Werner John | Christmas Past

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Christmas Past

by Werner John

A timeless Christmas recording. Beautiful new touches on favorite carols and classics, brought to life by creative instrumentalists.
Genre: Classical: New Age
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bring a Torch
Early Light Consort
3:39 $0.99
2. He Shall Feed His Flock
Early Light Consort
4:31 $0.99
3. The Journey (we Three Kings)
Early Light Consort
4:26 $0.99
4. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Early Light Consort
3:27 $0.99
5. A Rose Unfolding (lo How a Rose)
Early Light Consort
4:44 $0.99
6. Pachelbel's Christmas
Early Light Consort
5:25 $0.99
7. What Child Is This?
Early Light Consort
4:51 $0.99
8. Emmanuel
Early Light Consort
5:04 $0.99
9. Angels Rejoice!
Early Light Consort
4:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
Christmas Past features Werner John's Early Light ensemble with special guest Eugene Friesen of the Paul Winter Consort. Instruments include recorders, flute, guitar, lute, oboe, violin, cellos, and harpsichord. (42 minutes)

From the 2005 review at christmasreviews.com:

"Christmas Past lived up to my very high expectations. The musicianship is remarkable, and the recording quality is top notch, too. The strings and wind instruments seem to burst with clarity; you are right there in the room with them. The mix of early music instruments is such a great match for the holiday season-- warm and emotive, bright and joyous. I especially loved the deep voices of the oboe and cellos. The music selection is excellent, too; the nine tracks largely feature ancient carols, including terrific gems like "A Rose Unfolding" (Praetorius' "Es Is Ein Ros") and a marvelous closing "Angels Rejoice!" medley of seven carols.

What a delightful album! Consider pulling the Early Light Consort's Christmas Past into your holiday future!"

--Carol Swanson



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David Loehr

a Must Have
We bought the cassette tape the first year it was available, wore it out, bought another, wore it out and no have 2 CD's - just in case 1 ever wears out. The arrangements are wonderful, as are the artists. This CD is a must have for every Christmas collection.

rebecca simpson

Christmas Past CD
I first heard one selection on the radio. The announcer reported the name of the CD and the artists and suggested you could email to purchase a copy. He also stated this CD is the most requested music every year. I received the CD and have it in my car. It is now February 2, and I still continue to play it over, and over, and over. Needless to say, I have really enjoyed it!!! The songs you have selected, the arrangements, the instruments, and the artists are just the best!!!!! Thank you so much for your talents and for sharing them with all of us.

Linda Rust

Everyone to whom I've given this CD as a gift tells me it's one of their favorite Christmas albums. It certainly is one of my favorites as well. There is a serenity that is energetic to this music. Calming yet awakening.


lovely Christmas/holiday music
I am replacing a worn out tape of this collection. We wouldn't enjoy the season as much without it. Thank you!


I don't ever want to be without this collection. Best Christmas album ever!!!

Dan ( a real person in Mystic CT)

The Christmas Season is not all about Jingle Bells
My wife and I first heard this music on Christmas Eve in a quaint New England gift shop where we had ducked out of the falling snow. The warm fire, the aroma of Christmas trees, and the peace and joy of this music wafting through the shop instantly created such indelible memories. Now Christmas Eve will never be the same without this music. We treasured the tape that we bought that night. Unfortunately, so did our dog Tess. She devoured it. I am so thankful that CD Baby was there with a replacement CD. Joy To The World! I hope you love Werner John's music as much as we do. Merry Christmas!


Soothing, uplifting, wonderful
Purchased this year, this CD will be the one I play to close out the evening on Christmas Eve. Gentle, lovely, this is music to listen to with just the lights on the tree for illumination. "Pachelbel's Christmas" is a particular delight.


beautiful and different
I first bought this CD in 1989. Every year it is the one album of Christmas music I can listen to repeatedly. When I've become sick of all the holiday music coming at me from all quarters, this music remains fresh.