A Victorian Christmas

Audio Samples

>Word, Spoken : Street Cries (A Victorian Christmas Revels)
>Traditional, Christmas : Work(s)
>     Gooding Carol / Wessel Cup Carol
>     Parlour Dances
>     Lancers Medley
>Anonymous : A Merry Christmas
>Anonymous : Hail to Brittania, children's song
>Anonymous : Little Jack Horner
>Traditional, Christmas : Come, Shepherds, Rise (16th C. Bohemian)
>Holmes, Brian : The Kings, for voice, choir & brass ensemble
>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piae Cantiones)
>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
>Castling, Harry : Let's All Go Down The Strand
>Traditional, Christmas : Miss Hoolihan's Christmas Cake, for voice, choir & orchestra
>VonTilzer, Harry : Down at the Old Bull and Bush, for voice, choir & orchestra
>Traditional, Dutch : Polly Perkin
>Anonymous : Don't Have Any More, Mrs. Moore, for voice, choir & organ
>Traditional, Christmas : Malpas Wassail, for choir
>Traditional, Scottish : Auld Lang Syne
>Traditional, Christmas : When Christmas Morn Was Dawning
>Traditional, Christmas : Past Three O'clock, carol (English)

Album Summary

>Word, Spoken : Street Cries (A Victorian Christmas Revels)
>Traditional, Christmas : Work(s)
>Anonymous : A Merry Christmas
>Anonymous : Hail to Brittania, children's song
>Anonymous : Little Jack Horner
>Traditional, Christmas : Come, Shepherds, Rise (16th C. Bohemian)
>Holmes, Brian : The Kings, for voice, choir & brass ensemble
>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piae Cantiones)
>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
>Castling, Harry : Let's All Go Down The Strand
>Traditional, Christmas : Miss Hoolihan's Christmas Cake, for voice, choir & orchestra
>VonTilzer, Harry : Down at the Old Bull and Bush, for voice, choir & orchestra
>Traditional, Dutch : Polly Perkin
>Anonymous : Don't Have Any More, Mrs. Moore, for voice, choir & organ
>Traditional, Christmas : Malpas Wassail, for choir
>Traditional, Scottish : Auld Lang Syne
>Traditional, Christmas : When Christmas Morn Was Dawning
>Traditional, Christmas : Past Three O'clock, carol (English)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Selections recorded at Paine Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusets and at First Parish in Brookline, Massachusets, in June and July, 1999.

Personnel: John Langstaff (vocals, baritone); John Rockwell , Holly Teichholz, Jamie Jaffe, Maggi Peirce, Donald Wilkinson, David Jones, Gail Abbey, David Coffin, Pamela Dellal, Paul Guttry, Ann Rooney (vocals); Donald A. Duncan (bass voice, guitar); Margot Chamberlain (harp); Peter Hughes (violin); Hannah Emlen (cello); Peter H. Bloom (flute); Tom Kruskal (concertina); Chester Brezniak (clarinet); Ken Pullig (trumpet, flugelhorn); Darryl Robbins, Dana Oakes (trumpet); Richard Hudson (French horn); Hans Bohn, David Lindsey (trombone); Gregory Fritze (tuba); Jacqueline Schwab (piano); Sarah Tenney (timpani, percussion).

Recording information: First Parish, Brookline, MA (06/1999-07/1999); Paine Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (06/1999-07/1999).



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Works Details

>Word, Spoken : Street Cries (A Victorian Christmas Revels)
  • Performers: Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble; Revels Chorus; Children's Waits
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Work(s) :: Gooding Carol / Wessel Cup Carol
  • Performers: Tom Kruskal (Concertina); Hannah Emlen (Cello); Revels Chorus; Children's Waits
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Children's Waits
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.

>Anonymous : A Merry Christmas
  • Performers: Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble; Revels Chorus
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Anonymous : Hail to Brittania, children's song
  • Performers: Children's Waits; Parlour Orchestra
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.

>Anonymous : Little Jack Horner
  • Performer: Children's Waits
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Children's Waits
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, Christmas : Come, Shepherds, Rise (16th C. Bohemian)
  • Performers: John Rockwell (Tenor); Adrian Nussdorder (Voice); Jamie Jaffe (Alto); Adrian Nussdorfer; Revels Chorus; Parlour Orchestra
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Children's Waits
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.

>Holmes, Brian : The Kings, for voice, choir & brass ensemble
  • Performers: Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble; Revels Chorus; John Langstaff (Voice)
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Performers: Jamie Jaffe (Alto); Revels Chorus; Parlour Orchestra
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performers: Ken Pullig (Trumpet); Revels Chorus; Donald Duncan (Guitar)
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Revels Chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
  • Performers: Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble; Holly Teichholtz (Voice); Holly Teichholz; Donald Wilkinson (Baritone); Revels Chorus; David Coffin (Voice); Ann Rooney (Voice)
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1400

>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
  • Performers: Children's Chorus; Revels Chorus; Parlour Orchestra
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Revels Chorus
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 15th Century

>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Performers: David Jones (Piano); The Revels; Donald Duncan (Guitar)
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Children's Waits
  • Notes: Composition written: By 1864.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1864

>Castling, Harry : Let's All Go Down The Strand
  • Performers: David Jones (Piano); Maggi Peirce (Voice); Revels Chorus; Parlour Orchestra
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Revels Chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Miss Hoolihan's Christmas Cake, for voice, choir & orchestra
  • Performers: David Jones (Piano); Revels Chorus; Parlour Orchestra
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Parlour Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Work(s) :: Parlour Dances
  • Performer: Parlour Orchestra
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Revels Chorus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.

>VonTilzer, Harry : Down at the Old Bull and Bush, for voice, choir & orchestra
  • Performers: Maggi Peirce (Voice); Revels Chorus; Parlour Orchestra
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Parlour Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Traditional, Dutch : Polly Perkin
  • Performers: David Jones (Piano); Revels Chorus; Parlour Orchestra
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Parlour Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Work(s) :: Lancers Medley
  • Performer: Parlour Orchestra
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Revels Chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.

>Anonymous : Don't Have Any More, Mrs. Moore, for voice, choir & organ
  • Performers: Maggi Peirce (Voice); Revels Chorus; Parlour Orchestra
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Parlour Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Malpas Wassail, for choir
  • Performer: Revels Chorus
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Revels Chorus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.

>Traditional, Scottish : Auld Lang Syne
  • Performers: Revels Chorus; Parlour Orchestra; Gail Abbey (Voice); Pamela Dellal (Mezzo Soprano); Paul Guttry (Voice); John Langstaff (Voice)
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Revels Chorus
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1797

>Traditional, Christmas : When Christmas Morn Was Dawning
  • Performers: Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble; Margot Chamberlain (Harp); Revels Chorus; Children's Waits
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Past Three O'clock, carol (English)
  • Performers: Revels Chorus; David Coffin (Voice)
  • Conductor: George Emlen
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.