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On Christmas Night - Choral Music by Brahms, Lloyd, Matthias, J.S. Bach, Warlock, Vaughan Williams, Sumsion, Britten, et al / Roderick Williams, Choir of Magdalen College Oxford

Album Summary

>Steel, Christopher : People, Look East
>Brahms, Johannes : Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122
>Nelson, Robin : Out of your sleep, for chorus & organ
>Lloyd, Richard [Composer] : View me, Lord, for chorus
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ (Schübler Chorale no 1), BWV 645 (BC K22
>Mathias, William : A babe is born, Op. 55
>Traditional, Christmas : Rocking Carol (Czech)
>Dupré, Marcel [Composer] : Variations on "Il est né le divin Enfant", for organ, WoO
>Joubert, John : There Is No Rose, for chorus, Op. 14
>Davies, Henry Walford : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol
>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to the Virgin
>Traditional, Christmas : Noël nouvelet, carol (French)
>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
>Sumsion, Herbert : Prelude for organ on "The holly and the ivy"
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Bethlehem Down, carol for chorus & organ
>Rutter, John : Shepherd's Pipe Carol
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The acclaimed Magdalen College Choir celebrates the diversity of the twentieth-century English carol repertoire in a program that combines well-loved standards and innovative choir favorites ranging in emotion from quiet contemplation to festive joy. The selection of carols and organ solos, led by director and organist Daniel Hyde, culminates in Ralph Vaughan Williams's celebrated Fantasia on Christmas Carols with renowned baritone Roderick Williams in the solo part.

The acclaimed Magdalen College Choir celebrates the diversity of the twentieth-century English carol repertoire in a program that combines well-loved standards and innovative choir favorites ranging in emotion from quiet contemplation to festive joy. The selection of carols and organ solos, led by director and organist Daniel Hyde, culminates in Ralph Vaughan Williams's celebrated Fantasia on Christmas Carols with renowned baritone Roderick Williams in the solo part. Several carols focus on the sheer joy of the miraculous Incarnation itself. William Mathias's A babe is born is a lively setting which gives full rein to the composer's syncopated, jazzy parallelisms. Optimism is also the principal mode of Christopher Steel's People look east. In its ebullient joy, the piece bounces off into a different key in the third verse and deploys the voices in canon, before swinging back to a final recapitulation, replete with a jubilant descant. Composers for organ have found themselves drawn to this treasury of festive folksongs. The French organist and teacher Marcel Dupre was requested by his daughter Marguerite to write a setting of the carol Il est ne le divin enfant. The resulting piece is a set of variations on the theme, with the rune variously in the pedals, decorated, and finally worked into a masterly fugue. In similar fashion, Herbert Sumsion transformed a number of carols into preludes for the instrument. Among them was The holly and the ivy which plucks little motifs from its source before gradually introducing the tune itself, building up to a grand statement before subsiding into quiet peace.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/29/2016-04/01/2016).



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>Steel, Christopher : People, Look East
  • Performer: Anna Lapwood (Organ)
  • Conductor: Daniel Hyde
  • Ensemble: Choir of Magdalen College Oxford
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/29/2016-04/01/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122
  • Performer: Daniel Hyde [Conductor/Organ] (Organ)
  • Conductor: Daniel Hyde
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/29/2016-04/01/2016)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Nelson, Robin : Out of your sleep, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: William Fox (Organ)
  • Conductor: Daniel Hyde
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/29/2016-04/01/2016)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Lloyd, Richard [Composer] : View me, Lord, for chorus
  • Conductor: Daniel Hyde
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/29/2016-04/01/2016)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ (Schübler Chorale no 1), BWV 645 (BC K22
  • Performer: Daniel Hyde [Conductor/Organ] (Organ)
  • Conductor: Daniel Hyde
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/29/2016-04/01/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1748-1749

>Mathias, William : A babe is born, Op. 55
  • Performer: Anna Lapwood (Organ)
  • Conductor: Daniel Hyde
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/29/2016-04/01/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, Christmas : Rocking Carol (Czech)
  • Conductor: Daniel Hyde
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/29/2016-04/01/2016)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.

>Dupré, Marcel [Composer] : Variations on "Il est né le divin Enfant", for organ, WoO
  • Performer: Daniel Hyde [Conductor/Organ] (Organ)
  • Conductor: Daniel Hyde
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/29/2016-04/01/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Joubert, John : There Is No Rose, for chorus, Op. 14
  • Conductor: Daniel Hyde
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/29/2016-04/01/2016)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Davies, Henry Walford : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol
  • Performer: Anna Lapwood (Organ)
  • Conductor: Daniel Hyde
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/29/2016-04/01/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1920

>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to the Virgin
  • Performers: Casper Barrie (Voice); Benjamin Castella-McDonald (Voice); Thomas Dixon (Voice); Rupert Dugdale (Voice); Harry Gant (Voice)
  • Conductor: Daniel Hyde
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/29/2016-04/01/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Traditional, Christmas : Noël nouvelet, carol (French)
  • Performer: Anna Lapwood (Organ)
  • Conductor: Daniel Hyde
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/29/2016-04/01/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 16th Century

>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
  • Performers: William Fox (Organ); Max Lawrie (Voice)
  • Conductor: Daniel Hyde
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/29/2016-04/01/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 19th Century

>Sumsion, Herbert : Prelude for organ on "The holly and the ivy"
  • Performer: Daniel Hyde [Conductor/Organ] (Organ)
  • Conductor: Daniel Hyde
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/29/2016-04/01/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Bethlehem Down, carol for chorus & organ
  • Conductor: Daniel Hyde
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/29/2016-04/01/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1927

>Rutter, John : Shepherd's Pipe Carol
  • Performer: William Fox (Organ)
  • Conductor: Daniel Hyde
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/29/2016-04/01/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1966

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Christmas Carols
  • Performers: Alexander Berry (Organ); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Daniel Hyde
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/29/2016-04/01/2016)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1912