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Whitbourn: Carolae & Music for Christmas / Jordan, Westminster Williamson Voices


Release Date: 11/11/2016 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573715   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  James WhitbournTraditionalAnonymousMichael Praetorius,   ... 
Performer:  Phillip O'BanionJonathan SchubertBrad WardDarin Kelly,   ... 
Conductor:  James Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Williamson Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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James Whitbourn is a Grammy® nominated composer whose music is internationally admired for its direct connection with performers and audiences, The Observer describing him as "a truly original communicator in modern British choral music." Carolae is a fusion of the great Christmas traditions at King’s College Cambridge and Princeton University Chapel, with the Missa Carolæ at its heart. Whitbourn’s love of medieval musical language is reflected in his clever use of original melody with famous carols such as Noël Nouvelet, combined with
Read more skillful new arrangements of seasonal favorites such as The Coventry Carol. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Veni et illumina by James Whitbourn
Performer:  Phillip O'Banion (Percussion), Jonathan Schubert (Bass Trombone), Brad Ward (Tenor Trombone),
Darin Kelly (Trumpet), Karen Schubert (Horn), Daryl Robinson (Organ),
Eric Schweingruber (Trumpet)
Conductor:  James Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Williamson Voices
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2015; England 
2.
I wonder as I wander by Traditional
Performer:  Megan Gallagher (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Williamson Voices
3.
Missa Carolae by James Whitbourn
Performer:  Phillip O'Banion (Percussion), Jonathan Schubert (Bass Trombone), Brad Ward (Tenor Trombone),
Darin Kelly (Trumpet), Christopher Hochstuhl (Piccolo), Emily Sebastian (Soprano),
Daryl Robinson (Organ), Jacob Ezzo (Percussion), Eric Schweingruber (Trumpet),
Robert Skoniczin (Trumpet), Matthew Gould (Tenor Trombone), Micaela Bottari (Soprano),
Jessica Stanislawczyk (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Williamson Voices
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2004; England 
4.
Winter's Wait by James Whitbourn
Performer:  Daryl Robinson (Organ)
Conductor:  James Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Williamson Voices
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2010; England 
5.
The Magi's Dream by James Whitbourn
Performer:  Daryl Robinson (Organ)
Conductor:  James Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Williamson Voices
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2011; England 
6.
Coventry Carol by Anonymous
Performer:  Lauren Lazzari (Handbell), Kathleen Dunn (Handbell), Samantha Goldberg (Handbell)
Conductor:  James Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Williamson Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
7.
Of one that is so fair and bright by James Whitbourn
Conductor:  James Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Williamson Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; England 
8.
Hodie, carol for chorus & organ by James Whitbourn
Performer:  Daryl Robinson (Organ), Marigrace Maley (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Williamson Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; Englad 
9.
Magnificat by James Whitbourn
Performer:  Eric Rieger (Tenor), Daryl Robinson (Organ), Adrienne Ostrander (Percussion)
Conductor:  James Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Williamson Voices
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2005; England 
10.
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  James Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Williamson Voices
Period: Baroque 
Notes: Arr. James Whitbourn: A Great and Mighty Wonder 
11.
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis "Collegium Regale": Nunc Dimittis by James Whitbourn
Performer:  Eric Rieger (Tenor), Daryl Robinson (Organ), Adrienne Ostrander (Percussion)
Conductor:  James Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Williamson Voices
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2005; Enland 
12.
Toccata Prelude for Organ no 4 "Von Himmel hoch" by Garth Edmundson
Performer:  Daryl Robinson (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Refreshing take on old favorites December 8, 2016 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "I usually don't like choral works that try to incorporate traditional Christmas carols. My issue is that the original tune usually sounds like it's been shoehorned into a setting without becoming a part of it. Not so with James Whitbourn's "Missa Carolae." Yes, the recognizable tunes are there -- "Patapan," "God rest ye merry gentlemen," "In Dulci Jubilo" and so on -- and they're recognizable when they appear. But these carols are part of a larger musical tapestry. Whitbourn takes his source material and blends it seamlessly together, letting his original contributions flow from the structures and motifs of the carols themselves. To my ears, it makes these overly-familiar carols sound fresh again. That freshness extends to Whitbourn's original choral works, some of which are also included on this release. These are richly textured, robust works that should appeal to both the casual listener (as most parishioners are) or the classical devotee who wants music of substance and depth. The Westminster Williamson Voices is a large choir, so there's a certain softness to their sound. But the ensemble has a warm, creamy blend that's well-suited to the music. And their articulation is virtually flawless. I don't need yet another by-the-numbers setting of Christmas standards. When I auditioned "Carolae, Music for Christmas," I realized this was a disc I needed." Report Abuse
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