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The John Rutter Christmas Album / The Cambridge Singers


Release Date: 09/24/2002 
Label:  Collegium Records   Catalog #: 510   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalJohn RutterJohn Jacob NilesLowell Mason,   ... 
Performer:  Stephen VarcoeRuth HoltonGerald Finley
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge SingersCity of London Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Over the years John Rutter's Christmas recordings with his outstanding Cambridge Singers have become essential components of holiday tradition for choral music fans around the world. Throughout the 1980s and early '90s Rutter's legions of followers were treated to several now-classic CD albums for Collegium, including Christmas Night, Christmas with the Cambridge Singers, and Christmas Day in the Morning. It's from these recordings that the present program was drawn, with the addition of two newly issued tracks--Dormi, Jesu and Love came down at Christmas. Yes, if you already own those other discs, for completeness' sake and, well, just because it's a new Rutter release, you'll still have to have
Read more this one. And that's not a bad thing at all, especially since all of these tracks have been remastered in notably clearer, more vibrant sound than their 10- or 15-year-old predecessors.


The selections focus on Rutter's own compositions, with "a sprinkling" of his arrangements of traditional carols organized (in typical Rutter/Cambridge Singers fashion) into a thematically grouped program--Prologue, The Christmas Story, Christmas Night, Christmas reflections, Christmas Joy, and Epilogue--the latter consisting of a lovely setting of Silent Night, made for a 1988 BBC television production. And speaking of classics, among the 23 pieces heard here is Rutter's masterpiece, What sweeter music, a staple of Christmas programs everywhere (and a continuing presence in a popular series of Volvo commercials), sounding even more glorious than ever. [11/23/2002]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Wexford Carol by Traditional
Performer:  Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Written: Ireland 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
2.
Jesus child by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1985 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
There is a flower by John Rutter
Performer:  Ruth Holton (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1987 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Donkey Carol by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Wild wood Carol by John Rutter
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1985 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Angel's Carol "Have you heard the sound of angel voices" by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Nativity Carol by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1987 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Mary's Lullaby by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1985 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Star Carol by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Date of Recording: 04/1985 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Candlelight Carol by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1985 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
Shepherd's Pipe Carol by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1985 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Christmas lullaby by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Dormi, Jesu by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/2002 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in both Latin and English. 
14.
Love came down at Christmas by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/2002 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Sans Day Carol by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Written: Cornwall, England 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
16.
I wonder as I wander by John Jacob Niles
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1985 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
17.
What Sweeter Music by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
19.
I saw three ships by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
20.
Deck the Halls by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Written: Wales, UK 
Date of Recording: 04/1985 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
21.
The very best time of year by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Date of Recording: 04/1985 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
22.
We wish you a merry Christmas by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1985 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
23.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 John Rutter January 26, 2013 By J. Cartney (Annapolis, MD) See All My Reviews "I love this album! For years I had been searching for the title of one of his Christmas songs our church choir sang in a city where I lived previously. I would hear it on WETA but always in the context of an album. I finally seached online and found the title: Christmas Lullaby. Along with The Angels' Carol, it is one of the carols I enjoy hearing most. This album provides both as well as some of my other favorites. I may well still be litsning to it in July!" Report Abuse
 Enjoy John Rutter January 15, 2013 By Karon Sorensen (Aurora, CO) See All My Reviews "John Rutter music is beautiful. He is one of my favorite coral writter." Report Abuse
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