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HR 047

Ex-Mass - David Rees-Williams Trio

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2012

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

David Rees-Williams Trio



Venue:

Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex

6-8 June 2012

Producer:

Richard Sutcliffe



Engineer:

Richard Sutcliffe



Record Label
Champs Hill

Genre:

Chamber


Christmas

Total Time - 63:11
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BASQUE CAROL

1 

Gabriel's Message

6:06
   
 

GERMAN 1360

2 

Oersibebt hodie

4:42
   
 

WARLOCK

3 

Bethlehem Down

6:47
   
 

14TH CENTURY GERMAN

4 

Quem pastores

5:23
   
 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

5 

Der Tag...

3:29
   
 

CZECK FOLK CAROL

6 

Rocking

6:10
7 

Erbarm dich... (DRW 911)

4:09
   
 

TRADITIONAL CZECK CAROL

8 

Zither Carol

3:32
   
 

FRANZ XAVER GRUBER

9 

Stille Nacht

6:37
   
 

TRADITIONAL DUTCH

10 

King Jesus Hath A Garden

4:31
   
 

15TH CENTRUY FRENCH

11 

O Come, O Come

6:21
   
 

TRADITIONAL FRENCH

12 

Il Est Né, Le Divin Enfant

5:24
   

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Ex-Mass – David Rees-Williams Trio

In the spirit of Yuletide, David Rees-Williams takes Christmas melodies and transforms them via his eclectic musical sensibility – a kind of musical alchemy.

The David Rees-Williams Trio, featuring David Rees-Williams, Neil Francis, and Phil Laslett, was formed in 1988. Based in Canterbury, it has performed at a variety of concerts and festivals over the years and now specialises in a programme that unites the best of classical and jazz.

These transformations include Stille Nacht, usually suggesting a peaceful snowy scene, but this rendition imagines the carol’s alter-ego as cold, scary, and full of mystery. Bach’s sorrowful Erbarm’ dich mein is turned into a no-holds-barred humorous arrangement. Canonic patterns, improvisation, eastern-European folk modes, film music, and jazz are all part of the Rees-Williams musical engine, too.

This recording brings together a wide range of Christmas melodies, allowing mediaeval tunes to rub shoulders with prog-rock, street samba, and blues in a manner unique to the David Rees-Williams Trio. Although the title Ex-Mass is a wordplay on the obvious ‘Xmas’, the Latin prefix also suggests that the music is removed from its normal place. The compilation avoids the obvious and concentrates on other beautiful and seasonally relevant melodies, from the ancient to the more modern.



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