Advent in Winchester: O Come, Emmanuel

Advent in Winchester: O Come, Emmanuel

by Winchester Cathedral ChoirWinchester Cathedral Choir


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Compared to Christmas, Advent, the first season in the Church year, has inspired a relatively small body of music, which, with a few famous exceptions, tends to get overlooked, so it's nice to have a CD entirely devoted to Advent music. Winchester Cathedral Choir, a men and boys ensemble conducted by Andrew Lumsden, with organist Sarah Baldock, present an attractive program of music, from the very old to the very new, consisting of a cappella and accompanied choral pieces interspersed with chorale preludes for organ by Bach and Brahms. The choir is disciplined and sings with a good blend and a musicality and restraint appropriate for this repertoire, but it lacks the sheen and polish characteristic of the very best English men and boys choirs. That being said, the performances are very fine, and in the case of the chromatically treacherous pieces like the James MacMillan, impressively virtuosic. The choir excels in music from the English choral tradition, such as the pieces by Byrd, Weelkes, Howells, Naylor, and Stanford. Lumsden's and Baldock's organ solos are highlights, played with sensitivity and grace. The sound of the album, recorded in the Cathedral, is a little woolly, without the clarity that's ideal for the more contrapuntal pieces.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/2006
Label: Griffin
UPC: 5027822405221
catalogNumber: 4052
Rank: 70021


  1. Drop down, ye heavens (Advent Prose), Mode 1, for choir
  2. Vigilate, motet for 5 voices (SATBarB)
  3. E'en So, Lord Jesus
  4. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ (Schübler Chorale No. 1), BWV 645 (BC K22)
  5. Hosanna To the Son of David, anthem for 6 voices
  6. Laudi alla Vergine Maria, for choir
  7. A Spotless Rose, for chorus
  8. O come, O come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, emmanuel), carol
  9. Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 1), BWV 599 (BC K28)
  10. Ave Maria, for chorus
  11. Ad te Levavi (Advent Sequence, I), for double choir & organ
  12. Vox Dicentis: Clama
  13. Choral prelude for organ ("Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen"), Op. posth. 122/8
  14. Morning Service (Te Deum, Benedictus, Jubilate) in C major, Op. 115: Benedictus in C

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