A Victorian Christmas (CD)

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The Carlisle Ensemble

This recording celebrates such a musical Christmas, as it might have been enjoyed in a Victorian parlour at the end of the nineteenth century.  With its mix of broad humour (The Carol Singers and Awfully Jolly) Christmas medleys (What shall we sing at Christmas? and A Christmas Party); and a selection of famiiar and less familiar carols, it provides a welcome alaternative to the modern commercialised festival, and reminds us of a time when musical entertainment was still largely home-made – and none the wores for that.

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  1. What shall we sing at Christmas
  2. Christmas Comes but Once a Year
  3. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  4. Cradle Song of the Blessed Virgin
  5. Angels from the Realms of Glory
  6. The Angel’s Serenade (La Serenata)
  7. Awfully Jolly
  8. A Winter Ride
  9. Let Music Break on this Blest Morn
  10. The Star of Bethlehem
  11. The Christmas Tree (op 8 no 1)
  12. A Christmas Party
  13. New Prince, New Pomp
  14. The Gift
  15. The carol singers
  16. Chime again, Beautiful Bells
  17. Hymn for Christmas Day