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Gruber, Mendelssohn and Gauntlett

Album Summary

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Woodward, George R. : Up! good Christian folk, and listen, for chorus & orchestra
>Ledger, Philip [Organ] : On Christmas Night
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green")
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger
>Traditional, Christmas : The Seven Joys of Mary, carol (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : The infant King (Basque)
>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
>Davies, Henry Walford : The Holly and the Ivy
>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
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Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England.

16 traditional carols done by this classic Christmas choir. This is what carols were meant to sound like. ~ Michael Erlewine



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>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
  • Performers: Robin Barter (Treble); David Briggs (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir of Cambridge
  • Notes: Arranged: H.J. Gauntlett; Harmony: A.H. Mann; Descant on verse 6: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1850
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Woodward, George R. : Up! good Christian folk, and listen, for chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: David Briggs (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir of Cambridge
  • Notes: Tune from Piae Cantiones; Harmony: G.R. Woodward
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Ledger, Philip [Organ] : On Christmas Night
  • Performers: David Briggs (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir of Cambridge
  • Notes: Arranged: P. Ledger
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Performers: David Briggs (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir of Cambridge
  • Notes: Harmony: C. Wood
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green")
  • Performers: David Briggs (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir of Cambridge
  • Notes: Arranged: Ralph Vaughan Williams; Descant on verse 3: T. Armstrong
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1928
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performers: David Briggs (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir of Cambridge
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
  • Performers: John Bowen (Tenor); David Briggs (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir of Cambridge
  • Notes: Arranged: H. Darke
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 19th Century
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
  • Performers: John Bowen (Tenor); David Briggs (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir of Cambridge
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1823
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performers: David Briggs (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir of Cambridge
  • Notes: Arranged: P. Ledger
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger :: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)
  • Performers: David Briggs (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir of Cambridge
  • Notes: Arranged: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : The Seven Joys of Mary, carol (English)
  • Performers: David Briggs (Organ); Graham Green (Treble); Cambridge King's College Choir (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir of Cambridge
  • Notes: Arranged: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : The infant King (Basque)
  • Performers: David Briggs (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir of Cambridge
  • Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  • Performers: David Briggs (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir of Cambridge
  • Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Davies, Henry Walford : The Holly and the Ivy
  • Performers: David Briggs (Organ); Simon Haynes (Voice); Christopher Hughes (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir (Organ); Jonathan Lamb (Voice); Roland Robertson (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir of Cambridge
  • Notes: Arranged: Walford Davies
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
  • Performers: John Bowen (Tenor); David Briggs (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir of Cambridge
  • Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1666
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Performers: David Briggs (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir of Cambridge
  • Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1751
  • Studio/Live: Studio