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A Christmas Caroll From Westminster Abbey / O'donnell, Westminster Abbey Choir


Release Date: 10/14/2008 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67716   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Xaver GruberTraditionalFrancis PoulencKenneth Leighton,   ... 
Performer:  Robert Quinney
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The first of this month's 'double bill' from Westminster presents a delightful and unusual selection of music for Christmas from the Abbey Choir. It encompasses all the diverse themes of Christmas which have inspired composers across the ages: light shining in darkness; the tenderness of mother and child; the fulfilment of promise; and the warm merriment of corporate celebration. An excellent selection of contemporary carols features the composers Jonathan Dove and Bob Chilcott among others. The richness of twentieth century church music is illustrated in works by Poulenc, Walton, Mathias and Leighton, and by the heartbreakingly lovely piece The little road to Bethlehem by Michael Head. Skilful arrangements of the traditional carols Silent Read more night, In dulci jubilo and I saw three ships, complete this attractive seasonal release. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Henry Bowers-Broadbent. 
2. I saw three ships by Traditional
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: James O'Donnell. 
3. Motets (4) pour le temps de Noël: no 1, O magnum mysterium by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951-1952; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
4. Motets (4) pour le temps de Noël: no 2, Quem vidistis pastores by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
5. Motets (4) pour le temps de Noël: no 3, Videntes stellam by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
6. Motets (4) pour le temps de Noël: no 4, Hodie Christus natus est by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
7. A Christmas Carol, Op. 21 by Kenneth Leighton
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
8. Nativity by James Lavino
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
9. Dormi, Jesu by John Rutter
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
10. Shepherd's carol by Robert Chilcott
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 2005; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
11. The three Kings by Jonathan Dove
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 2005; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
12. Joys Seven by Traditional
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Stephen Cleobury. 
13. Little Road To Bethlehem by Michael Head
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
14. Ave Rex, Op. 45: Ave Rex Angelorum, no 1 by William Mathias
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; Wales, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
15. Ave Rex, Op. 45: Alleluya, a new work is come on hand by William Mathias
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; Wales, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
16. Ave Rex, Op. 45: There is no rose of such virtue by William Mathias
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; Wales, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
17. Ave Rex, Op. 45: Sir Christèmas by William Mathias
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; Wales, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
18. Ave Rex, Op. 45: Ave Rex Angelorum, no 2 by William Mathias
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; Wales, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
19. All this time by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
20. In dulci jubilo by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  James O'Donnell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1619; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Robert Lucas Pearsall. 

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