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Cantique de Noël: French Music for Christmas from Berlioz to Debussy


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Geoffrey Webber and his choir have developed a reputation for exploring the unusual, and this album is no exception. A number of traditional French melodies have been adapted over the years to become familiar Christmas fare in English-speaking lands; on this recording, though, they are heard in their original French arrangements, and accompanied by the French-style organ in the chapel of Exeter College, Oxford, with its pungent reeds and powerful string stops. The resulting Romantic fervor is an aspect of Christmas that is sometimes lost amid the Anglo-Saxon tradition of Christmas trees and domestic bliss, and it gives fresh context and meaning to beloved music from Berlioz and his successors. The Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, is one of the UK’s leading collegiate choirs, with a world-wide reputation based on its extensive touring, its exciting programme of concerts and broadcasts, and highly acclaimed recordings. The choir consists of 24 singers, 2 organists and the Director, Dr Geoffrey Webber. Its history stems from the late nineteenth century when the choir was directed by the composer Charles Wood.
Facts
Item number DCD34197
Barcode 801918341977
Release date 10/19/2018
Category Choral
Label DELPHIAN
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Choir Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Conductor Webber, Geoffrey
Disc: 1
Cantique de Noël (O Holy Night) (arr. for choir an00:06:00
1 Cantique de Noël (Arr. for Voices, Choir & Organ) 00:05:53 How, Michael Willis, Clover Humphries, Robert Webber, Geoffrey Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25, Pt. II, "La fuite en 00:27:06
2 L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25, H. 130, Pt. 2 "La fui 00:04:34 Fitzgerald, Luke Webber, Geoffrey Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
3 L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25, H. 130, Pt. 3 "L'arri 00:06:10 Fitzgerald, Luke Humphries, Robert Webber, Geoffrey Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Il est né le divin enfant00:02:00
4 Il est né le divin enfant (Arr. G. Fauré for Choir 00:01:36 Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge Webber, Geoffrey How, Michael
Noël00:05:12
5 Noël, CG 184 00:05:30 Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge Webber, Geoffrey Webster, Alice Fitzgerald, Luke Tett, Isabelle Perks, Ursula
Oratorio de Noël, Op. 1200:19:10
6 Oratorio de Noël, Op. 12 (Arr. for Voices, Choir & 00:02:56 Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge Webber, Geoffrey Humphries, Robert Fitzgerald, Luke
7 Oratorio de Noël, Op. 12 (Arr. for Voices, Choir & 00:02:45 Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge Webber, Geoffrey Unknown Artist Willis, Clover Webster, Alice Fitzgerald, Luke Myles, Emily
Nous voici dans la ville (arr. L. Roques for choir00:04:00
8 40 Noëls anciens (Arr. L. Roques for Voices, Choir 00:03:39 Webber, Geoffrey Unknown Artist Willis, Clover How, Michael Pau, Kavi
Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (arr. L. Roques f00:04:00
9 40 Noëls anciens (Arr. L. Roques for Voices, Choir 00:04:22 Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge Webber, Geoffrey Unknown Artist Willis, Clover Fitzgerald, Luke
Quittez, pasteurs (arr. L. Roques for choir and or00:02:00
10 40 Noëls anciens (Arr. L. Roques for Voices, Choir 00:02:06 Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge Webber, Geoffrey How, Michael Pau, Kavi
Noël nouvelet (arr. L. Roques for choir and organ)00:03:00
11 40 Noëls anciens (Arr. L. Roques for Voices, Choir 00:03:23 Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge Webber, Geoffrey Webster, Alice Fitzgerald, Luke Myles, Emily
6 Duos, M. 89 (arr. for choir and piano)00:00:00
12 6 Duos, FWV 89: No. 3, La vierge à la crèche (Arr. 00:03:16 Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge Webber, Geoffrey How, Michael Pau, Kavi
Noel des enfants qui n'ont plus de maisons (versio00:03:00
13 Noël des enfants qui n'ont plus de maisons, L. 139 00:02:39 Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge Webber, Geoffrey Perks, Ursula
Cœur de Jésus enfant00:05:00
14 Cœur de Jésus enfant 00:05:24 Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge Webber, Geoffrey Humphries, Robert Willis, Clover How, Michael
La neige00:02:00
15 La neige 00:01:46 Webber, Geoffrey Webster, Alice Perks, Ursula
Noël au village00:06:00
16 Noël au village: No. 4, C’est aujourd’hui 00:03:22 Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge Webber, Geoffrey Humphries, Robert Fitzgerald, Luke
17 Noël au village: No. 7, Dans les cieux règne 00:02:46 Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge Webber, Geoffrey Fitzgerald, Luke
Noel d'enfants (version for choir and organ)00:02:28
18 Noël d’enfants (Arr. G. Fauré for Voice, Choir & O 00:02:27 Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge Webber, Geoffrey Unknown Artist How, Michael
Portuguese Hymn (Adeste fideles) (after J.F. Wade)00:06:00
19 Adeste fideles (Arr. C. Gounod for Choir & Organ) 00:06:28 Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge Webber, Geoffrey How, Michael
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