Best Loved Christmas Carols
 
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Best Loved Christmas Carols

October 5, 2004

$11.49
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  Song Title Artist
Time
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1
Once in royal David's city (harm. A. H. Mann; descant Willcocks) Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Ian Hare/Sir David Willcocks
5:17
2
Angels, from the realms of glory Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir Philip Ledger
2:37
3
Adam lay ybounden Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir Philip Ledger
1:08
4
O little town of Bethlehem (v.3 arr. Ledger) Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Francis Grier/Sir Philip Ledger
3:31
5
In dulci jubilo Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir Philip Ledger
3:28
6
The First Nowell Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Francis Grier/Sir Philip Ledger
4:53
7
I saw three ships (arr. Ledger) Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir Philip Ledger
1:44
8
Whence is that goodly fragrance flowing? Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Ian Hare/Sir David Willcocks
4:19
9
Quem pastores laudavere (unaccomp. version) Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks
1:58
10
Personent hodie Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Ian Hare/Sir David Willcocks
2:41
11
The Holly and the Ivy Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks
3:12
12
A Spotless Rose Gareth Morrell/Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir Philip Ledger
3:10
13
Away in a Manger Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir Philip Ledger
2:10
14
While shepherds watched (Este's Psalter, 1592; descant Willcocks) Choir of King's College, Cambridge/John Wells/Sir David Willcocks
2:51
15
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks
1:55
16
Up! good Christen folk and listen Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir Philip Ledger
1:17
17
In the bleak mid-winter Stephen Varcoe/Choir of King's College, Cambridge/John Wells/Sir David Willcocks
4:33
18
Ding dong! merrily on high (arr. Willcocks) Choir of King's College, Cambridge/John Wells/Sir David Willcocks
2:24
19
Silent Night Stephen Varcoe/Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks
3:05
20
It came upon the midnight clear (adapted & arr. Sullivan; descant Willcocks) Choir of King's College, Cambridge/John Wells/Sir David Willcocks
3:34
21
Weihnachtslieder Op. 8: The Three Kings Stephen Varcoe/Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks
2:42
22
I saw a maiden Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks
3:05
23
Sussex Carol (On Christmas night all Christians sing) Choir of King's College, Cambridge/John Wells/Sir David Willcocks
1:53
24
O come, all ye faithful Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Philip Jones Brass Ensemble/Ian Hare/Sir David Willcocks
4:45
25
Hark! the herald angels sing Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Philip Jones Brass Ensemble/Ian Hare/Sir David Willcocks
4:11
Disc 2
1
Matin Responsory: I look from afar Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir Philip Ledger
2:49
2
Come, thou Redeemer of the earth (Veni, Redemptor gentium) Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir Philip Ledger
3:32
3
I wonder as I wander Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir Philip Ledger
3:11
4
The Cherry Tree Carol Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir Philip Ledger
1:51
5
Gabriel's Message Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir Philip Ledger
2:33
6
Sussex Carol (On Christmas night all Christians sing) Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Thomas Trotter/Sir Philip Ledger
2:04
7
Stille Nacht! Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir Philip Ledger
2:58
8
Chester Carol (Maker of the heavens fair) Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Thomas Trotter/Sir Philip Ledger
2:47
9
A Babe is born Op. 53 Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Thomas Trotter/Sir Philip Ledger
3:12
10
A maiden most gentle Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Thomas Trotter/Sir Philip Ledger
2:48
11
I sing of a maiden (1985 - Remaster) King's College Choir, Cambridge/Francis Grier/Sir Philip Ledger
2:31
12
Myn Lyking Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Ian Hare/Sir David Willcocks
3:20
13
O come, O come, Emmanuel King's College Choir, Cambridge/Ian Hare/Sir David Willcocks
3:31
14
A child is born in Bethlehem [Ein Kind geborn zu Bethlehem] Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks
2:33
15
Hodie Christus natus est (Cantiones sacrae a 5, 1619) Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks
3:48
16
Hosanna to the son of David Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks
3:09
17
Gloria in excelsis Deo Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks
4:08
18
When to the temple Mary went [Maria, das Jungfräulein, ihr liebes Jesulein] Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks
3:37
19
Angelus ad virginem Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks
1:23
20
Angelus ad virginem King's College Choir, Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks/Sir Andrew Davis/Douglas Whittaker
2:38
21
Nowell! Nowell! Nowell! Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks
1:49
22
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks
2:30
23
That Lord that lay in assë stall Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks
1:32
24
Chorales & chorale preludes for Advent & Christmas (1989 Digital Remaster), In dulci jubilo: Chorale BWV368 [unaccomp.] Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks/Sir Andrew Davis
0:51
25
Chorales & chorale preludes for Advent & Christmas (1989 Digital Remaster), In dulci jubilo: Chorale prelude BWV729 Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks/Sir Andrew Davis
2:33


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 5, 2004
  • Release Date: October 5, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 Angel Records
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  • Total Length: 2:24:01
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  • ASIN: B0010ZHCCI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,272 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a voice teacher and early music fan September 23, 2007
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ECLECTIC CAROLS THAT TRANSCEND THE COMMONPLACE

Listening to these carols extracted from the various Festival and Nine Lesson services held in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge on Christmas Eve is incredibly inspiring and brings out the real meaning of Christmas and the joy of Jesus' birth. Why pick it apart??? They are recorded between the years 1969 and 1985. The conductors are firstly Sir Thomas Willcocks who directed the Choir from 1957-73 and Sir Philip Ledger from 1974-82. Both are excellent and I cannot tell the difference between the various choirs who would have had a different group of performers through the years.

The selection of carols is listed above, but I would like to mention a few that are most unusual because of their specific arrangements, and although they may be commonplace, sung by THIS choir, makes them very special. For example, the lovely descants(a higher part usually sung by treble voices in contrary motion to the other parts) added by each conductor,(usually brought in after the melody has been sung a few times) are present in several of the songs herein such as: 'Once in Royal David's City'- 'O Little Town of Bethlehem'- 'While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks'- 'It Came Upon a Midnight Clear'- and several more. Some very unusual (and possibly new to you) carols that I found tremendously attractive are: 'Adam lay ybouden' by Boris Ord (a former conductor of the Choir) - 'Personet Hodie' sung by the men of the choir- 'Quem pastores laudavere' 14th century German to name just a few. And then there were those that are somewhat familiar that I welcomed such as : 'A Spotless Rose' 14th century English- 'Tomorrow shall be my dancing day ' traditional English- and an American Carol that is not often heard in America 'Jesus Christ the apple tree'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day" November 27, 2011
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The King's College Choir fills the air with holiday classics with their immaculate vocals that can be heard within this collection of 50 carols appropriately titled Best Loved Christmas Carols. All of the well-known carols are included within this set, "Holly and the Ivy," "Away in a Manager," "Silent Night," "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear," and many more. Listeners will not be disappointed to hear the beautiful renditions of these most revered musical pieces.

There may be an array of holiday collections that have been released year after year, but for those seeking an alternative to the fast pace Christmas shake, rattle, and roll tunes, The King's College Choir may be a nice choice to relax and listen to during or after the holiday fair has winded down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop listening to them November 20, 2011
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While if you buy the CD you'll get the wrong musics on CD1, the electronic download is fine and I immediately fall in love with it. These songs are so good that I just can't stop listening to them since I started it. And here are my reasons:

1. The record quality is unbelievably good. Usually you don't find such a finely tuned recording at this price. But it's EMI anyway so it's as good as EMI.
2. Every single song is Christmas classic;
3. The choir of King's College choir is unsurpassed.

If you are thinking of buying the MP3 download of these carols, do you self a favor and download it now.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CD 1 Wrong Music December 20, 2004
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I put the CD in and was met by club music, I thought maybe it was some strange take on "Morning in the City of David" nope, the CD had been burned with the wrong image. I sent it back and received a new copy, it had the same issue. I listened to the second CD and loved ever moment of it, but until EMI/Amazon can rectify this issue, I cannot fairly rate it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Loved Christmas Carols January 21, 2014
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Chose this rating - quality of the music itself + the quality of the performance - selections include many popular carols with excellent arrangements of the music!

I have NO dislikes!

Great recording - gave it to friends / family for Christmas! Wonderful CD!
I would not hesitate to recommend this product to anyone! Young & Old!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good news and bad news... November 4, 2013
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I still have this item. it arrived in good condiiton and is still in good condition. I ordered an similar item recently but it was defective and has to throw it out....Not worth the time to return it!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cambridge's King's Singers! February 5, 2013
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Beautifully recorded and some of the most talented singing I've had the pleasure to listen to and enjoy. You'll find some traditional carols you may not be familiar with, but that will become your favorites!
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