℗ 1979 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company
 

A Festival of Lessons & Carols from King's

Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Philip Ledger

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1.1
"Once in Royal David's City" (feat. Jason McCaldin, Thomas Trotter)
Arthur Henry Mann; Henry John Gauntlett; Philip Ledger; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Jason McCaldin; Thomas Trotter; Philip Ledger
5:35
1.2
The Bidding Prayer
Eric Milner-White; Dean of the King's College Chapel
3:44
Opus musicum, Liber I  
1.3
Resonet in laudibus
Jacobus Gallus; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Philip Ledger
2:29
1.4
First Lesson from Genesis, III
Anonymous; Soloist of the Choir of King's College
1:43
1.5
Adam Lay Ybounden
Boris Ord; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Philip Ledger
1:08
1.6
Sussex Carol (Arr. Ledger / feat. Thomas Trotter)
Philip Ledger; Traditional; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Thomas Trotter; Philip Ledger
2:03
1.7
Second Lesson from Isaiah, IX
Anonymous; Soloist of the Choir of King's College
1:08
12 Traditional Carols from Herefordshire  
1.8
No. 4, Joseph and Mary (feat. Charles Daniels, Thomas Trotter)
Ella Mary Leather; Ralph Vaughan Williams; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Charles Daniels; Thomas Trotter; Philip Ledger
3:23
1.9
Third Lesson from Saint Luke, I
Anonymous; Philip Ledger
2:09
1.10
A Maiden Most Gentle (feat. Thomas Trotter)
Andrew Carter; Traditional; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Thomas Trotter; Philip Ledger
2:49
1.11
Fourth Lesson from Saint Luke, II
Anonymous; Chaplain of the Choir of King's College
1:14
1.12
Stille Nacht
Franz Xaver Gruber; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Philip Ledger
2:57
1.13
Chester Carol (feat. Thomas Trotter)
Anonymous; Philip Ledger; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Thomas Trotter; Philip Ledger
2:45
1.14
Fifth Lesson from Saint Luke, II
Anonymous; Master over the Choristers of King's College
2:03
1.15
Angels from the Realm of Glory
Philip Ledger; Traditional; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Philip Ledger
2:38
1.16
Sixth Lesson from Saint Matthew, II
Anonymous; Representative of Eton College
2:36
1.17
A Babe Is Born, Op. 55 (feat. Thomas Trotter)
William Mathias; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Thomas Trotter; Philip Ledger
3:12
1.18
Seventh Lesson from Saint John, I
Anonymous; Provost of King's College; Choir of King's College, Cambridge
2:01
1.19
O Come, All Ye Faithful (Also Attributed to Wade / feat. Thomas Trotter)
Anonymous; Philip Ledger; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Thomas Trotter; Philip Ledger
4:01
1.20
The Collect for Christmas Eve and the Blessing
Anonymous; Dean of the King's College Chapel
1:18
1.21
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (After Mendelssohn's Gutenberg Cantata, WoO 9, MWV D4 / feat. Thomas Trotter)
Felix Mendelssohn; William Hayman Cummings; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Thomas Trotter; Philip Ledger
3:22
1.22
In dulci jubilo, BWV 729
Johann Sebastian Bach; Thomas Trotter
2:45
Total Playing Time    57:03
A Festival of Nine Lesson and Carols was introduced to King's on Christmas Eve 1918 to offer solace to people who were distressed, exhausted, injured and, in many cases, bereaved at the end of the First World War. In this pandemic year many people are experiencing some of these same realities and feelings. But while war gave people a great sense of togetherness and community, the pandemic forces people to be isolated, distanced and anxious.

King's didn't invent A Festival of Nine Lesson and Carols, but when it was introduced here the then Dean, Eric Milner-White, wrote a special prayer to set the scene for the reading of the lessons and singing of the carols. That 'Bidding Prayer' is largely unchanged from that time.

On this legacy recording, Warner Classics presents this beautiful tradition as it was offered in 1979, with Philip Ledger leading the choir!
192 kHz / 24-bit, 96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Warner Classics Studio Masters

Tracks 1-22 – contains high-resolution digital transfers of material originating from an analogue master source

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