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Following its award-winning Christmas album, Sleep, Holy Babe (Naxos 8572868), Blossom Street explores a wide-ranging sequence of British folk song settings for choir, with a particular focus on the nautical. The repertoire embraces pioneers in the rediscovery and arrangement of folk songs such as Vaughan Williams, Grainger and Warlock, adds little-known gems by Holst and Bairstow, and also introduces vibrant new additions to the repertoire from contemporary composers, including James MacMillan and Judith Bingham and the conductor herself.
Sleep, Holy Babe (8572868), Blossom Street’s last album with Naxos, was selected as one of ClassicFM’s Christmas CDs of the Year.
James MacMillan: Lassie, Wad Ye Loe Me?
Lassie, Wad Ye Loe Me?
Alexander Campkin: A Lover and his Lass
A Lover and his Lass
Ralph Vaughan Williams: 5 English Folk Songs
5 English Folk Songs: No. 1. The Dark-Eyed Sailor
Judith Bingham: The Orphan Girl
The Orphan Girl
Peter Warlock: Yarmouth Fair
Over the Moon
Over the Moon
Percy Grainger: Songs of the North
Songs of the North: No. 14. Mo Nighean Dubh (My Dark-Haired Maiden)
Hilary Campbell: Blow the Wind Southerly
Blow the Wind Southerly
Gustav Holst: 12 Welsh Folk Songs
12 Welsh Folk Songs: No. 4. Awake, awake
John Byrt: Among the Leaves So Green, O
Among the Leaves So Green, O
Stuart Murray Turnbull: Skye
Paul Burke: Fare Thee Well
Fare Thee Well
Kerry Andrew: All Things Are Quite Silent
All Things Are Quite Silent
Edward C. Bairstow: The Oak and the Ash
The Oak and the Ash
Ernest John Moeran: The Sailor and Young Nancy
The Sailor and Young Nancy
Awards Issue 2013
“It is some indication of the quality of the 23 singers in Blossom Street that all the solos are outstanding, pure and true...It adds to the value of the disc that full texts are provided, and the recording is excellent, vivid and immediate with a nice feeling of atmosphere.”
17th October 2013
“The singing of Blossom Street gives much pleasure. The choir numbers 23 (6/5/6/6) and the sound is consistently fresh and well-balanced...It makes for enjoyable listening.”