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My First Christmas Album


Release Date: 11/11/2016 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8578340   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry John GauntlettJohn CarmichaelJohn Henry Hopkins Jr.Traditional,   ... 
Performer:  Robert StringerRaymond JohnstonMats NorrefalkMats-Erik Björklund,   ... 
Conductor:  Donald HuntBarry WordsworthAntony PittsAndrew Sackett,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Worcester Cathedral ChoirBBC Concert OrchestraTonus Peregrinus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Can you imagine Christmas without music? No singing, no jingling. Only Scrooge would be happy with that! It is a time for music to fill the air. Part of the fun is hearing things that are only played at Christmas and at no other time of year - carols that make you think of the end of term, or the holidays or bobble hats - songs that make you think of food, or snow, or stockings. Here are some of the most popular carols, as well as some other surprises...Merry Christmas! Can you imagine Christmas without music? No singing, no jingling. Only Scrooge would be happy with that! It is a time for music to fill the air. Part of the fun is hearing things that are only played at Christmas and at no other time of year - carols that make you think of the end of term, or the holidays or bobble hats - songs that make you think of food, or snow, or stockings. Here are some of the most popular carols, as well as some other surprises...Merry Christmas! Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Performer:  Robert Stringer (Treble), Raymond Johnston (Organ)
Conductor:  Donald Hunt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Worcester Cathedral Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
2.
Thredbo Suite for Flute, Clarinet & Piano: No. 3, Sleigh Ride to Thredbo by John Carmichael
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; England 
3.
We three kings by John Henry Hopkins Jr.
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
4.
Sans Day Carol by Traditional
Conductor:  Andrew Sackett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tewkesbury Abbey School Choir
Written: Cornwall, England 
5.
Winter Wonderland by Felix Bernard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
6.
The Holly and the Ivy by Traditional
Conductor:  Andrew Sackett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tewkesbury Abbey School Choir
Written: England 
7.
Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Oxford New College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
8.
Esta bella noche by Luis Eduardo Galián
Performer:  Mats Norrefalk (Guitar), Mats-Erik Björklund (Congas), Mats Nyström (Percussion),
Stefan Bäcklund (Double Bass)
Conductor:  Fred Sjöberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Örebo Kammarkör
9.
Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 8 "Christmas Concerto": Pastorale by Arcangelo Corelli
Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
10.
King Jesus hath a garden by Traditional
Conductor:  Noel Edison
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Festival Singers
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
11.
A Ceremony of Carols, for treble voices (or chorus) & harp, Op. 28: This little babe by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Skaila Kanga (Harp)
Conductor:  Ronald Corp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Children's Choir
Period: Modern 
Written: 1942 
12.
In the bleak mid-winter by Harold Edwin Darke
Conductor:  Noel Edison
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Festival Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
13.
Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Conductor:  Andrew Sackett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tewkesbury Abbey School Choir
Written: England 
14.
Jingle Bells by James Pierpont
Conductor:  Alfred Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; USA 
15.
Carol of the Bells by Traditional
Conductor:  Martin Dagenais
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande de Montreal
Written: Ukraine 
16.
Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Michael Halász
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
17.
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day by John Rutter
Performer:  John Evanson (Piano)
Conductor:  Grace Rossiter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finchley Children's Music Group
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
18.
Gaudete, Christus est natus by Traditional
Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
19.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Johnny Marks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
20.
Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Performer:  Raymond Johnston (Organ)
Conductor:  Donald Hunt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Worcester Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
21.
Polish Christmas Carols (20): no 7, Hurrying to Bethlehem by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Polish Radio Chorus Krakow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; Poland 
22.
When it's christmas by Otto Kotilainen
Conductor:  Sauli Hannuksela
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Resonus
23.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Noel Edison
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Festival Singers
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
24.
Noëls (3), H 531: no 3, Vous qui désirez sans fin by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1690 
25.
A maiden most gentle by Traditional
Conductor:  Andrew Sackett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tewkesbury Abbey School Choir
Written: France 
26.
Wassail Song by Traditional
Conductor:  Hilary Davan Wetton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  City of London Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
27.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12d, Act 2 - Russian Dance "Trepak" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Michael Halász
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
28.
Unto us is born a son by Traditional
Performer:  Raymond Johnston (Organ)
Conductor:  Donald Hunt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Worcester Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1582 
29.
Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Conductor:  Noel Edison
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Festival Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
30.
Rocking by Traditional
Performer:  Raymond Johnston (Organ)
Conductor:  Donald Hunt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Worcester Cathedral Choir
Written: Czech Republic 

Customer Reviews

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 Failed Delivery January 2, 2018 By RICHARD S. (La Crescenta, CA) See All My Reviews "Here's my problem, and it's not with this title: on December 12 I purchased TWO CDs and paid extra for a rush delivery to receive them in less than a week. To receive them BEFORE Christmas. This "My First Christmas Album" arrived as promised. My second, far more expensive purchase, THE MESSIAH, still has not arrived. IF it arrives, I will pack it up with the many other holiday items and put it in storage until next Christmas. Which obviously was not my intention. I won't be purchasing another cd from Arkiv." Report Abuse
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