The John Rutter Christmas Album / The Cambridge Singers

Release Date: 9/24/2002
Label: Collegium
Catalog Number: CSCD510
Conductor: John Rutter
Number of Discs: 1

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$11.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews


Over the years John Rutter's Christmas recordings with his outstanding Cambridge Singers have become essential components of holiday tradition for choral music fans around the world. Throughout the 1980s and early '90s Rutter's legions of followers were treated to several now-classic CD albums for Collegium, including Christmas Night, Christmas with the Cambridge Singers, and Christmas Day in the Morning. It's from these recordings that the present program was drawn, with the addition of two newly issued tracks--Dormi, Jesu and Love came down at Christmas. Yes, if you already own those other discs, for completeness' sake and, well, just because it's a new Rutter release, you'll still have to have this one. And that's not a bad thing at all, especially since all of these tracks have been remastered in notably clearer, more vibrant sound than their 10- or 15-year-old predecessors.


The selections focus on Rutter's own compositions, with "a sprinkling" of his arrangements of traditional carols organized (in typical Rutter/Cambridge Singers fashion) into a thematically grouped program--Prologue, The Christmas Story, Christmas Night, Christmas reflections, Christmas Joy, and Epilogue--the latter consisting of a lovely setting of Silent Night, made for a 1988 BBC television production. And speaking of classics, among the 23 pieces heard here is Rutter's masterpiece, What sweeter music, a staple of Christmas programs everywhere (and a continuing presence in a popular series of Volvo commercials), sounding even more glorious than ever. [11/23/2002]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com

Works on This Recording
1. Wexford Carol by Traditional
Performer: Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
2. Jesus child by John Rutter
Conductor: John Rutter
Period: 20th Century
3. There is a flower by John Rutter
Performer: Ruth Holton (Soprano)
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century
4. Donkey Carol by John Rutter
Conductor: John Rutter
Period: 20th Century
5. Wild wood Carol by John Rutter
Performer: Gerald Finley (Baritone)
Conductor: John Rutter
Period: 20th Century
6. Angel's Carol "Have you heard the sound of angel voices" by John Rutter
Conductor: John Rutter
Period: 20th Century
7. Nativity Carol by John Rutter
Conductor: John Rutter
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963 ; England
8. Mary's Lullaby by John Rutter
Conductor: John Rutter
Period: 20th Century
9. Star Carol by John Rutter
Conductor: John Rutter
10. Candlelight Carol by John Rutter
Conductor: John Rutter
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1984 ; England
11. Shepherd's Pipe Carol by John Rutter
Conductor: John Rutter
Period: 20th Century
12. Christmas lullaby by John Rutter
Conductor: John Rutter
13. Dormi, Jesu by John Rutter
Conductor: John Rutter
Period: 20th Century
14. Love came down at Christmas by John Rutter
Conductor: John Rutter
Period: 20th Century
15. Sans Day Carol by Traditional
Conductor: John Rutter
16. I wonder as I wander by John Jacob Niles
Performer: Gerald Finley (Baritone)
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century
17. What Sweeter Music by John Rutter
Conductor: John Rutter
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1987 ; England
18. Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Conductor: John Rutter
Period: Romantic
Written: 19th Century ; USA
19. I saw three ships by Traditional
Conductor: John Rutter
20. Deck the Halls by Traditional
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
21. The very best time of year by John Rutter
Conductor: John Rutter
22. We wish you a merry Christmas by Traditional
Conductor: John Rutter
23. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor: John Rutter
Period: Classical
Written: 1818 ; Austria
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