This week, another holiday special: the 2009 edition of "Christmas With the Philadelphia Singers." A Philadelphia holiday tradition, David Hayes conducts the Philadelphia Singers in their 15th annual Christmas concert. This year's performance, recorded at St. Clement's Church in Philadelphia, celebrates the holiday with hymns, traditional carols and music by Benjamin Britten, Morten Lauridsen and Alfred Burt. The program is crowned by the beautiful "Gloria" of John Rutter.
Once in Royal David's City (trad.)A Hymn to the Virgin (Benjamin Britten)There is No Rose of Such Virtue (anonymous text c. 1420)Ave Maria (Morten Lauridsen)Caroling, Caroling (Alfred Burt, 1954)All on a Christmas Morning (Alfred Burt, 1946)We'll dress this house (Alfred Burt, 1954)Ah, Bleak and Chill the Wintry Wind (Alfred Burt, 1945)Nigh Bethlehem (Alfred Burt, 1947)Come, Dear Children (Alfred Burt, 1952)Gloria (John Rutter)