Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Sleigh Ride
The London Symphony Orchestra, Charles Gerhardt 3:07
2 Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly
The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Gerhardt 1:42
3 Silver Bells
The Romantic Strings and Voices 3:36
4 The Holly and the Ivy
Richmond Brass Ensemble with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Gerhardt 2:31
5 It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
London Festival Orchestra, Gordon Langford 2:34
6 I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Richmond Brass Ensemble with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Gerhardt 3:07
7 White Christmas
London Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Wally Stott 3:12
8 I Saw Three Ships
The Ambrosian Singers, Leon Goossens, Marie Goossens, The Mighty Pipe Organ, John McCarthy 2:16
9 Carol of the Bells
Larry Dalton with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Gerhardt 1:51
10 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Larry Dalton with the London Festival Orchestra, Charles Gerhardt 3:33
11 The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
David Firmin and His Orchestra 4:05
12 The Chosen One Medley: The Chosen One / Away in a Manger / O Holy Night / Silent Night / The First Noël / We Three Kings / Joy to the World
Kenny Rogers 15:38
13 O Little Town of Bethlehem
London Festival Orchestra, Gordon Langford 4:05
14 Angels We Have Heard on High
London Festival Orchestra, Gordon Langford 2:35
15 The Twelve Days of Christmas
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Peter Knight 4:31
16 There’s No Christmas Like a Home Christmas
The Romantic Strings and Voices 3:47

Credits

CD 1

oboe:
Leon Goossens (track 8)
strings:
The Romantic Strings (tracks 3, 16)
brass:
Richmond Brass Ensemble (tracks 4, 6)
piano:
Larry Dalton (tracks 9–10)
harp:
Marie Goossens (track 8)
additional arranger:
Sir John Stainer (1871) (track 12)
additional composer:
Lowell Mason (1839) (track 12)
additional lyricist:
Davies Gilbert (1823) (track 12)
additional writer:
Buck Ram (track 6)
arranger:
Peter Knight (British composer) (track 2)
Davies Gilbert (1823) (track 12)
Frederic Austin (1909) (track 15)
choir vocals:
The Romantic Voices (tracks 3, 16)
composer:
George Frideric Handel (German‐British baroque composer) (track 12)
Walter Kent (track 6)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (tracks 2, 4, 8, 12, 14–15)
John Henry Hopkins, Jr. (composer, “We Three Kings”) (track 12)
[unknown] (Special Purpose Artist - Do not add releases here, if possible.) (track 12)
Franz Xaver Gruber (1818) (track 12)
Adolphe Adam (1847) (track 12)
Lewis Henry Redner (1868) (track 13)
Irving Berlin (1938 – 1940) (track 7)
Mel Tormé (1944) (track 11)
Jule Styne (1945-07) (track 10)
Leroy Anderson (1948) (track 1)
Meredith Willson (1951) (track 5)
conductor:
Charles Gerhardt (tracks 1–2, 4, 6, 9–10)
Peter Knight (British composer) (track 15)
Gordon Langford (English composer, arranger and pianist) (tracks 5, 13–14)
John McCarthy (British choral conductor, scholar, composer and arranger) (track 8)
Wally Stott (track 7)
lyricist:
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (tracks 4, 8, 12, 15)
Kim Gannon (track 6)
John Henry Hopkins, Jr. (composer, “We Three Kings”) (track 12)
Thomas Oliphant (track 2)
Isaac Watts (hymn writer) (track 12)
Peter J. Wilhousky (track 9)
[unknown] (Special Purpose Artist - Do not add releases here, if possible.) (track 14)
Josef Mohr (1816) (track 12)
John Sullivan Dwight (1855) (track 12)
Phillips Brooks (1868) (track 13)
Irving Berlin (1938 – 1940) (track 7)
Mel Tormé (1944) (track 11)
Robert Wells (songwriter) (1944) (track 11)
Sammy Cahn (1945-07) (track 10)
Meredith Willson (1951) (track 5)
orchestra:
London Festival Orchestra ('house orchestra' of Decca Records, associated since 1980 with conductor Ross Pople) (tracks 5, 7, 10, 13–14)
National Philharmonic Orchestra (of London, mostly film music) (tracks 2, 4, 6, 9)
publisher:
William B. Sandys (1823) (track 12)
William B. Sandys (1833) (track 12)
translator:
John Freeman Young (1859) (track 12)
James Chadwick (bishop) (1862) (track 14)
writer:
Mickey J. Addy (track 16)
Ray Evans (track 3)
Jay Livingston (track 3)
Carl Sigman (track 16)
publisher:
Chappell/Morris Ltd. (tracks 10–11)
Copyright Control (not for release label use! this is only for copyrights and publishing relationships) (track 7)
Famous Music (renamed since 2007-05 as Sony/ATV Harmony/Melody) (track 3)
Frank Music Corp. (track 5)
Sony/ATV Harmony (track 3)
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (track 11)
Warner/Chappell Music, Ltd. (1996–present) (track 7)
Irving Berlin Music Company (1940 –) (track 7)
Edwin H. Morris & Co., Inc. (1946 –) (track 11)
part of:
Roud Folk Song Index (number: 514) (track 4)
arrangements:
Carol of the Bells (Jim Dooley's arrangement) (track 9)
Deck the Hall (arr. Rutter) (track 2)
Deck the Hall (arr. Wilberg) (track 2)
Deck the Halls (Jim Dooley's arrangement) (track 2)
Deck the Halls (Mannheim Steamroller arrangement) (track 2)
I Saw Three Ships (for choir and orchestra, arr. Rutter) (track 8)
I Saw Three Ships (arr. Willcocks) (track 8)
Joy to the World (Geoff Zanelli's arrangement) (track 12)
Joy to the World (Mannheim Steamroller arrangement) (track 12)
Joy to the World (Our God Reigns) (Sovereign Grace version of Joy to the World) (track 12)
O Holy Night (catch-all for arrangements) (track 12)
O Holy Night (Trans‐Siberian Orchestra arrangement) (track 12)
O Holy Night (Mariah Carey arrangement) (track 12)
O Little Town of Bethlehem (Mannheim Steamroller arrangement) (track 13)
Oh Holy Night (for Sara Stevens) (track 12)
Ring Christmas Bells (for Sara Stevens) (track 9)
Silent Night (arr. Rutter) (track 12)
Silent Night (Damien Rice song) (track 12)
Silent Night (arr. Rose) (track 12)
Silent Night, Holy Night (arranged by Malcolm Sargent) (track 12)
Sleigh Ride (track 1)
The First Noel (arrangement by Elvis Presley) (track 12)
The First Noel (Bob Dylan arrangement) (track 12)
The Holly and the Ivy (arr. Rutter) (track 4)
The Holly and the Ivy (arr. Davies) (track 4)
The Holly and the Ivy (arr. Britten) (track 4)
The Twelve Days of Christmas (arr. Geoffrey Keating) (track 15)
The holly and the ivy (Modern carol by June Nixon) (track 4)
We Three Kings (arr. Neary) (track 12)
We Three Kings (Mannheim Steamroller arrangement) (track 12)
has revision:
instrumental recording of:
Carol of the Bells (track 9)
Deck the Halls (track 2)
O Little Town of Bethlehem (traditional carol sung in the US to the tune of "St. Louis", cf. the version commonly sung to the hymn tune "Forest Green" in the UK) (track 13)
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) (track 11)
is based on:
Nos Galan (track 2)
is the basis for:
Angels We Have Heard on High (Sufjan Stevens re-work) (track 14)
Boughs of Holly (track 2)
Good King Joy (track 12)
Holy Night (track 12)
Joy to the World (Mariah Carey song, based off both the Christmas carol and the Hoyt Axton/Three Dog Night song) (track 12)
Joy to the World (track 12)
Joy to the World (Peter Cardinali arrangement) (track 12)
Let It Snow (track 10)
O Holy Night (Peter Cardinali arrangement) (track 12)
PDX-mas Carol (tracks 2, 12)
Star of Wonder (track 12)
Star of Wonder (track 12)
later parody versions:
O Holy Tonight! (track 12)
Silent Night (track 12)
Silent Night (track 12)
later translated versions:
Ak, svētā nakts (track 12)
Eņģeļus mēs dzirdējām (Latvian version of English "Angels We Have Heard on High") (track 14)
Het is feest (track 10)
Joululaulu (Hiljaa leijaa maahan hiutaleet) (track 11)
Līksmi lai skan (Latvian version of English "Joy to the World") (track 12)
Rap jul (track 7)
Riemuita saa (translated by V. Arti) (track 12)
Riemuita saa! (translated by Hilkka Norkamo) (track 12)
The First Noel (track 12)
Tu mazā, klusā Betlēme (Latvian version of "O Little Town of Bethlehem") (track 13)
Valkea joulu (track 7)
Ziemassvētku nakts (Latvian version of "Silver Bells") (track 3)
later versions:
Angels We Have Heard on High (Pentatonix version) (track 14)
Carol of the Bells (Nox Arcana version) (track 9)
Deck the Halls (track 2)
Duck the Halls (track 2)
Forest Green (lyrics of "O Little Town of Bethlehem" set to a different tune, the traditional carol as sung in the UK and in the Episcopal church in the US) (track 13)
Lass es schnei’n (track 10)
Little Town (Cliff Richard carol -- the traditional words set to new music) (track 13)
O Little Town of Bethlehem (Kenneth Jennings arrangement) (track 13)
O' Little Town of Bethlehem (Bob Dylan arrangement) (track 13)
Silent Night (Lindner version) (track 12)
Silent Night (Elvis Presley version) (track 12)
Sleigh Ride (track 1)
The Holly and the Ivy (Ben Shive arrangement) (track 4)
The Twelve Days of Christmas (Cahn/Van Heusen lyric version, introduced by Frank Sinatra in 1968) (track 15)
We Three Kings (Nox Arcana version) (track 12)
Weiße Weihnacht (track 7)
medley including a recording of:
Away in a Manger (unknown version) (track 12)
Joy to the World (Christmas carol) (track 12)
O Holy Night (track 12)
Silent Night (track 12)
The Chosen One (Rogers/Hartman/Glassmeyer) (track 12)
The First Noël (track 12)
We Three Kings (track 12)
part of:
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944 film) (track 12)
recording of:
I Saw Three Ships (track 8)
Silver Bells (track 3)
Sleigh Ride (original instrumental version) (track 1)
White Christmas (track 7)
referred to in medleys:
A Christmas Festival (tracks 2, 12)
Holiday Cheer (track 3)
Mix 4 (The Best Xmas Party Ever!) (tracks 2, 7)
Megamix 3 (It Must Be Christmas) (track 11)
Polarlufteinbruch (track 10)
Christmas Medley (Bing Crosby version) (tracks 2, 13)
Megamix 2 (It Must Be Christmas) (tracks 3, 12)
Megamix 4 (It Must Be Christmas) (track 2)
Mix 3 (The Best Xmas Party Ever!) (tracks 3, 11–12)
Noëls pour cordes (tracks 12, 12–13)
translated version of:
version of:
Cantique de Noël "Minuit chrétiens" (French original of "O Holy Night") (track 12)
Shchedryk (track 9)
St. Louis (track 13)
The First Nowell (track 12)

Release

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