1st Sep 2003
CD HLL 7504
Claire Rutter, Soprano
James Burton, Choral Director
HALLÉ CHRISTMAS CLASSICS
Sleigh Ride Anderson
Angels from the Realms of Glory Smart/Montgomery arr. Cullen
Nativity Carol Trad. arr. Rutter
Silver Bells Livingston & Evans arr. Cullen
The World You’re Coming Into from Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio (Eric Traulert treble) McCartney & Davis
The First Nowell Trad. arr. Gould
Joy to the World! Mason/Watts arr. Rutter
Carol of the Bells Leontovich/Wilhousky arr. Hayman
O Holy Night Adam/Dwight arr. Cullen
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring J.S. Bach transl. Bridges
The Most Wonderful Birthday of All Davis/Newell
Jingle Bells Pierpont arr. Gould
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Martin & Blane arr. Cullen, rev. Davis
Waltz of the Snowflakes from The Nutcracker Tchaikovsky
White Christmas Berlin arr. Cullen
‘Claire Rutter… thrilling confidence and elan… a true prima donna… [with] spine tingling top notes…’
This latest Hallé recording includes a wealth of Christmas favourites, under the direction of BAFTA award-winning conductor and composer, Carl Davis.
The album shows a different side to the Hallé and features new studio recordings by the renowned producer Andrew Keener. It includes both traditional carols such as The First Nowell, Angels from the Realms of Glory and O Holy Night, and timeless classics such as Sleigh Ride, Jingle Bells, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and, of course, White Christmas.
For his acclaimed film scores and charismatic conducting, Davis is a frequent and long-standing guest with the Hallé in Manchester and beyond, conducting a wide range of repertoire from TV and film themes to Gilbert and Sullivan. Acclaimed internationally for her portrayal of opera’s most famous heroines, soprano Claire Rutter features in many of the best-known tracks.