This page lists all recordings of Christians, awake, salute the happy morn, by John Wainwright (of Manchester) (1723-68) on CD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.
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The English Orpheus 49 - Nativity
Christmas Music from Georgian England
Variations on Adeste Fideles
Light of those whose dreary dwelling
Joy to the world
Hark! What mean those holy voices?
Angelic hymns thy natal day
Strike! Seraphs, strike your harps of gold
The people that walked in darkness
Come celebrate th' auspicious morn
Lo! He comes with clouds descending
The branch, the mighty branch behold
How beauteous are their feet
Arise and hail the sacred day
Angels from the realms of glory
Hosanna to King David's son
In Bethlem fields as shepherds kept
O come, all ye faithful
(arr. Vincent Novello)
Christians, awake, salute the happy morn
As the season of turkey and stuffing looms in our minds, there could be no more homey a disc for Christmas than this unusual collection championing the village genius of local composers, whose settings of carols and hymns kept the congregations warm all those years ago - a time when the commercial excesses of today's Christmas were unknown. Modern clichés about community values have nothing in comparison to the humble pride and unity of villagers and townsfolk who gathered to sing settings that were the labour of love and skill on the part of the local composer or choirmaster ... or even excise officer! The foibles and fondness of community life combine here with all manner of interesting tastes in compositional technique, be it idiosyncratic fugal treatment or instrumentation designed to keep busy whatever musicians could be mustered.<br> <br> The organ on the recording dates from 1789 and the old temperament is used.
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The Huddersfield Choral society has one of the longest and most fruitful relationships with Handel’s famous Messiah than perhaps any other chorus in the world: they first performed it in concert during their inception year of 1836, and have continued to do so annually since 1860 with concerts the world over as well as in their hometown of Huddersfield.
Recorded live in concert in December 2010, this new recording combines the famous ensemble with the Northern Sinfonia and four world-class professionals, under the direction of Jane Glover CBE. The disc begins with John Wainwright’s ‘Christians Awake’, a traditional addition to the Messiah programme at their concerts in Huddersfield.
Also available on Signum is the Huddersfield Choral Society’s performance of Mozart’s 1787 arrangement of the work, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Dame Felicity Lott, Philip Langridge and others under the direction of Sir Charles Mackerras (SIGCD074).
“The buoyant chorus, under Glover’s incisive direction, goes from strength to strength. Four vigorous soloists play their part, especially the tenor Mark Le Brocq and the soprano Elizabeth Watts, particularly fine in If God Be for Us.” Sunday Times, 10th April 2011 ****
“Those of us in Huddersfield Town Hall last December knew we had heard a Messiah of memorable quality. The choral singing was fleet and flexible, a strong line-up of soloists – Elizabeth Watts, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Mark le Brocq and James Oldfield – had been assembled and Jane Glover directed the Northern Sinfonia with that rhythmic vitality which is her hallmark. To everyone’s good fortune the performance was recorded and the result is fresh, vivid and moving.” Yorkshire Evening Post, 15th April 2011
“their collective experience, wholehearted spirit and total commitment return handsome compensation for occasional rough ensemble edges, especially so in the 'Hallelujah Chorus' and final 'Amen'. Glover's sense of drama, attention to detail and tempo relationships, and feeling for ritual nourish a persuasive interpretation, one backed by the Northern Sinfonia's stylish playing.” Classic FM Magazine, July 2011 ****
“Glover allow[s] plenty of light and air into the textures...The Huddersfield Choral Society surely knows this music inside out. You can sense the sheer discipline that has gone into its preparation...Pick of the bunch...is the soprano Elizabeth Watts, and not just in her solos: the duet at 'He shall feed his flock' is beautifully tender and reflective.” International Record Review, July 2011
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Christmas from Truro
A collection of well-loved traditional Carols performed by the critically-acclaimed Truro Cathedral Choir, directed by Robert Sharpe.
Features all the Carols regularly sung at Truro Cathedral’s Nine Lessons and Carols and Midnight Mass services.
First recordings of two new carols by leading British composers Gabriel Jackson and Howard Skempton, commissioned by Truro Cathedral.
Includes Regent producer Gary Cole’s blues-inspired arrangement of Away in a Manger.
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The Carols Album
Huddersfield Choral Society, Joseph Cullen
As a follow up to the hugely successful Hymns Album, Huddersfield Choral society now release 26 Christmas favourites. As with the Hymns Album, the HCS are conducted by Joseph Cullen and joined by a brass ensemble for a selection of these ever popular carols.The Huddersfield Choral Society has an international reputation as the UK's leading choral society, producing a unique and full-bodied 'Huddersfield Sound'.Two previous hymn and carol albums were released in 1985 [for EMI]; both received gold discs for achieving over 100,000 sales.
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Christmas Carols from Tewkesbury Abbey
(also available to download from $6.00)
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