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Into This World This Day Did Come - Carols Contemporary & Medieval

Burrell / Choir Of Gonville / Webber
Release Date: 11/08/2011 
Label:  Delphian   Catalog #: 34075   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Diana BurrellJudith BinghamStuart MacRaeRichard Causton,   ... 
Conductor:  Geoffrey Webber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gonville and Caius College Choir Cambridge
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It’s not easy to assemble an attractive Christmas programme from relatively unfamiliar music, but this Delphian release does it nicely. Carols by eminent contemporary composers such as Diana Burrell (‘Creator of the Stars of Night’), Judith Bingham (three carols), Howard Skempton (two including the title track) and Robin Holloway (‘Christmas Carol’) are juxtaposed with works from the medieval period.

There are many highlights, but William Sweeney’s Scots dialect setting ‘The Innumerable Christ’ stands out for its daring other-worldliness, as do Stuart MacRae’s bold re-imagining of ‘Adam lay y-bounden’ (its use of ‘period pronunciation’ revivifying an over-familiar text), and the lilting soprano duet ‘Edi beo thu’, whose
Read more Marian sentiments joyfully vault across eight centuries. John Fallas’s outstanding booklet essay is a bonus.

-- BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Creator of the Stars of Night by Diana Burrell
Conductor:  Geoffrey Webber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gonville and Caius College Choir Cambridge
2.
Christo paremus cantica by Diana Burrell
Conductor:  Geoffrey Webber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gonville and Caius College Choir Cambridge
3.
Annunciation I by Judith Bingham
Conductor:  Geoffrey Webber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gonville and Caius College Choir Cambridge
4.
Incarnation with shepherds dancing by Judith Bingham
Conductor:  Geoffrey Webber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gonville and Caius College Choir Cambridge
5.
God would be born in thee by Judith Bingham
Conductor:  Geoffrey Webber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gonville and Caius College Choir Cambridge
6.
Adam lay y-bounden by Stuart MacRae
Conductor:  Geoffrey Webber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gonville and Caius College Choir Cambridge
7.
Cradle Song by Richard Causton
Conductor:  Geoffrey Webber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gonville and Caius College Choir Cambridge
8.
That yongë child by Francis Pott
Conductor:  Geoffrey Webber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gonville and Caius College Choir Cambridge
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 2005; England 
9.
Quam pulchra es, MB 44 by John Dunstable
Conductor:  Geoffrey Webber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gonville and Caius College Choir Cambridge
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; England 
10.
Salus aeterna by Gabriel Jackson
Conductor:  Geoffrey Webber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gonville and Caius College Choir Cambridge
11.
Nowell sing we by Gabriel Jackson
Conductor:  Geoffrey Webber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gonville and Caius College Choir Cambridge
Period: 20th Century 

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