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On Christmas Night / Monks, Armonico Consort

Kirkpatrick / Willcocks / Pearsall
Release Date: 08/12/2014 
Label:  Signum Classics   Catalog #: 386   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  William James KirkpatrickTraditionalJohn Francis WadeJonathan Roberts,   ... 
Performer:  Sir Philip LedgerJames O'DonnellSir David Willcocks
Conductor:  Christopher Monks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Music director Christopher Monks and the Armonico Consort present an enjoyable program of beloved Christmas carols and give these seasonal favorites polished performances that will appeal strongly to traditionalists. The British ensemble of ten singers performs most of the selections a cappella, though on several numbers they are accompanied by organ. The church-setting recording gives the album the feeling of a Christmas Eve concert in a small parish, except with the difference that no small parish choir ever sounds like this. The chamber choir is exceptionally blended and precise in rhythmic articulation and diction, so the carols are transparent in voicing and easily understood, in spite of the overly resonant acoustic that sometimes Read more blurs their sound. While most of the program is made up of well-known holiday fare, including an enchanting performance of Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, two delightful contemporary carols receive their world premieres here, Hope Finds a Way and Mistletoe, both composed by Jonathan Roberts.

– Blair Sanderson, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Away in a manger (Tune: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22) by William James Kirkpatrick
Conductor:  Christopher Monks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Consort
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; United States of Ame 
Date of Recording: 11/14/2011 
Venue:  St Mark's Church, Leanington Spa, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2.
In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Conductor:  Christopher Monks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/14/2011 
Venue:  St Mark's Church, Leanington Spa, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
3.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Sir Philip Ledger (Descant)
Conductor:  Christopher Monks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Consort
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Date of Recording: 11/14/2011 
Venue:  St Mark's Church, Leanington Spa, UK 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Hope Finds A Way, for chorus by Jonathan Roberts
Conductor:  Christopher Monks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Consort
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 11/14/2011 
Venue:  St Mark's Church, Leanington Spa, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Christopher Monks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Consort
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/14/2011 
Venue:  St Mark's Church, Leanington Spa, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
6.
On Christmas Night "Sussex Carol" by Traditional
Conductor:  Christopher Monks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Consort
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 11/14/2011 
Venue:  St Mark's Church, Leanington Spa, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
7.
Mistletoe, for chorus by Jonathan Roberts
Conductor:  Christopher Monks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Consort
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 11/14/2011 
Venue:  St Mark's Church, Leanington Spa, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
8.
Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Performer:  James O'Donnell (Descant)
Conductor:  Christopher Monks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Consort
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 11/14/2011 
Venue:  St Mark's Church, Leanington Spa, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
9.
O magnum mysterium by Morten Lauridsen
Conductor:  Christopher Monks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Consort
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/14/2011 
Venue:  St Mark's Church, Leanington Spa, UK 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 
10.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Performer:  Sir David Willcocks (Descant)
Conductor:  Christopher Monks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Consort
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 11/14/2011 
Venue:  St Mark's Church, Leanington Spa, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
11.
Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Conductor:  Christopher Monks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 11/14/2011 
Venue:  St Mark's Church, Leanington Spa, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
12.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis) by Ralph Blane
Conductor:  Christopher Monks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Consort
Period: Modern 
Written: circa 1944; United States of Ame 
Date of Recording: 11/14/2011 
Venue:  St Mark's Church, Leanington Spa, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
13.
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Christopher Monks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Consort
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
Date of Recording: 11/14/2011 
Venue:  St Mark's Church, Leanington Spa, UK 
Length: 23 Minutes 22 Secs. 

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