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Christmas Songbook - Works by Adam, Berlin, Bernard, Carr, Connor, Coots, Gruber, Holst, Leach, Martin, Parrish, Wilhousky, Willis, Willson / The King's Singers

Album Summary

>Holst, Gustav : In the bleak mid-winter
>Willson, Meredith : It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
>Traditional, Christmas : Still, Still, Still (Stille, stille, stille) (Austrian)
>Wilhousky, Peter J. : Carol of the Bells
>Willis, Richard Storrs : It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
>Rice, Robert W. : Sleigh Ride, for 2 tenors & chorus (after Leroy Anderson and Ralph Vaughan Williams)
>N/A : The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Bernard, Felix : Winter Wonderland
>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

World-renowned a cappella group The King's Singers follow their recent Great American Songbook album with the Christmas equivalent, on a disc that pays homage to the group's roots whilst acknowledging their current passion for swing. Traditional favorites such as "The holly and the ivy," "In the bleak midwinter," and the beautiful Austrian carol "Still, Still, Still," jockey for position amongst modern-day classics like "Winter Wonderland," "Frosty the Snowman" and "Sleigh Ride." All are presented in new arrangements by some of the group's favorite arrangers: Berty Rice, Keith Roberts and Alexander L'Estrange.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/21/2016-01/22/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/25/2016-01/26/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (03/22/2016-03/23/2016).

Includes medley: frosty the snowman (nelson) / rudolph the by various composers.

Includes santa claus is coming to town (f. j. cootes) / i s by various composers.



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Works Details

>Holst, Gustav : In the bleak mid-winter
  • Ensemble: The King's Singers
  • Notes: Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/21/2016-01/22/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/25/2016-01/26/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (03/22/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1904-1905

>Willson, Meredith : It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  • Notes: Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/21/2016-01/22/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/25/2016-01/26/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (03/22/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Still, Still, Still (Stille, stille, stille) (Austrian)
  • Notes: Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/21/2016-01/22/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/25/2016-01/26/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (03/22/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1819

>Wilhousky, Peter J. : Carol of the Bells
  • Notes: Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/21/2016-01/22/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/25/2016-01/26/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (03/22/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Willis, Richard Storrs : It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • Notes: Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/21/2016-01/22/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/25/2016-01/26/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (03/22/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1850

>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
  • Notes: Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/21/2016-01/22/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/25/2016-01/26/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (03/22/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Notes: Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/21/2016-01/22/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/25/2016-01/26/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (03/22/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588

>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
  • Notes: Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/21/2016-01/22/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/25/2016-01/26/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (03/22/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1823

>Rice, Robert W. : Sleigh Ride, for 2 tenors & chorus (after Leroy Anderson and Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • Notes: Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/21/2016-01/22/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/25/2016-01/26/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (03/22/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>N/A : The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot
  • Notes: Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/21/2016-01/22/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/25/2016-01/26/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (03/22/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Notes: Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/21/2016-01/22/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/25/2016-01/26/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (03/22/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Bernard, Felix : Winter Wonderland
  • Notes: Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/21/2016-01/22/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/25/2016-01/26/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (03/22/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
  • Notes: Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/21/2016-01/22/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/25/2016-01/26/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (03/22/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1944

>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
  • Notes: Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/21/2016-01/22/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (01/25/2016-01/26/2016); Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (03/22/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 15th Century