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Christmas Choral Music, "Twelve Days of Christmas" - Works by Irving Berlin, Bing Crosby, Joan Javits, Johnny Marks, Hugh Martin, Paul McCartney, Tony Springer, Mel Torme, Robert Well & more / The King's Men

Album Summary

>Traditional, Christmas : Gabriel's Message (Basque)
>Carey, Mariah : All I Want for Christmas Is You
>Torme, Mel : The Christmas Song
>Traditional, Christmas : Dormi, dormi, o bel bambin (Sleep, O Sleep My Lovely Child) (Italian)
>McCartney, Paul : Wonderful Christmastime
>Javits, Joan : Santa Baby
>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger
>Wood, Roy : I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, song
>Traditional, Christmas : Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (Whence is that goodly fragrance?) (French)
>Parry, Ben : Christmas Cards, for chorus
>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
>Marks, Johnny : Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The King’s Men is the close-harmony vocal group formed by the current choral scholars of King’s College, Cambridge. After the success of After Hours, which topped the iTunes Classical Charts in June 2014, for their latest album on the college’s own label, they showcase the lighter side of their seasonal repertoire. Performing a mixture of Christmas tunes you won’t be hearing in Nine Lessons and Carols any time soon. Highlights include traditional favorites such as “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” alongside Pat Dunachie (now first alto in the King’s Singers) channeling Mariah Carey on “All I Want for Christmas is You” and Keith Roberts’ jocular arrangement of “12 Days of Christmas”. Unlike many close harmony groups, The King’s Men record together, balancing their voices acoustically instead of tracking each voice individually. This results in stronger musical cohesion and a more authentic sound. So, whether you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, drowning in Christmas cards, waiting to catch a glimpse of Rudolph’s red nose or simply wondering when those Lords will stop a leaping all over your lawn, this is an essential addition to your Christmas playlist.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (06/29/2015/07/01/2015).



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Works Details

>Traditional, Christmas : Gabriel's Message (Basque)
  • Ensemble: The King's Men
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (06/29/2015/07/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1582

>Carey, Mariah : All I Want for Christmas Is You
  • Performer: Patrick Dunachie (Treble)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (06/29/2015/07/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Torme, Mel : The Christmas Song
  • Performer: Hugo Herman-Wilson (Voice)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (06/29/2015/07/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1944

>Traditional, Christmas : Dormi, dormi, o bel bambin (Sleep, O Sleep My Lovely Child) (Italian)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (06/29/2015/07/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.

>McCartney, Paul : Wonderful Christmastime
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (06/29/2015/07/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Javits, Joan : Santa Baby
  • Performer: Daniel Lewis (Voice)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (06/29/2015/07/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger :: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (06/29/2015/07/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Wood, Roy : I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, song
  • Performer: William Geeson (Voice)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (06/29/2015/07/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (Whence is that goodly fragrance?) (French)
  • Performer: Hugo Herman-Wilson (Voice)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (06/29/2015/07/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1717

>Parry, Ben : Christmas Cards, for chorus
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (06/29/2015/07/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
  • Performer: Philip Barrett (Voice)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (06/29/2015/07/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Marks, Johnny : Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Performer: William Geeson (Voice)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (06/29/2015/07/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1949

>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (06/29/2015/07/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1944

>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (06/29/2015/07/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1864