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The Greatest Christmas Choral Classics, including favorites & contemporary Christmas songs in new vocal & instrumental arrangements

Album Summary

>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
>Leontovych, Mykola : Carol of the Bells
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
>Traditional, Christmas : Gaudete (Swedish)
>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Davis, Katherine K. : The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum"
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Traditional, Christmas : Away in a Manger
>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol ("Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child") (English)
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
>Willis, Richard Storrs : It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
>Pierpont, James : Jingle Bells
>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride, popular song (with lyrics by Mitchell Parrish)
>Carey, Mariah : All I Want for Christmas Is You
>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
>Mendelson, Lee : Christmas Time is Here
>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
>Wyle, George : It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (from the cartoon "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
>Williams, John : Somewhere In My Memory (song from "Home Alone")
>Bernard, Felix : Winter Wonderland
>Lake, Greg : I Believe in Father Christmas, song
>Baker, Gloria Shayne : Do You Hear What I Hear
>Hairston, Jester : Mary's boy child
>Greenwich, Ellie : Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
>Kent, Walter : I'll Be Home for Christmas
>Beal, Joe : Jingle Bell Rock
>Marks, Johnny : Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
>Coots, John Frederick : Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
>Torme, Mel : The Christmas Song
>Blake, Howard : The Snowman
>Dominic Hawken / R. Kean : Stay Another Day, song
>Lennon, John & Yoko Ono : Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
>Wood, Roy : I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, song
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Notes & Reviews:

Presented on two CDs, The Greatest Christmas Choral Classics is a collection of the most popular carols, hymns, and songs, performed in lavish arrangements by the Crouch End Festival Chorus and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The first disc's program offers the best-known traditional carols, such as "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," "Carol of the Bells," "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing," "The First Nowell," "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," and "O Come, All Ye Faithful," while the second disc is a survey of popular Christmas standards, including "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "White Christmas," "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and several other favorites. This package is suitable as background music for holiday parties and other occasions that need a boost of Christmas cheer. ~ Blair Sanderson



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>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Ensemble: Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 15th Century

>Leontovych, Mykola : Carol of the Bells
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Evan Jolly
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1910

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840

>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1742

>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Evan Jolly
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1582

>Traditional, Christmas : Gaudete (Swedish)
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1823

>Traditional, Christmas : O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Evan Jolly
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1820

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588

>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Notes: Composition written: By 1864.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1864

>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1751

>Davis, Katherine K. : The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum"
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1958

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1818

>Traditional, Christmas : Away in a Manger
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Evan Jolly
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1885

>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol ("Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child") (English)
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Evan Jolly
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1498

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Evan Jolly
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1851

>Willis, Richard Storrs : It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Evan Jolly
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1850

>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Evan Jolly
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1710

>Pierpont, James : Jingle Bells
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1850

>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride, popular song (with lyrics by Mitchell Parrish)
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Evan Jolly
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1951

>Carey, Mariah : All I Want for Christmas Is You
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Evan Jolly
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Walter Afanasieff (1958 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Hugh Martin (1914 - 2011).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1944

>Mendelson, Lee : Christmas Time is Here
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Evan Jolly
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Vince Guaraldi (1928 - 1976).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1942

>Wyle, George : It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (from the cartoon "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1963

>Williams, John : Somewhere In My Memory (song from "Home Alone")
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Evan Jolly
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1990

>Bernard, Felix : Winter Wonderland
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1934

>Lake, Greg : I Believe in Father Christmas, song
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Baker, Gloria Shayne : Do You Hear What I Hear
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Leon X A Schleinger, Noël Regney (1922 - 2002).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Hairston, Jester : Mary's boy child
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1956

>Greenwich, Ellie : Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jeff Barry (Singer/Songwriter) (1938 - ), Phil Spector (1940 - ).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Kent, Walter : I'll Be Home for Christmas
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Evan Jolly
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1953

>Beal, Joe : Jingle Bell Rock
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jim Boothe.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Marks, Johnny : Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Evan Jolly
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1949

>Coots, John Frederick : Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Evan Jolly
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1934

>Torme, Mel : The Christmas Song
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Evan Jolly
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1944

>Blake, Howard : The Snowman
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1981

>Dominic Hawken / R. Kean : Stay Another Day, song
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Evan Jolly
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Lennon, John & Yoko Ono : Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Wood, Roy : I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, song
  • Performers: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Evan Jolly
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas