Saturday, December 17, 2011

Best-Loved Christmas Carols: The Stories Behind Twenty-Five Yuletide Favorites

Best-Loved Christmas Carols: The Stories Behind Twenty-Five Yuletide Favorites

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly.” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” “Good King Wenceslas.” These are just three of the beautiful, enduring Christmas carols featured in this lavish book and CD set—and every one has become an integral part of the holiday. Exquisitely illustrated pages showcase fine art from the world’s great museums and libraries, along with fascinating information on each carol and its lyrics.

The audio recordings come from widely renowned musical ensembles, and a superlative introduction provides historical perspective, with background on the origin of carols, the influence of medieval guilds and Mystery plays, and carols from different eras.

Track List
  1. Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)
  2. Angels from the Realms of Glory
  3. Away in a Manger
  4. Cantique de Noël (O Holy Night)
  5. Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
  6. Es ist ein Ros entprungen (Lo, How a Rose Eer Blooming)
  7. The First Nowell (The First Noël)
  8. God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
  9. Good Christian Men, Rejoice
  10. Good King Wenceslas
  11. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  12. The Holly and the Ivy
  13. It Came upon a Midnight Clear
  14. Joy to the World
  15. Les Anges dans nos campagnes (Angels We Have Heard on Hight)
  16. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  17. O Tannenbaum
  18. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)
  19. The Twelve Days of Christmas
  20. Veni, Emmanuel (O Come, O Come Emmanuel)
  21. Wassail Song (Here We Come A-Caroling)
  22. We Three Kings of Orient Are
  23. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  24. What Child Is This
  25. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

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