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Carols from King's - 60th Anniversary Edition

Gauntlett / Choir Of King's College Cambridge
Release Date: 11/13/2015 
Label:  Choir King's College (Dvd)   Catalog #: 13  
Composer:  Henry John GauntlettGeorge Ratcliffe WoodwardOtto GoldschmidtFranz Xaver Gruber,   ... 
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Carols from King’s is an enchanting hour and a half of choral worship, always beginning with a lone chorister singing Gauntlett’s reverent Once in Royal David’s City and concluding with the triumphant Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. This DVD release includes the full 2014 service along with an hour-long BBC documentary narrated by Juliet Stevenson detailing the history of this central component of the British Christmas tradition since 1954. The documentary provides insight into the tradition of selecting the soloists, what goes on behind the scenes, what life is like for a chorister in the Choir, and the impact these experiences have on generations of choristers. Carols from King’s is an enchanting hour and a half of choral worship, always beginning with a lone chorister singing Gauntlett’s reverent Once in Royal David’s City and concluding with the triumphant Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. This DVD release includes the full 2014 service along with an hour-long BBC documentary narrated by Juliet Stevenson detailing the history of this central component of the British Christmas tradition since 1954. The documentary provides insight into the tradition of selecting the soloists, what goes on behind the scenes, what life is like for a chorister in the Choir, and the impact these experiences have on generations of choristers. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
2.
Up! good Christian folk, and listen, for chorus & orchestra by George Ratcliffe Woodward
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
3.
A Tender Shoot by Otto Goldschmidt
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
4.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
5.
In the bleak mid-winter by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1906; England 
6.
Benedicamus Domino by Peter Warlock
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; England 
7.
Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus: no 2, A spotless rose by Herbert Howells
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1920; England 
8.
On Christmas Night "Sussex Carol" by Traditional
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
9.
Noël nouvelet by Traditional
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: France 
10.
Joys Seven by Traditional
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
11.
It came upon a midnight clear by Traditional
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
12.
I saw three ships by Traditional
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
13.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: England 
14.
Gabriel's message by Traditional
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: Basque Provinces 
15.
Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
16.
The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?" by John Tavener
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; England 
17.
Weihnachtslieder, Op. 8: Die Könige by Peter Cornelius
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
18.
A babe is born, Op. 55 by William Mathias
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; Wales, UK 
19.
God is with us by John Tavener
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; England 
20.
Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
21.
Von Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: 1708-20 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 same but different January 16, 2016 By G S (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) See All My Reviews "i enjoyed the BBC documentary part of this disc but found the service not as traditional as the 2000 version i own. the new modern pieces seemed out of place and disjoined." Report Abuse
 Kings Choir Does It Again December 10, 2015 By E. Chapman (Oklahoma City, OK) See All My Reviews "It is never Christmas until I hear the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from Kings College. This DVD takes us inside to see how the boys prepare for this special service and how they prepare the music for all of the services at Kings. Being the 60th anniversary addition makes this even more beautiful. I was not happy with some of the readings on this DVD. Instead of using the typical scripture readings there is a use of poetry and history thrown in and in my opinion, it does not fit. I feel that the anthems and carols in the past years always complimented the readings, however I do not think anything could compliment these odd readings. That said, the voices were as exceptional as always and the photography was outstanding. I felt that I was there and didn't have to stand in line for hours to get a seat. Even with the odd readings I would recommend this DVD to anyone who likes the Kings College Choir and the sound of an English boys and men choir." Report Abuse
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