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The Holly & Ivy (Audio Cassette)

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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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--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Christmas Album Nov. 24 1999
By emgIT
Format:Audio CD
I had a vinyl copy of the import version ("Christmas from Clare" - now unavailable) and I'm so happy I found it under the new title. This album has so many unique qualities. There is some instrumental accompaniment, but it is clean and spare and devoid of the usual holiday bombast. The blend of the voices is perfect. Many of the selections are different from what usually clogs the radio waves in December. I can't really do justice to the beauty of the singing here, but it has a lovely peaceful quality that I treasure at this time every year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The True Spirit of Christmas Nov. 30 2002
Format:Audio CD
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
Format:Audio CD
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 Soul-stirring, warm music Dec 21 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the best Christmas album that I have EVER heard. It would not surprise me if it became for you the definitive album of Christmas. It was released in Europe under the title "Christmas from Clare," which is now available only from collectors. Good news though! This IS that classic recording. Buy this one up quick.
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