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A Festival of Carols


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  • Audio CD (May 10 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000003EPA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,865 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Medley: Good Christian Men - Rejoice - Silent Night - Patapan - O Come - All Ye Faithful
2. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
3. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
4. Shepherd's Carol
5. Go, Tell It On The Mountain
6. Medley: O Sanctissima - Joy To The World - Away In A Manger - Fum, Fum, Fum - March Of The Kings
7. I Wonder As I Wander
8. We Three Kings
9. My Dancing Day
10. Medley: What Child Is This? - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Bring A Torch - Jeanette - Isabella - Angels We Have Heard On High
11. Coventry Carol
12. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
13. Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
14. Carol Of The Bells
15. Medley: Break Forth - O Beauteous Heavenly Light - The First Nowell - O Little Town Of Bethlehem - I Saw Three Ships - Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly

Product Description

Robert Shaw leads a group of talented men and women performing some of the most enjoyable traditional holiday carols. 15 perfect reminders of the magic of Christmas time.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don Meek on Dec 13 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite Christmas CD. Nothing comes close. I thoroughly enjoyed learning much of the music in high school choir over 30 years ago. The music has never left me. The four medleys are the arrangements of Robert Russell Bennett titled "The Many Moods of Christmas". The arrangements seem to have a freshness about them even after listening numerous times.
Interspersed with the medleys are a cappella carols.
All of this music is wonderfully performed by the Robert Shaw Chorale, the a cappella selections recorded in 1957 and the medleys in 1963.
Four decades have proven that this is the standard in choral music. The clarity of text, the richness of tone, the beauty of harmony combine to present the message of Christmas in the manner that only music can do.
These words are no surprise to those familiar with choral music in the United States. If you are not so familiar, but would like to enjoy Christmas music at its most beautiful, you can do no better than acquiring this CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Smith on Jan. 1 2004
Format: Audio CD
I own approximately 35 Christmas choral CDs - including choirs and groups such as the Cambridge Singers and the King Singers. I also own two Christmas albums with Robert Shaw and the Atlantic symphony. This performance with the Robert Shaw Chorale is old but it is still my favorite. The arrangements are magnificent, the sound is brilliant, and the choir and orchestra are precise with wonderful volume control. Buy and enjoy!
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Brilliant. Masterful. Flawlessly performed and brilliantly arranged. Spiritually uplifting and musically mesmerizing. The a cappella material, recorded in 1957, includes a version of "Shepherd's Carol" that must have had composer William Billings smiling down on RCA Studios.  This wonderful work has never been done greater justice, at least not in my listening experience. The accompanied tracks, from 1963, include a no-nonsense opening medley that gives the listener a taste of the astonishing and joyous sounds to come, as well as a version of "What Child Is This?" that immediately stills any muttered gripes of, "Not THIS again." This is frighteningly good music of a middle-brow type that, to every music lover's great loss, no longer exists. Get this extraordinary Christmas CD in your collection now!!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NNNNN on Dec 10 2003
Format: Audio CD
This really is a festive Christmas album of Christmas Carols by Robert Shaw and his Chorale and Orchestra. There are individual carols for choir and 4 medleys of carols for choir and orchestra. The later are really spectacular and for good reason. They are arranged and colorfully orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett. Bennett orchestrated many a Broadway show from the 1930's to 1970's but is perhaps best well know for orchestrating Richard Rogers music for the documentary series "Victory at Sea". You will truly hear the work of a master here.
The cd contains the contents of 2 lps recorded in 1957 and 1963 but do not worry about the sound. This is vinatage RCA stereo that sounds as fresh as the day it was recorded. Don't be surprised if you find yourself listening to this album year round just to enjoy Bennett's arrangements.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
The Voice of Christmas Dec 17 1999
By John Parker Marmaro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I (as others reviewing this CD) remember these recordings as a child. They have included most (but not all) of the original LP "Joy to the World", which was entirely sung a-cappella. In this release, they have interspersed the a-cappella carols with big orchestrated numbers. But what stays in the mind, in the soul, are the beautiful a-capella hymns, and especially the less-known ones: the versions of "Pat-A-Pan" and The Carol of the Bells, to cite two examples, are exquisite. Some of the wonderful and rare carols included are "Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella", "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day", "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" (one of the oldest carols in English), The Coventry Carol, and "I Wonder As I Wander (one of the earliest native American carols). Of all the albums we listened to while I was growing up, this is the one for which I have the deepest love. Even in its hybridized form, it's great to have it on CD!
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
THE Carols for The Festival Oct. 18 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Compared to other collections of Christmas carols, this shines forth as the standard. It is as if Shaw tried not to "interpret" these classics, but rather perform them "as they were intended to be performed." I think you'll agree.
In 1987, I bought the cassette of the re-release. I played it even as it was so worn it squeaked. It was years before I was able to find it on the Internet (thanks, Amazon.com) and replace my worn-out tape.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Timeless Robert Shaw Aug. 10 2000
By Daniel G. Berk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There is such an immediacy and current feeling to these recordings that it seems hard to believe that they were made in 1957 and 1963. The reissue of 1987 was a welcome return of an old friend. Alas, it appears that that reissue is no longer available. One can only hope that that will not remain the situation for long.
This is an excellent and varied selection of carols, and the CD provides an hour-plus of extremely enjoyable listening.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
The best Jan. 1 2004
By Yvonne Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I own approximately 35 Christmas choral CDs - including choirs and groups such as the Cambridge Singers and the King Singers. I also own two Christmas albums with Robert Shaw and the Atlantic symphony. This performance with the Robert Shaw Chorale is old but it is still my favorite. The arrangements are magnificent, the sound is brilliant, and the choir and orchestra are precise with wonderful volume control. Buy and enjoy!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
How do you describe perfection? Dec 13 2003
By Don Meek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite Christmas CD. Nothing comes close. I thoroughly enjoyed learning much of the music in high school choir over 30 years ago. The music has never left me. The four medleys are the arrangements of Robert Russell Bennett titled "The Many Moods of Christmas". The arrangements seem to have a freshness about them even after listening numerous times.
Interspersed with the medleys are a cappella carols.
All of this music is wonderfully performed by the Robert Shaw Chorale, the a cappella selections recorded in 1957 and the medleys in 1963.
Four decades have proven that this is the standard in choral music. The clarity of text, the richness of tone, the beauty of harmony combine to present the message of Christmas in the manner that only music can do.
These words are no surprise to those familiar with choral music in the United States. If you are not so familiar, but would like to enjoy Christmas music at its most beautiful, you can do no better than acquiring this CD.


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