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    ADVENT FROM DUBLIN. The Choir of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin directed by Stuart Nicholson

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    Hark! What a Sound
    ADVENT FROM DUBLIN
    The Choir of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
    directed by Stuart Nicholson and David Leigh
    David Leigh,
    organ (Harry Meehan track 13)

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    ‘This CD is a real delight... The choir is very impressive indeed: excellent tone, diction and interpretation throughout. What a way to celebrate Advent! Very highly recommended.’
    ★★★★ Organists’ Review March 2021

    ‘If only to rekindle the spirit of Christmas past, when spacious churches were filled to capacity, where everything glowed to the shimmering vigil light of votive candles, and the sound of the choir and organ up in the loft seemed to drift down from far away and long ago, this recording of Advent hymns and carols certainly impels these memories to resurface... As for the audio engineering itself, it's exemplary in the sense that it sits you down in a pew situated in the center of the church, and simply allows the sound to reverberate through the building and wash over you, as if drifting down from far away and long ago, just like a fond and tender memory of Christmas past. Enjoy! ’
    Classical Music Sentinel December 2020

     

    This recording, made just before the pandemic-imposed lockdown began in March, includes beautiful Advent carols and anthems, interspersed with the traditional ‘O  Antiphons’. There is a selection of well-established and more recent works for Advent, forming an approachable programme blending the familiar and the unfamiliar.

    The recording was made in the radiant acoustic of The Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, close to the choir’s home of St Patrick’s Cathedral - which was unavailable to record in, due to roof works taking place at the time.

    Drop down ye heavens (The Advent Prose) – Judith Weir    1:43
    O come, O come Emmanuel – 15th Century French arr John Rutter    3:56
    Adam lay ybounden – Philip Ledger     2:06
    Antiphon: O Sapientia     0:47
    A Song of Wisdom – Charles Villiers Stanford     4:37
    Antiphon: O Adonai     0:55
    Hail to the Lord’s anointed – Traditional English Melody arr Ralph Vaughan Williams     3:44
    A tender shoot – Otto Goldshmidt     1:47
    Antiphon: O Radix Jesse     0:51
    10    Lo, how a rose e’er blooming – 14th Century German arr David Blackwell     3:33
    Jesus Christ the apple tree – Elizabeth Poston     3:33
    Antiphon: O Clavis David     0:59
    Come my way – David Cooper     3:06
    Never weather beaten sail – Richard Shephard     2:14
    Antiphon: O Oriens     0:52
    Hark what a sound – Richard Terry      2:23
    Antiphon: O Rex Gentium     0:52
    Tomorrow shall be my dancing day – Trad English arr Stuart Nicholson     2:54
    Antiphon: O Emmanuel     1:01
    There is no rose – Jack Oades*     2:54
    Antiphon: O Virgo virginum      1:01
    Magnificat (Gloucester Service) – Herbert Howells     6:49
    Antiphon: O Virgo virginum    1:03
    Lo! He comes with clouds descending – Thomas Olivers, Introduction Stuart Nicholson, V4 arr Martin J R How     5:21

     * Premiere recording

    Total playing time: 58:37

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