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    Under a Celtic Sky
    Cantemus Chamber Choir, Peter King organ, Huw Williams director


    Catalogue Number: REGCD502

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    Under a Celtic Sky
    Cantemus Chamber Choir
    Peter King*
    Huw Williams

    ‘...the climax is a fine performance of four Welsh folk song settings by William Mathias...Cantemus handles it all with easy aplomb and a certain unaffected grace.’
    Choir and Organ March 2018

    ‘The balance of the parts is just right. Lucid enunciation of words, purity of tone, and technical accuracy are marks of this choir. ...The sound as recorded in the chapel of Keble College, Oxford in January 2017 is state of the art.’
    American Record Guide March 2018

    ‘...there’s no doubting this choir’s accomplishment, discipline and team spirit. Williams evokes a remarkably wide range of dynamics and expression and the choir brings enthusiasm and engagement to warhorses by Stanford, Parry and popular favourites by Rutter and Mealor.’
    Organists’ Review March 2018 

    ‘Cantemus has a wonderful, mellow blend throughout. Add to that some splendid organ accompaniment from Peter King on the organ of Keble College Chapel, Oxford where this CD was recorded and you have a fine collection. Gary Cole of Regent has beautifully captured the fine quality of this choir in the chapel's fine acoustic.’
    Church Music Quarterly June 2018

    ... a wide ranging selection, some more Celtic than others, but all well sung.’

    This recording features sacred and secular choral music from many areas of the British Isles traditionally regarded as having Celtic roots. Welsh composers include William Mathias, Paul Mealor, and Geraint Lewis, and Welsh texts drawn from Henry Vaughan and traditional sources. Dublin-born composer Charles Villiers Stanford is represented by two works, and also included are English composers, writing on a variety of Celtic and other folk themes. This selection of anthems and folksongs from the corners of the British Isles represents an entertaining and diverse program.

    For lo, I raise up*     Charles Villiers Stanford             7:49
    The souls of the righteous*     Geraint Lewis     7:40   
    Beati quorum via    Charles Villiers Stanford    3:37
    Ubi caritas    Paul Mealor    4:10
    A Gaelic blessing*    John Rutter    1:59
    Do not be afraid    Philip W J Stopford           4:41    
    As truly as God is our Father*     William Mathias    6:23
    My soul, there is a country    Charles Hubert Hastings Parry      3:49
    A hymn of St Columba*    Benjamin Britten    2:09   
    The blue bird    Charles Villiers Stanford        3:14   
    Four Welsh folk songs    William Mathias   
    Y Gelynnen (The Holly Bush)        2:32   
    Robin Ddiog (Lazy Robin)         3:10     
    Hobed o hilion (The Wistful Wanderer)    3:53     
    Dadl dau (A Quarrel for Two)        4:27

    I love my love     Cornish trad, arr Gustav Holst    4:27
    Afton Water     Scottish trad, arr David Willcocks    3:35
    Swansea Town    English trad, arr Gustav Holst    3:32     
    Dafydd y Garreg Wen (David of White Rock)  Welsh trad, arr Robert Court    2:31

    Reviews of Cantemus’s previous recording on Regent:

    ‘The choir performs admirably throughout, with a full, rich, harmonious communal voice, both nimble and joyful.’
    MusicWeb International.

    '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

    ‘The sound is hugely impressive; the choir sing with energy, clarity and an excitingly bright timbre.’
    Organists’ Review, March 2016

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