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Once As I Remember... / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir


Release Date: 10/20/1998 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 462050   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert CowperAnonymousGiovanni PalestrinaTraditional,   ... 
Performer:  Elinor CarterNicola JenkinKatherine FugeJulian Podger,   ... 
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you normally buy a record for Christmas, then I should think it’s pretty safe to say here is the one for this year. If you wouldn’t normally dream of buying a record for Christmas, well, you’ll just have to make an exception.

Its subtitle is “The story of Christmas in readings and music based on the Springhead Christmas Play”. Springhead in Fontmell Magna, Dorset, is the family home in which the Gardiners celebrated every Christmas with a play. People from the farm and the village took part, and it was a great occasion for the children. Sir John, once (as he says) “a somewhat grumpy angel”, recalls the staging and rehearsals, some of the individuals involved and the performances themselves: “Even now I cannot hear
Read more the opening Gloria by Robert Cowper without sensing the complete darkness of the stage up to the moment when the two Angels with lighted tapers parted the curtains to light the candles set in the old painted cart-wheels”. Hence no doubt the title proper, “Once as I Remember”. But fear not, this is no licensed nostalgic indulgence: the words form the opening line of a sixteenth-century carol, and the programme justifies itself perfectly well on its own merits irrespective of family history. The spoken part, incidentally, is omitted from the record, though texts (mostly from Milton’s Nativity Ode) are printed in the booklet.

Between Prologue and Epilogue (or the Glorias of Robert Cowper and Thomas Weelkes) comes a sequence, mainly of carols and motets, assembled so as to illustrate the Christmas story in seven phases: “The Appearance of the Angels to the Shepherds”, for instance, begins with a fine richness of choir and brass, followed by a round, then Sweelinck’s unashamedly tuneful Hodie and the crisp, anticipatory excitement of Past three a clock. The next section, “The Birth”, corresponds to a symphonic slow movement or the “Et incarnatus” section of the Creed. Carols from many lands, including Mexico, have found their way to Dorset, and, though most of the music is old, some, such as the one by Sir John’s near-namesake John Gardner, post-date his own childhood participations. The performances are excellent throughout, singers and players all having the feel of the thing within them. The acoustic of the church at Salle in Norfolk is ideal, and Nicholas Parker’s production is both imaginative and unobtrusive.

-- Gramophone [12/1998]
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Works on This Recording

1. Gloria in excelsis by Robert Cowper
Performer:  Elinor Carter (Alto), Nicola Jenkin (Soprano), Katherine Fuge (Soprano),
Julian Podger (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
2. Ave Maria by Anonymous
Performer:  Sara Mingardo (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
3. Angelus ad Virginem by Anonymous
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
Notes: Arranged: Dom Anselm Hughes and Percy Grainger 
4. Alma Redemptoris mater by Giovanni Palestrina
Performer:  Julian Podger (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
5. Gabriel's message by Traditional
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Written: Basque Provinces 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
Notes: Arranged: Edgar Pettman 
6. Hodie Christus natus est by Giovanni Bassano
Performer:  Michael Harrison (Cornet), Abigail Newman (Sackbut), Robert Goodhew (Sackbut),
Adam Woolf (Sackbut), Susan Addison (Sackbut), Jeremy West (Cornett),
Ian Watson (Organ)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1591; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
7. Jolly shepherd by Anonymous
Performer:  Noel Mann (Drum), Rachel Beckett (Recorder)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Written: England 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
8. Hodie Christus natus est by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Abigail Newman (Sackbut), Robert Goodhew (Sackbut), Adam Woolf (Sackbut),
Susan Addison (Sackbut), Michael Harrison (Cornet), Jeremy West (Cornett)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
9. Past three o'clock by Traditional
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
Notes: Arranged: Charles Wood 
10. There is no rose by Traditional
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
11. Ave maris stella by Lajos Bárdos
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
12. Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus: no 2, A spotless rose by Herbert Howells
Performer:  Michael McCarthy (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1920; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
13. Ach Herr, du Schöpfer aller Ding, SWV 450 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Ian Watson (Organ)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
14. Entre le boeuf et l'ane gris by Anonymous
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
15. Guillô, pran ton tamborin by Traditional
Performer:  Rachel Beckett (Recorder), Noel Mann (Drum)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
Notes: Arranged: Louis-Gaston Soublette 
16. Cantica sacra (21), Volume 1: no 15, Quem vidistis, pastores? by Richard Dering
Performer:  Jeremy West (Cornett), Michael Harrison (Cornet), Adam Woolf (Sackbut),
Robert Goodhew (Sackbut), Susan Addison (Sackbut), Ian Watson (Organ),
Abigail Newman (Sackbut)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1618; Brussels, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
17. The cradle by Traditional
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
Notes: Arranged: Martin Shaw 
18. Psalmes, Sonets and Songs: Lullaby, my sweet little baby by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1588; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
19. El rorro by Traditional
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
20. Once as I remember by Traditional
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
Notes: Arranged: R. Hammond 
21. Joseph lieber, Joseph mein by Johann Walter
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
22. Entry of the Three Kings by John Gardner
Performer:  John Anderson (Oboe)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
23. The King of all Kings by Traditional
Performer:  Katherine Fuge (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
24. Ring out ye crystal spheres by Robert Armstrong
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
25. Gloria in excelsis Deo by Thomas Weelkes
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
26. Gradualia, Volume 2: O magnum misterium by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1607; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
27. The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?" by John Tavener
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
28. This endere nyghth by Anonymous
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1600; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
Notes: Arranged: Ralph Vaughan Williams 
29. Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 
30. Musae Sioniae, Book 6: Psallite unigenito by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Susan Addison (Sackbut), Abigail Newman (Sackbut), Robert Goodhew (Sackbut),
Ian Watson (Organ), Jeremy West (Cornett)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Church of St Peter and Paul, Norfolk 

Featured Sound Samples

Alma Redemptoris mater (Palestrina)
Hodie Christus natus est (Sweelinck)
Past Three O'Clock (Traditional)

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