Warlock: Bethlehem Down

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Mater ora filium: Music for Epiphany

Mater ora filium: Music for Epiphany


Bax:

Mater Ora Filium

Berkeley, L:

I sing of a maiden

Bingham, J:

Epiphany

Byrd:

Ecce Advenit

Clemens:

Magi veniunt ab oriente

Cornelius:

The Three Kings

Howells:

Long, Long Ago

Here is the Little Door

Lasso:

Omnes de Saba

Mouton, J:

Nesciens Mater

Niles:

I wonder as I wander

Palestrina:

Tribus miraculis ornatum

Poulenc:

Videntes stellam (No. 3 from Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël, Op.152)

Sheppard, J:

Reges Tharsis et insulae

trad.:

O worship the lord

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed!

arr. Graham Ross:. World première recording.

As with gladness men of old

arr. Graham Ross:. World première recording

Warlock:

Bethlehem Down

Benedicamus Domino

Weir:

Illuminare, Jerusalem


Alexander Porteous (tenor), Laurence Harris (baritone) & Michael Papadopoulos (organ)

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Graham Ross

Graham Ross directs the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge in music celebrating the feast of Epiphany, culminating in Arnold Bax’s unaccompanied double-choir masterpiece, 'Mater ora filium' (1926). The feast of Epiphany falls on 6 January, 12 days after Christmas. Marked in the Christian world with the story of the Magi, many composers have been inspired by the account of ‘the three kings’ following the star, bringing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. This sequence of music explores some of the greatest musical contributions to the feast, principally from the 16th and 20th centuries. Three great Epiphany hymns frame this sequence, all in new arrangements by Graham Ross, and all here receiving their première recordings. Graham Ross has also written the excellent booklet note and is aided and abetted, again, by John Rutter as producer, engineer and editor.

“While the richness of Bax’s quasi-orchestral writing is relished to the full the performance always moves forward with a sense of purpose. The choir sings with complete assurance and the sopranos are especially valiant – the top C at the climax on ‘Lord of right’ is hit truly and sustained thrillingly. This is a superb performance…with rewarding and varied music, marvellously performed, this disc is a sure-fire winner.” MusicWeb International, 7th December 2016

“An effective post-Christmas sequence of music for Epiphany … One of my favourite offerings from amateur church and collegiate choirs this season.” Record Review, 24th December 2016

“This wide-ranging selection from Graham Ross and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, is their most imaginative so far. There is homely Cornelius, baleful Judith Weir, and to end some hair-raising singing from soaring sopranos and resonant young basses in Bax’s ecstatic Mater ora filium for double choir.” Financial Times, 29th December 2016 ****

“every bit as successful as its predecessors … Judith Weir’s Illuminare, Jerusalem…is given a superb rendering, as is Bax’s Mater ora filium … An exceptionally satisfying CD.” Choir & Organ, January 2017 *****

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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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A Song For Christmas

A Song For Christmas


Bock, J:

Twelve Days to Christmas

Coates, C:

A Song for Christmas

Gruber, F:

Silent Night

Kent, W:

I'll be Home for Christmas

L'Estrange:

Epiphany Carol

Loesser:

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

Martin, Hugh:

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

McCartney:

Wonderful Christmastime

Parry, B:

Christmas Cards

Steel:

Our Joyful'st Feast

Styne:

The Christmas Waltz

Let it snow

trad.:

The Twelve Days Of Christmas

Good King Wenceslas

Introit Carol

Süsser die Glocken

Infant Holy

Quelle est cette odeur agréable?

Wexford Carol

Tyger:

Christmas in my Heart

Warlock:

Bethlehem Down

The Birds


Chris Hatt (piano)

The London Quartet & Cantabile

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Nowell Sing We!

Nowell Sing We!

Advent and Christmas Music at New College


Bennett, R R:

In the bleak midwinter

Gauntlett:

Once in Royal David's city

Guerrero, F:

Ave virgo sanctissima

Hammerschmidt:

Machet die Tore weit

Ives, C:

A Christmas Carol

Martin, M:

Nowell sing we

Mathias:

A babe is born

Pott:

Balulalow

Praetorius, M:

In dulci jubilo

trad.:

O come, o come, Emmanuel

arr. Quinney

Gabriel's Message ('The angel Gabriel from heaven came')

arr. Pettman

Sing Lullaby

arr. Quinney

Of the Father's heart begotten

arr. Willcocks

Vaughan Williams:

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Victoria:

O magnum mysterium, motet

Wade, J F:

O come, all ye faithful

arr. Willcocks

Warlock:

Bethlehem Down


Nowell, sing we! Is the second recording from Robert Quinney as director of New College Oxford Choir. This recording follows the trajectory of the last weeks of Michaelmas term at New College. The open format of a carol service allows for a wide variety in the choice of music, so long as none of the pieces is longer than a few minutes. The collection Nowell, sing we! encompasses traditional carols, Counter Reformation composers through the twentieth century. New college Oxford Choir's previous release Symphony Anthems John Blow under the directorship of Robert Quinney has been awarded Editor's Choice in Gramophone and the release has enjoyed several weeks in the Specialist classical Chart in the UK.

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Song of the Nativity

Song of the Nativity


Bullard, A:

And all the stars looked down

Chilcott:

Shepherd's Carol

Davies, Walford:

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Gardner, John:

When Christ was born of Mary free

Ireland:

The Holy Boy

Jackson, Gabriel:

The Christ-child

Lauridsen:

O magnum mysterium

MacMillan:

The Strathclyde Motets: O Radiant Dawn

McDowall:

Now may we singen, a carol for Christmas

Ord:

Adam lay ybounden

Roth, A:

Song of the Shepherds

Rutter:

There is a flower

Skempton:

Adam lay y-bounden

Todd:

My Lord Has Come

trad.:

The Saviour's Work

A Gallery Carol

Children's Song of the Nativity

Somerset Wassail

This endris night

Christmas Eve

Dutch Carol

Warlock:

Bethlehem Down


The Sixteen contrasts the dramatic intensity of music by some of today’s most admired composers with such traditional and modern carols as Boris Ord’s Adam lay ybounden and Henry Walford Davies’ version of O little town of Bethlehem. Much-loved modern classics including John Rutter’s There is a flower, Morten Lauridsen’s O magnum mysterium and James MacMillan’s O radiant dawn also appear on this beautiful album and there are many others which, in the course of time, will also become classics; every one of them by their unashamed simplicity, captures the joy and sincerity of this most wonderful of seasons. This album provides a perfect peaceful and uplifting antidote to the hectic pre-Christmas rush.

“From the gorgeously shaped performance of Morten Lauridsen’s modern classic O magnum mysterium which opens the programme, to the urgent, ardent account of James MacMillan’s O radiant dawn which closes it, The Sixteen give a masterclass in the art of unaccompanied singing, and in close emotional engagement with the pieces chosen” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 *****

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On Christmas Night

On Christmas Night


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 Hymn to the Virgin

Darke:

In the Bleak Midwinter

Davies, Walford:

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Dupré:

Variations on 'Il est né, le divin enfant'

Joubert:

There Is No Rose

Lloyd, R:

View me, Lord

Mathias:

A babe is born

Nelson, Robin:

Out of your sleep

Rutter:

Shepherd's pipe carol

Steel:

People look east

Sumsion:

Prelude on 'The holly and the ivy'

trad.:

Rocking

Noël nouvelet

Vaughan Williams:

Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Warlock:

Bethlehem Down


The acclaimed Magdalen College Choir celebrates the diversity of the twentieth-century English carol repertoire in a programme that combines well-loved standards and innovative choir favourites ranging in emotion from quiet contemplation to festive joy. The selection of carols and organ solos, led by director and organist Daniel Hyde, culminates in Ralph Vaughan Williams’s celebrated Fantasia on Christmas Carols with renowned baritone Roderick Williams in the solo part.

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Sing Thee Nowell

Sing Thee Nowell


anon.:

There is no rose

Bennett, R R:

There is no rose

Out of your sleep

That younge child

Sweet was the song

Susanni

Byttering:

Nesciens mater

Clemens:

Magi veniunt ab oriente

Craig, A:

Sleep Now

McGlynn:

O pia virgo

Pygott:

Quid petis, O fili?

Redner:

O little town of Bethlehem (St Louis)

Scott, John:

There is no rose

Smith, Andrew:

Veni Emmanuel

Nowell - Arise and wake

trad.:

Quem pastores laudavere

Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle

Verdelot:

Gabriel archangelus

Victoria:

O magnum mysterium, motet

Warlock:

Bethlehem Down

Bethlehem Down

Wesley, S S:

There is no rose (based on the tune Hereford)

arr. G. Williams for vocal ensemble

Williams, G:

Adam lay ybounden


Sarah Brailey (soprano), Elizabeth Baber Weaver (soprano)

New York Polyphony

The works on this CD span seven centuries, combining medieval and renaissance carols and motets with Christmas music by Richard Rodney Bennett and brand new works by Michael McGlynn and others.

“The all-male New York Polyphony sing one-to-a-part, which gives a particular sense of purity and chasteness to their Christmas selection...The vocal blend is consistently velvety, the pitching unerringly accurate.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 *****

“The singing is supremely polished and, as I have in the past, I admired the musicianship and professionalism of this ensemble very much. However, I can imagine that some listeners may find it all just a bit too polished.” MusicWeb International, 8th December 2014

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Veni Emmanuel

Veni Emmanuel

Music for Advent


Bach, J S:

Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV436

Byrd:

Vigilate (from Cantiones sacrae 1589)

Howells:

The fear of the Lord

Magnificat (Gloucester, 1946)

Mendelssohn:

Say, where is he born, the King of Judaea

Praetorius, M:

Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

Rachmaninov:

Vespers, Op. 37: Bogoroditse Devo (Rejoice, O Virgin)

Ross, Graham:

I sing of a maiden

world première recording

Ross, Guy:

O Come, O come, Emmanuel

world première recording

Rutter:

Hymn to the Creator of Light

Sheppard, J:

Audivi vocem de caelo

Tavener:

God is With Us (A Christmas Proclamation)

Warlock:

Bethlehem Down

Williams, Roderick:

O Adonai

Antiphon I: O Sapientia

Antiphon II: O Adonaï

Antiphon III: O Radix Jesse

Antiphon IV: O Clavis David

Antiphon V: O Oriens

Antiphon VI: O Rex Gentium

Antiphon VII: O Emmanuel

Antiphon VIII: O Virgo virginum


The familiar hymn 'Veni Emmanuel' is emblematic of the Advent season – a period of reflection upon the meaning of Christ’s coming. Framing this programme, the hymn paraphrases the great ‘O’ Antiphons: plainchant settings traditionally sung on the days leading up to Christmas; complemented here by later works echoing their rich imagery and symbolism.

Founded in 1971, the Choir of Clare College has gained an international reputation as one of the leading university choral groups in the world. Beyond its primary function of leading services three times a week in the College Chapel in Cambridge, the Choir maintains an active schedule recording, broadcasting and performing worldwide.

In addition to live performances the Choir has produced an impressive discography. The Choir’s CD of John Rutter’s 'Requiem', also produced by the composer as is this disc, was awarded Editor’s Choice by Gramophone, amongst other accolades. The Choir’s partnership with harmonia mundi includes recordings of Handel’s 'Messiah', Blow’s 'Venus and Adonis', with René Jacobs, and, most recently, world première recordings of choral works by Imogen Holst, hailed for "impeccable ensemble" and "thrilling performances".

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“Tavener’s flair for drama is here; so are the influence of the Russian Orthodox liturgy and his gift for writing melodies and harmonies that are hard to shake off. The rest of the programme is attractive enough, but among the Howells, the Rutter and Rachmaninov, Tavener’s five minutes act like a bolt of lightning...Here is music with the power to transform your life.” The Times, 22nd November 2013 ****

“This is a marvellous programme of Music for Advent and it is executed superbly by the Clare College Choir. It’s obvious that the standard built up during Timothy Brown’s long leadership, especially, has been fully maintained by Graham Ross.” MusicWeb International, November 2013

“it’s an eclectic collection, and on paper it did look as if some of the stylistic juxtapositions might be a little jarring. I stand corrected: woven into a seamless whole with connecting plainchant, the entire sequence seems to develop organically...the Clare choir do pianissimo to perfection, and indeed the singing throughout is superb.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 9th December 2013

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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

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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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