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On Christmas Night / Hyde, Williams, Choir of Magdalen College


Release Date: 10/28/2016 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 9022   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Christopher SteelJohannes BrahmsRobin NelsonRichard Lloyd,   ... 
Performer:  Anna LapwoodDaniel HydeWilliam FoxRupert Dugdale,   ... 
Conductor:  Daniel Hyde
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The acclaimed Magdalen College Choir celebrates the diversity of the twentieth-century English carol repertoire in a programme that combines well-loved standards and innovative choir favorites ranging in emotion from quiet contemplation to festive joy. The selection of carols and organ solos, led by director and organist Daniel Hyde, culminates in Ralph Vaughan Williams’s celebrated Fantasia on Christmas Carols with renowned baritone Roderick Williams in the solo part. Several carols focus on the sheer joy of the miraculous Incarnation itself. William Mathias’s A babe is born is a lively setting which gives full rein to the composer’s syncopated, jazzy parallelisms. Optimism is also the principal mode of Christopher Steel’s People look Read more east. In its ebullient joy, the piece bounces off into a different key in the third verse and deploys the voices in canon, before swinging back to a final recapitulation, replete with a jubilant descant. Composers for organ have found themselves drawn to this treasury of festive folksongs. The French organist and teacher Marcel Dupre was requested by his daughter Marguerite to write a setting of the carol Il est ne le divin enfant. The resulting piece is a set of variations on the theme, with the rune variously in the pedals, decorated, and finally worked into a masterly fugue. In similar fashion, Herbert Sumsion transformed a number of carols into preludes for the instrument. Among them was The holly and the ivy which plucks little motifs from its source before gradually introducing the tune itself, building up to a grand statement before subsiding into quiet peace. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
People, look east by Christopher Steel
Performer:  Anna Lapwood (Organ)
Conductor:  Daniel Hyde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2.
Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122: no 8, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Daniel Hyde (Organ)
Conductor:  Daniel Hyde
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Austria 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
3.
Out of your sleep, for chorus & organ by Robin Nelson
Performer:  William Fox (Organ)
Conductor:  Daniel Hyde
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
View me, Lord, for chorus by Richard Lloyd
Conductor:  Daniel Hyde
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5.
Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 1, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Daniel Hyde (Organ)
Conductor:  Daniel Hyde
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
6.
A Babe Is Born, for chorus & organ, Op. 55 by William Mathias
Performer:  Anna Lapwood (Organ)
Conductor:  Daniel Hyde
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
7.
Rocking Carol by Traditional
Conductor:  Daniel Hyde
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
8.
Variations on "Il est né, le divin enfant" for Organ by Marcel Dupré
Performer:  Daniel Hyde (Organ)
Conductor:  Daniel Hyde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
9.
There is no rose, Op. 14 by John Joubert
Conductor:  Daniel Hyde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; England 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
10.
O little town of Bethlehem by Henry Walford Davies
Performer:  Anna Lapwood (Organ)
Conductor:  Daniel Hyde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
11.
Hymn to the Virgin by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Rupert Dugdale (Voice), Casper Barrie (Voice), Thomas Dixon (Voice),
Benjamin Castella-McDonald (Voice), Harry Gant (Voice)
Conductor:  Daniel Hyde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1934; England 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
12.
Noël nouvelet, carol (French) by Traditional
Performer:  Anna Lapwood (Organ)
Conductor:  Daniel Hyde
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
13.
In the bleak midwinter by Harold Drake
Performer:  William Fox (Organ), Max Lawrie (Voice)
Conductor:  Daniel Hyde
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
14.
Prelude on "The holly and the ivy" by Herbert Sumsion
Performer:  Daniel Hyde (Organ)
Conductor:  Daniel Hyde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
15.
Bethlehem Down by Peter Warlock
Conductor:  Daniel Hyde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
16.
Shepherd's Pipe Carol by John Rutter
Performer:  William Fox (Organ)
Conductor:  Daniel Hyde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
17.
Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Alexander Berry (Organ), Roderick Williams ()
Conductor:  Daniel Hyde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; England 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 12 Minutes 45 Secs. 

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