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The Holly and the Ivy: Carols from Clare College

Clare College Choir Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 30, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041VV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. King Jesus Hath A Garden
2. Up! Good Christian Folk, And Listen
3. Gabriel's Message
4. Donkey Carol
5. Wexford Carol
6. Cradle Song
7. Child In A Manger
8. Mary's Lullaby
9. Ding! Dong! Merrily On High
10. Quelle est cette odeur agreable?
11. I Saw A Maiden
12. In dulci jubilo
13. In The Bleak Mid-Winter
14. I Saw Three Ships
15. The Noble Stem Of Jesse
16. The Crown Of Roses
17. Jesus Christ The Apple Tree
18. Omnis mundus jocundetur
19. Wassail Song
20. The Holly And The Ivy

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Initially released in 1979, this album built on the success of the legendary Carols for Choirs volumes in establishing John Rutter's name with the wider public, and it gave a strong hint that he was more than just a talented composer-arranger. As the many subsequent releases on the Collegium label have also shown, Rutter is a deeply sensitive and musical conductor, alive to the color of words, always allowing phrases to breathe naturally. The accomplished Clare College Choir features male and female voices, the latter providing a more rounded alternative to those world-famous neighbors in Cambridge. Included are many of Rutter's own easy-listening carol arrangements ("King Jesus Hath a Garden" and "Wexford Carol," for example), plus others by the likes of Vaughan Williams and David Willcocks, while "Donkey Carol" and "Mary's Lullaby" are quintessential Rutter originals. Only a few numbers can be classed (statistically) as all-time Christmas faves--the likes of "The Holly and the Ivy" and "Ding Dong Merrily on High"--but this needn't deter anyone from snapping up what is the perfect album to accompany Christmas pud mixing (preferably by candlelight, imagining the twilight scene in Ely Cathedral's Lady Chapel, whose glorious acoustic graces the sound). --Andrew Green

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The True Spirit of Christmas November 30, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I never get tired of listening to this, one of my all-time favorite Christmas albums. My kind of Christmas is listening to beautiful music performed by incredible English choirs, not so much the Rudoplph & Frosty things (although I am a sucker for that too!). This CD does not disappoint, and while I do prefer all-male choirs (those heavenly trebles and such), the inclusion of female voices does soften and sweeten the overall sound. A lovely addition to the Christmas Cd collection!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imported directly from Heaven! December 21, 1999
Format:Audio CD
One of the absolute best choral Christmas CDs I've ever heard. The performance of Wexford Carol, In the bleak midwinter, Gabriel's message are just incredible. The sensitivity of the singing, the arrangements, the selections -- it takes the breath away.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Christmas Album November 24, 1999
By emgIT
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had a vinyl copy of the import version ("Christmas from Clare" - now unavailable) and I'm so happy I found it under the new title. This album has so many unique qualities. There is some instrumental accompaniment, but it is clean and spare and devoid of the usual holiday bombast. The blend of the voices is perfect. Many of the selections are different from what usually clogs the radio waves in December. I can't really do justice to the beauty of the singing here, but it has a lovely peaceful quality that I treasure at this time every year.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After listening to this album once, I immediately ordered several copies to give as gifts. This beautiful disc conveys the joyful mystery of the Christmas season without a hint of commercialism. It is pure and simple, and quite soothing in the face of the chaos that the holiday has become.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the most beautiful music you'll ever hear! December 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I agree with all the previous reviews. This is one of the prettiest CD's I've ever heard. "Donkey Carol" caught my attention a few years ago when the classical music station played it during the Christmas season. It is so heavenly, you really think angels are singing to you! I also loved "Cradle Song", "Ding dong! Merrily on high", but all of the songs are beautiful. It really does have an almost "other-worldly" quality to it, and I'm not usually a large fan of choral music! Thanks to the other reviewers, I purchased the CD and was so happy I did. Highly recommended!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars traditional, and comfortingly so... August 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD
In a world where new is better and change occurs at an ever-increasing rate, it seems logical that seasonal music would be included in the rush toward mass marketing and commercial airplay. It is amazing, but not surprising, that "carols" which extol the virtues of an electrically-illuminated ungulant, or which humourously recall the tragic events surrounding the collision of an elderly woman and another ruminating creature of the forest should be featured so prominently in the playlists of the popular culture.

Tired as I am of such artistic efforts, Rutter's efforts in leading the Clare College Choir and Orchestra on this collection come at the right time and to the right place. This is true and beautiful music of the season: it is performed well and interpreted with Rutter's master's touch. For those of us whose tastes run to the traditional, this is welcome stuff indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Put another log on the fire December 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Another quiet and delightful Christmas cd to play on a snowy December night in front of a crackling fire and a scented candle with a snifter of cognac. "Donkey Carol" was one of my favorites. But check out "Child in a Manger", it's definately the inspiration for Cat Stevens "Morning is Broken" A beautiful cd worth listening to even after Christmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soul-stirring, warm music December 21, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the best Christmas album that I have EVER heard. It would not surprise me if it became for you the definitive album of Christmas. It was released in Europe under the title "Christmas from Clare," which is now available only from collectors. Good news though! This IS that classic recording. Buy this one up quick.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful singing by an English college choir make this an outstanding...
Carols can't sound more lovely than these sung by an English College choir.
Published 3 months ago by Vaski
5.0 out of 5 stars The Holly and the Ivy CD
I had lost my CD of "Holly and Ivy" when I moved. I did not realize it was missing until the Holidays. Read more
Published 8 months ago by clare e. roden
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
We bought this as a gift because we own it and think it one of the best Christmas DVDs we have ever heard.
Published 20 months ago by Karen Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Christmas CD's!
John Rutter has assembled a beautiful collection of old English carols with excellent performances by Clare College singers and musicians. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Bronte fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Christmas music
The service, price and product were first class. The Clare College group rivals Kings College Choir at Cambridge- great addition to my collection!
Published on February 3, 2012 by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars soothing Christmas music
We love this Christmas CD!!! It is worshipful and uplifting. We play it intermittently all year and never tire of it!
Published on February 16, 2011 by Sandy M
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Choir Music
I highly recommend this album. The harmonies are beautiful, and the boys choir performs well. The choir is disciplined and sing as one voice. Read more
Published on December 8, 2010 by Jannette
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good CD
If you really enjoy classical Christmas music, this is the disc for you! It is totally what I expected from John Rutter! Beautiful harmonies!
Published on February 5, 2010 by Steve Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect performance still fresh after 30 years
I recently renewed my acquaintance with this CD after purchasing one as a gift. Recorded in Ely Cathedral in 1979,it has one of the most smooth and calm performances of high... Read more
Published on December 24, 2009 by Dony Mccarthy
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
This CD includes many favourite carols, sung by an excellent choir, however, I felt that the quality of the recording was poor. Read more
Published on May 20, 2009 by Sharon Dann
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