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The Complete Traditional Christmas Carols Collection


Release Date: 10/02/2015 
Label:  Coro   Catalog #: 16136   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalHenry John GauntlettHenry Walford DaviesFranz Xaver Gruber,   ... 
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



It's no secret that if you're looking for a well-filled, thoughtfully programmed disc of Christmas choral music, you won't go wrong with any of The Sixteen's recordings. In 2006 this oft-lauded group led by founder Harry Christophers released a Volume 1 program of traditional carols, and this year (2010) decided to augment that release with a collection of 20 more favorites (including a few lesser-known pieces). Performed with the knowing style of a seasoned, professional British choir, these songs, hymns, and carols (all very loosely categorized here as "carols")--such gems as Holst's Masters in this hall, Poston's Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, and Darke's beloved In the bleak
Read more mid-winter--ring in the season intensified and made more meaningful by the choir's authority and respect for the music, its revered tradition, and with an obvious true love for its sound and inherent spirit.

Although Christophers mentions in the notes that selections were drawn from the 1928 Oxford Book of Carols, and certainly such pieces as the Gloucester Wassail, the Wexford Carol, and In dulci jubilo were at least partially lifted from that source, the provenance of many others is not so clearly evident (Of the Father's heart begotten, for example, isn't included in the 1928 OBC), although in some cases the popular "green" and "orange" carol books may have been consulted.

At any rate, these arrangements are all artful and refreshingly unadorned--in the best "traditional" realizations; where there is organ, its contributions are always tasteful, imaginative, and appropriate to support and/or enhance the singers. And as for the singers, well, this is one of the great, world-class choirs, its uniquely rich, vibrant sound characterized by pure-voiced sopranos and its contingent of male altos. The production and sound, from London's St. Giles Church, Cripplegate, presided over by the first-rate team of Mark Brown and Mike Hatch, is excellent. A solid and satisfying addition to any Christmas music library.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
The first nowell by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2.
Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
3.
On Christmas Night "Sussex Carol" by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
While shepherds watched their flocks by night by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1592; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5.
I saw three ships by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6.
Angels from the realms of glory by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
7.
O little town of Bethlehem by Henry Walford Davies
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
8.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
9.
Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
10.
In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
11.
Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
12.
In the bleak mid-winter by Harold Edwin Darke
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
13.
Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
14.
Deck the Halls by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Written: Wales, UK 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
15.
The Holly and the Ivy by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
16.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
17.
See amid the winter's snow by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
18.
Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
19.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 
20.
Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
21.
Rocking by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Written: Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  St. Giles Church, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
22.
Of the Father's heart begotten by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
23.
The Truth from Above by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
24.
Gabriel's message by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Written: Basque Provinces 
25.
Masters in this hall by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Written: France 
26.
Past three o'clock by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Written: 16th Century; England 
27.
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
28.
In the bleak mid-winter by Harold Edwin Darke
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
29.
Gloucestershire Wassail, 'Wassail, wassail all over the town!' by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
30.
In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
31.
O come, O come Emmanuel by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
32.
Adam lay ybounden by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
33.
Wither's rocking Hymn by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
34.
Cherry Tree Carol by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Written: England 
35.
It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Romantic 
36.
Personent hodie by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Written: 14th Cent 
37.
Down in yon forest by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Written: England 
38.
Wexford Carol by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Written: Ireland 
39.
Joys Seven by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Written: England 
40.
As with gladness men of old by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Baroque 
41.
Unto us a boy is born! by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Baroque 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 If You Love Traditional Carols January 13, 2017 By Ruth Craxton See All My Reviews "this is the recording for you. My sister loved it so much I ordered a copy for her." Report Abuse
 So pleasing December 24, 2016 By Raymond N. (Stratford, CT) See All My Reviews "Enjoyable at all times of the day during the Christmas season" Report Abuse
 I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!! November 24, 2015 By Thomas M. (Bay Village, OH) See All My Reviews "This was just an absolutely wonderful collection of carols. Alright, so I bought it before Halloween. Nonetheless, I have truly enjoyed it. Sound is wonderful. Actaully makes me feel good. Children are amazed." Report Abuse
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