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Best Carols 100


Release Date: 11/06/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 10371   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  TraditionalWilliam J. KirkpatrickHenry Walford DaviesPatrick Hadley,   ... 
Performer:  Francis GrierJeremy BlandfordBarbara HendricksHermann Prey,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Philip LedgerSir David WillcocksJohn RutterAndrew Parrott,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College ChoirClare College ChoirClare College Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 5 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Best Carols 100 is the perfect Christmas release – 6 CDs of the most famous carols, all for the price of 1 full-priced disc! Among the vocal groups found on this release are the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, the Taverner Choir, the Bach Choir and the Wiener Sängerknaben, while star soloists include Roberto Alagna, Thomas Hampson, Barbara Hendricks, Hermann Prey, and Kiri Te Kanawa. This is the perfect holiday gift for anyone who enjoys holiday music. Best Carols 100 is the perfect Christmas release – 6 CDs of the most famous carols, all for the price of 1 full-priced disc! Among the vocal groups found on this release are the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, the Taverner Choir, the Bach Choir and the Wiener Sängerknaben, while star soloists include Roberto Alagna, Thomas Hampson, Barbara Hendricks, Hermann Prey, and Kiri Te Kanawa. This is the perfect holiday gift for anyone who enjoys holiday music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. The first nowell by Traditional
Performer:  Francis Grier (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
2. Away in a manger by William J. Kirkpatrick
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
3. Up! Good Christian folk, and listen by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
4. O little town of Bethlehem by Henry Walford Davies
Performer:  Francis Grier (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
5. I sing of a maiden by Patrick Hadley
Performer:  Francis Grier (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1936; England 
6. Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus: no 2, A spotless rose by Herbert Howells
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1920; England 
7. Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
8. Personent hodie by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: 14th Cent 
9. Myn lyking by Richard Runciman Terry
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
10. O come, O come Emmanuel by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
11. The Holly and the Ivy by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
12. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
13. While shepherds watched their flocks by night by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1592; England 
14. It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
15. The Lord at first did Adam make by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
16. Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
17. Shepherd's Pipe Carol by John Rutter
Performer:  Jeremy Blandford (Organ)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  Clare College Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
18. Infant holy, infant lowly by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  Clare College Orchestra
Written: Poland 
19. Angel Tidings by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  Clare College Orchestra
20. Quelle est cette odeur agréable? by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  Clare College Orchestra
21. I saw three ships by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  Clare College Orchestra
Written: England 
22. Nativity Carol by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  Clare College Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; England 
23. Quem pastores laudavere by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  Clare College Orchestra
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century 
24. Rocking by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  Clare College Orchestra
Written: Czech Republic 
25. Here we come a-wassailing by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  Clare College Orchestra
Written: England 
26. The Coming of our King by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  Clare College Orchestra
Written: Poland 
27. The infant king by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  Clare College Orchestra
28. Shepherds' Noël by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  Clare College Orchestra
Written: Catalonia, Spain 
29. Noël nouvelet by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  Clare College Orchestra
Written: France 
30. Gabriel's message by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  Clare College Orchestra
Written: Basque Provinces 
31. Sans Day Carol by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  Clare College Orchestra
Written: Cornwall, England 
32. Past three o'clock by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  Clare College Orchestra
Written: 16th Century; England 
33. Methinks I see an heav'nly host "The Shepherd's Carol" by William Billings
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; USA 
34. Los que fueren de buen gusto by Francisco de Vidales
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century 
35. A virgin unspotted by William Billings
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; USA 
36. The Babe of Bethlehem by Traditional
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
37. This endere nyghth by Traditional
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
Written: circa 1600; England 
38. Ríu, ríu, chíu "El lobo rabioso" by Traditional
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: Spain 
39. Christum wir sollen loben schon by Lucas Osiander
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
40. Gaudete! by Anonymous
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
41. Verbum caro: In hoc anni circulo by Anonymous
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: 15th Century 
42. Alleluya: A nywe werk is come on honde by Anonymous
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: 15th Century 
43. The Old Year now away is fled by Traditional
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
44. Hodie nobis by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
45. Audite principes by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1615; Venice, Italy 
46. In dulci jubilo by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1619; Germany 
47. The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum" by Katherine K. Davis
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
48. El niño querido by Traditional
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  King's Singers
Written: Spain 
49. The gift carol by Traditional
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  King's Singers
50. Go tell it on the mountain by Traditional
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Orchestra,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir,  Adolf Frederik Childrens Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
51. Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Orchestra,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir,  Adolf Frederik Childrens Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
52. Schlichte Weisen (60), Op. 76: no 52, Maria Wiegenlied by Max Reger
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Orchestra,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir,  Adolf Frederik Childrens Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1912; Germany 
53. Zu Bethlehem geboren by Traditional
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
54. Tochter Zion, freue dich by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747; London, England 
55. Mary's boy child by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir
56. Ukrainian Carol by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir
57. Il est né, le divin enfant by Traditional
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Voices,  Abbey Road Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
58. Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Voices,  Abbey Road Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
59. Noel Des Iles by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois
60. Marche des rois by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois
61. Chanson Joyeuse De Noel by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois
62. Bunte Welt, EHWV 142: no 3, Weihnachten by Engelbert Humperdinck
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909 
63. Von Himmel hoch da kom ich har by Anonymous
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1620; Sweden 
64. In the bleak mid-winter by Harold Edwin Darke
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano), Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
65. O Tannenbaum by Traditional
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Written: Westphalia, Germany 
66. The Twelve Days of Christmas by Traditional
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Voices
Written: England 
67. God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Written: England 
68. Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Written: England 
69. We three kings by John Henry Hopkins Jr.
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
70. Angels from the realms of glory by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Written: France 
71. As with gladness men of old by Conrad Kocher
Conductor:  Owain Arwel Hughes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; England 
72. Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
73. We've been awhile a-wandering by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir
74. Masters in this hall by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir
Written: France 
75. See amid the winter's snow by John Goss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
76. On Christmas Night "Sussex Carol" by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir
Written: England 
77. Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
78. O Jesulein süss, o Jesulein mild by Samuel Scheidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1650; Halle, Germany 
79. Here we come a-wassailing by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir
Written: England 
80. Carol with Lullaby by Phyllis Tate
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir
Period: Modern 
81. Cowboy Carol by Broadhurst,
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
82. L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: L'adieu des bergers by Hector Berlioz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850-1854; France 
83. We wish you a merry Christmas by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra Chorus
Written: England 
84. Nowell! Nowell! Nowell! by Dame Elizabeth Maconchy
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
85. And all in the morning by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
86. I saw a maiden by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
87. A child is born in Bethlehem by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: Denmark 
88. Where Riches is Everlastingly by Peter Warlock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
89. How far to Bethlehem? by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
90. Of the Father's heart begotten by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: pub 1582 
91. Resonemus laudibus by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century 
92. Shepherd's Cradle Song by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: Czech Republic 
93. Quittez pasteurs by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: France 
94. Carols (3), Op. 25: no 2, Lully, lulla thou little tiny child by Kenneth Leighton
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; England 
95. Remember, O thou man by Thomas Ravenscroft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; England 
96. Hosanna to the Son of David by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
97. Hodie Christus natus est by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
98. Angelus ad virginem by Philippe the Chancellor
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
99. Tomorrow shall be my dancing day by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
100. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 

Sound Samples

The First Nowell (1985 Digital Remaster)
Away in a manger
Up! good Christen folk and listen (1985 Digital Remaster)
O little town of Bethlehem (v.3 arr. Ledger) (1985 Digital Remaster)
I sing of a maiden
A Spotless Rose (1985 Digital Remaster)
Once in Royal David's City (harm. A. H. Mann; descant Willcocks) (1985 Digital Remaster)
Personent hodie (1985 Digital Remaster)
Myn Lyking
O come, O come, Emmanuel
The Holly and the Ivy (1985 Digital Remaster)
Silent Night (Mohr; trans. & arr. Willcocks) (1985 Digital Remaster)
While shepherds watched their flocks by night (from Este's Psalter; descant Willcocks) (1985 Digital Remaster)
It came upon the midnight clear (descant Willcocks) (1985 Digital Remaster)
The Lord at first did Adam make (1991 Digital Remaster)
Hark! the herald angels sing (tune & harmony adapted W. H. Cummings; brass fanfare & accomp. and descant by Willcocks) (1985 Digital Remaster)
Shepherd's Pipe Carol (1988 Digital Remaster)
Infant holy, infant lowly (1988 Digital Remaster)
Angel Tidings (Traditional Moravian carol, arr. Rutter) (1988 Digital Remaster)
Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (arr. Rutter) (1988 Digital Remaster)
I saw three ships come sailing by (arr. Rutter) (1988 Digital Remaster)
Nativity Carol (1988 Digital Remaster)
Quem pastores laudavere (1988 Digital Remaster)
Rocking (Little Jesu sweetly sleep) (Czech traditional, coll. M. Shaw trans. Dearmer) (1988 Digital Remaster)
Here we come a-wassailing (arr. Rutter) (1988 Digital Remaster)
The Coming of our King (Traditional Polish carol, arr. Rutter) (1988 Digital Remaster)
The Infant King (1988 Digital Remaster)
Shepherds' Noël (1988 Digital Remaster)
Noël nouvelet (1988 Digital Remaster)
Gabriel's Message (1988 Digital Remaster)
Sans Day Carol, 'Now the holly bears a berry' (Traditional English Carol, arr. Rutter) (1988 Digital Remaster)
Past three a-clock (1988 Digital Remaster)

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 Six CDs of well performed Christmas music January 8, 2013 By Kenneth G. (Grand Rapids, MI) See All My Reviews "Had all the carols and Christmas songs that I was familiar with and some that I was hearing for the first time. Overall these CDs are excellent and all with good sound clarity." Report Abuse
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