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on 4 November 2013
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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on 5 November 2013
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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on 30 November 2013
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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on 16 November 2013
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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on 14 December 2013
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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on 4 November 2013
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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on 1 January 2014
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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on 20 December 2013
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. This collection is a mixture of a capella pieces, plus some accompanied by organ or mixed instrumental. The organ gets a fantastic work-out in Les Anges dans nos Campagne (what a tongue twister for the choir) and there are some excellent moments for the harp in th On Christmas Night sequence, plus beautiful solos from professional Soprano, Laurie Ashworth and from Tim Ambrose and Paul Thomas from the choir. This album is so chrismassy it's virtually clove studded.
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on 22 December 2013
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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on 9 January 2014
Close harmonies, haunting melodies, beautiful discord on beautiful discord!! Amazingly sung of course by Commotio. It's typical Bob Chilcott - and I LOVE it! It's a must hvae for any fan of choral music. (I'm addicted to The Shepherd's Carol. It's on repeat on every techno item I have!)
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