Howells: A Spotless Rose

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Our Christmas Sequence

Our Christmas Sequence


Arnold:

Fantasy on Christmas Carols from 'The Holly and The Ivy'

Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV645 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme'

Brahms:

Chorale Prelude Op. 122 No. 8 'Es ist ein Ros entsprungen'

Britten:

A New Year Carol

Delius:

Sleigh Ride

Grainger:

The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol

Holst:

Christmas Day, H109

Howells:

A Spotless Rose

A Maid Peerless

Praetorius, M:

Flos de radice Jesse

Rozsa:

A Christmas Sequence

Tchaikovsky:

The Legend

Vaughan Williams:

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Warlock:

Bethlehem Down


St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, John Scott

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Carols from Chelsea

Carols from Chelsea


Adam:

O Holy Night

Anderson, Leroy:

Sleigh Ride

Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV729 'In dulci jubilo'

Berlin, I:

White Christmas

Brahms:

Chorale Prelude Op. 122 No. 8 'Es ist ein Ros entsprungen'

Darke:

In the Bleak Midwinter

Gardner, John:

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

Gauntlett:

Once in Royal David's city

Gruber, F:

Stille Nacht

Head, M:

The Little Road to Bethlehem

Howells:

A Spotless Rose

Ireland:

The Holy Boy

Pott:

Hodie Christus natus est

Rutter:

Dormi, Jesu

trad.:

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

O little town of Bethlehem

Ding dong! merrily on high

Vaughan Williams:

The truth sent from above

Warlock:

Benedicamus Domino


James Orford (organ)

The Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, William Vann

SOMM celebrates Christmas this year with Carols from Chelsea, a delicious offering from the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea under their Director, William Vann. The Royal Hospital, founded in 1682 by Charles II, is the home of the iconic Chelsea Pensioners, who are all retired soldiers of the British Army. The Chapel Choir sings for the Sunday morning Matins service in the Royal Hospital’s Wren Chapel during the year, but in December provides the music for carol services and other Christmas-themed events almost every day. This recording showcases some of the Choir’s most cherished carol repertoire, alongside solo organ music performed by the Royal Hospital’s Organ Scholar, James Orford, and a very special performance with Chelsea Pensioner George Hatton. George is known for his occasional singing in the Chelsea Pensioners’ Club in the evening, and during December he has been known to join forces with the choir for a song or two. It was one of those moments that gave them the idea to record something with him on this album and the last track, White Christmas, could hardly have ended the disc more joyously! This is the first professional recording George has ever made. And, at the age of 88, it gave him great pleasure to sing with such a wonderful choir. Many of the Royal Hospital’s carol services begin with Franz Gruber’s spine-tingling carol Stille Nacht, an especially moving carol to hear in the original German, given its celebrated performance in the trenches on Christmas Day, 1914. Once in Royal David’s City is the first of three carols that are usually sung with the full congregation, opening with the famous solo that captures the mood of Christmas like nothing else. In between that and Irving Berlin’s wonderfully un-wintry White Christmas, performed here in a new arrangement by Jim Clements, we hear mostly the work of English composers, from the Renaissance-era genius William Byrd to the contemporary composers Francis Pott and John Rutter. British organist Thomas Trotter’s arrangement of Leroy Anderson’s light-music classic Sleigh Ride leads us into John Gardner’s thrilling setting of the old text Tomorrow shall be my Dancing Day, the side drum part played on one of the Royal Hospital’s beautifully decorated instruments.

“Under the meticulous direction of William Vann, their reading of Howells’s A Spotless Rose is, well, spotless, while John Rutter’s Dormi, Jesu is saved from schmaltz and sung with the sweet, gentle grace it deserves.” The Guardian, 18th December 2016

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Adeste Fideles

Adeste Fideles

Christmas Carols from her Majesty's Chapel Royal


Britten:

A New Year Carol

Carter, A:

A Maiden most gentle

Spanish Carol

Cornelius:

The Three Kings

Dove:

The three Kings

Gant, A:

We wish you a Merry Christmas

Gardner, John:

The holly and the ivy

Gauntlett:

Once in Royal David's city

Guest, G:

Suo Gân

Head, M:

The Little Road to Bethlehem

Howells:

A Spotless Rose

Mendelssohn:

There shall a star from Jacob (from Christus)

Hark! the herald angels sing

Popplewell:

Blessed Jesu! Here we stand

Poston:

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

Rutter:

Sans Day Carol

Sargent:

Mary had a Baby

De Virgin Mary

Stravinsky:

Ave Maria

Tavener:

The Lamb

Vaughan Williams:

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Wade, J F:

O come, all ye faithful

Weelkes:

Hosanna to the Son of David

Willcocks, D:

Sussex Carol

I saw three ships

Wood, C:

Ding dong! merrily on high


Choir of the Chapel Royal, Huw Williams

Huw William’s leads the choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal in a festive new recording of Christmas carols old and new from St James’s Palace, London.

“Forthright and lusty performances” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 ***

“This is a charming addition to the huge number of Christmas Carol CDs. The added-value is the warm and friendly mood created by this choir, which lends enchantment and magic to these diverse carols.” MusicWeb International, 30th November 2016`

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And Comes The Day: Carols and Antiphons for Advent

And Comes The Day: Carols and Antiphons for Advent


anon.:

Veni, veni, Emanuel

There is no rose

Britten:

A Hymn to the Virgin

Charpentier, M-A:

Noel: Joseph est bien marié, H. 534

O clavis David, H. 40

Noel: Or, nous dites, Marie, H. 534

Chilcott:

Advent Antiphons

Howells:

A Spotless Rose

Joubert:

There Is No Rose

Ord:

Adam lay ybounden

Palestrina:

I look from afar

Pärt:

O Morgenstern

Praetorius, H:

In dulci jubilo

Magnificat quarti toni

Walton:

All this time

Warlock:

Benedicamus Domino

Bethlehem Down

Wollston:

I saw a sweet and seemly sight


Queens' Chapel Players, Queens' College Choir, Cambridge, Silas Wollston

Here is a beautiful new recording exploring the music and themes of Advent, including some well-known carols and antiphons alongside some newer, less frequently heard pieces. An ideal present!

The Choir of Queens’ College, Cambridge is well known in the UK, singing three times a week at services in Queens’ College Chapel. They also travel abroad outside the academic term, with recent tours to Hong Kong, USA, France, Germany, Italy and Belgium.

Silas Wollston, their director, has been principal continuo player and assistant conductor to Sir John Eliot Gardiner since 1999 and has a versatile and varied career as researcher, performer and composer.

“This disc is something special in concentrating on Advent and catches the mood of anticipation very well indeed. The singing and playing are first class and has been very well captured by the producers...Definitely a record to play during the Advent season and at other times!” MusicWeb International, November 2012

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Christmas Fantasy

Christmas Fantasy


Delius:

Sleigh Ride

ed. Beecham

Finzi:

In terra pax, Op. 39

Holst:

Personent Hodie

Howells:

A Spotless Rose

Sing Lullaby

Ireland:

The Holy Boy

trad.:

Wassail Song

arr. Williams

Vaughan Williams:

Fantasia on Christmas Carols

The blessed Son of God

Warlock:

Lullaby my Jesus

Balulalow

Benedicamus Domino

Bethlehem Down


Choirs and orchestras join for a beautiful celebration of 20th-century British Christmas favourites recorded in sumptuous Argo sound. Book-ended by two perennial favourites – Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Finzi’s In terra pax – this collection explores the subtle and radiant music of Howells, Warlock, Ireland and Holst, and includes an orchestral number popularized by Beecham, Delius’s Sleigh Ride. A magical Christmas journey!

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Sacred Music: A Christmas History & A Choral Christmas

Sacred Music: A Christmas History & A Choral Christmas

Presented by Simon Russell Beale


anon.:

Make we joy

Medieval carol

There is no rose

Medieval carol

Bach, J S:

In dulci jubilo, BWV368

Davies, Peter Maxwell:

O magnum mysterium

Gruber, F:

Stille Nacht

Holst:

In the Bleak Mid-winter (Cranham)

Howells:

A Spotless Rose

Mendelssohn:

Hark! the herald angels sing

Palestrina:

Hodie Christus natus est

Victoria:

O magnum mysterium, motet

Walton:

Make we joy now in this fest


Harry Christophers and The Sixteen join Simon Russell Beale for two special Christmas programmes that look beyond the familiar carols and festive songs to reveal two millennia of music and texts from across Europe.

Bonus Features include:

· Sacred Music Series One and An Easter Celebration DVD trailers

· 7 Bonus Audio Tracks taken from a selection of The Sixteen’s celebrated Christmas CDs

· Related Recordings by The Sixteen

· Artist Biographies and Images

A CHRISTMAS HISTORY

Simon Russell Beale takes a journey through Italy, Britain, Germany and Austria as he explores how the sound of Christmas has evolved in response to changing ideas about the Nativity. His story takes us through two millennia of music, from a fragment of papyrus preserving the earliest known piece of Christian music to the stories behind Hark! The herald angels sing, Silent Night and In the bleak midwinter, and the work of popular Christmas composer, John Rutter all performed by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen.

A CHORAL CHRISTMAS

Simon Russell Beale introduces a programme of choral music for Christmas from across the centuries, featuring performances of some of the works featured in the accompanying documentary. Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, perform music including J.S. Bach's harmonisation of the medieval carol In dulci jubilo, A spotless rose by Herbert Howells and the Christmas text O magnum mysterium, set as a motet by Tomás Luis de Victoria.

“it’s a worthy potted history of Christmas music. Simon Russell Beale is an engaging frontman, largely as he appears to know what he’s taking about rather than blankly reading from an autocue. And the musical extracts are well chosen, notably the third-century Oxyrhynchus hymn, the earliest known preserved piece of Christian music.” The Arts Desk, 14th December 2011

“Together [Beale and Christophers] form a fascinating insight into the way Christmas music has developed over the millennia from a fragment of papyrus preserving the earliest known piece of Christian music to the music of the ever-popular John Rutter. En route they journey throughout Europe looking beyond the familiar carols and exploring the rich variety and range of Christmas-inspired music throughout history.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 5th December 2011

Presto Disc of the Week

5th December 2011

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Format: NTSC

Coro BBC Sacred Music - COR16094

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Traditional & Modern Carols

Traditional & Modern Carols


Andrews, H K:

Before Dawn

Bennett, R R:

Out of your sleep

What Sweeter Music

Byrd:

O magnum mysterium

Gauntlett:

Once in Royal David's City

Gruber, F:

Silent Night

Holst:

Old English Christmas Carols (4), H82, Op. 20b

Howells:

Long, Long Ago

A Spotless Rose

Joubert:

Torches

Leighton:

Lully, lulla ('Coventry Carol'), Op. 25b

Mendelssohn:

Hark! the herald angels sing

trad.:

Ding dong! merrily on high

Sussex Carol

The Holly and the Ivy

Angelus ad virginem

arr. Carter

This is the truth sent from above

arr. Vaughan Williams

The Infant King (Sing Lullaby)

arr. Pettman

In dulci jubilo

Wade, J F:

O come, all ye faithful


“One of the attractions of this disc is the variety of the repertoire...Logical phrasing and clear articulation are among the virtues of this choir, and these serve the repertoire on this disc well, whether old or new. Some of the best-known carols for full choir are sung with vigour, but never exaggerated...The programme guarantees almost 80 minutes of exquisite singing.” MusicWeb International, January 2012

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In Terra Pax

In Terra Pax

A Christmas Anthology


Finzi:

In terra pax, Op. 39

Gardner, John:

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

Holst:

Christmas Day, H109

Howells:

Here is the Little Door

A Spotless Rose

Joubert:

There Is No Rose

Leighton:

A Hymn of the Nativity

Mathias:

Sir Christèmas

A babe is born

Rutter:

What sweeter music

Vaughan Williams:

Folk songs of the four seasons – Winter

Warlock:

Three carols


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

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

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.

“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.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2009 ****

“...an outstanding account of one of the minor masterpieces of 20th-century English music.” The Guardian, 4th December 2009 ****

Presto Disc of the Week

30th November 2009

Naxos - 8572102

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Christmas at St John’s

Christmas at St John’s

A sequence of music leading from the darkness of Advent to the blazing light of Christmas, Epiphany and beyond


 

Chapel Bell

Bingham, J:

The clouded heaven

Goldschmidt, O:

A tender shoot has started

Gregorian Chant:

Rorate caeli

O sapientia

O Adonai

O Radix Jesse

O clavis David

O oriens

O rex gentium

O Emmanuel

Hodie Christus natus est

Holst:

This have I done for my true love, H128, Op. 34 No. 1

Howells:

A Spotless Rose

Lauridsen:

O magnum mysterium

Naylor, E W:

Vox dicentis: Clama

Pott:

Lullay my liking

Rutter:

There is a flower

trad.:

O come, o come, Emmanuel

Lo, he comes with clouds descending

Wade, J F:

O come, all ye faithful

Warlock:

Bethlehem Down

arranged David Hill


“The John’s choir, fielding what sounds like a vintage crop of trebles, sings throughout with its trademark mixture of refinement and gutsy energy” The Telegraph

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Candlelight Carols

Candlelight Carols


Adam:

O, helga natt

Alfvén:

Julsång

Andersson:

Innan gryningen

Gade, N:

Barnens julafton

Gruber, F:

Stilla natt

Howells:

A Spotless Rose

Mendelssohn:

Hark! the herald angels sing

Olsson, O E:

Guds Son är född

Praetorius, M:

Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

Rutter:

Shepherd's Pipe Carol

Candlelight Carol

Sibelius:

En etsi valtaa, loistoa (text: Zacharias Topelius), Op. 1 No. 4

Sweelinck:

Hodie Christus natus est

Wennerberg:

Gören portarna höga

Widéen:

Gläns över sjö och strand


Karl-Magnus Fredriksson (baritone)

Allmänna Sången, Uppsala Kammarorkester, Cecilia Rydinger Alin

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