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Sleep Holy Babe: Collection of Christmas Lullabies / Blossom Street; Hilary Campbell

Audio Samples

>Campkin, Alexander : Sleep, Holy Baby, for chorus
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : A Lullaby, for chorus
>Manchicourt, Pierre de : O Emanuel, for chorus
>Mudge, Anthony : O magnum mysterium, for chorus
>Ling, Trevor : Magnificat, for chorus
>Campbell, Hilary : Sleep, my dreaming one, for chorus
>Rathbone, Jonathan : Sing Lullaby for chorus
>Pygott, Richard : Quid Petis, O Fili?, carol for 4 voices
>Bevan, David : Magnificat, for chorus
>Duggan, John : O babe, born bare, for chorus
>Burges, Dan : Coventry Carol, for chorus
>Pott, Francis : Lullay, my Liking, for chorus

Album Summary

>Campkin, Alexander : Sleep, Holy Baby, for chorus
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : A Lullaby, for chorus
>Manchicourt, Pierre de : O Emanuel, for chorus
>Mudge, Anthony : O magnum mysterium, for chorus
>Ling, Trevor : Magnificat, for chorus
>Campbell, Hilary : Sleep, my dreaming one, for chorus
>Rathbone, Jonathan : Sing Lullaby for chorus
>Pygott, Richard : Quid Petis, O Fili?, carol for 4 voices
>Bevan, David : Magnificat, for chorus
>Duggan, John : O babe, born bare, for chorus
>Burges, Dan : Coventry Carol, for chorus
>Pott, Francis : Lullay, my Liking, for chorus
Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Sleep, Holy Babe is a collection of Christmas lullabies which reflect the old traditions and restful, contemplative nature of the nativity story. Some works date back as far as the sixteenth century, such as Richard Pygott's Quid petis, O Fili? from a collection owned by Henry VIII. Others are freshly composed, and many, such as Gerald Finzi's A Lullaby, are recorded here for the first time. Established in 2003, Blossom Street is a professional vocal ensemble comprising singers in their twenties, and performs nationwide and beyond. Hilary Campbell, their founder and director, is a freelance musician and is the Musical Director of Harpenden Music Makers, National Magazines' Choir and the Music Makers of London.

"The vocal ensemble Blossom Street has cast its net wide to find a broad spectrum of lullabies ranging from a 16th-century O Emanuel to a modern setting by Daniel Burges of the words of the Coventry Carol, together with other contemporary treatments of sacred or soothing texts, sensitively sung." -The Telegraph

Classic FM
David Mellor's Christmas CD of the Year and David Mellor Recommends - week of 17 December

MusicWeb International
This is an enjoyable and enterprising collection, which works on two fronts. It's a nice disc in its own right, offering some welcome new listening for the Christmas season. In addition, it's a good showcase for the book of music with which it's linked and I hope that will stimulate interest from choir directors and lead to some of these pieces taking their place in the repertoire of choirs that like a challenge and something different. There is far more substance to this collection of music ...

MusicWeb International
The music is a sheer delight and the performances good enough for me to predict that I shall be listening to this a good deal this Christmas and beyond.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The voices are lovely and the music is in a contemplative vein, just right for those days when relentless commercial holiday music threatens to overwhelm the holiday spirit.

The Mail on Sunday
Campbell, who contributes an attractive carol of her own, Sleep My Dreaming One, has chosen music that is reflective rather than extrovert, tonal but never facile, and with real spiritual depth. I love it.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn, London, UK (03/25/2011-03/27/2001).



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Works Details

>Campkin, Alexander : Sleep, Holy Baby, for chorus
  • Notes: St. Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn, London, UK (03/25/2011-03/27/2001)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : A Lullaby, for chorus
  • Notes: St. Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn, London, UK (03/25/2011-03/27/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Manchicourt, Pierre de : O Emanuel, for chorus
  • Notes: St. Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn, London, UK (03/25/2011-03/27/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Mudge, Anthony : O magnum mysterium, for chorus
  • Notes: St. Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn, London, UK (03/25/2011-03/27/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ling, Trevor : Magnificat, for chorus
  • Notes: St. Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn, London, UK (03/25/2011-03/27/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Campbell, Hilary : Sleep, my dreaming one, for chorus
  • Notes: St. Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn, London, UK (03/25/2011-03/27/2001)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rathbone, Jonathan : Sing Lullaby for chorus
  • Notes: St. Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn, London, UK (03/25/2011-03/27/2001)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Pygott, Richard : Quid Petis, O Fili?, carol for 4 voices
  • Notes: St. Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn, London, UK (03/25/2011-03/27/2001)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Bevan, David : Magnificat, for chorus
  • Notes: St. Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn, London, UK (03/25/2011-03/27/2001)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Duggan, John : O babe, born bare, for chorus
  • Notes: St. Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn, London, UK (03/25/2011-03/27/2001)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Burges, Dan : Coventry Carol, for chorus
  • Notes: St. Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn, London, UK (03/25/2011-03/27/2001)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Pott, Francis : Lullay, my Liking, for chorus
  • Notes: St. Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn, London, UK (03/25/2011-03/27/2001)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas