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O Holy Night: A Merton Christmas

O Holy Night: A Merton Christmas


The Choir of Merton College joins forces with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra for a recording of their Director Benjamin Nicholas’s favourite popular carols. Two of John Rutter’s most exquisite works are complemented by orchestral versions of well-loved traditional fare.

From the ecstatic brass fanfares that introduce O Come, All Ye Faithful and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing to the intimate performances of Elizabeth Poston's beautiful Jesus Christ The Apple Tree and Morten Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium, Christmas old and new is celebrated with a fresh sense of all its magic and glory. The choir and orchestra loved making this recording, and it shows.

Track listing

John Rutter - All bells in paradise

John Rutter - Shepherd’s Pipe Carol

Elizabeth Poston - Jesus Christ the apple tree

Mendelssohn, arr. David Willcocks - Hark! the herald-angels sing

Hector Berlioz - The Shepherds' Farewell

Traditional, arr. David Willcocks - Unto us is born a son

Harold Darke - In the bleak mid-winter

Bob Chilcott - The Shepherd’s Carol

Patrick Hadley - I sing of a maiden

Gruber, arr. John Rutter - Silent night

Adolphe Adam, arr. John Rutter - O holy night

Traditional English, arr. Arthur Sullivan - It came upon the midnight clear

Bob Chilcott - The Bird of Dawning (première recording)

WJ Kirkpatrick, arr. David Willcocks - Away in a manger

Traditional German, arr. Robert Lucas de Pearsall - In dulci jubilo

Thomas Hewitt Jones - What child is this?

JF Wade, arr. David Willcocks - O come, all ye faithful

Morten Lauridsen - O magnum mysterium