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Canterbury Carols [CD]

Canterbury Cathedral Choir Audio CD
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  • Performer: Michael Harris
  • Orchestra: Canterbury Cathedral Choir
  • Conductor: David Flood
  • Composer: Traditional, John Rutter, Théodore Dubois
  • Audio CD (5 Aug 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: York Ambisonic
  • ASIN: B0000058ZY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,606 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. O come, all ye faithful (Arr. Willcocks)
2. Sussex Carol (Arr. Ledger)
3. Stille Nacht (Grüber arr. Ledger)
4. Once in royal David's city (Alexander/Gauntlett)
5. Ding dong! Merrily on high (Woodward arr. Willcocks)
6. Candlelight Carol (Rutter)
7. God rest ye merry, gentlemen (Arr. Willcocks)
8. The three kings (Cornelius arr. Atkins)
9. O little town of Bethlehem (Walford Davies)
10. Good King Wenceslas (Arr. Jacques)
11. The little road to Bethlehem (Rose/Head)
12. Gaudete, Christus est natus (Ed. Wulstan)
13. In the bleak midwinter (Darke)
14. While shepherds watched (Tate)
15. Away in a manger (Arr. Jacques)
16. Hark! the herald angels sing (Mendelssohn arr. Willcocks)
17. Toccata for Organ (Dubois)

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Eternity suspended in an hour, Canterbury Carols offers the traditional English celebration of the Christmas message. You don't need to be a believer to be touched deeply by this programme, for there is something so unutterably English, yet at once universal, that the simple beauty of these carols can move even the most stoic Englishman to shed a tear.

Though virtually every one of the 16 carols is instantly recognised, there is no complacency. "Silent Night" is sung in the original German in a new arrangement with a fine lullaby quality. There is a dynamic treatment of the "Sussex Carol", and John Rutter's "Candlelit Carol" is clothed in majesty. "O Come all Ye Faithful", "While Shepherds Watched", "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and others are restored to glory, while "The Little Road to Bethlehem" is revealed as a modern classic. With fine choral and solo singing, and a closing Toccata for Organ by Theodore Dubois, this is as rounded and complete a carol service as one could hope for. The ambisonic recording certainly appears to lend great depth to the sound. The Choristers of Canterbury Cathedral is an anthology of classical Church music, while a refreshingly different seasonal celebration is A Danish Christmas.--Gary S Dalkin

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Canterbury Carols : The Chior of Canterbury Cathedral, Directed by David Flood. Michael Harris, Organ [Audio CD ].

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration 8 Feb 2010
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I first became aware of this album when listening to the radio one gloomy early December morning on the commute to work. The predictability of the journey however changed when I heard the rendition of Good King Wenceslas on this album. The piece was sung and played with a declaratory power which quite took my breath away. The descant variation of the last verse was one which I had not come across before and it quite literally acted as a spring board to launch me into the working day with a renewed enthusiasm. I found myself humming the descant in my head and smiling no doubt to the puzzlement of those around me. I bought the album and the collection is just a treasure. The real gem for me is the finale of the album which is Theodore Dubois' Toccata in G which is my favourite organ piece. It exudes with excitement and energy in such a way that its joy is simply contagious. If you love good clear crisp organ music with a clear and uplifting choral accompaniment, this is an album that I would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Canterbury CarolsCD, John Rutter 26 Feb 2010
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I gave this cd to various people for Christmas and the response has been positive. Without exception they have all derived great pleasure from the music. Many thanks
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