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Veni Emmanuel / Ross, Choir Of Clare College Cambridge


Release Date: 10/08/2013 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 907579   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousHerbert HowellsRoderick WilliamsMichael Praetorius,   ... 
Performer:  Nicolas HaighWilliam McKieStefan [Tenor Vocal] KennedyGabrielle [Soprano (Vocal)] Haigh,   ... 
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Clare College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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VENI EMMANUEL—MUSIC FOR ADVENT Graham Ross, cond; Ch of Clare College Cambridge HARMONIA MUNDI 907579 (76:48 Text and Translation)


Music of BYRD, HOWELLS, R. WILLIAMS, M. PRAETORIUS, SHEPPARD, RUTTER, J. S. BACH, MENDELSSOHN, WARLOCK, G. ROSS, TAVENER, RACHMANINOFF, CHANT


This disc arrived in good time for Advent, but not for a timely review to appear. This is an intelligent group of works, with each of eight “O” antiphons Read more followed by one or more works on the same theme. Only O Adonai is followed by a modern setting of the same words, with Roderick Williams (b. 1965) providing the music. The program begins with Veni, veni Emmanuel , a late chant setting of obscure origin better known as O come, O come Emmanuel , which concludes the program in Graham Ross’s arrangement. In between are the “O” antiphons and their related works, the latter dating mostly from the 20th century. The eighth antiphon following the canonical seven is O virgo virginum , a slightly later piece honoring the Virgin Mary, added to the original group of seven with the same melody but not the “come” motif. The antiphons have always been sung with the Magnificat at Vespers on the seven days before Christmas Eve.


Williams’s setting is effective, and John Rutter’s Hymn to the Creator of Light (linked to O Oriens ) quickly reaches a powerful climax and then continues on, the longest selection in the program. It is followed by Bach’s Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern in the chorale version BWV 436. Appropriately, just before the end, we hear the Magnificat from the Gloucester Service of Herbert Howells. Mendelssohn is represented by an excerpt from Christus and Rachmaninoff by a section from his All-Night Vigil (Vespers), a Slavonic version of the Ave Maria . The mixed choir produces a fine, well-balanced sound, and the many soloists acquit themselves well. This is an exemplary way of producing a diverse collection of music. Only Ross’s arrangement of the central work strikes me as overblown. Altogether, this is very enjoyable.


FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1.
Veni Emmanuel by Anonymous
Performer:  Nicolas Haigh (Organ)
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Clare College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: 16th cent; Europe 
Length: 0 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
The fear of the Lord by Herbert Howells
Performer:  William McKie (Organ)
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
O Adonai, for choir by Roderick Williams
Performer:  Stefan [Tenor Vocal] Kennedy (), Gabrielle [Soprano (Vocal)] Haigh (), Nicolas Haigh (Organ)
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Length: 6 Minutes 24 Secs. 
4.
Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Lois [Soprano (Vocal)] Salem (), Nicolas Haigh (Organ), Stefan [Tenor Vocal] Kennedy (),
John Lawrence Jones ()
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5.
O clavis David, antiphon, Mode 2 by Anonymous
Performer:  Nicolas Haigh (Organ), Madeleine [Soprano (Vocal)] Seale ()
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Length: 1 Minutes 1 Secs. 
6.
Audivi vocem de coelo by John Sheppard
Performer:  Nicolas Haigh (Organ)
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
7.
Hymn to the Creator of Light by John Rutter
Performer:  Nicolas Haigh (Organ)
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1992; England 
Length: 7 Minutes 37 Secs. 
8.
Christus: Say, where is He born; There shall a star from Jacob by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  John Lawrence Jones (), Nicholas [Bass (Vocal)] Mogg (), Stefan [Tenor Vocal] Kennedy (),
William McKie (Organ)
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
9.
O Rex gloriae, antiphon by Anonymous
Performer:  Nicolas Haigh (Organ), William Cole ()
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Length: 0 Minutes 53 Secs. 
10.
God is with us by John Tavener
Performer:  William McKie (Organ), Nicholas [Bass (Vocal)] Mogg ()
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
11.
O Virgo virginum, antiphon by Anonymous
Performer:  Eleanor [Soprano (Vocal)] Brindle (), Nicolas Haigh (Organ)
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
12.
All-Night Vivil, Op. 37: No. 6 Bogoroditse Dyevo by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Nicolas Haigh (Organ)
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1915; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
13.
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis "Gloucester": Magnificat by Herbert Howells
Performer:  William McKie (Organ)
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 45 Secs. 
14.
O come, O come Emmanuel by Traditional
Performer:  William McKie (Organ), Lois [Soprano (Vocal)] Salem ()
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
15.
I sing of a maiden, for soprano, chorus & organ by Graham Ross
Performer:  Nicolas Haigh (Organ), Madeleine [Soprano (Vocal)] Seale ()
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
16.
Liber primus sacrarum cantionum: Vigilate by William Byrd
Performer:  Nicolas Haigh (Organ)
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1589; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
17.
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 436 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nicolas Haigh (Organ)
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
18.
Bethlehem Down, carol for chorus & organ by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Nicolas Haigh (Organ)
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Period: Modern 
Written: 1927; United Kingdom 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 

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