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A Ceremony of Carols / Rees, Choir of the Queen's College Oxford


Release Date: 08/21/2020 
Label:  Signum Classics   Catalog #: 627  
Composer:  Judith WeirMichael PraetoriusDavid BlackwellJonathan Dove,   ... 
Performer:  Lucy Wakeford
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir Of The Queen's College Oxford
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A glorious collection of Christmas music spanning over 900 years, centered around Britten's 'A Ceremony of Carols' – a work seen as both a signal of Britten’s turn back towards English musical and cultural traditions and as a distinctly modern composition. Owen Rees and the Choir of The Queen's College, Oxford present this alongside works that alternate between the early 17th century – by that most prolific composer and arranger of Lutheran Christmas music, Michael Praetorius – and the present: music by Judith Weir (1984), David Blackwell (2011), Jonathan Dove (2000), Dobrinka Tabakova (2018), Toby Young (2017), and Cecilia McDowall (2007). At one point we interrupt the pattern of alternation to look back half a millennium further than Read more Praetorius, with Hildegard of Bingen’s O virga ac diadema. ‘An undoubted jewel in Britain’s choral scene’ (BBC Music Magazine), the Choir of The Queen’s College Oxford is among the finest and most active university choirs in the UK. Previous releases with Signum A New Heaven (2017) and The House of the Mind (2018) both went straight to no. 1 in the Specialist Classical Chart in their first week of release. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Drop down, ye heavens, from above by Judith Weir
Performer:  Lucy Wakeford (Harp)
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir Of The Queen's College Oxford
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2005; England 
2.
Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Lucy Wakeford (Harp)
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir Of The Queen's College Oxford
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
3.
Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming, for chorus by David Blackwell
Performer:  Lucy Wakeford (Harp)
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir Of The Queen's College Oxford
Period: Contemporary 
4.
Resonet in laudibus by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Lucy Wakeford (Harp)
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir Of The Queen's College Oxford
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
5.
The three Kings by Jonathan Dove
Performer:  Lucy Wakeford (Harp)
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir Of The Queen's College Oxford
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 2005; England 
6.
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Lucy Wakeford (Harp)
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir Of The Queen's College Oxford
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
7.
In dulci jubilo by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Lucy Wakeford (Harp)
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir Of The Queen's College Oxford
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1619; Germany 
8.
Good-will to men, and peace on Earth by Dobrinka Tabakova
Performer:  Lucy Wakeford (Harp)
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir Of The Queen's College Oxford
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
9.
O virga ac diadema purpurae regis by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Lucy Wakeford (Harp)
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir Of The Queen's College Oxford
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
10.
Geborn ist Gottes Söhnelein by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Lucy Wakeford (Harp)
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir Of The Queen's College Oxford
11.
The Owl by Toby Young
Performer:  Lucy Wakeford (Harp)
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir Of The Queen's College Oxford
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
12.
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Lucy Wakeford (Harp)
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir Of The Queen's College Oxford
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1619; Germany 
13.
Now may we singen by Cecilia McDowall
Performer:  Lucy Wakeford (Harp)
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir Of The Queen's College Oxford
Period: 20th Century 
14.
Puer natus in Bethlehem by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Lucy Wakeford (Harp)
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir Of The Queen's College Oxford
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1619; Germany 

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