A sure touch
Edward Higginbottom conducts New College Oxford Choir, appreciated by BASIL RAMSEY
Warner 2564 61794-2
The immaculate choir of boys and men singing on their home ground in New College Chapel,
Oxford, UK, shows the striking contrast between unaccompanied singing and flute solos
[listen -- track 7, 1:46-2:41], with
the sympathetic acoustic of this chapel clothing sound with a matching radiance.
Edward Higginbottom, a fine choir trainer and accomplished composer, has collated the
programme of mostly known Christmas music with a sure touch. Against the colossal attraction
of a Cambridge college chapel and its music this CD demonstrates that others also keep this
repertory alive and faithfully presented
[listen -- track 17, 1:16-2:28].
Copyright © 15 November 2004
Basil Ramsey, Yorkshire UK
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Nativitas - a celebration of peace at Christmas
2564 61794-2 DDD Stereo REISSUE 73'26" 1997 Erato Disques; 2004 Warner Classics
Anna Noakes, flute; Philip Cave, tenor; Roderick Morris, treble; Nicholas Fuggle, treble; The Choir of New College Oxford; Edward Higginbottom, conductor
I Processional: I wonder as I wander (Appalachian carol); II Redemption: Boris Ord (1897-1961) (arr John Rutter): Adam lay ybounden; Giovanni da Palestrina (1525-1594): Alma Redemptoris; III Anunciation: The angel Gabriel (Basque carol arr Pettman); Anton Bruckner (1824-1896): Ave Maria; Herbert Howells (1892-1983): A spotless rose; John Joubert (born 1927): There is no rose; IV The Journey to Bethlehem: Michael Head (1900-1976): The little road to Bethlehem; Henry John Gauntlett (1805-1876): Once in Royal David's City (Descant and last verse harmonisation by David Willcocks); V The Birth: Franz Gruber (1787-1863), arr Andrew Carter: Stille Nacht; Herbert Howells: Sing lullaby; Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732-1795): Gloria sei dir gesungen (Part III of 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die stimme'); Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): O magnum mysterium; In dulci jubilo (fourteenth century German carol, arr R L Pearsall); Georg Christian Schemelli (c1676-1762), arr J S Bach: O Jesulein süß VI The Visit of the Shepherds: Christopher Tye (1505-1572): While Shepherds watched their flocks by night (descant by Edward Higginbottom); Francis Poulenc: Quem vidistis pastores; Shepherds shake off your drowsy sleep (Besançon carol tune, arr Martin Shaw); Adeste fideles (eighteenth century, attributed to W F Wade; Descant and last verse harmonisation by David Willcocks); VII The Visit of the Kings: Francis Poulenc: Videntes stellam; Rocking Carol (Czech traditional, arr Edward Higginbottom); Herbert Howells: Here is the little door; Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Hark! the herald angels sing (descant and last verse harmonisation by David Willcocks). Flute links composed and arranged by Edward Higginbottom.
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