Christmas (2019)

£15.00

For centuries Christmas and the surrounding seasons have inspired composers to new heights of invention. This programme reaches across the ages, from the eternal beauty of the Tudor church right up to the twenty-first century, with each piece chosen to evoke a sense of mystery and joy.

Description

We are delighted to present our second album, Christmas (2019), which is available to order.

Our launch concert will be held on Friday 29 November 2019 in London. Tickets are available here.


About the CD

For centuries Christmas and the surrounding seasons have inspired composers to new heights of invention. This programme reaches across the ages, from the eternal beauty of the Tudor church right up to the twenty-first century, with each piece chosen to evoke a sense of mystery and joy.

In the Renaissance, Advent—the weeks preceding the celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas—was a time of wonder and reflection. Centuries-old carols tell this story, with some works presented here in their inherited form, others reimagined by skilled arrangers. Pieces that focus on the birth of Christ form the backbone of this collection: Thomas Hardy’s tableau of the scene on Christmas Eve is particularly striking, alongside music that heralds the baby’s arrival and offers insight into the first few weeks of Jesus’s life. Themes and forms are echoed through the ages: two lullabies, though written centuries apart, employ coaxing refrains to be sung to disquieted children; some of the most exquisite melodies are found in works dedicated to Mary.

I hope that we have managed to capture something of the festive spirit, with moments of stillness set against joyful exuberance. It is music that we thoroughly enjoy singing—we all feel a certain magic when we revisit this repertoire towards the end of each year.

Owain Park © 2019


Track list

Veni Emmanuel   Anonymous, arr. Philip Lawson (b.1957)
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland a 6   Michael Praetorius (1571 – 1621)
The Annunciation   Jonathan Harvey (1939 – 2012)
Videte Miraculum   Thomas Tallis (c.1505 – 1585)
The Promised Light of Life   Cheryl Frances-Hoad (b.1980)
Gaudete   Trad. arr. Brian Kay (b.1944)
The Truth Sent from Above   arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958) & Owain Park (b.1993)
Es Ist ein’ Ros’ Entsprungen   Trad., harm. Michael Praetorius
Angelus ad virginem   Anon.
Lullay my liking   Gustav Holst (1874 – 1934)
There is a flower   John Rutter (b.1945)
Canite tuba   Jacob Handl (1550 – 1591)
There is no rose   Anon.
Verbum caro factum est   Hans Leo Hassler (1564 – 1612)
Coventry Carol   Anonymous – traditional
On the Infancy of our Saviour   Owain Park
Love came down at Christmas   Eleanor Daley (b.1955)
In dulci jubilo   Praetorius arr. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
The oxen   Jonathan Rathbone (b.1957)
Away in a manger – Cradle Song   arr. Philip Lawson
Jingle Bells   James Lord Pierpont (1822-1893), arr. Gordon Langford (1930-2017)


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