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The Carols Album / Huddersfield Choral Society, Et Al


Release Date: 10/30/2007 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 108   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  TraditionalFranz Xaver GruberSimon LindleyJohn Francis Wade,   ... 
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Favourite carols in varied and attractive arrangements, well sung and recorded.

There are a few surprises right from the start of this disc. First, an introduction to the carol "Hark the herald angels sing" by an unnamed brass group, second the use of a new (to me) arrangement, and finally the sound of a well trained and well recorded choir but singing with polished Southern vowels. Whilst I regret the loss of some of the individuality which a more characteristically Yorkshire sound used to give this splendid choir, it is by no means a serious defect, and the other surprises I have mentioned are positive gains. The brass group are used sparingly in a small number of carols, but there they do add a distinctive
Read more colour of a kind familiar to devotees of Songs of Praise. The new arrangements (again, to me) of many of the carols are generally welcome, especially most of those by the excellent organist, Darius Battiwalla. The contrasting "Little Jesus, sweetly sleep" and "I saw three ships" show him able to grasp the essence of a tune and embellish it without swamping or contradicting that essence. Unfortunately this does not apply in the final item – "Christians awake" – which loses its wonderful rough dignity in gaining a regrettable Broadway Musicals sound.

Many of the other arrangements are by the conductor, Joseph Cullen, who shows a similarly approach and skill to Darius Battiwalla. Older arrangements are by no means completely neglected, and "Gabriel’s message" in Edgar Pettman’s lovely arrangement and Harold Darke’s "In the bleak midwinter" are highlights for me. Less so are John Rutter’s perversion of Adophe Adam’s delightful song or the pleasant but by now hackneyed arrangements by David Willcocks. One surprise is the inclusion of Reginald Spofforth’s Glee, "Hail! smiling morn". Even if it does sound better with single voices to a part, it makes a delightful effect here, and I hope that other choirs may be tempted to include it in carol concerts, even if the words have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas.

The problem of the order in which to perform carols to ensure a good variety of character is solved very well, so that the disc can be enjoyed when listened through as a whole. All in all, if you want a recording of most of your favourite carols (but no "Good King Wenceslas" or "While shepherds") in varied and mainly attractive arrangements, well sung and recorded, this may well be exactly what you are after.

--John Sheppard, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Gabriel's message by Traditional
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Written: Basque Provinces 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Edgar Pettman.
Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
2. Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Martin Shaw.
Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
3. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Joseph Cullen.
Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007)
This selection is sung in English and German. 
4. Ave Maria by Simon Lindley
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
5. Love came down at Christmas by Traditional
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
6. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Joseph Cullen.
Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
7. Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: John Rutter.
Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
8. In the bleak mid-winter by Harold Edwin Darke
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
9. Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks.
Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007)
This selection is sung in English and Latin.
This selection is based on the tune "Branle l'officiel" from Thoinot
Arbeau's "Orchésographie". 
10. On Christmas Night "Sussex Carol" by Traditional
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Written: England 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
11. Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Darius Battiwalla.
Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
12. Gaudete, Christus est natus by Traditional
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Joseph Cullen.
Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007)
This selection is sung in English and Latin. 
13. English Hymnal: O little town of Bethlehem by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; England 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arrangers: Joseph Cullen; Thomas H. W. Armstrong.
Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
14. Christus paremus cantica, in excelsis gloria by Joseph Cullen
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 2007; England 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007)
This selection is sung in English and Latin. 
15. Whence is that goodly Fragrance by Traditional
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Graham Barber.
Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
16. Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Joseph Cullen.
Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
17. Little Jesus sweetly sleep by Traditional
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Darius Battiwalla.
Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
18. The holly and the ivy by Henry Walford Davies
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Joseph Cullen.
Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
19. It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks.
Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
20. Hail happy morn by Anonymous
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
21. Piae Cantiones: Of the Father's heart begotten by Anonymous
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1582; Sweden 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks.
Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
22. Away in a manger by William J. Kirkpatrick
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Joseph Cullen.
Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
23. I saw three ships by Traditional
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Written: England 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Darius Battiwalla.
Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
24. Christians awake! salute the happy morn by John Wainwright
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: Classical 
Written: England 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Darius Battiwalla.
Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
25. Angels from the realm of glory by William Matthews
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1830; England 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Martin Shaw.
Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 
26. Musae Sioniae, Book 6: Puer nobis nascitur by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
Venue:  Town Hall, Huddersfield, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Graham Barber.
Town Hall, Huddersfield, England (01/12/2007 - 01/14/2007) 

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