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  • Performer: King's College Choir Cambridge
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Audio CD (September 17, 1984)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Argo / Decca
  • ASIN: B000004CVK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,599 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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92 of 92 people found the following review helpful By David A. Kemp on December 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This CD was digitally recorded in King's College Chapel, Cambridge, in 1984 and is 48:51 in length, rather short measure by today's standards. There are 16 traditional carols, with no orchestral accompaniment, no small group of instrumentalists; instead, what we have here is the archetypical Anglican performing ensemble of a small choir of exclusively male voices (boy sopranos and adult baritones) accompanied by organ. The King's College, Cambridge, choir, raised to a rare peak of perfection by their distinguished former choirmaster David Willcocks (five of whose arrangements are used here), is the most famous choir of its kind in England, has made many recordings, and is in splendid form here.
If you like this Anglican format (and I do), this is an exceptionally beautiful and well-realized recording of English Christmas music. The carols and the arrangements chosen, the performances, and the engineering are all beyond reproach. The soloists are exemplary; the boy sopranos with their vibrato-less, linear-toned young voices handle their high-lying part with that angelic purity, that ethereal, other-worldly quality, that seems a specialty of English boy choristers, and the arrangements display them to full advantage. And a note for audiophiles: the acoustic of King's College Chapel, Cambridge, is exceptionally well caught: large, live, and reverberant, yet clear and unmuddied (no mean feat); and the organ, while never particularly loud, reaches into the bottom octave for extremely deep bass that is clearly registered. Altogether a delightful Christmas CD, and a special treat for Anglophiles.
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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Yi-Peng on December 6, 2000
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The mark that the King's College Choir of Cambridge, England has left on classical Christmas music is as indelible as that of Bing Crosby on popular mainstream Christmas music, all because of the famous annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. It has made several carol collections, excluding four or five recordings of its famous Christmas service, and this 1984 collection is by far the best of all of them. Stephen Cleobury, who had only recently been appointed music director of the choir at the time of the recording, after serving a term or two as an organ scholar at St John's, carries on the tradition that Arthur Henry Mann and David Willcocks have shaped over the years as music director, but in addition, he breathes new life into the choral tradition. As a result, all carols sound fresh and new, even livelier, perhaps, than the Willcocks and Ledger recordings, and to add to this, the Decca recording made in the King's College chapel is truthfully and atmospherically balanced, with enough bloom on the sound but without beeing too reverberent or clouding in detail.

The opening track is, of course, Once in royal David's city. You would expect it to be presented as a processional, but this recording departs with tradition by presenting it as an interplay between the treble solo and the full chorus. The treble solo (in this case Robin Barter) sends shivers down the spine with his opening solo, and the advantage of this presentation is that every single word can be heard clearly, From there until the final carol, which is the eponymous title-track of this carol album, Stephen Cleobury and the bright, fresh, full-bodied voices of the choir allow us to unwind in a true, spiritually uplifting celebration of Christmas.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Halkides on March 31, 2001
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I wish I could give this disk 6 stars. There are many, many fine Christmas disks, and more that a few great ones, but there isn't one better than this recording. It is full of seldom-heard carols that deserve much greater recognition. The lyrics to "In the Bleak Mid-Winter" are among the most pertinent to the season, and the setting by Harold Darke emphasizes the last line by repeating it in an unforgettable way. "The Infant King" is tender, sad, and almost painfully beautiful. If it were the only carol on the disk, it would be worth every penny. "The Holly and the Ivy" is noteworthy, too. The Choir of King's College knows how to use its cathedral space to best advantage. Cleobury generally directs with faster tempi than Willcocks, and that may not suit everyone's taste, but the choir has never sounded better.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Garrison on December 9, 2004
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This is the first album I put on each holiday season while decorating. King's College Choir under Stephen Cleobury is magnificent always, but, in addition, this recording's uncanny fidelity makes the listener feel like they're right there in the stalls, eyes closed, listening intently. Indeed a page-turn during the second verse of Silent Night, as well as many combination action thumps/organ-stop changes from the imposing & beautiful Harrison and Harrison pipe organ are easily heard on this CD. That transparency is part of the joy of this recording. As well, several of the songs' descants are just awesome and the ensemble between the men and boys is astounding.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1998
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For years I have been searching for the best CD of Christmas carols from King's. This is it! Since King's itself is unsurpassed for Christmas music, this CD (in my opinion) is the finest one of Christmas carols in existence. If this doesn't blow your mind, nothing will!
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