Essential Carols: The Very Best of King's College Choir, Cambridge - Andrew Davis (organ); Hervey Alan (bass baritone); Simon Preston (organ); King's College Choir of Cambridge (choir, chorus); London Symphony Orchestra; David Willcocks (conductor)
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  1. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival)
  2. The First Nowell (English)
  3. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
  4. I Saw Three Ships, carol
  5. Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
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  1. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival)
  2. The First Nowell (English)
  3. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
  4. I Saw Three Ships, carol
  5. Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  6. King Jesus Hath A Garden (Dutch)
  7. In dulci jubilo (Pić Cantiones)
  8. Unto Us Is Born A Son (Puer nobis nascitur; Piae Cantiones, 1582)
  9. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  10. Away in a manger (Tune: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)
  11. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  12. The Holly and the Ivy (English)
  13. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  14. See Amid the Winter's Snow, for chorus
  15. Past Three O'clock, carol (English)
  16. Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Invitatory
  17. Adam Lay Y-Bounden, carol
  18. Gabriel's Message (Basque)
  19. Once in Royal David's City, carol
  20. Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
  21. Rocking Carol (Czech)
  22. Rejoice and Be Merry
  23. The Cherry Tree Carol
  24. The Three Kings (Die Könige) ("Three Kings from Persian lands afar")
  25. As With Gladness, Men of Old
  26. A Great and Mighty Wonder
  27. The infant King (Basque)
  28. Balulalow, for voice & piano
  29. Legend (When Jesus Christ was but a child), song for voice & piano or orchestra (16 Children's Songs), Op. 54/5
  30. Christ was born on Christmas day (German)
  31. Blessed Be That Maid Marie (English)
  32. Lute Book Lullaby ("Sweet was the song the Virgin sung")
  33. Myn Lyking
  34. Personent hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)
  35. In the Bleak Midwinter
  36. Lullay, lullow: I saw a swete semely syght, christmas carol for 2 voices
  37. Shepherds in the Field Abiding
  38. Torches, for chorus & organ, Op. 7a
  39. Fantasia on Christmas Carols for baritone, chorus & orchestra
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The two-disc Essential Carols: The Very Best of King's College Choir, Cambridge, finally puts much of the Choir's and conductor David Willcocks' recordings of traditional holiday music into one package. This music is what made the Choir famous, and, since the beginning of the compact disc era, has been available scattered over various compilations. For those who are serious about Christmas music, this album really is an essential. Although the recordings date from the early '60s, they still stand as a benchmark for later ...