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    Carols and Anthems for Christmas Cantemus Chamber Choir Huw Williams director (view product details for iTunes link)


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    Carols and Anthems for Christmas
    Cantemus Chamber Choir
    Huw Williams
    director, Robert Court organ*

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    ‘Here's a new recording on the Regent label that I strongly recommend because it includes the best of both worlds. From the noble power of Once in Royal David's City to the pious peace of Gustav Holst's Ave Maria to a fun arrangement of Jingle Bells which includes vocal sound effects, it's all there. There's also a good balance of a capella pieces and choir and organ pieces which varies the sound from carol to carol and doesn't cause ear fatigue. The Cantemus Chamber Choir, which performed Handel's Messiah at Buckinham Palace in December 2014, is a mixed choir of about 30 voices that brings a blend of precision, decorum and whimsy to each piece they sing based on its character. Away in a Manger to Calypso Carol is quite a leap but they seem to slide from one to the next without effort. Heartfelt tenderness in Suo-Gân and joyfull spirit in Deck the Hall.

    No need to program your CD player to play multiple CDs on random shuffle this Christmas. This one has everything covered.’

    Classical Music Sentinel December 2015

    ‘This is a richly varied Christmas CD that contains well-loved carols and Christmas anthems, familiar works presented in highly engaging arrangements, and some delightful lesser-known pieces. The sound is hugely impressive; the choir sing with energy, clarity and an excitingly bright timbre. They are clearly attentive to Huw Williams’ musical vision, which is particularly characterised by rhythmic vitality. Robert Court’s organ accompaniments for the congregational carols. Sussex Carol and the Mathias are sensitively balanced and display the brightly toned Hill organ of St Augustine’s Church. Penarth. beautifully.’
    Organists’ Review March 2016
    ‘I am happy to recommend this one both for the standard of performance and also the interesting repertoire’
    Crossrythms December 2015

    Regent is delighted to announce the release of their first recording with Cantemus Chamber Choir, based in Cardiff, directed by Huw Williams.

    This excellent choir is fast establishing a name for itself as one of the country’s finest choirs, with a wide-ranging repertoire stretching from the Renaissance to the present day. Widely acclaimed for its performances of Baroque music, Cantemus performed Handel’s Messiah at Buckingham Palace in December 2014, receiving a standing ovation. The choir’s growing reputation has led to it being featured on national television and radio, notably BBC 1’s primetime The One Show and BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

    A very varied selection of Christmas music, new and old, including traditional carols in new arrangements – several by conductor, Huw Williams receiving their first recording - popular American spirituals, favourite Christmas hymns, and contemporary settings from Eric Whitacre, Francis Grier, and John Tavener.

    ‘Incisive, thrilling singing, wonderful to hear’ Andrew Dickson, Guardian arts critic

    Jingle bells     J Pierpont, arr Ralph Allwood     1:54
    Once in royal David’s city* ­     HJ Gauntlett, vv2,4, and 5 harm AH Mann,
    v3 arr James O’Donnell, v6 arr David Willcocks      4:22   
    Sussex Carol  (On Christmas night)*     English trad, arr David Willcocks     1:39   
    Suo-Gân    Welsh trad, arr Robert Court      3:53
    A babe is born*     William Mathias    3:26   
    Here is the little door     Herbert Howells      3:29    
    O come, all ye faithful*     JF Wade, arr David Willcocks     3:39   
    Away in a manger     WJ Kirkpatrick, arr Huw Williams     3:16   
    Ave Maria    Gustav Holst    4:07    
    Calypso Carol      Michael Perry, arr John Bertalot     2:13    
    The Lamb     John Tavener     3:09
    God rest you merry, gentlemen*      English trad, vv 1–3 arr John Stainer,     2:21
    v4 arr David Willcocks
    Lux aurumque    Eric Whitacre     3:06    
    Mary had a baby      Spiritual, arr Malcolm Sargent     1:53
    Adam lay y-bounden    John Ireland     1:27
    Hawaiian Lullaby     Spiritual, arr Malcolm Sargent     2:48
    Alleluia! I bring you news of great joy     Francis Grier     1:49   
    The holly and the ivy      English trad, arr H Walford Davies     3:06
    A hymn to the virgin     Benjamin Britten     3:04
    Spanish Carol     Spanish trad, arr Andrew Carter     1:58
    O little town of Bethlehem      H Walford Davies     2:59
    Hark! the herald-angels sing*      Mendelssohn, arr David Willcocks     2:57
    Deck the hall      Welsh trad, arr Huw Williams     1:24

    Total Playing time: 64:04   

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