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On Christmas Night / works by Rutter, Burton, Mathias, Darke and Poston

Audio Samples

>Rutter, John : What sweeter music
>Traditional, Christmas : Noel nouvelet, carol (French)
>Burton, James : Balulalow, carol setting for chorus
>Mathias, William : A babe is born, Op. 55
>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Poston, Elisabeth : Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
>Bennett, Richard R. : Out of your sleep
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Benedicamus Domino, for double chorus
>Joubert, John : There Is No Rose, for chorus, Op. 14
>Traditional, Christmas : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English)
>Martin, Matthew : Adam lay ybounden, for chorus
>Flecha, Matheo : Riu, riu, chiu
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green")
>Traditional, Christmas : Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming) (Alte geistliche Kirchengesang 1599)
>Robinson, Christopher : Make we joy, for chorus
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
>Finnissy, Michael : Telling, for treble soloist & chorus
>Leighton, Kenneth : Carols (3), Op. 25
>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)

Album Summary

>Rutter, John : What sweeter music
>Traditional, Christmas : Noel nouvelet, carol (French)
>Burton, James : Balulalow, carol setting for chorus
>Mathias, William : A babe is born, Op. 55
>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Poston, Elisabeth : Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
>Bennett, Richard R. : Out of your sleep
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Benedicamus Domino, for double chorus
>Joubert, John : There Is No Rose, for chorus, Op. 14
>Traditional, Christmas : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English)
>Martin, Matthew : Adam lay ybounden, for chorus
>Flecha, Matheo : Riu, riu, chiu
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green")
>Traditional, Christmas : Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming) (Alte geistliche Kirchengesang 1599)
>Robinson, Christopher : Make we joy, for chorus
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
>Finnissy, Michael : Telling, for treble soloist & chorus
>Leighton, Kenneth : Carols (3), Op. 25
>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

A joyous celebration of music for the festive season! This disc was recorded in the College Chapel in full surround-sound, and recreates to a spectacular degree the experience of listening to the Choir perform in the Chapel. The Choir of St John's College, established in the 1670s, is today one of the finest college choirs in the world, known & loved by millions.

Classic FM Magazine
The collective vocal heft of the ensemble's young choral scholars remains a potent weapon under Andrew Nethsinga's direction. He's a man of musical refinement, however, one ready and able to rein in eager tenors and basses where the melodic interest lies in the gift of his choir's boy trebles... This release stands out thanks to the commitment to quality and high artistic values shown here by St John's College Choir and Chandos.

The Telegraph
This is a warming disc, eloquently sung by the choir of St John's. There are some core Christmas hymns, but the bulk of the 24-track programme comprises some of the modern classics of the repertoire such as Elizabeth Poston's Jesus Christ the Apple Tree and Joubert's There is No Rose.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011).



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Works Details

>Rutter, John : What sweeter music
  • Performer: John Challenger (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1988

>Traditional, Christmas : Noël nouvelet, carol (French)
  • Performer: John Challenger (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 16th Century

>Burton, James : Balulalow, carol setting for chorus
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Mathias, William : A babe is born, Op. 55
  • Performer: John Challenger (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
  • Performers: Julian Gregory; John Challenger (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 19th Century

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Performers: Freddie James (Organ); John Challenger (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588

>Poston, Elisabeth : Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
  • Performer: John Challenger (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1666

>Bennett, Richard R. : Out of your sleep
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Benedicamus Domino, for double chorus
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Joubert, John : There Is No Rose, for chorus, Op. 14
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1833

>Martin, Matthew : Adam lay ybounden, for chorus
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Flecha, Matheo : Riu, riu, chiu
  • Performers: Geoffrey Clapham (Treble); Huw Leslie; Henry Neill; Basil Macdonald
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green")
  • Performer: John Challenger (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1928

>Traditional, Christmas : Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming) (Alte geistliche Kirchengesäng 1599)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1599

>Robinson, Christopher : Make we joy, for chorus
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performer: John Challenger (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840

>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1982

>Finnissy, Michael : Telling, for treble soloist & chorus
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Leighton, Kenneth : Carols (3), Op. 25
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1550

>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
  • Performer: John Challenger (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post-Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1892

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Performer: John Challenger (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1751