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The Old Colony Collection / Christophers, Handel & Haydn Society Chorus


Release Date: 09/09/2016 
Label:  Coro   Catalog #: 16145   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  James KentLinley, Thomas, Sr.Charles AvisonSamuel Chapple,   ... 
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

While the music of James Kent, Charles Avison, and Samuel Webbe have largely fallen into obscurity, two centuries ago these composers’ works were highly sought-after. This release aims to bring these carols back into the limelight. This diverse array of pieces include some that have never before been recorded. Harry Christopher writes: “With this recording we have returned to our grass roots- choral music…As well as being full of choruses from Handel and Haydn oratorios, it also contains verse anthems by composers such as Kent, Linley, and Chapple. There is some absolutely beautiful solo writing in these verse anthems and I do hope with this recording we bring them to life again.” “A flawless Creation… it’s an exceptional account of the Read more oratorio from all points of view.” (BBC Music Magazine on Haydn: The Creation) “Carols include Morten Lauridsen’s sublime O magnum mysterium. It’s spectacularly sung here, five minutes of slowly unfolding bliss, beautifully controlled… The disc closes with Leontovich’s bracing Carol of the Bells, finishing with a resonant onomatopoeic “Bohm!” Glorious stuff.” (The Arts Desk on Joy to the World)

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REVIEWS:

Kent's Hear my prayer is an exquisite opener. Two solo sopranos duet with Purcellian poise over a colourful continuo from cello (Guy Fisherman) and chamber organ (Ian Watson), supported with occasional choral interjections from Christophers's small chamber ensemble of singers.' Gramophone

Christophers draws a gold-standard execution from his choir.

­– BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Anthems (12): No. 3, Hear My Prayer by James Kent
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
2.
Bow Down Thine Ear, O Lord by Linley, Thomas, Sr.
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
3.
Sound the Loud Timbrel by Charles Avison
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
4.
I Waited Patiently for the Lord by Samuel Chapple
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
5.
When Winds Breathe Soft by Samuel Webbe
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
6.
It Is a Good Thing to Give Thanks unto the Lord by Samuel Chapple
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
7.
Hark! The Vesper Hymn Is Stealing by John Andrew Stevenson
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
8.
Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
9.
O Come, Let Us Sing unto the Lord by Samuel Chapple
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
10.
Almighty God, When Round Thy Shine by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
11.
Anthems (12): No. 11, Who Is This That Cometh from Edom? by James Kent
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
12.
Israel in Egypt, HWV 54: Moses and the children of Israel by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739; London, England 
13.
Peace I Leave with You by Hal Hopson
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
Notes: After Felix Mendelssohn 

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