Bob Chilcott: The Rose in the Middle of Winter

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Bob Chilcott: The Rose in the Middle of Winter

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8573159
(8.573159)

Discs:

1

Release date:

4th Nov 2013

Barcode:

0747313315970

Length:

77 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Bob Chilcott: The Rose in the Middle of Winter

Carols by Bob Chilcott


Chilcott:

Song of the Crib

World Premiere Recording

Les anges dans nos campagnes

The Advent Candle

World Premiere Recording

The Rose in the Middle of Winter

Heart-in-Waiting

The Shepherds Sing

World Premiere Recording

Shepherd's Carol

On Christmas Night

World Premiere Recording

What sweeter music

World Premiere Recording

Mid-winter

The Bethlehem Star

World Premiere Recording

Silent night

World Premiere Recording

The night he was born

Gifts for the Child of Winter

World Premiere Recording

Before the ice (O magnum mysterium)

World Premiere Recording


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Bob Chilcott has been described by The Observer as ‘a contemporary hero of British Choral Music’, and his music is commissioned and sung by choirs throughout the world. His Christmas pieces, a number of which are heard here in première recordings, reveal his enthusiasm for recently written texts, to which he responds with acute verbal sensitivity.

Commotio is one of the UK’s foremost chamber choirs, hailing from Oxford, where they have performed choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries since 1999.

The central piece of this album is the previously unrecorded carol sequence On Christmas Night, which shows how his ambition is to infuse new blood alongside more traditional melodies and for each to be enriched by it.

Bob Chilcott is one of Britain’s most popular and most-performed composers of choral music, and has enriched the contemporary repertoire immensely.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Bob Chilcott: Song of the Crib

Song of the Crib

Bob Chilcott: Les anges dans nos campagnes

Les anges dans nos campagnes

Bob Chilcott: The Advent Candle

The Advent Candle

Bob Chilcott: The Rose in the Middle of Winter

The Rose in the Middle of Winter

Bob Chilcott: The Heart-in-Waiting

The Heart-in-Waiting

Bob Chilcott: The shepherds sing

The shepherds sing

Bob Chilcott: The Shepherd's Carol

The Shepherd's Carol

Bob Chilcott: On Christmas Night

This is the truth (I)

Adam lay ybounden

A spotless Rose

The Cherry Tree Carol

O little town

Sweet was the song

Rejoice and be merry

This is the truth (II)

Bob Chilcott: What sweeter music

What sweeter music

Bob Chilcott: Mid-Winter (version for chorus, flute and harp)

Mid-Winter (version for chorus, flute and harp)

Bob Chilcott: The Bethlehem Star

The Bethlehem Star

Franz Xaver Gruber: Silent night (arr. B. Chilcott for choir and organ)

Silent night (arr. B. Chilcott for choir and organ)

Bob Chilcott: The night he was born

The night he was born

Bob Chilcott: Gifts for the Child of Winter

Gifts for the Child of Winter

Bob Chilcott: Before the ice (O magnum mysterium)

Before the ice (O magnum mysterium)

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas Issue 2013

****

“Chilcott share Rutter's facility with melody...An ex-chorister himself, he also sets words very naturally....Chilcott's music is often more demanding than Rutter's, but that's no problem for the excellent singers of Commotio, expertly conducted by Matthew Berry.”

MusicWeb International

16th December 2013

“The music on this disc, which is unfailingly attractive, certainly communicates with the listener directly and strongly. That communication with the listener is undoubtedly enhanced by the performances of Commotio...I think this delightful disc will enhance the musical side of Christmas for a lot of people.”

Presto Classical

Katherine Cooper

9th December 2013

“an ideal showcase for Commotio’s clean, unfussy sound and pristine intonation...it all feels unmistakeably ‘Christmassy’ from the first phrase: Chilcott has a happy knack for a memorable melody, and his settings of often familiar texts feel so natural that they’ll feel like old favourites after just one hearing.”

Sunday Times

8th December 2013

****

“A welcome present of fresh, tuneful carols here from Bob Chilcott, a master steeped in the genre...Sure to be a hit with singers everywhere will be his Song of the Crib, an instantly likable, warm and sweet setting of words by Charles Bennett”

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