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A Winter's Night / Ionascu, Onyx Brass


Release Date: 08/21/2020 
Label:  Signum Classics   Catalog #: 646  
Composer:  TraditionalCecilia McDowallSir Philip LedgerRalph Vaughan Williams,   ... 
Performer:  Benjamin CunninghamSebastian Guard
Conductor:  Howard Ionascu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx BrassWinchester College Chapel Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The addition of a brass ensemble to Christmas concerts and carol services, combining with the more traditional sounds of choir and organ, has become increasingly popular in recent years. This recording brings together a number of works for the specific forces of choir, brass quintet, organ and percussion, some of which have been arranged specially for this release. Interspersed amongst these works are a selection of popular Christmas carols which have formed and integral part of Winchester College Chapel Choir’s core repertoire for many years. Winchester College was founded by William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, in 1382, and Winchester College Quiristers have for over 625 years sung services in Winchester College Chapel. In modem Read more times they have formed a choir renowned for its excellence. Having celebrated its 25th anniversary in the 2017-18 season, Onyx Brass continues to be the leading light in establishing the brass quintet as a medium for serious chamber music, inspired by the pioneering early years of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. To this end, the group has commissioned and performed the world premières of over 200 new works, with many more in the pipeline for performance and recording.

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REVIEW:

The heart of this grouping of Christmas songs is the cantata A Winter’s Night by Cecilia McDowall. That is not really new music; all the tunes are traditional ones, arranged by the composer. Some seem unnecessarily complex, but that’s what contemporary composers do. In the end, it’s all very English, but not unfamiliar, and if you like organ and brass along with a choir you might well go for this.

– American Record Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
I saw three ships by Traditional
Performer:  Benjamin Cunningham (Organ), Sebastian Guard (Percussion)
Conductor:  Howard Ionascu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass,  Winchester College Chapel Choir
Written: England 
Notes: arr. Philip Marshall 
2.
A Winter's Night by Cecilia McDowall
Performer:  Benjamin Cunningham (Organ), Sebastian Guard (Percussion)
Conductor:  Howard Ionascu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass,  Winchester College Chapel Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; England 
3.
Adam lay y-bounden by Sir Philip Ledger
Performer:  Benjamin Cunningham (Organ), Sebastian Guard (Percussion)
Conductor:  Howard Ionascu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass,  Winchester College Chapel Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
4.
O little town of Bethlehem by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Benjamin Cunningham (Organ), Sebastian Guard (Percussion)
Conductor:  Howard Ionascu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass,  Winchester College Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; England 
Notes: arr. Oliver Tarney 
5.
Puer natus in Bethlehem by Samuel Scheidt
Performer:  Benjamin Cunningham (Organ), Sebastian Guard (Percussion)
Conductor:  Howard Ionascu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass,  Winchester College Chapel Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1650; Halle, Germany 
6.
See amid the winter's snow by John Goss
Performer:  Benjamin Cunningham (Organ), Sebastian Guard (Percussion)
Conductor:  Howard Ionascu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass,  Winchester College Chapel Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
Notes: arr. David Willcocks 
7.
In the bleak mid-winter by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Benjamin Cunningham (Organ), Sebastian Guard (Percussion)
Conductor:  Howard Ionascu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass,  Winchester College Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1906; England 
Notes: arr. Timothy Jackson 
8.
Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Performer:  Benjamin Cunningham (Organ), Sebastian Guard (Percussion)
Conductor:  Howard Ionascu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass,  Winchester College Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Notes: arr. Robert Quinney 
9.
What Sweeter Music by John Rutter
Performer:  Benjamin Cunningham (Organ), Sebastian Guard (Percussion)
Conductor:  Howard Ionascu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass,  Winchester College Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; England 
10.
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day by Traditional
Performer:  Benjamin Cunningham (Organ), Sebastian Guard (Percussion)
Conductor:  Howard Ionascu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass,  Winchester College Chapel Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Notes: arr. David Willcocks 
11.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Benjamin Cunningham (Organ), Sebastian Guard (Percussion)
Conductor:  Howard Ionascu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass,  Winchester College Chapel Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Notes: arr. David Willcocks 
12.
Past three o'clock by Traditional
Performer:  Benjamin Cunningham (Organ), Sebastian Guard (Percussion)
Conductor:  Howard Ionascu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass,  Winchester College Chapel Choir
Written: 16th Century; England 
13.
The holly and the ivy by Jonathan Willcocks
Performer:  Benjamin Cunningham (Organ), Sebastian Guard (Percussion)
Conductor:  Howard Ionascu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass,  Winchester College Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; England 
14.
Mater ora filium, for chorus by Charles Wood
Performer:  Benjamin Cunningham (Organ), Sebastian Guard (Percussion)
Conductor:  Howard Ionascu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass,  Winchester College Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Ireland 
Notes: arr. Harrison Oxley 
15.
Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Benjamin Cunningham (Organ), Sebastian Guard (Percussion)
Conductor:  Howard Ionascu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass,  Winchester College Chapel Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Notes: arr. Oliver Tarney 
16.
Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Performer:  Benjamin Cunningham (Organ), Sebastian Guard (Percussion)
Conductor:  Howard Ionascu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass,  Winchester College Chapel Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Notes: arr. Mack Wilberg 

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