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A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols [2008 Recording] ()

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composed by Alan Bullard, Boris Ord, Christmas Traditional, Dominic Muldowney, Felix Mendelssohn, Henry John Gauntlett, Herbert Howells, J. Stevens, Johann Sebastian Bach, John Francis Wade, John Rutter, John Tavener, Judith Weir, Lennox Berkeley, Michael Praetorius

For the listener looking to duplicate the experience of being part of a full, 100-minute Festival of Lessons and Carols in an authentic setting, this album is just the thing. This recording of the entire service, made on Christmas Eve 2008 in the chapel of King's College, Cambridge, omits nothing and includes the complete scripture readings and several prayers along with the music. The ambience is nicely resonant and captures the grandeur of the space, and the sounds of the congregation and the choir standing and sitting ...

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  1. Once in Royal David's City, carol
  2. Bidding Prayer - The Lord's Prayer - Blessing
  3. If ye would hear the angels sing, for chorus
  4. First Lesson - Genesis 3:8-15
  5. Remember, O thou man (from Melismata, 1611)
  6. Adam Lay Y-Bounden, carol
  7. Second Lesson - Genesis 22:15-18
  8. Angels from the Realms of Glory
  9. In dulci jubilo, for chorus & ensemble (from the Polyhymnia caduceatrix)
  10. Third Lesson - Isaiah 9:2-7
  11. Nowell sing ye now, for chorus
  12. Unto Us Is Born A Son (Puer nobis nascitur; Piae Cantiones, 1582)
  13. Fourth Lesson - Isaiah 11:1-9
  14. The Lamb, for chorus
  15. A Spotless Rose, for chorus
  16. Fifth Lesson - St. Luke 1:26-38
  17. I Sing of a Maiden, for chorus
  18. Mary, for chorus
  19. Sixth Lesson - St. Luke 2:1-7
  20. Wither's Rocking Hymn ("Sweet baby, sleep! What ails my dear?"), carol for chorus
  21. Untitled CD-ROM Track
  22. What Sweeter Music, for chorus
  23. Seventh Lesson - St. Luke 2:8-16
  24. Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (W zlobie lezy)
  25. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  26. Eighth Lesson - St. Matthew 2:1-11
  27. Illuminare, Jerusalem, carol
  28. Glory, alleluia to the Christ Child!, for chorus
  29. Ninth Lesson - St. John 1:1-14
  30. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  31. The Collect and Blessing
  32. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival)
  33. In dulci jubilo (II), chorale prelude for organ, BWV 729 (BC K115)
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A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols [2008 Recording]
2009, EMI Classics

UPC: 5099968608224

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