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Christmas music from
Caius College Choir -
recommended by
KEITH BRAMICH

'... high-quality singing with lovely rounded tone ...'

Dormi Jesu - A Caius Christmas. Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge / Geoffrey Webber. © 2014 Delphian Records Ltd

Geoffrey Webber and the Choir of Caius College Cambridge's 2014 Christmas offering on CD manages a thoughtful and widely spread mix of periods and styles, interesting settings and high-quality singing with lovely rounded tone, packaged with full texts, translations, and informative liner notes by Andrew Stewart which take us far beyond a cursory description of the music, beginning by stating that 'Christmas' appears not to have occurred either at Christmastime or in Bethlehem.

Performing not in their own smallish college chapel in the fens but in the Church of St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (a well-used London recording venue), the choir begins with Jan Sandström's striking arrangement of Michael Praetorius' Es ist ein Ros entsprungen. The famous carol and it's usual harmonies are slowed down considerably and combined with long suspended notes from a separate group of singers, adding a sheen of glowing, shimmering sound. Had the process been visual, it could have been described as smearing paint, but aurally it's a wonderful and most unusual effect...

Copyright © 25 December 2014 Keith Bramich,
Worcestershire UK

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DORMI JESU - A CAIUS CHRISTMAS

GONVILLE AND CAIUS COLLEGE

CHRISTMAS

CHORAL MUSIC

CAMBRIDGE

LONDON

HERBERT HOWELLS

EDWARD HIGGINBOTTOM

ANTON WEBERN

GIOVANNI GABRIELI

FRANCIS POULENC

WILLIAM WALTON

WILLIAM MATHIAS

DELPHIAN RECORDS LTD

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