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Christmas Choral Music "A Christmas Celebration" / Stephen Bell, Hallé Orchestra & Choir; Hallé Youth Choir; Hallé Children's Choir

Album Summary

>Hess, Nigel : Christmas Overture
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
>Gardner, John : Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, Op. 75 no 2
>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
>Elms, Roderick : Noel, for organ & orchestra
>Williams, John : Somewhere In My Memory (song from "Home Alone")
>Saunders, Adam : Fairytale Sleighride, for orchestra
>Rutter, John : Angels' Carol
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Winter Bonfire, suite for narrator, boy's chorus & orchestra, Op. 122
>Traditional, Christmas : Personent hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)
>Ireland, John [Composer] : The Holy Boy, version for string orchestra or string quartet
>Poston, Elisabeth : Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
>Bissill, Richard : A Christmas Carnival, for orchestra
>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
>Mikhnovsky, Isaac : Dance of the Tumblers, for piano (after Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Snow Maiden")
>Keen, Marta : Christmas on the Beach at Waikiki, for chorus & orchestra
>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride
>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

One of the best parts of the Halle Christmas celebration is the inclusion of the entire Halle family- the Halle and Halle Choir, as well as Halle's Youth Choir and Children's Choir. This lovely collection of popular, rare, and newly discovered holiday gems will bring festivity to all of your holiday gatherings. Compositions include works from film composers such as John Williams and Nigel Hess, as well as choral superstars like John Rutter and John Gardner. Especially notable is the orchestral showpiece Noel!, which was written specifically for Halle and conductor Stephen Bell by Roderick Elms, and is receiving here its world premiere recording. "A lovely festive celebration and a reminder of what Christmas is all about" (Oldham Chronicle)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (07/03/2014/07/04/2014); Hallé St Peter's Manchester (07/03/2014/07/04/2014); Concert at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (12/21/2014); Hallé St Peter's Manchester (12/21/2014).



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Works Details

>Hess, Nigel : Christmas Overture
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Ensemble: Hallé Youth Choir
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gardner, John : Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, Op. 75 no 2
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1965
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1400
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Elms, Roderick : Noel, for organ & orchestra
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Williams, John : Somewhere In My Memory (song from "Home Alone")
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Saunders, Adam : Fairytale Sleighride, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rutter, John : Angels' Carol
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1999
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Winter Bonfire, suite for narrator, boy's chorus & orchestra, Op. 122
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949-1950
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Traditional, Christmas : Personent hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1582
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Ireland, John [Composer] : The Holy Boy, version for string orchestra or string quartet
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Poston, Elisabeth : Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bissill, Richard : A Christmas Carnival, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Running Time: 11 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 19th Century
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mikhnovsky, Isaac : Dance of the Tumblers, for piano (after Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Snow Maiden")
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Keen, Marta : Christmas on the Beach at Waikiki, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 15th Century
  • Studio/Live: Live