A Very English Christmas / Tenebrae

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Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), the BBC Music Magazine Award award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision return to disc on Signum with a sumptuous album of Carols, Hymns and other celebratory works for Christmas. Among the composers to feature on this disc are John Gardner, Peter Warlock, Philip Ledger and Arnold Bax, A singer of great acclaim, Nigel Short was a member of the world-renowned vocal ensemble The King’s Singers from 1994–2000. Upon leaving the group, he formed Tenebrae, a virtuosic choir that embraced his dedication to passion and precision.

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REVIEW:

If you’re looking for a collection of Christmas music that includes a lot of pieces you don’t often hear, don’t overlook this outstanding release. Lovers of choral music will need no introduction to Tenebrae, a superb mixed chorus of around 16. This is their third album of Christmas music, and it is the most interesting of the three.

– American Record Guide


Product Description:


  • Catalog Number: SIGCD902


  • UPC: 635212090220


  • Label: Signum Classics


  • Composer: Alec Redshaw, Arnold Bax, Christopher Robinson, John Gardner, Jonathan Lane, Paul Edwards, Peter Warlock, Philip Ledger, Philip Radcliffe, Richard Hickox, Richard Knight, Richard Lloyd, Simon Preston


  • Conductor: Nigel Short


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Tenebrae


  • Performer: Ben Alden, Christopher Watson, Emilia Morton, Geoffrey Clapham, Grace Davidson, Greg Skidmore, James Holliday, James Sherlock, Joanna Forbes, Katie Trethewey, Nicholas Madden, Richard Savage, Simon Whiteley, Stephen Kennedy



Works:


  1. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, for chorus, Op. 75/2

    Composer: John Gardner

    Ensemble: Tenebrae

    Performer: James Sherlock (Organ), Greg Skidmore

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  2. Rejoice and be merry

    Composer: Christopher Robinson

    Ensemble: Tenebrae

    Performer: James Holliday

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  3. Benedicamus Domino, for double chorus

    Composer: Peter Warlock

    Performer: Simon Whiteley

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  4. Adam lay ybounden

    Composer: Peter Warlock

    Performer: Simon Whiteley

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  5. I saw a fair maiden

    Composer: Peter Warlock

    Performer: Simon Whiteley

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  6. Balulalow

    Composer: Peter Warlock

    Performer: Grace Davidson, James Sherlock (Organ), Simon Whiteley

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  7. As Dewe in Aprylle

    Composer: Peter Warlock

    Performer: Simon Whiteley

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  8. Adam lay y-bounden

    Composer: Philip Ledger

    Performer: Ben Alden, Geoffrey Clapham, James Holliday, Nicholas Madden, Emilia Morton, Richard Savage, Simon Whiteley

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  9. On Christmas Night

    Composer: Philip Ledger

    Performer: James Sherlock (Organ), Greg Skidmore

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  10. I sing of a maiden that is makeless

    Composer: Arnold Bax

    Performer: James Holliday

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  11. No Small Wonder

    Composer: Paul Edwards

    Performer: James Sherlock (Organ), Greg Skidmore

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  12. There is No Rose, song for chorus

    Composer: Jonathan Lane

    Performer: Ben Alden, Geoffrey Clapham, James Holliday, Emilia Morton, Richard Savage

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  13. I Sing of a Maiden, song for chorus

    Composer: Alec Redshaw

    Performer: Ben Alden, Geoffrey Clapham, James Holliday, Emilia Morton, Richard Savage

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  14. I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In, for soprano, tenor, chorus & organ

    Composer: Simon Preston

    Performer: James Sherlock (Organ), Greg Skidmore

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  15. There is No Rose, for chorus

    Composer: Simon Preston

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  16. The Birds, for soprano, chorus & organ

    Composer: Richard Hickox

    Performer: Grace Davidson, James Sherlock (Organ), Simon Whiteley

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  17. On Christmas Day, for soprano, chorus & organ

    Composer: Simon Preston

    Performer: Joanna Forbes, James Sherlock (Organ), Greg Skidmore

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  18. Come Rock His Cradle, for baritone, chorus & organ

    Composer: Richard Knight

    Performer: Stephen Kennedy, James Sherlock (Organ), Greg Skidmore

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  19. Mary Walked Through a Wood of Thorn, for soprano, tenor & chorus

    Composer: Philip Radcliffe

    Performer: Ben Alden, Geoffrey Clapham, Grace Davidson, James Holliday, Emilia Morton, Richard Savage, Christopher Watson

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  20. Balulalow, for soprano, chorus, organ & percussion, Op. 109/2

    Composer: John Gardner

    Performer: James Sherlock (Organ), Greg Skidmore, Katie Trethewey

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  21. A Gallery Carol, for soprano, chorus, organ & percussion, Op. 109/4

    Composer: John Gardner

    Performer: James Sherlock (Organ), Greg Skidmore

    Conductor: Nigel Short


  22. Love Came Down at Christmas, for chorus

    Composer: Richard Lloyd

    Performer: Ben Alden, Geoffrey Clapham, James Holliday, Emilia Morton, Richard Savage

    Conductor: Nigel Short