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Various Artists: Christmas at Downton Abbey

Track List

>Downton Abbey Christmas Suite: Part 1 - John Lunn/The Budapest Choral Voices/The Budapest City Orchestra
>O Holy Night - Julian Ovenden/John Lunn/The Budapest City Orchestra
>It Came upon a Midnight Clear - Elizabeth McGovern/John Lunn/The Budapest City Orchestra
>First Noël, The - Julian Ovenden/Elizabeth McGovern/John Lunn/The Budapest City Orchestra
>Sussex Carol, The - John Lunn/The Budapest City Orchestra
>Twelve Days of Christmas - Julian Ovenden/Rosalie Craig/John Lunn/The Budapest City Orchestra/Katie Marshall
>Silent Night - John Lunn/The Budapest City Orchestra
>We Wish You a Merry Christmas - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Michael George/Kiri Te Kanawa
>In the Bleak Midwinter - King's College Choir of Cambridge
>O Little Town of Bethlehem - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Kiri Te Kanawa
>Once in Royal David's City - King's College Choir of Cambridge
>Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - King's College Choir of Cambridge
>O Come, All Ye Faithful - King's College Choir of Cambridge
>Messe de minuit pour Noël: Kyrie - François Bazola/Valérie Rio/Cyril Auvity/Nicola Wemyss/William Christie/Thibaut Lenaerts/Jean-Fra
>Ding Dong! Merrily on High - King's College Choir of Cambridge
>Good King Wenceslas - Timothy Norris/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Michael George
>While Shepherds Watched - King's College Choir of Cambridge
>Away in a Manger - King's College Choir of Cambridge
>In dulci jubilo - King's College Choir of Cambridge
>Panis angelicus - Libera/Ian Tilley
>Christmas Concerto: 1st movement - Il Giardino Armonico
>Nutcracker Suite: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra/Alexander Lazarev
>'Twas the Night Before Christmas - John Lunn/Jim Carter/The Budapest City Orchestra
>Downton Abbey Christmas Suite: Part 2 - John Lunn/The Budapest Choral Voices/The Budapest City Orchestra
>Joy to the World - Joel Cohen
>God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen - King's College Choir of Cambridge
>Angels from the Realms of Glory - King's College Choir of Cambridge
>Messiah: Hallelujah - Nikolaus Harnoncourt
>Holly and the Ivy, The - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Michael George/Kiri Te Kanawa
>Go Tell It on the Mountain - Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra/Thomas Hampson
>Nutcracker Suite: March - Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra/Alexander Lazarev
>O Tannenbaum - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Kiri Te Kanawa
>I Saw Three Ships - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Kiri Te Kanawa
>When Christ Was Born of Mary Free - Benjamin Nicholas/Carleton Wetherington
>Adam Lay y-Bounden - King's College Choir of Cambridge
>First Nowell, The - King's College Choir of Cambridge
>We Three Kings of Orient Are - Taverner Choir/Taverner Consort/Andrew Parrott
>O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - King's College Choir of Cambridge
>I Sing the Birth - Ralph Allwood/Rodolfus Choir/Sam Jenkins
>Noël sur les instruments - William Christie
>Nouvelles, nouvelles - Joel Cohen/William Hite
>Chantons Noël, menons joyeuse vie - Joel Cohen/William Hite
>Three Kings, The - King's College Choir of Cambridge
>Messiah: O Thou that Tellest Good Tidings to Zion - Marjana Lipovsek/Nikolaus Harnoncourt
>Christmas Concerto: 3rd movement - I Solisti Veneti/Claudio Scimone

Album Notes

Evoking the themes and spirit of the popular British television series, Christmas at Downton Abbey is a two-disc set featuring holiday music inspired by the show and its characters. Including an exclusive seasonal suite from composer John Lunn that incorporates elements from his iconic title theme, the collection also contains vocal performances from cast members Elizabeth McGovern (Lady Cora), Julian Ovenden (Charles Blake), who each provide solo pieces then duet together on "The First Noel." There is also a special reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" by the richly baritoned cast member Jim Carter (Mr. Carson). The rest of the collection is largely made up of classical and choral selections by the Choir of King's College, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Alexander Lazarev, and more. Full of uplifting warmth and the kind of thrilling opulence befitting the fictional Crawley family and their servants, fans will find Christmas at Downton Abbey to be a fine seasonal companion to this much-loved show. ~ Timothy Monger



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