"Christmas is our time of year! We love having so many of you at our concerts — seeing families reunite to begin their holidays together — feeling the heightened joy and peace as the last concerts give way to Christmas Eve.
"What makes it even more wonderful is that we know that so many more of you can join us through the broadcasts of American Public Media. We hope that at Christmas or at any time of year, you will enjoy this collection of favorite holiday music, recorded live in Stanford's magnificent Memorial Church."
American Public Media and Chanticleer
"Ever since Chanticleer recorded Franz Biebl's “Ave Maria“ in 1990, radio listeners have been reaching for the volume dial and asking for a little quiet in the house or car as the ensemble opens up into those glorious dark-chocolate harmonies. This is the music and these are the voices that, for so many, simply mean Christmas.
"In 2007, American Public Media began sharing more of that magic by distributing to public radio stations the choir's annual and always-sold-out Christmas concert. These gentlemen start in New York right after Thanksgiving and sing their way home to California — where our microphones are waiting in the crystal acoustic of Stanford University's Memorial Chapel.
"Here are our favorite moments from those broadcasts. We're thrilled they've found their way into your hands, and may they bring as much joy to you as they have to us."
With our best wishes for the season,
American Public Media
A Chanticleer Christmas
1. Hodie Christus natus est Plainsong 2:26
2. O admirabile commercium,Jacob Handl (1550-1591) 2:38
- 3. Hodie nobis cælorum, Rex Giovanni Maria Nanino (1543-1607) 4:10
- 4. En! Na tus est Emanuel / Psallite, Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) 2:17
- 5. Vom Himmel hoch, Martin Luther (1483-1546), 9:48
arr. Michael Praetorius (1571-1621
- 6. Caroling, Caroling / Bright, Bright the Holly Berries, 2:20
Alfred Burt (1920-1954)
- 7. Angels We Have Heard on High, Traditional French; 2:24
arr. Edward Shippen Barnes (1887-1958); adapted by Matthew Oltman (b. 1975)
- 8. Bethlehem Down, Peter Warlock (1894-1930) 3:42
- 9. There Is No Rose of Such Virtue, Robert H. Young (b. 1923) 4:14
- 10. Rocking Carol (Hajej, nynej, Ježíšku) Traditional Czech; 1:57
From The Oxford Book of Carols (1928), edited by Percy Dearmer (1867-1936),
Martin Shaw (1875-1958) and R. Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
- 11. Unflambeau, Jeannette, Isabella Traditional French; 1:39
arr. Hugh Keyte, Andrew Parrott (b. 1947) and Walter Ehret (1918-2009)
- 12. Away in a Manger, William J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1921) 3:02
- 13. O Holy Night, Adolphe Adam (1803-1856), arr. Joseph H. Jennings (b. 1954) 6:29
- 14. The First Nowell, Traditional English; arr. David Wilcocks (b. 1919) 5:05
- 15. Ave Maria, Franz Biebl (1906-2001) 7:05