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'A Wells Christmas' - Traditional English Carols / Wells Cathedral Choir, Matthew Owens

Album Summary

>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
>Traditional, Christmas : A Maiden Most Gentle (French)
>McConnaughey, Jefferson C. : In the bleak midwinter, for chorus & organ
>Traditional, Christmas : Zither Carol (Czech)
>Owens, Matthew : Lullay, my liking, for chorus & organ
>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
>Rutter, John : Donkey Carol
>Traditional, Christmas : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : This is the truth sent from above (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Sans Day Carol ("Now the Holly Bears a Berry") (a.k.a. St. Day Carol)
>Hollins, Alfred : Christmas Cradle Song, for organ
>Chilcott, Robert : The Sparrow's Carol, for chorus & organ
>Jones, Thomas Hewitt : What child is this?, for soprano, chorus & organ
>Rutter, John : Jesus Child
>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
>Anonymous : O Leave Your Sheep
>Pierpont, James : Jingle Bells
>Anonymous : A Merry Christmas
>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Named by Gramophone as one of the world's finest choirs, Wells Cathedral Choir and their director Matthew Owens make their Resonus Classics debut with a program of carols- A Wells Christmas. Featuring many works heard around the seasonal period in Wells, the disc includes works by John Rutter, David Willcocks, Bob Chilcott, Vaughan Williams, Kenneth Leighton, Andrew Carter and more. With an irresistible array of popular carols and more recent offerings this scintillating and varied program is vividly realized by the combined boy and girl choristers that continue the 1100-year-old tradition of music in Wells Cathedral. "The Wells singing is of a consistently high standard." (BBC Music Magazine) "Impassioned and beautiful performances." (Gramophone) "Currently enjoying a superb top line." (The Observer)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-).



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Works Details

>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Ensemble: Wells Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post-Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1892

>Traditional, Christmas : A Maiden Most Gentle (French)
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.

>McConnaughey, Jefferson C. : In the bleak midwinter, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Zither Carol (Czech)
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.

>Owens, Matthew : Lullay, my liking, for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Madeleine Perring (Voice); Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1784

>Rutter, John : Donkey Carol
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1975

>Traditional, Christmas : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English)
  • Performers: James Gooding (Voice); Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1833

>Traditional, Christmas : This is the truth sent from above (English)
  • Performers: William Drakett; Hugh Latta (Voice); Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Sans Day Carol ("Now the Holly Bears a Berry") (a.k.a. St. Day Carol)
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Hollins, Alfred : Christmas Cradle Song, for organ
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Chilcott, Robert : The Sparrow's Carol, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Jones, Thomas Hewitt : What child is this?, for soprano, chorus & organ
  • Performers: James Gooding (Voice); Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Rutter, John : Jesus Child
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1974

>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1666

>Anonymous : O Leave Your Sheep
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.

>Pierpont, James : Jingle Bells
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1850

>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1666

>Anonymous : A Merry Christmas
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (2016-02-24_2016-02-25&2016-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1944