Notes & Reviews:
24 favorite Christmas carols from Cambridge! Booklet contains notes on the history of Christmas carols as well as full text of each carol.
Contains such perennial classics as: 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,' 'Away in a Manger,' 'O Come O Come Emmanuel,' 'I Saw Three Ships,' and 'O Come All Ye Faithful,' as well as traditional favorites including 'King Jesus Hath a Garden,' 'While Shepherds Watched,' 'On Jordan's Bank,' and 'Come Thou Redeemer.'
American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Some of Willcocks's descants have never been surpassed, particularly 'O Come, All Ye Faithful' and 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'. The best track here is 'O Come, All Ye Faithful' marked by a nice dramatic touch in the last stanza of the organ dropping out on "O come, let us adore him" before coming back in full splendor for its final repeat. It's the best performance of it you can get. This is a nice tribute to King's in the Willcocks era, but better recordings of almost everything here are readily available. Sound quality is primitive by today's standards. Listening to these performances after the passage of time, many sound dated.
Recording information: King's College Chapel, Cambridge (1958-1961).
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