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Christmas With The Robert Shaw Chorale


Release Date: 11/13/2007 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 1217  
Composer:  John Francis WadeTraditionalHenry Walford DaviesWilliam James Kirkpatrick,   ... 
Performer:  Sara Mae EndichFlorence KopleffLaura NewellRodney Hansen,   ... 
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Number of Discs: 2 
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Liner Notes

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This double set, originally released in 1994, contains the complete contents of three classic holiday albums from the Robert Shaw chorale:
Christmas Hymns & Carols, Volume I ("Living Stereo" LSC-2139) [1957]
Christmas Hyns & Carols, Volume II ("Orthophonic" LM-1711) [1952]
Britten: A Ceremony of Carols, Festival Te Deum & Rejoice in the Lamb ("Dynagroove" 2759) [1963]

This reissue was remastered directly from the original RCA Victor Red Seal Master tapes.
This double set, originally released in 1994, contains the complete contents of three classic holiday albums from the Robert Shaw chorale:
Christmas Hymns & Carols, Volume I ("Living Stereo" LSC-2139) [1957]
Christmas Hyns & Carols, Volume II ("Orthophonic" LM-1711) [1952]
Britten: A Ceremony of Carols, Festival Te Deum & Rejoice in the Lamb ("Dynagroove" 2759) [1963]

This reissue was remastered directly from the original RCA Victor Red Seal Master tapes.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
2.
The first nowell by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: England 
3.
O little town of Bethlehem by Henry Walford Davies
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
4.
O come, O come Emmanuel by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
5.
Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
6.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
7.
Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
8.
It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Romantic 
9.
Angels we have heard on high by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: France 
10.
Christmas Hymn by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
11.
Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
12.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: England 
13.
My dancing day by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: England 
14.
I wonder as I wander by John Jacob Niles
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
15.
Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: France 
16.
Patapan by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Burgundy, France 
17.
We three kings by John Henry Hopkins Jr.
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
18.
Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
19.
Methinks I see an heav'nly host "The Shepherd's Carol" by William Billings
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; USA 
20.
Go tell it on the mountain by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
21.
Carol of the Bells by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Ukraine 
22.
Wassail Song by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
23.
Deck the Halls by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Wales, UK 
24.
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Sara Mae Endich (Soprano), Florence Kopleff (Alto), Laura Newell (Harp)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
25.
Festival Te Deum in E major, Op. 32 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Sara Mae Endich (Soprano), Rodney Hansen (Organ)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; England 
26.
Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Raymond Murcell (Baritone), Sara Mae Endich (Soprano), Jon Humphrey (Tenor),
Florence Kopleff (Alto), Rodney Hansen (Organ)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
27.
I saw three ships by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: England 
28.
O Tannenbaum by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Westphalia, Germany 
29.
Allons, gay bergères by Guillaume Costeley
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
30.
The Holly and the Ivy by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: England 
31.
Fum, fum, fum by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Mexico 
32.
Hacia Belén va un borrico by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Spain 
33.
Ya viene la vieja by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
34.
La Virgen Lava Pañales by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Mexico 
35.
Cherry Tree Carol by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: England 
36.
Mary had a baby by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
37.
So blest a sight by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: England 
38.
How Unto Bethlehem? by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Italy 
39.
A virgin unspotted by William Billings
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; USA 
40.
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: England 
41.
Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: England 
42.
Boar's Head Carol by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: England 
43.
Christ was born on Christmas Day by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
44.
How far to Bethlehem? by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: England 
45.
March of the Kings by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
46.
Here betwixt ass and oxen mild by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; France 
47.
Touro-louro-louro by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
48.
Carol of the Birds by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
49.
O magnum mysterium by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1572; Spain 
50.
What child is this? by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
51.
Masters in this hall by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: France 
52.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 12, Brich an, du schönes Morgenlicht by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: English 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 Robert shaw chorale Christmas music  February 11, 2014 By R. Rodriguez (Garden Grove, CA) See All My Reviews "I received my purchase very quickly without delays. I was notified by email of its arrival date. The actual music was perfect and it reminded me of my childhood during Christmas time. My mother played Robert Shaw all over the house." Report Abuse
 Impeccable vocal singing expressing the finest de December 5, 2012 By Alexandra C. (Edgewater, MD) See All My Reviews "The musical expression, perfect tempos and nuances in this superior vocal album make it the epitome of vocal art in the Christmas genre. Never have I heard such a "tight" vocal ensemble, performing in superb teamwork and led by the great vocal conductor, Robert Shaw. I've been to hundreds of concerts, been a professional musician, and simply would not be able to enjoy Christmas without this particular traditional collection of carols with this fabulous performance." Report Abuse
 The Story Behind This Reissue December 19, 2011 By Mark Stenroos (Aliso Viejo, CA) See All My Reviews "As the person responsible for this 1994 BMG CD reissue, let me take this opportunity to provide some background on how this CD reissue came to be: 1. The CD set was first issued in 1994 through the BMG Classical Music Service, which is the record club division of what was at the time BMG Direct Marketing, a division of Bertlesmann Music Group. The CDs were mastered directly from the master tapes. Some of the tracks were mastered from various working parts rather than the final master if those working parts were in better shape than the final master AND if they contained the same mastering. Every effort was made to present the very best source material available, and as we had access to everything that came out of the Xmas carol recording sessions, our job was made all the easier when it came to using the very best sources. In the case of the Britten LP, there were no working parts. They had either gone missing or had been destroyed. There were two complete masters. One master had (obviously to us at the time once we listened to it) been used as the source for earlier LP issues, and it was a bit worse for wear. The other master was pristine. Our CD transfer was mastered off this pristine master. Unfortunately, there were a few spots of tape saturation on both masters that we could not improve without employing noise reduction technologies that we felt would be intrusive (this was 1994, after all, when noise reduction technologies were fairly primitive compared to what they are today). We felt that collectors who knew these recordings would appreciate our not adding insult to injury by further compromising what were - at best - questionable calls made by the team that produced the original master back in 1963. While various tracks from Xmas Carols Volume I have appeared on various RCA CDs over the years, this CD set represents the one and only time the Britten selections have been made available on CD. And, this is the only CD issue that includes the entirety of Volume I PLUS the never-before-released-on CD Volume II. 2. Sequencing of the tracks for CD: CD 1 contains the entirety of the stereo Vol 1, followed by the Britten Ceremony of Carols and the Festival Te Deum. The other piece on the Britten LP - Rejoice in the Lamb - begins CD 2. The order of these tracks on the original RCA LP had Ceremony of Carols occupying Side A, with Rejoice in the Lamb starting Side B and with Festival Te Deum as the final track on Side B. We had to change the order of the LP Side B selections to fit all of the music on 2 well-packed CDs. This reordering - which involved nothing beyond flipping the LP order for Rejoice in the Lamb and Festival Te Deum - was the only concession made to changing track order, or of splitting one of the original LPs between the two CDs. CD 2 of this set begins with Rejoice in the Lamb, followed by Christmas Hymns & Carols Vol 2 in its uninterrupted entirety. We felt that it was a good idea to place the Britten recordings between the two Xmas Carol albums, as the Britten works employ instrumental accompaniment (harp in the Ceremony of Carols, organ in the others) while the carol albums are sung entirely a cappella. Having the instrumentally accompanied LP in between the a cappella LPs gives the ear a change of pace from what could have been 100+ minutes of a cappella singing had we sequenced the CDs differently. With a total timing of 147 minutes for the 3 LPs, it's obvious that more than one CD was needed to contain all of the tracks. All things considered, I think we made a pretty good decision about where to split the selections between the two CDs. 3. The very early mono "Christmas Hymns and Carols" (that Shaw discusses in the interview found in the CD booklet that accompanies this reissue) was not included in this set due to marketing and licensing considerations. That recording had already been issued on an RCA Camden CD in its entirety and was being heavily marketed by the BMG Special Products group. As the CD was widely available at a very cheap price, and as BSP did not want competition from a sister company selling a recording they had already issued, the decision was made to not include these very early recordings in the BMG Club issue. There's also the fact that many of carols would have been duplicated had all three volumes appeared in the set under discussion, albeit in different arrangements. 4. CD booklet/liner notes. The CD set includes all of the original liner notes from the 3 LPs, which were penned by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw. Also included are the sung texts for all of the 70-odd tracks that make up the two CDs. I would note that while texts were included as a song sheet inside the original LP jacket of the Britten LP, no texts had ever been included with any of the various 78 and LP issues of the two Xmas carol albums, so music lovers who purchase this 2-CD are getting something of a bonus compared to what was NOT included in the LP issues. The CD booklet also contains detailed information from the original recording sessions, including Matrix numbers, recording dates and venues and a complete listing of the performers involved in the recording sessions. This information was gleaned from the meticulous records kept at the BMG archives, and is presented to the general public for the first time ever via this CD reissue. It's heartening to realize that this 2-CD set has remained in print for 17 unbroken years since it was first issued in 1994, chiefly through the admirable work done by ArkivMusic and their valuable reissue series. How many other CDs have enjoyed such a long shelf life?! Thanks to ArkivMusic for making this wonderful set available on a continuing basis. Now, go we all a-caroling!" Report Abuse
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