Christmas Night: Carols of the Nativity

Christmas Night: Carols of the Nativity

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by Cambridge Singers
     
 

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The Cambridge Singers, under the direction of conductor and composer John Rutter, are justly famous for their Christmas recordings. Other artists and ensembles make Christmas albums that have more swing, more charm, more energy -- but if you want pure, unadulterated, tear-in-the-eye Christmas Eve devotional spirit, there's nothing that compares to a Cambridge Singers

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The Cambridge Singers, under the direction of conductor and composer John Rutter, are justly famous for their Christmas recordings. Other artists and ensembles make Christmas albums that have more swing, more charm, more energy -- but if you want pure, unadulterated, tear-in-the-eye Christmas Eve devotional spirit, there's nothing that compares to a Cambridge Singers album. Recognizing that fact, the group has made quite a few of them, and all are more or less interchangeable. Christmas Night is certainly as good a place to start as any; opening with a warm and slightly slower-than-usual take on the traditional German carol "In Dulci Jubilo," then proceeding through a surprisingly varied program of songs from British, Italian, American, German, and Basque sources, including the inevitable handful of pieces by Rutter himself. There are wonderful settings of the traditional "Cherry Tree Carol" (in which Mary, pregnant and craving cherries, gets a peevish response from Joseph, who suggests that whoever got her pregnant should pick cherries for her, at which point Jesus remonstrates Joseph from within the womb and commands the cherry trees to bow down for Mary so she can pick from them) and "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day," as well as a very fine Italian carol called "Once, As I Remember" and a Renaissance piece by Samuel Scheidt called "O Little One Sweet." And Rutter's tunes are, typically, ripe and fulsome and gushing in that idiosyncratically British neo-romantic way. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/1993
Label:
Collegium
UPC:
0040888010623
catalogNumber:
106

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
  2. Adam Lay Y-Bounden, carol
  3. Christmas Night (French)
  4. Once, as I remember (Italian)
  5. A Spotless Rose, for chorus
  6. In the Bleak Midwinter
  7. There Is a Flower
  8. The Cherry Tree Carol
  9. I Wonder As I Wander (American)
  10. Candlelight Carol, for chorus & organ
  11. O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)
  12. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English)
  13. A Virgin Most Pure (English)
  14. I Sing of a Maiden for 2 voices & piano
  15. Lute-Book Lullaby
  16. The Three Kings
  17. Myn Lyking
  18. O Little One Sweet
  19. All my heart this night rejoices, hymn
  20. I Saw A Maiden (Basque)
  21. Away in a manger (Tune: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)
  22. Nativity Carol

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cambridge Singers   Primary Artist,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
John Rutter   Conductor
Johann Sebastian Bach   Harmony,Vocal Harmony
City of London Sinfonia   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Gerald Finley   Baritone,Baritone (Vocal),Soloist
Ruth Holton   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal),Soloist
Nicholas Sears   Baritone,Baritone (Vocal),Soloist
Philipp Nicolai   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Peter Cornelius   Text
John Rutter   Arranger,translation,Text Translation
Samuel Scheidt   Lyricist
Cambridge Singers   Contributor
Ivor Atkins   Arranger
Johann Sebastian Bach   Arranger
Campbell Hughes   Engineer
R.L. Pearsall   Arranger,translation,Text Translation
Edgar Pettman   Arranger
Geoffrey Shaw   Arranger
Jillian White   Producer
David Willcocks   Arranger
Charles Wood   Arranger
Robert Lucas Pearsall   Text Translation
Percy Dearmer   translation,Text Translation
Catherine Winkworth   translation,Text Translation
George Ratcliffe Woodward   Composer,Text
H.N. Bate   translation,Text Translation
Christina Rossetti   Text
William Ballet   Text
Paul Gerhardt   Text
Ernst Anschütz   Text

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Christmas Night: Carols of the Nativity 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of vocal music, you must get this CD. It is absolutely georgeous. Minimal orchestration, focused mainly on beautiful vocal harmonies and wonderful arrangements.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago