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Colors Of Christmas / John Rutter - The Bach Choir

Audio Samples

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Rutter, John : The Colours of Christmas, for chorus & orchestra
>chora, Traditional German : In dulci jubilo, chorale
>Anonymous : What Is This Lovely Fragrance?
>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger
>     Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)
>Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon : Hodie Christus natus est
>Traditional, Christmas : Riu, riu, chiu!, carol (Spanish)
>Traditional, Christmas : I Wonder As I Wander (American)
>Rutter, John : Star Carol
>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
>Traditional, Christmas : Gabriel's Message (Basque)
>Rutter, John : O come, all ye faithful fanfare
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Britten, Benjamin : Friday Afternooons
>     A New Year Carol
>Mason, Lowell : Joy to the World
>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride, arranged for band
>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
>Torme, Mel : The Christmas Song
>Rutter, John : The Twelve Days of Christmas, carol for children's chorus & orchestra
>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"

Album Summary

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Rutter, John : The Colours of Christmas, for chorus & orchestra
>chora, Traditional German : In dulci jubilo, chorale
>Anonymous : What Is This Lovely Fragrance?
>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger
>Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon : Hodie Christus natus est
>Traditional, Christmas : Riu, riu, chiu!, carol (Spanish)
>Traditional, Christmas : I Wonder As I Wander (American)
>Rutter, John : Star Carol
>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
>Traditional, Christmas : Gabriel's Message (Basque)
>Rutter, John : O come, all ye faithful fanfare
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Britten, Benjamin : Friday Afternooons
>Mason, Lowell : Joy to the World
>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride, arranged for band
>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
>Torme, Mel : The Christmas Song
>Rutter, John : The Twelve Days of Christmas, carol for children's chorus & orchestra
>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Colours of Christmas is a collection of the greatest Christmas carols by the composer/conductor whose music has, for many, been so associated with Christmas. Featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bach Choir, with guest artists Over the Bridge and conducted by Rutter himself.

The Colours of Christmas (track 2 from the album) is a newly composed carol by Rutter for this new album, and is testament to the very best of Rutter’s music. Newly orchestrated for this album are the carols Ding Dong Merrily On High and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. All recordings on this album are brand new.

The Independent
Nobody knows more about Christmas carols than John Rutter, and this collection oozes class. The opening "Ding Dong! Merrily on High" sets the scene: full of fluttering woodwind and horns dancing around tinkling percussion.

The Times
It's hard not to enjoy the disc's panache and the smiling skill of Rutter, the Bach Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as they paint the season red, white and green.

Gramophone Magazine
If you believe that Christmas music should have a warm, comfortable feel, then this CD will fit the bill perfectly... Rutter is equally skilled as an arranger and orchestrator, and the ingenious use of calypso rhythms in 'Ding dong! Merrily on high' is a delight... The Bach Choir and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra give crisp, enthusiastic performances. The choir have superb diction, blend and ensemble.

Sunday Times
There's something for everyone here

The Telegraph
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a new piece from John Rutter, master of singable and ear-catching carols. This year's is The Colours of Christmas, artlessly written and beautifully sung by the Bach Choir.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London / Royal Albert Hall, London (01/2011/04/2011).



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Works Details

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Performer: John Birch (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588

>Rutter, John : The Colours of Christmas, for chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: John Birch (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>chora, Traditional German : In dulci jubilo, chorale
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous : What Is This Lovely Fragrance?
  • Performer: John Birch (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger :: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon : Hodie Christus natus est
  • Performer: John Birch (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1619

>Traditional, Christmas : Riu, riu, chiu!, carol (Spanish)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1556

>Traditional, Christmas : I Wonder As I Wander (American)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Written: by 1933

>Rutter, John : Star Carol
  • Performer: John Birch (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1972

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
  • Performer: John Birch (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1850

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performer: John Birch (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
  • Performer: John Birch (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 19th Century

>Traditional, Christmas : Gabriel's Message (Basque)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1582

>Rutter, John : O come, all ye faithful fanfare
  • Performer: John Birch (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performer: John Birch (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

>Britten, Benjamin : Friday Afternooons :: A New Year Carol
  • Performers: Huw Webb (Harp); John Birch (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Mason, Lowell : Joy to the World
  • Performer: John Birch (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride, arranged for band
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1784

>Mel Tormé (1925 - 1999) : The Christmas Song
  • Performer: John Birch (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1944

>Rutter, John : The Twelve Days of Christmas, carol for children's chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: John Birch (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
  • Performer: Ralph Blane
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Hugh Martin (1914 - 2011).
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1944

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performer: John Birch (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840