Carols From King's
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Choir of King's College, Cambridge / Stephen Cleobury
Recorded in December 2000 with true surround sound mix
Once in royal David's city
Quem pastores laudavere
In dulci jubilo
Angels from the realms of glory
In the bleak mid-winter
While shepherds watched
The Shepherd's Carol
The Angels and the Shepherds
Riu, riu, chiu
O little town of Bethlehem
The Shepherds Farewell
I wonder as I wander
Small wonder the star
Gloria in excelsis Deo
God rest ye merry gentlemen
Hark! the herald angels sing
Historic 45-minute recording of the 1954 King's Carol Service, conducted by Boris Ord
New 30-minute conversation between Sir David Willcocks, Sir Philip Ledger and Stephen Cleobury, the three Directors of Music at King's College since 1957, filmed in 2001
Carols only or complete service user options
plus carol texts from 2000 service
Extra features and readings with subtitles in French and German
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Carols From Kings turned out to be everything I had hoped it would be, and more. From the stunning visuals of the gorgeous cathedral to the expertly-recorded surround sound audio track that envelopes you with the beautiful music, this program did not disappoint.
The optional features of the DVD were also presented in a very thoughtful way. You can choose whether to have sub-titles displaying program information as the service goes on, or have them turned off so that nothing gets in your way of the enjoyment of the event. I found that watching with the sub-titles turned on took away a bit from the "you are there" experience. Another option allows you to view only the carols, skipping the readings, but I have not tried this, and probably won't. I also enjoyed the "fly on the wall" experience of the conversation between Sir David Willcocks, Sir Philip Ledger and Stephen Cleobury. You leave that "bonus feature" feeling privileged you had the opportunity to experience that historical moment. I also appreciated being able to see the 1954 service BBC broadcast film. It works in concert with the directors' conversation to exemplify how the service has evolved over the years.
When you are viewing the disc for the first time, I would recommend first watching the 2000 program, followed by the conversation between Willcocks, Ledger and Cleobury, then the 1954 program. The history of this magnificent event are better woven together that way.
Overall, this is probably one of the best DVD purchases I have ever made. It will no doubt become a Christmas tradition for many years... Unless A Blu-Ray edition of this program, or another Festival program is released sometime soon (hint hint).
The procession is resemblant of the ancient Christian church, with the Bible as the source for worship. Anyone seeking the spiritual meaning of Christmas, the quiet, penitent and uplifting message of Christ's birth will like this video. It is tops.
The carols are nearly all well known to regular listeners of the 9 lessons with carols and as usual, faultlessly sung. The camera work is good and the lighting is
most satisfactory at the beginning- it is daylight outside- and gets dimmer towards the end. The candle light is perfectly fitting for the scene. In all,I can only say
that it is a great production. I was most grateful for the speedy delivery to me in Australia
Secondly, the historic film of the choir under Boris Ord was extremely interesting.
I listened with joy to those early recordings many years ago.
The interview with 3 choir directors was entertaining but lacking in substance.
David Wilcox is or was of course the great architect of the carol arrangements and these are used in the carols from Kings presentation. Noel Griffith