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Advent & Christmas Choral Works / Lisa Hansen, flute; Jordan Dodson, guitar; Robert Quinney, New College Oxford Choir; Max Lifchitz, The North/South Chamber Orchestra

Album Summary

>Helmore, Thomas : O come, O come, Emmanuel (tune Veni Emmanuel) (New English Hymnal no 11)
>Hammerschmidt, Andreas : Machet die Tore weit (Open Wide the Gates)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (Birjina gaztettobat zegoen), Basque carol
>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Ave Virgo Sanctissima, motet for 5 voices
>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Pott, Francis : Balulalow, for chorus
>Praetorious, Michael : In dulci jubilo
>Ives, Charles : A Christmas Carol
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green")
>Mathias, William : A babe is born, Op. 55
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Bethlehem Down, carol for chorus & organ
>Victoria, Tomás L. de : O magnum mysterium, motet for 4 voices
>Bennett, Richard R. : In the Bleak Midwinter, carol setting for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : Oi Betleem! (Sing Lullaby) (Basque)
>Willcocks, David, Sir : Of the Father's Heart Begotten, hymn setting for chorus & organ
>Martin, Matthew : Nowell sing we, for chorus & organ
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Nowell, sing we!" Is the second recording from Robert Quinney as director of New College Oxford Choir. This recording follows the trajectory of the last weeks of Michaelmas term at New College. The open format of a carol service allows for a wide variety in the choice of music, so long as none of the pieces is longer than a few minutes. The collection "Nowell, sing we!" Encompasses traditional carols and Counter Reformation composers through the twentieth century. New College Oxford Choir's previous release Symphony Anthems- John Blow under the directorship of Robert Quinney has been awarded Editor's Choice in Gramophone and the release has enjoyed several weeks in the Specialist classical chart in the UK

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of New College, Oxford (12/14/2015-12/17/2015).



Reviews

Imaginative program, beautiful performances
Robert Quinney and the Choir of New College Oxford build on the success of their release, "John Blow: Symphony Anthems." While this is indeed a collection of seasonal music, the selections are more varied in style and show just how capable this choir and director are.

Traditional favorites such as Praetorius' "In dulci jubilo" and Bennet's "In the bleak midwinter" are included, as well as David Willcocks arrangements of "Of the Father's heart begotten" and "O come all ye faithful."

But rather than making up the entire program, these familiar selections are interspersed as leavening for a more adventuresome fare.

I especially liked the inclusion of more contemporary works. Charles Ives' "A Christmas Carol" was a welcome addition, and the pieces by Francis Pott, Peter Warlock, and Matthew Martin added some freshness and spice to the program.

Love the English choral tradition but are tired of the same old traditional selections? Me, too. That's why I recommend this disc. It's thoughtfully programmed and beautifully performed.

Submitted on 12/05/16 by RGraves321 
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>Helmore, Thomas : O come, O come, Emmanuel (tune Veni Emmanuel) (New English Hymnal no 11)
  • Performer: Timothy Wakerell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Ensemble: New College Oxford Choir
  • Notes: Chapel of New College, Oxford (12/14/2015-12/17/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Hammerschmidt, Andreas : Machet die Tore weit (Open Wide the Gates)
  • Performer: Timothy Wakerell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Ensemble: The North/South Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Chapel of New College, Oxford (12/14/2015-12/17/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional, Christmas : The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (Birjina gaztettobat zegoen), Basque carol
  • Performer: Timothy Wakerell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Ensemble: The North/South Consonance Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of New College, Oxford (12/14/2015-12/17/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.

>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Ave Virgo Sanctissima, motet for 5 voices
  • Performer: Timothy Wakerell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Notes: Chapel of New College, Oxford (12/14/2015-12/17/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1566

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
  • Performers: Robert Quinney (Descant); Timothy Wakerell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Notes: Chapel of New College, Oxford (12/14/2015-12/17/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1850

>Pott, Francis : Balulalow, for chorus
  • Performers: Ardhan Subramaniam (Treble); Timothy Wakerell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Notes: Chapel of New College, Oxford (12/14/2015-12/17/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Praetorious, Michael : In dulci jubilo
  • Performer: Timothy Wakerell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Notes: Chapel of New College, Oxford (12/14/2015-12/17/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1619

>Ives, Charles : A Christmas Carol
  • Performer: Timothy Wakerell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Notes: Chapel of New College, Oxford (12/14/2015-12/17/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1894

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green")
  • Performers: Thomas Armstrong [Composer/Conductor] (Descant); Timothy Wakerell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Notes: Chapel of New College, Oxford (12/14/2015-12/17/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1928

>Mathias, William : A babe is born, Op. 55
  • Performer: Timothy Wakerell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Notes: Chapel of New College, Oxford (12/14/2015-12/17/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Performer: Timothy Wakerell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Notes: Chapel of New College, Oxford (12/14/2015-12/17/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1751

>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Bethlehem Down, carol for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Timothy Wakerell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Notes: Chapel of New College, Oxford (12/14/2015-12/17/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1927

>Victoria, Tomás L. de : O magnum mysterium, motet for 4 voices
  • Performer: Timothy Wakerell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Notes: Chapel of New College, Oxford (12/14/2015-12/17/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1572

>Bennett, Richard R. : In the Bleak Midwinter, carol setting for chorus
  • Performer: Timothy Wakerell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Notes: Chapel of New College, Oxford (12/14/2015-12/17/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2010

>Traditional, Christmas : Oi Betleem! (Sing Lullaby) (Basque)
  • Performers: Nicholas Hampson; Timothy Wakerell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Notes: Chapel of New College, Oxford (12/14/2015-12/17/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.

>Willcocks, David, Sir : Of the Father's Heart Begotten, hymn setting for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Timothy Wakerell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Notes: Chapel of New College, Oxford (12/14/2015-12/17/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Martin, Matthew : Nowell sing we, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Timothy Wakerell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Notes: Chapel of New College, Oxford (12/14/2015-12/17/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary