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A Christmas Carol
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CCL CDG1023Christmas from CambridgeCarols and Christmas Music from Queens' College, Cambridge1 A solis ortus cardinePlainsong - Sarum chant2 Verbum patris umanatur Plainsong3 Nowell: Dieus vous garde Richard Smart (fl. 1428-77)4 Estampie from the Robertsbridge Codex Played by James Weeks5 Ther is no rose of swych vertu Fifteenth century6 Lullay, lullow: I saw a swete semly syght Fifteenth century7 Swete was the song the Virgine soong Arranged Thomas Hammond8 Lullaby, my sweet little baby William Byrd9 A fancy William Byrd Played by Matthew Steynor10 Bethlehem Down Peter Warlock11 Silent Night Arranged Alan Ridout12 Long, long ago Herbert Howells13 All this time William Walton14 The holly and the ivy Arranged H Walford Davies15 What cheer? William Walton16 Toccata on 'Veni Emmanuel'Played by Matthew Steynor17 Ave regina coelorum Michael Finnissy18 The fader if heven Peter Maxwell Davies19 Verbum supernum PlainsongThis recording brings together some fine choral music from over one thousand years of Christmas celebrations. Familiar ancient carols such as 'The holly and the ivy' mix with medieval music and more recent choral pieces from the twentieth century in a programme sung by one of the Cambridge's finest choirs.Plainsong is one of the greatest musical resources. Its purity and apparent simplicity have inspired composers over the centuries. In the old English hymn 'A solis ortus cardine' (track 1) the choir sings of the birth of Jesus and of the angels and shepherds of the Christmas story from Bethlehem. The scene is thus set for the rest of the programme. This leads us through a series of medieval and renaissance carols (many transcribed from manuscripts in Cambridge libraries) to recently composed music, including a beautiful piece by Michael Finnissy. 'Ave regina' (track 17) which is based on the words and music of another plainsong hymn.The Choir of Queens' College, CambridgeDirected by James WeeksMatthew Steynor, organSopranoJoanna Willmott, Rachel Flecker, Natalie Malikova, Caroline Gill, Jo Kilpatrick, Naomi Lovett, Mai KingAltoChristi Burt, Beth Guiton, Helen McKenna, Amy Clemitshaw, Frances GibsonTenorJohn Paul Hoskins, Richard Tiley, Paul Naish, Daniel OiBassMatthew Wilkinson, Jonathan Paxman, Bob Yuncken, Jonathan Dawes, Daniel ClarkeRecorded in the chapel of Queens' College, Cambridge
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