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Nine Lessons & Carols (Download)


Ailish Tynan soprano
Roderick Williams baritone
George Hill treble

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Directed by Stephen Cleobury
Ben-San Lau Organist

Released 22 October 2012


With a TV and radio audience of millions, the annual broadcast of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge is an essential Christmas tradition for families all over the world.

This double album faithfully recreates the magic of the service, opening with a lone treble singing ‘Once in royal David’s city’ and closing with a rousing chorus of ‘Hark! the herald angels sing’.

Each year the Director of Music at King’s, Stephen Cleobury, commissions a new carol. Several of these are included on the album, including carols by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Gabriel Jackson, Brett Dean, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Dominic Muldowney and Tansy Davies. In addition, John Rutter has written the new carol ‘All Bells in Paradise’ especially for this album.

“Glorious” – Gramophone Magazine

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Disc 1Playing time (Disc 1) – 52:29
1Hymn: Once in royal David’s city04:40Gauntlett, Henry arr. Stephen Cleobury
2Bidding Prayer, Lord’s Prayer and Blessing03:26
3Herefordshire Carol02:35English Trad arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams
4First Lesson03:04Genesis 3: 8-19
5Adam lay ybounden01:04Ord, Boris
6A Virgin most pure02:54English Trad arr. Stephen Cleobury
7Second Lesson01:04Genesis 22: 15-18
8In dulci jubilo03:04German Trad arr. Robert Lucas de Pearsall
9If ye would hear the angels sing02:25Tranchell, Peter
10Third Lesson01:09Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
11Sussex Carol01:58English Trad arr. Philip Ledger
12Hymn: God rest you merry, gentlemen03:33English Trad arr. David Willcocks
13Fourth Lesson01:41Isaiah 11: 1-9
14A tender shoot01:41Goldschmidt, Otto
15Det är en ros utsprungen04:00Praetorius, Michael arr. Jan Sandström
16Fifth Lesson02:45Luke 1: 26-35, 38
17Hymne à la Vierge03:20Villette, Pierre
18Sunny bank01:42Hurford, Peter
19Sixth Lesson01:16Luke 2: 1-7
20Mariä Wiegenled01:59Reger, Max
21The holly and the ivy03:09French Trad arr. June Nixon
Disc 2Playing time (Disc 2) – 58:22
1Seventh Lesson01:45Luke 2: 8-16
2Hymn: While shepherds watched02:59Este’s Psalter desc. Stephen Cleobury
3Illuminare, Jerusalem02:20Weir, Judith
4Eighth Lesson03:04Matthew 2: 1-12
5Christmas Carol04:54Rautavaara, Einojuhani
6Ding! Dong! merrily on high02:45XVI Century French arr. Mack Wilberg
7Ninth Lesson02:28John 1: 1-14
8Hymn: O come, all ye faithful04:27Wade, John Francis arr. Stephen Cleobury
9Collect and Blessing01:16
10Hymn: Hark! the herald angels sing03:20Mendolssohn-Bartholdy, Felix desc. David Willcocks
11Organ Voluntary: In dulci jubilo (BWV 729)02:51Bach, Johann Sebastian
Commissioned Carols
12The Christ Child (2009)04:40Jackson, Gabriel
13Now comes the dawn (2007)03:35Dean, Brett
14Misere’ nobis (2006)02:45Turnage, Mark-Anthony
15Mary (2008)04:28Muldowney, Dominic
16Christmas Eve (2011)06:00Davies, Tansy
Bonus Track (commissioned for this recording)
17All bells in paradise04:45Rutter, John
Total playing time – 110:51

Recorded in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, by kind permission of the Provost and Fellows 24 December 2010, January 2011, and June 2012. Recorded at 48kHz 24 bit PCM.

Producer & Editor  Simon Kiln
Engineer  Arne Akselberg
Engineering Assistant  Paul Thomason
Technical Engineer  Richard Hale


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