Christmas songs vol. I

The Holly and the Ivy
Christmas Carols of Old England
A. Deller, Dupré, Taylor; The Alfred Deller Consort (a capella)
Vanguard VRS 499 [LP-mono]
Vanguard (Pye) PVL 7046 [LP, mono, UK]


    Anon., 17th c.
  1. Patapan

  2. J.H. Hopkins
  3. Hymn: We Three Kings of Orient are

  4. Anon., Trad., England
  5. I Saw Three Ship come sailing

  6. Edmund H. Sears & Richard S. Willis
  7. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear

  8. Anon., 16th (spring carol) / J.M. Neale, 19th c. (text)
  9. Good King Wenceslas

  10. C.J. Alexander & H.J. Gauntlett
  11. Once in Royal David's City

  12. Anon., Czech Caro:
  13. Rocking (Hajej, nynjej)

  14. Anon., Trad., England
  15. The First Nowell

  16. Anon., England
  17. Christmas carol: God Rest on You Merry Gentlemen

  18. George Wither (lyric) & Ralph Vaughan Williams (arr.)
  19. Wither's Rocking Hymn

  20. Joseph Möhr & Hans Grüber
  21. Silent Night

  22. ----
    Anon., Trad., England
  23. Wassail Song

  24. Anon., ca 15th c.
  25. Boar's Head Carol

  26. Anon., London Wait
  27. Past Three A Clock

  28. Anon., medieval & Gustav Holst (arr.)
  29. Lullay My Liking

  30. Anon., 15th c. & Peter Warlock (arr.)
  31. Adam Lay Ybouden

  32. Anon., Germany & Robert Herrick (word), 1647
  33. Christmas-play carol: Herrick's Carol

  34. Anon., 14th c.
  35. Angelus ad Virginem

  36. Anon., medieval & Cecil Sharp (arr.):
  37. Carol: The Holly and the Ivy

  38. Anon., Germany ?, Scheidt & J.S. Bach (harmonization):
  39. O Little One Sweet

  40. Anon., medieval, Chester Ms (ca 1425):
  41. Medieval Processional: Song of the Nuns of Chester

  42. Anon., 16th c.
  43. Winter-Rose

  44. Anon., 14th c. / J.S. Bach (harmonization)
  45. Carol: In Dulci Jubilo

Playing time: 55' 40" (app.)

Alfred Deller (counter-tenor), Desmond Dupré (lute), Stanley Taylor (recorder)
The Alfred Deller Consort (a capella)
Alfred Deller (counter-tenor), April Cantelo (soprano), Gerald English (tenor), Maurice Bevan (baritone).

Recording site and date:
Crickle Wood Church, London UK [06/1956];
Rel.: 1956

Omega Vanguard OVC 8 023 [NA market] [CD] The Holly and the Ivy.
Omega OVC 8050/3 [CDx4] A Celebration of Christmas Carols through the Ages.
Musical Concepts MC 192 [CDx4 + CD-ROM] Alfred Deller – The Complete Vanguard Recordings, Volume THREE: Christmas Carols and Motets

[13] Vanguard "The Bach Guild" BG-606 Musical Panorama of Shakespeare's England [LP, mono, NA]

Reviewed in:
Gramophone (Vol./#-p.): 35/415-275 (December 1957) (PVL)

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