Christmas Songbook

Label: Signum (SIGCD459) | Year: 2016

Singers: David Hurley (countertenor), Timothy Wayne-Wright (countertenor), Julian Gregory (tenor), Christopher Bruerton (baritone), Christopher Gabbitas (baritone), Jonathan Howard (bass)

The King’s Singers follow their recent Great American Songbook album with the Christmas equivalent, on a disc that pays homage to the group’s roots whilst acknowledging their current passion for swing.

Traditional favourites such as “The First Nowell,” “In the Bleak Midwinter,” and the beautiful Austrian carol “Still, Still, Still,” jockey for position amongst modern-day classics like “Winter Wonderland,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “Sleigh Ride.” All are presented in new arrangements by some of the group’s favourite arrangers: Robert Rice, Keith Roberts and Alexander L’Estrange.

Track Listing

  1. Santa Claus is Coming to Town John F. Coots, arr. Alexander L'Estrange 2.50
  2. In the Bleak Midwinter Gustav Holst, arr. Alexander L'Estrange 5.00
  3. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Meredith Wilson, arr. Alexander L'Estrange 3.03
  4. Still, Still, Still Traditional, arr. Alexander L'Estrange 3.38
  5. Carol of the Bells Peter J Wilhousky, arr. Keith Roberts 2.43
  6. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear Richard Storrs Willis, arr. Robert Rice 4.15
  7. Frosty vs. Rudolph: The Re-boot Walter Rollins, Steve Nelson & Johnny Marks, arr. Robert Rice 3.47
  8. White Christmas Irving Berlin, arr. Robert Rice 3.10
  9. Ding Dong! Merrily on High Traditional, arr. Robert Rice 2.24
  10. The First Nowell Traditional, arr. Robert Rice 4.58
  11. Sleigh RideMitchell Parrish, arr. Alexander L'Estrange  2.31
  12. The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot Michael Carr, Tommie Connor & Jimmy Leach, arr. Alexander L'Estrange 3.31
  13. Silent Night Franz Xavier Gruber, arr. Keith Roberts 4.21
  14. Winter Wonderland Felix Bernard, arr. Alexander L'Estrange 4.34
  15. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Hugh Martin, arr. Keith Roberts 2.48
  16. We Wish You a Merry Christmas Traditional, arr. Alexander L'Estrange 2.20

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