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Track(s) taken from CDA67716

Dormi, Jesu

1999; for Stephen Cleobury and the choir of King's College, Cambridge
author of text
Latin, origin unknown
translator of text

Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor), Robert Quinney (organ)
Recording details: February 2008
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Produced by David Trendell
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: October 2008
Total duration: 4 minutes 56 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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'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)
Dormi Jesu (1999) and the ravishing What sweeter music? (1988) were both written for the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and its director of music Stephen Cleobury – for performance during the college’s Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols which is broadcast around the world on Christmas Eve. The words of Dormi Jesu (also known as The Virgin’s Cradle Hymn) come from a German print depicting the Virgin Mary which was discovered by the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. John Rutter created the string arrangement especially for this recording. What sweeter music? (with words by the poet Robert Herrick) represented, says Rutter, ‘… the first opportunity I had to put pen to paper for the choir in my long and friendly association with King’s College. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to write for the slot in the service immediately after the reading about the journey of the Wise Men – the chance to highlight in the text the idea of the gifts that we can bring.’

from notes by Andrew Green © 2001

Dormi Jesu (1999) et l’exquis What sweeter music? (1988) furent tous deux écrits pour le chœur de King’s College de Cambridge et son directeur musical Stephen Cleobury – afin d’être exécutés durant leur Festival des neuf leçons et carols diffusé de par le monde entier durant la veillée de Noël. Les mots de Dormi Jesu (également connus comme The Virgin’s Cradle Hymn) sont tirés d’un ouvrage allemand dépeignant la Vierge Marie, ouvrage découvert par le poète Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Pour cet enregistrement, John Rutter a spécialement réalisé un arrangement pour cordes. What sweeter music? (sur un texte du poète Robert Herrick) représente, nous dit Rutter: «… la première opportunité dans ma longue et amicale collaboration avec King’s College qui s’est présentée à moi de coucher quelque chose sur le papier destiné au chœur. J’ai particulièrement apprécié la possibilité d’écrire pour le moment situé juste après la lecture du voyage des Rois mages – une chance d’accentuer dans le texte les cadeaux que nous pouvons apporter.»

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Green © 2001

Dormi Jesu (1999) und das entzückende What sweeter music? (1988) sind beide für den Chor des King’s College Cambridge und dessen musikalischen Leiter Stephen Cleobury geschrieben – zur Aufführung beim Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, das am Weihnachtsabend weltweit ausgestrahlt wird. Der Text von Dormi Jesu (das auch als The Virgin’s Cradle Hymn bekannt ist) rührt von einem deutschen Druck her, einer Abbildung der Jungfrau Maria, den der Dichter Samuel Taylor Coleridge ausfindig gemacht hatte. John Rutter hat das vorliegende Streicherarrangement eigens für die vorliegende Aufzeichnung geschaffen. What sweeter music? (mit einem Text des Dichters Robert Herrick) war laut Rutter „… das erste Mal während meiner langen und freundschaftlichen Verbindung mit dem King’s College, daß ich Gelegenheit hatte, für dessen Chor etwas zu Papier zu bringen. Ganz besonders gefreut hat mich die Möglichkeit, für den Teil des Gottesdienstes zu komponieren, der kurz nach der Lesung über die Reise der drei Weisen kommt – und die Chance, im Text darauf hinzuweisen, welche Gaben wir selbst bringen können“.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Green © 2001

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