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I Saw Three Ships..... And Other Carols

Manor House String Quartet
Release Date: 09/15/2010 
Label:  Cd Baby   Catalog #: 75879   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  TraditionalJohn Henry Hopkins Jr.Thomas EsteFranz Xaver Gruber,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Potently recorded these carols are said to be 're-creations' rather than arrangements. There are no voices. Warmth is not in short supply and the sound emerges from the speakers with thrumming impact. Gabriel's Message, We Three Kings of Orient Are, The First Nowell and In the Bleak Midwinter put out as much heat as an old three bar Belling. Ding Dong Merrily On High is brusquely and joyfully Graingerian. While Shepherds Watched seems rather overdone – obscured rather than illuminated. The Holly and the Ivy has a Smetana-like bustle and a deliciously pointed counterpoise. For my taste Silent Night goes far too fast to catch the lullaby calm but it is lovingly played. Deck the Hall is, at least to my ears, redeemed of its saccharin by a Read more wonderfully tart arrangement. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Angels From the Realms of Glory have that dignified Aus meinem leben tang which in each case intensifies the melody. In Dulci Jubilo swings along with rough pizzicato. The Mozartean-accented strains of O Come, All Ye Faithful and Away In A Manger add repose but Here We Come A-Wassailing has a more slender blade and this time a happy choice of swift tempo. Personent Hodie evokes the frosty chapel world of viols and monasteries. It is superbly done. The Coventry Carol and Once In Royal David's City are done with a Dvorák-like shiver and a catch in the throat; loved it. The two Noels have that peculiarly liquid ‘auncient’ French atmosphere. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel wheezes with radiant atmosphere. The Wexford Carol/Irish Carol Medley most skilfully taps into the Gaelic diaspora tradition reflected in the music chosen by Ken Burns in his superb American Civil War epic.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International

Tracklist
1. I Saw Three Ships [2:37]
2. We Three Kings of Orient Are [3:37]
3. Ding Dong Merrily On High [2:56]
4. While Shepherds Watched [2:27]
5. The Holly and the Ivy [1:59]
6. Silent Night [3:47]
7. Deck the Hall [1:34]
8. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen [3:17]
9. In Dulci Jubilo [3:05]
10. Away In A Manger [3:50]
11. Here We Come A-Wassailing [2:20]
12. Personent Hodie [4:09]
13. Coventry Carol [3:54]
14. 2 Noels: Joseph Est Bien Marie [1:45]
15. 2 Noels: Laissez Patre Vos Betes [2:13]
16. In the Bleak Midwinter [3:09]
17. The First Nowell [2:20]
18. Once In Royal David's City [3:10]
19. Angels From the Realms of Glory [2:44]
20. Gabriel's Message [2:21]
21. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel [3:18]
22. O Come, All Ye Faithful [2:45]
23. Wexford Carol / Irish Carol Medley [5:59]
Manor House String Quartet (Vaughan Jones (violin), Louise Bevan (violin), Adrian Smith (viola), Julia Graham (cello))
rec. 16-17 August 2010, MBJ studios, Bermondsey, London
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Works on This Recording

1.
I Saw Three Ships, carol by Traditional
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1666; England 
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2.
We three kings by John Henry Hopkins Jr.
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
4.
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night (tune Winchester Old) by Thomas Este
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
5.
The Holly and the Ivy by Traditional
Written: England 
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
6.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
7.
Deck the Halls by Traditional
Written: Wales, UK 
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
8.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Written: England 
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
9.
In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
10.
Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
11.
Personent Hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones) by Traditional
Period: Medieval 
Written: by 1582; Germany 
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
12.
Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
13.
Noëls pour les instruments, H 534: no 3, Joseph est bien marié by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
14.
Noëls (3), H 531: no 1, Laissez, paître, vos bêtes by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
15.
In the bleak mid-winter by Gustav Holst
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1906; England 
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
16.
The first nowell by Traditional
Written: England 
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
17.
Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
18.
Angels from the realms of glory by Traditional
Written: France 
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
19.
Gabriel's Message (Basque) by Traditional
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1582; Spain 
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
20.
O come, O come Emmanuel by Traditional
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
21.
Wassail Song ("Here We Come a-Wassailing"), carol (a.k.a. "Here We Come a-Caroling") by Traditional
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1850; United Kingdom 
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
22.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Venue:  MBJ Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 

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