Song of the Nativity / Christophers, The Sixteen
Song of the Nativity is a fresh take on the holiday release with a unique structure of alternating traditional carol with pieces from the contemporary tonal choral school. The contemporary works are mostly English, but the program opens with the striking O magnum mysterium of the American Morten Lauridsen.
This program plays to the strengths of The Sixteen, with their capacity for a clean yet reverential tone. The overall effect is of a tableau of paintings, some simple and folk-like, some richly chromatic, with the traditional carols appearing as moments of utter clarity.
– All Music Guide
Release Date: October 14, 2016
Catalog Number: COR16146
Number of Discs: 1
Composer: Alan Bullard, Alec Roth, Anonymous, Boris Ord, Cecilia McDowall, Gabriel Jackson, Henry Walford Davies, Howard Skempton, James MacMillan, John Gardner, John Ireland, John Rutter, Morten Lauridsen, Peter Warlock, Robert Chilcott, Traditional, Will Todd
Conductor: Harry Christophers
Performer: Alexandra Kidgell, Ben Davies, Emilia Morton, Jeremy Budd, Julie Cooper, Katy Hill, Mark Dobell