A Winter’s Light

Naxos: 8573030

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A Winter’s Light

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8573030

Discs:

1

Release date:

29th Oct 2012

Barcode:

0747313303076

Length:

72 minutes

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A Winter’s Light

A Christmas Collection


Adam:

O Holy Night

arr. J.E. West

Martin Ford (organ)

Chilcott:

This is the truth

Martin Ford (organ)

Sweet was the song

Martin Ford (organ)

Rejoice and be merry

Martin Ford (organ)

Christmas-tide

Darke:

In the Bleak Midwinter

Martin Ford (organ)

Davies, Walford:

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Martin Ford (organ)

Gabrieli, G:

Hodie Christus natus est a 10

Gibbs, A:

The Stable Door

Howells:

Sing Lullaby

Jackson, Gabriel:

The Christ-child

Pierpont:

Jingle Bells

arr. B. Parry

Praetorius, M:

Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

arr. Sandström

Rathbone, J:

Gabriel’s Message

I believe in Father Christmas

Carol Medley

Martin Ford (organ)

Rutter:

Nativity carol

Martin Ford (organ)

Sweelinck:

Hodie Christus natus est

Villette:

Hymne à la Vierge, Op. 24

Willcocks, D:

Of the Father's heart begotten

Martin Ford (organ)


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The Vasari Singers’ annual carol concerts always provide a warming blend of traditional favourites and less well-known music from all periods and styles. Here, joyous and masterful 16th-century polyphony sits alongside eternally popular Victorian carols, and exquisitely crafted settings by Howells and Walford Davies join works as recent as Gabriel Jackson’s The Christ-child. Bob Chilcott magically superimposes traditional carols with entrancing new material, and no Vasari Christmas would be complete without some close harmony Swingle singing. The Vasari Singers have also recorded Gabriel Jackson’s Requiem (8573049).

The Vasari Singers’ Great British Anthems [8572102] was described as “essential listening” by Gramophone. The mixture of moving beauty and entertaining good humour in this programme makes it a disc which is sure to appeal to a very wide audience this and every festive season.

Founded in 1980, Vasari Singers is among the leading chamber choirs in Britain, performing music ranging from Renaissance to contemporary. The choir performs regularly in London as well as visiting many of England’s cathedrals to sing services, with recent trips to Canterbury, Salisbury, Bath and Ripon. The choir and Jeremy Backhouse are deeply committed to contemporary music and have commissioned over twenty works since 2000, including works by Francis Pott and Gabriel Jackson.

Bob Chilcott: On Christmas Night (text by Traditional)

On Christmas Night: I. This is the truth (I)

Traditional: Gabriel's Message (arr. J. Rathbone)

Gabriel's Message (arr. J. Rathbone)

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Hodie Christus natus est

Hodie Christus natus est

Michael Praetorius: Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (arr. J. Sandstrom)

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (arr. J. Sandstrom)

Herbert Howells: Sing Lullaby

Sing Lullaby

Pierre Villette: Hymne a la Vierge, Op. 24

Hymne a la Vierge, Op. 24

Bob Chilcott: On Christmas Night (text by W. Ballet and F.X. Gruber)

On Christmas Night: VI. Sweet was the song

Theodoricus Petri Nylandensis: Of the Father's Heart Begotten (arr. D. Willcocks)

Of the Father's Heart Begotten (arr. D. Willcocks)

Giovanni Gabrieli: Hodie Christus natus est a 10

Hodie Christus natus est a 10

On Christmas Night (text by Traditional)

On Christmas Night: VII. Rejoice and be merry

Henry Walford Davies: O little town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem

Cecil Armstrong Gibbs: The Stable Door

The Stable Door

Adolphe Adam: Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night) (arr. J.E. West)

Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night) (arr. J.E. West)

Harold Darke: In the Bleak Mid-Winter

In the Bleak Mid-Winter

Gabriel Jackson: The Christ-child

The Christ-child

Nativity carol

Nativity carol

Jingle Bells (arr. B. Parry)

Jingle Bells (arr. B. Parry)

Bob Chilcott: Christmas-tide

Christmas-tide

Greg Lake: I Believe in Father Christmas (arr. J. Rathbone)

I Believe in Father Christmas (arr. J. Rathbone)

Jonathan Rathbone: Carol Medley

Carol Medley

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas 2012

***

“Rathbone's energetically bouncing arrangement of Gabriel's Message is a good place to sample the Vasari Singers' warmly engaged performances”

MusicWeb International

November 2012

“I found [the Gibbs] utterly beguiling and count it as a real discovery...The Vasari Singers always close their Christmas concerts with some seasonal sweetmeats, as they do here...the standard of singing throughout the programme is very high indeed – as we’ve come to expect from this fine ensemble.”

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