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Joy to the World: An American Christmas / Christophers, Handel & Haydn Society

Handel / Haydn Society / Christophers
Release Date: 10/08/2013 
Label:  Coro   Catalog #: 16117   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Jacob NilesMorten LauridsenLowell MasonRichard Storrs Willis,   ... 
Performer:  Sonja DuToit TengbladThomas ArmstrongWoodrow BynumStefan [Tenor Vocal] Reed
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Those expecting a selection of American Christmas favorites will get a few of them, including "O little town of Bethlehem" and "Angels we have heard on high." But you also get standard British carols by likes of Bob Chilcott, John Rutter, and Herbert Howells that are beautifully done but only glancingly American. The varied quality may be very much to your liking; if so, you'll be hearing sound that's exceptional even by the high standards of Christophers' catalog.

­– All Music Guide (James Manheim)
Those expecting a selection of American Christmas favorites will get a few of them, including "O little town of Bethlehem" and "Angels we have heard on high." But you also get standard British carols by likes of Bob Chilcott, John Rutter, and Herbert Howells that are beautifully done but only glancingly American. The varied quality may be very much to your liking; if so, you'll be hearing sound that's exceptional even by the high standards of Christophers' catalog.

­– All Music Guide (James Manheim) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
I wonder as I wander by John Jacob Niles
Performer:  Sonja DuToit Tengblad ()
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  WGBH Studios, Boston, MA 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2.
O magnum mysterium by Morten Lauridsen
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Venue:  WGBH Studios, Boston, MA 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3.
Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
Venue:  WGBH Studios, Boston, MA 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  WGBH Studios, Boston, MA 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
5.
Methinks I see an heav'nly host "The Shepherd's Carol" by William Billings
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; USA 
Venue:  WGBH Studios, Boston, MA 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
6.
In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Venue:  WGBH Studios, Boston, MA 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
7.
Shepherd's carol by Robert Chilcott
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 2005; England 
Venue:  WGBH Studios, Boston, MA 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
8.
There is a flower by John Rutter
Performer:  Sonja DuToit Tengblad ()
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  WGBH Studios, Boston, MA 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
9.
O little town of Bethlehem by Henry Walford Davies
Performer:  Thomas Armstrong (Descant)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  WGBH Studios, Boston, MA 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
10.
Angels we have heard on high by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
Written: France 
Venue:  WGBH Studios, Boston, MA 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
11.
Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus: no 2, A spotless rose by Herbert Howells
Performer:  Woodrow Bynum ()
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1920; England 
Venue:  WGBH Studios, Boston, MA 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
12.
Polyhymnia caduceatrix et panegyrica: In dulci jubilo by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1619; Germany 
Venue:  WGBH Studios, Boston, MA 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
13.
Quem pastores laudavere, carol for unaccompanied chorus by James Bassi
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
Venue:  WGBH Studios, Boston, MA 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
14.
A virgin unspotted by William Billings
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; USA 
Venue:  WGBH Studios, Boston, MA 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
15.
Carol of the Bells by Mykola Leontovych
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
Period: Modern 
Written: 1910; Ukraine 
Venue:  WGBH Studios, Boston, MA 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
16.
In dulci jubilo by Robert Lucas Pearsall
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Venue:  WGBH Studios, Boston, MA 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
17.
In the bleak mid-winter by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Stefan [Tenor Vocal] Reed ()
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1906; England 
Venue:  WGBH Studios, Boston, MA 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
18.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; USA 
Venue:  WGBH Studios, Boston, MA 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 

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