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26 Carols And Christmas Songs

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26 Carols And Christmas Songs
26 Carols And Christmas Songs


Mantovani made his first Christmas single (White Christmas, with Adeste Fideles for the B side) for Decca in October 1952. Later, he recorded a further twelve numbers for An Album of Christmas Music and it became a major seller in the 1950s. With the advent of stereo, in 1958 all fourteen numbers were re-recorded and the album (here heard as CD 1) became a million seller. It was followed in 1963 with a second Christmas album, entitled A Song for Christmas from which this set takes it names. A Song for Christmas finds the Mike Sammes Chorus and Singers, who often joined the Italian born maestros musicians. They can be heard on seven of the twelve numbers on the record. A frequent arranger of much of the music Mantovani recorded was Cecil Milner, one of the maestros select team of arrangers. Among the familiar carols on the album, are some unfamiliar items like Mantovanis self-penned Christmas Bells, which conjures up the happy atmosphere surrounding Jesus Christs birthday celebrations. Paul Lambrechts Midnight Waltz and the now-forgotten traditional tune Nazareth, are equally unfamiliar, while Milners arrangement of O Thou that tellest Good Tidings to Zion (from Handels Messiah) is entirely free of Mantovanis signature cascading strings.


  1. Name
  2. Mantovani Christmas Album: O Come All Ye Faithful
  3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  4. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
  5. White Christmas
  6. Good King Wenceslas
  7. O Holy Night
  8. The First Nowell
  9. Joy To The World
  10. Silent Night, Holy Night
  11. O Tannenbaum
  12. Midnight Waltz
  13. Nazareth
  14. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  15. The Skaters Waltz, Op. 183 (Les Patineurs)
  16. A Song For Christmas: Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly*
  17. Once In Royal Davids City*
  18. Jingle Bells
  19. Toy Waltz
  20. The Holly And The Ivy*
  21. O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion (from Messiah)
  22. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear*
  23. The Twelve Days Of Christmas*
  24. While Shepherds Watched
  25. Christmas Bells
  26. Marys Boy Child*
  27. I Saw Three Ships*
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