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The John Rutter Christmas Album

The Cambridge Singers | City of London Sinfonia
John Rutter (conductor)

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The definitive collection of John Rutter carols and arrangements.

This album gathers together most of the carols composed by John Rutter over the years, plus a sprinkling of Rutter arrangements of traditional carols, grouped to form a programme which narrates, reflects upon, and celebrates the Christmas story.

Audio learning guides are available for the following pieces, from ChoirGuides

Angels' Carol
Candlelight Carol
Christmas Lullaby
Mary's Lullaby
Shepherd's Pipe Carol
Star Carol
The very best time of year
What sweeter music

Track list

  1. Wexford carol
  2. Jesus child
  3. There is a flower
  4. Donkey carol
  5. Wild wood carol
  6. Angels' carol
  7. Nativity carol
  8. Mary's lullaby
  9. Star carol
  10. Candlelight carol
  11. Shepherd's pipe carol
  12. Christmas Lullaby
  13. Dormi, Jesu
  14. Love came down at Christmas
  15. Sans Day Carol
  16. I wonder as I wander
  17. What sweeter music
  18. Joy to the world (Lowell Mason, arr. John Rutter)
  19. I saw three ships
  20. Deck the hall
  21. The very best time of year
  22. We wish you a merry Christmas
  23. Silent night (Gruber, arr. John Rutter)

“…offers nearly 80 minutes of his delightful carols drawn from earlier recordings, and if you don’t already have a Rutter CD this one will do nicely.” Mail on Sunday

“John Rutter is world famous for The Shepherd’s Pipe Carol and Love Came Down at Christmas and he is beloved by amateur choirs the world over for his simple melodies, easy-listening harmonies and light syncopations. It’s all amply represented on this disc… It’s all impeccably performed by the excellent Cambridge Singers and fans of John Rutter won’t be disappointed.” Classic FM Magazine

“Speaking of classics, among the 23 pieces heard here is Rutter’s masterpiece, What sweeter music, a staple of Christmas programs everywhere, … sounding even more glorious than ever.” Classics Today

“Traditionalists will be pleased to find holiday favourites from Silent Night to Deck the Halls alongside 20 less familiar carols on this collection. All are either originals or arrangements by Rutter, the composer-conductor whose name has become synonymous with Christmas since he was enlisted by David Willcocks to spruce up old carols and write new ones – ‘an undercover way’ as Rutter puts it, ‘of slipping a tune or two into circulation at a time of the year when music critics are on vacation.” The Observer

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