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Love Came Down at Christmas

Audio Samples

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Holst, Gustav : In the bleak mid-winter
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
>Cornelius, Peter : The Three Kings (a.k.a. "We Three Kings")
>Traditional, Christmas : Of the Father's heart begotten (A Christmas Procession)
>Gardner, John Linton : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, for chorus, Op. 75/2
>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Hadley, Patrick : I sing of a maiden
>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piae Cantiones)
>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
>Archer, Malcolm : Love Came Down at Christmas, for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : Wiegenlied der Hirten (Shepherds' Cradle Song) (Glatz folk song)
>Goss, John : See Amid the Winter's Snow, for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : Hajej, nynej, Jezishku (Rocking Carol) (Czech)
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)

Album Summary

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Holst, Gustav : In the bleak mid-winter
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
>Cornelius, Peter : The Three Kings (a.k.a. "We Three Kings")
>Traditional, Christmas : Of the Father's heart begotten (A Christmas Procession)
>Gardner, John Linton : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, for chorus, Op. 75/2
>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Hadley, Patrick : I sing of a maiden
>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piae Cantiones)
>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
>Archer, Malcolm : Love Came Down at Christmas, for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : Wiegenlied der Hirten (Shepherds' Cradle Song) (Glatz folk song)
>Goss, John : See Amid the Winter's Snow, for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : Hajej, nynej, Jezishku (Rocking Carol) (Czech)
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Malcolm Archer`s own carol gives its title to this inspiring new collection from the wonderful acoustic of this world famous Cathedral. Included also is his arrangement of "Silent Night" as well as six superb & now standard arrangements by Sir David Willcocks, alongside the beautiful setting of Christina Rosetti`s "In the bleak mid-winter". Full texts included!

"Whether it is for singing along by the fireside or sitting in exhausted contentment when the guests have gone, this year`s seasonal CDs offer ample choice. The choir of St Paul`s Cathedral tops the list of new discs of traditional fare with Love came down at Christmas, conducted by the cathedral`s director of music, Malcolm Archer." -Daily Telegraph, 12/12/2005

"`Hauntingly beautiful`is how choirmaster Malcolm Archer describes Sandstrom`s arrangement of Praetorius`s `Es ist ein Ros ensprungen` - and so it is... The huge St Paul`s acoustic is appropriately atmospheric****." -BBC Music Magazine, 13/12/2005

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Jon English (tenor); Timothy Jones (bass voice); Oliver Jackson (treble); Huw Williams (organ).

Recording information: St. Paul's Cathedral.



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Works Details

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performers: St. Paul's Cathedral Choir; Huw Williams (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1818

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performers: St. Paul's Cathedral Choir; Huw Williams (Organ)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840

>Holst, Gustav : In the bleak mid-winter
  • Performers: St. Paul's Cathedral Choir; John English (Voice); Huw Williams (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1904-1905

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
  • Performers: Duncan Kelly (Treble); St. Paul's Cathedral Choir; Oliver Jackson (Treble); Huw Williams (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1600

>Cornelius, Peter : The Three Kings (a.k.a. "We Three Kings")
  • Performers: St. Paul's Cathedral Choir; Martin Oxenham (Baritone); Huw Williams (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1856

>Traditional, Christmas : Of the Father's heart begotten (A Christmas Procession)
  • Performers: St. Paul's Cathedral Choir; Huw Williams (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1582

>Gardner, John Linton : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, for chorus, Op. 75/2
  • Performers: St. Paul's Cathedral Choir; Huw Williams (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1965

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
  • Performers: St. Paul's Cathedral Choir; Huw Williams (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1850

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Performers: St. Paul's Cathedral Choir; Huw Williams (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588

>Hadley, Patrick : I sing of a maiden
  • Performers: St. Paul's Cathedral Choir; Huw Williams (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1936

>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Performers: St. Paul's Cathedral Choir; Huw Williams (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
  • Performers: St. Paul's Cathedral Choir; Huw Williams (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1400

>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  • Performers: St. Paul's Cathedral Choir; Huw Williams (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
  • Performers: Huw Williams (Organ); St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post-Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1892

>Archer, Malcolm : Love Came Down at Christmas, for chorus
  • Performers: Huw Williams (Organ); St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Wiegenlied der Hirten (Shepherds' Cradle Song) (Glatz folk song)
  • Performers: St. Paul's Cathedral Choir; Huw Williams (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.

>Goss, John : See Amid the Winter's Snow, for chorus
  • Performers: Timothy Jones (Bass-Baritone); St. Paul's Cathedral Choir; Huw Williams (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Hajej, nynej, Jezishku (Rocking Carol) (Czech)
  • Performers: St. Paul's Cathedral Choir; Huw Williams (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Performers: St. Paul's Cathedral Choir; Huw Williams (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1751