Christmas Night: Carols of the Nativity

Christmas Night: Carols of the Nativity

by Cambridge SingersCambridge Singers


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The Cambridge Singers, under the direction of conductor and composer John Rutter, are justly famous for their Christmas recordings. Other artists and ensembles make Christmas albums that have more swing, more charm, more energy -- but if you want pure, unadulterated, tear-in-the-eye Christmas Eve devotional spirit, there's nothing that compares to a Cambridge Singers album. Recognizing that fact, the group has made quite a few of them, and all are more or less interchangeable. Christmas Night is certainly as good a place to start as any; opening with a warm and slightly slower-than-usual take on the traditional German carol "In Dulci Jubilo," then proceeding through a surprisingly varied program of songs from British, Italian, American, German, and Basque sources, including the inevitable handful of pieces by Rutter himself. There are wonderful settings of the traditional "Cherry Tree Carol" (in which Mary, pregnant and craving cherries, gets a peevish response from Joseph, who suggests that whoever got her pregnant should pick cherries for her, at which point Jesus remonstrates Joseph from within the womb and commands the cherry trees to bow down for Mary so she can pick from them) and "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day," as well as a very fine Italian carol called "Once, As I Remember" and a Renaissance piece by Samuel Scheidt called "O Little One Sweet." And Rutter's tunes are, typically, ripe and fulsome and gushing in that idiosyncratically British neo-romantic way. Highly recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2020
Label: Collegium
UPC: 0040888052623
catalogNumber: 526
Rank: 21868


  1. In dulci jubilo
  2. Adam lay ybounden
  3. Christmas Night
  4. Once, as I remember
  5. A Spotless Rose
  6. In the Bleak Mid-Winter
  7. There Is a Flower
  8. The Cherry Tree Carol
  9. I Wonder as I Wander
  10. Candlelight Carol
  11. O Tannenbaum
  12. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
  13. A Virgin Most Pure
  14. I Sing of a Maiden
  15. Lute-book Lullaby
  16. The Three Kings
  17. Myn Lyking
  18. O Little One Sweet
  19. All My Heart This Night Rejoices
  20. I Saw a Maiden
  21. Away in a Manger
  22. Nativity Carol

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cambridge Singers   Primary Artist,Choir, Chorus
John Rutter   Conductor
Johann Sebastian Bach   Harmony
City of London Sinfonia   Performing Ensemble
Gerald Finley   Baritone (Vocal)
Ruth Holton   Soprano (Vocal)
Nicholas Sears   Baritone (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Peter Cornelius   Composer,Text
Herbert Howells   Composer
John Rutter   Arranger,Composer,Text Translation
Samuel Scheidt   Composer
Ivor Atkins   Arranger
R.L. Pearsall   Arranger,Text Translation
Edgar Pettman   Arranger
David Willcocks   Arranger
Charles Wood   Arranger
Percy Dearmer   Text Translation
Catherine Winkworth   Text Translation
George Ratcliffe Woodward   Text
Nick Findell   Layout
H.N. Bate   Text Translation
Christina Rossetti   Text
William Ballet   Composer,Text
Harold Darke   Composer
Boris Ord   Composer
Paul Gerhardt   Text
Guido Reni   Cover Image
Nick Morris   Cover Design
Richard Runciman Terry   Composer
John Audelay   Text
Patrick Hadley   Composer
Ernst Anschütz   Text
Johann Georg Ebeling   Composer
William J. Kirkpatrick   Composer
Geoffrey Shaw   Arranger
Jillian White   Recording Producer

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