All Is Bright / Llewellyn, Handel And Haydn Societ
Handel and Haydn Society, Grant Llewellyn
anon.: There is no rose Coventry Carol Buxtehude: In dulci jubilo, for chorus, 2 violins & continuo, BuxWV 52 Cornelius: The Three Kings Gruber, F: Stille Nacht Higdon: O magnum mysterium Howells: A Spotless Rose Ives, C: A Christmas Carol Mathias: A babe is born Sir Christèmas Pinkham: Sweet Music Praetorius, M: Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen Rorem: While all things were in quiet silence Sweelinck: Hodie Christus natus est Thomson, V: O My Deir Hert trad.: Deck the Hall Vignieri: Hodie Christus natus est Walton: What cheer? King Herod and the Cock Make we joy now in this fest Whitacre: Lux aurumque
Following the success of the beautiful a cappella choral album Peace: A Choral Album for our Times (AV 0039), the Handel and Haydn Society offers a seasonal offering that once again fuses the familiar with new works which are destined to inspire the festive imagination. Sample Jennifer Higdon’s atmospheric O Magnum Mysterium with glasses and chimes, or Eric Whitacre’s harmonious Lux aurumque, alongside longtime favourites such as Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming and The Coventry Carol in a unique arrangement with hand bells. Another special feature is the world premiere recording of Tom Vignieri’s Hodie Christus natus est, commissioned for the Handel and Haydn Society. For the ensemble’s Welsh-born Music Director Grant Llewellyn this recording is a deeply personal project, recapturing the annual spirit of caroling, maintaining tradition whilst forging new frontiers.