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Lux de Caelo: Music for Christmas

Lux de Caelo: Music for Christmas

by Clare College Choir, CambridgeClare College Choir


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This is one of a group of releases by long-established British collegiate and cathedral choirs to update their repertory a bit in the venerable medium of the Christmas album, and it may be the best of the bunch. Director Graham Ross picks a program that shifts stylistic perspectives several times, but is held together by the fact that the pieces are basically all carols (with the possible exception of the final "Friede auf Erde" of Schoenberg, certainly a desirable inclusion at the moment). Ross' segues are novel and even startling, but the pieces are linked together convincingly: try that from the familiar eight-voice Michael Praetorius setting of "In dulci jubilo" (track 10) to the modern treatment of the "Coventry Carol" by Giles Swayne that flows. The program stretches from traditional tunes through Bach, Mendelssohn, Schoenberg, and Webern to John Rutter, happily coexisting with the more atonal stuff; it's really a grand survey of what the idea of the Christmas carol has meant over hundreds of years. The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, fluctuating here between about 20 and 27 voices, has a clear, appealing sound, and the small Dmitri Ensemble is of a piece with the singers. A major winner in the British holiday album genre.

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Release Date: 10/14/2014
Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC: 0093046761523
catalogNumber: 907615
Rank: 90138


  1. Still, still, still, for chorus
  2. Tu scendi dalle stelle, for chorus
  3. Ríu, ríu, chíu, for tenor, bass & chorus
  4. Lullay, My Liking, for soprano, bass, harp & chorus
  5. Coventry Carol, for soprano, harp & chorus, Op. 77/4
  6. In dulci jubilo, for 8 voices (Musae Sioniae 2, No. 5)

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