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The Holly & Ivy (Audio Cassette)

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1. King Jesus Hath a Garden
2. Up! Good Christian Folk, And Listen
3. Gabriel's Message
4. Donkey Carol
5. Wexford Carol
6. Cradle Song
7. Child in a Manger
8. Mary's Lullaby
9. Ding! Dong! Merrily on High
10. ...Uelle Est Cette Odeur Agreable?
11. I Saw a Maiden
12. In Dulci Jubilo
13. In the Bleak Mid-Winter
14. I Saw Three Ships
15. Noble Stem of Jesse
16. Crown of Roses
17. Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
18. Omnis Mundus Jucundetur
19. Wassail Song
20. Holly and the Ivy

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Initially released in 1979, this album built on the success of the legendary Carols for Choirs volumes in establishing John Rutter's name with the wider public--and gave a strong hint that he was more than just a talented composer/arranger. As the many subsequent releases on the Collegium label have also shown, Rutter is a deeply sensitive and musical conductor, alive to the colour of words, always allowing phrases to breathe naturally. The accomplished Clare College Choir features both male and female voices, the latter providing a more rounded alternative to those world-famous neighbours in Cambridge. Included are many of Rutter's own easy-listening carol arrangements ("King Jesus hath a Garden" and "Wexford Carol", for example) plus others by the likes of Vaughan Williams and David Willcocks, while "Donkey Carol" and "Mary's Lullaby" are quintessential Rutter originals. Only a few numbers can be classed (statistically) as all-time Christmas faves--the likes of "The Holly and the Ivy" and "Ding Dong Merrily on High", for example--but this needn't deter anyone from snapping up what is the perfect album to accompany Christmas pud mixing (preferably by candlelight, imagining the twilight scene in Ely Cathedral's Lady Chapel, whose glorious acoustic graces the sound). --Andrew Green

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After listening to this album once, I immediately ordered several copies to give as gifts. This beautiful disc conveys the joyful mystery of the Christmas season without a hint of commercialism. It is pure and simple, and quite soothing in the face of the chaos that the holiday has become.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The True Spirit of Christmas Nov. 30 2002
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I never get tired of listening to this, one of my all-time favorite Christmas albums. My kind of Christmas is listening to beautiful music performed by incredible English choirs, not so much the Rudoplph & Frosty things (although I am a sucker for that too!). This CD does not disappoint, and while I do prefer all-male choirs (those heavenly trebles and such), the inclusion of female voices does soften and sweeten the overall sound. A lovely addition to the Christmas Cd collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Put another log on the fire Dec 16 2000
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Another quiet and delightful Christmas cd to play on a snowy December night in front of a crackling fire and a scented candle with a snifter of cognac. "Donkey Carol" was one of my favorites. But check out "Child in a Manger", it's definately the inspiration for Cat Stevens "Morning is Broken" A beautiful cd worth listening to even after Christmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imported directly from Heaven! Dec 21 1999
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One of the absolute best choral Christmas CDs I've ever heard. The performance of Wexford Carol, In the bleak midwinter, Gabriel's message are just incredible. The sensitivity of the singing, the arrangements, the selections -- it takes the breath away.
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