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Adeste Fidelis / O'Donnell, Westminster Cathedral Choir

Album Summary

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Traditional, Christmas : Gabriel's Message (Basque)
>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Traditional, Christmas : A Maiden Most Gentle (French)
>Traditional, Christmas : I Wonder As I Wander (American)
>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
>Cornelius, Peter : The Three Kings (Die Könige) ("Three Kings from Persian lands afar")
>Traditional, Christmas : Of the Father's heart begotten (A Christmas Procession)
>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Bethlehem Down, carol for chorus & organ
>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
>Hadley, Patrick : I sing of a maiden
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Howells, Herbert : Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus
>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
>Parry, Charles H. : Welcome, Yule!
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
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Notes & Reviews:

'A model of its kind' (The Times)

'Celestial' (The San Francisco Examiner)

'An extremely well-sung traditional carol collection. The concert makes a great appeal by the quality of the singing and the beautiful digital recording' (Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Emma Kirkby (soprano); Catherine King (mezzo soprano); Matthew Vine, Nicholas Keay, Clifford Lister, Andrew Carwood, John Bowen, Leigh Nixon, Tom Raskin (tenor); Andrew Wickens, Michael Lees , David Gould , Nigel Short (countertenor); Alison Crum, Robert Evans , Roger Cleverdon, Stephen Alder, Guthrie Thomas, Adrian Peacock, Colin Campbell, Robert McDonald , Charles Pott, Lawrence Wallington (bass voice); Anton Viesel, Richard de Winter, Thomas Carter, Peter Smith , Francis Faux, Richard Farnsworth, Andrew Waite, Timothy Dickinson, Mark Kennedy, Aaron Webber, Alexander Semprini, Raymond Winterflood, Paul Donovan, Graham Roberts, Paul French (treble); Tom Finucane (guitar, chitarrone, cittern, lute); Doug Wooton (bandora); David Miller (chitarrone, lute, theorbo); Frances Kelly (double harp); Dave Chatterley (hurdy-gurdy); Robin Jeffrey (lute); Sarah Groser, John Bryan (viol); Rachel Podger (violin, viola); Maya Homburger (violin); Alan George (viola); Andy Watts (curtal); Andrew Crowley (trumpet, natural trumpet); Martin Bakker (organ); Susan Addison, Paul Nieman (turntables).

Recording information: All Saints' Parish Church, Tooting Graveny, London, Eng (05/07/1996-05/10/1996).



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Works Details

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Performers: Choir of Westminster Abbey; Philip Ledger (Descant); Iain Simcock (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1751

>Traditional, Christmas : Gabriel's Message (Basque)
  • Performer: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1582

>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
  • Performers: Choir of Westminster Abbey; Iain Simcock (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 12th Century

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
  • Performers: Choir of Westminster Abbey; Iain Simcock (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1850

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Performer: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588

>Traditional, Christmas : A Maiden Most Gentle (French)
  • Performers: Choir of Westminster Abbey; Iain Simcock (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : I Wonder As I Wander (American)
  • Performer: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1933

>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Performers: Choir of Westminster Abbey; Iain Simcock (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1868

>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
  • Performer: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 19th Century

>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
  • Performer: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1400

>Cornelius, Peter : The Three Kings (Die Könige) ("Three Kings from Persian lands afar")
  • Performer: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1859

>Traditional, Christmas : Of the Father's heart begotten (A Christmas Procession)
  • Performer: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1582

>Kirkpatrick, William J. : Away in a manger :: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)
  • Performer: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Bethlehem Down, carol for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Choir of Westminster Abbey; Iain Simcock (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1927

>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
  • Performer: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1710

>Hadley, Patrick : I sing of a maiden
  • Performers: Choir of Westminster Abbey; Iain Simcock (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1936

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performer: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Howells, Herbert : Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus
  • Performer: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
  • Performer: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1982

>Parry, Charles H. : Welcome, Yule!
  • Performer: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performers: Choir of Westminster Abbey; Iain Simcock (Organ)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840