The Rose in the Middle of Winter: Carols by Bob Chilcott

The Rose in the Middle of Winter: Carols by Bob Chilcott

by Commotio


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The Rose in the Middle of Winter: Carols by Bob Chilcott

British composer Bob Chilcott is in the running to become heir to John Rutter with his limpid, well-wrought, harmonically restricted choral pieces drawn on a variety of sources. That's a lucrative niche, and Chilcott is positioning himself well: if you like Rutter, you'll probably like Chilcott. His style is distilled down to its essence with this collection of carols, all composed between 2007 and 2013. Chilcott resets some familiar texts (try "O Little Town of Bethlehem," track 12), which given the variable relationship between text and music in general worship music in the past is really not a bad idea; listeners will hear the very familiar texts afresh. "Silent Night" (track 19) is modified only in the harmonic setting, and elsewhere there are novel choices of texts, not least the use of an Emily Dickinson poem in the midst of the hymn "O magnum mysterium" (track 22). Perhaps the biggest attraction here is the work of the British chamber choir Commotio. Chilcott came up through the King's College Choir, but the smaller Commotio, beautifully recorded here at Oxford's Keble College Chapel, shows the smoothness of his part-writing even in small details. Provided there is tolerance of sentiment with Christmas music, this is a recommended holiday release.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2013
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0747313315970
catalogNumber: 8573159
Rank: 240745


  1. The Shepherds Sing, for chorus
  2. The Heart-in-Waiting, for chorus
  3. The Rose in the Middle of Winter, for chorus
  4. The Advent Candle, for chorus
  5. Les anges dans nos campagnes, for chorus
  6. Song of the Crib, for chorus
  7. Before the ice (O magnum mysterium), for chorus
  8. Gifts for the Child of Winter, for chorus
  9. The night he was born, for chorus
  10. The Bethlehem Star, for chorus
  11. What sweeter music, for chorus
  12. On Christmas Night, cycle of carols (8) for chorus & organ

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