Music on Christmas Morning: A Festive Mix of Fresh and Favourite Carols | Naxos 8574542

Music on Christmas Morning: A Festive Mix of Fresh and Favourite Carols


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574542

Barcode: 0747313454273

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Christmas

Release Date: 13th October 2023



Christmas is a time for special musical experiences, from gentle traditional carols to rousing calls for worship. This recording fully represents the Vasari Singersí renowned seasonal programmes, mixing familiar festive fun with newly inspired creations such as the world-premiere recording of Helena Paishís beautiful setting of words by the youngest of the BrontŽ sisters. From the evocative narrative of Finziís In Terra Pax to the joyous potpourri of A Merry Little Christmas, this, like the Vasari Singersí previous Christmas release, A Winterís Light (Naxos 8573030), is a recording to treasure.

This festive release follows on from the Vasari Singerís highly successful Christmas collection A Winterís Light (8573030) which appeared back in November 2012 so is due for a partner disc. The latter in this substantial programme includes the world-premiere recording of a Vasari-commissioned carol by up-and-coming and indeed award-winning young composer Helena Paish entitled Music on a Christmas Morning.

The main soloist for this album is Roderick Williams, one of the UKís most sought-after concert and opera baritones and winner of the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Societyís Singer of the Year award. His Naxos recordings include the Vaughan Williams album Willow-Wood (8557798) receiving a Gramophone Award nomination, and was considered Ďan essential addition to the Vaughan Williams discographyí in

The Vasari Singers has previously collaborated with Roderick Williams in a recording of Vaughan Williamsís Five Mystical Songs (8574416). Gramophone wrote Williams and organist Martin Ford Ďare at the top of their game and generate a fervent rapport with the Vasari Singersí.

In Gabriel Jacksonís Requiem (8573049), Ďthe Vasari Singers grip the work with evident relish and commitmentí (BBC Music Magazine), and their 40th anniversary release Heaven Full of Stars (8574179) was much admired by the American Record Guide: Ďmesmerising and the performances are exquisite Ė perfect intonation, blend, expression, musicality, and sheer beauty of choral soundí.

The Vasari Singers was founded in 1980 and is regarded as one of the leading chamber choirs in Britain. Under the direction of its founder-conductor Jeremy Backhouse, Vasari Singers performs a wide range of repertoire from Renaissance tocontemporary. The choir regularly sings at major concert venues and other locations in London and elsewhere, including abroad. The ensembleís extensive discography includes a large collection of premiere recordings, many of which are of works commissioned by Vasari Singers, as well as two collections of Christmas music. Many of the choirís recordings have received high acclaim, achieving chart successes and similar recommendations.

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