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Essential Carols

Essential Carols / Various
Release Date: 10/09/2012 
Label:  Cct   Catalog #: 5162   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  TraditionalWilliam J. KirkpatrickRalph Vaughan WilliamsPatrick Hadley,   ... 
Performer:  Francis GrierGareth MorrellIan HareStephen Varcoe,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Philip LedgerSir David WillcocksRichard HickoxEric Ericson,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1. The first nowell by Traditional
Performer:  Francis Grier (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Written: England 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
2. Away in a manger by William J. Kirkpatrick
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
3. Up! Good Christian Folk, and Listen (Piae cantiones) by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4. English Hymnal: O little town of Bethlehem by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Francis Grier (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5. I sing of a maiden by Patrick Hadley
Performer:  Francis Grier (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1936; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6. Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus: no 2, A spotless rose by Herbert Howells
Performer:  Gareth Morrell ()
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1920; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
7. Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Performer:  Ian Hare (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
8. O come, O come Emmanuel by Traditional
Performer:  Ian Hare (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
9. The Holly and the Ivy by Traditional
Performer:  Ian Hare (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
10. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Stephen Varcoe ()
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
11. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel) by Traditional
Performer:  John [classical organ] Wells (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1728; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
12. Noel "It came upon the midnight clear" by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John [classical organ] Wells (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: Post-Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
13. The Lord at first did Adam make by Traditional
Performer:  John [classical organ] Wells (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
14. Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Ian Hare (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
15. The Little Drummer Boy by Harry Simeone
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
16. El niño querido (The Beloved Child) (Spanish) by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
17. The Gift (Simple Gifts) by Tony Vincent Isaacs
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
18. Schlichte Weisen (60), Op. 76: no 52, Maria Wiegenlied by Max Reger
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks ()
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1912; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
19. Go tell it on the mountain by Traditional
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks ()
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
20. Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks ()
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
21. Shepherd's Pipe Carol by John Rutter
Performer:  Jeremy Blandford (Organ)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
22. Infant holy, infant lowly by Traditional
Performer:  Jeremy Blandford (Organ), Simon Vaughan ()
Conductor:  John Rutter
Written: Poland 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
23. I Saw Three Ships, carol by Traditional
Performer:  Jeremy Blandford (Organ)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1666; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
24. Nativity Carol by John Rutter
Performer:  Jeremy Blandford (Organ)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
25. The Coming of our King (Polish Carol) by John Rutter
Performer:  Jeremy Blandford (Organ)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
26. God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Performer:  David Bell (Organ)
Conductor:  Owain Arwel Hughes
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
27. Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Performer:  David Bell (Organ)
Conductor:  Owain Arwel Hughes
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
28. We three kings by John Henry Hopkins Jr.
Performer:  David Bell (Organ)
Conductor:  Owain Arwel Hughes
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
29. Angels from the realms of glory by Traditional
Performer:  David Bell (Organ)
Conductor:  Owain Arwel Hughes
Written: France 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
30. As with gladness men of old by Conrad Kocher
Performer:  David Bell (Organ)
Conductor:  Owain Arwel Hughes
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
31. Judas Maccabeus: Tochter Zion, freue dich by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Hermann Prey (), Christfried Bickenbach (Organ)
Conductor:  Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1746 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
32. Zu Bethlehem geboren, carol (German) by Traditional
Performer:  Hermann Prey (), Christfried Bickenbach (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
33. Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
34. Traditional English Carols (8): no 8, Wassail Song by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
35. Masters in this hall by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Written: France 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
36. On Christmas Night "Sussex Carol" by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
37. Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
38. O little one sweet by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
39. Carol with Lullaby by Phyllis Tate
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: Modern 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
40. Mary's boy child by Jester Hairston
Performer:  John Parricelli (Guitar)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Alexander
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
41. A Cowboy Carol by Cecil Broadhurst
Conductor:  Maurice Handford
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
42. L' Enfance du Christ: The Shepherds' Farewell by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Maurice Handford
Period: Romantic 
Written: 10/1850-07/1854; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
43. We wish you a merry Christmas by Traditional
Conductor:  Maurice Handford
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
44. Hodie Christus natus est by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
45. Hosanna to the Son of David by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
46. Angelus ad virginem by Philippe Le Chancelier
Performer:  Andrew Davis (Organ), Douglas Whittaker (Flute)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
47. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English) by Traditional
Performer:  Douglas Whittaker (Flute), Christopher van Kampen (Cello), Andrew Davis (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1833; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
48. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Ian Hare (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
49. Carol of the Bells by Mykola Leontovych
Performer:  John Parricelli (Guitar), Paul Clarvis (Percussion)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Alexander
Period: Modern 
Written: 1910; Ukraine 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
50. See amid the winter's snow by John Goss
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 

Sound Samples

The First Nowell (1985 - Remaster)
Away in a manger
Up! good Christen folk and listen (1985 Digital Remaster)
O little town of Bethlehem (v.3 arr. Ledger) (1985 Digital Remaster)
I sing of a maiden (1985 - Remaster)
A Spotless Rose (1985 Digital Remaster)
Once in Royal David's City (harm. A. H. Mann; descant Willcocks) (1985 Digital Remaster)
O come, O come, Emmanuel
The Holly and the Ivy (1985 - Remaster)
Silent Night (Mohr; trans. & arr. Willcocks) (1985 Digital Remaster)
While shepherds watched their flocks by night (from Este's Psalter; descant Willcocks) (1985 - Remaster)
It came upon the midnight clear (descant Willcocks) (1985 Digital Remaster)
Hark! the herald angels sing (tune & harmony adapted W. H. Cummings; brass fanfare & accomp. and descant by Willcocks) (1985 - Remaster)
The Lord at first did Adam make (1991 - Remaster)
The Little Drummer Boy
Three Spanish Carols: El nino querido (The Beloved Child)
The Gift
Berceuse de Marie (Max Reger) (medley n°2)
Go Tell It On The Mountain (Chant De Noël Américain Traditionnel) (Medley N°2)
Joy To The World (Medley N°1)
Shepherd's Pipe Carol
Infant holy, infant lowly
I saw three ships come sailing by (arr. Rutter)
Nativity Carol
The Coming of our King (Traditional Polish carol, arr. Rutter) (1988 Digital Remaster)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Good King Wenceslas (tune from Piae Cantiones, wrds. J. M. Neale, arr. John Stainer)
We three kings of Orient are
Angels from the realms of glory (arr. Charles Wood)
As with gladness men of old (from chorale Treuer Heiland, adapted W. H. Monk)
Tochter Zion, freue dich (1988 Digital Remaster)
Yorkshire Wassail Song (We've been awhile a-wandering)
Zu Bethlehem geboreb (1988 Digital Remaster)
The Coventry Carol
Masters In This Hall (1993 Digital Remaster)
See amid the winter's snow
Sussex Carol (1993 Digital Remaster)
Ding dong! merrily on high (1993 - Remaster)
O little one sweet BWV493 (1993 Digital Remaster)
Five English Folk Songs (1993 Digital Remaster): 5. Wassail Song
Carol with Lullaby (1993 Digital Remaster)
Mary's Boy Child
Ukraine Bell Carol
Cowboy Carol (2002 - Remaster)
The Shepherds' Farewell (from L'Enfance du Christ Op. 25) (2002 - Remaster)
We wish you a merry Christmas (West Country) (2002 - Remaster)
Hodie Christus natus est (1991 Digital Remaster)
Hosanna to the Son of David (remaster) (1991 Digital Remaster)
Angelus ad virginem
My Dancing Day (1991 Digital Remaster)
O come, all ye faithful (harm. English Hymnal; brass fanfare & accomp., descant and last v. by Willcocks) (1985 - Remaster)

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