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This is one of a group of releases by long-established British collegiate and cathedral choirs to update their repertory a bit in the venerable medium of the Christmas album, and it may be the best of the bunch. Director Graham Ross picks a program that shifts stylistic perspectives several times, but is held together by the fact that the pieces are basically all carols (with the possible exception of the final Friede auf Erde of Schoenberg, certainly a desirable inclusion at the moment). Ross' segues are novel and even ...

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  1. A Boy Was Born, choral variations for mixed voices, Op. 3: A boy was born
  2. A Babe Is Born, for chorus & organ, Op. 55
  3. Frohlocket, ihr Völker (Rejoice, O ye people), for double chorus in G major, Op. 79/1
  4. The truth sent from above, carol for chorus or voice & piano (Traditional English Carols No. 6)
  5. The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came, carol for choir
  6. Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (How Brightly Shines the Morning Star) (from the Polyhymnia caduceatrix)
  7. Quem pastores laudavere, hymn (Puericinium)
  8. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming), for chorus
  9. In dulci jubilo, chorale setting for 4 voices, BWV 368 (BC F110)
  10. In dulci jubilo, for 8 voices (Musae Sioniae 2, No. 5)
  11. Coventry Carol, for soprano, harp & chorus, Op. 77/4
  12. Hymns (2) to the Mother of God, for chorus: A Hymn to the Mother of God
  13. Lullay, My Liking, for soprano, bass, harp & chorus
  14. Ríu, ríu, chíu, for tenor, bass & chorus
  15. Tu scendi dalle stelle, for chorus
  16. Still, still, still, for chorus
  17. Canons (5) on Latin Texts for voice, clarinet & bass clarinet, Op. 16: Dormi, Jesu
  18. Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (Whence is that goodly fragrance?) (French)
  19. Nativity Carol
  20. Peace on Earth (Friede auf Erden), for chorus & instruments ad lib, Op. 13
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