Christmas in Oxford | Alto ALC1290

Christmas in Oxford


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Label: Alto

Cat No: ALC1290

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Christmas

Release Date: 10th November 2014



Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford


John Harper


Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford


John Harper


These two famous anthologies of carols from the earliest 15th century to the 20th here hold 29 in total, including many popular ones but also many rare discoveries.

Magdalen College, Oxford, played an important part in the Victorian revival of the celebration of Christmas and especially of carol singing. A key figure in this was J R Bloxam, Fellow of Magdalen. The College records suggest that Bloxam first held a musical entertainment for the Magdalen choristers in his rooms in college on Christmas Eve in 1840 or 1841 and it became the tradition.

Track Listing:

1. Come all you Worthy Gentlemen
2. Nova, nova, AVE fit ex EVA
3. Goday, Sir Cristemas
4. Ave Maria. Hail Blessed Flower
5. Nowell. Out of your Sleep Arise
6. Lully, lulla, thou Little Tiny Child (The Coventry Carol)
7. Remember, O thou man
8. Lullaby, my Sweet Little Baby
9. This Day Christ was Born (A Carol for Christmas Day)

10. As Jacob with Travel was Weary One Day (Jacobís Ladder)
11. The First Nowell
12. Why, most Highest? (Jesus in the Manger)
13. The Virgin Stills the Crying (Cradle-song of the Blessed Virgin)
14. The Moon Shines Bright
15. I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing in 
16. What Child is this?
17. See, Amid the Winterís Snow (Hymn for Christmas Day)
18. Sleep! Holy Babe! (Words: E Caswall; Music: John B Dykes)
19. Good Christian Men, Rejoice
20. Good King Wenceslas
21. A Babe is Born, all of a Maid
22. All this Night Bright Angels Sing (Carol for Christmas Day)
23. Here we Come a-wassailing (The Wassail Song)
24. We Three Kings of  Orient are

25. A New Year Carol
26. I Sing of a Maiden
27. Lullay my Liking
28. Of One that is so Fair and Bright
29. This have I done for my True Love

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