A Very English Christmas / Tenebrae

Release Date: 9/11/2015
Catalog Number: SIGCD902
Conductor: Nigel Short
Orchestra/Ensemble: Tenebrae
Number of Discs: 1

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CD
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$17.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), the BBC Music Magazine Award award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision return to disc on Signum with a sumptuous album of Carols, Hymns and other celebratory works for Christmas. Among the composers to feature on this disc are John Gardner, Peter Warlock, Philip Ledger and Arnold Bax, A singer of great acclaim, Nigel Short was a member of the world-renowned vocal ensemble The King’s Singers from 1994–2000. Upon leaving the group, he formed Tenebrae, a virtuosic choir that embraced his dedication to passion and precision.

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REVIEW:

If you’re looking for a collection of Christmas music that includes a lot of pieces you don’t often hear, don’t overlook this outstanding release. Lovers of choral music will need no introduction to Tenebrae, a superb mixed chorus of around 16. This is their third album of Christmas music, and it is the most interesting of the three.

– American Record Guide
Works on This Recording
1. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, for chorus, Op. 75/2 by John Gardner
Conductor: Nigel Short
Orchestra/Ensemble: Tenebrae
Period: Modern
Written: 1965 ; England
2. Rejoice and be merry by Christopher Robinson
Performer: James Holliday
Conductor: Nigel Short
Orchestra/Ensemble: Tenebrae
Period: 20th Century
3. Benedicamus Domino, for double chorus by Peter Warlock
Performer: Simon Whiteley
Conductor: Nigel Short
Period: Modern
Written: 1918 ; United Kingdom
4. Adam lay ybounden by Peter Warlock
Performer: Simon Whiteley
Conductor: Nigel Short
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1922 ; England
5. I saw a fair maiden by Peter Warlock
Performer: Simon Whiteley
Conductor: Nigel Short
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1927 ; England
6. Balulalow by Peter Warlock
Conductor: Nigel Short
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1919 ; England
7. As Dewe in Aprylle by Peter Warlock
Performer: Simon Whiteley
Conductor: Nigel Short
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1918 ; England
9. On Christmas Night by Philip [Organ] Ledger
Conductor: Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary
10. I sing of a maiden that is makeless by Arnold Bax
Performer: James Holliday
Conductor: Nigel Short
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923 ; England
11. No Small Wonder by Paul [Composer] Edwards
Conductor: Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary
13. I Sing of a Maiden, song for chorus by Alec Redshaw
Conductor: Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary
14. I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In, for soprano, tenor, chorus & organ by Simon Preston
Conductor: Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary
15. There is No Rose, for chorus by Simon Preston
Conductor: Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary
16. The Birds, for soprano, chorus & organ by Richard Hickox
Conductor: Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary
17. On Christmas Day, for soprano, chorus & organ by Simon Preston
Conductor: Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary
18. Come Rock His Cradle, for baritone, chorus & organ by Richard Knight
Conductor: Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary
19. Mary Walked Through a Wood of Thorn, for soprano, tenor & chorus by Philip Radcliffe
Conductor: Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary
20. Balulalow, for soprano, chorus, organ & percussion, Op. 109/2 by John Gardner
Conductor: Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary
21. A Gallery Carol, for soprano, chorus, organ & percussion, Op. 109/4 by John Gardner
Conductor: Nigel Short
Period: Modern
Written: 1970 ;
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