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Choir of Worcester College, Oxford & Stephen Farr
Following on from the universal critical acclaim of their first album with Resonus (This Christmas Night - RES10113), the Choir of Worcester College, Oxford - under the direction of Stephen Farr - return with a second album of contemporary Christmas Carols.

Entitled Nowell sing we, this new selection contains works from a wide variety of celebrated composers including Gabriel Jackson, Peter Maxwell Davies, Lennox Berkeley, Colin Matthews, Francis Pott, Edmund Rubbra, Richard Rodney Bennett & Herbert Howells among many others, with no fewer than nine world premieres. Also featured throughout the programme are the seven O Antiphon Preludes for solo organ by Nico Muhly, performed here by Stephen Farr on the organ of Keble College, Oxford.

'[...] would that all new Christmas issues were as fresh and enterprising as this one! There isn't a routine setting among them, and many are strikingly successful [...]  Stephen Farr directs well-contrasted performances'
BBC Music Magazine (Christmas Choice 2014, 5 stars performance & sound)

Credits
© 2014 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2014 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10138

Producer, engineer & editor: Adam Binks
Cover Image: Nativity by Bernardo Daddi (1290-1350)

'[...] would that all new Christmas issues were as fresh and enterprising as this one! There isn't a routine setting among them, and many are strikingly successful [...]  Stephen Farr directs well-contrasted performances'
BBC Music Magazine (Christmas Choice 2014, 5 stars performance & sound)

'I was struck by this one particularly because all the music was unfamiliar, including the startling solo organ interludes – all from Nico Muhly’s O Antiphon Preludes and dazzlingly played by Stephen Farr. The Choir of Worcester College, Oxford is beautifully blended and varied in sound.'
The Observer

'[...] a most impressive collection of contemporary carols [...] superbly detailed, even within this rich acoustic, and the outstanding choral contributions, under Stephen Farr, are interlinked with seven Nico Muhly organ antiphons, brilliantly played by Farr [...] A magnificent example of the modern gramophone at its best'
International Record Review

'It is a perceptive choice of repertoire by conductor (and organist) Stephen Farr [...] sung with great confidence and accuracy in acoustics that allow just enough air to circulate around the sound.'
Gramophone

'[...] it is good to know that choral music of this standard continues to be written and that accomplished choirs continue to record it [...] it is also rather special and those who appreciate contemporary choral music will treasure it.'
Cross Rhythms

'Highlights of the Worcester College CD are the first recording of Lennox Berkeley's 'Sweet was the song', Gabriel Jackson's short and sweet title track and works by Colin Matthews and Michael Finnissy [...] Nico Muhly's brilliant 'O Antiphon' preludes for solo organ provide effective punctuation, immaculately played by [Stephen] Farr'
Choir and Organ

'I thought the first, This Christmas Night, ‘sufficiently different not to get lost in the welter of seasonal recordings’ and the second is just as fine.[...] all enjoyable and all well-sung'
MusicWeb International

'Here is another enjoyable collection of contemporary Christmas music. It is recorded in the spacious acoustic of the college chapel to good effect.
Lark Reviews

Nowell sing we: Contemporary Carols, Volume 2
Nowell sing we: Contemporary Carols, Volume 2 Nowell sing we: Contemporary Carols, Volume 2

Nowell sing we: Contemporary Carols, Volume 2

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  • 20 6:44
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