Christmas Spectacular / John Wells & Nicholas Forbes, organ; APO Brass & Percussion; Indra Hughes, Musica Sacra

Album Summary

>Rutter, John : Gloria
>Rutter, John : What sweeter music
>Traditional, Christmas : Noe! Noe!, carol (Provencal)
>Willcocks, David, Sir : Fanfare and O Come All Ye Faithful, for chorus & organ
>Wells, John : Metamorphoses on a Noel, for organ & brass ensemble
>Rutter, John : Mary's Lullaby
>Strauss, Richard : Feierlicher Einzug der Ritter des Johanniter-Ordens, AV 103
>Parry, Charles Hubert : Welcome, Yule!
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green")
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Leighton-Jones, Michael : Christmas Medley, for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Unto Us Is Born A Son (Puer nobis nascitur; Piae Cantiones, 1582)
>Rutter, John : Deck the hall, for chorus
>Willcocks, David, Sir : Fanfare and Hark the Herald Angels Sing, for chorus & organ
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand (07/2011/09/2011).

Musica Sacra's Christmas Spectacular is a straighforward program of seasonal choral works that figure prominently in the Auckland group's annual Christmas concerts. Opening with John Rutter's affable Gloria, and continuing with his best-known carol, What Sweeter Music, the album seems strongly flavored with his brand of mellow and accessible music, reinforced by his settings of Mary's Lullaby (a modern variant of the 5th century hymn, Of the Father's Love Begotten) and the Welsh favorite, Deck the Halls. Indeed, there is a strong traditional English feeling to the album, with the inclusion of David Willcocks' arrangements of O Come, All Ye Faithful; Unto Us is Born a Son; and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, as well as selections by Hubert Parry and Ralph Vaughan Williams that add to the distinctly British quality of this CD. The choir performs arrangements by a fellow New Zealander, Michael Leighton-Jones, but his Christmas Medley for brass and choral arrangement of The Holly and the Ivy add less of a national flavor than a cosmopolitan familiarity, which fits in easily with the other pieces. Indra Hughes' direction of the group is admirable for his close attention to details, and he clearly worked tirelessly to get the singers to execute the precise syncopations in Ding, Dong! Merrily on High, a high point of the disc. The support of the APO Brass and Percussion and organists John Wells and Nicholas Forbes also make this a remarkably tight and lively performance, and the concentrated efforts of the singers and instrumentalists give this presentation a satisfying cohesion.



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Works Details

>Rutter, John : Gloria
  • Performers: Indra Hughes; Musica Sacra [New Zealand]; John Wells (Organ)
  • Conductor: Indra Hughes
  • Ensemble: Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra Brass and Percussi
  • Running Time: 17 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1974

>Rutter, John : What sweeter music
  • Performers: Indra Hughes; Nicholas Forbes (Organ); Musica Sacra [New Zealand]
  • Conductor: Indra Hughes
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Traditional, Christmas : Noe! Noe!, carol (Provençal)
  • Performers: Indra Hughes; Musica Sacra [New Zealand]; John Wells (Organ)
  • Conductor: Indra Hughes
  • Ensemble: Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra Brass and Percussi
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.

>Willcocks, David, Sir : Fanfare and O Come All Ye Faithful, for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Nicholas Forbes (Organ); Musica Sacra [New Zealand]; Indra Hughes
  • Conductor: Indra Hughes
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wells, John : Metamorphoses on a Noël, for organ & brass ensemble
  • Performers: John Wells (Organ); Indra Hughes; Musica Sacra [New Zealand]
  • Ensemble: Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra Brass and Percussi
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rutter, John : Mary's Lullaby
  • Performers: Indra Hughes; Musica Sacra [New Zealand]; John Wells (Organ)
  • Conductor: Indra Hughes
  • Ensemble: Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra Brass and Percussi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1979

>Strauss, Richard : Feierlicher Einzug der Ritter des Johanniter-Ordens, AV 103
  • Performers: Indra Hughes; Musica Sacra [New Zealand]; John Wells (Organ)
  • Conductor: Indra Hughes
  • Ensemble: Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra Brass and Percussi
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1909

>Parry, Charles Hubert : Welcome, Yule!
  • Performers: Indra Hughes; Musica Sacra [New Zealand]
  • Conductor: Indra Hughes
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green")
  • Performers: Indra Hughes; Nicholas Forbes (Organ); Musica Sacra [New Zealand]
  • Conductor: Indra Hughes
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1928

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Performers: Indra Hughes; Musica Sacra [New Zealand]; John Wells (Organ)
  • Conductor: Indra Hughes
  • Ensemble: Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra Brass and Percussi
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588

>Leighton-Jones, Michael : Christmas Medley, for chorus
  • Performers: Indra Hughes; Musica Sacra [New Zealand]
  • Conductor: Indra Hughes
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
  • Performers: Indra Hughes; Musica Sacra [New Zealand]
  • Conductor: Indra Hughes
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1710

>Traditional, Christmas : Unto Us Is Born A Son (Puer nobis nascitur; Piae Cantiones, 1582)
  • Performers: Indra Hughes; Musica Sacra [New Zealand]; John Wells (Organ)
  • Conductor: Indra Hughes
  • Ensemble: Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra Brass and Percussi
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century

>Rutter, John : Deck the hall, for chorus
  • Performers: Indra Hughes; Musica Sacra [New Zealand]
  • Conductor: Indra Hughes
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Willcocks, David, Sir : Fanfare and Hark the Herald Angels Sing, for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Indra Hughes; Nicholas Forbes (Organ); Musica Sacra [New Zealand]
  • Conductor: Indra Hughes
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas