Lo, how a rose e’er blooming: Music for Christmas | Resonus Classics RES10204

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming: Music for Christmas


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Label: Resonus Classics

Cat No: RES10204

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Christmas

Release Date: 29th September 2017



The Queen’s Six
Richard Pinel (organ)


The Queen’s Six
Richard Pinel (organ)


The Queen’s Six release their third album on the Resonus Classics label with a scintillating and varied programme of music for Christmas. Both modern and traditional carols feature alongside a selection of lighter and contemplative evocations of the festive season.

The Queen’s Six bring their trademark flair to this broad range of arrangements for men’s voices, with works from the Renaissance to the present day, including a tribute to the life of the inimitable David Willcocks, forever associated with the Christmas season, and new works by Thomas Hewitt Jones, Richard Madden and Matthew Coleridge.

Track list:
1. O come, all ye faithful
- J.F. Wade (c.1711-1786) arr. David Willcocks (1919-2015)
2. Hodie Christus natus est
- William Byrd (c.1540-1623)
3. Coventry Carol
- From the Pageant of the Shearman and Tailors, arr. Martin Shaw (1875-1958)
4. Pastime with good company
- King Henry VIII (1491-1547)
5. O nata lux
- Thomas Tallis (1505-85)
6 Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen
- From Musae Sioniae (1609), harm. Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)
7. Laudate nomen Domini
- Christopher Tye (c.1505-1573)
8. It came upon a midnight clear
- English traditional, adapted Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900), v.4 arr. David Willcocks
9. In the bleak mid-winter
- Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
10. Away in a manger
- Normandy Traditional, arr. Reginald Jacques (1894-1969)
11. Gabriel’s Message
- Traditional Basque Carol arr. Edgar Pettman (1866-1943)
12. Crown of Roses
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
13. O little town of Bethlehem
- English Traditional, arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), v.4 arr. Thomas Armstrong (1898-1994)
14. The Christ-child lay on Mary’s lap
- Kenneth Leighton (1929-88)
15. Balulalow
- Richard Madden (b. 1953)
16. Lullay, my liking
- Thomas Hewitt Jones (b. 1984)
17. Out of your sleep
- Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012)
18. Corpus Christi Carol
- Matthew Coleridge
19. Adam lay ybounden
- Peter Warlock (1894-1930), arr. Richard Pinel (b. 1984)
20. Of the Father’s heart begotten
- From Piae Cantiones (1582), arr. David Willcocks
21. God rest you merry, gentlemen
- English Traditional, arr. Simon Whiteley (b. 1983)
22. Let it snow
- Jule Styne (1905-94), arr. Jonathan Darbourne
23. Jingle Bells
- James Lord Pierpoint (1822-93), arr. Keith Roberts
24. Silent Night
- Franz Gruber (1787-1863), arr. Keith Roberts
25. Hark! the herald-angels sing
- Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47), v.3 arr. David Willcocks

The Queen’s Six:
- Daniel Brittain (countertenor)
- Timothy Carleston (countertenor)
- Nicholas Madden (tenor)
- Dominic Bland (tenor)
- Andrew Thompson (baritone)
- Simon Whiteley (bass)

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