In Terra Pax: A Christmas Anthology

In Terra Pax: A Christmas Anthology

by Roderick Williams
     
 

In Terra Pax: A Christmas Anthology includes an attractive assortment of 20th century British Christmas anthems. Many of the works are likely to be fans of the genre: anthems by William Mathias, Herbert Howells, John Rutter, John Gardner, and See more details below

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In Terra Pax: A Christmas Anthology includes an attractive assortment of 20th century British Christmas anthems. Many of the works are likely to be fans of the genre: anthems by William Mathias, Herbert Howells, John Rutter, John Gardner, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. The most substantial work is also one of the least well known, Gerald Finzi's lovely 16-minute "In terra pax" of 1954, essentially a miniature Christmas cantata for soloists, chorus, and orchestra. In its quieter sections, its elegiac lyricism is reminiscent of Barber's "Knoxville: Summer of 1915." The three carols by Peter Warlock are also less familiar, but they are attractive pieces that deserve wider recognition, particularly the gently pastoral "Balulalow." Kenneth Leighton's "A hymn to the Nativity," for soprano and a cappella chorus, is another rarity, notable for its serenity and elegance. Hilary Davan Wetton leads the City of London Choir and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in polished and spirited performances. The choir's tone is not particularly distinctive, but the blend is balanced and warm, the dynamic range is impressive, and Wetton's interpretations are shapely and elegant. The soloists bring a high level of expertise to their material. Baritone Roderick Williams has an open, generous sound and a velvety legato well-suited to these pieces, and Julia Doyle's sweet, pure soprano gently floats over the choir and orchestra. Naxos' sound is nicely atmospheric, but seems a little cramped when the volume is high.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/2009
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313210275
catalogNumber:
8572102
Rank:
343669

Tracks

  1. Folk Songs of the Four Seasons, cantata for female chorus & orchestra: 4. God bless the Master  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Edward Burne-Jones  - Hilary Davan Wetton  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  -  City of London Choir  - Jenny Robinson
  2. Folk Songs of the Four Seasons, cantata for female chorus & orchestra: 3. In Bethlehem city  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Edward Burne-Jones  - Hilary Davan Wetton  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  -  City of London Choir  - Jenny Robinson
  3. Folk Songs of the Four Seasons, cantata for female chorus & orchestra: 2. Wassail song  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Edward Burne-Jones  - Hilary Davan Wetton  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  -  City of London Choir  - Jenny Robinson
  4. Folk Songs of the Four Seasons, cantata for female chorus & orchestra: 1. Children's Christmas song  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Edward Burne-Jones  - Hilary Davan Wetton  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  -  City of London Choir  - Jenny Robinson
  5. A Babe Is Born, for chorus & organ, Op. 55  - William Mathias  - Edward Burne-Jones  - Hilary Davan Wetton  -  City of London Choir  - Jenny Robinson  - Mark Williams
  6. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, for chorus, Op. 75/2  - John Eliot Gardiner  - Edward Burne-Jones  - Hilary Davan Wetton  - Ben Glassberg  -  City of London Choir  - Jenny Robinson  - Mark Williams
  7. What Sweeter Music, for chorus  - John Rutter  - Edward Burne-Jones  - Robert Herrick  - Hilary Davan Wetton  -  City of London Choir  - Jenny Robinson  - Mark Williams
  8. A Hymn of the Nativity, for chorus  - Kenneth Leighton  - Edward Burne-Jones  - Richard Crashaw  - Hilary Davan Wetton  - Julia Doyle  -  City of London Choir  - Jenny Robinson
  9. In Terra Pax for soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op 39  - Gerald Finzi  - Robert Bridges  - Edward Burne-Jones  - Hilary Davan Wetton  - Roderick Williams  - Julia Doyle  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  -  City of London Choir  - Jenny Robinson  - Mark Williams
  10. A Spotless Rose, for chorus  - Herbert Howells  - Edward Burne-Jones  - Hilary Davan Wetton  - Roderick Williams  -  City of London Choir  - Jenny Robinson
  11. Here Is the Little Door, carol-anthem for chorus  - Herbert Howells  - Edward Burne-Jones  - Frances Chesterton  - Hilary Davan Wetton  -  City of London Choir  - Jenny Robinson
  12. Sir Christèmas  - William Mathias  - Edward Burne-Jones  - Hilary Davan Wetton  -  City of London Choir  - Jenny Robinson  - Mark Williams
  13. There Is No Rose, for chorus, Op 14  - John Joubert  - Edward Burne-Jones  - Hilary Davan Wetton  -  City of London Choir  - Jenny Robinson
  14. Christmas Day, for chorus & orchestra, H. 109  - Gustav Holst  - Edward Burne-Jones  - Simon Oberst  - Hilary Davan Wetton  - Julia Doyle  - Lydia Challen  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  -  City of London Choir  - Jenny Robinson  - Julian Davies

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