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Traditional And Modern Carols / Hillier, Pro Arte Singers


Release Date: 11/12/2002 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 3957233   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Paulina BryantTraditionalThomas RavenscroftAnonymous,   ... 
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte SingersIndiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews


If you own Harmonia Mundi's 1998 full-price release Carols from the Old & New Worlds, Vol. 2, then you don't need this budget reissue of the same recording. If you missed that earlier CD, then this is a must for any listener who wants a Christmas recording that truly fills some gaps in the repertoire and offers some extraordinary choral singing and arrangements. Director/singer Paul Hillier, an Englishman who has lived in the U.S. for years, developed a strong interest in traditional American music, from the Shakers and early denominational hymns to the somewhat more formal compositions of William Billings. Combining this with his already well-formed love of early English songs, carols, and
Read more hymns, he has put together a really fascinating program that incorporates ancient and anonymous pieces--Ecce, quod natura; As I out rode this enderes night; Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child--with more recent tunes, including Elizabeth Poston's oft-heard Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, Howard Skempton's To Bethlem did they go, and Hillier's own setting of I sing of a maiden.

There are Shaker hymns--the opening track, This is Jesus' birthday, really rocks!--along with more sedate pieces, such as Ravenscroft's classic Remember, O thou man (mentioned in Hardy's novel Under the Greenwood Tree), John Jacob Niles' I wonder as I wander, and the lovely 16th-century consort song, Swete was the song the Virgin sang. There are many highlights here, but two of the more notable are the beautiful 15th-century carol Ecce, quod natura and the Celtic-flavored The darkest midnight, which opens with a suitably mystical, atmospheric soprano solo (strangely uncredited) and ends with the same, this time with unison female voices. Although the liner notes here are essentially the same as with the earlier release, annoyingly the texts for the 22 carols aren't included--you have to download them from the website www.classicalexpress.com. Nevertheless, for sheer musical quality and listening enjoyment, this remains one of the top Christmas discs in the catalog.
--David Vernier , ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
This is Jesus' Birthday by Paulina Bryant
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 0 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Give good gifts to one another by Traditional
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Remember, O thou man by Thomas Ravenscroft
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Ecce quod natura by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
As I out rode by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Dieus wous garde by Richard Smert
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Arise, arise ye mortals all by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: A. D. Townsend 
9.
Hail happy morn by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: A. D. Townsend 
10.
I wonder as I wander by John Jacob Niles
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Paul Hillier 
11.
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree by Elisabeth Poston
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
The darkest midnight in December by Traditional
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Written: Ireland 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
To Bethlem did they go by Howard Skempton
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Shiloh by William Billings
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1786; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Joys Seven by Traditional
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
16.
I sing of a maiden by Paul Hillier
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
The Babe of Bethlehem by Traditional
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
Hail the memorable morn by Elder Issachar Bates
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1832; Ohio, USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
19.
Sweetest music softly stealing by Martha J. Anderson
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: English 
20.
The Kentucky Wassail Song by John Jacob Niles
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Paul Hillier 
21.
To all the good children, a Happy New Year by Prudence Houston
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
22.
Swete was the song the Virgine soong by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Auer Recital Hall, Bloomington, IN 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Thomas Hammond 

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