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A Ceremony Of Carols / Toronto Children's Chorus


Release Date: 11/18/2003 
Label:  Marquis   Catalog #: 81327  
Composer:  Michael PraetoriusTraditionalJohn RutterBenjamin Britten,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's ChorusToronto Children's Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Joining in the Toronto Children's Chorus' 25th anniversary celebration, Marquis Classics made a good decision to reissue on one CD some of this world-renowned choir's best Christmas music recorded for the label. The primary works--the world-premiere recording of John Rutter's Dancing Day cycle (from 1990) and Benjamin Britten's perennial favorite A Ceremony of Carols (from 1991's Mostly Britten CD)--both feature treble voices with harp accompaniment, and suffice it to say, these are exemplary performances that demonstrate the highest standard of musicianship and ensemble singing, and the kind of treble vocal tone that any choir director would give his conducting arm for. Just listen to the unison
Read more singing in Healey Willan's setting of "The Huron Carol" or to the perfectly in tune unison and part-singing in the "Personent hodie" section of the Rutter--or virtually anywhere else, for that matter!


The disc contains several other works, three of which have not been released on CD before--the lovely opening track "Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen", Holst's "I saw three ships", and the program's closer, "Alleluia" from J.S. Bach's Cantata 142. The ambience of the Holst in particular suggests that it may have come from a concert recording, but in general the sonic perspective is ideal and the engineering is absolutely first rate (well, the harp could be less prominent in Britten's "This little Babe"). And before I forget, Gillian Howard's solo in "That yongë child" is to treasure. Highly recommended. [11/11/2004]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
2.
The Huron carol by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Canada 
Notes: arranged by Healey Willan 
3.
Dancing Day by John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus,  Toronto Children's Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; England 
4.
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 by Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
5.
D'où viens-tu, bergère? by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Written: France 
Notes: arranged by Howard Cable 
6.
Carols (3), H 133: no 1, I saw three ships by Gustav Holst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
7.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Notes: arranged by John Rutter 
8.
Noël nouvelet by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Written: France 
Notes: arranged by Howard Cable 

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