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The Cambridge Singers Christmas Album / John Rutter, Varcoe

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> The holly and the ivy (arr. H.W. Davies) - The holly and the ivy
> Blessed be that maid Mary (arr. D. Willcocks) - Blessed be that maid Mary
> Somerset Wassail (arr. J. Rutter) - Somerset Wassail
> Shepherds, in the Field Abiding (arr. D. Willcocks) - Shepherds, in the field abiding
> The Infant King (arr. D. Willcocks) - The Infant King
> What is this lovely fragrance? (arr. H. Willan) - What is this lovely fragrance?
> Gabriel's message (arr. D. Willcocks) - Gabriel's message
> Still, still, still (arr. J. Rutter) - Still, still, still
> Quittez, pasteurs (arr. J. Rutter) - Quittez, pasteurs
> Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle (arr. J. Rutter) - Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle
> Personent hodie (arr. J. Rutter) - Personent hodie
> L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25 - L’enfance du Christ, Op. 25: The shepherds' farewell
> Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night) (arr. J. Rutter) (Sung in English) - O Holy Night (Cantique de Noel)
> O magnum mysterium - O magnum mysterium
> Hodie Christus natus est - Hodie Christus natus est
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born
> In dulci jubilo - In dulci jubilo
> Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child, Op. 25, No. 2, "Coventry Carol" - Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child
> Friday Afternoons, Op. 7 - Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: No. 5: A New Year Carol
> 3 Carols - Balulalow
> I Saw a Fair Maiden - I saw a fair maiden
> The Lamb - The Lamb
> Fantasia on Christmas Carols - Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Album Summary

>Davies, Henry Walford : The holly and the ivy
>Traditional : Blessed be that Maid Mary
>Traditional : Somerset Wassail
>Traditional : Shepherds in the field abiding
>Traditional : The infant king
>Traditional : What is this lovely fragrance?
>Traditional : Gabriel's message
>Traditional : Still, still, still
>Traditional : Quittez pasteurs
>Traditional : Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle
>Anonymous : Personent hodie
>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
>Adam, Adolphe : Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night"
>Victoria, Tomás Luis de : O magnum mysterium
>Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon : Hodie Christus natus est
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Scheidt, Samuel : In dulci jubilo
>Leighton, Kenneth : Carols (3), Op. 25
>Britten, Benjamin : A New Year Carol
>Warlock, Peter : Balulalow
>Warlock, Peter : I saw a fair maiden
>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"The program also provides a very healthy dose of original pieces, from Victoria's O magnum mysterium, Handel's For unto us a child is born, Kenneth Leighton's Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child, and Britten's A New Year Carol, to Sweelinck's double-choir Hodie Christus natus est, John Tavener's The Lamb, and Peter Warlock's Balulalow and I saw a fair maiden. The disc ends with Vaughan Williams' rousing Fantasia on Christmas Carols. As you might expect, there's not a dull moment during this very generously filled 77-plus-minute CD, and there's so much joy and beauty in these well-chosen, perfectly sung pieces that a simple numerical rating doesn't do it justice. The sound is appropriately full, vibrant, clear, and dynamic. Add this to your list." -Classics Today (10/10)



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Works Details

>Davies, Henry Walford : The holly and the ivy
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : Blessed be that Maid Mary
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : Somerset Wassail
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : Shepherds in the field abiding
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : The infant king
  • Performer: Caroline Ashton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : What is this lovely fragrance?
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : Gabriel's message
  • Performer: Ruth Holton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : Still, still, still
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : Quittez pasteurs
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous : Personent hodie
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1582
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25 :: L'adieu des bergers
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1850-1854
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Adam, Adolphe : Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night"
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548 - 1611) : O magnum mysterium
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1572
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon : Hodie Christus natus est
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: For unto us a child is born
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1742
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Scheidt, Samuel : In dulci jubilo
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1650
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Leighton, Kenneth : Carols (3), Op. 25 :: no 2, Lully, lulla thou little tiny child
  • Performer: Caroline Ashton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1948
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : A New Year Carol
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1971
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Warlock, Peter : Balulalow
  • Performer: Karen Kerslake (Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1919
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Warlock, Peter : I saw a fair maiden
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1927
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1982
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Christmas Carols
  • Performers: Stephen Orton (Cello); Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 11 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1912
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio