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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

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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
  2. O Magnum Mysterium, motet for 4 voices
  3. When Icicles Hang: Blow, blow, thou winter wind
  4. Puer nobis, for chorus
  5. Magnificat for soprano, chorus & orchestra: Of a Rose, a lovely Rose
  6. Lullay Mine Liking, for soloists & chorus
  7. In the Bleak Midwinter
  8. Away in a Manger
  9. Wind in the Willows, for narrator, vocal ensemble & orchestra: Wild Wood Carol
  10. Videntes stellam, motet for chorus (4 motets pour le temps de Noël), FP 152/3
  11. Suite Antique (for flute, harpsichord & strings): Chanson
  12. What Sweeter Music
  13. Veni, Redemptor Gentium, hymn
  14. Hodie Christus natus est, for 4 voices
  15. Hodie Christus natus est, motet for chorus (4 motets pour le temps de Noël), FP 152/4
  16. Les anges dans nos campagnes (French), carol (AKA Angels We Have Heard On High)
  17. What Cheer?, carol arrangement for chorus (Christmas Carols No. 2)
  18. Wassail Song ("Here We Come A-Wassailing"), carol
  19. When Icicles Hang: Good ale
  20. The Very Best Time of Year, carol

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