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on 21 December 2011
This is a wonderful Christmas CD. The Kneller Hall Trumpeters play so beautifully; the Bach Choir under Sir David Willcocks sing so well. A must-have for Christmas-Carol lovers everywhere. I play this every year, over and over, in the Advent season. It starts my Christmas off so well!
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on 27 November 2006
Many of these carols had been recorded previously by the Bach Choir with the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, indeed the tradition of Family Carols concerts with the BC and PJBE date back to 1969, I believe. By the time this recording was made (1992?) the PJBE had disbanded and reformed as London Brass. However, for this recording, the now American based Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble do the honours and do so superbly. The Bach Choir, under the evergreen Sir David Willcocks, acquit themselves excellently as ever, But why, oh why were the fanfare trumpeters included when the GABE were perfectly capable of managing the fanfares by themselves (and no doubt they would have been more restrained and resplendent as a result)? The combined effect in the 'congregational' carols (i.e. O Come, Hark The Herald etc.) at times makes the choir almost redundant as they're obliterated by the sheer volume. It's not as though I necessarily blame the players because fanfare trumpets are (a) notoriously difficult to keep in tune (as confirmed by one or two moments in the opening fanfare to O Come) and just plain brazen in volume. Rather like the 1980 Decca recording with the PJBE, the 8 piece brass ensemble would have sufficed in conjunction with the organ. A shame because the rest of the disc is excellent.
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on 13 July 2014
A1 THIS IS THE ONLY CHRISTMAS CAROL ALBUM YOU NEED TRUST ME THEY ARE ALL HERE.
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on 8 January 2015
Not the latest trendy settings, but immaculate performances of lovely music by a fine choir. This has stood the test of time and will continue to do so.
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on 13 January 2016
Perfect for Christmas listening
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on 10 December 2014
Thank you!
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on 4 July 2013
How much crap can you write in these things , it is so off putting . wont bother again .... loved it
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