Veni Emmanuel

Veni Emmanuel

by Clare College Choir, Cambridge
     
 

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, is not one of the big names among the top British collegiate choirs, but it has made some fine recordings and is coming on strong. The present album was launched with a U.S. tour, suggesting that the choir is seeking wider attention. At any rate, it's a strong example of its…  See more details below

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The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, is not one of the big names among the top British collegiate choirs, but it has made some fine recordings and is coming on strong. The present album was launched with a U.S. tour, suggesting that the choir is seeking wider attention. At any rate, it's a strong example of its seasonal type. The program presents a selection of music for Advent, with polyphonic pieces framed by pieces of chant as if in a liturgical usage. The polyphonic pieces, however, come from different periods of music history, from William Byrd in the late 16th century to John Rutter and Roderick Williams in the present day. The music is predominantly British; there are some divagations into German and Russian music, but the flavor of British tradition is strong. And that's where this young choir excels: music by the likes of Herbert Howells is turgid if performed dutifully, but there's a certain level of enthusiasm here that makes it work. The choir and conductor Graham Ross combine this enthusiasm with a clean sound, and Ross' presence as composer (track 17) and arranger as well as conductor helps give the program a pleasing wholeness. Rutter serves as producer here, and although that's certainly not his best-known role, he executes it admirably (as well he might, given his long record of sweating the details of sound in space), knitting together recording sessions from two different times and two different English churches. A fine addition to any shelf of holiday music from an up-and-coming English choir.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2013
Label:
Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC:
0093046757922
catalogNumber:
907579

Tracks

  1. O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol  - Christmas Traditional  - William McKie  -  Traditional  - Thomas Alexander Lacey  - Robina G. Young  - Karin Elsener  - Graham Ross  - Graham Ross  -  Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge  - Lois Salem
  2. Gloucester Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis: Magnificat  - William McKie  - Herbert Howells  - Robina G. Young  - Karin Elsener  - Graham Ross  -  Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge
  3. Vespers (All-Night Vigil), for alto, tenor & chorus, Op. 37: No. 6 Bogoroditse Dyevo  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Robina G. Young  - Karin Elsener  - Graham Ross  -  Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge  - Nicolas Haigh  - Bill Tamblyn
  4. O Virgo virginum, antiphon  -  Gregorian Chant  - Robina G. Young  - Karin Elsener  - Graham Ross  -  Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge  - Nicolas Haigh  - Eleanor Brindle
  5. God is with us (A Christmas Proclamation), for chorus & organ  - John Tavener  - William McKie  - Robina G. Young  - Karin Elsener  - Graham Ross  -  Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge  - Nicholas Mogg
  6. O Emmanuel, antiphon, Mode 2  -  Gregorian Chant  - Robina G. Young  - Karin Elsener  - Graham Ross  -  Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge  - Nicolas Haigh
  7. Bethlehem Down, carol for chorus & organ  - Peter Warlock
  8. O Rex gloriae, antiphon  -  Gregorian Chant  - Robina G. Young  - Karin Elsener  - Graham Ross  - William Cole  -  Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge  - Nicolas Haigh
  9. Christus, oratorio, Op. 97 (unfinished): Say, where is He born; There shall a star from Jac  - William McKie  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Robina G. Young  - Karin Elsener  - Graham Ross  - John Lawrence Jones  -  Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge  - Stefan Kennedy  - Nicholas Mogg
  10. Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, chorale setting for 4 voices, BWV 436 (BC F109)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Robina G. Young  - Karin Elsener  - Graham Ross  - Paul Nicolai  -  Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge  - Nicolas Haigh
  11. O Oriens II, Antienne and Magnificat, Cantique  -  Gregorian Chant  - Robina G. Young  - Karin Elsener  - Graham Ross  -  Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge  - Nicolas Haigh  - Stefan Kennedy
  12. Audivi Vocem de Coelo for 4 voices  - John Sheppard  - Robina G. Young  - Karin Elsener  - Graham Ross  -  Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge  - Nicolas Haigh
  13. O clavis David, antiphon, Mode 2  -  Gregorian Chant  - Robina G. Young  - Karin Elsener  - Graham Ross  -  Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge  - Nicolas Haigh  - Madeleine Seale
  14. Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen  - Michael Praetorius  - Jan Sandström  - Robina G. Young  - Karin Elsener  - Graham Ross  - John Lawrence Jones  -  Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge  - Nicolas Haigh  - Stefan Kennedy  - Lois Salem  - Abigail Gostick
  15. O Radix Jesse, antiphon  -  Gregorian Chant  - Robina G. Young  - Karin Elsener  - Graham Ross  -  Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge  - Nicolas Haigh  - Nicholas Mogg
  16. O Adonai, antiphon, Mode 2  -  Gregorian Chant  - Robina G. Young  - Karin Elsener  - Graham Ross  - John Lawrence Jones  -  Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge  - Nicolas Haigh
  17. The Fear of the Lord, anthem  - Herbert Howells  - William McKie  - Robina G. Young  - Karin Elsener  - Graham Ross  -  Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge
  18. O sapientia, antiphon  -  Gregorian Chant  - Robina G. Young  - Karin Elsener  - Graham Ross  -  Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge  - Nicolas Haigh  - Abigail Gostick
  19. Vigilate, motet for 5 voices (SATBarB)  - William Byrd  - Robina G. Young  - Karin Elsener  - Graham Ross  -  Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge  - Nicolas Haigh
  20. O, Emmanuel-Gaudebunt campi-Veni, Domine, antiphon  -  Gregorian Chant  - Robina G. Young  - Karin Elsener  - Graham Ross  -  Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge  - Nicolas Haigh

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