John Rutter: The Colors Of Christmas

John Rutter: The Colors Of Christmas

by John Rutter
     
 

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 thatSee more details below

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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:
0602527822129
catalogNumber:
001609202

Tracks

  1. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival)  - Felix Mendelssohn  - David Willcocks  - David Willcocks  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Bach Choir  - John Birch  - David Hill  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)  -  Ralph Blane  - John Rutter  -  Ralph Blane  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  -  Hugh Martin  -  Hugh Martin  - Peter Knight  - Over the Bridge
  3. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)  - Mel Tormé  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Bach Choir  - John Birch  - David Hill  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  4. Deck the Halls (Welsh)  - Christmas Traditional  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Bach Choir  - David Hill  -  Welsh Traditional
  5. Sleigh Ride, arranged for band  - Leroy Anderson  - John Rutter  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  6. Joy to the World  - Lowell Mason  - Isaac Watts  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Bach Choir  - John Birch  - David Hill  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  7. Friday Afternoons, children's songs (12) for children's chorus & piano, Op. 7: A New Year Carol  - Benjamin Britten  - John Rutter  -  Bach Choir  - John Birch  - David Hill  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Huw Webb
  8. Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")  -  Adolphe Adam  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Bach Choir  - John Birch  - David Hill  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Cappeau de Roquemaure
  9. Gabriel's Message (Basque)  - Christmas Traditional  - John Rutter  -  Bach Choir  - David Hill  - Sabine Baring-Gould  - Basque Traditional  - Edgar Pettman
  10. In the Bleak Midwinter  - Harold Darke  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Bach Choir  - John Birch  - David Hill  - Christina Rossetti  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  11. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)  - Franz Gruber  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Bach Choir  - John Birch  - David Hill  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Josef Mohr  - Josef Mohr
  12. Once in Royal David's City, carol  - Henry John Gauntlett  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Bach Choir  - John Birch  - David Hill  - James O'Donnell  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - C.F. Alexander
  13. Star Carol  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Bach Choir  - John Birch  - David Hill  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  14. I Wonder As I Wander (American)  - Christmas Traditional  - John Rutter  - Bob Chilcott  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Appalachian Traditional  - Over the Bridge
  15. Riu, riu, chiu!, carol (Spanish)  - Christmas Traditional  - John Rutter  -  King's Singers  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Spanish Traditional  - Over the Bridge
  16. Hodie Christus natus est, motet for 5 voices & continuo (Cantiones Sacrae No. 13)  - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  - John Rutter  -  Bach Choir  - John Birch  - David Hill  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  17. Away in a manger (Tune: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)  - William James Kirkpatrick  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Bach Choir  - David Hill
  18. What Is This Lovely Fragrance?  -  Anonymous  - Healey Willan  - John Rutter  -  Bach Choir  - John Birch  - David Hill  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - French Traditional
  19. In dulci jubilo, chorale  -  Traditional German chorale  - John Rutter  -  Bach Choir  - David Hill  - German Traditional  - R.L. Pearsall  - R.L. Pearsall
  20. Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)  - Christmas Traditional  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Bach Choir  - John Birch  - David Hill  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - George Ratcliffe Woodward  - French Traditional  - Stuart Nicholson

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