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Choir of Clare College: Holly & The Ivy

King Jesus Hath A Garden
Up! Good Christian Folk, And Listen
Gabriel's Message
Donkey Carol
Wexford Carol
Cradle Song
Child In A Manger
Mary's Lullaby
Ding! Dong! Merrily On High
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I Saw A Maiden
In dulci jubilo
In The Bleak Mid-Winter
I Saw Three Ships
The Noble Stem Of Jesse
The Crown Of Roses
Jesus Christ The Apple Tree
Omnis mundus jocundetur
Wassail Song
The Holly And The Ivy

Initially released in 1979, this album built on the success of the legendary Carols for Choirs volumes in establishing John Rutter's name with the wider public, and it gave a strong hint that he was more than just a talented composer-arranger. As the many subsequent releases on the Collegium label have also shown, Rutter is a deeply sensitive and musical conductor, alive to the color of words, always allowing phrases to breathe naturally. The accomplished Clare College Choir features male and female voices, the latter providing a more rounded alternative to those world-famous neighbors in Cambridge. Included are many of Rutter's own easy-listening carol arrangements ("King Jesus Hath a Garden" and "Wexford Carol," for example), plus others by the likes of Vaughan Williams and David Willcocks, while "Donkey Carol" and "Mary's Lullaby" are quintessential Rutter originals. Only a few numbers can be classed (statistically) as all-time Christmas faves--the likes of "The Holly and the Ivy" and "Ding Dong Merrily on High"--but this needn't deter anyone from snapping up what is the perfect album to accompany Christmas pud mixing (preferably by candlelight, imagining the twilight scene in Ely Cathedral's Lady Chapel, whose glorious acoustic graces the sound).

Item code: 22240C | 1 CD | $9.95 |add item to cart
Choral | Mixed | England
028942550025 | DCA425500.2

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