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O holy night

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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


100 Years of Nine Lessons & Carols
Studio Master: KGS0033-DDownload onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
A Christmas Celebration
Studio Master: CDHLL7545Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Christmas Classics
CDHLL7504Download only
The Cambridge Singers Christmas Album
CSCD512Download only
The Carols Album
Studio Master: SIGCD108Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 9 on CDHLL7504 [4'23] Download only
Track 2 on CDHLL7545 [6'20] Download only
Track 13 on CSCD512 [4'37] Download only
Track 1 on KGS0033-D CD1 [5'38] Download only
Track 17 on SIGCD108 [5'34] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CSCD512 track 13

Recording date
1 January 1989
Recording venue
Great Hall, University College School, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jillian White
Recording engineer
Campbell Hughes
Hyperion usage
  1. The Cambridge Singers Christmas Album (CSCD512)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: September 2003
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