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Essential Carols - Over 2 hours of timeless Christmas favorites

Album Summary

>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger
>Traditional, Christmas : Up! Good Christian Folk, and Listen (Piae cantiones)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green")
>Hadley, Patrick : I sing of a maiden
>Howells, Herbert : Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus
>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
>Sullivan, Arthur : Noel (or It came upon the midnight clear), hymn for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : The Lord at first did Adam make
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Simeone, Harry : The Little Drummer Boy
>Traditional, Christmas : El nino querido (The Beloved Child) (Spanish)
>Isaacs, Tony Vincent : The Gift (Simple Gifts)
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Maria Wiegenlied (Mary's Lullaby
>Traditional, Christmas : Go Tell It on the Mountain, Christmas song (American)
>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
>Rutter, John : Shepherd's Pipe Carol
>Traditional, Christmas : Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (W zlobie lezy)
>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
>Rutter, John : Nativity Carol
>Rutter, John : The Coming of our King (Polish Carol)
>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
>Hopkins, John Henry : We three kings
>Traditional, Christmas : Angels from the Realms of Glory
>Kocher, Conrad : As With Gladness Men of Old
>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabeus
>Traditional, Christmas : Zu Bethlehem geboren, carol (German)
>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol (2)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Wassail Song ("We've been awhile awandering"), song for chorus (English Folksongs for chorus no 5;
>Traditional, Christmas : Masters in This Hall
>Goss, John : See Amid the Winter's Snow, for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Traditional, Christmas : O Little One Sweet
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Wassail Song ("Wassail, wassail, all over the town"), carol for chorus ("Gloucestershire Wassail")
>Tate, Phyllis : Carol with Lullaby
>Hairston, Jester : Mary's boy child
>Leontovych, Mykola : Carol of the Bells
>Broadhurst, Cecil : A Cowboy Carol
>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
>Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon : Hodie Christus natus est
>Gibbons, Orlando : Hosanna to the Son of David
>Chancelier, Philippe Le : Angelus ad virginem
>Traditional, Christmas : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English)
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
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Notes & Reviews:

Essential Classics is a series of 2-CD sets drawn from the catalogs of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics. Presenting the bestloved and most popular works by the great composers, this series showcases world celebrated performances of these timeless classics, performed by the world's leading artists. This latest batch of the series is composed of a selection of Benjamin Britten's most popular and successful works, 38 pieces from the finest films of all time, favorite encores for solo instruments, orchestra and voice, popular works by famous British composers, and a cornucopia of many of the best-known carols. The series provides a great introduction to classical music and will appeal to those who are seeking the most familiar classical pieces that have been heard in the popular media such as major films and TV commercials.

Essential Classics is a series of 2-CD sets drawn from the catalogs of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics. Presenting the bestloved and most popular works by the great composers, this series showcases world celebrated performances of these timeless classics, performed by the world's leading artists. This latest batch of the series is composed of a selection of Benjamin Britten's most popular and successful works, 38 pieces from the finest films of all time, favorite encores for solo instruments, orchestra and voice, popular works by famous British composers, and a cornucopia of many of the best-known carols. The series provides a great introduction to classical music and will appeal to those who are seeking the most familiar classical pieces that have been heard in the popular media such as major films and TV commercials.



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>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
  • Performer: Francis Grier (Organ)
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1823

>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger :: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Traditional, Christmas : Up! Good Christian Folk, and Listen (Piae cantiones)
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green")
  • Performer: Francis Grier (Organ)
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1928

>Hadley, Patrick : I sing of a maiden
  • Performer: Francis Grier (Organ)
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1936

>Howells, Herbert : Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus
  • Performer: Gareth Morrell (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
  • Performer: Ian Hare (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1850

>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
  • Performer: Ian Hare (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 12th Century

>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
  • Performer: Ian Hare (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1710

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performer: Stephen Varcoe
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
  • Performer: John Wells (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1728

>Sullivan, Arthur : Noel (or It came upon the midnight clear), hymn for chorus
  • Performer: John Wells (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : The Lord at first did Adam make
  • Performer: John Wells (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performer: Ian Hare (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840

>Simeone, Harry : The Little Drummer Boy
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Henry Onerati, Katherine Davis (Composer) (1954 - 1980).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional, Christmas : El niño querido (The Beloved Child) (Spanish)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.

>Isaacs, Tony Vincent : The Gift (Simple Gifts)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Maria Wiegenlied (Mary's Lullaby :: "Maria sitzt am Rosenhag"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra),
  • Performer: Barbara Hendricks
  • Conductor: Eric Ericson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1912

>Traditional, Christmas : Go Tell It on the Mountain, Christmas song (American)
  • Performer: Barbara Hendricks
  • Conductor: Eric Ericson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1900

>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
  • Performer: Barbara Hendricks
  • Conductor: Eric Ericson
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1742

>Rutter, John : Shepherd's Pipe Carol
  • Performer: Jeremy Blandford (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1966

>Traditional, Christmas : Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (W zlobie lezy)
  • Performers: Jeremy Blandford (Organ); Simon Vaughan (Baritone)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post-Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1921

>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
  • Performer: Jeremy Blandford (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1666

>Rutter, John : Nativity Carol
  • Performer: Jeremy Blandford (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1963

>Rutter, John : The Coming of our King (Polish Carol)
  • Performer: Jeremy Blandford (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  • Performer: David Bell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Owain Hughes
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
  • Performer: David Bell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Owain Hughes
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1582

>Hopkins, John Henry : We three kings
  • Performer: David Bell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Owain Hughes
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1857

>Traditional, Christmas : Angels from the Realms of Glory
  • Performer: David Bell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Owain Hughes
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1816

>Kocher, Conrad : As With Gladness Men of Old
  • Performer: David Bell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Owain Hughes
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabeus :: Tochter Zion, freue dich
  • Performers: Christfried Bickenbach (Organ); Hermann Prey
  • Conductor: Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden
  • Notes: Composition written: 1746.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746

>Traditional, Christmas : Zu Bethlehem geboren, carol (German)
  • Performers: Christfried Bickenbach (Organ); Hermann Prey
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol (2) :: "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child"
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1498

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Wassail Song ("We've been awhile awandering"), song for chorus (English Folksongs for chorus no 5;
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1913

>Traditional, Christmas : Masters in This Hall
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 1860.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1860

>Goss, John : See Amid the Winter's Snow, for chorus
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post-Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1892

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588

>Traditional, Christmas : O Little One Sweet
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Wassail Song ("Wassail, wassail, all over the town"), carol for chorus ("Gloucestershire Wassail")
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Tate, Phyllis : Carol with Lullaby
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Hairston, Jester : Mary's boy child
  • Performer: John Parricelli (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Alexander
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Leontovych, Mykola : Carol of the Bells
  • Performers: Paul Clarvis (Percussion); John Parricelli (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Alexander
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1910

>Broadhurst, Cecil : A Cowboy Carol
  • Conductor: Maurice Handford
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.

>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25 :: The Shepherds' Farewell
  • Conductor: Maurice Handford
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 10/1850-07/1854

>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
  • Conductor: Maurice Handford
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 15th Century

>Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon : Hodie Christus natus est
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1619

>Gibbons, Orlando : Hosanna to the Son of David
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1610

>Chancelier, Philippe Le : Angelus ad virginem
  • Performers: Douglas Whittaker (Flute); Andrew Davis [Conductor/Organ] (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Traditional, Christmas : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English)
  • Performers: Douglas Whittaker (Flute); Andrew Davis [Conductor/Organ] (Organ); Christopher Kampen (Cello)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1833

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Performer: Ian Hare (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1751