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Carols From Winchester Cathedral / Neary, Et Al


Release Date: 11/09/2004 
Label:  Resonance Catalog #: 3038   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  TraditionalHenry Walford DaviesHerbert HowellsElisabeth Poston,   ... 
Performer:  James Lancelot
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you're looking for an alternative to the King's College or other Cambridge-based choirs for your Christmas music listening, here is an excellent choice, a reissue from 1980 when Martin Neary was at the helm of the first-rate, tradition-steeped Winchester Cathedral choir. And although all of the selections are very familiar and commonly-performed these days, it's hard to tire of hearing such pieces as Herbert Howells' "A spotless rose", Elizabeth Poston's "Jesus Christ the apple tree", Robert Pearsall's arrangement of "In dulci jubilo", or the Cornelius/Atkins setting of "The Three Kings". Mixed in for good measure are a fine selection of carols/hymns, including "O little town of Bethlehem" (set to Vaughan Williams' Forest Green tune), Read more "The Holly and the Ivy", John Rutter's "Il est né le divin enfant", and David Willcocks' arrangements of "I saw three ships" and "O come all ye faithful". A couple of organ solos performed by Neary nicely round out the program. The singing is excellent, while the recording does have some minor limitations, ranging from inconsistent acoustic perspective between a cappella numbers and pieces with organ, and some harshness in the loudest tutti sections. Nevertheless, this is a sensible reissue that offers both value and variety, one that will provide real pleasure and even offers a rare--and charming--performance of Malcolm Sargent's arrangement of the Czech "Zither Carol".

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
I saw three ships by Traditional
Performer:  James Lancelot (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Written: England 
2.
The holly and the ivy by Henry Walford Davies
Performer:  James Lancelot (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
3.
Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus: no 2, A spotless rose by Herbert Howells
Performer:  James Lancelot (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1920; England 
4.
The first nowell by Traditional
Performer:  James Lancelot (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks. 
5.
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree by Elisabeth Poston
Performer:  James Lancelot (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; England 
6.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Performer:  James Lancelot (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks. 
7.
Nouveau livre de noëls (12), Op. 2: no 8, Noël étranger, sur les jeux d'anches sans tremblant et en by Louis-Claude Daquin
Performer:  James Lancelot (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; France 
8.
Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Performer:  James Lancelot (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
9.
In dulci jubilo by Robert Lucas Pearsall
Performer:  James Lancelot (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
10.
Il est né, le divin enfant by Traditional
Performer:  James Lancelot (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Notes: Arranger: John Rutter. 
11.
Zither Carol by Traditional
Performer:  James Lancelot (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
12.
English Hymnal: O little town of Bethlehem by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  James Lancelot (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; England 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks. 
13.
Noël for Organ by Jean-François Dandrieu
Performer:  James Lancelot (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Notes: Composition written: France (?1721 - ?1723). 
14.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  James Lancelot (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Notes: Arrangers: Sir David Willcocks; Frederick Oakeley; Brooks. 
15.
Weihnachtslieder (6), Op. 8: no 3, Die Könige by Peter Cornelius
Performer:  James Lancelot (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856/1870; Weimar, Germany 

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