The Christmas Collection ()

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composed by Anonymous, Egerton Manuscript 3307, Anonymous, English, Benjamin Britten, Christmas Traditional, Edmund Rubbra, English Traditional, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Grüber, Henry John Gauntlett, Herbert Howells, John Gardner, John Sheppard, John Tavener

The Sixteen's compilation of three of its Christmas albums offers a generous and wide selection of seasonal music. The diversity of performance practices mastered by the English mixed ensemble, founded and conducted by Harry Christophers, shows that it has the stylistic range to persuasively put across repertoire from the medieval to the contemporary to traditional, old-fashioned carols. The medieval carols and songs from this album, Christus Natus Est: An Early English Christmas, have an infectious, rustic buoyancy that's ...

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  1. Make we joy now in this Fest, carol arrangement for chorus (Christmas Carols No. 1)
  2. Coventry Carol
  3. A Babe Is Born
  4. The Virgin's Cradle Hymn (Dormi, Jesu!)
  5. A Hymn to the Virgin, for double chorus
  6. The Lamb, for chorus
  7. A Ceremony of Carols, for treble voices (or chorus) & harp, Op. 28
  8. Sing Lullaby, carol-anthem for chorus
  9. Lute Book Lullaby
  10. A Spotless Rose, for chorus
  11. Corpus Christi, for alto, tenor & chorus
  12. Balulalow, for voice & piano
  13. Benedicamus Domino, for double chorus
  14. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, for chorus, Op. 75/2
  15. Verbum caro factum est
  16. Nowell, Nowell, Tidings True, carol ("Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, this is the salutation")
  17. Nowell Sing We, carol (English)
  18. Gaudete Christus est natus (Piae Cantiones 1582)
  19. Hail Mary Full of Grace (15th Century)
  20. Gloria in excelsis
  21. There Is No Rose of Such Virtue (English)
  22. Owt of your slepe aryse (15th c. English), carol
  23. Remember, O thou man (from Melismata, 1611)
  24. Quid Petis, O Fili?, carol for 4 voices
  25. Lute Book Lullaby ("Sweet was the song the Virgin sung")
  26. Lullaby, my sweet little baby, madrigal for 5 voices (SSATB) & viols
  27. Ave rex angelorum, carol for 3 voices
  28. Drive the Cold Winter Away (from John Playford's English Dancing Master)
  29. Nowell, nowell: The boares head (Riston MS.)
  30. The Old Year now away is fled
  31. Angelus ad virginem (English)
  32. Nowell: Dieu vous garde, carol (French)
  33. Make we joy (Ritson MS.)
  34. Verbum caro factum est, responsory motet for 6 voices
  35. The First Nowell (English)
  36. Once in Royal David's City, carol
  37. Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
  38. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
  39. I Saw Three Ships, carol
  40. Angels from the Realms of Glory
  41. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  42. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)
  43. Away in a Manger
  44. Rocking Carol (Czech)
  45. In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
  46. Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  47. In the Bleak Midwinter (Welsh)
  48. Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
  49. Deck the Halls (Welsh)
  50. The Holly and the Ivy (English)
  51. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  52. See amid the winter's snow
  53. As I out rode this enderes night (The Coventry Shepherds' Carol) (16th century)
  54. Herbei, o ihr Gläubigen, carol (tune "Adeste fidelis")
  55. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival)
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