Carols for Christmas Morning

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Carols for Christmas Morning
The Choir of New College Oxford, directed by Edward Higginbottom

[ Festive Music and Carols / Gift of Music / CD ]

Release Date: Monday 20 June 2011

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Under Edward Higginbottom's leadership, the Choir of New College Oxford has gained a worldwide reputation and is known particularly for its stylish performances of Renaissance and Baroque music.

Despite this high musical profile, with many recording commitments and a full programme of concerts in this country, on the continent of Europe and further afield, it is still recognisably what New College's founder, William of Wykeham, envisaged in the fourteenth century: a choir of sixteen choristers and clerks whose duty was, and still is, to provide a sung liturgy in one of the grandest chapels to be built in Oxford.


Henry Gauntlett (1805-1876)

1 Once in royal David's city
Joe Littlewood treble
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

2 A boy was born in Bethlehem ('A boy was born')
Benjamin Britten

3 Balulalow ('A Ceremony of Carols')
Joe Littlewood treble
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

4 Organ : In dulci jubilo (BWV 608)
Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)

5 Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child
Joe Littlewood treble

Pierre Dandrieu (1660-1733)
6 Organ : Joseph est bien marié

Hieronymus Praetorius (1560-1629)
7 Jospeh lieber, Joseph mein

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (?1643-1704)
8 Kyrie eleison ('Messe de minuit pour Noël')
Will Unwin, Ben Linton tenor ;
Tom Edwards bass

William Mathias (1934-1992)
9 Wassail

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
10 Quem vidistis pastores

Harold Darke (1888-1976)
11 In the bleak midwinter
Joe Littlewood treble ; Ben Linton tenor

Kenneth Leighton
12 What sweeter music can we bring
Laurence Cramp bass

Claude Balbastre (1727-1799)
13 Organ : Où s'en vont ces gais bergers?

Benjamin Britten
14 There is no rose ('A Ceremony of Carols')
Benjamin Britten

15 As dew in April ('A Ceremony of Carols')
Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

16 Magnificat ('The All-night Vigil' op.37)
Johann Sebastian Bach

17 Organ : Christum wir sollen loben (BWV 611)

English traditional carol arr. David Willcocks
18 On Christmas night (Sussex carol)
Piae cantiones 1582 arr. David Willcocks

19 Unto us is born a Son
English traditional carol arr. Edward Higginbottom

20 Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
Pierre Dandrieu

21 Organ : Or nous dites Marie

English traditional carol arr. Henry Walford Davies

22 The holly and the ivy
Corin Cole, Joe Littlewood treble
Will Unwin, Simon Beston bass

Piae cantiones 1582
23 Of the Father's heart begotten
arr David Willcocks