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A Winter's Light / Backhouse, Vasari Singers

Vasari Singers / Ford / Backhouse
Release Date: 11/13/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573030  
Composer:  Robert ChilcottTraditionalJan Pieterszoon SweelinckJan Sandstrom,   ... 
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Vasari Singers’ annual carol concerts always provide a warming blend of traditional favourites and less well-known music from all periods and styles. Here, joyous and masterful 16th-century polyphony sits alongside eternally popular Victorian carols, and exquisitely crafted settings by Howells and Walford Davies join works as recent as Gabriel Jackson’s The Christ-child. Bob Chilcott magically superimposes traditional carols with entrancing new material, and no Vasari Christmas would be complete without some close harmony Swingle singing. The Vasari Singers’ annual carol concerts always provide a warming blend of traditional favourites and less well-known music from all periods and styles. Here, joyous and masterful 16th-century polyphony sits alongside eternally popular Victorian carols, and exquisitely crafted settings by Howells and Walford Davies join works as recent as Gabriel Jackson’s The Christ-child. Bob Chilcott magically superimposes traditional carols with entrancing new material, and no Vasari Christmas would be complete without some close harmony Swingle singing. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. On Christmas Night: This is the truth by Robert Chilcott
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
2. Gabriel's message by Traditional
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Written: Basque Provinces 
3. Hodie Christus natus est by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
4. Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen by Jan Sandstrom
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
5. Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus: no 3, Sing lullaby by Herbert Howells
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1920; England 
6. Hymne a la Vierge, Op. 24 by Pierre Villette
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
7. On Christmas Night: Sweet was the song by Robert Chilcott
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
8. Of the Father's heart begotten by Traditional
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Written: pub 1582 
9. Hodie Christus natus est by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: Renaissance 
10. On Christmas Night: Rejoice and be merry by Robert Chilcott
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
11. O little town of Bethlehem by Henry Walford Davies
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
12. The Stable Door by Cecil Armstrong Gibbs
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
13. Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
14. In the bleak mid-winter by Harold Edwin Darke
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
15. The Christ-child by Gabriel Jackson
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
16. Nativity Carol by John Rutter
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; England 
17. Jingle Bells by James S. Pierpont
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857 
18. Christmas-tide by Robert Chilcott
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
19. I believe in Father Christmas by Greg Lake
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
20. Carol Medley by Jonathan Rathbone
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers

Sound Samples

On Christmas Night (text by Traditional): On Christmas Night: I. This is the truth (I)
Gabriel's Message (arr. J. Rathbone)
Hodie Christus natus est
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (arr. J. Sandstrom)
Sing Lullaby
Hymne a la Vierge, Op. 24
On Christmas Night (text by W. Ballet and F.X. Gruber): On Christmas Night: VI. Sweet was the song
Of the Father's Heart Begotten (arr. D. Willcocks)
Hodie Christus natus est a 10
On Christmas Night (text by Traditional): On Christmas Night: VII. Rejoice and be merry
O little town of Bethlehem
The Stable Door
Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night) (arr. J.E. West)
In the Bleak Mid-Winter
The Christ-child
Nativity carol
Jingle Bells (arr. B. Parry)
Christmas-tide
I Believe in Father Christmas (arr. J. Rathbone)
Carol Medley

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 Got Me Through the Holidays January 9, 2014 By Joanne C. (Berkeley, CA) See All My Reviews "The Christmas crush craziness was vastly eased by this gorgeously peaceful music. Driving in the evening, passing houses dressed in holiday lights against the darkness of the night, I would play this music and feel the serene beauty of the winter season." Report Abuse
 Save your money! January 9, 2014 By Thomas M. (Bogota, NJ) See All My Reviews "While the songs included in this collection are very good, the Vasari Singers are not. The highest-ranging sopranos (who, though apparently adult women, sound strangely like boys) are shrill, and frequently off-pitch. They sadly ruin what could have been an excellent Christmas entertainment. Save your money!" Report Abuse
 A Christmas Dream January 16, 2013 By Joseph Erdeljac (West Chester, PA) See All My Reviews "The Vasari Singers under Jeremy Backhouse is the star of this recording. Each and every delightful and varied selection is performed with deep feeling and emotion and impeccably executed. When putting on this recording one wants to just sit and listen and soak it all in over and over again. A wonderful addition to the Christmas repertoire." Report Abuse
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