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Over an hour of unaccompanied carols, familiar and rare, old and new, taken from the Old and New Worlds in simple and direct arrangements. The recording was made under studio conditions in the Chapel of the Second Presbyterian Church in the Central West End towards the end of the historic fortieth anniversary season (1996). This captivating collection provides the perfect atmosphere for the holiday season.

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1. Hail! Blessed Virgin Mary — Italian Carol, arr. Charles Wood


2. A Virgin Unspotted — William Billings, arr Philip Barnes


3. Es Ist Ein Ros' Entsprungen — Michael Prætorius


4. The Holly and the Ivy — French Carol, arr. John Stainer


5. When Sin Had Set Our World — Italian Carol, arr. Charles Wood


6. To Shorten Winter's Sadness — Thomas Weelkes


7. Balulalow — Philip Barnes


8. Silent Night — Franz Gruber


9. The Rocking Carol — Czech Carol, arr. Stuart McIntosh


10. Lullaby — Philip Barnes


11. O Come All Ye Faithful — J.F. Wade


12. What Child is This? — Greensleeves, arr. John Stainer


13. God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen — English Carol, arr. John Stainer


14. If Ye Would Hear the Angels Sing — Dutch Carol, arr. Martha Shaffer


15. The First Nowell — English Carol, arr. John Stainer


16. Carol for Christmas Day — Arthur Sullivan


17. Good King Wenceslas — Piæ Cantiones, arr. John Stainer


18. Ding Dong! Merrily on High — French Carol, arr. Charles Wood


19. Merry Christmas — Swedish Carol


20. Jingle Bells — J. Pierpont, arr. William Llewellyn

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