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Christmas Carols

Aled Jones investigates how composers, choirs and publishers approach one of the most tradition-bound areas of the choral repertoire: Christmas carols, plus he samples a few of the brand new carols on offer this season.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Eric Williams

    Mary is with Child

    Performer: English Philharmonia Chamber Choir, Graham Wili (conductor)

    • EP001.
  • Jonathan Rathbone

    Sing Lullaby

    Performer: Pegasus

    • Specially recorded for the BBC.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel: Hodie

    Performer: Accentus, conducted by Laurence Equibey

    • Accord 205892.
  • Anthony Mudge

    O magnum mysterium

    Performer: Pegasus

    • Specially recorded for the BBC.
  • Alex Campkin

    Sleep, Holy Babe

    Performer: Pegaus

    • Specially recorded for the BBC.
  • Jonathan Rathbone

    Gabriel's Message

    Performer: Pegasus

    • Lir Classics, LIR017.
  • Richard Allain

    Coventry Carol

    Performer: Pegasus

    • Lir Classics, LIR017.
  • Anon.

    Coventry Carol arr. Daniel Burges

    Performer: Pegasus

    • Specially recorded for the BBC.
  • Chris Williams

    A Babe is Born

    Performer: English Philharmonia Chamber Choir, Graham Wili (conductor)

    • EP001.
  • Paul Edwards

    Carol of the Birds

    Performer: Selwyn College Choir, Cambridge, Sarah Macdonald (director)

    • REGENT REGCD 339.
  • William Mathias

    Ave Rex

    Performer: Choir of Westminster Abbey, James O’Donnell (conductor), Robert Quinney (organ)

    • CDA67716.
  • Arthur Honegger

    Une Cantate de Noel

    Performer: James Rutherford (baritone), BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Thierry Fischer

    • Hyperion, CDA67688.

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