This Christmas Night: Contemporary Carols

This Christmas Night: Contemporary Carols

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The Choir of Worcester College, Oxford
Stephen Farr (conductor & organ)

Resonus Classics is proud to release an album featuring world premiere recordings of contemporary Christmas carols from the latter half of the twentieth-century and the beginning of the twenty-first, performed by The Choir of Worcester College, Oxford under the direction of Stephen Farr.

The album includes a world premiere recording by Hafliði Hallgrímsson entitled Joseph and the Angel, which was written specially for this album. Also included are several world premiere recordings by leading composers including Peter Maxwell Davies, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Richard Allain, Matthew Martin, Gabriel Jackson, Judith Bingham, Cecilia McDowall and Thomas Hyde.

Other works include Anthony Piccolo’s I look from afar, John McCabe’s Mary laid her child, Malcolm Williamson’s This Christmas Night, Geoffrey Bush’s ‘Twas in the year that King Uzziah died, Elisabeth Lutyens’s Nativity, Edmund Rubbra’s Let us securely enter and two works by Kenneth Leighton, O leave your sheep and Veni Redemptor – A Celebration.

Album Booklet (PDF)


Hafliði Hallgrímsson
1. Joseph and the Angel

Anthony Piccolo
2. I look from afar

Thomas Hyde
3. Sweet was the song

Mark-Anthony Turnage
4. Christmas Night

John McCabe
5. Mary laid her child

Malcolm Williamson
6. This Christmas Night

Matthew Martin
7. I sing of a Maiden

Thomas Hyde
8. Improvisation on ‘Puer natus’

Judith Bingham
9. Tu creasti Domine

Richard Allain
10. Balulalow

Mark-Anthony Turnage
11. Claremont Carol

Howard Skempton
12. There is no rose

Gabriel Jackson
13. Hush! my dear

Peter Maxwell Davies
14. Fleecy Care Carol

Cecila McDowall
15. Of a Rose

Geoffrey Bush
16. ‘Twas in the year that King Uzziah died

Elisabeth Lutyens
17. Nativity

Edmund Rubbra
18. Let us securely enter

Kenneth Leighton
19. O leave your sheep
20. Veni Redemptor - A Celebration

'[Worcester College Choir] give performances that radiate a heartfelt glow. [...] The entire sequence, wisely chosen and sung with the utmost expressiveness and skill, is a pure delight.'

- The Daily Telegraph (Classical Disc of the Week)

'Tired of the same old seasonal chestnuts? Here's your solution - a wonderful collection of carols from the last half century [...] Stephen Farr directs delectably sensitive performances and the sound is immaculate'
BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Choice 2012
(5 stars, performance and sound)

'[Worcester College Choir] give performances that radiate a heartfelt glow. [...] The entire sequence, wisely chosen and sung with the utmost expressiveness and skill, is a pure delight.'
The Daily Telegraph (Classical Disc of the Week, 5 stars)

'Focusing on the English repertoire, Resonus has produced a winner for the Christmas market – 20 radiant carols [...] All worth hearing'
Financial Times (4 stars)

'[...] a refreshing album of contemporary carols from this classy Oxford choir, packed with world premiere recordings [...] offering soothing balm for any family tensions amid the tinsel.'
The Observer

'[...] this collection of 'Contemporary Carols' is a wonderful recording [...] It is a truy exceptional issue in a market awash with Christmas records [...] The sequencing is remarkably intelligent, and musically so [...] Truly admirable performances throughout'
International Record Review

'It is all [...] delivered with captivating charm, considerable beauty of sound and unfussy clarity of detail. [...] All is captured in a rich recording'

'Yes, much of the writing on this release is challenging for the singers but The Choir of Worcester College, Oxford rises to it and give a stunning performance, ably captured by producer/engineer Adam Binks. If you have any interest in contemporary choral music this is a must-hear and if you are looking for new music for Christmas this is an excellent choice.'
Cross Rhythms

'In a world full of the conventional Christmas recording this comes as a breath of fresh air.'
Lark Reviews

'This refreshing selection of contemporary carols is given capable performances by Worcester College Chapel Mixed Choir. With so much new repertoire, this is an album which invites multiple listenings. It certainly makes a change from the standard fare, and marks Worcester College Chapel Mixed Choir out as one to watch.'

'[...] they acquit themselves well in a varied programme devoted to music by recent and contemporary composers. Like Resonus’s Christmas offering last year, this is sufficiently different not to get lost in the welter of seasonal recordings.'
MusicWeb International

© 2012 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2012 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10113
Producer, engineer & editor: Adam Binks
EAN: 5060262790137
Cover Image: Detail from the Polyptych of San Pancrazio: Predella panel (before 1338) by Bernardo Daddi (1290-1350)