This recording, dating from 1994, features many standard Christmas Hymns, such as "Once in Royal David's City", "Ding Dong, Merrily on High", "O Little Town of Bethlehem", "The First Nowell" and "O Come all ye Faithful". Amongst items considered as choir carols are "Rejoice and be Merry", "What Sweeter Music" (Rutter), A Spotless Rose" (Howells), "The Lamb" (Tavener), "Quittez,Pasteurs" and "Illuminare, Jerusalem" (J.Weir). Two of the carols, "King Jesus Hath a Garden" and "In Dulci Jubilo" are preceded by organ works based on the carol tune. The one based on "King Jesus Hath a Garden" is by Flor Peeters and lasts over 7 minutes, which some may find a little intrusive on the choral element of the CD. The performances are what you would expect from King's College Choir, professional, well-sung and directed.You are likely to be satisfied with this recording but if you can only afford one Christmas Carol CD this year, I would go for either "Christmas Day in the Morning" with the Cambridge Singers, or "Christmas from Winchester" with the Cathedral Choir (see my reviews of both; these CD's have lit up this Christmas-tide for me.)
I get excited about Christmas around September/October time for no reason and this is a great CD to indulge in. Being in China where they don't celebrate Christmas only fuels me more to make my students get as excited about it as I do. Beautiful CD.