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Christmas Joy Vol 1 / Moore, Whitely, York Minster Choir


Release Date: 06/07/1999 
Label:  Priory Records   Catalog #: 603   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Francis WadeRichard ShephardTraditionalArthur Sullivan,   ... 
Performer:  John Scott WhiteleyRobert Patterson
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the Priory catalog’s strengths is the fact that its recordings are made on location in many of Britain’s most notable cathedrals and less-famous but still-distinctive churches. But the grandest spaces, such as that of York Minster, don’t always make the most friendly acoustic environments for recording choirs and organs. This first volume in Priory’s four-disc Christmas Joy series features some terrific repertoire--much of it not found on other traditional choral Christmas compilations--in generally fine performances; but you’ll have to accept a tradeoff of detail for a kind of atmospheric integrity. That is, if you were standing in the middle of the church, this big, resonant, somewhat swampy sound is very close to what you’d Read more actually hear. Of course, that will be just perfect for many listeners, and others who love Christmas choral music will find so much of interest in the music that any sonic “interferences” will be negligible.

Yes, there are the almost obligatory favorites--O come, all ye faithful, Once in Royal David’s city, Ding dong! merrily on high, O little town of Bethlehem, Hark! the herald angels sing--and a few more staples such as Joubert’s beautiful setting of There is no rose, G.R. Woodward’s Up! good Christen folk, and listen, and E. Pettman’s Sing lullaby. But the program really shines due to the presence of rarely heard original pieces such as Edmund Rubbra’s lovely anthem That Virgin’s Child, William Walton’s tricky little dance All this time, and Herbert Howells’ gently undulating Sing Lullaby. I wasn’t at all impressed with the curiously schmaltzy, cumbersome, and poorly balanced The Shepherds heard the angels (by choir member Richard Shephard), but conductor Philip Moore contributes some very pleasing arrangements of This is the truth, We Three Kings, and Silent Night--and a very nice original setting of Watts’ Cradle Song. There are no notes on the musical selections, but full texts and attributions are provided.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  John Scott Whiteley (Organ)
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks 
2.
Holy thorn that blooms by Richard Shephard
Performer:  John Scott Whiteley (Organ)
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
3.
Up! Good Christian folk, and listen by Traditional
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Notes: Arranged: G.R. Woodward 
4.
Sacred Partsongs (5): no 1, It came upon the midnight clear [not a setting of the hymn tune "Noel"] by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John Scott Whiteley (Organ)
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Period: Post-Romantic 
Notes: Arranged: Philip Moore 
5.
Hymn Tunes (3), Op. 114: That virgin's child by Edmund Rubbra
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
6.
The Lord at first did Adam make by Traditional
Performer:  John Scott Whiteley (Organ)
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Philip Moore 
7.
Sweet was the song by Stanley Vann
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
8.
Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks 
9.
Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Notes: Arranger: Charles Wood.
This selection is based on the tune "Branle l'officiel" from Thoinot
Arbeau's "Orchésographie". 
10.
This is the truth sent from above by Traditional
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Philip Moore 
11.
Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Performer:  John Scott Whiteley (Organ)
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Reginald Jacques 
12.
Sing Lullaby by Traditional
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Notes: Arranged: Edgar Pettman 
13.
Sans Day Carol by Traditional
Performer:  John Scott Whiteley (Organ)
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Written: Cornwall, England 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
14.
O little town of Bethlehem by Henry Walford Davies
Performer:  John Scott Whiteley (Organ)
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Ralph Vaughan Williams and T. Armstrong 
15.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Performer:  John Scott Whiteley (Organ)
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks 
16.
There is no rose, Op. 14 by John Joubert
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; England 
17.
Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus: no 3, Sing lullaby by Herbert Howells
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1920; England 
18.
Watts' Cradle Song by Philip Moore
Performer:  John Scott Whiteley (Organ)
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
19.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Notes: Arranged: Philip Moore 
20.
The Shepherds heard the angels by Richard Shephard
Performer:  Robert Patterson (Organ)
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
21.
Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  John Scott Whiteley (Organ)
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Notes: Arranged: W.H. Cummings 
22.
We three kings by John Henry Hopkins Jr.
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Philip Moore 
23.
All this time by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Philip Moore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; England 

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