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Thu, 01 Dec 2005


Essential Carols
The Very Best of King's College Choir, Cambridge
David Wilcocks
2 CDs, Decca

It's that time of year again and every year we try to look at at least one CD of Christmas Carols. This year we get two CDs in the one package from the world-renowned King's College Choir from Cambridge University in the UK.

On these CDs we have a nice mix of general favourites and those which are not quite so widely known. One mistake that issuers sometimes make is to concentrate exclusively on what they regard as carols ill-treated by the passage of time. Sometimes they produce forgotten gems but quite often they were forgotten for a reason -- they weren't all that good.

In the general favourites line we have Hark! The herald angels sing, The first Nowell, Ding Dong! etc, Away in a manger, The Holly and the ivy, God rest ye merry, Gentlemen, and many, many more ... but no Good King Wencelas!

They are all lovingly performed without the excrescence of horrible added instrumentation. It is quite a nice set for the Christmas season. (Count K)

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