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A Cello Christmas /Geoffrey Simon, London Cello Sound, Et Al


Release Date: 10/11/2005 
Label:  Cala Records   Catalog #: 4115   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry John GauntlettTraditionalWilliam James KirkpatrickPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,   ... 
Performer:  Rachel GledhillCameron SinclairDaryl RunswickFiona Hibbert,   ... 
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic CellosClare College ChoirLondon Cello Sound members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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An unforgettable blend of velvet and virtuosity. Building on the acclaim of the bestselling London Sound series of recordings (Calla 104-113), Geoffrey Simon now combines the sonorous warmth of twenty-four cellos with the angelic quality of the award winning Choir of Clare College, Cambridge University. This innovative, richly rewarding Christmas CD contains a wide selection of English and American seasonal favorites, arranged especially for Cala by Daryl Runswick

London's finest cellists, including five orchestral principals and London's top orchestral and session musicians, supported by percussion, harp,
Read more celeste and two double basses create a totally unique and arresting atmosphere, a trade mark of the unforgettable and unparalleled richness of sound that is The London Sound.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Performer:  Rachel Gledhill (Percussion), Cameron Sinclair (Percussion)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Cellos
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Daryl Runswick 
2.
Gaudete, Christus est natus by Traditional
Performer:  Cameron Sinclair (Percussion), Daryl Runswick (Descant Recorder), Rachel Gledhill (Percussion)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  London Cello Sound members
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Daryl Runswick 
3.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Performer:  Rachel Gledhill (Percussion), Fiona Hibbert (Harp), Gabriella Dall'Olio (Harp),
Helen Swift (Soprano), Chris Dixon (Bass), Cameron Sinclair (Percussion)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  London Cello Sound members
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Daryl Runswick 
4.
Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Performer:  Helen Swift (Soprano)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  London Cello Sound members
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Daryl Runswick 
5.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12d, Act 2 - Russian Dance "Trepak" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Cameron Sinclair (Percussion), Rachel Gledhill (Percussion)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Cello Sound members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Daryl Runswick 
6.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 14c, Act 2 - Variation II, Sugar-Plum Fairy and Coda by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Roderick Elms (Celesta), Paul Cullington (Double Bass), Cathy Colwell (Double Bass),
Kenneth Knussen (Double Bass)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Cello Sound members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Daryl Runswick 
7.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 14a, Act 2 - Pas de deux by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Fiona Hibbert (Harp), Gabriella Dall'Olio (Harp)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Cello Sound members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Daryl Runswick 
8.
Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60: Troika by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Cameron Sinclair (Percussion), Rachel Gledhill (Percussion), Fiona Hibbert (Harp),
Gabriella Dall'Olio (Harp), Roderick Elms (Celesta)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Cello Sound members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Daryl Runswick
This selection shares a track and timing with Henry Walford Davies' "O little town of Bethlehem." 
9.
O little town of Bethlehem by Henry Walford Davies
Performer:  Cameron Sinclair (Percussion), Rachel Gledhill (Percussion), Fiona Hibbert (Harp),
Gabriella Dall'Olio (Harp), Roderick Elms (Celesta)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Cello Sound members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Notes: Arranged: Daryl Runswick
This selection shares a track and timing with Prokofiev's "Troika." 
10.
Christmas in America by Daryl Runswick
Performer:  Matthias Feile (Cello), Cameron Sinclair (Percussion), Rachel Gledhill (Percussion),
Kenneth Knussen (Double Bass), Paul Cullington (Double Bass), Fiona Hibbert (Harp),
Gabriella Dall'Olio (Harp), Allan Cox (Drum Set), Cathy Colwell (Double Bass)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Cello Sound members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1996; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: This work is a medley that incorporates Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song", Felix Bernard's "Winter Wonderland", Jule Styne's "Let it Snow!", Johnny Marks' "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", John Frederick Coots' "Santa Claus is comin' to town", Evelyn Danzig's "Scarlet Ribbons", James S. Pierpont's "Jingle Bells", and Hugh Martin's "Have yourself a merry little Christmas." 
11.
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gabriella Dall'Olio (Harp), Fiona Hibbert (Harp), Roderick Elms (Celesta)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Cello Sound members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Daryl Runswick 
12.
Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Performer:  Rachel Gledhill (Percussion), Cameron Sinclair (Percussion)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  London Cello Sound members
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Daryl Runswick
This selection is based on the tune "Branle l'officiel" from Thoinot
Arbeau's "Orchésographie". 
13.
An Olde English Christmas by Daryl Runswick
Performer:  Allan Cox (Drum Set), Christopher Vanderspar (Cello), Paul Cullington (Double Bass),
Kenneth Knussen (Double Bass), Cathy Colwell (Double Bass)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Cello Sound members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1996; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: This work is a medley that incorporates the carols "While shepherds watched their flocks by night", Mendelssohn's "Hark, the herald angels sing", "Good King Wenceslas", Harold Darke's "In the bleak midwinter", "I saw three ships", and "We three kings of Orient are." 
14.
Holiday Inn: White Christmas by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Rachel Gledhill (Percussion), Cameron Sinclair (Percussion), Allan Cox (Drum Set),
Roderick Elms (Celesta)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Cello Sound members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Daryl Runswick 
15.
Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson
Performer:  Rachel Gledhill (Percussion), Cameron Sinclair (Percussion), Roderick Elms (Celesta)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Cello Sound members
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Daryl Runswick 
16.
We wish you a merry Christmas by Traditional
Performer:  Roderick Elms (Celesta)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  London Cello Sound members
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Daryl Runswick 
17.
Fantasia on "Coventry Carol / In dulci jubilo" by Daryl Runswick
Performer:  Paul Watkins (Cello), Cathy Colwell (Double Bass), Kenneth Knussen (Double Bass),
Paul Cullington (Double Bass), Fiona Hibbert (Harp), Gabriella Dall'Olio (Harp)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Cello Sound members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1996; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
18.
Weihnachtslieder (6), Op. 8: no 3, Die Könige by Peter Cornelius
Performer:  Chris Dixon (Bass)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  London Cello Sound members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856/1870; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Daryl Runswick 

Featured Sound Samples

Lieutenant Kijé: Suite: Troika/O Little Town of Bethlehem (Prokofiev/Davies)
Ding Dong! Merrily On High (Traditional)

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