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Noel nouvelet

A uniquely fresh mix of new and favourite Christmas carols

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

Jeremy Backhouse


Matthew Wood

baritone

Jeremy Filsell

organ

Fiona McWilliams

soprano

Nicola Balzan

soprano

Jess Stansfield

soprano

Vasari Singers



Venue:

St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London



Producer:

Adrian Peacock



Engineer:

David Hinitt



Record Label
Guild

Genre:

Christmas


Choir

Total Time - 59:55
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Noel nouvelet

   
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FELIX MENDELSSOHN

(1809-1847)
1 

Frohlokket ihr Volker auf Erden

1:22
 

MICHAEL HEAD

(1900-1976)
2 

The Little Road to Bethlehem

3:08
 

ROBERT CHILCOTT

(b. 1955)
3 

Shepherd's Carol

2:56
 

TRADITIONAL (GERMAN)

arr. John Rutter (b. 1945)
4 

Quem pastores laudevere

1:42
 

JOHN RUTTER

5 

Mary's Lullaby

3:34
 Jeremy Filsell organ
 

KENNETH LEIGHTON

(1929-1988)
6 

Coventry Carol

3:06
 Fiona McWilliams soprano
 

JONATHAN RATHBONE

(b. 1957)
7 

Corpus Christi Carol

4:25
 

JUDITH WEIR

(b. 1954)
8 

Illuminaire Jerusalem

2:43
 Jeremy Filsell organ
 

MORTEN LAURIDSEN

(b. 1943)
9 

O magnum mysterium

6:02
 

TRADITIONAL (FRENCH)

arr. Stephen Jackson (b. 1951)
10 

Noël Nouvelet

4:15
 Nicola Balzan soprano
 Jeremy Filsell organ
 

NAJI HAKIM

(b. 1955)
11 

Ding dong! Merrily on high

2:14
 

HUMPHREY CLUCAS

(b. 1941)
12 

Love came down at Christmas

2:04
 Jeremy Filsell organ
 

PAUL EDWARDS

(b. 1956)
13 

No Small wonder

2:38
 Jeremy Filsell organ
 

FRANZ XAVER GRUBER

arr. Jonathan Rathbone
14 

Silent night

3:55
 

JOHN GARDNER

(b. 1917)
15 

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

1:51
 Jeremy Filsell organ
 

ANONYMOUS

arr. Nigel Short (b. 1953)
16 

Away in a manger

3:09
 Jeremy Filsell organ
17 

Hawaiian Lullaby

2:14
 

MEL TORME

arr. Ward Swingle (b. 1927)
18 

Christmas Song

3:20
 

TRADITIONAL

arr. Andrew Carter (b. 1939)
19 

The Twelve Days of Christmas

5:17
 Jess Stansfield soprano
 Matthew Wood baritone


Noel Nouvelet is a typically vibrant Vasari mix of traditional carols and exciting arrangements of familiar tunes, reflecting the choir’s ongoing desire to dress up the traditional in new clothes, to blend tradition with innovation. So, for example, alongside Kenneth Leighton’s beautiful Coventry Carol, Naji Hakim’s exuberant version of Ding dong! Merrily on high and Morten Lauridsen’s powerful O magnum mysterium sits Ward Swingle’s arrangement of Mel Tormé’s Christmas Song, Jonathan Rathbone’s sumptuous arrangement of Silent Night and Nigel Short’s equally lush adaptation of Away in a manger. The CD also includes several world premiere recordings, including Love came down at Christmas by Humphrey Clucas and Andrew Carter’s firmly tongue-in-cheek showpiece arrangement of The Twelve Days of Christmas.
 

"...a welcome addition to any Christmas CD list."

Hazel Davis-  Muso Magazine - December 2007


"...This is one of the finest and most enjoyable Christmas discs to come my way in a very long time, combining some quite stretching musical fare with some fun items. Offhand, I can’t think of a better disc of Christmas music for you to find under your tree on December 25th."

John Quinn - Musicweb  - September 2007
 


"Well this CD certainly does what it says on the label – present a uniquely fresh mix of new and favourite Christmas carols. The excellent Vasari Singers open their Christmas programme with an a capella Mendelssohn motet where the ensemble is crisp and resonant. The sopranos and altos are on good form contributing much to this disc. Lauridsen’s powerful O magnum mysterium is one of those pieces that should be heard more often. In fact the repertoire on this disc has been carefully chosen. When assembling the programme around the word ‘Nouvelet’ it was interpreted in its broadest sense. So we have a traditional Christmas but with a fresh, modern twist. Of particular note is Hakim’s arrangement of Ding dong!. Other carols like Rathbone’s sumptuous arrangement of Silent night and the lush setting of Away in a manger immediately conjure up the feeling of Christmas so evocatively sung are they. The recital ends with Andrew Carter’s firmly tongue in cheek showpiece arrangement of The twelve days of Christmas. Listen out for all the different tunes cleverly woven into a composition to highlight the different subject of the verses. A thoroughly enjoyable collection of Christmas which will be enjoyed by anyone finding it in their stockings on Christmas day.
Absolutely recommended"

Patrick Mayhew  - Cathedral Music - December 2007
 


"...let me simply recommend this as one of the most enjoyable Christmas discs I have heard for many years, and one which I am certain will rapidly become an old favourite to be looked forward to in anticipation each year."

John Sheppard -  MusicWeb - 28 November 2007


"...This is a fabulous CD, brilliantly recorded"

International Record Review - December 2007


Interpretation ****      Sound Quality ****      Repertoire ****   Booklet ***

Erik Daumann - Klassik.com - 12 December 2007


"A very fine disc. Essential listening."

Church Music Quarterly - 23 December 2008




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