Carol of the Bells | Coro COR16188

Carol of the Bells


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Label: Coro

Cat No: COR16188

Barcode: 0828021618826

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Christmas

Release Date: 22nd October 2021



The Sixteen contrasts traditional with contemporary in this choral feast of festive music. Bob Chilcott’s sumptuous Advent Antiphons based on plainsong melodies anticipate the coming of Christmas and feature alongside Mykola Leontovich’s much-loved Carol of the Bells, Richard Rodney Bennett’s stunning Susanni and Eric Whitacre’s shimmering Lux aurumque. Interspersed with the beautiful simplicity of traditional carols, this is a Christmas collection to savour.

“The Sixteen’s consummate technical ability has long been legendary, but it’s their ability to conceal it which is truly special. It puts the music front and centre, in this beautifully realised Christmas sequence.” – BBC Music Magazine (on COR16146 Song of the Nativity)


This newly recorded Christmas disc... acts as a sharp reminder of the choir’s abiding excellence under founder Harry Christophers. ... Ostensibly simpler settings like the ‘Sans Day Carol’ also benefit significantly from The Sixteen’s unobtrusively eloquent phrasing, and the eschewal of ham-fisted attempts at ‘meaningful’ word-painting. ... Mike Hatch’s pitch-perfect engineering frames a disc which shies aaway from the commercial clamour of Christmas, to a more contemplative, spiritual experience.  Terry Blain (Christmas Choice)
BBC Music Magazine Christmas 2021

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