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Midwinter's Eve - Music for Christmas / Warren-Green, London Chamber Orchestra


Release Date: 11/21/2011 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 98887  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachFranz Xaver GruberGustav HolstTraditional,   ... 
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Your favorite seasonal music, beautifully arranged for and performed by The London Chamber Orchestra.

"Midwinter's Eve - Music for Christmas" performed by The London Chamber Orchestra and conducted by Christopher Warren-Green is a collection of instrumental classical treatments of the best loved melodies of the Christmas season.

The old carols and vocal pieces, which have passed into the world's folk lexicon, whether they were written or anonymous, are treated in contemporary arrangements by Craig Leon. Though they are modern the arrangements and performance techniques are based in the styles and musical attitudes of the various time periods when the source pieces were first written. Altogether it is a
Read more soothing, joyous reflection of the season.

The London Chamber Orchestra and Christopher Warren-Green were the orchestra who provided the music for the recent English Royal Wedding seen around the world. The sound track from the Royal Wedding album is one of the best selling classical releases of the year. This album is their follow up to that one.

The origin of this recording was a virtual "commission" from the managing editor of the hugely successful radio station "Classic FM" in the UK. They felt that there was a gap in their programming for the Christmas season that needed to be filled. “Midwinter's Eve” would provide them with instrumental versions of carols and well known classical vocal pieces that suited their format.

All tracks arranged by Craig Leon.
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Works on This Recording

1. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
2. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
3. In the bleak mid-winter by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1906; England 
4. What child is this? by Traditional
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
5. Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
6. Deck the Halls by Traditional
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Written: Wales, UK 
7. Wexford Carol by Traditional
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Written: Ireland 
8. Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
9. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
10. Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
11. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
12. Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
13. O Christmas Tree by Traditional
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
14. Moita festa by José Pacheco
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
15. Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
16. O little town of Bethlehem by Lewis H. Redner
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; USA 
17. It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 

Featured Sound Samples

Deck the Hall (Traditional)
The Wexford Carol (Traditional)
O Tannenbaum (Traditional)
Moita festa (Pacheco)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 wonderful music December 31, 2013 By Linda Knapp (Hanford, CA) See All My Reviews "Enjoyed every song and arrangement. It is now a Xmas favorite!" Report Abuse
 Your new favorite Christmas music December 2, 2011 By Ellen M. (Jacksonville, FL) See All My Reviews "This is an exquisite recording that will put you in the holiday mood from the first note. The arrangements are thoughtful and the performances are gauged to please the ear of a lover of classical music. Even without my "best" headphones, the sound makes me feel like I'm in the audience instead of listening to a recording. The liner notes (yes, it has them!) provide information that gave me a new view of familiar carols and the CD is nicely packaged. Great gift, and great for your own collection. You may ignore your other holiday favorites once you listen to this one." Report Abuse
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