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Dancing Day: Music for Christmas

Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, John Scott & Sara Cutler

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This recording is the valedictory work of conductor John Scott, who died suddenly just after it was made. It's an excellent American reproduction of the English cathedral style, with nearly flawless vocal work by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York. The two centerpieces are Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, given a delightfully rich, limpid performance, and the title piece by John Rutter, composed back in 1973 for high voices and harp, and intended as a companion piece to the Britten. The work offers artless settings of traditional melodies, and even those who avoid Rutter will find it hard to resist these sparkling, perfectly simple settings in which sentimentality is absent. Sample the treatment of the "Coventry Carol" from Part 2 (track 23). The program is rounded out by short pieces that beautifully exploit the choir's large treble section, which does not flag. The engineering team of the British label Resonus clearly took the time to understand the Saint Thomas Church space, and they and the entire Resonus team have been rewarded with strong sales not only in the U.S., but in Britain, where buyers have a large array of choices in these Christmas standards. Recommended.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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Novo profusi gaudio
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:03:36

John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Matthew Martin, Composer - OUP, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist - Stephen Buzard, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

2
I Sing Of A Maiden
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:02:55

John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrick Hadley, Composer - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist - Benjamin Sheen, MainArtist - The Year Book Press, MusicPublisher

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

3
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: I. Procession
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:01:32

Benjamin Britten, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

4
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: II. Wolcum Yole!
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:01:24

Benjamin Britten, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

5
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: III. There Is No Rose
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:02:26

Benjamin Britten, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

6
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: IVa. That Yongë Child
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:01:46

Benjamin Britten, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

7
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: IVb: Balulalow
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:01:21

Benjamin Britten, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

8
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: V. As Dew In Aprille
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:01:02

Benjamin Britten, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

9
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: VI. This Little Babe
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:01:30

Benjamin Britten, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

10
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: VII. Interlulde
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:03:32

Benjamin Britten, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

11
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: VIII. In Freezing Winter Night
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:03:50

Benjamin Britten, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

12
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: IX. Spring Carol
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:01:14

Benjamin Britten, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

13
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: X. Adam Lay I-bounden
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:01:12

Benjamin Britten, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

14
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: XI. Recession
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:01:37

Benjamin Britten, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

15
A New Year Carol
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:02:19

Benjamin Britten, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

16
King Jesus Hath a Garden
John Scott
00:03:20

John Scott, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist - Stephen Buzard, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

17
Dancing Day, Part I: Prelude
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:03:36

John Rutter, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - OUP, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

18
Dancing Day, Part I: I. Angelus ad virginem
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:01:55

John Rutter, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - OUP, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

19
Dancing Day, Part I: II. A Virgin Most Pure
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:05:04

John Rutter, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - OUP, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

20
Dancing Day, Part I: III. Personent hodie
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:01:57

John Rutter, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - OUP, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

21
Dancing Day, Part II: Interlude
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:04:06

John Rutter, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - OUP, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

22
Dancing Day, Part II: IV. There Is No Rose
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:01:53

John Rutter, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - OUP, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

23
Dancing Day, Part II: V. Coventry Carol
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:03:54

John Rutter, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - OUP, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

24
Dancing Day, Part II: VI. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:03:03

John Rutter, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - Sara Cutler, MainArtist - OUP, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

25
On Christmas Night (The Sussex Carol)
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:02:00

Philip Ledger, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - OUP, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist - Benjamin Sheen, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

26
Wassail Carol
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York
00:01:41

William Mathias, Composer - John Scott, Conductor, MainArtist - OUP, MusicPublisher - Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Ensemble, MainArtist - Benjamin Sheen, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Resonus Limited (P) 2015 Resonus Limited

Album Description

This recording is the valedictory work of conductor John Scott, who died suddenly just after it was made. It's an excellent American reproduction of the English cathedral style, with nearly flawless vocal work by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York. The two centerpieces are Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, given a delightfully rich, limpid performance, and the title piece by John Rutter, composed back in 1973 for high voices and harp, and intended as a companion piece to the Britten. The work offers artless settings of traditional melodies, and even those who avoid Rutter will find it hard to resist these sparkling, perfectly simple settings in which sentimentality is absent. Sample the treatment of the "Coventry Carol" from Part 2 (track 23). The program is rounded out by short pieces that beautifully exploit the choir's large treble section, which does not flag. The engineering team of the British label Resonus clearly took the time to understand the Saint Thomas Church space, and they and the entire Resonus team have been rewarded with strong sales not only in the U.S., but in Britain, where buyers have a large array of choices in these Christmas standards. Recommended.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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