This Christmas Night


RES10113_cover_300dpiThe Choir of Worcester College, Oxford

Director: Stephen Farr

Organ Scholars: Edward Turner & Nicholas Freestone

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BBC Music Magazine ‘Christmas Choice’ 2012: “A wonderful collection of carols… delectably sensitive performances… the sound is impeccable”

Performances that radiate a heartfelt glow.  The entire sequence, wisely chosen and sung with the utmost expressiveness and skill, is a pure delight.” Five stars.  – The Daily Telegraph

“It is all delivered with captivating charm, considerable beauty of sound and unfussy clarity of detail… immensely lovely singing” – Gramophone, December 2012

“Rich and luminous… this accessible, intriguing is well worth checking out if you are suffering from a surfeit of traditional musical fare” – Presto Classical

[…] a refreshing album of contemporary carols from this classy Oxford choir, packed with world premiere recordings […] offering soothing balm for any family tensions amid the tinsel.” – The Observer

“This collection of ‘Contemporary Carols’ is a wonderful recording […] It is a truy exceptional issue in a market awash with Christmas records […] The sequencing is remarkably intelligent, and musically so […] Truly admirable performances throughout” – International Record Review, December 2012

“Focusing on the English repertoire, Resonus has produced a winner for the Christmas market – 20 radiant carols… all worth hearing” – Financial Times

“Yes, much of the writing on this release is challenging for the singers but The Choir of Worcester College, Oxford rises to it and give a stunning performance, ably captured by producer/engineer Adam Binks. If you have any interest in contemporary choral music this is a must-hear and if you are looking for new music for Christmas this is an excellent choice.” – CrossRhythms

“In a world full of the conventional Christmas recording this comes as a breath of fresh air” – Lark Reviews

“This refreshing selection of contemporary carols is given capable performances by Worcester College Chapel Mixed Choir. With so much new repertoire, this is an album which invites multiple listenings. It certainly makes a change from the standard fare, and marks Worcester College Chapel Mixed Choir out as one to watch.” –

“[…] they acquit themselves well in a varied programme devoted to music by recent and contemporary composers. Like Resonus’s Christmas offering last year, this is sufficiently different not to get lost in the welter of seasonal recordings.” – MusicWeb International

Resonus Classics is proud to release an album featuring world premiere recordings of contemporary Christmas carols from the latter half of the twentieth-century and the beginning of the twenty-first, performed by The Choir of Worcester College, Oxford under the direction of Stephen Farr.

The album includes a world premiere recording by Hafliði Hallgrímsson entitled Joseph and the Angel, which was written specially for this album. Also included are several world premiere recordings by leading composers including Peter Maxwell Davies, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Richard Allain, Matthew Martin, Gabriel Jackson, Judith Bingham, Cecilia McDowall and Thomas Hyde.

Other works include Anthony Piccolo’s I look from afar, John McCabe’s Mary laid her child, Malcolm Williamson’s This Christmas Night, Geoffrey Bush’s ‘Twas in the year that King Uzziah died, Elisabeth Lutyens’s Nativity, Edmund Rubbra’s Let us securely enter and two works by Kenneth Leighton O leave your sheep and Veni Redemptor – A Celebration.

© 2012 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2012 Resonus Limited
Producer, engineer & editor: Adam Binks
Cover Image: Detail from the Polyptych of San Pancrazio: Predella panel (before 1338) by Bernardo Daddi (1290-1350)

Track Listing

  1. Hafliði Hallgrímsson – Joseph and the Angel
  2. Anthony Piccolo – I look from afar
  3. Thomas Hyde – Sweet was the song
  4. Mark-Anthony Turnage – Christmas Night
  5. John McCabe – Mary laid her child
  6. Malcolm Williamson – This Christmas Night
  7. Matthew Martin – I sing of a maiden
  8. Thomas Hyde – Improvisation on ‘Puer Natus’
  9. Judith Bingham – Tu creasi Domine
  10. Richard Allain – Balulalow
  11. Mark-Anthony Turnage – Claremont Carol
  12. Howard Skempton – There is no rose
  13. Gabriel Jackson – Hush! my dear
  14. Peter Maxwell-Davies – Fleecy Care Carol
  15. Cecilia McDowall – Of a Rose
  16. Geoffrey Bush – ‘Twas in the year that King Uzzuah died
  17. Elisabeth Lutyens – Nativity
  18. Edmond Rubbra – Let us securely enter
  19. Kenneth Leighton – O leave your sheep
  20. Kenneth Leighton – Veni Redemptor – a celebration

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