Joy to the World: An American Christmas

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
It has been interesting to observe the development of Boston's time-honored Handel and Haydn Society since its engagement of Britain's Harry Christophers as conductor. Christophers has certainly broadened his reach beyond the Renaissance music and British 20th century fare that have been his stock-in-trade with the British choir the Sixteen, but it's also true that the Handel and Haydn Society has been pulled in a British direction. Those expecting a selection of American Christmas favorites will get a few of them, including "O little town of Bethlehem" and "Angels we have heard on high."" But you also get standard British carols by likes of Bob Chilcott, John Rutter, and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
It has been interesting to observe the development of Boston's time-honored Handel and Haydn Society since its engagement of Britain's Harry Christophers as conductor. Christophers has certainly broadened his reach beyond the Renaissance music and British 20th century fare that have been his stock-in-trade with the British choir the Sixteen, but it's also true that the Handel and Haydn Society has been pulled in a British direction. Those expecting a selection of American Christmas favorites will get a few of them, including "O little town of Bethlehem" and "Angels we have heard on high."" But you also get standard British carols by likes of Bob Chilcott, John Rutter, and Herbert Howells that are beautifully done but only glancingly American. The rest is an eclectic mix that includes Ives, Hieronymus Praetorius, and the ubiquitous "Carol of the Bells." The varied quality may be very much to your liking, for indeed that is what defines American musical culture in the end, and if that's what you're looking for, proceed with confidence. You'll be hearing sound that's exceptional even by the high standards of Christophers' catalog, recorded at the studios of Boston classical radio station WGBH. If you're looking for familiar Christmas carols to sing along with, however, keep looking.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2013
  • Label: Coro
  • UPC: 828021611728
  • Catalog Number: 16117
  • Sales rank: 156,933

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Wonder As I Wander (American) - Harry Christophers & Christmas Traditional (2:33)
  2. 2 O Magnum Mysterium, for chorus - Harry Christophers & Morten Lauridsen (6:05)
  3. 3 Joy to the World (theme by Handel) - Isaac Watts & George Frideric Handel (2:25)
  4. 4 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Richard Storrs Willis & Harry Christophers (2:46)
  5. 5 In the Bleak Midwinter, for chorus & organ, H. 73 - Gustav Holst & Harry Christophers (4:36)
  6. 6 Shepherd's Carol - William Billings & Isaac Watts (1:52)
  7. 7 The Shepherd's Carol, for chorus - Bob Chilcott & Harry Christophers (3:28)
  8. 8 A Christmas Carol, song for voice & piano, S. 228 (K. 6B27d) - Charles Ives & Harry Christophers (2:23)
  9. 9 There is a flower - John Rutter & Harry Christophers (4:34)
  10. 10 O Little Town of Bethlehem - Harry Christophers & Christmas Traditional (3:25)
  11. 11 Angels We Have Heard on High - Harry Christophers & Christmas Traditional (2:55)
  12. 12 A Spotless Rose, for chorus - Herbert Howells & Harry Christophers (3:18)
  13. 13 In Dulci Jubilo, for chorus & ensemble (from the Polyhymnia caduceatrix) - Hieronymus Praetorius & Michael Praetorius (3:43)
  14. 14 A Virgin Unspotted - William Billings & Harry Christophers (2:50)
  15. 15 In Dulci Jubilo for soloists & chorus - Robert Lucas Pearsall & Harry Christophers (3:35)
  16. 16 O Little Town of Bethlehem - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Christmas Traditional (3:29)
  17. 17 Carol of the Bells - Mykola Leontovych & Harry Christophers (1:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Christophers Primary Artist
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