Festival Of Nine Lessons & Carols. King's College
Label: King's College
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury
Bach, J S: In dulci jubilo (voluntary) Davies, T: Christmas Eve Dean, B: Now comes the dawn Gauntlett: Once in Royal David's city Goldschmidt, O: A tender shoot has started Hurford: Sunny bank Jackson, Gabriel: The Christ-child Mendelssohn: Hark! the herald angels sing Muldowney: Mary ('The night when she first gave birth') Ord: Adam lay y-bounden Praetorius, M: Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen arr. Jan Sandström Rautavaara: Christmas Carol Reger: Wiegenlied, Op. 79d, 1 Rutter: All bells in paradise trad.: Herefordshire Carol arr. Vaughan Williams In Dulci Jubilo arr. Robert Lucas de Pearsall A Virgin most pure arr. Stephen Cleobury Sussex Carol arr. Philip Ledger God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen The Holly and the Ivy arr. June Nixon While Shepherds Watched Ding dong! merrily on high arr. Mack Wilberg Tranchell: If ye would hear the angels sing Turnage: Misere’ nobis Villette: Hymne à la Vierge, Op. 24 Wade: O come, all ye faithful Weir: Illuminare, Jerusalem and nine lessons
With a TV and radio audience of millions, the annual broadcast of the Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols is an essential Christmas tradition for families all over the world. The debut album from the Choir of King's College, Cambridge's own label features a specially recorded performance of this evergreen favorite that includes many of the most well-known Christmas carols as well as new commissions from some of today's most popular composers. The choir's performance faithfully recreates the service, opening with a lone treble singing Once in royal David's city and closing with a rousing chorus of Hark! the herald angels sing. Each year, the choir's Director of Music Stephen Cleobury commissions a new carol, several of which are included on this album. In addition, John Rutter was commissioned to write a new carol All bells in paradise especially for this album. The Choir of King's College, Cambridge is one of the world's foremost choirs. It owes its existence to King Henry VI, who envisaged the daily singing of services in his magnificent chapel. The choir has been a breeding ground for numerous professional singers, many of whom will appear on forthcoming recordings from the new label.