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Carols from Trinity Import


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Product Details

  • Performer: Choir of Trinity College
  • Conductor: Richard Marlow
  • Audio CD (July 16, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Conifer Classics
  • ASIN: B0000024F7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,560 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Sleepers, Awake
2. Advent Responsory
3. Wachet auf (Organ Solo)
4. Of The Father's Heart
5. Angelus ad virginem
6. The Holly And The Ivy
7. I Sing Of A Maiden
8. Ding! Dong! Merrily On High
9. O Come All Ye Faithful
10. There Is No Rose
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Wake, O wake
2. The Angel Gabriel
3. Noel: Chantons
4. Edi beo thu, hevene quene
5. A Hymn To The Virgin
6. Noel
7. This Is The Record Of John
8. A Child Is Born In Bethlehem
9. Once In Royal David's City
10. Rejoice, Rejoice In Christ
See all 29 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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This absolutely essential Christmas collection is actually a combination of two Trinity College Choir recordings originally released separately under the titles "Carols from Trinity" and "A Child Is Born," the latter of which is still offered as a single CD. This two-disc set is a great value, both financially and musically. Here are 53 of the finest, most popular, best-loved, and best-sung Christmas carols, anthems, and motets from medieval times to the present, performed and recorded in the wonderful acoustic space of the Trinity College Chapel. Unlike the choirs of Trinity's famous Cambridge neighbors, King's and St. John's colleges--which consist entirely of men and boys, Trinity is a mixed ensemble with female sopranos and altos. The tone, blend, and balance are exquisite and the combination of the three stands as an ideal, and the choir's ensemble technique and musicianship are unsurpassed. --David Vernier

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There are a few organ solo pieces as well, though these are quite short.
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Anyone who enjoys traditional Christmas music will enjoy this and I highly recommend it for the musical inclusion of Christmas traditions.
Rich Friesenhengst
I purchased this CD a 2 years ago for myself and I loved it so much I decided to buy it for my friend as a Christmas gift.
Karen M. Brown

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

93 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 24, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This is absolutely one of my favorite choral CDs. The choir does so many things so well. Diction and intonation are uniformly excellent, and above all the musical phrasing is exquisite throughout. If you like English carols, you really owe it to yourself to get this recording.
Note that there are two CDs on this recording--you get more than your money's worth of music. (I should point out that the choir does abbreviate some of the longer hymns--"Once in Royal David's City" gets cut down to three verses, for example--which I find slightly annoying but others may appreciate.) There is a variety of musical styles, including several hymns with descants, a little bit of Bach and some modern carol settings. There are a few organ solo pieces as well, though these are quite short.
I give this recording my very highest recommendation.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Josiah Fisk on March 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This recording looks back to the English choral tradition as it was in its heyday during the 1950's and 1960's, when The Choir of Kings College issued so many wonderful recordings under Boris Ord and Donald Willcocks.Kings is still in business, of course, but today Richard Marlowe and the Choir of Trinity College are better exponents of this tradition than Kings College itself, at least on the evidence of this recording. The choice of music on these two CDs is widely varied and the price is certainly right.Best of all, this recording can work for many different audiences, from those who know the English tradition, to those who know only the pop-inflected John Rutter version of it, to those who have never heard an English choir but can appreciate musical "comfort food," especially at Christmas time.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Ross on November 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have had the Carols from Trinity CD for years and,without doubt, it is the most delicious selection of Christmas music from the English tradition executed in the most exquisite manner. I also have A Child is Born, which, although splendid, is not as captivating as the first collection.

Particularly breathtaking are Richard Marlowe's gorgeous descants. They soar! Listen to "O Little Town of Bethlehem", it makes the back of your neck tingle! Similarly, "While Shepherds Watched" comes to new life in Marlowe's arrangement.

I have yet to find a finer set of Carols performed so flawlessly.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sean P. Doyle on April 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The disc 1 of this collection was first released over a decade ago, and it quickly became my favorite Christmas CD. So much so I wore it out(scratched from constant shuffling in and out of a myriad of Cd players).. I was delighted when it was rereleased with a second CD. The second CD isn't quite as memorable, but is an excellent collection of more obscure music than the first. Definitely add this to your Christmas list if you enjoy the "big", high church Anglican style... I sure do!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Yowell Yelvington VINE VOICE on August 7, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I note that there are already 18 customer reviews of this 2-CD album, and they unanimously deliver 5 stars! That seems a rather unusual occurrence, but upon listening I find myself in complete agreement. So why do I write? I want to comment on a few specifics not mentioned by the others, but which I think may be helpful to anyone considering buying the album.

First, let me give a rundown on the forces employed in each of the 56 presentations here. Specifically, I will show which are sung a capella, which are sung with organ accompaniment, and which are organ solos.

For CD #1 the a capella pieces are tracks 1,2,5,6,8,10,12,14,15,17,18,19,22,24, and 25. That's 15 altogether sung a capella.
Those sung with organ accompaniment are tracks 4,7,9,13,16,20,21,23,and 26. That totals 9 sung with organ.
Organ solos, played by Richard Marlow, are tracks 3,11, and 27. That makes 3 organ solos.
It should be noted that some accompanied pieces have sections performed a capella.

For CD #2 the a capella tracks are 1,2,4,5,8,10,11,13,14,16,19,20,22,25,28, and 29. That's 16 sung a capella.
The tracks with organ accompaniment are 7,9,12,17,18,21,23, and 26. That's 8 sung with organ.
Organ solos are tracks 3,6,15,24, and 27. That's 5 organ solos.
Again, some accompanied pieces have a capella sections.

From the above it is clear that most of the songs are done a capella, nearly twice as many as those accompanied by the organ. Organ solos are relatively few. To be precise, taking both disks together there are 31 songs done a capella, 17 done with organ, and 8 organ solos.

I should mention also that there are a few passages for solo voices, and though some seem a bit better than others, all solos are quite well performed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 20, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Not only are the recordings of both favorite well known and 'terribly British' carols some of the finest recordings around - made in Trinity College Chapel in the 1990s - but the price for this collection of 2 CDs is so inexpensive that everyone should own this release. The reason for the 2 CD set is that the recordings were made in two separate years and released singly as 'Carols from Trinity' and 'A Child is Born'. And another aspect of these performances is that they are sung by choirs that include both young boys and the full adult - soprano, alto, tenor , bass - choir. The result may put off some purists who believe these carols should be sung by choruses of men and boys only, and for those who prefer that sound there are many alternative recordings available. But for pure celebratory sound this chorus is as fine as they come.

Another aspect of this collection is the wide variety of music offered - organ solos by both Richard Marlow and Silas Standage, medieval plainsong and chants, and carols from throughout time. There are moments for contemplation and moments for rejoicing. The works included cover the entire advent season so purchasing the release now with comfortable settle into the home and festivities throughout the next months. This is a first class recording and at this price, it is not to be passed by! Grady Harp, November 11
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