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Lux de Caelo: Music for Christmas - European and English carols in settings by Praetorius, Bach, Mendelssohn, Schoenberg, Britten and Tavener / Choir of Clare College

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : A boy was born, Op. 3
>Mathias, William : A babe is born, Op. 55
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Frohlocket, ihr Völker (Rejoice, O ye people), for double chorus in G major, Op. 79/1
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Traditional English Carols (8)
>Pettman, Edgar : The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came, carol for choir
>Praetorious, Michael : Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (How Brightly Shines the Morning Star) (from the Polyhymnia caduc
>Praetorious, Michael : Quem pastores laudavere, hymn (Puericinium)
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : In dulci jubilo, BWV 368
>Praetorious, Michael : In dulci jubilo, for 8 voices (Musae Sioniae 2, no 5)
>Swayne, Giles : Coventry Carol, for soprano, harp & chorus, Op. 77/4
>Tavener, John : Hymns to the Mother of God
>Ross, Graham : Lullay, My Liking, for soprano, bass, harp & chorus
>Greenberg, Noah : Ríu, ríu, chíu, for tenor, bass & chorus
>Ross, Graham : Tu scendi dalle stelle, for chorus
>Ross, Graham : Still, still, still, for chorus
>Webern, Anton : Canons on Latin Texts, Op. 16
>Traditional, Christmas : Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (Whence is that goodly fragrance?) (French)
>Rutter, John : Nativity Carol
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Friede auf Erden, Op. 13
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Notes & Reviews:

MusicWeb International, 18th December 2014
What makes this disc a little special is that Ross is every bit as interested in carols that come from the popular folk tradition. The choir throw themselves with vigour and success into numbers like Rfu, rfu chfu or Praetorius' chorale settings, which have more than a slight air of the dance to them ... Instrumentally, in a few numbers they are supported ably by The Dmitri Ensemble.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014
Mathias's A babe is born typifies the choir's nimble alacrity, crisply accompanied by the Dmitri Ensemble.

Under the direction of Graham Ross, the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and The Dmitri Ensemble celebrate the legacy of European and English carols in this Christmas program. Listeners will enjoy settings by Praetorius and Bach alongside later examples by Mendelssohn, Schoenberg, Britten and Tavener.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, UK (01/2013).



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>Britten, Benjamin : A boy was born, Op. 3 :: A boy was born
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1933

>Mathias, William : A babe is born, Op. 55
  • Performer: Peter Harrison
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Frohlocket, ihr Völker (Rejoice, O ye people), for double chorus in G major, Op. 79/1
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 12/15/1843

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Traditional English Carols (8)
  • Performer: Helen Lilley
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1919

>Pettman, Edgar : The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came, carol for choir
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Praetorious, Michael : Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (How Brightly Shines the Morning Star) (from the Polyhymnia caduc
  • Performers: William Cole (Organ); Nils Greenhow; Gabrielle Haigh; Peter Harrison (Chamber Organ); Sophie Horrocks; Christopher Loyn; David Miller (Theorbo)
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Praetorious, Michael : Quem pastores laudavere, hymn (Puericinium)
  • Performers: Gabrielle Haigh; Peter Harrison (Chamber Organ); Sophie Horrocks; Helen Lilley; David Miller (Theorbo); Melanie Seale
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
  • Performer: David Miller (Theorbo)
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1600

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : In dulci jubilo, BWV 368
  • Performer: Peter Harrison (Chamber Organ)
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1751

>Praetorious, Michael : In dulci jubilo, for 8 voices (Musae Sioniae 2, no 5)
  • Performers: Peter Harrison (Chamber Organ); David Miller (Theorbo)
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Swayne, Giles : Coventry Carol, for soprano, harp & chorus, Op. 77/4
  • Performers: Tanya Houghton (Harp); Helen Lilley
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Tavener, John : Hymns to the Mother of God :: A Hymn to the Mother of God
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1985

>Ross, Graham : Lullay, My Liking, for soprano, bass, harp & chorus
  • Performers: Gabrielle Haigh; Sophie Horrocks; Tanya Houghton (Harp); Alexander Peter (Timpani); Hugo Popplewell; Melanie Seale
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Greenberg, Noah : Ríu, ríu, chíu, for tenor, bass & chorus
  • Performers: Charles Littlewood; Alexander Peter (Timpani)
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Ross, Graham : Tu scendi dalle stelle, for chorus
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Ross, Graham : Still, still, still, for chorus
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Webern, Anton : Canons on Latin Texts, Op. 16 :: Dormi, Jesu
  • Performer: Timothy Orpen (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1923-1924

>Traditional, Christmas : Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (Whence is that goodly fragrance?) (French)
  • Performer: Elliot Fitzgerald
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 1717.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1717

>Rutter, John : Nativity Carol
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1963

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Friede auf Erden, Op. 13
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Running Time: 8 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1907