Christmas Carols / Creed, SWR Vocal Ensemble

Release Date: 9/11/2020
Label: SWR Music
Catalog Number: SWR19094CD
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Number of Discs: 1

Physical Format:

CD
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$18.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
In Great Britain Christmas carols are an integral part of Christmas just like plum pudding and turkey, paper crowns and mistletoe. They are sung in all big cathedrals and churches at Christmas, first and foremost in the time-honored chapel of King’s College. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols- a Christmas mass featuring King’s College Choir, nine short readings and, of course, carols- has been broadcast live on the radio every year since 1928 on Christmas Eve. The a cappella choir SWR Vokalensemble belongs worldwide to the best choirs, renowned mostly for its exquisite performances of modern music. This album however contains traditional, centuries old Christmas Carols, arranged by British composers like Benjamin Britten, Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Byrd, to name just a few.

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REVIEW:

How keenly music’s absence is felt during the pandemic struck me recently listening to this little disc. It is nothing spectacular in terms of programming: an hour’s worth of English Christmas carols. The singing is excellent, done in beautiful sound by the SWR Vokalensemble, about thirty voices in size, under the direction of Marcus Creed. The English pronunciation here is impeccable.

– Ionarts (Charles T Downey)
Works on This Recording
1. Adam lay ybounden by Boris Ord
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; England
2. Ave Maria by Robert Parsons
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Renaissance
Written: 1560s ; England
3. Hymn to the Virgin by Benjamin Britten
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930/1934 ; England
4. A spotless rose by Herbert Howells
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1918-1920 ; England
5. The Angel Gabriel by Traditional
Conductor: Marcus Creed
6. Traditional English Carols (8): no 6, The truth sent from above by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1919 ; England
7. Hosanna to the Son of David by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Renaissance
Written: 17th Century ; England
8. Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; England
9. The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?" by John Tavener
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1982 ; England
10. The Holly and the Ivy by Traditional
Conductor: Marcus Creed
11. Remember, O thou man by Thomas Ravenscroft
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1611 ; England
12. Jesus Christ the Apple Tree by Elisabeth Poston
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1967 ; England
13. Psalmes, Songs and Sonnets...fit for Voyces or Viols: This day Christ was born by William Byrd
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1611 ; England
14. Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus: no 3, Sing lullaby by Herbert Howells
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1918-1920 ; England
15. Tomorrow shall be my dancing day by Traditional
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; England
16. The Fayrfax Carol by Thomas Adès
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1997 ; England
17. In the bleak mid-winter by Gustav Holst
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1906 ; England
18. Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; France
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