Christmas Traditional

Angels We Have Heard on High

    Description by Zoran Minderovic

    This well-known carol is a version of "Les anges dans nos campagnes" (Angels in our fields), an eighteenth-century French noël with a Latin refrain, from Lorraine or Provence. Although the earliest printed source of this song is Abbé Louis Lambillotte's 1842 collection Choix de cantiques sur des airs nouveaux, scholars date the melody to the eighteenth century. In fact, as The New Oxford Book of Carols asserts, since no new newly composed eighteenth-century noël melody is known, Angels We Have Heard on High is probably older. The enchantingly simple melody conjures up an atmosphere of quiet devotion, which is affirmed by the gently expressive legato voices of the Latin refrain. The English text probably stems from James Chadwick's extremely loose translation of the French original. The popular English version, with a somewhat simplified and perhaps less subtle tune, first appeared in Holy Family Hymns (1860).

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Paraclete GDWR 05
    2016 Mark Records 52130 MCD
    2016 Masterworks / Sony Classical 88985359582
    2015 Brigham Young University / BYU Music Group YCD 0415 COJ
    2015 Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
    2015 Somerset Entertainment 63239
    2015 Reflections 63095
    2015 Sono Luminus SLE 70003
    2015 Coviello Classics COV 91516
    2014 Sonoma 271
    2014 Seraphic Fire Media / SFM SFMCD 14
    2014 Miller Music USA 77763
    2014 Somerset Entertainment / 'Tis the Season 62300
    2014 Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
    2014 Aim Higher / Universal
    2014 Somerset Entertainment / 'Tis the Season 62299
    2014 Abner Taft Apsley RN 364000
    2014 Reflections / Somerset Group 61672
    2014 Guild / Guild Light Music GLCD 5222
    2013 Basset Hound Records BHR 1122
    2013 Masterworks / Portrait 378022
    2013 Portrait 374479
    2013 Warner Classics 5099940956626
    2013 Somerset Entertainment / 'Tis the Season 60957
    2013 Decca
    2013 Collegium Records CSCD 306
    2013 Somerset Entertainment / Somerset Group 60954
    2013 Coro COR 16117
    2013 Avalon Records 60286
    2013 Universal Latino
    2013 Platinum Legends / Sony Music 60760
    2013 MSR Classics MS 1485
    2012 Gloriae Dei Cantores GDCD 054
    2012 MVD Audio MVD 5973A
    2012 Shadow Mountain Records 5082348
    2012 Masterworks / Sony Classical / Sony Music 799256
    2012 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099963656
    2011 Motéma Music MTM 69
    2011 AAO Music / United Entertainment / United Multimedia BN 19062
    2011 Westminster Choir College WCC 0691
    2011 Harp Music to Go 89076
    2011 Harp Music To Go 92118
    2011 Decca
    2011 Quietime QT 7
    2011 Gothic Records G49095
    2011 Disc Makers
    2011 Brass Band of Central Florida
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Musical Heritage Society 5196961
    2010 Opening Day Recordings 7388
    2010 Chanticleer Records 2093
    2010 Listen Records / Steinway & Sons STNS 50001
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Haenssler 98609
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Dorian 92117
    2010 Decca
    2010 Gloriae Dei Cantores 50
    2010 Decca / Philips 0015001
    2009 Jav / JAV Recordings JAV184
    2009 Maria Rota 5637573613
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 NuGroove Music 2042
    2009 Decca / Philips 13437
    2009 Decca / Universal Distribution 2720642
    2009 Decca / Philips 13657
    2009 X5 Music Group 15898
    2009 Sony Classical 88697561732
    2008 Immergent 81156
    2008 Metro / Metro / Metro Christmas 17
    2008 Martingale 700692
    2008 Word Distribution 887758
    2008 Immergent 81152
    2008 Brassjar 9654
    2008 CMD / Green Hill Productions 554432
    2008 Immergent 81159
    2008 Immergent 81162
    2008 Noel / Noel, 25306
    2008 Sight and Sound / Warner Music 2564694062
    2008 Immergent 81165
    2008 Word Distribution 887759
    2008 Immergent 81151
    2008 Martingale 700702
    2007 Telarc Distribution CD80687
    2007 Oglio Records 81615
    2007 Madacy 53090
    2007 Kings Road 62
    2007 BMG / St. Clair 35692
    2007 Daywind / Vital Communications 82
    2007 St. Clair 3459
    2007 Jasmine Records JASCD 664
    2007 Kultur 4212
    2007 New York Treble Singers 68626
    2006 Holland / Ross Records ROSS 66302
    2006 Turn Up the Music 2681
    2006 North Star Music 224
    2006 Gothic Records 49246
    2006 Turn Up the Music 2598
    2006 LaserLight 76056
    2006 Lumiere Records 1032
    2006 Clarion 928
    2006 St Clair / St. Clair 9465
    2006 MSR Classics MS 1153
    2006 Northquest 216019
    2006 Madacy 52687
    2006 Summitt Records / Summit Records 464
    2006 Madacy 52306
    2005 Blumountain Records 907332
    2005 Philips / Universal 4756398
    2005 ABC Classics 4654272
    2005 Doug Gefvert 2002
    2005 Gothic Records 49230
    2005 Orange Band 1890
    2005 BMG Special Products / Sony Music Distribution / Sony Special Products 95994
    2005 Sony Music Distribution 95103
    2005 Sony Classical 94769
    2005 Genius Records 34922
    2005 Madacy 251569
    2004 Aoshima Ltd. / Hevin hevin2
    2004 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood Records 40558
    2004 Gia 590
    2004 Compendia / Intersound 5780
    2004 BMG Special Products 47682
    2004 BMG Special Products 48733
    2004 BMG Special Products 48794
    2004 BMG Special Products 8772
    2004 BMG Special Products 747685
    2004 A440 Music Group / Proteus Entertainment 9001
    2004 Decca
    2004 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2531
    2004 Western Wind Records 1225
    2004 London/Decca / Decca 4756153
    2004 Decca 6153
    2004 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 50358
    2004 Naxos 8557715
    2004 BMG / BMG Special Products 484322
    2004 Reader's Digest Music 4046
    2003 Koch / Koch International Classics 7559
    2003 Rattlesby Records / Rattlesby Records 1006
    2003 Maranatha Music / Dana Point Music 971777
    2003 Windham Hill Jazz / Windham Hill Records 10135
    2003 M & H Hawaii / MAH 1898
    2003 Creative Street / Creative, Street 204
    2003 Genius Products / Genius Records 3057
    2002 (Independently by Label) chammer
    2002 Madacy 8250
    2002 AAO Music / United Multimedia 10991
    2002 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 5071
    2002 Guild 7234
    2002 Madacy 2621
    2002 Turtle Creek Chorale 1210
    2002 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 5067
    2002 Medalist Entertainment 60117
    2002 Madacy 5072
    2002 Direct Source 2032
    2002 Sony Music Distribution 89788
    2002 Clarity Sound & Light 31
    2002 Madacy 8251
    2002 Sony Classical 87771
    2001 (Independently by Label)
    2001 Orchard / Sony Music Distribution 801459
    2001 Pamplin Music 2267
    2001 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3229
    2001 Pash Performance 7755
    2001 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 60356
    2001 Sony Classical / Sony Classical Essential Classics 89648
    2001 Laserlight 35890/35608
    2001 Laserlight 35608
    2001 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood Records 60781
    2001 BMG / BMG Special Products 75517457922
    2001 BMG / BMG Special Products 45790
    2001 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3238
    2001 SDG (Soli Deo Gloria) / Soli Deo Gloria 981
    2001 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3221
    2001 Sony Classical 89468
    2001 Sony Music Distribution 89468
    2001 Sony Music Distribution 89468
    2001 Decca / Uptown/Universal 470022
    2001 Madacy 5293
    2001 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3235
    2001 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3236
    2000 Naxos 8.555291
    2000 6w 65009
    2000 Columbia River Group 160001
    2000 Baby Genius 7717
    2000 Pro Organo 7093
    2000 Camden / Delta Distribution 21726
    2000 RCA Victor Red Seal / RCA 09026637122
    2000 Compose Records 9662
    2000 Word Distribution 62022
    1999 Sony Music Distribution 64354
    1999 Herald Records 237
    1999 Classic Christmas 1937
    1999 Albany Music Distribution 353
    1999 Gothic Records 49109
    1999 Decca 4489982
    1999 Delta Distribution / Laserlight 21373
    1999 Delta Distribution 24827
    1999 Centaur Records 2137
    1999 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 357
    1998 Sony Music Distribution 33198
    1998 Madacy 2622
    1998 Resmiranda 8033
    1998 Klavier Records 11085
    1998 Delta Distribution / Laserlight 12198
    1998 Reader's Digest Music 9113
    1998 Reader's Digest Music 9123
    1998 Capriccio Records / Laserlight 492283
    1997 Delta Distribution / Laserlight 12945
    1997 Collegium / Collegium Records CSCD 503
    1997 Delta Distribution / Laserlight 12975
    1997 Sony Music Distribution 63305
    1997 Columbia River Entertainment Group 1080
    1997 Telarc Distribution 80446
    1997 Columbia River Entert / Valmark 1084
    1997 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / BCI Music 243
    1997 MetroMusic / Sophia Sounds 104
    1997 BCI Music / BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 2433
    1996 Laserlight 12769
    1996 MusicMasters 67175
    1996 D'Note Classics 1015
    1996 Absolute 7125
    1996 Telarc Distribution 80416
    1996 Past 7082
    1996 Capriccio Records 10542
    1995 RCA Victor 68330
    1995 MLK / Sony Music Distribution 69253
    1995 RCA Victor / RCA 68265
    1995 Crystal Records Dist. 220
    1995 Albany Music Distribution 177
    1995 John Marks Records 12
    1995 Sony Music Distribution 20471
    1994 Naxos 550670
    1994 Cambria 1082
    1994 Premier Recordings / Premier 1040
    1994 Special Music Company 4577
    1994 Naxos 550188
    1994 RCA Victor / RCA 62683
    1994 Delos 3128
    1994 Gothic Records G-49036-2
    1994 Telarc Distribution 80377
    1994 Sugo 9412
    1994 Sony Music Distribution MFK 66300
    1994 Sony Music Distribution MFK 66300
    1994 Revere RVR-913
    1993 Sugo 9106
    1993 Laserlight 55533
    1993 Naxos 8550670
    1993 Crystal Records Dist. 430
    1993 Telarc Distribution CD-80226
    1993 Gothic Records G-49047
    1993 Sugo SR-9311
    1992 Sugo 9207
    1992 Reader's Digest Music 171
    1990 London 421103
    1990 London/Decca Jubilee / London 421103
    1990 Philips / Philips 420180
    1990 RCA 6430-2-RG
    1989 FFRR 075789
    1986 CBS Masterworks / CBS Records MK-7033
    1985 Sun Scape Records 28
    1984 Ryko / Rykodisc 10004/5
    1984 Philips 822571
    Newport Classic 60072
    Jennifer Muhawi
    Integra Classic 801
    RWYA
    Laughing Buddha Productions 992007
    Laughing Buddha Productions 992007
    Regency Music 20015
    Vox Allegretto 8406
    CD Guy 017295
    Revere 04
    Varèse Sarabande 5441
    Definitive 60110
    Special Music / Special Music Company S2D-4596
    Met 206
    The Goffs
    Orchard
    Marks & Spencer 2203
    Musicmasters / Musicmasters 67077-2
    Blair Works 2009
    Disky 102
    Word Distribution 887792
    ImTek Multimedia Services
    Menus and Music 112
    RCA 61867
    RCA 1217
    Decca 4756152
    Giannini Brass
    RCA 68265
    Michael Griego
    Unison 20015
    Sugo 236
    Silver Swan 03102
    Sonoma SBX 20574
    Silver Swan 03082
    Mark Sorrells
    Sugo SR-9311
    Heavenly / Heavenly Music HM0118
    Exultate Choir 41
    Nonesuch 79053
    LDMI 8801
    Indianapolis Saxophone Quartet 6280
    Angel City Music
    EMI Music Distribution 49097
    Ondine ODE 1010
    Beautiful Music 190
    Unison 089841222222
    Linn Kezer and Jessica Summerv
    Rampage Music 670176
    CINRAM 10851
    Silverwood Duo
    Music Inc. 1003
    Henry Conner
    Texas Saxophone Quartet
    Jim Hendricks
    Word Distribution 887789
    Madacy 53406
    Musica Mundial 8
    Smithsonian Records 40ND
    Richardson Records 700002
    Da Chiesa 112
    ABC Classics 4763682
    Middle Tennessee State University
    Saint Dominic Chapel 3518
    Exultate 106
    CBS Records 40441
    Timelesss Tuneworks
    Sony Music Distribution 66300
    Karen Adair