21 Songs, 1 Hour 10 Minutes

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4.7 out of 5
22 Ratings
22 Ratings
musing85 ,

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.

GlenHenderson ,

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.

J.S.L. ,

A Delightful Compendium of Traditional Carols

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen have done us all a great service with this collection. It should be noted however, that while beautifully sung, the Coventry Carol which appears on this album is the traditional version, and not the Kenneth Leighton rendition as listed. If you are looking for Leighton's Coventry (and well you should be) it appears on the album entitled "Hodie: An English Christmas Collection" also by H.C and the Sixteen, and also available on iTunes. I strongly encourage you to listen to the Leighton setting, as its beauty far surpasses the original. The piece itself, as performed by The Sixteen is superbly sublime. Enjoy this album of traditional favorites, but do not forget Leighton's Coventry Carol, a remarkable composer’s Christmas gift to us all.

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