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  • Label : HMF 2927495
  • Pressage : UPC/EAN: 3149020749555 - Italia
  • Année : 2011
  • Commentaire : Carols By Candlelight / Ives, Magdalen College Release Date: 11/10/2011 Labe ... Voir plus bas

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Carols By Candlelight / Ives, Magdalen College

Release Date: 11/10/2011
Label: Harmonia Mundi Catalog #: 2927495 Spars Code: DDD
Composer: Anonymous, Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Byrd, Charles Wood, ...
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Number of Discs: 1
Recorded in: Stereo
Lenght: 1 Hour 14 Mins.

Works on This Recording

1. Creator alme siderum by Anonymous
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Period: Medieval
2. Traditional English Carols (8): no 6, The truth sent from above by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1919; England
3. An earthly tree by William Byrd
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Period: Renaissance
Written: England
4. View me, Lord by Charles Wood
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Period: Romantic
Written: England
5. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1703; Arnstadt, Germany
6. I look from afar by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century; Italy
7. In adventu: Rorate coeli by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century; Italy
8. How beautiful upon the mountains by John Stainer
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Period: Romantic
Written: England
9. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel by Thomas Helmore
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
10. Hymn to the Virgin by Benjamin Britten
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930/1934; England
11. The blessed Son of God by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Period: 20th Century
Written: England
12. In dulci jubilo by Anonymous
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Period: 20th Century
13. Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BuxWV 223 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Period: Baroque
Written: Germany
14. Of the Father's heart begotten by Anonymous
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1582; Sweden
15. Pastores loquebantur by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century; Spain
16. Ninna nanna a Gesu by Traditional
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Written: Italy
17. Maria Wiegenlied by Traditional
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
18. Sweet was the song of the Virgin by Traditional
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
19. Benedicamus Domino by Peter Warlock
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1918; England
20. Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 662 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany
21. Sir Christèmas by William Mathias
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Period: 20th Century
Written: Wales, UK
22. Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, Op. 75 no 2 by John Gardner
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1965; England
23. Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Bill Ives
Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840; Germany


Notes and Editorial Reviews

Each autumn I begin my search--actually, it's more waiting than searching--for a new, interestingly programmed choral recording of Christmas music that I can keep close by for frequent listening through the holiday season. It looks like it has arrived with this new release from the excellent Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford and director/composer (under the name Grayston Ives) Bill Ives. Organist Martin Ford also adds fine renditions of several chorale-based solo works by J.S. Bach and Buxtehude in addition to his superbly-wrought choir accompaniments.

The program is well-designed with just enough traditional favorites--Britten's A Hymn to the Virgin; Pearsall's In dulci jubilo; Vaughan Williams' The Blessed Son of God; Mathias' Sir Christémas; Gardner's Tomorrow shall be my dancing day; Mendelssohn's Hark! the herald angels sing (with the classic Willcocks descant)--to comfortably tie the familiar with the many more, less-commonly heard pieces.

And among these are some gems, from Stainer's sweetly lovely How beautiful upon the mountains, Byrd's charming two-part treble motet An earthly tree (with its occasional echoing effects), and Guerrero's vibrant setting of the St. Luke text Pastores loquebantur, to Reger's enchanting lullaby Mariä Wiegenlied (sung by unison trebles with organ) and two works by Grayston Ives--an arrangement of the Italian carol Ninna nanna di Gèsu bambino, and an original setting for full choir of Sweet was the Song, mined from the same harmonic/melodic vein as Rutter's What sweeter music--not a bad thing!

Needless to say, this choir is always a pleasure to hear, and in repertoire such as this you won't find more musically assured or more tonally concordant interpreters. Those trebles are wonderful, and the whole ensemble is ideally balanced, especially well-captured here in relationship to the organ and to the resonant acoustic of the Magdalen College venue. You will listen to this many times, not only this year, but for years after--and hopefully the Reger and Ives pieces will turn up more often on other choir's Christmas programs. (Happily publishers for all the works are identified.)
Artistic Quality: 10
Sound Quality: 10
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Eddins [-]
Bill Ives leads the men and boys' Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, in a diverse selection of carols for Advent and Christmas. The collection includes plainsong, Renaissance and Baroque motets, and anthems and carols from the 19th and 20th centuries. There are only a few widely familiar pieces, such as "O come, O come, Emmanuel"; "Gesù Bambino"; "In dulci jubilo"; and "Hark! The herald angels sing," and a handful likely to be known to fans of English cathedral singing, including "Of the Father's heart begotten," Mathias' "Sir Christèmas," Gardner's "Tomorrow shall be my dancing day," and Britten's "A Hymn to the Virgin." The other works, though, are attractive, fit well on the album, and should appeal to listeners looking for Christmas music from slightly off the beaten path. The selections provide a nice timbral variety, ranging from unaccompanied plainsong to the boys alone, the men alone, small ensembles, and the full choir accompanied by organ. The tone of the album is mostly reverent, but the choir comes close to cutting loose in the Mathias and Gardner, and several of the familiar carols. Ives' interpretations vary from the conventional often enough (for instance, in his snappy take on "O come, O come Emmanuel") that even the familiar works sound fresh and distinctive. The choir's tone is full and warm, but it's deployed at full strength rarely enough that when it is, it really pops. There are a few cadences where the intonation is a little dicey, but the singers correct themselves so quickly that it's not likely to be an issue for casual listening. Several Bach and Buxtehude chorale preludes, played by organist Martin Ford, are interspersed among the vocal selections. The sound is nicely resonant.

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The Independent on Sunday 20th December 2009
Magdalen College's recital makes an attractive alternative to the annual broadcast from King's...Director Bill Ives has a good ear for contrasts

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Weihnachtslieder bei Kerzenschein – Musik für Advent und Weihnachten
Advent ist eine Zeit der Vorbereitung und Erwartung. Die dunklen Wintertage zu Beginn des Kirchenjahres bieten Zeit für ruhiges Nachdenken vor den aufregenden und festlichen Tagen rund um die Feiern der Geburt Jesu und die Ankunft der Weisen aus dem Morgenland. Die Musik auf der vorliegenden CD handelt von diesen zeitlosen Themen.

Vom gregorianischen Gesang bis in das 20. Jahrhundert spannt der Chor des Magdalen College, Oxford unter seinem langjährigen Leiter Bill Ives einen Bogen über nahezu 1000 Jahre europäischer Weihnachtsmusik, und die geistlichen Themen dieser Sammlung reichen von der Vorerwartung und Verkündigung über die Geburt Jesu bis hin zum Epiphaniasfest, das die Weihnachtszeit beschließt. Eine besondere Rolle im Musikleben des College spielte seit der Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts die Musik von Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (ca. 1525-1594), war es doch John Stainer, 1860 im zarten Alter von 19 Jahren zum Informator choristarum am Magdalen College ernannt, der die Musik des italienischen Renaissancemeisters in die Liturgie der anglikanischen Kirche einführte und damit eine intensive Auseinandersetzung der geistlichen Musik Englands mit ihren Quellen im 16. Jahrhundert einleitete.

Mit seiner über 500 Jahre langen Tradition ist der Chor des Magdalen College in Oxford für die Interpretation des traditionsreichen Weihnachtsrepertoires bestens geeignet. Das 1480 gegründete Ensemble gestaltet seit seiner Gründung sowohl die täglichen Gottesdienste wie auch die großen Feste des Kirchenjahres in der Kapelle seines Colleges. Als besonderer Höhepunkt des musikalischen Jahres in Oxford gilt der 1. Mai, an dem der Chor seit 1506 alljährlich früh um 6 Uhr vom Turm des Colleges lateinische Kirchenmusik über die Stadt erschallen läßt. Während seiner 18 Dienstjahre als Musikdirektor am Magdalen College hat Bill Ives, selbst jahrelang Mitglied der weltberühmten King's Singers, den Chor mit Konzerten in aller Welt berühmt gemacht.

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