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Christmas Night - Carols of the Nativity / Rutter


Release Date: 01/20/1993 
Label:  Collegium Records   Catalog #: 106   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalJohn RutterBoris OrdHerbert Howells,   ... 
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge SingersCity of London Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording quickly became one of my Christmas favorites, not only for its world-class singing and vocal ensemble (a young Mark Padmore is in the tenor section) but for its consistently tranquil and gently enveloping sound world – just like a lullaby, except more varied and musically interesting. Christmas Night includes twenty-two carols that range from the familiar-but-not-done-to-death to premieres of three John Rutter originals. No Frosty, Rudolph, or Hallelujah, this is smaller-scale music appropriate to the birth of a child in a stable, without bombast or triumphalism. The singing has both finely honed dynamic nuances and, for lack of a better term, a gentle swing that is apparent from the opening track, In Read more Dulci Jubilo.

– John Marks, Listen [Winter 2011]

"The theme of this album is the birth of Christ, reflected in the words and music of 22 carols spanning more than six centuries." This description might also say that the program contains some of the best and best-loved Christmas choral pieces of all time, presented in a pleasing mix of familiar carols and lesser-known original works. Among the best-known selections are Darke's "In the bleak mid-winter" and Howells's "A spotless rose." Several original pieces by John Rutter appear here for the first time--"Christmas Night," "There is a flower," and "Nativity Carol." Other notable highlights are Peter Cornelius's "The three kings" and the lively Willcocks arrangement of "Tomorrow shall be my dancing day." Of course, the singing is among the best on the planet--in fact, there may even be a few heavenly angels in the soprano section." – David Vernier

"In the field of choral Christmas CDs, Christmas Night shines brightest of all." – Digital Audio

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.
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Works on This Recording

1. In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Persall
Arranger: Robert Lucas Pearsall.
This selection is sung in English and Latin. 
2. Christmas Night by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Rutter 
3. There is a flower by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
4. Cherry Tree Carol by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Written: England 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Willcocks 
5. Candlelight Carol by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; England 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
6. O Tannenbaum by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Written: Westphalia, Germany 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Rutter 
7. Tomorrow shall be my dancing day by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Willcocks 
8. Nativity Carol by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; England 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 
9. Adam lay ybounden by Boris Ord
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
10. Once as I remember by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Wood 
11. Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus: no 2, A spotless rose by Herbert Howells
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1920; England 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
12. 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 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
13. I wonder as I wander by John Jacob Niles
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Rutter 
14. A Virgin most pure by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Written: USA 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Wood 
15. 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 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
16. Lute-Book Lullaby "Sweet was the song the virgin sang" by William Ballet
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Shaw 
17. Weihnachtslieder (6), Op. 8: no 3, Die Könige by Peter Cornelius
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856/1870; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Atkins 
18. Myn lyking by Richard Runciman Terry
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
19. O Jesulein süss, o Jesulein mild by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1650; Halle, Germany 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Bach 
20. I saw a maiden by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Pettman 
21. Away in a manger by William J. Kirkpatrick
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Rutter 
22. All my heart this night rejoices by Johann Georg Ebeling
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 

Featured Sound Samples

In dulci jubilo (Traditional)
In the Bleak Mid-Winter (Darke)
All My Heart This Night Rejoices (Ebeling)
Candlelight Carol (Rutter)

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