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Hark! the herald angels sing – Mendelssohn

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Hark! the herald angels sing
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tune taken from second movement of Festgesang, 1840
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Charles Wesley’s text of what we know as Hark! the herald angels sing first appeared in 1739 in the collection Hymns and sacred poems. Within the carol genre, this has one of the most complicated histories of all. Originally the first line had different words, while Wesley intended the tune to be the same as his Christ the Lord is risen today. The now-familiar music originated in a Mendelssohn cantata (celebrating Gutenburg’s invention of the printing press) but in 1815 it was adapted by William H Cummings to fit Wesley’s words.

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2020

Recordings

In the bleak midwinter
Studio Master: KGS0060-DDownload only NEWStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
100 Years of Nine Lessons & Carols
Studio Master: KGS0033-DDownload onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols - The Centenary Service
Studio Master: KGS0036-DDownload onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
A winter's night
Studio Master: SIGCD646Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Adeste fideles
Studio Master: SIGCD460Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Adeste fideles
CDA66668
Christmas carols from Village Green to Church Choir
SIGCD387Download only
Christmas through the ages
NOEL1
Favourite Carols from King's
Studio Master: KGS0007Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Joy to the World
CDH55161
Nine Lessons & Carols
Studio Master: KGS0001Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Now may we singen
Studio Master: SIGCD595Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Rutter: A Christmas Festival
COLCD133Download only
The Carols Album
Studio Master: SIGCD108Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

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Track 19 on KGS0060-D [3'25] Download only NEW
Track 21 on CDA66668 [3'05]
Track 16 on CDH55161 [3'26]
Track 19 on COLCD133 [4'05] Download only
Track 10 on KGS0001 CD2 [3'20] Download only
Track 24 on KGS0007 [3'11] Download only
Track 16 on KGS0033-D CD1 [3'11] Download only
Track 8 on KGS0033-D CD2 [3'46] Download only
Track 31 on KGS0036-D [3'25] Download only
Track 16 on NOEL1 [3'05]
Track 1 on SIGCD108 [3'21] Download only
Track 15 on SIGCD387 [3'15] Download only
Track 25 on SIGCD460 [3'02] Download only
Track 16 on SIGCD595 [3'31] Download only
Track 19 on SIGCD646 [3'49] Download only

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