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A Little Christmas Music

The King's Singers , Richard Hickox , City of London Sinfonia , Kiri Te Kanawa Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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listen  1. Here we come a-wassailingThe King's Singers/City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. It came upon the midnight clearThe King's Singers/City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Little Drummer BoyThe King's Singers 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I wonder as I wanderThe King's Singers/City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. We wish you a merry Christmas (West Country)The King's Singers/City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Es ist ein Ros' entsprungenThe King's Singers 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ding dong! merrily on highThe King's Singers/City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Stille NachtThe King's Singers 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. O little town of BethlehemThe King's Singers 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. A Little Christmas Music - Medley a la MozartDame Kiri Te Kanawa/The King's Singers/Richard Hickox 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Coventry CarolThe King's Singers/City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox 5:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Boar's Head Carol (c15th Century - 18th Century English)The King's Singers/City of London Sinfonia Brass Quintet 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. GaudeteThe King's Singers/City of London Sinfonia Brass Quintet 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Joy to the WorldThe King's Singers/City of London Sinfonia Brass Quintet 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Three Spanish Carols: Riu, riu, chiu (A carol of the Immaculate Conception)The King's Singers/Charles Fullbrook 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Three Spanish Carols: El nino querido (The Beloved Child)The King's Singers/Charles Fullbrook 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Three Spanish Carols: Villancico catalan (Peasants harvesting fruit greet the birth)The King's Singers/Charles Fullbrook 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Deck the HallThe King's Singers 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. The Wexford CarolCity of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. The GiftThe King's Singers/City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Patapan and FarandoleThe King's Singers/City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000002RRF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,661 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The King's Singers, a spinoff of the famous choir of Kings College, Cambridge, is a unique ensemble. Technically a close harmony ensemble, the addition of the countertenor gives the group a unique sound. While they are capable of unparalleled beauty, they can't play it straight for too long, and launch into humorous parodies and inventive variations when you least expect it.
Every christmas album draws from a large pool of songs we all expect to hear. The better ones add some variety, which is present here in spades not only in the material but in the arrangements. Unique features of this recording are a number of non-English carols including Gaudete and Riu, riu, chiu, as well as an original variation on Eine Kleine Nachtmusique (hence the album title). The use of dissonance in their arrangement of the Coventry Carol is a bit unsettling to these ears, but does not detract from the album as a whole.
Reviews of Christmas albums often contain the phrase, "If you could only buy one album . . ". Well, if you could only buy one album, this is probably not the one. This is not your father's Christmas CD. On the other hand, some of us appreciate a little variety now and then, and the quality of the singing here is so impeccable that this album is impossible to pass up.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among My Top 10 Christmas Recordings December 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
King's Singers maintains the highest standard for all those who aspire to create spine-tingling a cappella harmony. Somewhat akin to the small number of their peers worldwide, no style seems off limits to their abilities. But certain aspects set the King's Singers apart. Perhaps it is their early and consistent training in the English choral discipline, or the many, years of touring together in one combination or other. Their most remarkable quality is their quintessentially English sound -- the pipe-like tone produced especially in the mid- to upper registers -- that is at once remarkably free of vibrato, but still alive with overtones. If one listens closely to the solo parts, it becomes evident: the sound isn't produced merely by excellent group intervallic intonation, but by individual voices capable of producing overtones. Thus, it's the sound you can't hear that takes your breath away.
Because the recording is so excellent on the whole, one disappointment stands out: I wish that Coventry Carol had been saved for another recording. The dissonances conjure up distressing images at odds with the overall effect they seem to have been trying to accomplish with the recording, and I can certainly imagine that in another context, I might have been interested and emotionally moved, rather than unsettled and annoyed.
In any case, this has remained for years one of my favorite Christmas recordings, and I have to give it 5 stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Harmonies December 13, 1999
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love this cd. It is the King's Singers doing what they do best - close harmony with feeling and depth in performance. The only caveat I have with this cd is Patapan and Farandole. It gets a bit rambunctious and I'm not fond of the loud dissonances. It seems of out keeping with the rest of the cd, but just program your cd player to skip it. This is one wonderful Christmas cd.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a voice teacher and early music fan November 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
WELL!!!THIS IS DIFFERENT!!!!!

The King's Singers come to us steeped in the 500 year old English tradition of choral singing; and that's fine with me.!!!There are 6 singers in this group (the personnel change from time to time)namely: Jeremy Jackman and Alastair Hume (countertenors)- Robert Chilcott (tenor)- Bruce Russell and Simon Carrington (baritones) and Stephen Connolly (bass). They are very capably accompanied by the City of London Sinfonia and Brass Quintet conducted by Richard Hickox.

An added PLUS is the great Kiri Te Kanawa who sings an arrangement by Daryl Runswick entitled "A Little Christmas Music (Medley a la Mozart)". It's a hodge-podge of Mozart melodies sewn together in a rather haphazard manner, and meant to be humorous. I guess this type of composition does not appeal to me personally, and I'm sorry that Kiri's glorious voice was wasted. However, that's only MY opinion; I am certain others may disagree.

This album is really a mixture of Christmas tunes and that's partly what makes it interesting. And, of course it is masterfully sung by the King's singers;I enjoy all their discs; especially the recording of Gilbert and Sullivan tunes. Some of the arrangements on this disc are somewhat esoteric, and I'm not too fond of the very STRANGE arrangement (again by Daryl Runswick) of the Coventry Carol, but 'to each his own'. Their opening selection:"Here We Come a-wassailing" (arr. Robert Chilcott) is a great opening number and I must say that it's the best arrangement I have ever heard of this selection.

Let's face it:the KING'S SINGERS are perfection. But don't forget our American group:Chanticleer.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Very Mixed Bag August 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've often admired the King's Singers' performances, and of course they are a famous and accomplished ensemble, noted for the precision of their close-harmony singing, so I was looking forward to this CD. I regret to say that I find it a very mixed bag, on the whole disappointing. Unfortunately the reliable executant skills of the King's Singers are not matched here by their judgment and taste in choosing arrangements--perhaps there was too great a push for mixing it up, adding variety, "something different." The resulting arrangements are wildly uneven, some of them unattractive and tasteless in varying degrees from mild to dreadful. They range from the very good (bands 7 and 18: straightforward a cappella close-harmony, which is what these singers do best), to exotic (band 16), to schmaltzy (band 5), to busy (band 8), to campy (bands 11 and 19), to cutesy (bands 3 and 6), to terminally cutesy-poo (bands 4, 11, and 19). "Deck the halls," for example, is done in by its arch, cutesy-poo arrangement, as is "White Christmas," which even includes a bizarre, wholly gratuitous interpolation of a bit from Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kije, God knows why!
Band 12, "The Coventry Carol," the longest cut on the CD, demands special mention: it is downright awful. The annotator of this CD writes cosily, "And of course there are the old traditional English Christmas songs, all mulled wine and mince pies." Nothing could be less descriptive of what we get here, where the misguided, pretentious, weird, grotesquely ugly, far-out dissonant-modern arrangement does its utmost to pervert and spoil this lovely old English carol, twisting and distorting it into something almost unrecognizable; this cut is a real horror.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Replace an old CD
I purchased this item to replace an old CD that was well used. This is a lovely recording and so replacing the old CD was paramount to celebrating our Christmas. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Loves Books and Music
1.0 out of 5 stars Love their music... Usually
If they spent half as much time actually singing the music correctly as they did goofing around and intentionally singing off pitch, it might have got more than 1 star. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael M.
5.0 out of 5 stars King's Singers Christmas Songs
The King's Singers are impressive in any ocapella they do. But the Christmas album is especially entertaining and inspiring. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J David Baxter
4.0 out of 5 stars 90% great
The vast majority of this disc contains just what you would expect from the Kings Singers UNTIL you get to Track 11, "The Coventry Carol (Lully, lulla)" (16th-cent. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Marc K
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Are Wonderful, Some Are Strange
I love The King's Singers. They sing such a wide variety of music with such excellence! I compared two of their Christmas albums and decided to purchase this one. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Robert T. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Christmas Album Ever!
This is my favorite Christmas album ever. I searched the internet forever before I found it on Amazon. The King's Singers are one of my favorite groups. Read more
Published 22 months ago by C. Leasure
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Classic
Christmas Classic. This is one of our favorite Christmas Arrangements!!!! A must CD!!! There are those mass produced "Christmas" CDs that don't give you the feel of this blessed... Read more
Published on October 22, 2011 by Rich Shivers
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
The King Singers have done a great job again. Their guest singer has a beautiful voice that reminds me of Katherine Grayson. Read more
Published on December 13, 2010 by vikingwoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but Goodie!
The King's Singers are the best of the best and this 1989 digital recording of English choral music is my favorite Christmas album. Read more
Published on February 3, 2010 by F. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the music!
I grew up listening to the King's Singers. I love all their old stuff.
Published on January 27, 2010 by Rachel N. Miller
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