The Top 20 Christmas Carols

Audio Samples

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Adam, Adolphe [Composer] : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>James, William Garrett : Christmas Day, for chorus
>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
>James, William Garrett : Carol of the Birds, for chorus
>James, William Garrett : The Silver Stars are in the Sky (Australian carol)
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol (2)
>     "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child"
>Davies, Henry Walford : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol
>Rutter, John : Shepherd's Pipe Carol
>Traditional, Christmas : The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (Birjina gaztettobat zegoen), Basque carol
>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
>Davis, Katherine K. : The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum"
>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger
>     Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)

Album Summary

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Adam, Adolphe [Composer] : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>James, William Garrett : Christmas Day, for chorus
>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
>James, William Garrett : Carol of the Birds, for chorus
>James, William Garrett : The Silver Stars are in the Sky (Australian carol)
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol (2)
>Davies, Henry Walford : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol
>Rutter, John : Shepherd's Pipe Carol
>Traditional, Christmas : The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (Birjina gaztettobat zegoen), Basque carol
>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
>Davis, Katherine K. : The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum"
>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
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Works Details

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Adam, Adolphe [Composer] : Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Conductor: Timothy Sexton
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performers: John Scott (Organ); James Blades (Percussion); David Corkhill (Percussion); David Willcocks (Descant)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Performer: Jonathan Bradley (Organ)
  • Conductor: Michael Leighton-Jones
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1751

>James, William Garrett : Christmas Day, for chorus
  • Performer: David Miller (Piano)
  • Conductor: Antony Walker
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
  • Conductor: Brett Weymark
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1742

>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
  • Performers: Jane Sheldon (Voice); David Drury (Organ)
  • Conductor: Antony Walker
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 19th Century

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
  • Performer: Jane Sheldon (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Stanhope
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1850

>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
  • Performer: Paul McMahon (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Brett Weymark
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 12th Century

>James, William Garrett : Carol of the Birds, for chorus
  • Performer: David Miller (Piano)
  • Conductor: Antony Walker
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>James, William Garrett : The Silver Stars are in the Sky (Australian carol)
  • Performers: David Miller (Piano); Catherine Riley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Antony Walker
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
  • Conductor: Antony Walker
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1600

>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol (2) :: "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child"
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1498

>Davies, Henry Walford : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol
  • Performers: Thomas Armstrong [Composer/Conductor] (Descant); Stephen Cleobury (Organ)
  • Conductor: George Guest
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1920

>Rutter, John : Shepherd's Pipe Carol
  • Conductor: Timothy Sexton
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1966

>Traditional, Christmas : The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (Birjina gaztettobat zegoen), Basque carol
  • Performer: Genevieve Lang (Harp)
  • Conductor: Antony Walker
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
  • Conductor: Paul Dyer
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1823
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Davis, Katherine K. : The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum"
  • Performer: Yvonne Kenny
  • Conductor: David Stanhope
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1958

>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger :: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Conductor: Brett Weymark
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588