Winter's Light

Winter's Light

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by Vasari Singers
     
 

London's Vasari Singers, an all-adult, mixed-gender chamber choir of about 25 voices, specialize in programs that link together material from various historical periods, mixing it together rather than presenting it in segments. This Christmas album, their second in five years, is an enjoyable outing that gives a good example of what theSee more details below

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London's Vasari Singers, an all-adult, mixed-gender chamber choir of about 25 voices, specialize in programs that link together material from various historical periods, mixing it together rather than presenting it in segments. This Christmas album, their second in five years, is an enjoyable outing that gives a good example of what the group is about, and the prospective buyer can simultaneously sample their work and get a hold of a fresh group of Christmas pieces. The Vasari Singers have made strides vocally over their two decades of existence, and you can sample one of the more harmonically limpid pieces like John Rutter's "Nativity Carol" (track 16) to get a taste of the soprano section's impressive purity of tone. But it is the variety of the program, constantly shifting among styles but logically put together, that is the main attraction. A cappella pieces from the British early 20th century have been put together with Renaissance classics before, but the Vasari Singers and leader Jeremy Backhouse add new elements to the mix, including examples of the contemporary British crossover school and at the end, some great Swingle Singers-style arrangements of popular carols ("Jingle Bells," track 17, is the cleverest one). It doesn't seem as though this material, even with its Christmas theme, should hang together, but it does so. The fine acoustic environment of the Tonbridge School Chapel adds consistency and depth.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2012
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313303076
catalogNumber:
8573030
Rank:
269094

Tracks

  1. Jingle Bells  - James Pierpont  - Jeremy Backhouse  - Ben Parry  -  Vasari Singers  - James Pierpont
  2. Nativity Carol  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  - Jeremy Backhouse  -  Vasari Singers  - Martin Ford
  3. In the Bleak Midwinter  - Harold Darke  - Jeremy Backhouse  - Christina Rossetti  -  Vasari Singers  - Martin Ford  - Paul Robertson  - Alysha Paterson
  4. Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")  -  Adolphe Adam  - John E. West  - Jeremy Backhouse  -  Vasari Singers  - John Sullivan Dwight  - Martin Ford
  5. O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol  - Henry Walford Davies  - Jeremy Backhouse  -  Vasari Singers  - Martin Ford  - Phillips Brooks  - Susan Watson
  6. Hodie Christus natus est, motet for 10 voices  - Giovanni Gabrieli  - Jeremy Backhouse  -  Vasari Singers
  7. Hymne à la Vierge, for chorus  - Pierre Villette  - Jeremy Backhouse  - Roland Bouheret  -  Vasari Singers
  8. I Believe in Father Christmas, song  - Greg Lake  - Jeremy Backhouse  -  Vasari Singers  - Jonathan Rathbone  - Peter Sinfield
  9. Sing Lullaby, carol-anthem for chorus  - Herbert Howells  - Jeremy Backhouse  - F.W. Harvey  -  Vasari Singers
  10. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming), for chorus  - Michael Praetorius  - Jan Sandström  - Jeremy Backhouse  -  Vasari Singers
  11. Hodie Christus natus est, motet for 5 voices & continuo (Cantiones Sacrae No. 13)  - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  - Jeremy Backhouse  -  Vasari Singers
  12. Gabriel's Message (Basque)  - Christmas Traditional  - Jeremy Backhouse  -  Vasari Singers  - Sabine Baring-Gould  - Jonathan Rathbone

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