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Essential Carols / King's College Choir, Cambridge


Release Date: 10/11/2005 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000530202   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnTraditionalRobert Lucas PearsallJohn Francis Wade,   ... 
Performer:  Sir Andrew DavisSimon PrestonHarvey Alan
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College ChoirLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1. Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sir Andrew Davis (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
2. The first nowell by Traditional
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks. 
3. While shepherds watched their flocks by night by Traditional
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1592; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
4. I saw three ships by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks. 
5. Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is based on the tune "Branle l'officiel" from Thoinot
Arbeau's "Orchésographie". 
6. King Jesus hath a garden by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Wood. 
7. In dulci jubilo by Robert Lucas Pearsall
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in English and Latin. 
8. Unto us is born a son by Traditional
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1582 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks.
This selection is sung in English and Latin. 
9. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
10. Away in a manger by William J. Kirkpatrick
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks. 
11. O little town of Bethlehem by Henry Walford Davies
Performer:  Sir Andrew Davis (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
12. The holly and the ivy by Henry Walford Davies
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: English 
13. God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks. 
14. See amid the winter's snow by John Goss
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks. 
15. Past three o'clock by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Wood. 
16. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 12, Brich an, du schönes Morgenlicht by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
17. Adam lay ybounden by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in English and Latin. 
18. Gabriel's message by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: Basque Provinces 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks. 
19. Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Performer:  Sir Andrew Davis (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
20. On Christmas Night "Sussex Carol" by Traditional
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks. 
21. Rocking Carol by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks. 
22. Rejoice and be merry by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
23. Cherry Tree Carol by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Robert Shaw. 
24. The Three Kings by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Atkins. 
25. As with gladness men of old by Conrad Kocher
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks. 
26. A great and mighty wonder by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: English 
27. The infant king by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arrangers: Edgar Pettman; Sabine Baring-Gould. 
28. Carols (3): Balulalow by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
29. Crown of Roses by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
30. Christ was born on Christmas Day by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: George Ratcliffe Woodward. 
31. Blessed be that Maid Mary by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arrangers: George Ratcliffe Woodward; Sir David Willcocks. 
32. Lute-book lullaby by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Robert Shaw. 
33. Myn lyking by Richard Runciman Terry
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Richard Runciman Terry. 
34. Personent hodie, H 135 no 2 by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1916-17; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
35. In the bleak mid-winter by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1906; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
36. Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Robert Shaw. 
37. Shepherds in the field abiding by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: George Ratcliffe Woodward; Charles Wood.
This selection is sung in English and Latin. 
38. Torches, for chorus & organ, Op. 7a by John Joubert
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: English 
39. Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Harvey Alan (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; England 
Length: 11 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
The First Nowell
While Shepherds Watched
I Saw Three Ships
Ding Dong! Merrily on High
King Jesus Hath A Garden
In Dulci Jubilo
Unto Us Is Born A Son
Adeste Fideles (O come, all ye faithful)
Away In A Manger
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
The Holly And The Ivy
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
See Amid The Winter's Snow
Past Three o' Clock
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Sung in English: Chorale: Invitatory
Adam lay ybounden
Gabriel's Message (Basque Carol)
Once in Royal David's City
Sussex Carol (On Christmas Night)
Rocking Carol: 'Little Jesu sweetly sleep'
Rejoice And Be Merry
The Cherry Tree Carol (Joseph was an old man)
The Three Kings
As With Gladness Men Of Old
Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen (Speierisches Gesangbuch, Köln, 1599) - Wds: St. Germanus. Trans. Neale. as "A Great and Mighty Wonder"
The Infant King (Old Basque)
Balulalow
Legenda (Legend;The Crown of Roses) Op.54, No.5 - Trans. Geoffrey Dearmer
Christ Was Born On Christmas Day
Blessed Be That Maid Mary
The Lute-Book Lullaby, 'Sweet Was The Song The Virgin Sang'
Myn Lyking
Personent Hodie - carol 14th c. Germany. Words from Piae Cantiones, 1582 - Arr. Holst
In The Bleak Midwinter
Coventry Carol
Shepherds In The Field Abiding
Torches
Fantasia On Christmas Carols

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