21 Songs, 1 Hour 10 Minutes


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4.7 out of 5

22 Ratings

22 Ratings

A Traditional Christmas Carol


One of the mosy beautiful and inspiring collections of Christmas music I have ever heard. It transported me to a peaceful place as I listened and drove to a business meeting. I highly recommend that everyone add this to their holiday collectin.

Delivers exactly what it promises


This is an album of traditional carols (meaning no "modern" classics like "White Christmas" or "Jingle Bells"). The ensemble has a rich sound, primarily vocal, with little instrumental accompaniment or embellishment. The voices are clear, the arrangments lush, and the mix of carols is very nice. Although there are a few old familiar favorites missing ("We Three Kings," for example, is not found on this album, nor is "O Come, O Come Emmanuel"), their absence is made up for by the inclusion of some material less familiar to American audiences ("In the Bleak Midwinter," "See Amid the Winter's Snow"). A little something for everyone, with the added bonus of an opportunity to find some new "traditional" material to love.

Simply, Wonderful!


A marvelous selection of traditional Christmas carols, tastefully arranged, subtly accompanied, and rendered with pitch-perfect elegance by one of the premier vocal ensembles in the world today. Nearly every song brought tears to my eyes as I reveled in the glory of the human voice, and in the simple joy of the Christmas season. This is an absolute must-have for any Yuletide collection.

About Harry Christophers

English conductor Harry Christophers was educated at the Canterbury Cathedral Choir School and Magdalen College, Oxford. He founded The Sixteen, the choral ensemble with their accompanying instrumental ensemble, in 1977. The Sixteen performs with an emphasis on early English polyphony, but also in a varied repertoire from the Renaissance to contemporary composers. He has led The Sixteen on tours throughout Europe, America, and the Far East, and on over 70 recordings. To perform music for choir and orchestra, Christophers founded the Symphony of Harmony & Invention. His recordings have been awarded two Grand Prix du Disque honors, two Deutsche Schallplatten prizes, two Diapason d'Or awards, and the 1992 Gramophone Early Music Award (for the first of the five-volume series Music From the Eton Choirbook). Christophers also performs as guest conductor with orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, and the St. Louis Symphony. His operatic repertoire includes Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse, Gluck's Orfeo, Handel's Ariodante, and Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. He conducted Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea in September 2000 in his debut with the English National Opera.

Christophers' recordings with The Sixteen have continued at a breakneck pace, with several dozen recordings appearing between 2010 and 2017 alone. In addition to conducting, Christophers generally contributes a short note to the graphics explaining his attraction to the music, his reasons for wanting to record it. He has generally stuck to his core Baroque and Renaissance repertory but has ventured forward to Mozart and as far as contemporary music. English audiences, especially, have responded to Christophers' direct, personable approach, and his albums have earned heavy airplay on the Classic FM radio network as well as strong sales. In 2009 Christophers expanded his workload still further: he he became artistic director of the Boston-based Handel and Haydn Society, the oldest continuously performing musical ensemble in the U.S. In that capacity he oversaw the transformation of a venerable, but conservative, American community organization into a state-of-the-art historical performance group, releasing new recordings of such standard Handel and Haydn repertory as Haydn's The Creation (2013). The Handel and Haydn Society recordings as well as those of The Sixteen appeared on Coro, the label established by Christophers and The Sixteen. In 2012 Christophers was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He released three new all-instrumental recordings featuring Haydn symphonies in 2016 and 2017.

Goudhurst, Kent, England
December 26, 1953



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