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Nativity - Georgian Christmas Music / Holman, Psalmody, etc

Album Summary

>Fawcett, John : Strike! Seraphs, strike your harps of gold
>Stephenson, Joseph : Arise and hail the sacred day, carol
>Marsh, William : The branch, the mighty branch behold, nativity
>Hill, John : The people that walked in darkness, anthem
>Madan, Martin : Lo! He comes with clouds descending (Helmsley) (with organ interludes by Samuel Wesley 1766-1837)
>Cooke, Benjamin : Ode for Christmas
>Adams, Thomas II : Adeste Fideles Variations
>Key, Joseph : Come celebrate th'auspicious morn, carol
>Taylor, Richard : Hosanna to King David's son
>Tremain, Thomas : In Bethlem fields as shepherds kept, hymn for Christmas day
>Anonymous, English : Light of those whose dreary dwelling (Christmas Hymn)
>Matthews, William : How beauteous are their feet (Zion)
>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
>Anonymous, English : Hark! A Herald voice is calling, hymn
>Wainwright, John : Christians awake! salute the happy morn
>Storace, Stephen : Angels from the realms of glory
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

'Rasping, rousing and riveting...the freshness and immediacy of the music and musicians are irresistible' (International Record Review)

'It is beautifully played and superbly recorded. A CD to gladden the heart with none of the usual clichés.' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Christmas cheer in abundance.' (Evening Standard)



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>Fawcett, John : Strike! Seraphs, strike your harps of gold
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England (07/15/2003-07/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1840

>Stephenson, Joseph : Arise and hail the sacred day, carol
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England (07/15/2003-07/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Marsh, William : The branch, the mighty branch behold, nativity
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England (07/15/2003-07/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.

>Hill, John : The people that walked in darkness, anthem
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England (07/15/2003-07/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Madan, Martin : Lo! He comes with clouds descending (Helmsley) (with organ interludes by Samuel Wesley 1766-1837)
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England (07/15/2003-07/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Cooke, Benjamin : Ode for Christmas :: Angelic hymns thy natal day
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England (07/15/2003-07/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1763

>Adams, Thomas II : Adeste Fideles Variations :: Theme & Seven Variations, for organ
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England (07/15/2003-07/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Key, Joseph : Come celebrate th'auspicious morn, carol
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England (07/15/2003-07/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Taylor, Richard : Hosanna to King David's son
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England (07/15/2003-07/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Tremain, Thomas : In Bethlem fields as shepherds kept, hymn for Christmas day
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England (07/15/2003-07/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Anonymous, English : Light of those whose dreary dwelling (Christmas Hymn)
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England (07/15/2003-07/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Matthews, William : How beauteous are their feet (Zion)
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England (07/15/2003-07/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England (07/15/2003-07/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1742

>Anonymous, English : Hark! A Herald voice is calling, hymn
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England (07/15/2003-07/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Wainwright, John : Christians awake! salute the happy morn
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England (07/15/2003-07/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1750

>Storace, Stephen : Angels from the realms of glory
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England (07/15/2003-07/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England (07/15/2003-07/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1751