Candlelight: Seasonal Reflections and Celebrations

Candlelight: Seasonal Reflections and Celebrations

by John Rutter
     
 
In this compilation of music from previously released Christmas albums, John Rutter writes that his intent is to create a collection that reflects the variety of the Christmas season -- the religious and the secular, the contemplative and the festive -- and is fully successful in gathering selections that are diverse, but fit well together. The See more details below

Overview

In this compilation of music from previously released Christmas albums, John Rutter writes that his intent is to create a collection that reflects the variety of the Christmas season -- the religious and the secular, the contemplative and the festive -- and is fully successful in gathering selections that are diverse, but fit well together. The Cambridge Singers have a sweet sound and sing with full but pure, straight tone that's ideal for this repertoire. Many of the songs and carols are a cappella, but some are accompanied with delicacy by the London Sinfonietta, and Rutter conducts with a soft-edged suppleness. Rutter's own pieces are prominently featured; eight of the twenty pieces are his, as well as several of the arrangements. His secular song "Blow, blow, thou winter wind" is one of the album's highlights -- a lovely and evocative setting of a text from As You Like It -- and his "Candlelight Carol" and "What Sweeter Music" are fast becoming classics with amateur choirs. Harold Darke's "In the bleak mid-winter" and Richard Rodney Bennett's "Lullay mine liking" are also outstanding examples of Anglican anthems. The album includes non-English fare, including pieces by Victoria, Palestrina, and Poulenc. The sound is warm and resonant. The album should be of interest to anyone looking for a mellow, beautifully sung collection of Christmas music other than the most familiar carols.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
Label:
Collegium
UPC:
0040888051824
catalogNumber:
518

Tracks

  1. Candlelight Carol  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - Barry David Marcus  -  City of London Sinfonia
  2. O Magnum Mysterium, motet for 4 voices  - Tomás Luis de Victoria  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - Barry David Marcus  -  City of London Sinfonia
  3. When Icicles Hang: Blow, blow, thou winter wind  - John Rutter  - William Shakespeare  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - Barry David Marcus  -  City of London Sinfonia
  4. Puer nobis, for chorus  - Richard Rodney Bennett  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - Barry David Marcus  -  City of London Sinfonia  - Alice Meynell
  5. Magnificat for soprano, chorus & orchestra: Of a Rose, a lovely Rose  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - Barry David Marcus  -  City of London Sinfonia
  6. Lullay Mine Liking, for soloists & chorus  - Richard Rodney Bennett  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - Barry David Marcus  - Clare Wilkinson  - Elin Manahan Thomas  -  City of London Sinfonia  - Sam Evans  - ben Breakwell
  7. In the Bleak Midwinter  - Harold Darke  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - Christina Rossetti  - Barry David Marcus  -  City of London Sinfonia
  8. Away in a Manger  - John Rutter  - James R. Murray  -  Cambridge Singers  - Barry David Marcus  -  City of London Sinfonia
  9. Wind in the Willows, for narrator, vocal ensemble & orchestra: Wild Wood Carol  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - Barry David Marcus  -  City of London Sinfonia
  10. Videntes stellam, motet for chorus (4 motets pour le temps de Noël), FP 152/3  - Francis Poulenc  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - Barry David Marcus  -  City of London Sinfonia
  11. Suite Antique (for flute, harpsichord & strings): Chanson  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  - John Birch  -  Cambridge Singers  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Barry David Marcus  - Andrew Nicholson
  12. What Sweeter Music  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - Robert Herrick  - Barry David Marcus  -  City of London Sinfonia
  13. Veni, Redemptor Gentium, hymn  - Sarum Chant  -  Ambrose  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - J.M. Neale  - Barry David Marcus  -  City of London Sinfonia
  14. Hodie Christus natus est, for 4 voices  - Giovanni Pierliugi Palestrina  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - Barry David Marcus  -  City of London Sinfonia
  15. Hodie Christus natus est, motet for chorus (4 motets pour le temps de Noël), FP 152/4  - Francis Poulenc  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - Barry David Marcus  -  City of London Sinfonia
  16. Les anges dans nos campagnes (French), carol (AKA Angels We Have Heard On High)  - Christmas Traditional  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - Barry David Marcus  -  City of London Sinfonia
  17. What Cheer?, carol arrangement for chorus (Christmas Carols No. 2)  - William Walton  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - Barry David Marcus  -  City of London Sinfonia
  18. Wassail Song ("Here We Come A-Wassailing"), carol  - Christmas Traditional  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - Barry David Marcus  -  City of London Sinfonia
  19. When Icicles Hang: Good ale  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - Barry David Marcus  -  City of London Sinfonia
  20. The Very Best Time of Year, carol  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - Barry David Marcus  -  City of London Sinfonia

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