A Traditional Christmas Carol Collection, Vol. 2 / The Sixteen

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It's no secret that if you're looking for a well-filled, thoughtfully programmed disc of Christmas choral music, you won't go wrong with any of The...

It's no secret that if you're looking for a well-filled, thoughtfully programmed disc of Christmas choral music, you won't go wrong with any of The Sixteen's recordings. In 2006 this oft-lauded group led by founder Harry Christophers released a Volume 1 program of traditional carols, and this year (2010) decided to augment that release with a collection of 20 more favorites (including a few lesser-known pieces). Performed with the knowing style of a seasoned, professional British choir, these songs, hymns, and carols (all very loosely categorized here as "carols")--such gems as Holst's Masters in this hall, Poston's Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, and Darke's beloved In the bleak mid-winter--ring in the season intensified and made more meaningful by the choir's authority and respect for the music, its revered tradition, and with an obvious true love for its sound and inherent spirit.

Although Christophers mentions in the notes that selections were drawn from the 1928 Oxford Book of Carols, and certainly such pieces as the Gloucester Wassail, the Wexford Carol, and In dulci jubilo were at least partially lifted from that source, the provenance of many others is not so clearly evident (Of the Father's heart begotten, for example, isn't included in the 1928 OBC), although in some cases the popular "green" and "orange" carol books may have been consulted.

At any rate, these arrangements are all artful and refreshingly unadorned--in the best "traditional" realizations; where there is organ, its contributions are always tasteful, imaginative, and appropriate to support and/or enhance the singers. And as for the singers, well, this is one of the great, world-class choirs, its uniquely rich, vibrant sound characterized by pure-voiced sopranos and its contingent of male altos. The production and sound, from London's St. Giles Church, Cripplegate, presided over by the first-rate team of Mark Brown and Mike Hatch, is excellent. A solid and satisfying addition to any Christmas music library.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com


Product Description:


  • Release Date: September 27, 2010


  • UPC: 828021608520


  • Catalog Number: COR16085


  • Label: CORO


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Composer: Harold Edwin Darke, Richard Storrs Willis, Traditional


  • Conductor: Harry Christophers


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen


  • Performer: V2: Traditional Christmas



Works:


  1. Of the Father's heart begotten

    Composer: Traditional

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  2. The Truth from Above

    Composer: Traditional

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  3. Gabriel's message

    Composer: Traditional

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  4. Masters in this hall

    Composer: Traditional

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  5. Past three o'clock

    Composer: Traditional

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  6. Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

    Composer: Traditional

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  7. In the bleak mid-winter

    Composer: Harold Edwin Darke

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  8. Gloucestershire Wassail, 'Wassail, wassail all over the town!'

    Composer: Traditional

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  9. In dulci jubilo

    Composer: Traditional

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  10. O come, O come Emmanuel

    Composer: Traditional

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  11. Adam lay ybounden

    Composer: Traditional

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  12. Wither's rocking Hymn

    Composer: Traditional

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  13. Cherry Tree Carol

    Composer: Traditional

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  14. It came upon the midnight clear

    Composer: Richard Storrs Willis

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  15. Personent hodie

    Composer: Traditional

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  16. Down in yon forest

    Composer: Traditional

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  17. Wexford Carol

    Composer: Traditional

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  18. Joys Seven

    Composer: Traditional

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  19. As with gladness men of old

    Composer: Traditional

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  20. Unto us a boy is born!

    Composer: Traditional

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers