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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Carols with St Paul's Cathedral Choir – Andrew Carwood, Simon Johnson (Audio video)

Andrew Carwood leads the men and boys of London's St Paul's Cathedral Choir in a joyous program of Christmas carols that is more or less the classic English choral concert heard in many churches on Christmas Eve. Most of the selections are familiar and expected, especially Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem, O Holy Night, and O Come, All Ye Faithful. Yet a few pieces are included that are perhaps not as widely known, but heard often enough to warrant inclusion, such as the Renaissance hymn Gaudete, Philip Stopford's setting of Lully, Lulla, Lullay, The Shepherd's Farewell from Hector Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ, John Rutter's All Bells in Paradise, and Benjamin Britten's Friday Afternoons. Also significant is the first recording of Graham Jordan Ellis' affecting carol There Is No Rose. The recording of the choir and organ is clean with gorgeous resonance, though the ensemble's sound seems a bit recessed in the quieter numbers, so a boost in volume may be needed to hear every detail.

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Ο Άντριου Κάργουντ, μουσικός διευθυντής στον Καθεδρικό Ναό του Αγίου Παύλου στο Λονδίνο, διευθύνει τους άνδρες και τα αγόρια της Χορωδίας του Ναού σε ένα εορταστικό πρόγραμμα με πολύ ή λιγότερο γνωστά χριστουγεννιάτικα τραγούδια. Η ηχογράφηση έγινε στην εκκλησία St Giles' Cripplegate στο Λονδίνο, στις 24 και 25 Ιουνίου 2015, και κυκλοφόρησε σε ψηφιακό δίσκο την ίδια χρονιά από τη βρετανική εταιρεία Decca.

Carols with St Paul's Cathedral Choir

1. Hark! the herald-angels sing
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), Composer | David Willcocks (1919-2015), Work Arranger | Sung Text: Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

2. Once in royal David's city
Henry John Gauntlett (1805-1876), Composer | Arthur Henry Mann (1850-1929), Work Arranger | David Willcocks (1919-2015), Work Arranger | Sung Text: Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895)

3. Silent night
Franz Gruber (1787-1863), Composer | Bernard Rose (b. 1916), Work Arranger | Sung Text: Joseph Mohr (1792-1848)

4. Ding dong! merrily on high
Traditional | Charles Wood (1866-1926), Work Arranger | Sung Text: George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848-1934)

5. There is no rose
Graham J. Ellis, Composer | Sung Text: Anonymous (fifteenth century)

6. In the bleak mid-winter
Gustav Holst (1874-1934), Composer | Sung Text: Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

7. O little town of Bethlehem
Anonymous | Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), Work Arranger | Sung Text: Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)

8. Carol of the Bells
Mykola Leontovych (1877-1921), Composer | Sung Text: Peter Wilhousky

9. Lully, Lulla, Lullay
Philip Stopford (b. 1977), Composer | Sung Text: Anonymous

10. Gaudete

11. I sing of a maiden
Patrick Hadley (1899-1973), Composer | Sung Text: Anonymous

12. All bells in paradise
John Rutter (b. 1945), Composer

13. Angelus ad virginem
Anonymous (fourteenth century) | Andrew Carter (b. 1947), Work Arranger

14. The Shepherds' Farewell
(L'Enfance du Christ, Op.25 – English Version) Hector Berlioz (1803-1869), Composer

15. Benedicamus Domino
Peter Warlock (1894-1930), Composer | Sung Text: Anonymous

16. O holy night
Adolphe Adam (1803-1856), Composer | John Rutter (b. 1945), Work Arranger | Sung Text: Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure (1808-1877)

17. Adam lay ybounden
Boris Ord (1897-1961), Composer | Sung Text: Anonymous (fifteenth century)

18. A New Year Carol
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Composer | Sung Text: Anonymous

19. O come, all ye faithful
John Francis Wade (1711-1786), Composer | David Willcocks (1919-2015), Work Arranger

St Paul's Cathedral Choir
Director: Andrew Carwood

Simon Johnson, organ

Recording: St Giles' Cripplegate, London, 24 & 25 June 2015

Cover Image of Choirboys by Graham W. Lacdao; Cathedral Image by Picasa

Decca 2015

(HD 1080p – Audio video)

St Paul's Cathedral Choir

Andrew Carwood and St Paul's Cathedral Choir

The Choir

See also

Christmas! Noël! Weihnachten! – RIAS Kammerchor, Hans-Christoph Rademann (Audio video)

The Christmas Story – Theatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier (Audio video)

Orlando di Lasso: Laudate Dominum – Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Andrew McAnerney (Audio video)

Mary Star of the Sea – Gothic Voices (Download 44.1kHz/16bit)

The Deer's Cry – William Byrd, Arvo Pärt, Thomas Tallis – The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (Audio video)

Psallat ecclesia – Ragnhild Hadland, Schola Solensis, Halvor J. Østtveit (Audio video)

Carlo Gesualdo: Sacrarum Cantionum Liber Primus a 5 voci – Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly (Audio video)

Sacred Salterio: Lamentations of the Holy Week – Miriam Feuersinger, Il Dolce Conforto, Franziska Fleischanderl, Jonathan Pesek, Deniel Perer (Audio video)

Nicolas Gombert: Motets, Vol. II – Beauty Farm (Download 44.1kHz/16bit)

Nicolas Gombert: Motets, Vol. I – Beauty Farm (Download 44.1kHz/16bit)

Johannes Ockeghem: Missa L'homme armé, Missa quinti toni – Beauty Farm (Download 44.1kHz/16bit)

In the Midst of Life. Music from the Baldwin Partbooks I – Contrapunctus, Owen Rees (Audio video)

Antoine Busnoys: For the love of Jaqueline (Medieval love songs) – Sylvia Rhyne, Eric Redlinger (Audio video)

In Nativitate Domine: Festliche Weihnachtsmusik – Emma Kirkby, Susanne Rydén, Annegret Siedel (Audio video)

Heinrich Schütz: Christmas Vespers – Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh (Audio video)

In Nativitate Domine: Festliche Weihnachtsmusik – Emma Kirkby, Susanne Rydén, Annegret Siedel (Audio video)

Heinrich Schütz: Christmas Vespers – Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh (Audio video)


The King's Singers: Christmas Presence (Audio video)

The King's Singers: Joy to the World (Audio video)

The King's Singers: Christmas Songbook – The Greene Space, New York – Thursday, December 1, 2016, 2:00 AM – Live on Livestream

The King's Singers: Christmas Concert 2011 (HD 1080p)

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