Christmas Night - Carols of the Nativity / Rutter, Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia

Release Date: 11/6/2020
Label: Collegium
Catalog Number: CSCD526
Conductor: John Rutter
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The theme of this album is the birth of Christ, reflected in the words and music of twenty-two carols spanning more than six centuries. 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. John Rutter writes: “This has always been my favorite among the Christmas albums I have devised and conducted, but digital sound restoration techniques have made huge advances in the years since it was recorded and it was time to give it a spring-clean. In remastering it, it has been possible to bring the sound of the choir and the orchestra to life, and I have been able to enjoy it anew. The Cambridge Singers in 1985 were at the top of their game, and the choir list includes at least two singers who are now internationally renowned as soloists. We hope you will enjoy this classic recording in its newly restored form.”

Works on This Recording
1. Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century
2. Nativity Carol by John Rutter
Conductor: John Rutter
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963 ; England
3. In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
Period: Medieval
Written: 12th Century ; Germany
4. Adam lay ybounden by Boris Ord
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; England
5. Christmas Night by Traditional
Conductor: John Rutter
6. Once, as I remember (Italian) by Traditional
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
7. A spotless rose by Herbert Howells
Performer: Nicholas Sears (Baritone)
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1918-1920 ; England
8. In the bleak mid-winter by Harold Edwin Darke
Conductor: John Rutter
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1911 ; England
9. There is a flower by John Rutter
Performer: Ruth Holton (Soprano)
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century
10. The Cherry Tree Carol by Traditional
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1820 ;
11. I wonder as I wander by John Rutter
Performer: Gerald Finley (Baritone)
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century
12. Candlelight Carol by John Rutter
Conductor: John Rutter
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1984 ; England
13. O Tannenbaum by Traditional
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
14. Tomorrow shall be my dancing day by Traditional
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; England
15. A Virgin most pure by Traditional
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
16. I sing of a maiden by Patrick Hadley
Conductor: John Rutter
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1936 ; England
17. Lute-Book Lullaby "Sweet was the song the virgin sang" by William Ballet
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
Period: Baroque
18. The Three Kings by Peter Cornelius
Performer: Nicholas Sears (Baritone)
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
Period: Romantic
19. Myn lyking by Richard Runciman Terry
Conductor: John Rutter
Period: 20th Century
20. O little one sweet by Traditional
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
Period: Baroque
21. All my heart this night rejoices by Johann Georg Ebeling
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
22. I Saw A Maiden (Basque) by Traditional
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
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