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The Rose in the Middle of Winter, Carols by Bob Chilcott [Naxos: 8.573159]

Bob Chilcott Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Composer: Bob Chilcott
  • Audio CD (4 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00FLBA3PA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,299 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Song of the Crib - Commotio
2. Les anges dans nos campagnes - Richard Pearce/Commotio
3. The Advent Candle - Tanya Houghton/Commotio
4. The Rose in the Middle of Winter - Commotio
5. The Heart-in-Waiting - Commotio
6. The shepherds sing
7. The Shepherds Carol - Commotio
8. On Christmas Night
9. What sweeter music
10. Mid-Winter
11. The Bethlehem Star
12. Silent night
13. The night he was born
14. Gifts for the Child of Winter
15. Before the ice (O magnum mysterium)

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Bob Chilcott has been described by The Observer as 'a contemporary hero of British Choral Music', and his music is commissioned and sung by choirs throughout the world. His Christmas pieces, a number of which are heard here in première recordings, reveal his enthusiasm for recently written texts, to which he responds with acute verbal sensitivity. Commotio is one of the UK's foremost chamber choirs, hailing from Oxford, where they have performed choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries since 1999.

The central piece of this album is the previously unrecorded carol sequence On Christmas Night, which shows how his ambition is to infuse new blood alongside more traditional melodies and for each to be enriched by it.

Bob Chilcott is one of Britain's most popular and most-performed composers of choral music, and has enriched the contemporary repertoire immensely.

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Song of the Crib - Les anges dans nos campagnes - The Advent Candle - The Heart-in-Waiting - The Shepherd's Carol - Mid-Winter - Silent night... / Laurie Ashworth, soprano - Richard Pearce, orgue - Alice James, flûte - Josie Simmons, saxophone soprano - Commotio - Matthew Berry, direction...

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas on a CD 4 Nov 2013
By Jumble
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This has to be Chilcott's best yet. The new pieces, particularly The Shepherds Sing and What sweeter music, are glorious and I defy anyone not to be moved and uplifted by their soaring beauty. Chilcott has taken wonderful words and made them his own. This CD is the perfect accompaniament to Christmas. The man is a genius!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful disc 5 Nov 2013
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This is a fantastic disc of carols. The singing is exquisite as is instrumental playing. Some lovely arrangements of old and newer chirstmas poems/words. Overall the disc has wonderful poise and grace - a real delight to listen to!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas come early 16 Nov 2013
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A must have for Christmas. Commotio sing with delicacy, power and passion, a beautiful recording, both choir and composers on top form. The last two tracks + silence as the disc ends puts life on hold. Totally stunning.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Divine 14 Dec 2013
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This album grabs me and won't let go. This is such a wonderful collection which is beautifully performed. Anyone in a choir needs to listen to this. Some of the songs are simply stunning, and the balance and harmonies are second to none. There are a number of premiere recordings on here too. A joy from start to finish.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb choral singing 30 Nov 2013
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This collection of Chilcott's Christmas choral works is superbly sung by Commotio - Matthew Berry's highly accomplished choir. There is enormous variety in textures, helped by several instruments used to accompany the choir. The music is wonderful. Chilcott has the same melodic gifts as John Rutter but his harmonies are what mark him out as a great composer of choral music. This CD is very warmly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous new album 4 Nov 2013
By A Fan
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Commotio sing Bob Chilcott's music with such delicacy and passion which is suits the music perfectly. The album is beautifully produced and contains many wonderful festive themed pices guaranteed to warm your heart this winter. A must buy for fans of Bob Chilcott or choral music in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crisp as snowflakes 1 Jan 2014
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Heard Hereford Cathedral Choir sing one of Chilcott's carols in 2012 - loved it. This Christmas they sang another as did King's Cambridge in their TV carol service - The Star Carol. Decided to look for a Christmas present for myself and found this download CD. Just love it to bits. Well understand the reviewer who said this CD "will not let them go".
Sung to perfection with such crisp diction and precise note placement - hence the title of my review.
Don't often review purchases but this one just cries out for it to encourage others to share the pleasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Christmas cd of modern but tuneful music! 22 Dec 2013
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Saw this advertised and read glowing reviews. Ideal if you like Bob Chilcott's lyrical reinterpretation of traditional carols as well as several new ones. Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gives inspiration to achieve such heights
Published 23 days ago by Cherry Ann Grant
4.0 out of 5 stars The rose in the middle of winter.
I like both traditional and new carols, this CD falling in the latter category. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as i do Rutter's carols.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. P. E. M. Larkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music
One of the most moving and beautiful carol CDs I have heard. The words are so meaningful too. You have to listen to it properly to get the most from it.
Published 6 months ago by CEAMBROSE
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning.
I need say no more really. If you're a fan of top quality choral music, this recording is a must. Despite the subject matter, it would bring enjoyment all year round. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David Drury
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing modern music to Christmas
I enjoyed listening to the choir singing that is also within reach of general choirs to perform. The harmonies in the carols are luxuriously luscious and you feel like wallowing... Read more
Published 7 months ago by rosemary
5.0 out of 5 stars It's pure bliss!
Close harmonies, haunting melodies, beautiful discord on beautiful discord!! Amazingly sung of course by Commotio. It's typical Bob Chilcott - and I LOVE it! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Felicity Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful melodies
Bought this cd on the strength of hearing one track, Midwinter, absolutely beautiful, worth it for that track alone, the whole album has been my soundtrack to christmas
Published 7 months ago by Dora
5.0 out of 5 stars More christmassy than Santa's beard
Bob Chilcott is one of the go-to composers for most choirs at this time of year as his music lies so well on the voice and the ear. Read more
Published 8 months ago by choir chimp
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