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Christmas With London Brass


Release Date: 09/13/1991 
Label:  Teldec   Catalog #: 46443   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Francis WadeMichael PraetoriusTraditionalWilliam James Kirkpatrick,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A showcase of largely familiar carols given a freshly applied make-over by the talented players of London Brass.

"London Brass has its origins in the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, the group re-naming itself following the retirement of its founder in 1986. Several of those players that were closely involved with the original group were still actively involved in 1990. Amongst them were Frank Lloyd on French Horn and trombonist David Purser, the latter recently having retired from his long standing role as principal trombone with the London Sinfonietta.

The vast majority of the arrangements on the disc are the work of another trombonist and former PJBE member Roger Harvey, with a handful of further
Read more contributions from another leading trombonist, Simon Wills, trumpeter Andrew Crowley and Leslie Pearson who also appears on the recording in the form of organist in some of the more weighty arrangements.

The nineteen arrangements featured range from the familiar and traditional fare of carols such as Silent Night and O come all ye faithful, via one of John Rutter’s most popular modern takes on the medium in the delightful Shepherd’s Pipe Carol, to Winter from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. By and large, all are effectively transcribed for the medium with varying degrees of licence in terms of harmonic and melodic elaboration.

In the case of favourites such as The First Nowell and O Come all ye Faithful, relatively little is done to deviate from what we have come to expect, albeit the latter having been embellished with a rousing fanfare to commence. Leslie Pearson’s arrangement of O Come Emmanuel on the other hand gives us what amounts to a fantasia on the ancient melody, whilst in one of a select handful of skilful arrangements by Simon Wills another ancient melody, Quem Pastores Laudavere is presented as a prelude and fugue with several other carols woven into the texture along the way. Listen out for the same arranger’s gently witty, Satie-esque treatment of Silent Night, with the melody as you have never heard it before.

Elsewhere Roger Harvey takes The Coventry Carol, a sonorous melody well suited to the majestic sounds of London Brass, and gives it a striking martial central climax, with Gabriel’s Message being placed within a similar renaissance style context, elaborated with a fine contribution from piccolo trumpet.

With a group of performers as talented as this, the playing is second to none and although some non-hardened brass enthusiasts might find the disc a little much to take at one sitting, this is one of those Christmas discs that should provide considerable enjoyment when dipping into over a mince pie from time to time during any Festive season."

-- Christopher Thomas, MusicWeb International Reviewing Teldec 68618
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Works on This Recording

1.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Date of Recording: 4/1990 
Venue:  St Barnabas, Woodside Park 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Roger Harvey 
2.
Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
Date of Recording: 4/1990 
Venue:  St Barnabas, Woodside Park 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Roger Harvey 
3.
Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 4/1990 
Venue:  St Barnabas, Woodside Park 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is based on the tune "Branle l'officiel" from Thoinot Arbeau's "Orchésographie".
Arranged: Roger Harvey 
4.
Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 4/1990 
Venue:  St Barnabas, Woodside Park 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Roger Harvey 
5.
O come, O come Emmanuel by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 4/1990 
Venue:  St Barnabas, Woodside Park 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Leslie Pearson 
6.
Quem pastores laudavere by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century 
Date of Recording: 4/1990 
Venue:  St Barnabas, Woodside Park 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Simon Wills 
7.
Infant holy, infant lowly by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
Written: Poland 
Date of Recording: 4/1990 
Venue:  St Barnabas, Woodside Park 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Roger Harvey 
8.
Shepherd's Pipe Carol by John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 4/1990 
Venue:  St Barnabas, Woodside Park 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Roger Harvey 
9.
Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 4/1990 
Venue:  St Barnabas, Woodside Park 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Roger Harvey 
10.
In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 4/1990 
Venue:  St Barnabas, Woodside Park 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Leslie Pearson 
11.
The first nowell by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 4/1990 
Venue:  St Barnabas, Woodside Park 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Roger Harvey 
12.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Date of Recording: 4/1990 
Venue:  St Barnabas, Woodside Park 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Simon Wills 
13.
Gabriel's message by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
Written: Basque Provinces 
Date of Recording: 4/1990 
Venue:  St Barnabas, Woodside Park 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Roger Harvey 
14.
Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
Date of Recording: 4/1990 
Venue:  St Barnabas, Woodside Park 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Andrew Crowley 
15.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 4/1990 
Venue:  St Barnabas, Woodside Park 
Length: 8 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Roger Harvey 
16.
It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 4/1990 
Venue:  St Barnabas, Woodside Park 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Roger Harvey 

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