Carols by Candlelight / Ives, Magdalen College

Album Summary

>Chant, Gregorian : Creator alme siderum, hymn (Advent 1)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Traditional English Carols (8)
>Byrd, William : Earthly tree, duet for 2 sopranos
>Wood, Charles : View me, Lord, for ATB chorus & organ
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Work(s)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Rorate caeli de super
>Stainer, John : How Beautiful Upon the Mountain, anthem for chorus & organ
>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to the Virgin
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Blessed Son of God, for chorus (arranged from "Hodie," Christmas cantata)
>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piae Cantiones)
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern, BuxWV 223
>Traditional, Christmas : Of the Father's heart begotten (A Christmas Procession)
>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Pastores loquebantur, motet for 6 voices
>Zimarino, P.S. : Ninna nanna a Gesu bambino
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Maria Wiegenlied (Mary's Lullaby
>Traditional, Christmas : Sweet Was the Song, carol (English)
>Warlock, Peter : Benedicamus Domino, for double chorus
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Allein Gott in der Hoh' sei Ehr', BWV 662
>Mathias, William : Sir Christemas
>Gardner, John Linton : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, for chorus, Op. 75/2
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Bill Ives leads the famed Choir of Magdalen College in this selection of choral favorites for Advent and Christmas. The music on this recording ranges from quiet reflection and anticipation to the excitement and celebration of the birth of Jesus and the coming of the Wise Men. In existence since 1480, the Choir of Magdalen College is one of the oldest choirs in England.

"The program is well-designed with just enough traditional favorites... to comfortably tie the familiar with the many more, less-commonly heard pieces... Needless to say, this choir is always a pleasure to hear, and in repertoire such as this you won't find more musically assured or more tonally concordant interpreters. Those trebles are wonderful, and the whole ensemble is ideally balanced, especially well-captured here in relationship to the organ and to the resonant acoustic of the Magdalen College venue. You will listen to this many times, not only this year, but for years after--and hopefully the Reger and Ives pieces will turn up more often on other choir's Christmas programs." -Classics Today (10/10)

The Independent on Sunday
Magdalen College's recital makes an attractive alternative to the annual broadcast from King's...Director Bill Ives has a good ear for contrasts



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Works Details

>Chant, Gregorian : Creator alme siderum, hymn (Advent 1)
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Traditional English Carols (8)
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1919

>Byrd, William : Earthly tree, duet for 2 sopranos
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Wood, Charles : View me, Lord, for ATB chorus & organ
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Work(s) :: I look from afar
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Rorate caeli de super
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Stainer, John : How Beautiful Upon the Mountain, anthem for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1871

>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 12th Century

>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to the Virgin
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Blessed Son of God, for chorus (arranged from "Hodie," Christmas cantata)
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1954

>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1400

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BuxWV 223
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1690

>Traditional, Christmas : Of the Father's heart begotten (A Christmas Procession)
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1582

>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Pastores loquebantur, motet for 6 voices
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1585

>Zimarino, P.S. : Ninna nanna a Gesú bambino
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Maria Wiegenlied (Mary's Lullaby :: "Maria sitzt am Rosenhag"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra),
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1912

>Traditional, Christmas : Sweet Was the Song, carol (English)
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Warlock, Peter : Benedicamus Domino, for double chorus
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 662
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723

>Mathias, William : Sir Christèmas
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Gardner, John Linton : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, for chorus, Op. 75/2
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1965

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performer: Martin Ford (Organ)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840