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Track(s) taken from CDA67245

Love came down at Christmas

composer
author of text

Polyphony, City of London Sinfonia, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Recording details: January 2001
All Saints, Tooting, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: October 2001
Total duration: 2 minutes 22 seconds
 
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Love came down at Christmas  [2'22]

Reviews

'It’s hard to imagine them better performed than by the award-winning British choir Polyphony' (The Mail on Sunday)

'The performances by both choir and orchestra are ideal in tone, style and accomplishment … A Christmas treat' (Gramophone)

'A treat for all Rutter fans! … the program is bound to satisfy anyone seeking a balanced program of Christmas choral music done with sensitivity and taste' (American Record Guide)

'Superb performances which are beautifully recorded’ (International Record Review)

'Those of you for whom Rutter is a new name are in for a very special treat. From the jaunty Shepherd's Pipe Carol, with its vivid portrayal of the starry sky above Bethlehem, to the sublime and deeply moving What Sweeter Music, Rutter's music is impeccably crafted, melodically rich and entirely infectious. More than a stocking-filler, this disc is surely one of the highlights of the year' (Classic FM)

'The carols of John Rutter are becoming as traditional at Christmas as mince pies, so rich is his output … [An] extraordinary disc. Rutter’s music is impeccably crafted, melodically rich and entirely infectious … this disc is surely one of the highlights of the year' (Classic FM Magazine)

‘when the chirpy Shepherd’s Pipe Carol, the instantly singable Star Carol, or the literal sound effects of the charming Donkey Carol are wrapped up in such glittering, top-quality packaging as Stephen Layton’s Polyphony and The City of London Sinfonia, its seasonal allure is sealed. Finely Polished performances, served up with a warm and festive mulled-wine sensation’ (The Scotsman)

'Lovingly rendered by Polyphony under Stephen Layton, this should be a disc of choice not only for this year but as well as for the years to come' (Fanfare, USA)

'Polyphony beautifully continue the English tradition with joyful refinement' (HMV Choice)

'[Rutter] could not have asked for better performers' (The Evening Standard)

'The performances are uniformly excellent; Stephen Layton and his Polyphony vocal ensemble have shown a previous affinity for Rutter’s work and this effort simply reaffirms their commitment to and love for this very special music. Outstanding' (ClassicsToday.com)

'Les arrangements sont ingénieux’ (Diapason, France)
Love came down at Christmas, to words by Christina Rossetti, was written in the late 1960s at the request of OUP. ‘I seem to remember that Christmas was approaching’, says Rutter, ‘and Oxford University Press got to thinking that there’d been no new carol from me that year – so duly commissioned one!’.

from notes by Andrew Green © 2001

Sur un texte de Christina Rossetti, Love came down at Christmas vit le jour dans les années 1960 sur une commande de l’OUP. «Il me semble que Noël approchait», raconte Rutter, «et OUP se rendit compte qu’aucun nouveau carol n’avait vu le jour cette année-là – et en commandita rapidement un!».

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Green © 2001

Love came down at Christmas auf einen Text von Christina Rossetti entstand Ende der 1960er Jahre auf Verlangen von OUP. „Wenn ich mich recht entsinne, rückte die Weihnachtszeit näher“, sagt Rutter. „Man überlegte bei OUP, daß es in dem Jahr kein einziges neues Carol gegeben hatte, und gab sogleich eines in Auftrag!“

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Green © 2001

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