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Song of the Nativity / Christophers, The Sixteen

Bullard / Sixteen / Christophers
Release Date: 10/14/2016 
Label:  Coro   Catalog #: 16146   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Morten LauridsenHoward SkemptonTraditionalGabriel Jackson,   ... 
Performer:  Ben DaviesMark DobellJulie CooperAlexandra Kidgell,   ... 
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On this release, the Sixteen contrasts the dramatic intensity of music by some of today's most admired composers with such traditional and modern carols as Boris Ord's Adam Lay Ybounden and Henry Walford Davis' version of O Little Town of Bethlehem. Much-loved classics appear on this album along with many others that, with time, will become classics. Every work on this album captures the joy and sincerity of the most wonderful of seasons. The album provides a perfect peaceful and uplifting antidote to the hectic pre-Christmas rush. On this release, the Sixteen contrasts the dramatic intensity of music by some of today's most admired composers with such traditional and modern carols as Boris Ord's Adam Lay Ybounden and Henry Walford Davis' version of O Little Town of Bethlehem. Much-loved classics appear on this album along with many others that, with time, will become classics. Every work on this album captures the joy and sincerity of the most wonderful of seasons. The album provides a perfect peaceful and uplifting antidote to the hectic pre-Christmas rush. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
O magnum mysterium by Morten Lauridsen
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2.
Adam lay y-bounden, advent carol for chorus by Howard Skempton
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Written: 1999 
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
The Babe of Bethlehem by Traditional
Performer:  Ben Davies (), Mark Dobell ()
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4.
The Christ-child by Gabriel Jackson
Performer:  Julie Cooper ()
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5.
Bethlehem Down by Peter Warlock
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
6.
A Gallery Carol by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
7.
My Lord has come, for chorus by Will Todd
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
8.
The Holy Boy, version for chorus by John Ireland
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: Modern 
Written: 1941 
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
9.
O little town of Bethlehem by Henry Walford Davies
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
10.
When Christ was born of Mary free, for chorus, Op. 55 by John Gardner
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: Modern 
Written: 1962 
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
11.
Now may we singen by Cecilia McDowall
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
12.
Adam lay ybounden by Boris Ord
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
13.
Come All You Worthy Gentlemen by Anonymous
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
14.
Shepherd's carol by Robert Chilcott
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 2005; England 
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
15.
This Endris Night by Anonymous
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
16.
There is a flower by John Rutter
Performer:  Alexandra Kidgell ()
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
17.
Christmas Eve by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
18.
And All the Stars Looked Down, for chorus by Alan Bullard
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2007 
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
19.
A Child Is Born in Bethlehem (The Dutch Carol) by Traditional
Performer:  Emilia [Soprano Vocal] Morton ()
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Written: circa 1599 
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
20.
O Radiant Dawn, for chorus by James MacMillan
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: 21st Century 
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
21.
How Far Is It to Bethlehem?, carol by Traditional
Performer:  Jeremy Budd (), Alexandra Kidgell ()
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
22.
Song of the Shepherds, for chorus by Alec Roth
Performer:  Emilia [Soprano Vocal] Morton (), Katy Hill ()
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013 
Venue:  Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Wonder and mystery from The Sixteen November 6, 2016 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "The Sixteen's Song of the Nativity is an outstanding Christmas disc of the more contemplative kind. There are celebratory pieces here, but the nativity is a low-key, hushed affair. O magnum mysterium, et admirabile sacramentum, ut animalia viderent Dominum natum, jacentem in praesepio! O great mystery, and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the new-born Lord, lying in a manger! Putting across this combination of wonder and mystery requires great control and finesse, which Harry Christophers and his wonderful singers The Sixteen provide at the highest level, for example in the beautiful version by Morten Lauridsen which leads off the album. The control and purity of the voices is really outstanding. Christophers and his choir sustain the long lines of Peter Warlock's great Bethlehem Down in spite of an audaciously slow speed. I wasn't convinced at first, but the beautiful sound they make almost convinces me the choice of tempo wasn't a mistake. The program doesn't provide much variety of mood or styles, but rather it provides a respite from Holiday hustle and bustle, and perhaps a chance to meditate upon more serious matters than shopping or parties. There are occasional breaks into less sophisticated and subtle music, including a number of rustic "traditional" songs where the singers sometimes indulge in a bit of Celtic celebration, but nothing too raucous! The album comes to a triumphant close with James Macmillan's O Radiant Dawn from his Strathclyde Motets, which is about light shining on "the darkness of those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death."" Report Abuse
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