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Nowell sing we - Contemporary Carols, Volume 2 - Stephen Farr - Choir of Worcester College, Oxford

 
Nowell sing we - Contemporary Carols, Volume 2 - Stephen Farr - Choir of Worcester College, Oxford-Choral and Organ-Christmas Music
ID: RES10138 (EAN: 5060262790427)  | 1 CD | DDD
Released in: 2014
LABEL:
Resonus Classics
Collection:
Christmas Music
Subcollection:
Choral and Organ
Composers:
BENNETT, Richard Rodney | DAVIES, Peter Maxwell | FINNISSY, Michael | HOWELLS, Herbert Norman | SWAYNE, Giles
Interprets:
FARR, Stephen (organ)
Ensembles:
Choir of Worcester College, Oxford
Other info:

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.
Tracklist
 
1. Gabriel Jackson: Nowell sing we1:54 
2. Edmund Rubbra: The Virgin's Cradle Hymn1:12 
3. Lennox Berkeley: Sweet was the song3:41 
4. O Antiphon Preludes: I. O Sapientia1:52 
5. Richard Rodney Bennett: Puer Nobis2:00 
6. John Scott: Nova! nova!2:15 
7. O Antiphon Preludes: II. O Adonai2:01 
8. Colin Matthews: The Angels' Carol1:50 
9. Herbert Howells: O mortal man2:41 
10. O Antiphon Preludes: III. O Radix Jesse2:18 
11. Peter Maxwell Davies: Kings and Shepherds2:06 
12. Philip Moore: Lo, that is a marvellous change3:15 
13. Giles Swayne: O magnum mysterium1:51 
14. O Antiphon Preludes: IV. O Clavis David1:48 
15. Haflioi Hallgrímsson: Christ was born on Christmas Day3:19 
16. Richard Rodney Bennett: I Saw Three Ships2:38 
17. Francis Pott: Lute-Book Lullaby3:00 
18. O Antiphon Preludes: V. O Oriens3:02 
19. Grayston Ives: This is the record of John4:17 
20. Richard Lloyd: Drop down, ye heavens6:44 
21. O Antiphon Preludes: VI. O Rex Gentium2:59 
22. Michael Finnissy: Ave regina coelorum4:39 
23. Richard Rodney Bennett: Nowell, nowell, tidings true4:57 
24. Jamie W. Hall: As I lay upon a night3:23 
25. O Antiphon Preludes: VI. O Emmanuel2:40 

Review:
 



'[...] 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)


 

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