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Any disc of Christmas Carols is hardly complete without the giants of that genre, the timeless congregational hymns. On this disc we offer five well-known pieces in generally familiar attire. These particular carols are not that far removed in form and mood from their early precursors.
The medieval carol was quite a different concept, however, to that which developed during the 19th and 20th centuries. Although many first-rate pieces have been written over the last 100 years, we have traveled a long way from the carols simple origins.
Interleaved among the various carols and Christmas anthems are six seasonal chorale preludes from Das Orgelb & uuml;chlein (The Little Organ Book) by Johann Sebastian Bach.The Choir of Manchester Cathedral consists of 16 trebles (boys and girls) and 9 lay-clerks who are all professional singers in and around Manchester. The trebles attend the renowned Chethams School of Music, which affords them an unparalleled musical education in a city known for its musical prowess.
In addition to singing the choral services in the Cathedral, the choir takes on a number of outside engagements as well as making frequent tours, most recently visiting Toulouse, Dublin, and Cumbria. The choir can also frequently be heard on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and on television programmes.
|1||02:45||O come, all ye faithful||Traditional|
|2||03:36||A babe is born||Mathias|
|3||01:09||Adam lay y-bounden||Warlock|
|4||02:23||Tomorrow shall be my dancing day||Gardner|
|5||01:51||Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich BWV 605||J. S. Bach|
|6||02:54||Once in royal David’s city||Gauntlett|
|7||03:11||Joys seven||arr. Cleobury|
|8||04:44||Noël nouvelet||arr. Jackson|
|9||03:10||O litle town of Bethlehem||arr. Vaughan Williams|
|10||01:10||Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ BWV 604||J. S. Bach|
|11||04:36||In the bleak mid-winter||Darke|
|12||04:41||Alleluia! Freuet euch||Hammerschmidt|
|13||01:14||Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 599||J. S. Bach|
|14||01:23||Herr Christ, der ein’ge Gottes Sohn BWV 601||J. S. Bach|
|15||03:46||The Coventry Carol||arr. Stokes|
|16||02:04||There is no rose of such virtue||Joubert|
|17||02:10||While shepherds watched their flocks||Traditional|
|18||00:45||Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her BWV 606||J. S. Bach|
|19||02:56||The littel road to Bethlehem||Head|
|20||02:37||The Three Kings||Cornelius, arr. Atkins|
|21||01:40||Puer natus in Bethlehem BWV 603||J. S. Bach|
|22||02:35||Small wonder the star||Paul Edwards|
|23||02:40||Ding! dong! merrily on high||arr. Paul Walton|
|24||02:27||In dulci jubilo BWV 729||J. S. Bach|
|25||02:39||Hark! The herald angels sing||Mendelssohn|