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Starring: Christmas / Winchester Cathedral Choir, Neary

Album Summary

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Anonymous, English : Alma redemptoris mater
>Traditional, Christmas : When Christ Was Born
>Hopkins, John Henry : We three kings
>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol ("Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child") (English)
>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ
>Pearsall, Robert Lucas : In dulci jubilo, for soloists & chorus
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Byrd, William : Lullaby
>Traditional, Christmas : Angels from the Realms of Glory
>Traditional, Christmas : Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (Whence is that goodly fragrance?) (French)
>Traditional, Christmas : Unto Us Is Born A Son (Puer nobis nascitur; Piae Cantiones, 1582)
>Goss, John : See Amid the Winter's Snow, for chorus
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
>Traditional, Christmas : The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (Birjina gaztettobat zegoen), Basque carol
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Howard Blake is a living composer best known for his film scores, but on this world premiere recording he presents new classical compositions conducted by Sir Neville Marriner, who he met through their shared hair dresser.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The program is a fairly standard Christmas concert one would expect from an excellent English cathedral choir. There are excellent performances of 'Once in Royal David's City', 'Silent Night', 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing', 'Angels from the Realms of Glory', (to the tune most Americans know as 'Angels We Have Heard on High'), and 'Lo How a Rose' (in German). Lesser known works done beautifully include 'The Shepherds' Farewell' by Berlioz, the 'Lullaby' of William Byrd, and a very effective arrangement for organ and full chorus of 'Unto Us a Son Is Born'.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Winchester Cathedral, London, England (04/1973).



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>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
  • Performer: Clement McWilliam (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Neary
  • Ensemble: Winchester Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1850

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performer: Clement McWilliam (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Neary
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1818

>Anonymous, English : Alma redemptoris mater
  • Performer: Clement McWilliam (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Neary
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : When Christ Was Born
  • Performer: Clement McWilliam (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Neary
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Hopkins, John Henry : We three kings
  • Performer: Clement McWilliam (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Neary
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1857

>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol ("Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child") (English)
  • Performer: Clement McWilliam (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Neary
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1498

>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ :: L'adieu des bergeres bergeres - Il s'en va loin de la terre
  • Performer: Clement McWilliam (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Neary
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 10/1850-07/1854

>Pearsall, Robert Lucas : In dulci jubilo, for soloists & chorus
  • Performer: Clement McWilliam (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Neary
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performer: Clement McWilliam (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Neary
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840

>Byrd, William : Lullaby
  • Performer: Clement McWilliam (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Neary
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1588

>Traditional, Christmas : Angels from the Realms of Glory
  • Performer: Clement McWilliam (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Neary
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1816

>Traditional, Christmas : Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (Whence is that goodly fragrance?) (French)
  • Performer: Clement McWilliam (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Neary
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 1717.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1717

>Traditional, Christmas : Unto Us Is Born A Son (Puer nobis nascitur; Piae Cantiones, 1582)
  • Performer: Clement McWilliam (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Neary
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 13th Century

>Goss, John : See Amid the Winter's Snow, for chorus
  • Performer: Clement McWilliam (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Neary
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
  • Performer: Clement McWilliam (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Neary
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1600

>Traditional, Christmas : The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (Birjina gaztettobat zegoen), Basque carol
  • Performer: Clement McWilliam (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Neary
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Form: Christmas