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The Darkest Midnight - Songs of Winter and Christmas



Playing time: 64'28"
Tracks: 19
Booklet pages: 28
© 2018 SOMM Recordings
Reviewer: Keith Bramich
Review of The Darkest Midnight - Songs of Winter and Christmas published on 11 December 2018

Listen: anonymous, arranged by Suzzie Vango: Gaudete (track 12, 0:00-0:42)

Elizabeth Drury, soprano
Abbi Temple, soprano
Suzzie Vango, soprano
Suzie Purkis, alto
Sarah Tenant-Flowers, alto

Andy Guthrie, drum (track 15)

traditional Irish, arranged by Suzzie Vango:

1 Don oíche úd i mBeithil

traditional German, arranged by Philip Lawson:

2 Maria durch ein Dornwald ging

fifteenth century English (Bodleian MS):

3 Nowell, tidings true there be come new

traditional chorale melody, arranged by Winnie Brückner:

4 O Jesulein zart

John Tavener:

5 A Nativity (text: W B Yeats)

traditional Ukrainian, adapted by Peter J Wilhousky, arranged by Elizabeth Drury:

6 Shchedryk (Hark how the Bells) (first recording of this adaptation)

Wedderburn Brothers / Suzzie Vango:

7 Balulalow (first recording)

Joni Mitchell, arranged by Jim Clements:

8 The River

Maurice Ravel, arranged by Clytus Gottwald:

9 Toi, le coeur de la rose (L'enfant et les sortilèges) (text: Colette)

thirteenth century (Arundel MS):

10 Angelus ad Virginem


11 Sancta Mater Graciae / Dou way Robin

anon, arranged by Suzzie Vango:

12 Gaudete (first recording of this arrangement)

traditional Irish, arranged by Diamaid Ó Muirithe:

13 The Darkest Midnight

Lucia Quinault / Oliver Tarney:

14 The Waiting Sky (first recording)

traditional Norwegian / Tone Krohn:

15 Det lisle bånet (The Little Child)

traditional, arranged by Matthew Culloton:

16 In dulci Jubilo

traditional German, arranged by Michael Praetorius / Sarah Tenant-Flowers:

17 Es ist ein Ros entsprungen

Don MacDonald:

18 When the Earth Stands Still

Don MacDonald:

19 Fusion

Recorded 14-15 April 2018 at Challow Park Studios, Wantage, UK


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