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DOR-93240

A Choral Christmas

The Trinity Choir
Trinity Church in the City of Boston
Brian Jones, Director


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A carol is defined simply as 'a song of praise or joy,' and as with much popular and classical music, has its origin in dance.   In medieval times a carol was a round dance with music, around a text dealing with the life of Christ.   While not all of the selections on the present recording can be lumped under one heading of 'carols'; there are also hymns, lullabies, and motets - certainly the desire to 'increase the element of joy' has been an overriding principle in choosing these twenty one pieces.

[1.]   Sing we to this merry company • John Rutter (b.1945)
[2.]   Still, still, still • Arr. Norman Luboff (1917-1987)
[3.]   Ding! dong! merrily on high • Arr. Gerald Near (b.1942)
[4.]   In dulci jubilo • Arr. Robert L. Pearsall (1795-1856)
[5.]   What sweeter music • J. Rutter
[6.]   Tomorrow shall be my dancing day • John Gardner (b.1917)
[7.]   The holly and the ivy • Arr. M. Shaw (1875-1958)/C. Robinson (b.1936)
[8.]   Jesus Christ the apple tree • Elzabeth Poston (1905-1987)
[9.]   Go tell it on the mountain • Arr. Alan Murchie (b.1963)
[10.] Mid-winter • Bob Chilcott (b.1955)
[11.] I saw three ships • Arr. J. Rutter
[12.] Coventry Carol • Arr. Norman Gilbert
[13.] Before the marvel of this night • Carl Schalk (b.1929)
[14.] Once, as I remember • Arr. Charles Wood (1866-1926)
[15.] A stable in Bethlehem • Peter Taylor
[16.] Noël nouvelet • Arr. Stephen Jackson
[17.] O magnum mysterium • Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
[18.] On this day earth shall ring • Arr. Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
[19.] The little road to Bethlehem • Michael Head (1900-1976)
[20.] O little town of Bethlehem • Arr. Brian Jones (b.1943)
[21.] God is with us • John Tavener (b.1944)

Total Program Length: 66:28



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