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Christmas from Magdalen College Oxford - works by Byrd, Rutter, Stanford, Bach, Manz, Dove et al.

Album Summary

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : A Song of Peace, for chorus, Op. 113/7
>Farrant, Richard : Hide Not Thou Thy Face for chorus
>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Ave Maria, motet for 4 voices
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV 733
>Byrd, William : Rorate caeli desuper, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Manz, Paul : E'en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come
>Dove, Jonathan : I am the Day, for chorus
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Vom himmel hoch, da komm ich her (I), canonic variations on the Christmas hymn for organ, BWV 769
>Traditional, Christmas : This is the truth sent from above (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Hereford Carol, for choir
>Goldschmidt, Otto : A Tender Shoot, for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
>Rutter, John : What sweeter music
>Edwards, Paul : No Small Wonder
>Berkeley, Lennox : Look Up Sweet Babe, for treble voice & chorus, Op. 43/2
>Berlioz, Hector : L'Enfance du Christ
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : In dulci jubilo, BWV 729
>Woolrich, John : Spring in Winter, for chorus
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
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Notes & Reviews:

The choir of Magdalen College presents a program of carols, anthems and organ music for Christmas.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
This Christmas recital, recorded in 2011 and 2012, consists of 17 choral numbers and three selections by JS Bach for solo organ. The choral sound is beautiful, with an especially strong treble sound. These are no weak-voiced choir boys; the sound is full, rich, and secure. I find this program especially interesting because of the inclusion of many fine works written in the last 35 years, thus presenting a fair sampling of contemporary Christmas music. Among them is 'I Am the Day' by Jonathan Dove, John Rutter's lovely 'What Sweeter Music', 'No Small Wonder' by Paul Edwards, and 'Spring in Winter' by John Woolrich. These are balanced by traditional older music, including Stanford's 'Song of Peace', Byrd's 'Rorate Caeli', Goldschmidt's 'Tender Shoot", an excellent arrangement of 'O Holy Night', and lighter songs such as 'I Saw Three Ships' and the final 'Ding Dong Merrily on High'.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of Magdalen College, Oxford, England (09/2011/06/2012).



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>Stanford, Charles Villiers : A Song of Peace, for chorus, Op. 113/7
  • Performer: Benjamin Giddens (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Oxford Choir Of Magdalen College
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Farrant, Richard : Hide Not Thou Thy Face for chorus
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Ave Maria, motet for 4 voices
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1570

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV 733 :: Meine Seele erhebet den Herren, fugue for organ (by J. L. Krebs, not JSB),
  • Performer: Daniel Hyde [Conductor/Organ] (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1751

>Byrd, William : Rorate caeli desuper, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1605

>Manz, Paul : E'en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Dove, Jonathan : I am the Day, for chorus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Vom himmel hoch, da komm ich her (I), canonic variations on the Christmas hymn for organ, BWV 769
  • Performer: Daniel Hyde [Conductor/Organ] (Organ)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 06/1747

>Traditional, Christmas : This is the truth sent from above (English)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Hereford Carol, for choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Goldschmidt, Otto : A Tender Shoot, for chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
  • Performer: Benjamin Giddens (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1666

>Rutter, John : What sweeter music
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1988

>Edwards, Paul : No Small Wonder
  • Performer: Benjamin Giddens (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Berkeley, Lennox : Look Up Sweet Babe, for treble voice & chorus, Op. 43/2
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1954

>Berlioz, Hector : L'Enfance du Christ :: The Shepherds' Farewell
  • Performer: Benjamin Giddens (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 10/1850-07/1854

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : In dulci jubilo, BWV 729
  • Performer: Daniel Hyde [Conductor/Organ] (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1751

>Woolrich, John : Spring in Winter, for chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2001

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performer: Benjamin Giddens (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1851

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Performer: Benjamin Giddens (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588