The John Rutter Christmas Album by: John Rutter, John Rutter, Traditional, Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia

The John Rutter Christmas Album

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Publisher: Collegium
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Media: Audio CD


  • CD

Track List

  • Wexford Carol
  • Jesus Child
  • There is no flower
  • Donkey carol
  • Wild wood carol
  • Angels' carol
  • Nativity carol
  • Mary's lullaby
  • Star carol
  • Candlelight carol
  • Shepherd's pipe carol
  • Christmas lullaby
  • Dormi, Jesu
  • Love came down at Christmas
  • Sans Day carol
  • I wonder as I wander
  • What sweeter music
  • Joy to the world
  • I saw three ships
  • Deck the hall - City of London Sinfonia
  • The very best time of year
  • We wish you a merry Christmas
  • Silent night

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Editorial Review

The John Rutter Christmas Album brings together most of the composer's Christmas songs and carols as well as several of his festive choral arrangements, including a rousing "Joy to the World" and the energetic "I saw three ships". Most of the 23 tracks have been taken from extant discs on Rutter's Collegium label although two, "Dormi, Jesu" and "Sans Day carol", were recorded especially for this release.

Rutter's first two published compositions, written while he was still a teenager, were Christmas pieces for choir, namely the glorious "Nativity Carol" and the infectious "Shepherd's Pipe Carol". Although very different in character, these two carols (for which Rutter also wrote the test) display the composer's sense of joy and wonder at the Christmas story. More than 30 years later, those sentiments are still there in pieces such as the melting "Dormi, Jesu", commissioned by King's College, Cambridge for the 1999 Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

Under the direction of the composer, the youthful voices of the Cambridge Singers are on sparkling form, as are the City of London Sinfonia and vocal soloists Gerald Finley and Stephen Varcoe. This album deserves to be played over and over--and not just at Christmas. --Rebecca Agnew

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