Sung in English, French, German, Latin and Spanish, variously.
While shepherds watched their flocks by night / John Foster of High Green, Yorkshire The shepherds in the fields : from Christmas story / Heinrich Scütz Procendenti puero / Anonymous, medieval Riu, riu, chiu : Spanish traditional La luz de vuestros ojos / Francisco Guerrero For unto us a Child is born : from Messiah / Handel Presto : from Sinfonia per il Santissimo Natale / Giuseppe Valentini Salvator noster / Giovanni Gabrieli There is no rose : from A ceremony of carols / Britten Wir Christenleut : BWV 612 : from Orgel-Büchlein / Bach Quem pastores laudavere / Michael Praetorius Allegro : from Concerto grosso in G minor, op. 6/8 : Christmas / Corelli Omnes de Saba / Orlande de Lassus The shepherd's farewell : from L'enfance du Christ / Berlioz The three Kings / Peter Cornelius O magnum mysterium / Poulenc The Coventry carol / traditional ; arr. Kenneth Leighton Noël no. 1 / Louis-Claude Daquin Verbum patris umanatur : Anonymous, medieval English Hodie nobis / Pedro de Cristo Pueri nostri concinite / Michael Praetorius God is with us : Christmas proclamation / John Tavener.
Music, both vocal and instrumental, appropriate to the season selected by Lucy Hayward-Warburton from Hyperion discs previously issued at various times between 1986 and 2000. Compact disc. Digital recordings. Issued with BBC music magazine.