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Silent Night: Traditional Carols for Christmas, including Silent Night, Sleep, holy babe, Sleepers, awake!, We three kings, Away in a manger, I saw three ships, The Wassail song et al. / Various choirs

Album Summary

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Traditional, Christmas : Nowell
>Traditional, Christmas : Ther Is No Rose of Swych Vertu, carol (English)
>Anonymous, Ritson Manscript : Lullay, lullow
>Traditional, Christmas : Sweet Was the Song the Virgin Sung, carol (English)
>Byrd, William : Lullaby
>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
>Traditional, Christmas : Angelus ad virginem (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol ("Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child") (English)
>Goss, John : See Amid the Winter's Snow, for chorus
>Dykes, John B. : Sleep, Holy Babe, for chorus
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Canata BWV 140
>Hopkins, John Henry : We three kings
>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger
>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Wassail Song ("Here We Come a-Wassailing"), carol (a.k.a. "Here We Come a-Caroling")
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : In dulci jubilo, BWV 729
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

A program of music spanning centuries of Christmas celebrations, from evocative medieval music to the warmth and joy of modern Christmas carols. Ethereal choirs from Oxford and Cambridge contrast with robust organ music and some famous and well-loved carols such as ‘Away in a manger’.



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>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performers: Jon Boden (Fiddle); Ian Giles (Tenor); Giles Lewin (Voice); John Spiers (Concertina)
  • Conductor: James Weeks
  • Ensemble: Queens' College Choir Cambridge
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1818

>Traditional, Christmas : Nowell :: Dieus vous garde
  • Conductor: James Weeks
  • Ensemble: English Renaissance
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Ther Is No Rose of Swych Vertu, carol (English)
  • Conductor: James Weeks
  • Ensemble: Oxford Girls Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas

>Anonymous, Ritson Manscript : Lullay, lullow :: I saw a swete semely syght, christmas carol for 2 voices
  • Conductor: James Weeks
  • Ensemble: Choir of Magdalen College
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1475

>Traditional, Christmas : Sweet Was the Song the Virgin Sung, carol (English)
  • Conductor: James Weeks
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Byrd, William : Lullaby
  • Conductor: James Weeks
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1588

>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
  • Conductor: Michael Stoddart
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1580

>Traditional, Christmas : Angelus ad virginem (English)
  • Conductor: Richard Vendome
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 13th Century

>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol ("Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child") (English)
  • Conductor: Grayston Ives
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1498

>Goss, John : See Amid the Winter's Snow, for chorus
  • Conductor: Grayston Ives
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Dykes, John B. : Sleep, Holy Babe, for chorus
  • Conductor: Grayston Ives
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Canata BWV 140 :: Sleepers, awake!
  • Performer: Martin Souter [Organ/Piano] (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 11/25/1731

>Hopkins, John Henry : We three kings
  • Conductor: Grayston Ives
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1857

>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
  • Conductor: Grayston Ives
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1666

>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger :: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)
  • Performers: Martin Souter [Organ/Piano] (Voice); Matthew Spring (Lute); Sara Stowe (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1885

>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  • Conductor: Grayston Ives
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Wassail Song ("Here We Come a-Wassailing"), carol (a.k.a. "Here We Come a-Caroling")
  • Conductor: Grayston Ives
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1850

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : In dulci jubilo, BWV 729
  • Performer: Martin Souter [Organ/Piano] (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1751