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Carols & Compilations

Naxos has released many imaginative and beautiful albums of carols and other Christmas music, from ancient to modern, many of which have been critically praised for their quality and musical interest. And, of course, many feature the favourite Christmas carols we all love.


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NEW RELEASE IN NOVEMBER 2009!
In Terra Pax – A Christmas Anthology
English Choral Christmas Music by FINZI, HOLST,
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, HOWELLS, MATTHIAS
FINZI, HOLST, VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, HOWELLS, MATTHIAS
Williams / Doyle / Williams / City of London Choir /
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Davan Whetton

8.572102

Performances of carols both ancient and modern have become central to the celebration of Christmas. The choral music on this disc includes such evergreen works as Vaughan Williams’s Christmas Day and Howells’s Carol-Anthems, whose nostalgic mood is echoed in Finzi’s In Terra Pax, which recalls the pealing of bells at midnight on a frosty Christmas Eve, alongside music by Leighton, Joubert, Mathias, Gardner and Rutter. The City of London Choir, which enjoys an enviable reputation as a ‘leader among non-professional choruses’ (The Times), makes its Naxos début with this delightful recording.
Bethlehem Down
Trad. arr Rutter: Deck the Hall • Tomorrow shall be my dancing day • The Holly and the Ivy • Britten: The Birds • Corpus Christi Carol • King Herod and the Cock • French, arr. Carter: A maiden most gentle • Warlock: Balulalow • Bethlehem Down • The First Mercy • Carter: Sweet was the song the Virgin sang • Mistletoe Carol • Holst: A Babe is born • Now let us sing • Jesu, thou the Virgin-born • Salvator mundi natus est • Lullay my liking • Trad. arr. Rossiter: Sussex Carol • Hadley: I sing of a Maiden • West Indian arr. Slessor: De Virgin Mary had a baby boy • Head: Star Candles • Basque arr. Rossiter: The Angel Gabriel
Finchley Children's Music Group / Grace Rossiter
8.557581

Currently available only in UK / English speaking territories.
A Carol Symphony
Hely-Hutchinson: A Carol Symphony • Kelly: Improvisations on Christmas Carols • Lane: Wassail Dances • Standford: A Christmas Carol Symphony • Warlock: Bethlehem Down
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / Gavin Sutherland
8.557099

10/10 – Classics Today
Christmas Carols
As I Outrode • Away in a Manger • The Cherry Tree Carol • Coventry Carol • Ding, Dong, Merrily on High • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing • I Wonder as I Wander • In dulci jubilo • In the Bleak Midwinter • Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head • Joy to the World • Joys Seven • O Come, All ye Faithful • O little One Sweet • O Little Town of Bethlehem • Once in Royal David’s City • Rocking • Silent Night • Sing Aloud • Unto Us is Born a Son
Raymond Johnston, Organ / Robert Stringer, Treble
Worcester Cathedral Choir / Donald Hunt, Conductor

8.550589
Christmas Carols From Around The World [3 CDs]
Musica Ficta / German Boys Choir / Oxford Camerata
Worcester Cathedral Choir / Tewkesbury Abbey Choir
The Elora Festival Singers / Göteborgs Gosskör / Örebro Kammarkör
Ensemble 96 / Chorus Resonus / Philomela

8.503109
Christmas Carols From Tewkesbury Abbey
A maiden most gentle • Boris Ord: Adam lay y-bounden • Angels from the realms of glory • C. Kocher: As with gladness men of Old • John Wainright: Christians awake • Karl Leuner: Come, o come Emmanuel • Gabriel’s Message • God rest ye merry, gentlemen • Good King Wenceslas • I saw a maiden • Infant holy, infant lowly • Quelle est cette odeur agréable • Sans Day Carol • The first Nowell • The holly and the ivy • The little road to Bethlehem • The Shepherds’ Cradle-Song • The Shepherds’ Farewell • The truth from above
Choir of Tewkesbury Abbey School / Andrew Sackett, Conductor
8.553077
A Christmas Celebration [3 CDs]
Christmas Concertos • Christmas Goes Baroque •
Handel: Messiah Choruses
Slovak State Philharmonic / Peter Breiner / Bratislava City Choir / Capella Istropolitana / Jaroslav Krcek, Conductor
8.503003
Christmas Concertos
J.S. Bach: Capriccio from Suite No. 5 • Siciliano from Violin Sonata No. 4 • Suite No. 3 BWV 1068 • Corelli: Concerto Grosso ‘Christmas’ • Handel: Sinfonia from Messiah • Locatelli: Concerto Grosso Op. 1, No. 8 • Manfredini: Concerto Grosso Op. 3, No. 12 • Torelli: Concerto Grosso Op. 8, No. 6 • Vivaldi: Flute Concerto ‘La tempesta di mare’ RV 433 • Largo from Concerto for Flautino, Strings and Continuo RV 443
Capella Istropolitana / Jaroslav Krcek
8.550567
Christmas Festival
Tommy Banks: Gift of the Magi • J.S. Bach: Ave Maria  • Mein Jesu • Sheep May Safely Graze • Delius: Sleigh Ride • Glazunov: Winter (Variations I-IV from The Seasons) • Handel: Hallelujah Chorus (from Messiah) • L. Mozart: Musical Sleigh Ride (Schlittenfahrt) • W.A. Mozart: Sleigh Ride (From 3 German Dances) • Newman: The Greatest Story Ever Told • Prokofiev: Troika (Sleigh Ride from Lt. Kijé) • Traditional: Carol of the Bells (arr. Richard Hayman)• Christmas Festival Medley (arr. Leroy Anderson) • O Sanctissima (arr. Richard Hayman)• What Child is this? “Greensleeves” (arr. Richard Hayman)
Richard Hayman and his Pops Orchestra
8.555029
Christmas Goes Baroque
Adeste fideles • Alle Jahre wieder • Es ist ein Ros entsprungen • The First Noel • Get Up, Shepherds • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen • Good King Wenceslas • Jingle Bells • Jolly Old St. Nicholas • Kling, Glöckchen • Kommet, ihr Hirten • Little Drummer Boy • O du fröhliche • O Tannenbaum • Silent Night • We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Slovak State Philharmonic / Peter Breiner, Conductor
8.550301
Christmas Goes Baroque II
Angels We have Heard on High • Away in a Manger • Carol of the Bells • Carol of the Birds • Deck the Halls • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing • How Far is it o Bethlehem • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel • Santa Claus is Coming to Town • The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy • What Child is This • While Shepherds Watched • White Christmas
Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia / Peter Breiner
8.550670
Christmas Piano Music
Anderson: Sleigh Ride • J.S. Bach: Sinfonia ‘Shepherds’Music’ from Christmas Oratorio • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (transcribed by Hess) • Liszt: Weihnachtsbaum • Lyapunov: Fêtes de Noël Op. 41 • Rebikov: Waltz, from Yolka (The Christmas Tree) • Reger: Weihnachtstraum • Tchaikovsky: December – Noël from The Seasons
Eteri Andjaparidze, Piano
8.553461
Christmas With Paul Plishka
Angels We Have Heard on High • Away in a Manger • Cold December • Gesu Bambino • Organ Solo: From Heaven Above • Go Tell It on the Mountain • God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen • Good Christian Men Rejoice • Good King Wenceslas • Hark, the Herald Angels • He is Born • Holly and the Ivy • I saw Three Ships • I Wonder as I Wander • Infant Holy, Infant Lowly • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear • Lo, How a Rose • Love Came Down at Christmas • O Holy Night • O How Joyfully • O Little Town of Bethlehem • O Tannenbaum Once Again • Silent Night • Ukrainian Carol • We Wish you a Merry Christmas • When Christmas Morn
Paul Plishka, Bass / Marble Collegiate Church Choir / Camellia Johnson, Soprano Soloist / Richard Erickson, Organist and Conductor
8.553506
Christmas With Winchester College Chapel Choir
Praetorius: Come, thou Redeemer of the earth • Bennett: Out of your sleep • Tavener: The Lamb • Weir: Illuminare, Jerusalem • Anon.: O come, all ye faithful • J.S.Bach: Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 42 • Kyrie from Mass in G BWV 236 • Herr, der du stark und mächtig bist from
Cantata BWV 10 • Jesus bleibet meine Freude from Cantata BWV 147 • Handel: Messiah (Excerpts) • Mason: Joy to the World
Sara Macliver, Soprano / Winchester College Chapel Choir
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra  / William Lacey, Conductor

8.557965

ALSO AVAILABLE ON NAXOS DVD 2.110512
A Classic Christmas [5 CDs]
Handel: Messiah (Choruses) • Christmas Goes Baroque I & II • Christmas Carols • Christmas Concertos
Various artists
8.505023
A Danish Christmas
Carols by Nielsen, Gade, Weyse, Hartmann Lange-Müller and others - Blomstre som en rosengard (Like a rose garden) •    Julen har bragt velsignet bud (Christmas has brought a blessed message) • Julebudet til dem, der bygge (The Christmas message) • I sne star urt og busk i skjul (The bushes are hidden in snow) • Kimer, I klokker (Ring out, ye bells) •Der er ingenting i verden sa stille som sne (Nothing in the world is as quiet as snow) • Det kimer nu til julefest (Bells ring out for the Christmas feast) • Gammel julesang (Old Christmas Song) • Velkommen igen, Guds engle sma (Welcome again, God's little angels) • Barn Jesus i en krybbe la (The Jesus Child lay in a manger) • Her kommer, Jesus dine sma (Here come your little ones, Jesus) • Mit hjerte altid vanker (My heart always wanders) • Lovet vaere du, Jesus Krist (Praise be to you, Jesus Christ) • Vor Jesus kan ej noget herberg finde (Our Jesus can find no lodging) • Nu vil vi sjunge og vaere glad (Now shall we sing and be glad) •Dejlig er den himmel bla (How beautiful is the blue sky) • Et lidet barn er lysteligt (A little child so delightful) • I denne sode juletid (At this sweet Christmas time) • Sneflokke kommer vrimlende (Snow-flakes come streaming) • Spurven sidder stumt bag kvist (The sparrow sits silently in the eaves) • Nu kom der bud fra englekor (Now comes a message from the angel choir) • Skyerne grane (The clouds turn grey) •  Lad det klinge sodt i sky (Let the clouds sweetly resound) • Der er noget i luften (There is something in the air) • Velkommen igen, Guds engle sma (Welcome again, God's little angels) • Imellem nattens stjerner (Among the stars of night) • Nu ville vi os samle (Now let us gather) • Det er hvidt herude (It is white out here) • Nu kom der bud fra englekor (Now comes a message from the angel choir) • Spurven sidder stumt bag kvist (The sparrow sits silently in the eaves) • Juletraeet med sin pynt (The Christmas tree with its decorations) • Sikken voldsom traengsel - Nu er det jul igen (What a great throng and noise - Now it is Christmas…) • Vaer velkommen, Herrens ar (We welcome our Lord's new year)
Musica Ficta / Bo Holten, Conductor
8.554627

‘It's one of the most beautiful and original Christmas CDs of the year.’ (Répertoire)
Gabriel’s Message
One Thousand Years of Carols - Once in Royal David's City • In the Bleak Midwinter • In Dulci Jubilo (arr. Robert L. Pearsall)   Away in a Manger (arr. Donald Hunt) • Coventry Carol • Good King Wenceslas • The Truth Sent from Above (arr. Reginald Jacques)  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (arr. David Willcocks) • Gabriel's Message (arr. David Willcocks) • The Holly and The Ivy (arr. Wolford Davies) • O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) • King Jesus Hath a Garden • Silent Night • Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (arr. David Willcocks) • Jesus Christ the Apple Tree • What sweeter music  • Ding, Dong Merrily On High (arr. David Willcocks) • A Hymn to the Virgin • God is with us • Hark the Herald Angels Sing (arr. Noel Edison)
Robert Stringer, Treble / Worcester Cathedral Choir / Donald Hunt, Conductor / Tewkesbury Abbey Choir / Andrew Sackett, Conductor
Elora Festival Singers / Noel Edison, Conductor

8.554723
Joy To The World
Once in Royal David's City • Unto us is born a Son (arr. David Willcocks) • Ding-dong merrily on high (French) • In dulci jubilo (arr. Robert L. Pearsall) •The holly and the Ivy (ARR. Walford Davies) • As with gladness men of old • Angels from the realms of glory (arr. David Willcocks) • Coventry Carol • The First Nowell (arr. David Willcocks) • I wonder as I wander (arr. John Rutter) • In the Bleak Midwinter • Rocking • Gaudete Christus est natus • Jesus Christ the apple tree  • Away in a manger (arr. Donald Hunt) • Silent night • Joy to the world • Sing aloud (arr. Gustav Holst) • Hark the herald angels sing (arr. David Willcocks) • O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
Robert Stringer, Treble / Worcester Cathedral Choir / Donald Hunt, Conductor / Raymond Johnston, Organ / Tewkesbury Abbey Choir
Andrew Sackett, Conductor / Michael Bloss, Organ / Elora Festival Singers
Noel Edison, Conductor /Oxford Camerata / Jeremy Summerly, Conductor

8.557160
Merry Christmas
The First Noel • Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (Silent Night) • Good King Wenceslas • What Child Is This • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring • We Three Kings of Orient Are • O Tannenbaum • Jingle Bells • Rejoice, ye Heavens • Away in a Manger • It came upon a Midnight Clear • Jolly Old Saint Nicholas • Der Tag, der ist so freundenreich • While Shepherds Watched • God rest ye, Merry Gentlemen • In dulci jubilo • Up on the House Top • O Little Town of Bethelehem • Es ist ein Ros' Entsprungen (The World's Fair Rose) • Stille Nacht (Silent Night) • Deck the Halls • Praise God, ye Christian Men • We Wish You a Merry Christmas • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing • From Heaven on High • Adeste fideles • Angels We Have Heard on High • Joy to the World
Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, Kosice / Alfred Walter, Conductor
German Boys Choir / Wolfgang Rubsam, Organ

8.550188
The Mystery of Christmas
The Huron Carol (arr. R. Anderson) • Ring-a the News • O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) • In the Bleak Midwinter • The Three Kings • King Jesus hath a Garden • Silent Night • Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day (arr. D. Willcocks) • Laudate Dominum • Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël • Ding, Dong Merrily on High (arr. D. Willcocks) • Jesus Christ the Apple Tree • What sweeter music • The Linden Tree Carol • A Hymn to the Virgin • Star in the South (arr. Malcolm Sargent) • Hark the Herald Angels Sing (arr. Noel Edison) • God is with us: A Christmas Proclamation
Michael Bloss, Organ / Elora Festival Singers / Noel Edison, Conductor
8.554179

‘This is a quite splendid disc. The singing is superb throughout, the programme is imaginative and enterprising and the performances are captured in excellent sound. This will make an excellent Christmas present for a musical friend. Better still, buy two copies and treat yourself too. Happy Christmas!’ (MusicWeb International)
The Naxos Book of Carols Vol 1
Alleluya - a new work • Away in a manger • Baby Jesus, hush! now sleep • The holly and the ivy • Ding! dong! merrily on high • Good King Wenceslas • Hail to the Lord’s Anointed • Hark! the herald angels sing • I saw three ships come sailing in • In dulci jubilo • Jesu, the very thought is sweet • Lo! He comes • Lo, there a Rose is blooming • O come, all ye faithful • O come, o come, Emmanuel • O little town of Bethlehem • O quickly come • Of the Father’s heart begotten • Personent hodie • Silent night • The Song of Angels • Verbum Patris umanatur, O, O • We three kings of Orient are • While shepherds watched
Nicholas Chalmers, Organ / Tonus Peregrinus / Antony Pitts, Conductor
8.557330

‘Collectively, this sequence of carols is almost an assembled oratorio, expertly dissolved in the Spirit.’ (Allaboutjazz.com)
The Night Before Christmas
Coleridge-Taylor: Christmas Overture • Massenet: The Last Sleep of the Virgin • Lane: Overture on French Carols • The Night before Christmas • Nicolai: Christmas Overture • Carmichael: Sleighride to Thredbo • Liszt: The Christmas Tree Suite • Lighting the Carols • În Olden Times • Games • Bedtime • Carwithen: On the Twelfth Day
Stephen Fry, Narrator / BBC Singers / BBC Concert Orchestra
Barry Wordsworth, Conductor

Christmas 8.570331

‘This is a grand alternative to the usual ‘Christmas Album’, and Naxos deserve plaudits for combining commercial attractiveness with a net cast wide, catching all kinds of unusual repertoire for our seasonal entertainment. Does it go without saying that the recording is excellent and the performances spotless? No, because this will be the second time I’ve said it, so it must be true.’ (MusicWeb International)
O Holy Night (En la fête de Noël)
Sainte Nuit , Silent Night • La Nuit (The Night) • Noël nouvelet (Christmas Comes Anew) (arr. G. Moineau) • Noël nouvelet  (Christmas Comes Anew) •  Allons, gay, gay, bergères (Let Us Go, Merry Sheperdesses) • Pastourelles, pastoreaux (Noël andevin) Angevin Carol (arr. G. Aubanel) • Ah! Quel grand mystère (Oh, What a Great Mystery! )(arr. R. Daveluy) • Ça bergers (So, Shepherds!) (arr. R. Daveluy) • Les anges de nos campagnes (Angels In Ours Fields) (arr. R. Daveluy) • Le sommeil de l'enfant Jesus (The Sleep of the Infant Jesus) (arr. R. Daveluy) • Dans cette étable (In This Manger) (arr. R. Daveluy) •   Il est né le divin enfant (The Divine Child is Born) (arr. R. Daveluy) • Venez mes enfants (Come, my Children) (arr. D. Patriquin) • Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (What is That Lovely Perfume?) (arr. D. Patriquin) • Tous les bourgeois de Châtres (All the People of Chatres) (arr. D. Patriquin) • Au Saint Nau (Poitiers Carol) (arr. G. Aubanel) • C'etait la veille de Noël (It was on Christmas Eve) (arr. G. Moineau) • Jesous Ahatonhia (Huron Carol )(arr. H. Willan) • Noël ukrainien (Ukrainian Carol) • There is a Flower (arr. J. Rutter) • Yuletide Fires • Bel astre que j'adore (Fair Star that I Adore) (arr. M. Dela) • Adeste Fideles
(O Come All Ye Faithful)
La Petite Bande de Montreal / Martin Dagenais, Conductor
8.554435

‘Grave or naïve, spiritual or emotional, languorous or merry, all the Christmas carols of our former mother country are charming, exalting the true poetical expression which reveals this people's very soul.’
(Ernest Myrand, Quebec, 25 December 1899)
A Roman Christmas
Stradella: Sonata in D major for Trumpet and Strings • Marcello: Oboe Concerto in D minor • A Scarlatti: O di Bethlemme altera poverta • Albinoni:  Oboe Concerto in D minor Op 9 No 2 • Corelli: Concerto Grosso in G minor Op 6 No 8 ‘Christmas Concerto’
Jurgen Schuster, Trumpet / Stefan Schilli, Oboe
Maya Boog, Soprano / Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Helmut Muller-Bruhl, Conductor

8.551077

 ‘You just have to love music like this—tuneful and exceptionally well crafted, these little concertos and cantata were, after all, intended for the pure enjoyment of an ordinary, if musically well-informed audience.’ (Classics Today)
A Star Over Bethlehem
Bach: Brich an, O schones Morgenlicht from Christmas Oratorio • Dirksen: Chanticleer • In dulci jubilo (arr. John Rutter) • Poston: Jesus Christ the Apple Tree • Bach: In Dir ist Freude • Bach: O Jesulein suss  • Pachelbel: Von himmel hoch • Bach: Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern excerpts • He's Got the Whole World in His Hands (arr. Margaret Bonds) • Dupré: In dulci jubilo • Howells: A Spotless Rose • Reger: Maria Wiegenlied • Mendelssohn:  There Shall a Star Come Out of Jacob • Deck the Halls (arr. James McKelvy) • Walters: Babe of Bethlehem • Bach: Pastorale, Second Movement • Liguori: Tu scendi dalle stelle (arr. Walter Ehret) • Here We Come a-Wassailing (arr. John Ritter) •   Kling, Glockchen (arrs. Ehret, Levalier) • Bach: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme • Gardner: Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day • Schütz: Hodie Christus natus est • MacGimsey: Sweet Little Jesus Boy
Janice Chandler, Soprano / James Shaffran , Baritone
J. Reilly Lewis, Organ / Joseph Holt, piano / Dotian Levalier, harp
Washington Choral Arts Society / Washington Choral Arts Society Orchestra
Norman Scribner, Conductor

8.555049

‘Jewels indeed. And the singing ain't bad either. This is another in a very satisfying group of recent Christmas choral discs that strive to offer some terrific, rarely recorded "gems" along with a welcome mix of familiar—but mostly not too familiar—pieces…The sound, optimally recorded in an ideal church setting, is excellent.’ (Classics Today)
On The Way To Bethlehem
Music of the Medieval Pilgrim - Angelus ad virginem • Beata progenies • Bog se rodi va Betleme • Dinaresade • Düdül • Edi be thu, Heven-Queene • Kod Betlehema • Koleda na Bozic • Mari stanko • Mevlâna • Nevestinko oro • Quinte Estampie real • Sei willekommen herre Christ • Urbs beata Ierusalem
Ensemble Unicorn, Vienna / Ensemble Uni Wytars
8.553132
The Black Madonna
Pilgrim Songs from the Monastery of Montserrat (1400 - 1420) - Cuncti simus concanentes • Quant voi la flor novele • A Madre do que a bestia • Amours, ou trop tart me sui pris • Quant ay lomon consirat • Mariam, matrem Virginem • O Virgo splendens •  Tanto son da groriosa • Comencerai a fere un lai • Cantiga de Santa Maria No 77 • O Maria, maris stella • Los set gotxs
Belinda Sykes, Voice / Bernhard Landauer, Countertenor
Ensemble Unicorn / Michael Posch

8.554256

‘The Vienna-based ensemble, specializing in early music, has recorded a delightful selection of songs honouring The Black Madonna. (Gramophone)
An Evening Hymn
Music for Solo Treble - Bax: A Christmas Carol • Duruflé: Pie Jesu • Herrick: Litany to the Holy Spirit • Ireland: The Holy Boy • Mendelssohn: Geistliches Lied • Purcell: An Evening
Hymn • Rodney Bennett: The Aviary • Warlock: Balulalow
Oliver Lepage-Dean, Treble / The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge
Christopher Whitton, Organ / Christopher Robinson, Director and Piano

8.557129

‘His [Oliver Lepage-Dean’s] voice is well recorded: firm and even, true in pitch, pure in quality. In two items he sings, as soloist, with the choir: Stanford's G Major Magnificat (the treble's violin concerto) and Mendelssohn's Geistliches Lied (consolation-prize for not having Hear my prayer). In both, the solo voice blends admirably while fully justifying its pre-eminence.’  (Gramophone)
English Choral Music [2 CDs]
Stanford: Magnificat in G • Nunc Dimittis in G • Justorum Animae • Elgar: Ave verum • Give unto the Lord • Vaughan Williams: The Call • Howells: The St Pauls Service • Magnificat • Nunc Dimittis • Paean • Take him, earth, for cherishing • Hurford: Litany to the Holy Spirit • Finzi: Welcome Sweet and Sacred Feast • God is gone up • Rubbra: Tenebrae Motets - Third Nocturn • Magnificat in A flat • Walton: Set me as a seal upon thine heart • Coronation Te Deum • Gloria from Missa Brevis • Britten: Hymn to the Virgin • Jubilate Deo • Hymn to St Cecilia • Berkeley: The Lord is my Shepherd • Crux Fidelis • Look up, sweet Babe • Leighton: Magnificat • Nunc Dimittis • An Easter Sequence - Sortie • Tavener: The Lamb • The Lords Prayer • Song for Athene
Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge / Christopher Robinson, Conductor
8.557557-58

‘Another Naxos compilation and a very welcome one for several reasons. Firstly, it features a top male choir consistently on peak form. Secondly, it allows us an opportunity to investigate ‘the best of the choir’s CDs of the last few years. These have been of the English choral tradition as exemplified by Stanford and Howells - the staple diet of any cathedral choir. This double album will give an ideal guide to 20th Century English Cathedral Music.’ (MusicWeb International)
Faire Is The Heaven
Hymns & Anthems - Slater: Jesu, the very thought of Thee • Willan: Gloria Deo per immensa saecula • I beheld her • Fair in face • Rise up, my love • Campbell: Sing we merrily unto God
our strength • Howells: Te Deum • Wesley: O Thou who camest from above • Raminsh: Ave verum corpus • Ireland: My song is love unknown • Mozart: Ave verum corpus • Kelly: Magnificat • Monk: Abide with me • Mendelssohn: Verleih uns Frieden • Harris: Faire is the
Heaven • Scholefield: The day Thou gavest
Choir of St John’s Church, Elora / Noel Edison, Conductor
8.557037

‘Given the beautiful singing and the crystal-clear Naxos recording, this is an immensely rewarding disc.’ (Gramophone)
Magnificat
Music for reflection and meditation – Settings of the Magnificat by Geoffroy, Howells, Merulo, Mozart, Rheinberger, Tomkins & Willaert
Various Artists including Capella Brugensis, Grupo Vocal Gregor, Oxford Camerata, St. John's College Choir, Cambridge, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense
8.556710
Christmas From A Golden Age
Original recordings 1925-1950
Handel:  Comfort ye my people, Ev'ry valley shall be exalted & He shall feed his flock from Messiah • Adeste fideles • Martin: The Holy Child • Gounod/Bach: Ave Maria • Luce:  O salutaris • Luce /Reger: Ninna-Nanna della Vergine ‘The Virgin's lullaby’ • Yon: Gesu Bambino •Der Tannenbaum • Humperdinck: Weihnachten • Gruber:  Stille Nacht (Silent Night) • Adams: The Star of Bethlehem • Coventry Carol • Go Tell it on the Mountain • Little Child of Mary •  I wonder as I wander • El Cant des Ocells • Warren: Christmas Candle • Riego: A star was his candle • Redner: O Little Town of Bethlehem • Adam: Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night) • Berlin: White Christmas
Aksel Schiotz, Tenor / Studio orchestra / Mogens Woldike, Conductor
Margarete Matzenauer, Contralto / Studio orchestra
Rosario Bourdon, Conductor / John McCormack, Tenor  / Trinity Choir
Studio orchestra  / Rosa Ponselle, Soprano / Studio orchestra
Marcel Journet, Bass  / Studio orchestra / Claudia Muzio, Soprano
Studio orchestra / Lorenzo Molajoli, Conductor / Giovanni Martinelli, Tenor
Ladies Chorus /Studio orchestra/ Hulda Lashanska, Soprano
Paul Reimers, Tenor / Studio orchestra Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Contralto / Studio orchestra / Stewart Wille, Organ / Richard Crooks, Tenor
Studio orchestra / Elisabeth Schumann, Soprano / Studio orchestra
Dorothy Maynor, Soprano / Studio chorus / John McCormack, Tenor
Edwin Schneider, Piano / Gladys Swarthout, Contralto
RCA Victor Orchestra / Milton Katims, Conductor
Victoria de los Angeles, Soprano / Graciano Tarrago, Guitar
Renata Tarrago, Guitar / John Charles Thomas, Baritone
Carroll Hollister, Piano / Lawrence Tibbett, Baritone / Stewart Wille, Piano
Richard Crooks, Tenor / Clarence Dickinson, Organ / Georges Thill, Tenor
Studio chorus / Studio orchestra / Armand Bernard, Conductor

8.110296

Not available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions


Naxos DVDs

Christmas Goes Baroque
Silent Night • We Wish You A Merry Christmas • Jingle Bells • Kommet, ihr Hirten • Alle Jahr wieder • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen • Kling, Glöckchen • The First Noel • O du fröliche • Jolly Old St Nicholas • Adeste fideles • O Tannenbaum • Good king Wenceslas
CSSR State Philharmonic Orchestra / Peter Breiner, Conductor
DVDI 0998

This Naxos Musical Journey DVD takes you on a magical European holiday tour swept up by the sounds of Christmas holiday favourites performed in the Baroque style of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi – the sound music of as timeless as Christmas itself.
Christmas With Winchester College Chapel Choir
Sara Macliver, Soprano / Winchester College Chapel Choir
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra / William Lacey, Conductor

2.110512

This selection of music for Christmas brings together East and West in the collaboration of Winchester College Chapel Choir and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Recorded live in Hong Kong in December 2004, this disc features a selection of perennial favourites from the Baroque period, including Bach cantatas and Handel’s Messiah, and three exquisite modern carols.

Also available on CD 8.557965

HANDEL Messiah (Choruses)
Bratislava City Choir / Capella Istropolitana / Jaroslav Krcek, Conductor
DVDI 0997

This Naxos Musical Journey DVD takes you inside Bavaria’s famed Benedictine Abbey Church for both an intimate and spectacular view of this holy architectural wonder. Handel’s profound music soars through the church on a wave of choral voices, echoing across the ages and across the world.


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