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Sunday, December 19, 2021

For The Fourth Sunday In Advent

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First, read about the Choir of King's College (emphases mine):

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, is one of the world’s best-known choral groups. Founded in the 15th century, it ranks among the oldest of its kind, and, while originally created for singing the daily services in the college chapel, now enjoys an international tour schedule that has seen it perform all over Europe and beyond. Every Christmas Eve, millions of people tune in to watch the choir’s A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s – a service which has been continuously broadcast since 1928.

Recorded in 1994, this reissue joins the group’s already extensive discography of Christmas music – recordings that have enhanced its worldwide fame and reputation. The compilation mixes some of the best-loved traditionals, including Once in royal David’s city and O Come all ye faithful, with more recent repertoire – such as Rutter’s rousing What Sweeter Music and Judith Weir’s striking Illuminare, Jerusalem (specially commissioned by the choir for its 1985 annual service). Also featured are traditional German, French, Dutch and Polish carols (including two settings of Dulce Jubilo) – works which, together with Pärt’s enchanting Bogoróditse Dyévo [meaning Mother of God and Virgin], contribute to a wonderfully eclectic disc that provides over an hour of festive cheer.

This music is an important part of our heritage of Western Culture, of Christianity. Volume up!  The index to the selections is below the video.


Track list: 

 00:00:00 Once in royal David’s city 

00:04:41 Rejoice and be merry 

00:06:11 Ding dong, merrily on high  

00:08:19 What Sweeter Music 

00:12:37 O little town of Bethlehem  

00:16:17 A Spotless Rose  

00:19:25 Heer Jezus heeft een hofken (organ variations) 

 00:26:44 King Jesus hath a garden  

00:30:10 The Lamb  

00:33:39 Bogoróditse Dyévo 

00:34:55 Infant holy, infant lowly 

00:36:43 Illuminare, Jerusalem  

00:39:12 While shepherds watched  

00:41:54 Quittez, pasteurs 

00:45:05 In dulci jubilo (organ prelude)

00:48:06 In dulci jubilo  

00:50:46 The First Nowell 

00:56:09 Coventry Carol  

00:59:17 Personent hodie  

01:01:49 O come all ye faithful 

Artist: The Choir of King's College, Cambridge 

Stephen Cleobury (conductor)

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful choice. I had not heard the Coventry Carol yet this year..one of my favorites and one we did in our Moravian Church choir. Such memories..


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