Bednall: Welcome All Wonders
Label: Signum Records (UK)
Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford; Olivia Clarke, Paul Manley, Organ; Simon Desbruslais, Trumpet; Owen Rees, director
David Bednall: Welcome All Wonders - A Christmas Cantata
Welcome all Wonders: A Christmas Cantata is a large-scale work for choir, organ, and trumpet spanning 15 movements. It celebrates the Christmas story through an imaginative selection and juxtaposition of poetry and liturgical texts, and provides a multifaceted telling of the familiar narrative. The celebratory aspects of Christmas are tainted by darker themes that are inherent to the story but are easily overlooked, culminating in an enlightened and engaging work that explores the Christmas story in a profound manner. The Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford is among the finest and most active university choirs in the UK. Its wide-ranging repertory includes a rich array of Renaissance and Baroque music and contemporary works.