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SIG 257

A Choral Christmas

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 48Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2010

Artists:

Ralph Allwood


Emily Kirby-Ashmore


James W. Way


Helen Hugh-Jones

(verse 1)

Emily Burnett

(verse 1)

Anna Leon

(verse 2)

James Robinson

(verse 3)

Tara Mansfield

(verse 3)

James W. Way

(verse 5)

The Rodolfus Choir



Venue:

St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London

3-4 Sept 2010

Producer:

Nigel Short



Engineer:

Mike Hatch



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Christmas


Vocal & Song

Total Time - 65:37
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KENNETH LEIGHTON

1 

Lully, lulla

3:27
 Emily Kirby-Ashmore
 

PHILIP RADCLIFFE

2 

The Oxen

2:43
   
 

WILLIAM BYRD

3 

Lullaby, my sweet little baby

6:09
   
 

JOHN TAVENER

4 

The Lamb

3:56
   
 

CHRIS CHIVERS

5 

Ecce puer

2:04
   
 

MORTEN LAURIDSEN

6 

O magnum mysterium

6:46
   
 

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

7 

The Truth Sent from Above

2:59
 Helen Hugh-Jones (verse 1)
 James Robinson (verse 3)
 

ERIC WHITACRE

8 

Lux Aurumque

3:57
 Emily Kirby-Ashmore
 

GUSTAV HOLST

9 

Lullay My Liking

3:41
 Emily Burnett (verse 1)
 Anna Leon (verse 2)
 Tara Mansfield (verse 3)
 James W. Way (verse 5)
 

FRANCIS POULENC

10 

O Magnum Mysterium

3:37
   
 

JOHN TAVERNER

11 

O, Do Not Move

1:49
   
 

GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA

12 

Alma Redemptoris Mater

2:42
 James W. Way
 

HUBERT PARRY

13 

Welcome, Yule!

1:11
   
 

THOMAS RAVENSCROFT

14 

Remember, O thou man

2:27
   
 

ELIZABETH POSTON

15 

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

2:59
   
 

TOMAS LUIS DE VICTORIA

16 

Ave Maria

4:44
   
 

PYOTR IL'YICH TCHAIKOVSKY

17 

The Crown of Roses

2:37
   
 

PETER WARLOCK

18 

Bethlehem Down

5:12
   
 

JOHN TAVENER

19 

Today the Virgin

2:37
   


A leading light in the world of youth choral music, the Rodolfus Choir is made up of choristers from ages 16-25 who are past and present participants of the Eton Choral Courses, begun by the choir’s director Ralph Allwood in 1980.

This new Christmas programme mixes the familiar with pieces not usually heard in carol services - such as Tomas Luisde Victoria’s stunning eight-part Avie Maria 9from an edition prepared by john Rutter), and more recent works like Chris Chivers’ Ecce Puer and Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque. Such a programme is well-suited to a group with the versitility and enthusiasm of the Rodolfus choir.

"For smooth, refined, effortless and warmly communicative singing this Christmas, you probably need look no further than this disc of somewhat less than mainstream Christmas music from the ever-impressive Rodolfus Choir..."

Marc Rochester - International Record Review - December 2012


                 Performance ****     Recording ****
"The freshness of attack you get with younger voices is put to incisive use by conductor Ralph Allwood, whose Rodolfus singers are all products of the famous Eton choral courses. Parry’s Welcome, Yule! can seldom have had a more sheerly ebullient performance, but the choir also brings formidable precision of pitching and ensemble to quieter settings, such as Tavener’s The Lamb and Poulenc’s O Magnum Mysterium. Some of the emotional deepening which comes with vocal maturity is occasionally missing, but there are many qualities here that compensate."

Terry Blain - BBC Music magazine - Christmas 2012




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