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Choir of King's College, Cambridge
Essential Carols

Song NameComposerArranger
Hark! the Herald Angels SingFelix Mendelssohn / Wesley
The First NowellWillcocks
While shepherds watched their flocks by nightTate
I Saw Three ShipsWillcocks
Ding Dong! Merrily on HighWood / Woodward
King Jesus Hath A Garden Wood / Woodward
In dulci jubiloPearsall
Unto Us Is Born A SonWillcocks
O Come, All Ye Faithful Wade / Oakley
Away in a manger KirkpatrickWillcocks
O Little Town of BethlehemVaughan Williams
The Holly and the IvyWalford Davies
God Rest You Merry, GentlemenWillcocks
See Amid the Winter's SnowWillcocks / Caswall
Past Three O'clockWood / Woodward
Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio)Bach / Henrici
Adam Lay Y BoundenOrd
Gabriel's MessageWillcocks
Once in Royal David's CityGauntlettMann / Alexander
Sussex CarolWillcocks
Little Jesus Sweetly SleepWillcocks
Rejoice and Be Merry
The Cherry Tree CarolShaw
The Three KingsCorneliusAtkins
As With Gladness, Men of OldWillcocks / Dix
A Great And Mighty WonderMichael Praetorius
The infant King Pettman / Baring-Gould
BalulalowWarlock / Wedderburn
Legend (When Jesus Christ was but a child)Tchaikovsky / Pleshchev
Christ was born on Christmas dayWoodward
Blessed Be That Maid MaryWillcocks / Woodward
Sweet Was the Song the Virgin SangShaw
Myn LykingTerry
Personent Hodie (On this day Earth shall ring)Holst
In the Bleak MidwinterDarke / Rossetti
Coventry Carol Shaw
Shepherds, In the field abidingWood / Woodward
TorchesJohn JoubertTrend

Directed by David Willcocks

Another fine collection of Christmas carols from the Anglican tradition.Some albums are tailor-made for Christmas Eve listening, the cozy musical equivalent of a roaring fire, a mug of eggnog, and the bright lights on the tree. The morning of Christmas Day requires something else entirely, and that's when this set of Essential Carols from the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, will fit the bill, with the angelically pure voices of young British choristers blending to the strains of traditional carols both familiar and little-known. This is Christmas music sung the old-fashioned way, its simplicity and spiritual warmth not compromised by big operatic voices or pop personalities. Recorded under the direction of David Willcocks between 1959 and '65, these performances sound truly timeless today, and no matter how knowledgeable you are about Christmas music, you'll find some surprises among these 38 carols.

Item code: 7949C | 2 CDs | $16.95 add item to cart
Choral | Primarily a cappella | Male | England

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