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The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge|Christmas with St John's

Christmas with St John's

The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Joseph Wicks & Andrew Nethsingha

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The St. John's College Choir (men and boys) has enjoyed wide success with previous holiday releases, partly due to excellent engineering (Signum's work in the St. John's College Chapel here is exemplary), more due to the clarity of the choral singing, and most of all due to the fresh and coherent programming concepts offered by director Andrew Nethsingha. Here the concept is stated briefly in the booklet, along with a brief background on the mostly new music: Christmas music, annotator Charlotte Gardner notes, is inseparable from tradition, but increasingly the Christmas album serves to expose new music especially in the English choral tradition. So here you get a variety of short pieces (three-and-a-half minutes max), rooted in, but not hewing to, traditional carols, a few of them by well-known composers (John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, Peter Warlock), but the majority are by names that will be new even to many English listeners. The overall mood is meditative, with just a few of the bumping-along, organ-accompanied sorts of work; much of the music is a cappella. Sample I Wonder as I Wander by the Swiss composer Carl Rutti: it's more than a setting of the American folk hymn, but not quite a fantasy of it. It might be termed a reflection on the hymn, and that formulation, one way or another, applies to many of the works on Christmas with St. John's, despite their brevity. A wonderful holiday release with a good measure of seriousness.
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1
The Shepherd’s Carol
The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
00:03:38

Bob Chilcott, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

2
The Holly and the Ivy (Arr. Henry Walford Davies)
The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
00:02:54

Traditional, Composer - Henry Walford Davies, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

3
Sir Christèmas
Choir Of St. John's College
00:01:33

William Mathias, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - Joseph Wicks, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

4
O Oriens
The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
00:04:35

Cecilia McDowall, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

5
Adam Lay Ybounden
The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
00:01:19

Boris Ord, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

6
A Spotless Rose
Choir Of St. John's College
00:01:59

Philip Ledger, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - Joseph Wicks, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

7
The Seven Joys of Mary
Choir Of St. John's College
00:04:44

Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - William Whitehead, Composer - Joseph Wicks, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

8
Dormi Jesu
Choir Of St. John's College
00:04:55

John Rutter, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - Joseph Wicks, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

9
Creator of the Stars of Night (Arr. John Scott)
Andrew Nethsingha
00:03:41

Traditional, Composer - John Scott, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - Joseph Wicks, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

10
I Wonder as I Wander
Choir Of St. John's College
00:01:46

Carl Rutti, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - Joseph Wicks, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

11
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Andrew Nethsingha
00:04:48

Henry Walford Davies, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - Joseph Wicks, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

12
I Saw Three Ships (Arr. Simon Preston)
Andrew Nethsingha
00:02:00

Traditional, Composer - Simon Preston, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - Joseph Wicks, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

13
Three Kings (Arr. Ivor Atkins)
The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
00:02:39

Peter Cornelius, Composer - Ivor Atkins, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

14
Ding Dong! Merrily on High (Arr. Charles Wood)
The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
00:02:02

Traditional, Composer - Charles Wood, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

15
As Dew in Aprylle
The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
00:01:56

Peter Warlock, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

16
John the Baptist
Choir Of St. John's College
00:03:26

Michael Finnissy, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - Joseph Wicks, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

17
Mary’s Magnificat
Choir Of St. John's College
00:03:23

Andrew Carter, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - Joseph Wicks, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

18
People, Look East (Arr. Peter Marchbank)
Andrew Nethsingha
00:03:17

Peter Tranchell, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - Peter Marchbank, Composer - Joseph Wicks, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

19
Silent Night (Arr. Mark Blatchly)
The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
00:03:19

Franz Gruber, Composer - Mark Blatchly, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

20
Out of Your Sleep Arise
Choir Of St. John's College
00:02:42

Anthony Milner, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - Joseph Wicks, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

21
Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree
The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
00:03:33

Elizabeth Poston, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

22
Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day
Choir Of St. John's College
00:02:22

John Gardner, Composer - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor, MainArtist - Joseph Wicks, MainArtist - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

Album Description

The St. John's College Choir (men and boys) has enjoyed wide success with previous holiday releases, partly due to excellent engineering (Signum's work in the St. John's College Chapel here is exemplary), more due to the clarity of the choral singing, and most of all due to the fresh and coherent programming concepts offered by director Andrew Nethsingha. Here the concept is stated briefly in the booklet, along with a brief background on the mostly new music: Christmas music, annotator Charlotte Gardner notes, is inseparable from tradition, but increasingly the Christmas album serves to expose new music especially in the English choral tradition. So here you get a variety of short pieces (three-and-a-half minutes max), rooted in, but not hewing to, traditional carols, a few of them by well-known composers (John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, Peter Warlock), but the majority are by names that will be new even to many English listeners. The overall mood is meditative, with just a few of the bumping-along, organ-accompanied sorts of work; much of the music is a cappella. Sample I Wonder as I Wander by the Swiss composer Carl Rutti: it's more than a setting of the American folk hymn, but not quite a fantasy of it. It might be termed a reflection on the hymn, and that formulation, one way or another, applies to many of the works on Christmas with St. John's, despite their brevity. A wonderful holiday release with a good measure of seriousness.
© TiVo

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