Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Jubilee: The Choir of King's College, Cambridge (1970)

London Jubilee JL 41047

One final Christmas LP before the season is over. I don't recall where I picked this one up. It is a bit crackly, but it's a good recording. It is not on CD.

From the LP label:
"The Choir of King's College, Cambridge
Directed by
David Willcocks"

Note: For this LP, I used primarily equipment that was left out on garbage night in my neighborhood. The turntable is a Technics SL-7 linear tracker I picked up about two years ago. I lubricated the tonearm rail, put on a new tonearm drive belt, and installed an Ortofon X1-MCP moving coil cartridge. It has performed flawlessly ever since. A harman/kardon CDR2 was left out this past Sunday presumably because the play side wasn't working. The record side, however, works fine. It has the same AKM 24-bit/96 kHz analog-to-digital converter as my CDR20. I installed it in my second system, which includes the Technics, and used it for digitizing this LP.

The Holly and the Ivy

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

O Come All Ye Faithful

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas at St. John's (1974)

Argo ZRG 782

Another great Christmas LP. I no longer remember when I picked this up. It is in very good condition.

From the LP:
"The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge
directed by George Guest"

Ding Dong Merrily on High

Good King Wenceslas

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

The First Nowell

I Saw Three Ships

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Richfield High School Varsity Chorus Christmas

I found this record in the dollar bin at a record shop in Austin, Texas. It is a bit worn, but the music is well-recorded, and the performances (with the exception of a few wavering solos) are excellent. I donated the LP to the thrift shop after I grabbed these tracks, so I don't have a pic of the cover. Instead, I offer this random photo from the Internet.

In my day, most chorus teachers accompanied their students on piano, both in class and in performance, and this record captures the simple style of those performances.

This LP was ostensibly made just for the students of Richfield High School and their families. I performed some fancy digital editing to "Silver Bells," which originally ended with an awkward key change.

Silver Bells (digital edit)

O Tannenbaum

Carol of the Drum

Thursday, December 1, 2011

An Early New England Christmas (1978)

Philo 1062

I am always on the lookout for Christmas music. This was a thrift shop find (99¢), in good condition.

from the LP:
"with the University of Vermont Choral Union • James G. Chapman, Conductor"

My Dancing Day

Here We Come A-Wassailing

Good King Wenceslas


The Holly and the Ivy