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Christmas Carols / From Village Green to Church Choir, Andrew Gant

Album Summary

>Traditional, Christmas : The Angel Gabriel, carol
>Helmore, Thomas : O come, O come, Emmanuel (tune Veni Emmanuel) (New English Hymnal no 11)
>Traditional, Christmas : O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)
>Davies, Henry Walford : The Holly and the Ivy
>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green")
>Thiel, Carl : In dulci jubilo
>Chant, Gregorian : Adeste fideles, canticus in mode 6
>Anonymous : Winchester Old Carol (While Shepherds Watched)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Fleecy Care, carol
>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
>Wood, Charles : Ding Dong Merrily on High, for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : Célébrons la naissance (We sing in celebration)
>Traditional, Christmas : Les anges dans nos campagnes (French), carol (AKA Angels We Have Heard On High)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Traditional, Christmas : Christ Child Lullaby, carol (Hebrides)
>Traditional, Christmas : Still, Still, Still (Stille, stille, stille) (Austrian)
>Traditional, Christmas : Away in a Manger
>Murray, James R. : Away in a Manger
>Traditional, Christmas : Personent hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
>Gant, Andrew : What Child Is This? for chorus & organ
>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
>Anonymous : Tempus adest floridum (PiæCantiones)
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Notes & Reviews:

This new album, bringing classic carols to life under the expert direction of conductor and author Andrew Gant, is released in advance of the publication of Mr. Gant's new book of the same name "Christmas Carols, from Village Green to Church Choir". In Christmas Carols Andrew Gant tells the story of some twenty carols, each accompanied by lyrics and music, unraveling a captivating - and often surprising tale of great musicians and thinkers, saints and pagans, shepherd boys, choirboys, monks and drunks, delving into the history of such favorites as 'Good King Wenceslas', 'Away in a Manger' and 'The Twelve Days of Christmas', discovering along the way how 'Hark, the Herald angels sing' came to replace 'Hark, how all the welkin ring' and how Ralph Vaughan Williams bolted the tune of an English folk song about a dead ox to a poem by a 19th c. American pilgrim to make 'O little town of Bethlehem'. Christmas Carols, a fittingly joyous account of one of our best-loved musical traditions, brims with anecdote, expert knowledge and Christmas spirit.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014).



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>Traditional, Christmas : The Angel Gabriel, carol
  • Performers: Will Dawes; Nicholas Keay (Tenor); Basil McDonald (Cantor); Tom Phillips; David Quinn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Helmore, Thomas : O come, O come, Emmanuel (tune Veni Emmanuel) (New English Hymnal no 11)
  • Performers: Ed Ballard; Thomas Kelly (Clarinet); Piers Kennedy; David Quinn (Organ); Christopher Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)
  • Performers: Ed Ballard; Thomas Kelly (Clarinet); Piers Kennedy; David Quinn (Organ); Christopher Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1820

>Davies, Henry Walford : The Holly and the Ivy
  • Performers: Will Dawes; Nicholas Keay (Tenor); Basil McDonald (Cantor); Tom Phillips; David Quinn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
  • Performers: Will Dawes; Nicholas Keay (Tenor); Basil McDonald (Cantor); Tom Phillips; David Quinn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1666

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green")
  • Performers: Ed Ballard; Thomas Kelly (Clarinet); Piers Kennedy; David Quinn (Organ); Christopher Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1928

>Thiel, Carl : In dulci jubilo
  • Performers: Ed Ballard; Thomas Kelly (Clarinet); Piers Kennedy; David Quinn (Organ); Christopher Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Chant, Gregorian : Adeste fideles, canticus in mode 6
  • Performers: Ed Ballard; Thomas Kelly (Clarinet); Piers Kennedy; David Quinn (Organ); Christopher Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas

>Anonymous : Winchester Old Carol (While Shepherds Watched)
  • Performers: Ed Ballard; Thomas Kelly (Clarinet); Piers Kennedy; David Quinn (Organ); Christopher Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : The Fleecy Care, carol
  • Performers: Will Dawes; Nicholas Keay (Tenor); Basil McDonald (Cantor); Tom Phillips; David Quinn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
  • Performers: Ed Ballard; Thomas Kelly (Clarinet); Piers Kennedy; David Quinn (Organ); Christopher Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1728

>Wood, Charles : Ding Dong Merrily on High, for chorus
  • Performers: Will Dawes; Nicholas Keay (Tenor); Basil McDonald (Cantor); Tom Phillips; David Quinn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Célébrons la naissance (We sing in celebration)
  • Performers: Will Dawes; Nicholas Keay (Tenor); Basil McDonald (Cantor); Tom Phillips; David Quinn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Les anges dans nos campagnes (French), carol (AKA Angels We Have Heard On High)
  • Performers: Will Dawes; Nicholas Keay (Tenor); Basil McDonald (Cantor); Tom Phillips; David Quinn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1840

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performers: Ed Ballard; Thomas Kelly (Clarinet); Piers Kennedy; David Quinn (Organ); Christopher Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840

>Traditional, Christmas : Christ Child Lullaby, carol (Hebrides)
  • Performers: Ed Ballard; Thomas Kelly (Clarinet); Piers Kennedy; David Quinn (Organ); Christopher Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Still, Still, Still (Stille, stille, stille) (Austrian)
  • Performers: Will Dawes; Nicholas Keay (Tenor); Basil McDonald (Cantor); Tom Phillips; David Quinn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1819

>Traditional, Christmas : Away in a Manger
  • Performers: Ed Ballard; Thomas Kelly (Clarinet); Piers Kennedy; David Quinn (Organ); Christopher Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1885

>Murray, James R. : Away in a Manger
  • Performers: Ed Ballard; Thomas Kelly (Clarinet); Piers Kennedy; David Quinn (Organ); Christopher Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1877

>Traditional, Christmas : Personent hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)
  • Performers: Will Dawes; Nicholas Keay (Tenor); Basil McDonald (Cantor); Tom Phillips; David Quinn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1582

>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Performers: Will Dawes; Nicholas Keay (Tenor); Basil McDonald (Cantor); Tom Phillips; David Quinn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1864

>Gant, Andrew : What Child Is This? for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Ed Ballard; Thomas Kelly (Clarinet); Piers Kennedy; David Quinn (Organ); Christopher Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
  • Performers: Will Dawes; Nicholas Keay (Tenor); Basil McDonald (Cantor); Tom Phillips; David Quinn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 15th Century

>Anonymous : Tempus adest floridum (PiæCantiones)
  • Performers: Will Dawes; Nicholas Keay (Tenor); Basil McDonald (Cantor); Tom Phillips; David Quinn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gant
  • Notes: St Peter's College, Oxford (04/07/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Form: Christmas