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Track(s) taken from CDA67716

The little road to Bethlehem

First line:
As I walked down the road at set of sun
composer
published in 1948
author of text

Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Recording details: February 2008
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Produced by David Trendell
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: October 2008
Total duration: 3 minutes 5 seconds

Cover artwork: Westminster Hall and Abbey by Daniel Havell (1785-1826)
Coloured aquatint by John Gendall (1790-1865) published by Rudolph Ackermann (1764-1834) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 
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Other recordings available for download

The Choir of Jesus College Cambridge, Mark Williams (conductor), Robert Dixon (organ)

Reviews

'The best newly recorded Christmas CD by a country mile … terrific' (The Mail on Sunday)

'A must-have addition to any choral collection' (Choir & Organ)

'The Abbey choir's splendid performance … an ambitious and superbly sung programme, sympathetically framed within the choir's spaciously atmospheric home acoustic' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The Christmas Eve carol service at Westminster Abbey is one of the most warming events in the festive calendar, and this CD captures the atmosphere beautifully … the singing is a constant delight' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Westminster Abbey Choir commands top spot among this year's Christmas vocal releases. James O'Donnell and his choristers are on splendid form, upholding the character of each piece in a compelling programme without false sentiment or wanton display' (Classic FM Magazine)
Michael Head, a gifted singer, possessed a genuinely gentle creative gift. His output, whilst not especially large, is concentrated upon his distinguished song settings, of which the most famous and enduring example is The little road to Bethlehem. The words by Margaret Rose place the Nativity in any country: the result is deeply touching in its masterly combination of text and music.

from notes by Robert Matthew-Walker 2011

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Journey into light – Music for Advent & Christmas
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