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Track(s) taken from SIGCD108

O holy night

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Huddersfield Choral Society, Joseph Cullen (conductor), Darius Battiwalla (organ)
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Recording details: January 2007
Huddersfield Town Hall, United Kingdom
Produced by John H West
Engineered by Mike Hatch
Release date: October 2007
Total duration: 5 minutes 34 seconds

Other recordings available for download

The Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter (conductor)
King's College Choir Cambridge, Sir Stephen Cleobury (conductor), Henry Websdale (organ)
It is startling to recall that this much-loved cornerstone of the Christmas repertory was, within living memory, banned by radio stations in the American South because of the ’socialist’ and anti-slavery sentiments of its text. The author, de Roquemaure, was a friend of the composer and a leading intellectual light in Paris during the period leading up to the 1848 revolution; the translator was the American abolitionist John Sullivan Dwight (1812-93). The composer, Adolphe Adam, remembered mainly for his attractive ballet score to Giselle and for this, his Cantique de Noël, spent most of a busy life prolifically writing operas and ballets in Paris. Ironically, the 1848 revolution led to his bankruptcy when a new opera house he had backed was forced to close due to the fighting.

from notes by John Rutter © 2003

Other albums featuring this work

100 Years of Nine Lessons & Carols
Studio Master: KGS0033-D2CDs Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The Cambridge Singers Christmas Album
CSCD512Download only
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