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On Christmas Night (Carols From St John's College Choir Cambridge) (Andrew Nethsingha) (Chandos) [Hybrid SACD, SACD]

Andrew Nethsingha Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Composer: Various Composers
  • Audio CD (26 Sep 2011)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B005JA9U8Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,644 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. What Sweeter Music: What sweeter musicSt. John's College Choir, Cambridge 4:39£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Noel nouvelet (arr. S. Jackson)Julius Foo 3:38£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. BalulalowSt. John's College Choir, Cambridge 2:28£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. A Babe is Born, Op. 53St. John's College Choir, Cambridge 3:26£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. In the Bleak Mid-Winter 4:49£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ding Dong! Merrily on High (arr. M. Wilberg)St. John's College Choir, Cambridge 2:51£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Jesus Christ the Apple TreeSt. John's College Choir, Cambridge 3:20£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In) (arr. P. Marshall)St. John's College Choir, Cambridge 2:05£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Out of your SleepSt. John's College Choir, Cambridge 1:47£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Benedicamus DominoSt. John's College Choir, Cambridge 1:26£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. There Is No Rose, Op. 14: There is no Rose, Op. 14St. John's College Choir, Cambridge 2:50£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (arr. D. Willcocks)St. John's College Choir, Cambridge 2:02£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Adam Lay YboundenSt. John's College Choir, Cambridge 3:17£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Villancicos: Riu ChiuHuw Leslie 2:40£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. O Little Town of Bethlehem (R. Vaughan Williams and T. Armstrong)St. John's College Choir, Cambridge 3:45£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen (arr. M. Praetorius and C. Cashmore)St. John's College Choir, Cambridge 2:56£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Make We JoySt. John's College Choir, Cambridge 2:12£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Hark! the herald angels sing (arr. C. Robinson)St. John's College Choir, Cambridge 3:19£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. The LambSt. John's College Choir, Cambridge 3:54£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. TellingPeter Hicks 4:09£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child, Op. 25, No. 2, "Coventry Carol"Julius Foo 3:20£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen22. On Christmas Night (arr. P. Ledger)St. John's College Choir, Cambridge 2:06£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Silent Night (arr. P. Ledger)St. John's College Choir, Cambridge 3:16£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen24. O Come, All Ye Faithful (arr. D. Willcocks)St. John's College Choir, Cambridge 4:02£0.59  Buy MP3 

Product Description


Recommended in Classic fm's Christmas CD Guide. --Classic fm Magazine,Dec'11

Chandos engineering(specially impressive on the SACD layers) casts a luminescent glow round these excellent performances by the choir of St.John's College Choir,Cambridge.Old Favourites like In the Bleak Midwinter,O Come All ye Faithful and Silent Night emerge all the fresher for being sung by young,enthusiastic voices,under Andrew Nethsingha's incisive direction. Performance **** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine,Christmas'11

You can't go wrong with this.**** --Mail on Sunday,27/11/11

This is a warming disc, eloquently sung by the choir of St John's. There are some core Christmas hymns, but the bulk of the 24-track programme comprises some of the modern classics of the repertoire such as Elizabeth Poston's Jesus Christ the Apple Tree and Joubert's There is No Rose. --Sunday Telegraph,11/12/11

This release stands out thanks to the commitment to quality and high artistic values shown here by St John's College Choir and Chandos. EDITORS CHOICE ***** --Classic FM Magazine,Feb'12

Product Description

Chants de John Rutter, James Burton, William Mathias, Harold Darke, Elizabeth Poston, Peter Warlock, Matthew Martin... / John Challenger, orgue - The Choir of St John's College - Andrew Nethsingha, direction

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas with a twist of beauty. 25 Oct 2011
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First of all let me say how difficult it is to review a Christmas CD.
There are so many out there, satisfying the "We need a carol cd for the party" purchaser, "What's cheap?" or "Anything as long as I know them all!" buyer.
This recording does not fall into any of the above categories thank goodness, although perhaps in terms of sales figures it may help!
Yes there are some of the well known traditional carols there, utilising some slightly different arrangements and descants, all which work admirably, but it's where the less run of the mill pieces come in that this recording really scores.James Burton's setting of Balulalow is beautifully sung, and emphasises the intimacy of the St John's chapel with sublime and subtle harmony.
Mathias's A Babe Is Born is full of the open intervals that are his trademark,and is executed with panache by the choir.Richard Rodney Bennett's "Out of your Sleep" reaches back to the late 60's. His output then was different to his current jazz dominated career,writing choral pieces and small scale opera. The tight jazz tinged harmony sits well with the 15th century text and challenges the choir enough to ensure some delicious rhythmical singing, the tenors excelling.
Christopher Robinson's "Make we Joy" shows the choir at its best tackling the lively rhythm and crisp attack needed for a vibrant and briefly stunning performance. The choir delivers in true Robinson style, I am sure the former Choir Director will be delighted with this performance.
At this point the CD reaches its peak. What is it about St Johns and Tavener? Is there a choir anywhere that performs his works with such passion, presence and beauty?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seasonal Magic 23 Feb 2013
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The sound of an excellent choir, with organ, at St. John's College, Cambridge, UK, is a treat for the senses. Not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 20th Century Christmas Music 2 Dec 2011
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This refreshing album of 20th Century English choral music is a welcome change from the usual string of threadbare Christmas offerings from current culture, exquisitely sung by the choir of St. John's, Cambridge. I'm betting most listeners will only recognize a few of the offerings. The rest are reworkings of texts and tunes from many centuries in a variety of textures and voicings by composers such as Tavener, Mathias, Rutter, Warlock, Bennett, Kenneth Leighton, and Willcocks. The singing and playing is flawless, and the recording is both warm and spacious. Truly a palate cleanser.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful Christmas listening experience 21 Dec 2011
By William P. Mackey Jr. - Published on
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What an exceptional Christmas musical experience presented in multichannel surround. The selection and presentation of each number has already made this recording a favoured and frequently played Christmas disc in my household. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous sound 1 Jan 2014
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It seems very few Christmas titles are available in the SACD format, so I was pleased to see this disc so favorably reviewed by others. It did not disappoint. If you close your eyes while listening, you'd swear you were right in front of the choir. Great music, superb recording quality. I highly recommend this disc, especially if you have equipment capable of playing the surround track.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 13 Mar 2013
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Beautiful music for the Christmas season. My collection of Christmas music is vast and I try to find something new each year. This album did not disappoint. The ethereal quality makes the contemplative aspect of the season easy to tune in to. Use this to get you in the "real mood" for the holiday.
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