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Lux de Caelo - Music for Christmas / Choir of Clare College Cambridge


Release Date: 10/14/2014 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 907615   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Benjamin BrittenWilliam MathiasFelix MendelssohnRalph Vaughan Williams,   ... 
Performer:  Peter HarrisonHelen [Soprano Vocal] LilleyDavid MillerGabrielle [Soprano Vocal] Haigh,   ... 
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Clare College ChoirDmitri Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is one of a group of releases by long-established British collegiate and cathedral choirs to update their repertory a bit in the venerable medium of the Christmas album, and it may be the best of the bunch. Director Graham Ross picks a program that shifts stylistic perspectives several times, but is held together by the fact that the pieces are basically all carols (with the possible exception of the final Friede auf Erde of Schoenberg, certainly a desirable inclusion at the moment). Ross' segues are novel and even startling, but the pieces are linked together convincingly: try that from the familiar eight-voice Michael Praetorius setting of In dulci jubilo (track 10) to the modern treatment of the Coventry Carol by Giles Swayne that Read more flows. The program stretches from traditional tunes through Bach, Mendelssohn, Schoenberg, and Webern to John Rutter, happily coexisting with the more atonal stuff; it's really a grand survey of what the idea of the Christmas carol has meant over hundreds of years. The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, fluctuating here between about 20 and 27 voices, has a clear, appealing sound, and the small Dmitri Ensemble is of a piece with the singers. A major winner in the British holiday album genre.

– James Manheim, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
A Boy was Born, Op. 3: A Boy was Born by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Clare College Choir,  Dmitri Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933/1955; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2.
A Babe Is Born, for chorus & organ, Op. 55 by William Mathias
Performer:  Peter Harrison ()
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Frohlocket, ihr Völker (Rejoice, O ye people), for double chorus in G major, Op. 79/1 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 12/15/1843; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Traditional English Carols (8): no 6, The truth sent from above by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Helen [Soprano Vocal] Lilley ()
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
5.
The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came, carol for choir by Edgar Pettman
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Ensemble
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
6.
Polyhymnia caduceatrix et panegyrica: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  David Miller (Theorbo), Gabrielle [Soprano Vocal] Haigh (), Christopher [Tenor Vocal] Loyn (),
Sophie [Soprano Vocal] Horrocks (), Peter Harrison (Chamber Organ), Nils [Tenor Vocal] Greenhow (),
William Cole ()
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
7.
Quem pastores laudavere, hymn (Puericinium) by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  David Miller (Theorbo), Gabrielle [Soprano Vocal] Haigh (), Helen [Soprano Vocal] Lilley (),
Sophie [Soprano Vocal] Horrocks (), Peter Harrison (Chamber Organ), Melanie [Soprano Vocal] Seale ()
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
8.
Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  David Miller (Theorbo)
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
9.
In dulci jubilo, BWV 368 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Harrison (Chamber Organ)
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
10.
Musae Sioniae, Book 2: no 5, In dulci jubilo by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  David Miller (Theorbo), Peter Harrison (Chamber Organ)
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
11.
Coventry Carol, for soprano, harp & chorus, Op. 77/4 by Giles Swayne
Performer:  Tanya Houghton (Harp), Helen [Soprano Vocal] Lilley ()
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
12.
Hymns (2) to the Mother of God: no 1, Hymn to the Mother of God by John Tavener
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Written: 1985; United Kingdom 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
13.
Lullay, My Liking, for soprano, bass, harp & chorus by Graham Ross
Performer:  Melanie [Soprano Vocal] Seale (), Sophie [Soprano Vocal] Horrocks (), Hugo [Bass Vocal] Popplewell (),
Gabrielle [Soprano Vocal] Haigh (), Tanya Houghton (Harp), Alexander Peter ()
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
14.
Ríu, ríu, chíu, for tenor, bass & chorus by Noah Greenberg
Performer:  Alexander Peter (), Charles Littlewood ()
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
15.
Tu scendi dalle stelle, for chorus by Graham Ross
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
16.
Still, still, still, for chorus by Graham Ross
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
17.
Canons on Latin Texts, Op. 16: Dormi, Jesu by Anton Webern
Performer:  Timothy Orpen (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Written: 1923-1924 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
18.
Quelle est cette odeur agréable? by Traditional
Performer:  Elliot [Baritone Vocal] Fitzgerald ()
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
19.
Nativity Carol by John Rutter
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
20.
Friede auf Erden, Op. 13 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 
Length: 8 Minutes 41 Secs. 

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