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Christmas Masterpieces and Familiar Carols by Bach, Mendelssohn, Handel and Berlioz

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio
>     Chorus
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Christus
>     Recit
>     Chorus
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     Recit
>     Chorus
>     Chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Boar's Head Carol
>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
>Traditional, Christmas : How Far to Bethlehem?, carol
>Davies, Henry Walford : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol
>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
>Traditional, Christmas : Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head (American)
>Traditional, Christmas : Good Christian Men, Rejoice (a.k.a. "All Christians Now Rejoice")
>Willis, Richard Storrs : It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
>Traditional, Christmas : Now Is Born the Divine Christ Child, carol
>Berlioz, Hector : L'Enfance du Christ
>     Shepherds' Farewell
>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
>Traditional, Christmas : Song of the Crib (German)
>Traditional, Christmas : Wassail Song ("Here We Come a-Wassailing"), carol (a.k.a. "Here We Come a-Caroling")
>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Christus
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Boar's Head Carol
>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
>Traditional, Christmas : How Far to Bethlehem?, carol
>Davies, Henry Walford : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol
>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
>Traditional, Christmas : Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head (American)
>Traditional, Christmas : Good Christian Men, Rejoice (a.k.a. "All Christians Now Rejoice")
>Willis, Richard Storrs : It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
>Traditional, Christmas : Now Is Born the Divine Christ Child, carol
>Berlioz, Hector : L'Enfance du Christ
>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
>Traditional, Christmas : Song of the Crib (German)
>Traditional, Christmas : Wassail Song ("Here We Come a-Wassailing"), carol (a.k.a. "Here We Come a-Caroling")
>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
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Notes & Reviews:

Christmas Masterpieces and Familiar Carols has enjoyed steady sales for over 30 years. It features one of America's greatest choirs. The New York Times has applauded the ensemble for its "full-bodied, incisive singing". The ensemble is also the chorus-in-residence at the Spoleto Festival, USA.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio :: Chorus
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 8 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Christus :: Recit
  • Performer: Anne Gray
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1847

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Christus :: Chorus
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1847

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Recit
  • Performer: Anne Gray
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Chorus
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Chorus
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : The Boar's Head Carol
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 16th Century

>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1728

>Traditional, Christmas : How Far to Bethlehem?, carol
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Davies, Henry Walford : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1920

>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post-Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1892

>Traditional, Christmas : Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head (American)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Good Christian Men, Rejoice (a.k.a. "All Christians Now Rejoice")
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1853

>Willis, Richard Storrs : It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • Performer: Daniel Beckwith (Organ)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1850

>Traditional, Christmas : Now Is Born the Divine Christ Child, carol
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.

>Berlioz, Hector : L'Enfance du Christ :: Shepherds' Farewell
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 10/1850-07/1854

>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1582

>Traditional, Christmas : Song of the Crib (German)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Written: 14th Century

>Traditional, Christmas : Wassail Song ("Here We Come a-Wassailing"), carol (a.k.a. "Here We Come a-Caroling")
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1850

>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 15th Century