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Noel Nouvelet - Mendelssohn, Rutter, Leighton, Lauridsen, Hakim, Etc / Backhouse, Filsell, Vasari Singers


Release Date: 10/14/2008 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 7314   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnMichael HeadRobert ChilcottTraditional,   ... 
Performer:  Jeremy FilsellFiona McWilliamsNicola BalzanJess Stansfield,   ... 
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Noel Nouvelet is a typically vibrant Vasari mix of traditional carols and exciting arrangements of familiar tunes, reflecting the choir's ongoing desire to dress up the traditional in new clothes, to blend tradition with innovation. So, for example, alongside Kenneth Leighton's beautiful Coventry Carol, Naji Hakim's exuberant version of Ding dong! Merrily on high and Morten Lauridsen's powerful O magnum mysterium sits Ward Swingle's arrangement of Mel Tormé's Christmas Song, Jonathan Rathbone's sumptuous arrangement of Silent Night and Nigel Short's equally lush adaptation of Away in a manger. The CD also includes several world premiere recordings, including Love came down at Christmas by Humphrey Clucas and Andrew Carter's firmly Read more tongue-in-cheek showpiece arrangement of The Twelve Days of Christmas. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Anthems (6), Op. 79: no 1, Frohlocket, ihr Volker auf Erden by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2. Little Road To Bethlehem by Michael Head
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
3. Shepherd's carol by Robert Chilcott
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 2005; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
4. Quem pastores laudavere by Traditional
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Rutter. 
5. Mary's Lullaby by John Rutter
Performer:  Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
6. Carols (3), Op. 25: no 2, Lully, lulla thou little tiny child by Kenneth Leighton
Performer:  Fiona McWilliams (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
7. O magnum mysterium by Morten Lauridsen
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 2 Secs. 
8. Noël nouvelet by Traditional
Performer:  Jeremy Filsell (Organ), Nicola Balzan (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Written: France 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Stephen Jackson. 
9. Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Naji Hakim.
This selection is based on the tune "Branle l'officiel" from Thoinot
Arbeau's "Orchésographie". 
10. No small wonder by Paul Edwards
Performer:  Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
11. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jonathan Rathbone. 
12. Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, Op. 75 no 2 by John Gardner
Performer:  Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
13. Away in a manger by William J. Kirkpatrick
Performer:  Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Nigel Short. 
14. Hawaiian Lullaby by Traditional
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Written: Hawaii, USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Sir Malcolm Sargent. 
15. The Twelve Days of Christmas by Traditional
Performer:  Jess Stansfield (Soprano), Matthew Wood (Baritone)
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Written: England 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Andrew Carter. 
16. The Christmas Song by Mel Torme
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ward Swingle. 
17. Corpus Christi Carol by Traditional
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Written: England 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jonathan Rathbone. 
18. Illuminare, Jerusalem by Judith Weir
Performer:  Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
19. Love came down at Christmas by Humfrey Clucas
Performer:  Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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