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The Rose in the Middle of Winter - Carols by Bob Chilcott

Chilcott / Berry / Commotio
Release Date: 11/19/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573159   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert ChilcottFranz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Richard PearceTanya HoughtonJosie SimmonsLaurie Ashworth,   ... 
Conductor:  Matthew Berry
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The music on this disc, which is unfailingly attractive, certainly communicates with the listener directly and strongly.

That communication with the listener is undoubtedly enhanced by the performances of Commotio. Their singing is technically excellent and they consistently demonstrate complete commitment to the music. I was very interested to see that the producer of this disc is Nigel Short, the conductor of Tenebrae and a former colleague of Bob Chilcott in The King’s Singers. If it was daunting for Matthew Berry and his choir to have two highly experienced singers and choral conductors… Short and his engineer Will Brown have ensured that the recorded sound is excellent: clear, atmospheric and beautifully balanced.
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I think this delightful disc will enhance the musical side of Christmas for a lot of people.

– John Quinn, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Song of the Crib, for chorus by Robert Chilcott
Conductor:  Matthew Berry
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2012 
Venue:  Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK 
Length: 5 Minutes 45 Secs. 
2.
Les anges dans nos campagnes, for chorus by Robert Chilcott
Performer:  Richard Pearce (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Berry
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2006 
Venue:  Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3.
The Advent Candle, for chorus by Robert Chilcott
Performer:  Tanya Houghton (Harp)
Conductor:  Matthew Berry
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2011 
Venue:  Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
4.
The Rose in the Middle of Winter by Robert Chilcott
Conductor:  Matthew Berry
Venue:  Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
5.
The Heart-in-Waiting by Robert Chilcott
Conductor:  Matthew Berry
Venue:  Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
6.
The Shepherds Sing by Robert Chilcott
Performer:  Josie Simmons (), Laurie Ashworth (), Tanya Houghton (Harp)
Conductor:  Matthew Berry
Venue:  Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
7.
Shepherd's carol by Robert Chilcott
Conductor:  Matthew Berry
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 2005; England 
Venue:  Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
8.
On Christmas Night, cycle of carols (8) for chorus & organ by Robert Chilcott
Performer:  Alice James (Flute), Richard Pearce (Organ), Tanya Houghton (Harp),
Tim Elton (Oboe)
Conductor:  Matthew Berry
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2010 
Venue:  Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK 
Length: 21 Minutes 6 Secs. 
9.
What sweeter music, for chorus by Robert Chilcott
Conductor:  Matthew Berry
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2012 
Venue:  Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
10.
Three Winter Songs: no 2, Mid-winter by Robert Chilcott
Performer:  Tanya Houghton (Harp), Alice James (Flute)
Conductor:  Matthew Berry
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; England 
Venue:  Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
11.
The Bethlehem Star, for chorus by Robert Chilcott
Conductor:  Matthew Berry
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013 
Venue:  Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
12.
The night he was born, for chorus by Robert Chilcott
Performer:  Richard Pearce (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Berry
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2007 
Venue:  Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
13.
Gifts for the Child of Winter, for chorus by Robert Chilcott
Conductor:  Matthew Berry
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2012 
Venue:  Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
14.
Before the ice (O magnum mysterium), for chorus by Robert Chilcott
Conductor:  Matthew Berry
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK 
Length: 7 Minutes 2 Secs. 
15.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Richard Pearce (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Berry
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Venue:  Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Song of the Crib
Les anges dans nos campagnes
The Advent Candle
The Rose in the Middle of Winter
The Heart-in-Waiting
The shepherds sing
The Shepherd's Carol
On Christmas Night: This is the truth (I)
On Christmas Night: Adam lay ybounden
On Christmas Night: A spotless Rose
On Christmas Night: The Cherry Tree Carol
On Christmas Night: O little town
On Christmas Night: Sweet was the song
On Christmas Night: Rejoice and be merry
On Christmas Night: This is the truth (II)
What sweeter music
Mid-Winter (version for chorus, flute and harp)
The Bethlehem Star
Silent night (arr. B. Chilcott for choir and organ)
The night he was born
Gifts for the Child of Winter
Before the ice (O magnum mysterium)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Ethereal Delight January 14, 2014 By Ginger D. (Duluth, GA) See All My Reviews "This is a beautiful CD. Combine Bob Chilcott's melodies, harmonies, and refreshing meters with the clear diction, good intonation, and sustained energy of the Commotio choir and you've got something special. The soloists are a delight to hear. This is listed as a Christmas CD but should be listened to all year round with Chilcott's new melodies. Of all the CD's I ordered for this holiday season, this is the one I keep coming back to and playing. Just beautiful. Listening to this music is food for the soul. Ethereal!" Report Abuse
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