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Best Loved Christmas Carols

October 5, 2004 | Format: MP3

$11.49
Also available in CD Format
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5:17
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2:37
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1:08
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4
3:31
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3:28
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6
4:53
30
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1:44
30
8
4:19
30
9
1:58
30
10
2:41
30
11
3:12
30
12
3:10
30
13
2:10
30
14
2:51
30
15
1:55
30
16
1:17
30
17
4:33
30
18
2:24
30
19
3:05
30
20
3:34
30
21
2:42
30
22
3:05
30
23
1:53
30
24
4:45
30
25
4:11
Disc 2
30
1
2:49
30
2
3:32
30
3
3:11
30
4
1:51
30
5
2:33
30
6
2:04
30
7
2:58
30
8
2:47
30
9
3:12
30
10
2:48
30
11
2:31
30
12
3:20
30
13
3:31
30
14
2:33
30
15
3:48
30
16
3:09
30
17
4:08
30
18
3:37
30
19
1:23
30
20
2:38
30
21
1:49
30
22
2:30
30
23
1:32
30
24
0:51
30
25
2:33
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 6, 2003
  • Release Date: October 5, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Classics
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  • Total Length: 2:24:01
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  • ASIN: B0010ZHCCI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,429 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By George Peabody VINE VOICE on September 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
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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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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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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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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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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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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I grew up in Cambridge and would go hear The King's College Choir sing on Christmas Eve when I was a child. It was such a treat, you could feel it is a tradition that goes back 100 of years. Now I live in America and they are a must in my home at Christmas. I like to put them in a shuffle with other Christmas music, so my American family aren't overloaded with King's College singers! There are so many songs on this CD, covers all you know and more, at such a reasonable price.
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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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