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Carols For A Victorian Christmas


Release Date: 11/01/1999 
Label:  Gift Of Music   Catalog #: 1004   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalLewis H. RednerJohann Sebastian BachGeorge Frideric Handel,   ... 
Performer:  Martin SouterLesley Echo RossJosik Koc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magdalen College Choir OxfordFine Arts Brass QuintetHarrogate Choral Society
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A Victorian Christmas re-created, with the world-renowned boys' choir of Magdalen College, Oxford singing carols, plus church bells, choirs, brass groups, music boxes and parlour piano, in a musical evocation of Christmases past. A Victorian Christmas re-created, with the world-renowned boys' choir of Magdalen College, Oxford singing carols, plus church bells, choirs, brass groups, music boxes and parlour piano, in a musical evocation of Christmases past. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Written: England 
2.
'Twas in the winter cold by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magdalen College Choir Oxford
3.
O little town of Bethlehem by Lewis H. Redner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fine Arts Brass Quintet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; USA 
4.
We Three Kings by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magdalen College Choir Oxford
5.
See amid the winter's snow by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magdalen College Choir Oxford
6.
Sleep, Holy Babe by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magdalen College Choir Oxford
7.
Here we come a-wassailing by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Written: England 
8.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fine Arts Brass Quintet
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
9.
Landlord Fill the Flowing Bowl by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fine Arts Brass Quintet
10.
Good Christian men, rejoice by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Written: Germany 
11.
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harrogate Choral Society
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
12.
In dulci jubilo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martin Souter (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
13.
Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122: no 8, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Martin Souter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Austria 
14.
Weihnachtsbaum for Piano, S 186: In Dulci Jubilo by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Martin Souter (Piano)
15.
The Song of the Robin Redbreast by Traditional
Performer:  Lesley Echo Ross (Soprano), Martin Souter (Piano)
16.
What shall we sing at Christmas? by Traditional
Performer:  Josik Koc (Baritone), Martin Souter (Piano), Lesley Echo Ross (Soprano)
17.
Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Martin Souter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 

Customer Reviews

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 A Comfortable Compilation November 29, 2017 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "The general public may think that Christmas carols have been around forever. Music lovers know that the Victorian Era is the source for most of the evergreen carols we still sing today. "Carols for Victorian Christma"s captures some of the charms of the era. The disc presents both sacred and secular carols as they might have been heard in the late 1800’s. The choir of Magdalen College, Oxford performs favorites such as “We Three Kings,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” and “Good Christian Men, Rejoice.” The Harrogate Choral Society’s rendition of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” is charming in its directness and sincerity. The Fine Arts Brass Ensemble perform “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “Landlord fill the Flowing Bowl.” Martin Souter, organist contributes a Brahms chorale prelude, “O Holy Night,” and other selections. The mix of organ and choir reinforces the impression of a Victorian church service. But the disc also includes a player piano plunking out "Auld Lang Syne." Vintage turn of the century disc players (large-scale music boxes) give us favorites such as “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” and “Good King Wenceslas.” And they also give us a sense of what holiday music might have sounded like in a comfortable upper-class home. And comfortable, I think, is the word that best describes this collection. Many of the selections are more than familiar. And they’re performed in a way that would have been familiar to Victorians – even those who never attended a classical music concert." Report Abuse
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