester Hairston & Geoffrey Alexander (4:41)
  10. 10 Ukrainian Bell Carol (Shchedryk) - Geoffrey Alexander & Christmas Traditional (3:26)
  11. 11 Il est né, le divin enfant (French) - Abbey Road Ensemble & Christmas Traditional (2:39)
  12. 12 Minuit Chrétiens - Abbey Road Ensemble & Christmas Traditional (3:41)
  13. 13 La Marche des Rois (Provençal carol) - Christmas Traditional & Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois (2:49)
  14. 14 Noël des îles - Moune de Rivel & Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois (4:45)
  15. 15 Chanson joyeuse de Noël - Christmas Traditional & Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois (5:53)
  16. 16 Weihnachten ("Leise weht's durch alle Lande"), for voice & piano - Engelbert Humperdinck & Charles Mackerras (3:11)
  17. 17 Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her (From Heaven on High), carol (German) - Ambrosian Singers & Christmas Traditional (3:15)
  18. 18 In the Bleak Midwinter - Harold Darke & Abbey Road Ensemble (3:48)
  19. 19 O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German) - Abbey Road Ensemble & Christmas Traditional (2:27)
  20. 20 The Twelve Days of Christmas - Abbey Road Ensemble & Christmas Traditional (4:16)
Disc 5
  1. 1 God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English) - David Bell & Christmas Traditional (2:14)
  2. 2 Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582) - David Bell & Christmas Traditional (2:28)
  3. 3 We Three Kings of Orient Are - John Henry Hopkins Jr. & David Bell (3:07)
  4. 4 Angels From the Realms Of Glory - David Bell & Christmas Traditional (3:09)
  5. 5 As With Gladness Men of Old - David Bell & Conrad Kocher (2:30)
  6. 6 Coventry Carol (2): "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child" - David Willcocks & Christmas Traditional (2:21)
  7. 7 We've been a while a-wandering, carol ("The Yorkshire Wassail Song") - David Willcocks & Christmas Traditional (2:34)
  8. 8 Masters in This Hall - David Willcocks & Christmas Traditional (4:04)
  9. 9 See Amid the Winter's Snow - John Goss & David Willcocks (3:46)
  10. 10 Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night") - David Willcocks & Christmas Traditional (1:42)
  11. 11 Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French) - David Willcocks & Christmas Traditional (1:56)
  12. 12 O Little One Sweet - David Willcocks & Christmas Traditional (2:53)
  13. 13 Wassail Song ("Here We Come A-Wassailing"), carol - David Willcocks & Christmas Traditional (2:55)
  14. 14 Carol with Lullaby - Phyllis Tate & David Willcocks (3:26)
  15. 15 A Cowboy Carol - The Hallé Choir & Cecil Broadhurst (3:21)
  16. 16 L' Enfance du Christ, oratorio for soprano, 2 tenors, Baritone, 3 basses, chorus & orchetsra ("trilogie sacrée") H. 130 (Op. 25): The Shepherds' Farewell - Hector Berlioz & The Hallé Choir (4:43)
  17. 17 We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English) - The Hallé Choir & Christmas Traditional (1:35)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Nowell! Nowell! Nowell! - Elizabeth Maconchy & David Willcocks (1:53)
  2. 2 And All in the Morning ("On Christmas Day"), carol for chorus or voice & piano (Traditional English Carols No. 1) - David Willcocks & Ralph Vaughan Williams (2:20)
  3. 3 I Saw A Maiden (Basque) - David Willcocks & Christmas Traditional (3:09)
  4. 4 Ein Kind geborn zu Bethleham - Samuel Scheidt & David Willcocks (2:33)
  5. 5 Where Riches is Evelastingly - David Willcocks & Peter Warlock (2:51)
  6. 6 How Far To Bethlehem? - David Willcocks & Christmas Traditional (2:16)
  7. 7 Of the Father's heart begotten (A Christmas Procession) - David Willcocks & Christmas Traditional (5:09)
  8. 8 Resonet in Laudibus (Piae Cantiones) - David Willcocks & Christmas Traditional (1:59)
  9. 9 Shepherd's Cradle Song - David Willcocks & Christmas Traditional (3:43)
  10. 10 Quittez pasteurs (O come away ye shepherds) (French) - Francis Grier & Christmas Traditional (3:42)
  11. 11 Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child, for soloist & chorus, Op 25b - Kenneth Leighton & Timothy Byram-Wigfield (2:55)
  12. 12 Remember, O thou man (from Melismata, 1611) - Timothy Byram-Wigfield & Thomas Ravenscroft (3:21)
  13. 13 Hodie Christus natus est, motet for 5 voices & continuo (Cantiones Sacrae No. 13) - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck & David Willcocks (3:50)
  14. 14 Hosanna to the son of David, anthem for 6 voices - David Willcocks & Orlando Gibbons (3:14)
  15. 15 Angelus ad virginem - Philippe Le Chancelier & David Willcocks (2:38)
  16. 16 Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English) - David Willcocks & Christmas Traditional (2:05)
  17. 17 O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fidelis) - John Francis Wade & David Willcocks (4:46)
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