A Wells Christmas | Resonus Classics RES10176

A Wells Christmas

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Label: Resonus Classics

Cat No: RES10176

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Christmas

Release Date: 28th October 2016

Contents

Artists

Wells Cathedral Choir

Conductor

Matthew Owens

Artists

Wells Cathedral Choir

Conductor

Matthew Owens

About

Named as one of the world’s finest choirs by Gramophone, Wells Cathedral Choir and their director Matthew Owens make their Resonus Classics debut with a programme of carols – A Wells Christmas.

With an irresistible array of popular carols and more recent offerings this scintillating and varied programme is vividly realised by the combined boy and girl choristers and Vicars Choral that continue the 1100-year-old tradition of music in Wells Cathedral.

Track list:
Traditional English arr. Bob Chilcott (b. 1955)
1. Sussex Carol *
Traditional French arr. Andrew Carter (b. 1939)
2. A maiden most gentle
Jefferson McConnaughey (b. 1952)
3. In the bleak midwinter *
Traditional Czech arr. Malcolm Sargent (1895-1967)
4. Zither Carol
Matthew Owens (b. 1971)
5. Lullay, my liking *
Traditional Welsh arr. David Willcocks (1919-2015)
6. Deck the hall
John Rutter (b. 1945)
7. Donkey Carol
Traditional English arr. David Willcocks
8. Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
Traditional English arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
9. This is the truth sent from above
Cornish Traditional arr. John Rutter
10. Sans Day Carol
Alfred Hollins (1865-1942)
11. Christmas Cradle Song
Bob Chilcott
12. The Sparrow’s Carol *
Thomas Hewitt Jones (b. 1984)
13. What child is this?
John Rutter
14. Jesus Child
Traditional English arr. John Rutter
15. I saw three ships
Traditional French arr. Kenneth Leighton (1929-88)
16. O leave your sheep
James Lord Pierpont (1822-93) arr. David Willcocks
17. Jingle, bells
Traditional English arr. Richard Elliot
18. I Saw Three Ships
Traditional English arr. Arthur Warrell (1883-1939)
19. A Merry Christmas
Hugh Martin (1914-2011) & Ralph Blane (1914-1995) arr. Peter Gritton (b. 1963)
20. Have yourself a merry little Christmas

* World premiere recording

Reviews

The boys and girls – 29 in total – who sing the soprano line in the Wells Cathedral Choir stand out for their contribution to this recording. They are seamlessly blended by choirmaster Matthew Owens, who has cultivated a bright, gleaming sonority, and the type of crisp attack heard to good effect in the Zither CarolTerry Blain
BBC Music Magazine Christmas 2016

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