In Terra Pax

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In Terra Pax


Presto Disc of the Week

30th November 2009



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26th Oct 2009




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In Terra Pax

A Christmas Anthology


In terra pax, Op. 39

Gardner, John:

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day


Christmas Day, H109


Here is the Little Door

A Spotless Rose


There Is No Rose


A Hymn of the Nativity


Sir Christèmas

A babe is born


What sweeter music

Vaughan Williams:

Folk songs of the four seasons – Winter


Three carols

Julia Doyle (soprano), Roderick Williams (baritone) & Mark Williams (organ and piano)

City of London Choir & Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Hilary Davan Wetton



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Performances of carols both ancient and modern have become central to the celebration of Christmas.

The choral music on this disc includes Holst’s surprisingly neglected Christmas Day, as well as music by Leighton, Joubert, Mathias, Gardner and Rutter.

The nostalgic mood of Howells’s evergreen carol anthems is echoed in Finzi’s In terra pax, which recalls the pealing of bells at midnight on a frosty Christmas Eve.

The City of London Choir, which enjoys an enviable reputation as a “leader among non-professional choruses” (The Times), makes its Naxos début with this delightful recording.

Gustav Holst: Christmas Day

Christmas Day

John Joubert: There Is No Rose, Op. 14

There is no Rose, Op. 14

William Mathias: Sir Christemas

Sir Christemas

Herbert Howells: Here is the little door

Here is the little door

Herbert Howells: A Spotless Rose

A Spotless Rose

Gerald Finzi: In terra pax, Christmas Scene, Op. 39

In terra pax, Christmas Scene, Op. 39

Peter Warlock: 3 Carols

No. 1. Tyrley, tyrlow

No. 2. Balulalow

No. 3. As I sat under a sycamore tree

Kenneth Leighton: A Hymn of the Nativity

A Hymn of the Nativity

John Rutter: What Sweeter Music

What sweeter music

John Gardner: Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, Op. 75, No. 2

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

William Mathias: A Babe is Born, Op. 53

A Babe is Born, Op. 53

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Folksongs of the 4 Seasons

I. Children's Christmas song

II. Wassail song

III. In Bethlehem city

IV. God bless the Master

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas 2009


“The gem here is Finzi's In terra pax… From late in Finzi's life, it is suffused with English pastoral yearning, and baritone Roderick Williams sings beautifully in the outer sections.”

The Guardian

4th December 2009


“ outstanding account of one of the minor masterpieces of 20th-century English music.”

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