Christmas Carols - Swr Vokal Ensemble
Label: SWR MUSIC
Hartmann, Bernhard; Czinczel, Sabine; Bossert, Frank; Drope, Kirsten; Rothländer, Lisa; Abele, Ekkehard; Winkel, Dorothea; Blumenschein, Stefanie; Nakaso, Wakako; SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart; Kaleschke, Johannes; Mayer, Hubert; Yudenkov, Alexander; Müller, Torsten; Wighardt, Wiebke; Creed, Marcus
In Great Britain Christmas carols are an integral part of Christmas just like plum pudding and turkey, paper crowns and mistletoe. They are sung in all big cathedrals and churches at Christmas, first and foremost in the time-honored chapel of King’s College. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols- a Christmas mass featuring King’s College Choir, nine short readings and, of course, carols- has been broadcast live on the radio every year since 1928 on Christmas Eve. The a cappella choir SWR Vokalensemble belongs worldwide to the best choirs, renowned mostly for its exquisite performances of modern music. This album however contains traditional, centuries old Christmas Carols, arranged by British composers like Benjamin Britten, Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Byrd, to name just a few.