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Festival Of Nine Lessons / King's College Choir

Album Summary

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Word, Spoken : Bidding Prayer - The Lord's Prayer - Blessing
>Tranchell, Peter Andrew : If ye would hear the angels sing, for chorus
>Word, Spoken : First Lesson - Genesis 3
>Ravenscroft, Thomas : Remember, O thou man (from Melismata, 1611)
>Ord, Boris : Adam lay ybounden
>Word, Spoken : Second Lesson - Genesis 22
>Traditional, Christmas : Angels from the Realms of Glory
>Praetorious, Michael : In dulci jubilo
>Word, Spoken : Third Lesson - Isaiah 9
>Stevens, J. : Nowell sing ye now, for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : Unto Us Is Born A Son (Puer nobis nascitur; Piae Cantiones, 1582)
>Word, Spoken : Fourth Lesson - Isaiah 11
>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
>Howells, Herbert : Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus
>Word, Spoken : Fifth Lesson - St. Luke 1
>Berkeley, Lennox : I Sing of a Maiden, for chorus
>Muldowney, Dominic : Mary, for chorus
>Word, Spoken : Sixth Lesson - St. Luke 2
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Wither's Rocking Hymn ("Sweet baby, sleep! What ails my dear?"), carol for chorus
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
>Rutter, John : What sweeter music
>Word, Spoken : Seventh Lesson - St. Luke 2
>Traditional, Christmas : Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (W zlobie lezy)
>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
>Word, Spoken : Eighth Lesson - St. Matthew 2
>Weir, Judith : Illuminare, Jerusalem
>Bullard, Alan : Glory, alleluia to the Christ Child!, for chorus
>Word, Spoken : Ninth Lesson - St. John 1
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Word, Spoken : The Collect and Blessing
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : In dulci jubilo, BWV 729
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Notes & Reviews:

This new, live, complete recording of the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols from Christmas Eve 2008 includes traditional hymns, modern carols, old favorites and new voices, all combining to convey the experience, at once homely and transcendent, of a service known and loved around the world. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is broadcast live on the radio worldwide every year and the release of this 2-CD coincides with the celebration of the University of Cambridge's 800th Anniversary. The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is the world's most famous choir and one of today's most accomplished and renowned representatives of the great British choral tradition. The Choir dates back to the 1400s and consists of 16 choristers and 14 choral scholars.

"This double CD is a live recording of the 2008 service and includes the customary mixture of the familiar and not so familiar, all carefully chosen to focus the mind and spirit on this great festival of the Church's year... this is a fine souvenir of a memorable occasion." -MusicWeb-International

"This double CD is a live recording of the 2008 service and includes the customary mixture of the familiar and not so familiar, all carefully chosen to focus the mind and spirit on this great festival of the Church's year... this is a fine souvenir of a memorable occasion." -MusicWeb-International

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of King's College, Cambridge (12/24/2008).



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Works Details

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1850

>Word, Spoken : Bidding Prayer - The Lord's Prayer - Blessing
  • Performer: Ian Thompson (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Tranchell, Peter Andrew : If ye would hear the angels sing, for chorus
  • Performers: Ashley Richardson; Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Word, Spoken : First Lesson - Genesis 3 :: 8-15
  • Performer: Edmund Ryan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Ravenscroft, Thomas : Remember, O thou man (from Melismata, 1611)
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Ord, Boris : Adam lay ybounden
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Word, Spoken : Second Lesson - Genesis 22 :: 15-18
  • Performer: Patrick Stobbs
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Traditional, Christmas : Angels from the Realms of Glory
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1816

>Praetorious, Michael : In dulci jubilo
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1619

>Word, Spoken : Third Lesson - Isaiah 9 :: 2-7
  • Performer: Chris Bagnall
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Stevens, J. : Nowell sing ye now, for chorus
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Unto Us Is Born A Son (Puer nobis nascitur; Piae Cantiones, 1582)
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century

>Word, Spoken : Fourth Lesson - Isaiah 11 :: 1-9
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1982

>Howells, Herbert : Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus
  • Performers: Joel Robinson; Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Word, Spoken : Fifth Lesson - St. Luke 1 :: 26-38
  • Performer: Nicholas Robinson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Berkeley, Lennox : I Sing of a Maiden, for chorus
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Muldowney, Dominic : Mary, for chorus
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Word, Spoken : Sixth Lesson - St. Luke 2 :: 1-7
  • Performer: Richard Lloyd-Morgan
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Wither's Rocking Hymn ("Sweet baby, sleep! What ails my dear?"), carol for chorus
  • Performers: Ashley Richardson; Joel Robinson; Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1928

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rutter, John : What sweeter music
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Word, Spoken : Seventh Lesson - St. Luke 2 :: 8-16
  • Performer: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Traditional, Christmas : Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (W zlobie lezy)
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post-Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1921

>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Word, Spoken : Eighth Lesson - St. Matthew 2 :: 1-11
  • Performer: Basim Musallam
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Weir, Judith : Illuminare, Jerusalem
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1985

>Bullard, Alan : Glory, alleluia to the Christ Child!, for chorus
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Word, Spoken : Ninth Lesson - St. John 1 :: 1-14
  • Performer: Ross Harrison
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1751

>Word, Spoken : The Collect and Blessing
  • Performer: Ian Thompson (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : In dulci jubilo, BWV 729
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1751