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Christmas in Harvard Square - 19 classic carols in arrangements by Rutter and Willcocks, et al. / The Boys of St. Paul's Choir School

Album Summary

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Victoria, Tomás L. de : O magnum mysterium, motet for 4 voices
>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Handl, Jacobus : Omnes de Saba venient, Epiphany motet
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Poston, Elisabeth : Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
>Wood, Charles : Mater ora filium, for chorus
>Head, Michael : The Little Road to Bethlehem
>Robinson, John : The Infant King, for chorus
>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
>Robinson, John : I Sing of a Maiden, for chorus
>Chant, Gregorian : Puer natus est nobis, introit
>Willcocks, David, Sir : Ding Dong Merrily on High, carol setting for soloists & children's chorus
>Carter, Andrew : A Maiden Most Gentle
>Robinson, John : Still Still Still, for chorus
>Chant, Gregorian : Dominus Dixit ad me, introit
>Robinson, John : Angels We Have Heard, for chorus
>Willcocks, David, Sir : Angelus ad virginem, carol setting for soloists & children's chorus
>Robinson, John : There Is No Rose, for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014).

As the booklet to this Decca release notes, St. Paul's Choir School of Cambridge, Massachusetts is the only Catholic boys' choir school in the U.S. You can see why, with handsome profits being reaped from the various similar institutions across the Atlantic, the Decca label might have been interested in trying to generate a similar recording institution in the U.S. In this first attempt, the results are mixed but promising. The sound of the choir is unusual, with large groups of boy trebles over three-to-a-part altos, tenors, and basses. The spotlight is on the trebles, and they do not falter in pitch; they stay cohesive in the rather murky spaces of their home church, and they bring a good deal of warmth to the generally familiar melodies on display. This is good, for the program itself sticks closely to the middle of the road with a mixture of Renaissance pieces, carols, chant, and contemporary pieces, many of them standard fare for anyone who has sung in an American glee club. Listeners should note the stated aim: "this music allows us to collaborate in the great endeavor that is the New Evangelization." Those of a more ecumenical frame of mind will find English recordings for Christmas season that approach the story and its choral traditions with greater sense of resonance and history, and, for now, greater skill. But for those already evangelized, this album will bring both conviction and some notably good boychoir singing. ~ James Manheim



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>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Performers: Ian Bowling; Boys of St. Pauls Choir; Jonas Budris; Devin Drerup; Graeme McCullough; Garry McLinn; Ari Nieh; John Robinson (Descant); Jonathan Wessler (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Robinson
  • Notes: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1751

>Victoria, Tomás L. de : O magnum mysterium, motet for 4 voices
  • Performers: Ian Bowling; Boys of St. Pauls Choir; Jonas Budris; Devin Drerup; Graeme McCullough; Garry McLinn; Ari Nieh; Jonathan Wessler (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Robinson
  • Notes: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1572

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
  • Performers: Ian Bowling; Boys of St. Pauls Choir; Jonas Budris; Devin Drerup; Graeme McCullough; Garry McLinn; Ari Nieh; John Robinson (Descant); Jonathan Wessler (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Robinson
  • Notes: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1850

>Handl, Jacobus : Omnes de Saba venient, Epiphany motet
  • Performers: Ian Bowling; Boys of St. Pauls Choir; Jonas Budris; Devin Drerup; Graeme McCullough; Garry McLinn; Ari Nieh; Jonathan Wessler (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Robinson
  • Notes: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1586

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performers: Ian Bowling; Boys of St. Pauls Choir; Jonas Budris; Devin Drerup; Graeme McCullough; Garry McLinn; Ari Nieh; John Robinson (Descant); Jonathan Wessler (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Robinson
  • Notes: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840

>Poston, Elisabeth : Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
  • Performers: Ian Bowling; Boys of St. Pauls Choir; Jonas Budris; Devin Drerup; Owen Lewis (Voice); Graeme McCullough; Garry McLinn; Ari Nieh; Jonathan Wessler (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Robinson
  • Notes: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1967

>Wood, Charles : Mater ora filium, for chorus
  • Performers: Ian Bowling; Boys of St. Pauls Choir; Jonas Budris; Devin Drerup; Christian Landry (Voice); Colin Lapus (Voice); Graeme McCullough; Garry McLinn; Ari Nieh; Jonathan Wessler (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Robinson
  • Notes: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Head, Michael : The Little Road to Bethlehem
  • Performers: Ian Bowling; Boys of St. Pauls Choir; Jonas Budris; Devin Drerup; Mark Flynn (Voice); Christian Landry (Voice); Graeme McCullough; Garry McLinn; Ari Nieh; Jonathan Wessler (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Robinson
  • Notes: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Robinson, John : The Infant King, for chorus
  • Performers: Ian Bowling; Boys of St. Pauls Choir; Jonas Budris; Devin Drerup; Mark Flynn (Voice); Graeme McCullough; Garry McLinn; Ari Nieh; Jonathan Wessler (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Robinson
  • Notes: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
  • Performers: Ian Bowling; Boys of St. Pauls Choir; Jonas Budris; Devin Drerup (Voice); Mark Flynn (Voice); Graeme McCullough; Garry McLinn; Ari Nieh; Jonathan Wessler (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Robinson
  • Notes: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 19th Century

>Robinson, John : I Sing of a Maiden, for chorus
  • Performers: Ian Bowling; Boys of St. Pauls Choir; Jonas Budris; Devin Drerup; Graeme McCullough; Garry McLinn; Ari Nieh; Jonathan Wessler (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Robinson
  • Notes: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Chant, Gregorian : Puer natus est nobis, introit
  • Performers: Ian Bowling; Boys of St. Pauls Choir; Jonas Budris; Devin Drerup; Rob Marchant (Voice); Graeme McCullough; Garry McLinn; Ari Nieh; Jonathan Wessler (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Robinson
  • Notes: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas

>Willcocks, David, Sir : Ding Dong Merrily on High, carol setting for soloists & children's chorus
  • Performers: Ian Bowling; Boys of St. Pauls Choir; Jonas Budris; Devin Drerup; Graeme McCullough; Garry McLinn; Ari Nieh; Jonathan Wessler (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Robinson
  • Notes: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Carter, Andrew : A Maiden Most Gentle
  • Performers: Ian Bowling; Boys of St. Pauls Choir; Jonas Budris; Devin Drerup; Graeme McCullough; Garry McLinn; Ari Nieh; Jonathan Wessler (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Robinson
  • Notes: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Robinson, John : Still Still Still, for chorus
  • Performers: Ian Bowling; Boys of St. Pauls Choir; Jonas Budris; Devin Drerup; Christopher Jaehnig (Voice); Graeme McCullough; Garry McLinn; Ari Nieh; Jonathan Wessler (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Robinson
  • Notes: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Chant, Gregorian : Dominus Dixit ad me, introit
  • Performers: Ian Bowling; Boys of St. Pauls Choir; Jonas Budris; Devin Drerup; Graeme McCullough; Garry McLinn; Ari Nieh; Thomas Potts (Voice); Jonathan Wessler (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Robinson
  • Notes: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas

>Robinson, John : Angels We Have Heard, for chorus
  • Performers: Ian Bowling; Boys of St. Pauls Choir; Jonas Budris; Devin Drerup; Graeme McCullough; Garry McLinn; Ari Nieh; John Robinson (Descant); Jonathan Wessler (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Robinson
  • Notes: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Willcocks, David, Sir : Angelus ad virginem, carol setting for soloists & children's chorus
  • Performers: Ian Bowling; Boys of St. Pauls Choir; Jonas Budris; Devin Drerup; Graeme McCullough; Garry McLinn; Ari Nieh; Jonathan Wessler (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Robinson
  • Notes: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Robinson, John : There Is No Rose, for chorus
  • Performers: Ian Bowling; Boys of St. Pauls Choir; Jonas Budris; Devin Drerup; Graeme McCullough; Garry McLinn; Ari Nieh; Jonathan Wessler (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Robinson
  • Notes: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas