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John Rutter: The Colors Of Christmas

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
John Rutter's 2011 album, The Colors of Christmas, should appeal to fans of his performances with the Cambridge Singers, the group he founded in 1981, and with which he has produced about a half dozen Christmas albums. Listeners familiar with those albums will know what they're getting here: an assortment of holiday music that includes original works by Rutter, a number of Rutter's arrangements and orchestrations of both traditional and less familiar carols, and pieces performed in their original versions. This album also includes several arrangements by other composers. The 23 tracks range from the Renaissance song "Riu, riu, chiu," to standard English, American, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
John Rutter's 2011 album, The Colors of Christmas, should appeal to fans of his performances with the Cambridge Singers, the group he founded in 1981, and with which he has produced about a half dozen Christmas albums. Listeners familiar with those albums will know what they're getting here: an assortment of holiday music that includes original works by Rutter, a number of Rutter's arrangements and orchestrations of both traditional and less familiar carols, and pieces performed in their original versions. This album also includes several arrangements by other composers. The 23 tracks range from the Renaissance song "Riu, riu, chiu," to standard English, American, French, and German carols, to modern classics like Leroy Anderson's orchestral "Sleigh Ride" and Mel Tormé's "Christmas Song."" The Bach Choir sings with spirit and full, warm tone and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra plays with gusto. One of the most appealing tracks is an exceptionally sweet version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" arranged by Peter Knight, one of several pieces sung by the excellent male British vocal ensemble Over the Bridge.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2011
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602527822129
  • Catalog Number: 001609202
  • Sales rank: 1,371

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French) - John Rutter & Christmas Traditional (2:47)
  2. 2 In dulci jubilo, chorale - Traditional German chorale & John Rutter (3:10)
  3. 3 What Is This Lovely Fragrance? - Anonymous & Healey Willan (3:20)
  4. 4 Away in a manger (Tune: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22) - William James Kirkpatrick & John Rutter (2:04)
  5. 5 Hodie Christus natus est, motet for 5 voices & continuo (Cantiones Sacrae No. 13) - John Rutter & Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (3:01)
  6. 6 Riu, riu, chiu!, carol (Spanish) - John Rutter & Christmas Traditional (1:25)
  7. 7 I Wonder As I Wander (American) - John Rutter & Christmas Traditional (3:36)
  8. 8 Star Carol - John Rutter & John Rutter (2:53)
  9. 9 Once in Royal David's City, carol - Henry John Gauntlett & John Rutter (4:04)
  10. 10 Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night) - Franz Gruber & John Rutter (3:37)
  11. 11 In the Bleak Midwinter - Harold Darke & John Rutter (4:12)
  12. 12 Gabriel's Message (Basque) - John Rutter & Christmas Traditional (2:30)
  13. 13 Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night") - Adolphe Adam & John Rutter (6:00)
  14. 14 Friday Afternoons, children's songs (12) for children's chorus & piano, Op. 7: A New Year Carol - Benjamin Britten & John Rutter (2:08)
  15. 15 Joy to the World - Lowell Mason & Isaac Watts (2:33)
  16. 16 Sleigh Ride, arranged for band - Leroy Anderson & John Rutter (3:09)
  17. 17 Deck the Halls (Welsh) - John Rutter & Christmas Traditional (1:40)
  18. 18 The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) - John Rutter & Mel Tormé (3:24)
  19. 19 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis) - John Rutter & Ralph Blane (3:00)
  20. 20 Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival) - David Willcocks & Felix Mendelssohn (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Rutter Primary Artist
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