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The Cambridge Singers Christmas Album / Rutter


Release Date: 10/07/2003 
Label:  Collegium Records   Catalog #: 512   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry Walford DaviesTraditionalAnonymousHector Berlioz,   ... 
Performer:  Caroline AshtonRuth HoltonKaren KerslakeStephen Orton,   ... 
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge SingersCity of London Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Over the past couple of decades, the Christmas recordings of John Rutter and his Cambridge Singers have claimed such a solid and widely enjoyed presence among choral music fans that we have to say that this group and its director/composer/arranger have long ago passed from phenomenon to tradition. This new release, which contains 19 previously issued but newly re-mixed tracks along with four never-before released selections, is both a celebration of that legacy and a re-affirmation of Rutter's uniquely influential contributions to a special genre that began years ago with his acclaimed carol arrangements and his now-classic anthem "What sweeter music". While this disc does not feature
Read more Rutter's own compositions--those can be found on an earlier companion disc, The John Rutter Christmas Album --it does offer many of his carol arrangements (notably the infectious "Somerset Wassail") along with some of the finest by such masters as David Willcocks, H. Walford Davies, and Healey Willan (whose rarely-heard setting of "What is this lovely fragrance?" is happily included rather than the fine but ubiquitous Willcocks version).

The program also provides a very healthy dose of original pieces, from Victoria's O magnum mysterium, Handel's For unto us a child is born, Kenneth Leighton's Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child, and Britten's A New Year Carol, to Sweelinck's double-choir Hodie Christus natus est, John Tavener's The Lamb, and Peter Warlock's Balulalow and I saw a fair maiden. The disc ends with Vaughan Williams' rousing Fantasia on Christmas Carols. As you might expect, there's not a dull moment during this very generously filled 77-plus-minute CD, and there's so much joy and beauty in these well-chosen, perfectly sung pieces that a simple numerical rating doesn't do it justice. The sound is appropriately full, vibrant, clear, and dynamic. Add this to your list.

– David Vernier Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The holly and the ivy by Henry Walford Davies
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Blessed be that Maid Mary by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks 
3.
Somerset Wassail by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
4.
Shepherds in the field abiding by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks
This selection is sung in English and Latin. 
5.
The infant king by Traditional
Performer:  Caroline Ashton (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks 
6.
What is this lovely fragrance? by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Healey Willan 
7.
Gabriel's message by Traditional
Performer:  Ruth Holton (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Written: Basque Provinces 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks 
8.
Still, still, still by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
9.
Quittez pasteurs by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
10.
Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle by Traditional
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
11.
Personent hodie by Anonymous
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1582; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
12.
L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: L'adieu des bergers by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850-1854; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
O magnum mysterium by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1572; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
15.
Hodie Christus natus est by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
16.
Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
In dulci jubilo by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1650; Halle, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is performed in Latin and German. 
18.
Carols (3), Op. 25: no 2, Lully, lulla thou little tiny child by Kenneth Leighton
Performer:  Caroline Ashton (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
19.
A New Year Carol by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
20.
Carols (3): Balulalow by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Karen Kerslake (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
21.
I saw a fair maiden by Peter Warlock
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
22.
Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Stephen Orton (Cello), Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
23.
The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?" by John Tavener
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Great Hall, Univ. College School, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 

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 Cambridge Singers Christmas Album December 21, 2013 By DOLORES Z. (TAURANGA, New Zealand) See All My Reviews "Sorry, but I haven't heard this album but would like to buy it as a Christmas gift. Dolores Zonderop" Report Abuse
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