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Essential Carols: The Very Best of King's College Choir, Cambridge

Audio Samples

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Traditional, Christmas : King Jesus Hath A Garden (Dutch)
>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piae Cantiones)
>Traditional, Christmas : Unto Us Is Born A Son (Puer nobis nascitur; Piae Cantiones, 1582)
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger
>     Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)
>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
>Goss, John : See Amid the Winter's Snow, for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : Past Three O'clock, carol (English)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>     Invitatory
>Ord, Boris : Adam lay ybounden
>Traditional, Christmas : Gabriel's Message (Basque)
>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
>Traditional, Christmas : Rocking Carol (Czech)
>Traditional, Christmas : Rejoice and Be Merry
>Traditional, Christmas : The Cherry Tree Carol
>Cornelius, Peter : The Three Kings (a.k.a. "We Three Kings")
>Traditional, Christmas : As With Gladness, Men of Old
>Praetorious, Michael : A Great and Mighty Wonder
>Traditional, Christmas : The infant King (Basque)
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Balulalow, for voice & piano
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Legend (When Jesus Christ was but a child), song for voice & piano or orchestra (16 Children's Songs
>Traditional, Christmas : Christ was born on Christmas day (German)
>Traditional, Christmas : Blessed Be That Maid Marie (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Lute Book Lullaby ("Sweet was the song the Virgin sung")
>Traditional, Christmas : Myn Lyking
>Traditional, Christmas : Personent hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)
>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
>Anonymous, Ritson Manscript : Lullay, lullow
>     I saw a swete semely syght, christmas carol for 2 voices
>Traditional, French : Shepherds in the Field Abiding
>Joubert, John : Torches, for chorus & organ, Op. 7a
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Traditional, Christmas : King Jesus Hath A Garden (Dutch)
>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piae Cantiones)
>Traditional, Christmas : Unto Us Is Born A Son (Puer nobis nascitur; Piae Cantiones, 1582)
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger
>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
>Goss, John : See Amid the Winter's Snow, for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : Past Three O'clock, carol (English)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>Ord, Boris : Adam lay ybounden
>Traditional, Christmas : Gabriel's Message (Basque)
>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
>Traditional, Christmas : Rocking Carol (Czech)
>Traditional, Christmas : Rejoice and Be Merry
>Traditional, Christmas : The Cherry Tree Carol
>Cornelius, Peter : The Three Kings (a.k.a. "We Three Kings")
>Traditional, Christmas : As With Gladness, Men of Old
>Praetorious, Michael : A Great and Mighty Wonder
>Traditional, Christmas : The infant King (Basque)
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Balulalow, for voice & piano
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Legend (When Jesus Christ was but a child), song for voice & piano or orchestra (16 Children's Songs
>Traditional, Christmas : Christ was born on Christmas day (German)
>Traditional, Christmas : Blessed Be That Maid Marie (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Lute Book Lullaby ("Sweet was the song the Virgin sung")
>Traditional, Christmas : Myn Lyking
>Traditional, Christmas : Personent hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)
>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
>Anonymous, Ritson Manscript : Lullay, lullow
>Traditional, French : Shepherds in the Field Abiding
>Joubert, John : Torches, for chorus & organ, Op. 7a
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Christmas Carols
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Notes & Reviews:

This release is a jam-packed long-playing double CD of the most popular Christmas songs of all-time from the critically acclaimed Kings College Choir of Cambridge. The Choir has been in existence since the time of King Henry VI, who envisioned the daily singing of services in his magnificent chapel. The Choir is made up of 30 versatile singers who have performed all over the world.



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performer: Andrew Davis [Conductor/Organ] (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840

>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1823

>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1728

>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1666

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588

>Traditional, Christmas : King Jesus Hath A Garden (Dutch)
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1400

>Traditional, Christmas : Unto Us Is Born A Son (Puer nobis nascitur; Piae Cantiones, 1582)
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1751

>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger :: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Performer: Andrew Davis [Conductor/Organ] (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1710

>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Goss, John : See Amid the Winter's Snow, for chorus
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Past Three O'clock, carol (English)
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 :: Invitatory
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734

>Ord, Boris : Adam lay ybounden
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional, Christmas : Gabriel's Message (Basque)
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1582

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
  • Performer: Andrew Davis [Conductor/Organ] (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1850

>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post-Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1892

>Traditional, Christmas : Rocking Carol (Czech)
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Rejoice and Be Merry
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : The Cherry Tree Carol
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1820

>Cornelius, Peter : The Three Kings (a.k.a. "We Three Kings")
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1856

>Traditional, Christmas : As With Gladness, Men of Old
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.

>Praetorious, Michael : A Great and Mighty Wonder
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Traditional, Christmas : The infant King (Basque)
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Balulalow, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Legend (When Jesus Christ was but a child), song for voice & piano or orchestra (16 Children's Songs
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Traditional, Christmas : Christ was born on Christmas day (German)
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Blessed Be That Maid Marie (English)
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Lute Book Lullaby ("Sweet was the song the Virgin sung")
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Traditional, Christmas : Myn Lyking
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Personent hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1582

>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 19th Century

>Anonymous, Ritson Manscript : Lullay, lullow :: I saw a swete semely syght, christmas carol for 2 voices
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1475

>Traditional, French : Shepherds in the Field Abiding
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Joubert, John : Torches, for chorus & organ, Op. 7a
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Christmas Carols
  • Performers: Hervey Alan (Bass Baritone); Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 11 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1912