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Christmas at St George's, Windsor

Christmas at St George's, Windsor

by The Choir of St. George's Chapel, Windsor CastleThe Choir of St. George's Chapel


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The Choir of St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, has appeared at a pair of royal weddings and performed various other functions for England's royal family. Despite these high-visibility responsibilities, the choir hasn't been as celebrated as other British cathedral and chapel choirs, even though it has a solid catalog of recordings on Hyperion and other labels. Perhaps this holiday album will change that: it's enjoyable and popular without foreclosing deeper reflections. One thing should be made clear to potential purchasers: despite the title, and for no reason stated in the packaging and graphics, the album was not recorded at St. George's but at a pair of churches in Northampton and London. This said, the acoustics are fine, with strong text intelligibility, something important in a project of this kind. Unlike most holiday releases, the program is divided into sections pertaining to Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, and within each part, there is a nice variety of accompanied and unaccompanied pieces, and of familiar carols and more arcane musical sentiments. There are smoother boy trebles in various cathedral choirs, but the proceedings here have an attractively festive aspect, and the versions of "Carol of the Bells" and "I Saw Three Ships" here can stand with anyone. A thoroughly successful holiday release that may introduce many general listeners to English choral singing.

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Release Date: 11/01/2019
Label: Hyperion
UPC: 0034571282817
catalogNumber: 68281
Rank: 62117


  1. Conditor alme siderum, hymn, mode 4
  2. Vigilate, motet for 5 voices (SATBarB)
  3. Advent Carols (3): Saviour of the world

    1. Saviour of the world
  4. This Is the record of John, anthem for voices
  5. Rorate Coeli
  6. Telling, for treble soloist & chorus
  7. Bogoróditse dyévo (Hail Mary), for chorus
  8. A Tender Shoot, for chorus
  9. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, for chorus, Op. 75/2
  10. Puer natus est nobis
  11. Puer natus est nobis, motet for 4 voices (SATB)
  12. Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
  13. Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  14. Carol of the Bells
  15. Watts' cradle song
  16. I Saw Three Ships, carol
  17. Away in a manger (Tune: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)
  18. The Seven Joys of Mary, carol (English)
  19. Ecce advenit dominator Dominus
  20. Ecce advenit Dominator Dominus, motet for 4 voices (SATB)
  21. The Gracious Gift
  22. A Gallery Carol
  23. Bethlehem Down, carol for chorus & organ
  24. Nowell sing we, for chorus & organ

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