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Choir of King's College, Cambridge|In the Bleak Midwinter: Christmas Carols from King's

In the Bleak Midwinter: Christmas Carols from King's

Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Daniel Hyde

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The title of this Choir of King's College, Cambridge album, In the Bleak Midwinter, refers to the poem by Christina Rossetti and its settings to music here by Harold Darke and Gustav Holst, two popular Christmastime choir tunes. However, it also refers to the choir's return to the Chapel of King's College for its Christmas Eve broadcast of the Festival of Nine Carols and Lessons in December of 2020, in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic (four of the tracks were recorded the following June). Led by Daniel Hyde, the director of music at King's College since 2019, with organist Matthew Martin, the King's College Choir is well-rehearsed and in fine form, as one has come to expect, even after online learning that didn't allow for rehearsals as a group. The sound from an emptier than usual chapel, with some furniture removed and no audience, is resonant and is captured well in this recording, and Hyde takes advantage by letting the sound ring an extra beat throughout at appropriate times. Amid everything else that made the 2020 Festival different than previous years, O come, all ye faithful is moved to the middle of the service, and a hauntingly beautiful, intimate arrangement of Still, still, still by Bob Chilcott -- a notable alumnus of the King's College Choir -- takes its place after the final blessing. As is tradition, Hark! the herald angels sing closes out the service, and even without the congregation joining in, it is joyous. Issued in time for the 2021 holiday season, this will be a welcome return to some normalcy for many listeners.
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1
Once in royal David's city (Arr. David Willcocks, Desc. Stephen Cleobury)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:05:06

Stephen Cleobury, Arranger - David Willcocks, Arranger - Henry John Gauntlett, Composer - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Arthur Henry Mann, Arranger - Daniel Hyde, Conductor, MainArtist - Matthew Martin, Organ, MainArtist - Samuel Hodson, MainArtist, VocalSolo

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

2
A tender shoot: A Tender Shoot
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:02:09

Otto Goldschmidt, Composer - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Daniel Hyde, Conductor, MainArtist

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

3
How shall I fitly meet thee?
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:01:20

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Daniel Hyde, Conductor, MainArtist

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

4
In the Bleak Midwinter
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:04:57

Harold Darke, Composer - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Daniel Hyde, Conductor, MainArtist - Matthew Martin, Organ, MainArtist - Owen Elsley, MainArtist, TenorSolo

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

5
Of the Father's heart begotten (Arr. David Willcocks)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:04:48

David Willcocks, Arranger - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Daniel Hyde, Conductor, MainArtist - Matthew Martin, Organ, MainArtist - Traditional (Piae Cantiones), Composer

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

6
Angels, from the realms of glory (Arr. Reginald Jacques)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:03:43

Traditional, Composer - Reginald Jacques, Arranger - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Daniel Hyde, Conductor, MainArtist

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

7
An Old Carol (I sing of a maiden)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:02:50

Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Roger Quilter, Composer - Daniel Hyde, Conductor, MainArtist - Matthew Martin, Organ, MainArtist

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

8
In dulci jubilo (Arr. Robert Lucas de Pearsall & Daniel Hyde)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:03:36

Traditional, Composer - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Daniel Hyde, Conductor, Arranger, MainArtist - Robert Lucas de Pearsall, Arranger

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

9
The angel Gabriel
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:04:02

Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Philip Moore, Composer - Daniel Hyde, Conductor, MainArtist - Matthew Martin, Organ, MainArtist - Vladimir Pantea, MainArtist, VocalSolo

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

10
O come, all ye faithful (Arr. David Willcocks, Desc. Christopher Robinson & David Hill)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:07:25

Adeste Fideles, Composer - Christopher Robinson, Arranger - David Hill, Arranger - David Willcocks, Arranger - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Daniel Hyde, Conductor, MainArtist - Matthew Martin, Organ, MainArtist

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

11
Sussex Carol (On Christmas night) (Arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:02:17

Traditional, Composer - Ralph Vaughan Williams, Arranger - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Daniel Hyde, Conductor, MainArtist - Matthew Martin, Organ, MainArtist

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

12
While shepherds watched their flocks by night (Desc. Nicholas Marston & Daniel Hyde)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:02:52

Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Daniel Hyde, Conductor, Arranger, MainArtist - Matthew Martin, Organ, MainArtist - Este's Psalter, Composer - Nicholas Marston, Arranger

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

13
Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour (Arr. Charles Herbert Kitson & Daniel Hyde)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:03:33

Traditional, Composer - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Daniel Hyde, Conductor, Arranger, MainArtist - Matthew Martin, Organ, MainArtist - Charles Herbert Kitson, Arranger

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

14
The Shepherd's Cradle Song (Wiegenlied) (Arr. Charles Macpherson)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:04:04

Karl Leuner, Composer - Charles Macpherson, Arranger - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Daniel Hyde, Conductor, MainArtist

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

15
In the bleak midwinter (Arr. Mack Wilberg)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:05:54

Gustav Holst, Composer - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Mack Wilberg, Arranger - Daniel Hyde, Conductor, MainArtist - Matthew Martin, Organ, MainArtist

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

16
As I sat on a sunny bank (I saw three ships) (Arr. Elizabeth Poston & Daniel Hyde)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:01:52

Traditional, Composer - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Elizabeth Poston, Arranger - Daniel Hyde, Conductor, Arranger, MainArtist - Matthew Martin, Organ, MainArtist

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

17
Still, still, still (Arr. Bob Chilcott)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:02:47

Traditional, Composer - Bob Chilcott, Arranger - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Daniel Hyde, Conductor, MainArtist - Matthew Martin, Organ, MainArtist

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

18
Prelude to "Hark! the herald angels sing"
Matthew Martin
00:01:04

Matthew Martin, Composer, Organ, MainArtist

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

19
Hark! the herald angels sing (Desc. Philip Ledger)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:03:25

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Philip Ledger, Arranger - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - William Hayman Cummings, Arranger - Daniel Hyde, Conductor, MainArtist - Matthew Martin, Organ, MainArtist

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

20
Improvisation on Adeste, fideles
Matthew Martin
00:06:36

Francis Pott, Composer - Matthew Martin, Organ, MainArtist

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

Album Description

The title of this Choir of King's College, Cambridge album, In the Bleak Midwinter, refers to the poem by Christina Rossetti and its settings to music here by Harold Darke and Gustav Holst, two popular Christmastime choir tunes. However, it also refers to the choir's return to the Chapel of King's College for its Christmas Eve broadcast of the Festival of Nine Carols and Lessons in December of 2020, in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic (four of the tracks were recorded the following June). Led by Daniel Hyde, the director of music at King's College since 2019, with organist Matthew Martin, the King's College Choir is well-rehearsed and in fine form, as one has come to expect, even after online learning that didn't allow for rehearsals as a group. The sound from an emptier than usual chapel, with some furniture removed and no audience, is resonant and is captured well in this recording, and Hyde takes advantage by letting the sound ring an extra beat throughout at appropriate times. Amid everything else that made the 2020 Festival different than previous years, O come, all ye faithful is moved to the middle of the service, and a hauntingly beautiful, intimate arrangement of Still, still, still by Bob Chilcott -- a notable alumnus of the King's College Choir -- takes its place after the final blessing. As is tradition, Hark! the herald angels sing closes out the service, and even without the congregation joining in, it is joyous. Issued in time for the 2021 holiday season, this will be a welcome return to some normalcy for many listeners.
© TiVo

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