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The Rose in the Middle of Winter: Carols by Bob Chilcott / Laurie Ashworth, soprano; Richard Pearce, organ

Audio Samples

>Chilcott, Robert : Song of the Crib, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : Les anges dans nos campagnes, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : The Advent Candle, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : The Rose in the Middle of Winter, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : The Heart-in-Waiting, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : The Shepherds Sing, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : Shepherd's Carol
>Chilcott, Robert : On Christmas Night, cycle of carols (8) for chorus & organ
>Chilcott, Robert : What sweeter music, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : Mid-Winter, for chorus & orchestra (or brass ensemble or piano)
>Chilcott, Robert : The Bethlehem Star, for chorus
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Chilcott, Robert : The night he was born, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : Gifts for the Child of Winter, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : Before the ice (O magnum mysterium), for chorus

Album Summary

>Chilcott, Robert : Song of the Crib, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : Les anges dans nos campagnes, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : The Advent Candle, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : The Rose in the Middle of Winter, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : The Heart-in-Waiting, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : The Shepherds Sing, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : Shepherd's Carol
>Chilcott, Robert : On Christmas Night, cycle of carols (8) for chorus & organ
>Chilcott, Robert : What sweeter music, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : Mid-Winter, for chorus & orchestra (or brass ensemble or piano)
>Chilcott, Robert : The Bethlehem Star, for chorus
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Chilcott, Robert : The night he was born, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : Gifts for the Child of Winter, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : Before the ice (O magnum mysterium), for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Maestro Berry's chamber choir sounds attractive and youthful in this music, and they are matched by the soloists. In a Christmas season where everyone seems to be falling all over themselves showing how relentlessly spiritual their intentions are.

Bob Chilcott has been described by The Observer as 'a contemporary hero of British Choral Music,' and his music is commissioned and sung by choirs throughout the world. His Christmas pieces, a number of which are heard here in premiere recordings, reveal his enthusiasm for recently written texts, to which he responds with acute verbal sensitivity. Commotio is one of the UK's foremost chamber choirs, hailing from Oxford, where they have performed choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries since 1999.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013
Chilcott share Rutter's facility with melody...An ex-chorister himself, he also sets words very naturally....Chilcott's music is often more demanding than Rutter's, but that's no problem for the excellent singers of Commotio, expertly conducted by Matthew Berry.

Sunday Times, 8th December 2013
A welcome present of fresh, tuneful carols here from Bob Chilcott, a master steeped in the genre...Sure to be a hit with singers everywhere will be his Song of the Crib, an instantly likable, warm and sweet setting of words by Charles Bennett.

MusicWeb International, 16th December 2013
The music on this disc, which is unfailingly attractive, certainly communicates with the listener directly and strongly. That communication with the listener is undoubtedly enhanced by the performances of Commotio...I think this delightful disc will enhance the musical side of Christmas for a lot of people.

Katherine Cooper, 9th December 2013
An ideal showcase for Commotio's clean, unfussy sound and pristine intonation...it all feels unmistakeably 'Christmassy' from the first phrase: Chilcott has a happy knack for a memorable melody, and his settings of often familiar texts feel so natural that they'll feel like old favourites after just one hearing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK (04/05/2013-04/07/2013).



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Works Details

>Chilcott, Robert : Song of the Crib, for chorus
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Ensemble: Commotio
  • Notes: Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK (04/05/2013-04/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2012

>Chilcott, Robert : Les anges dans nos campagnes, for chorus
  • Performer: Richard Pearce (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK (04/05/2013-04/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2006

>Chilcott, Robert : The Advent Candle, for chorus
  • Performer: Tanya Houghton (Harp)
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK (04/05/2013-04/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2011

>Chilcott, Robert : The Rose in the Middle of Winter, for chorus
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK (04/05/2013-04/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chilcott, Robert : The Heart-in-Waiting, for chorus
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK (04/05/2013-04/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chilcott, Robert : The Shepherds Sing, for chorus
  • Performers: Tanya Houghton (Harp); Josie Simmons; Laurie Ashworth
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK (04/05/2013-04/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chilcott, Robert : Shepherd's Carol
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK (04/05/2013-04/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2000

>Chilcott, Robert : On Christmas Night, cycle of carols (8) for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Tanya Houghton (Harp); Richard Pearce (Organ); Tim Elton (Oboe); Alice James (Flute)
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK (04/05/2013-04/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2010

>Chilcott, Robert : What sweeter music, for chorus
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK (04/05/2013-04/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2012

>Chilcott, Robert : Mid-Winter, for chorus & orchestra (or brass ensemble or piano)
  • Performers: Tanya Houghton (Harp); Alice James (Flute)
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK (04/05/2013-04/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chilcott, Robert : The Bethlehem Star, for chorus
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK (04/05/2013-04/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2013

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performer: Richard Pearce (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK (04/05/2013-04/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Chilcott, Robert : The night he was born, for chorus
  • Performer: Richard Pearce (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK (04/05/2013-04/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2007

>Chilcott, Robert : Gifts for the Child of Winter, for chorus
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK (04/05/2013-04/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2012

>Chilcott, Robert : Before the ice (O magnum mysterium), for chorus
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK (04/05/2013-04/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary