Ceremony of Carols / Etherea Vocal Ensemble, Grace Cloutier, harp

> A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 - No. 1. Procession
> A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 - No. 2. Wolcum yole!
> A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 - No. 3. There is no rose
> A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 - No. 4a. That yonge child
> A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 - No. 4b. Balulalow
> A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 - No. 5. As dew in Aprille
> A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 - No. 6. This little Babe
> A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 - No. 7. Interlude
> A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 - No. 8. In freezing winter night
> A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 - No. 9. Spring Carol
> A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 - No. 10. Deo Gracias!
> A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 - No. 11. Recession
> Noel - Noel
> Gabriel's Message (arr. J. Rutter) - Gabriel's Message (arr. J. Rutter)
> Impromptu - Impromptu
> In dulci jubilo, Op. 10 (arr. J. Rutter) - In dulci jubilo, Op. 10 (arr. J. Rutter)
> Good King Wenceslas (arr. D. Willcocks) - Good King Wenceslas (arr. D. Willcocks)
> I Saw Three Ships (arr. D. Willcocks) - I Saw Three Ships (arr. D. Willcocks)
> Dancing Day - No. 1. Prelude
> Dancing Day - No. 2. Angelus ad Virginem
> Dancing Day - No. 3. A virgin most pure
> Dancing Day - No. 4. Personent hodie
> Dancing Day - No. 5. Interlude
> Dancing Day - No. 6. There is no rose
> Dancing Day - No. 7. Coventry Carol
> Dancing Day - No. 8. Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
>Gounod, Charles : Noel, for soprano, alto, female chorus & piano with organ ad lib.
>Traditional, Christmas : Gabriel's Message (Basque)
>Glière, Reinhold : Impromptu, for harp
>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piae Cantiones)
>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
>Rutter, John : Dancing Day, cycle of Christmas carols
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Trebles in Paradise" + And vocal paradise is just where the sublime singing of Etherea Vocal Ensemble will take their listeners with their new holiday album, Ceremony of Carols. Etherea, founded in 2008, is a unique group consisting of seven distinguished women's voices plus the alto-range singing of founder/director Derek Greten-Harrison - who happens to be a vocal switch-hitter, performing as both a countertenor and a baritone! Together, they achieve music of rare technical craftsmanship, vocal precision and exquisite nuance - plus stunning purity and sweetness of sound. Add the scintillating harp wizardry of Grace Cloutier and subtle organ support from Alan Murchie. Framing a central cluster of individual holiday favorites are two beloved carol cycles with harp: Benjamin Britten's evergreen A Ceremony of Carols and John Rutter's Dancing Day - both heard here in definitive and enchanting performances. And we guarantee that nobody (except perhaps for those who have experienced Etherea in concert) has ever heard a performance of "Good King Wenceslas" (one of the central songs) like the one heard here, in which director Greten-Harrison sings both as a choral alto and solo baritone! + About the Ensemble: Etherea Vocal Ensemble is a new chamber group dedicated to the performance of choral repertoire for treble voices, with an emphasis on music of the Romantic era. Etherea made its concert debut as a guest of Lorin Maazel's Castleton Festival in December 2009, and subsequently appeared in a concert sponsored by Yale Institute of Sacred Music in January 2010. Current repertoire includes works by Britten, Holst, Mendelssohn, Rheinberger, Rossini, Rutter, Schubert, and Schumann.

WFMT (Chicago)
The singers of the Etherea Ensemble and their director Derek Greten-Harrison specialize in the performance of choral works for treble voices. Accompanied by harpist Grace Cloutier, they present an ethereal reading of Britten's beloved Christmas cycle, "A Ceremony of Carols," as well as other favorites of the season.

Opera News
Those who delight in the ethereal melodies and intricate vocal lines of Benjamin Britten's carol cycle should savor this new disc. The eight women of the Etherea Ensemble, and their director, Derek Greten-Harrison ... [a]ccompanied here by the proficient harpist Grace Cloutier ... present an elegant, nuanced reading of Britten's score, as well as other favorites of the Christmas season.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Etherea Vocal Ensemble lives up to its name, with some lovely singing. "Ceremony of Carols" (Delos DE 3422) begins with a fine rendition of the Benjamin Britten classic and concludes with John Rutter's "Dancing Day," with Charles Gounod's "Noel" and other works, mostly for voice and harp, in between.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
Delos has issued Etherea, an all-female vocal ensemble. They combine the Britten and the Rutter with five traditional carols and Reinhold Gliere's Impromptu for harp. It's a worthy album, traditional in all musical respects.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Marquand Chapel, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2011-04-29_2011-04-30&2011-).



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
  • Performer: Grace Cloutier (Harp)
  • Ensemble: Etherea Vocal Ensemble
  • Notes: Marquand Chapel, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2011-04-29_2011-04-30&2011-)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1942

>Gounod, Charles : Noël, for soprano, alto, female chorus & piano with organ ad lib.
  • Performers: Alan Murchie (Organ); Grace Cloutier (Harp); Awet Andemicael (Soprano)
  • Notes: Marquand Chapel, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2011-04-29_2011-04-30&2011-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Traditional, Christmas : Gabriel's Message (Basque)
  • Performer: Grace Cloutier (Harp)
  • Notes: Marquand Chapel, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2011-04-29_2011-04-30&2011-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1582

>Reinhold Glière (1875 - 1956) : Impromptu, for harp
  • Performer: Grace Cloutier (Harp)
  • Notes: Marquand Chapel, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2011-04-29_2011-04-30&2011-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
  • Performer: Grace Cloutier (Harp)
  • Notes: Marquand Chapel, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2011-04-29_2011-04-30&2011-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1400

>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
  • Performers: Derek Greten-Harrison (Voice); Allison Holst-Grubbe; Grace Cloutier (Harp)
  • Notes: Marquand Chapel, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2011-04-29_2011-04-30&2011-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1582

>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
  • Performer: Grace Cloutier (Harp)
  • Notes: Marquand Chapel, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2011-04-29_2011-04-30&2011-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1666

>Rutter, John : Dancing Day, cycle of Christmas carols
  • Performer: Grace Cloutier (Harp)
  • Notes: Marquand Chapel, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2011-04-29_2011-04-30&2011-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1974