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

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

by Choir of King's College, Cambridge
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2005
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947570042
catalogNumber:
000530202
Rank:
222617

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssoh
  2. The First Nowell (English)
  3. While shepherds watched their flocks by night (Tune: Winchester)
  4. I Saw Three Ships
  5. Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  6. King Jesus Hath A Garden (Dutch)
  7. In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
  8. Unto Us Is Born A Son (Puer nobis nascitur; Piae Cantiones, 1582)
  9. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fidelis)
  10. Away in a manger (Tune: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)
  11. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  12. The Holly and the Ivy (English)
  13. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  14. See Amid the Winter's Snow, for chorus
  15. Past Three O'clock, carol (English)
  16. Invitatory
  17. Adam Lay Y-Bounden, carol
  18. Gabriel's Message (Basque)

Disc 2

  1. Once in Royal David's City
  2. Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
  3. Little Jesus Sweetly Sleep
  4. Rejoice and Be Merry
  5. The Cherry Tree Carol
  6. The Three Kings
  7. As With Gladness, Men of Old
  8. A Great and Mighty Wonder
  9. The infant King (Basque)
  10. Balulalow, for voice & piano
  11. Legend (When Jesus Christ was but a child), song for voice & piano or o
  12. Christ was born on Christmas day (German)
  13. Blessed Be That Maid Marie (English)
  14. Lute Book Lullaby ("Sweet was the song the Virgin sung")
  15. Myn Lyking
  16. Personent Hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)
  17. In the Bleak Midwinter
  18. Coventry Carol (2): "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child"
  19. Shepherds, In the field abiding (Tune: French)
  20. Torches
  21. Fantasia on Christmas Carols for baritone, chorus & orchestra

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
Piæ Cantiones Anonymous   Arranger
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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