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The Colours of Christmas is a collection of the greatest Christmas carols by the composer/conductor whose music has, for many, been so associated with Christmas. Featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bach Choir, with guest artists Over the Bridge and conducted by Rutter himself.
The Colours of Christmas (track 2 from the album) is a newly composed carol by Rutter for this new album, and is testament to the very best of Rutter’s music. Newly orchestrated for this album are the carols Ding Dong Merrily On High and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. All recordings on this album are brand new.
Trad: Ding Dong! Merrily On High
Rutter: The Colours Of Christmas
Trad: In Dulci Jubilo
Trad: What Is This Lovely Fragrance?
Kirkpatrick (William): Away In A Manger
Sweelinck: Hodie Christus Natus Est
Trad: Riu Riu Chiu
Trad: I Wonder As I Wander
Trad: Star Carol
Gauntlett: Once In Royal David's City
Gruber: Silent Night
Darke: In The Bleak Midwinter
Drake (E): Gabriel's Message
Wade (J): O Come, All Ye Faithful
Adam (A): O Holy Night
Britten: A New Year Carol
Mason (L): Joy To The World
Anderson: Sleigh Ride
Trad: Deck The Hall
Tormé: The Christmas Song
Trad: The 12 Days Of Christmas
Martin (Hugh): Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Trad: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
“If you believe that Christmas music should have a warm, comfortable feel, then this CD will fit the bill perfectly...Rutter is equally skilled as an arranger and orchestrator, and the ingenious use of calypso rhythms in 'Ding dong! Merrily on high' is a delight...The Bach Choir and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra give crisp, enthusiastic performances. The choir have superb diction, blend and ensemble.”
18th December 2011
“There’s something for everyone here”
23rd December 2011
“Nobody knows more about Christmas carols than John Rutter, and this collection oozes class. The opening "Ding Dong! Merrily on High" sets the scene: full of fluttering woodwind and horns dancing around tinkling percussion.”
9th December 2011
“Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a new piece from John Rutter, master of singable and ear-catching carols. This year’s is The Colours of Christmas, artlessly written and beautifully sung by the Bach Choir.”
23rd December 2011
“it’s hard not to enjoy the disc’s panache and the smiling skill of Rutter, the Bach Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as they paint the season red, white and green.”
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