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Christmas Night - Carols of the Nativity / Rutter, Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia


Release Date: 11/06/2020 
Label:  Collegium Records   Catalog #: 526  
Composer:  TraditionalBoris OrdHerbert HowellsHarold Edwin Darke,   ... 
Performer:  Nicholas SearsRuth HoltonGerald Finley
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge SingersCity of London Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The theme of this album is the birth of Christ, reflected in the words and music of twenty-two carols spanning more than six centuries. Some of these carols have long been widely known and loved; others have become so thanks to the annual Christmas Eve Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College, Cambridge; a few are newly written. But all of them focus on the central event of the Christmas story – the birth at Bethlehem – and on the characters in that story: the angels, the shepherds, the wise men, and the mother with her child. John Rutter writes: “This has always been my favorite among the Christmas albums I have devised and conducted, but digital sound restoration techniques have made huge advances in the years since it was Read more recorded and it was time to give it a spring-clean. In remastering it, it has been possible to bring the sound of the choir and the orchestra to life, and I have been able to enjoy it anew. The Cambridge Singers in 1985 were at the top of their game, and the choir list includes at least two singers who are now internationally renowned as soloists. We hope you will enjoy this classic recording in its newly restored form.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Notes: arr. R.L. Pearsall for mixed choir 
2.
Adam lay ybounden by Boris Ord
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
3.
Christmas Night by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Notes: arr. J. Rutter for mixed choir and orchestra 
4.
Once, as I remember (Italian) by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Written: Italy 
Notes: arr. C. Wood for mixed choir 
5.
A spotless rose by Herbert Howells
Performer:  Nicholas Sears (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1920; England 
6.
In the bleak mid-winter by Harold Edwin Darke
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
Notes: arr. J. Rutter for mixed choir and strings 
7.
There is a flower by John Rutter
Performer:  Ruth Holton (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
8.
The Cherry Tree Carol by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1820 
Notes: arr. D. Willcocks for mixed choir 
9.
I wonder as I wander by John Rutter
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
10.
Candlelight Carol by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; England 
11.
O Tannenbaum by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Written: Westphalia, Germany 
Notes: arr. J. Rutter for mixed choir 
12.
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Notes: arr. D. Willcocks for mixed choir 
13.
A Virgin most pure by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Written: USA 
Notes: arr. C. Wood for mixed choir 
14.
I sing of a maiden by Patrick Hadley
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1936; England 
15.
Lute-Book Lullaby "Sweet was the song the virgin sang" by William Ballet
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Baroque 
Notes: arr. G. Shaw for mixed choir 
16.
The Three Kings by Peter Cornelius
Performer:  Nicholas Sears (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Romantic 
Notes: arr. I. Atkins for voice and mixed choir 
17.
Myn lyking by Richard Runciman Terry
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
18.
O little one sweet by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Notes: arr. J. S. Bach for mixed choir 
19.
All my heart this night rejoices by Johann Georg Ebeling
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
20.
I Saw A Maiden (Basque) by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Notes: arr. E. Pettman for mixed choir 
21.
Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Notes: arr. J. Rutter for mixed choir 
22.
Nativity Carol by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; England 

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