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The Christmas Spirit

Audio Samples

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Work(s)
>     Jingle Bells / Deck the hall
>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Work(s)
>     In dulci jubilo
>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>     Pastoral sinfonia
>     Schlafe, mein Liebster (Slu
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion
>     For unto us a child is born
>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Away in a Manger
>Traditional, Christmas : What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
>Rutter, John : Star Carol
>Hairston, Jester : Mary's boy child
>Traditional, Christmas : King Jesus Hath A Garden (Dutch)
>Traditional, Christmas : Up! Good Christian Folk, and Listen (Piae cantiones)
>Traditional, Christmas : Child in a Manger
>Schubert, Franz : Lullaby
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49
>     Wiegenlied, Op. 49/4
>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
>Martens, Frederick H. : Gesu bambino
>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
>Traditional, Christmas : See amid the winter's snow
>Traditional, Christmas : Shepherds, In the field abiding (Tune
>     French)
>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"

Album Summary

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Work(s)
>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Work(s)
>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Away in a Manger
>Traditional, Christmas : What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
>Rutter, John : Star Carol
>Hairston, Jester : Mary's boy child
>Traditional, Christmas : King Jesus Hath A Garden (Dutch)
>Traditional, Christmas : Up! Good Christian Folk, and Listen (Piae cantiones)
>Traditional, Christmas : Child in a Manger
>Schubert, Franz : Lullaby
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49
>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
>Martens, Frederick H. : Gesu bambino
>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
>Traditional, Christmas : See amid the winter's snow
>Traditional, Christmas : Shepherds, In the field abiding (Tune
>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
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Works Details

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir of Cambridge
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1850
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Leontyne Price (Soprano); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Joan Sutherland; Kiri Te Kanawa; Renata Tebaldi
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir of Cambridge
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1852
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Panis angelicus
  • Conductor: Kurt Adler
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872

>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1710

>Traditional, Christmas : Work(s) :: Jingle Bells / Deck the hall
  • Performer: John Scott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Philip Jones
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
  • Performers: Stephen Cleobury (Organ); Richard Suart (Baritone)
  • Conductor: George Guest
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1582

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Performer: Andrew Davis [Conductor/Organ] (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Work(s) :: In dulci jubilo
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1700-1750

>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1823

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 :: Pastoral sinfonia
  • Conductor: Karl Munchinger
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: For unto us a child is born
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  • Performers: John Scott (Organ); James Blades (Percussion); David Corkhill (Percussion)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Away in a Manger
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1885

>Traditional, Christmas : What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
  • Performer: Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1600

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Performer: David Briggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1751

>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Performer: Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Notes: Composition written: By 1864.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1864

>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
  • Performer: John Scott (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post-Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1892

>Rutter, John : Star Carol
  • Performer: John Scott (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1972

>Hairston, Jester : Mary's boy child
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Traditional, Christmas : King Jesus Hath A Garden (Dutch)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Up! Good Christian Folk, and Listen (Piae cantiones)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Running Time: 1 min. 10 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Child in a Manger
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Schubert, Franz : Lullaby
  • Performer: Renata Tebaldi
  • Conductor: Anton Guadagno
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/1816

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49 :: Wiegenlied, Op. 49/4
  • Performer: Marisa Robles (Harp)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
  • Performers: David Briggs (Organ); John Bowen (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 19th Century

>Martens, Frederick H. : Gesú bambino
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Kurt Adler
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.

>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 10/1850-07/1854

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 :: Schlafe, mein Liebster (Slu
  • Conductor: Karl Munchinger
  • Running Time: 11 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734

>Traditional, Christmas : See amid the winter's snow
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Shepherds, In the field abiding (Tune :: French)
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Written: 15th Century

>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1728

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performer: David Briggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840