Essential Carols: The Very Best of King's College Choir, Cambridge

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Some albums are tailor-made for Christmas Eve listening, the cozy musical equivalent of a roaring fire, a mug of eggnog, and the bright lights on the tree. The morning of Christmas Day requires something else entirely, and that's when this set of Essential Carols from the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, will fit the bill, with the angelically pure voices of young British choristers blending to the strains of traditional carols both familiar and little-known. This is Christmas music sung the old-fashioned way, its simplicity and spiritual warmth not compromised by big operatic voices or pop personalities. Recorded under the direction of David Willcocks between 1959 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Some albums are tailor-made for Christmas Eve listening, the cozy musical equivalent of a roaring fire, a mug of eggnog, and the bright lights on the tree. The morning of Christmas Day requires something else entirely, and that's when this set of Essential Carols from the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, will fit the bill, with the angelically pure voices of young British choristers blending to the strains of traditional carols both familiar and little-known. This is Christmas music sung the old-fashioned way, its simplicity and spiritual warmth not compromised by big operatic voices or pop personalities. Recorded under the direction of David Willcocks between 1959 and '65, these performances sound truly timeless today, and no matter how knowledgeable you are about Christmas music, you'll find some surprises among these 38 carols.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2005
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947570042
  • Catalog Number: 000530202
  • Sales rank: 179,542

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssoh (3:42)
  2. 2 The First Nowell (English) (4:53)
  3. 3 While shepherds watched their flocks by night (Tune: Winchester) (3:15)
  4. 4 I Saw Three Ships (2:11)
  5. 5 Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French) (2:08)
  6. 6 King Jesus Hath A Garden (Dutch) (4:02)
  7. 7 In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones) (3:44)
  8. 8 Unto Us Is Born A Son (Puer nobis nascitur; Piae Cantiones, 1582) (1:58)
  9. 9 O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fidelis) (4:18)
  10. 10 Away in a manger (Tune: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22) (2:31)
  11. 11 O Little Town of Bethlehem (3:11)
  12. 12 The Holly and the Ivy (English) (3:30)
  13. 13 God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English) (3:28)
  14. 14 See Amid the Winter's Snow, for chorus (4:00)
  15. 15 Past Three O'clock, carol (English) (2:34)
  16. 16 Invitatory (1:37)
  17. 17 Adam Lay Y-Bounden, carol (1:26)
  18. 18 Gabriel's Message (Basque) (2:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Once in Royal David's City (5:35)
  2. 2 Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night") (1:58)
  3. 3 Little Jesus Sweetly Sleep (1:43)
  4. 4 Rejoice and Be Merry (1:51)
  5. 5 The Cherry Tree Carol (1:52)
  6. 6 The Three Kings (2:46)
  7. 7 As With Gladness, Men of Old (3:24)
  8. 8 A Great and Mighty Wonder (3:14)
  9. 9 The infant King (Basque) (3:22)
  10. 10 Balulalow, for voice & piano (2:18)
  11. 11 Legend (When Jesus Christ was but a child), song for voice & piano or o (2:18)
  12. 12 Christ was born on Christmas day (German) (2:24)
  13. 13 Blessed Be That Maid Marie (English) (2:38)
  14. 14 Lute Book Lullaby ("Sweet was the song the Virgin sung") (2:04)
  15. 15 Myn Lyking (2:57)
  16. 16 Personent Hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones) (2:38)
  17. 17 In the Bleak Midwinter (4:51)
  18. 18 Coventry Carol (2): "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child" (2:15)
  19. 19 Shepherds, In the field abiding (Tune: French) (3:04)
  20. 20 Torches (1:33)
  21. 21 Fantasia on Christmas Carols for baritone, chorus & orchestra (11:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Choir of King's College, Cambridge Primary Artist, Choir, Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Simon Preston Organ
Andrew Creswell Davis Organ
David Willcocks Conductor, Choir Master
Hervey Alan Brass Baritone
Andrew Davis Organ
Technical Credits
Peter Cornelius Composer
Felix Mendelssohn Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
Ralph Vaughan Williams Arranger, Composer
London Symphony Orchestra Contributor
Henry John Gauntlett Composer
Edward Caswell Text
Edgar Pettman Arranger
David Willcocks Arranger, Contributor
Charles Wood Arranger
Charles Wesley Composer, Text
Jeremy Tilston Art Direction
George Ratcliffe Woodward Arranger, Text
Clifton Mann Composer
H.N. Bate Text Translation
Christina Rossetti Text
Nahum Tate Text
Cecil Frances Alexander Composer, Text
Henry Walford Davies Arranger
Piae Cantiones Arranger
Traditional Composer
St. Germanus Text
Richard Runciman Terry Arranger
F. Oakley Text
Dearmer Text Translation
Sabine Baring-Gould Arranger, Text
Christian Friedrich Henrici Text
J. B. Trend Text Translation
Robert Shaw Arranger
Wood Arranger
Atkins Arranger
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