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The Very Best Of Christmas


Release Date: 09/25/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570344   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Lowell MasonFelix MendelssohnGeorge Frideric HandelMarc-Antoine Charpentier,   ... 
Performer:  Robert StringerRaymond JohnstonAngus DavidsonMichael Bloss,   ... 
Conductor:  Donald HuntKevin MallonNoel EdisonNorman Scribner,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Worcester Cathedral ChoirScholars Baroque EnsembleAradia Ensemble,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1. Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Performer:  Robert Stringer (Treble), Raymond Johnston (Organ)
Conductor:  Donald Hunt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Worcester Cathedral Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1992 
Venue:  Worcester Cathedral, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
2. Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Robert Stringer (Treble), Raymond Johnston (Organ)
Conductor:  Donald Hunt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Worcester Cathedral Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1992 
Venue:  Worcester Cathedral, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks. 
3. Messiah, HWV 56: Behold a Virgin shall conceive by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Angus Davidson (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
4. Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
5. Messe de minuit pour Noël, H9: Gloria by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa ?1690; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Michael Bloss (Organ)
Conductor:  Noel Edison
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Festival Singers
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
7. O Jesulein süss, O Jesulein mild, BWV 493 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Norman Scribner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Choral Arts Society
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1736; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean, VA 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: German 
8. The Angel Gabriel by Traditional
Conductor:  Grace Rossiter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finchley Children's Music Group
Written: Basque Provinces, Sp 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Grace Rossiter. 
9. The first nowell by Traditional
Conductor:  Andrew Sackett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tewkesbury Abbey School Choir
Written: England 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks. 
10. L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: L'adieu des bergers by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Andrew Sackett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tewkesbury Abbey School Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850-1854; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: English 
11. In the bleak mid-winter by Harold Edwin Darke
Performer:  Michael Bloss (Organ)
Conductor:  Noel Edison
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Festival Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
12. Old English Carols (4), Op. 20b/H 82: no 1, A babe is born by Gustav Holst
Performer:  John Evanson (Piano)
Conductor:  Grace Rossiter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finchley Children's Music Group
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
13. Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Performer:  Michael Bloss (Organ)
Conductor:  Noel Edison
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Festival Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks.
This selection is based on the tune "Branle l'officiel" from Thoinot
Arbeau's "Orchésographie". 
14. God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Conductor:  Andrew Sackett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tewkesbury Abbey School Choir
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks. 
15. God is with us by John Tavener
Performer:  Jonathan Bungard (Tenor), Robert Houssart (Organ)
Conductor:  Christopher Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
16. On Christmas Night "Sussex Carol" by Traditional
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Grace Rossiter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finchley Children's Music Group
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Grace Rossiter. 
17. Here we come a-wassailing by Traditional
Conductor:  Norman Scribner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Choral Arts Society,  Washington Choral Arts Society Orchestra
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean, VA 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: John Rutter. 
18. The Holly and the Ivy by Traditional
Performer:  John Evanson (Piano)
Conductor:  Grace Rossiter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finchley Children's Music Group
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: John Rutter. 
19. What Sweeter Music by John Rutter
Performer:  Michael Bloss (Organ)
Conductor:  Noel Edison
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Festival Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: English 
20. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Raymond Johnston (Organ)
Conductor:  Donald Hunt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
21. Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Slovak Philharmonic Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 9 Minutes 9 Secs. 
22. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 10, Sinfonia in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ingrid Kertesi (Soprano), Judit Németh (Mezzo Soprano), József Mukk (Tenor),
János Tóth (Bass)
Conductor:  Géza Oberfrank
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Failoni Chamber Orchestra,  Hungarian Radio Chamber Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
23. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 8 in G minor "Christmas" - 7th movement, Pastorale "Largo" by Arcangelo Corelli
Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque 
Written: Rome, Italy 
Venue:  Moyzes Hall, Bratislava, Slovak Republic 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Rome, Italy (1708 - 1712). 
24. Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 1, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  J. Reilly Lewis (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean, VA 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
25. The Seasons, H 21 no 3: Winter - Introduction by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Morten Schuldt-Jensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Great Hall, Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Great Hall, Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany (07/07/2004 - 07/10/2004)
Composition written: Vienna, Austria (1799 - 1801). 
26. German Dances (3), K 605: no 3 in C major "Sleigh ride" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Richard Hayman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Richard Hayman Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
27. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 3, Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Michael Halász
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
28. Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: no 7, Act 1 - Valse by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
29. Christmas Eve: Suite - Polonaise by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Igor Golovchin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
30. Les saisons, Op. 37b: no 12, Décembre "Noël" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1875 - 1876). 
31. Weihnachtsbaum for Piano, S 186: no 4, Adeste fideles by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Rome, Italy (1874 - 1876). 
32. Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60: Troika by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Richard Hayman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Richard Hayman Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
33. Cinderella Suite no 1, Op. 107: Cinderella's Waltz "Midnight" by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
34. Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Joy to the World
Hark! the herald angels sing: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Messiah, HWV 56: Recitative and Aria: Behold, a virgin shall conceive... O Thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Alto, Chorus)
Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born (Chorus)
Messe de minuit pour Noel, H. 9: Messe de Minuit pour Noel, H. 9: Gloria
StilleNacht(SilentNight): Stille Nacht (Silent Night), GWV 145
O Jesulein suss, o Jesulein mild, BWV 493: O Jesulein suss, BWV 493
The Angel Gabriel (arr. G. Rossiter)
The First Nowell: (arr. D. Willcocks)
L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: The shepherds' farewell
In the Bleak Mid-Winter: In the Bleak Midwinter
4 Old English Carols, Op. 20b: A Babe is Born
Ding Dong Merrily on High (arr. D. Willcocks): Ding, Dong Merrily on High (arr. D. Willcocks)
God rest ye merry, gentlemen (arr. D. Willcocks): God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (arr. D. Willcocks)
God is with us: God is with Us: Christmas Proclamation
Sussex Carol: (arr. G. Rossiter)
Here We Come a-Wassailing (arr. John Ritter): Here We Come a-Wassailing (arr. J. Rutter)
The holly and the ivy: The Holly and the Ivy (arr. J. Rutter)
What sweeter music: What Sweeter Music
O Come All Ye Faithful: O Come, All Ye Faithful (arr. D. Willcocks)
The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F minor, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297, "L'inverno" (Winter): I. Allegro non molto
The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F minor, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297, "L'inverno" (Winter): II. Largo
The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F minor, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297, "L'inverno" (Winter): III. Allegro
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Part II: Sinfonia
Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, "Christmas Concerto": VI. Pastorale ad libitum: Largo
6 Schubler Chorales, BWV 645-650: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: The Seasons, Hob.XXI:3: Winter: Introduction: Die Einleitung schildert die dicken Nebel
3 German Dances, K. 605: No. 3 in C major, "Die Schlittenfahrt" (Sleigh Ride)
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Danse de la fee (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: Waltz
Christmas Eve: Polonaise
Les Saisons (The Seasons), Op. 37b: No. 12. December: Noel
Weihnachtsbaum, S186/R71: Weihnachstraum, S186/R71: IV. Adeste Fideles (March of the Three Holy Kings)
Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60: IV. Troika
Cinderella, Op. 87: Cinderella Suite No. 1, Op. 107: VII. Cinderella's Waltz
Sleigh Ride

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