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Songs of Angels - Christmas Hymns and Carols

Robert Shaw , Robert Shaw Chamber Singers Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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listen  1. God Rest You Merry, GentlemenRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers 1:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Angels We Have Heard on HighRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. O Come, O Come EmmanuelRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. How Unto Bethlehem?Robert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Boar's Head CarolRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers 1:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. O TannenbaumRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers/Timothy Stalter 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Masters in this HallRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers/Donna Carter/Victor Ledbetter 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. My Dancing DayRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Away in a MangerRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers 1:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Good Christian Men, RejoiceRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Holly and the IvyRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers/Frank Timmerman 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Good King WenceslasRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers/Katherine Murray/Victor Ledbetter 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Wassail SongRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Bring a Torch, Jeanette, IsabellaRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Fum, Fum, FumRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers0:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Mary Had a BabyRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers/Christopher Cock 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Hacia Belen va un borricoRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers/Victor Ledbetter 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Christ was Born on Christmas DayRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers/Katherin Murray/Victor Ledbetter 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. March of the KingsRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Coventry CarolRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Deck the HallsRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. The Cherry Tree CarolRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers/Christopher Cock 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. We Three Kings of Orient AreRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers/Ronald Burrichter/Victor Ledbetter/Wayne Baughman 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Touro-louro-louro!Robert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. So Blest a SlightRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers/Donna Carter 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. I Saw Three ShipsRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. What Child Is This?Robert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers/Christopher Cock/Victor Ledbetter 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. SusanniRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. In the Bleak MidwinterRobert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Performer: Robert Shaw, Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
  • Audio CD (October 18, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003D0G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Beautiful Christmas Music! October 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Growing up in the sixties, I remember Christmas as a time when the family came together and ate, laughed, enjoyed the spirituality of the holiday, exchanged gifts and listened to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's album "The Holly and the Ivy". As an adult, I had perpetually been on a quest to locate a CD copy of said album, with no success. Over the course of the past few years, I have wound up with a collection of *HORRIBLE* Christmas music (Christmas jazz, Christmas rock, etc.); all the while knowing in my heart that perfection was out there just waiting to be found. While at work late one night, I was browsing through the Amazon.com music section and came across Robert Shaw. After reading the other reviews here, I figured that $20.00 or so wasn't too much to spend in my search of the "perfect" Christmas album.
There are not enough superlatives to describe this album. It is everything that I remember "The Holly and the Ivy" was and more! I would describe the music here as "serious" Christmas music, but that does The Songs of Angels a disservice. As another reviewer stated below, The Songs of Angels truly sounds like the "voice of God himself". The voices are phenomenal. The arrangement is exquisite. The song selections are perfect. This is what I had been searching for.
If there were more than five stars available for an Amazon.com review, I would give them here. If you are looking for the perfect Christmas album, your search is over.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely a cappella harmonies December 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The Robert Shaw Chamber singers perform this collection of Christmas hymns and carols without instrumental accompaniment. The chorus is absolutely superb. The soloists are what you could expect from a good Church `Messiah.'
As a strict Christmas traditionalist, I'm happy to say that none of the top ten Christmas carols as chosen by AOL subscribers made it onto this recording, e.g. 'All I Want for Christmas' - Mariah Carey, 'White Christmas' - Bing Crosby, 'The Christmas Song' - Nat King Cole, '8 Days of Christmas' - Destiny's Child, 'Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays' - *NSYNC, 'Happy Christmas' - John Lennon, 'Little Drummer Boy' - Bing Crosby & David Bowie, 'Where Are You Christmas' - Faith Hill, 'Oh Holy Night' - Nat King Cole, and 'Blue Christmas' - Elvis Presley.
Well, `Oh Holy Night' would have been okay.
"Fum, Fum, Fum," a traditional Catalan carol is probably the jolliest, most secular song on this recording, followed closely by "Good King Wenceslas." I love the part where the jolly bass king sings, "Bring me bread and bring me wine, etc." Some children might be confused when the same bass shows up for a few verses of "We Three Kings of Orient Are." They might ask you whether Good King Wenceslas was one of the three kings who followed the star to Bethlehem.
You may assure them that he was not.
Since many these songs are medieval in origin, they reference the Crucifixion as well as the Birth---a reminder of the solemnity of the season.
Also included is a traditional Kentucky Mountain Ballad, "The Cherry Tree Carol" where Joseph finally gets to sing a line: "Let the father of thy baby gather cherries for thee!"
When the cherry bough bends down and drops its fruit into Mary's lap, Joseph falls silent for the rest of the Christmas repertoire (as far as I can tell).
If you are a Christmas traditionalist like me, I think you'll enjoy playing this recording over and over again during the Holiday season.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Precise November 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When I was a kid, we used to listen to this album every Christmas (on vinyl). We often contrasted it with a Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas album we also had, the Mormons good for rousing anthems, Robert Shaw for more intimate and moving and, I think, more beautiful evocations of the Spirit of Christmas.
What continues to amaze me, and other reviewers have noted this, is the precision of the voices, of the diction, and the discipline of the dynamics. No voice standing out unless called for, all of them melding seamlessly into something so gorgeous I keep buying a copy each Christmas to give as a gift since it is my most precious thing to give (to those who love real choral singing, anyway).
I listen to it, not as background "mood" music as if in a department store, but almost reverently, with headphones on and with complete concentration. It just takes me away.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The voice of God himself! October 17, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is the best collection of traditional Christmas music I have ever heard. Buy this just for the last song alone: In the Bleak Midwinter. The first time I heard it, it stopped my heart. The beautiful words of Christina Rossetti, the arrangement and harmonies...it sounded like God to me. In all of his mercy, love and forgiveness, you'll hear God himself in this song.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites December 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
When I bought this album, I was looking for a classic Christmas album for a small ensemble. This fits the bill admirably. The music, arrangements and performers are all of the same caliber as Shaw's other recordings (such as The Many Moods of Christmas) but here we have the intimacy of a small ensemble, much more fitting to the music than the massive forces of the Atlanta Symphony Chorus.
The arrangements are by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw, dating from the 1950's. We also have a number of magnificent solo voices, which are absent from the Robert Russel Bennet arrangements. The soloists are superb.
If I had to pick a single Christmas album to see me through the holidays, it would be a difficult choice, but this would certainly be on my short list.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This will be one of my favorites or years to come
Songs of Angels is the perfect title for this CD. I only wish I had found it sooner. I will enjoy it every Christmas from now on.
Published 1 month ago by charles h groves
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas songs
An old fashioned Christmas! Beautiful Christmas CD. played allot throughout the Christmas Season. Enjoyed very much. Played in my car and home.
Published 3 months ago by MJMB
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Traditional Christmas music
Beautiful Traditional Christmas songs all sung a capella by a well-trained and professional choir. If only stores would play this music at Christmas time!
Published 3 months ago by Schwarzer Pilger
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Christmas music
This is a beautiful CD. I have given many copies as Christmas gifts. As I recall, it is all a capella.
Published 3 months ago by Marilyn McIntosh Blair
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Lovely Christmas music here, too. Shaw did wonderful arrangements of both old and new. Good to add to your collection.
Published 3 months ago by Merry
4.0 out of 5 stars A sensitive treatment of many old favorites plus a few novelties.
The songs sound like I wanted them to sound. Perhaps a little more imagination in the arrangements would be better, but the old favorites were very well done, occasionally with... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible CD of Christmas Music
This is a wonderful CD and I am glad I found it. Especially if you like old carols and music that is so beautiful to listen to.
Published 3 months ago by Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars After much consideration - this is the best Christmas CD. Ever
Each Christmas season, I play several dozen CDs, many classical and some more popular in style. I have owned this CD for at least 10 years and it is my favorite by far. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BookBaron
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, I made it to October then had to listen.
I found myself listening to a few selections on youtube and it finally dawned me... you love Shaw, you love EXCELLENT choral singing, and you love Christmas... go buy THIS!!!!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. Apperwhite
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs of Angels: Christmas Hymns and Carols
This is a very welcome addition to my collection of more than 200 Christmas albums, including those from foreign countries..
Published 7 months ago by Richard D. Kanenchen
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