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Cantabile - The London Quartet
Christmas with Cantabile

Song NameArranger
Winter WonderlandDick Smith/Felix Bernard
The Little Road to BethlehemMargaret Rose/Michael Head
Gaudete!Traditional
Tua Bethlem DrefWil Ifan/Edward Arthur
The Twelve Days of ChristmasTraditional
Wexford CarolTraditional
White ChristmasIrving Berlin
Susser die Glocken nie KlingenTraditional
Coventry CarolAnonymous
The First MercyBruce Blunt/Peter Warlock
The Jimmy Brown SongBert Reisfeld/Jean Villard('Gilles')/Marc Herrand
Lonely This ChristmasNicky Chinn/Mike Chapman
A Christmas CarolTom Lehrer
The Christmas SongRobert Wells / Mel Torme
The Carol SingersCharles Hayes/Thomas Case Sterndale Bennett
Silent NightJoseph Mohr/Franz Xaver Gruber
CarolVarious
Les Trois ClochesJean Villard('Gilles')/Marc Herrand

Founded as an a cappella group at Cambridge and one of our favorite British male quartets, Cantabile's pure, bright, spirited harmonies have won them many fans over the years. With most arrangements done by the group, we could expect some of the group's trademark humor, which comes in spades on their a cappella "Twelve Days of Christmas," featuring silly and rude barnyard sound effects that underline the absurd problems associated with having an impossibly generous "true love." Other favorites are the spirited, a cappella "Gaudete!," a romantic "Winter Wonderland," a very Bing Crosby-like take on "White Christmas," the lovely a cappella "Wexford Carol" and "Coventry Carol," "The Jimmy Brown Song," which has added lyrics which may or may not be tongue-in-cheek; and a Doo-Wop "Lonely This Christmas," (ditto). Tom Lehrer's quintessentially sarcastic "A Christmas Carol" has no such ambiguity, nor does the silly "The Carol Singers." "Silent Night," also sung in German a la The Comedian Harmonists," one of Cantabile's favorite influences, attempts to make amends for the craziness, but the surprising musical collage "Carol" and the bonus track "Les Trois Cloches," which is, as far as we can tell, "Jimmy Brown" sung sweetly and dramatically in French, are certainly non-traditional and may be parodies. There is piano accompaniment on several cuts. "Christmas with Cantabile" is a beautifully sung and arranged, eclectic, often silly and unexpected collection that we totally enjoyed, and we bet that you will too!

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Choral | A Cappella | Male | England

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