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Incarnation - A sequence of Christmas music ancient and modern / Paul McCreesh

Album Summary

>Martin, Matthew : Adam lay ybounden, for chorus
>Anonymous : Veni, veni, Emmanuel, for chorus
>Howells, Herbert : Long, long ago
>Traditional, Christmas : Lullay, Lullay, carol (English)
>Pott, Francis : Balulalow, for chorus
>Anonymous : Qui Creavit Coelum, hymn
>Dove, Jonathan : The Three Kings, for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : This Endere Nyghth, carol
>Leighton, Kenneth : A Hymn of the Nativity, for chorus
>Chant, Gregorian : Letabundus, sequentia ad summam missam in die
>Britten, Benjamin : A Boy was Born, Op. 3
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This is an inspiring sequence of Christmas music ancient and modern, culminating in Britten's virtuosic choral masterpiece, A Boy Was Born. Paul McCreesh leads the Gabrieli Consort (joined by the Trebles of Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir) in this evocative and contrasting collection of festive works from the 12th century to present day.

Sunday Times, 1st December 2013
If ever greatness announced itself, it was with Britten's audaciously inventive and extended choral variations, A Boy Was Born...McCreesh has made it the end piece of an ancient and modern Nativity programme...which the Gabrielis gave atmospherically at Shoreditch Church as part of the Spitalfields Winter Festival.

MusicWeb International, 18th November 2013
This is by no means a conventional Christmas disc. Indeed, tinsel and holly are nowhere in sight. It is, in the best sense, a challenging - and hugely rewarding - programme which has been put together thoughtfully and with discernment. The performances are absolutely first rate...enjoyment of this disc need be confined solely to the Christmas period.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013
A Christmas issue which is genuinely challenging and different... Martin's music evokes in an extraordinary suggestive manner the theological paradox buried within the Eden story... The Gabrieli's rapt and intense performance is remarkable in it poise and tonal control at mainly low dynamic levels... A wonderful Christmas offering: treat yourself and friends or both, to it.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
It is arguably the most moving setting of these words written since Britten's version in A Ceremony of Carols, and I wish it appeared on disc and was performed more often.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
This is a beautiful anthology in alluring sound, with a handsome and helpful booklet. As a series of quiet meditations on the incarnation, then, it has undoubted appeal.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Douai Abbey, Berkshire (12/17/2012-12/19/2012).



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>Martin, Matthew : Adam lay ybounden, for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Trebles of Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir
  • Notes: Douai Abbey, Berkshire (12/17/2012-12/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2006

>Anonymous : Veni, veni, Emmanuel, for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Notes: Douai Abbey, Berkshire (12/17/2012-12/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Howells, Herbert : Long, long ago
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Notes: Douai Abbey, Berkshire (12/17/2012-12/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1959

>Traditional, Christmas : Lullay, Lullay, carol (English)
  • Performer: Matthew Venner
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Notes: Douai Abbey, Berkshire (12/17/2012-12/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Pott, Francis : Balulalow, for chorus
  • Performer: Emma Walshe
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Notes: Douai Abbey, Berkshire (12/17/2012-12/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2009

>Anonymous : Qui Creavit Coelum, hymn
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Notes: Douai Abbey, Berkshire (12/17/2012-12/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Dove, Jonathan : The Three Kings, for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Notes: Douai Abbey, Berkshire (12/17/2012-12/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2000

>Traditional, Christmas : This Endere Nyghth, carol
  • Performers: Guy Cutting (Treble); Greg Skidmore; Christopher Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Notes: Douai Abbey, Berkshire (12/17/2012-12/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Leighton, Kenneth : A Hymn of the Nativity, for chorus
  • Performer: Ruth Provost (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Notes: Douai Abbey, Berkshire (12/17/2012-12/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Chant, Gregorian : Letabundus, sequentia ad summam missam in die
  • Performers: Gabriel Crouch (Baritone); Stephen Kennedy; William Townend
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Notes: Douai Abbey, Berkshire (12/17/2012-12/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas

>Britten, Benjamin : A Boy was Born, Op. 3
  • Performer: Nicholas Swensen (Treble)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Notes: Douai Abbey, Berkshire (12/17/2012-12/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1933