Christmas Carols: From Village Green to Church Choir | Signum SIGCD387

Christmas Carols: From Village Green to Church Choir


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Label: Signum

Cat No: SIGCD387

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Christmas

Release Date: 28th July 2014



David Quinn (organ)
Vox Turturis


Andrew Gant


David Quinn (organ)
Vox Turturis


Andrew Gant


A new album bringing classic carols to life under the expert direction of conductor and author Andrew Gant, coinciding with the release later this year of his new book 'Christmas Carols, A Celebration'.

Everyone loves a carol - in the end, even Scrooge. They have the power to summon up a special kind of midwinter mood, like the aroma of mince pies and mulled wine and the twinkle of lights on a tree. It’s a kind of magic.

But how did they get that magic? In 'Christmas Carols', Andrew Gant tells the story of some 20 carols, each accompanied by lyrics and music, unravelling a captivating - and often surprising - tale of great musicians and thinkers, saints and pagans, shepherd boys, choirboys, monks and drunks.

We delve into the history of such favourites as ‘Good King Wenceslas’, ‘Away in a Manger’ and ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, discovering along the way how ‘Hark, the Herald angels sing’ came to replace ‘Hark, how all the welkin ring’ and how Ralph Vaughan Williams bolted the tune of an English folk song about a dead ox to a poem by a nineteenth-century American pilgrim to make ‘O little town of Bethlehem’.

'Christmas Carols' brims with anecdote, expert knowledge and Christmas spirit. It is a fittingly joyous account of one of our best-loved musical traditions.

- The Angel Gabriel
- Veni, Veni, Emmanuel
- O Tannenbaum
- The Holly and the Ivy
- I Saw Three Ships
- O Little Town of Bethlehem
- In dulci jubilo
- Adeste, fideles
- While Shepherds Watched
- The Fleecy Care
- While Shepherds Watched
- Ding-Dong, Merrily
- Célébrons la naissance
- Les anges dans nos campagnes
- Hark, the Herald
- The Christ-child’s Lullaby
- Still, still, still
- Away in a Manger
- Personent hodie
- The Twelve days of Christmas
- What child is this?
- A Merry Christmas
- Tempus adest floridum (spring carol)

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