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The John Rutter Christmas Album / The Cambridge Singers

Album Summary

>Traditional, Christmas : The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish)
>Rutter, John : Jesus Child
>Rutter, John : There is a flower
>Rutter, John : Donkey Carol
>Rutter, John : Wild Wood Carol
>Rutter, John : Angels' Carol
>Rutter, John : Nativity Carol
>Rutter, John : Mary's Lullaby
>Rutter, John : Star Carol
>Rutter, John : Candlelight Carol
>Rutter, John : Shepherd's Pipe Carol
>Rutter, John : Christmas Lullaby
>Rutter, John : Dormi, Jesu
>Rutter, John : Love Came Down at Christmas
>Traditional, Christmas : Sans Day Carol ("Now the Holly Bears a Berry") (a.k.a. St. Day Carol)
>Traditional, Christmas : I Wonder As I Wander (American)
>Rutter, John : What sweeter music
>Mason, Lowell : Joy to the World
>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
>Rutter, John : The Very Best Time of Year, carol
>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Over the years John Rutter's Christmas recordings with his outstanding Cambridge Singers have become essential components of holiday tradition for choral music fans around the world... The selections focus on Rutter's own compositions, with "a sprinkling" of his arrangements of traditional carols organized (in typical Rutter/Cambridge Singers fashion) into a thematically grouped program--Prologue, The Christmas Story, Christmas Night, Christmas reflections, Christmas Joy, and Epilogue--the latter consisting of a lovely setting of Silent Night, made for a 1988 BBC television production. And speaking of classics, among the 23 pieces heard here is Rutter's masterpiece, What sweeter music, a staple of Christmas programs everywhere (and a continuing presence in a popular series of Volvo commercials), sounding even more glorious than ever." -Classics Today (10/10)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/1985-06/2002); The Great hall Of University College School, London, En (04/1985-06/2002).



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Works Details

>Traditional, Christmas : The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish)
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); John Rutter (Organ); Stephen Varcoe
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Notes: Arranged: John Rutter
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 12th Century
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rutter, John : Jesus Child
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1974
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rutter, John : There is a flower
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); Ruth Holton (Soprano); John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1986
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rutter, John : Donkey Carol
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1975
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rutter, John : Wild Wood Carol
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); Gerald Finley; John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1988
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rutter, John : Angels' Carol
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1999
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rutter, John : Nativity Carol
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1963
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rutter, John : Mary's Lullaby
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1979
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rutter, John : Star Carol
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1972
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rutter, John : Candlelight Carol
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1984
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rutter, John : Shepherd's Pipe Carol
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1966
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rutter, John : Christmas Lullaby
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1989
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rutter, John : Dormi, Jesu
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Notes: This selection is sung in both Latin and English.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1999
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rutter, John : Love Came Down at Christmas
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1971
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : Sans Day Carol ("Now the Holly Bears a Berry") (a.k.a. St. Day Carol)
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Notes: Arranged: John Rutter
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : I Wonder As I Wander (American)
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); Gerald Finley; John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Notes: Arranged: John Rutter
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1933
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rutter, John : What sweeter music
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1988
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mason, Lowell : Joy to the World
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Notes: Arranged: John Rutter
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Notes: Arranged: John Rutter
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1666
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Notes: Arranged: John Rutter
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1784
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rutter, John : The Very Best Time of Year, carol
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1985
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Notes: Arranged: John Rutter
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 15th Century
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performers: Cambridge Singers (Voice); City of London Sinfonia (Symphonia); John Rutter (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Notes: Arranged: John Rutter
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1818
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio