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Track(s) taken from CDA67245

Donkey Carol

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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: 3 minutes 25 seconds
 
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Donkey Carol  [3'25]

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)
Both Jesus Child and Donkey Carol were written in the 1970s for performance by the choir of St Albans School in Hertfordshire, England, at the request of its director of music at the time, Simon Lindley. Jesus Child brings a touch of Caribbean colour to the dark days of December, while the 5/8 rhythm of the Donkey Carol suggests the cheerfully lopsided gait of the animal bearing the Virgin Mary to Bethlehem.

from notes by Andrew Green © 2001

Jesus Child et Donkey Carol furent tous deux écrits dans les années 1970 pour être exécutés par le chœur de l’Ecole St Albans dans l’Hertfordshire, en Angleterre, à la demande du directeur de la musique de l’époque, Simon Lindley. Jesus Child réunit la touche colorée des Caraïbes aux jours peu ensoleillés de Noël, tandis que le rythme à 5/8 de Donkey Carol suggère la gaîté animée et boiteuse de l’âne emmenant la Vierge Marie vers Bethléem.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Green © 2001

Sowohl Jesus Child als auch Donkey Carol entstanden in den 1970er Jahren zur Aufführung durch den Chor der St. Albans School in der englischen Grafschaft Hertfordshire, auf die Bitte seines damaligen musikalischen Leiters Simon Lindley hin. Jesus Child bringt ein wenig karibische Farbe in die dunklen Dezembertage, während der 5/8-Takt des Donkey Carol die fröhlich holprige Gangart des Tieres anklingen läßt, das die Jungfrau Maria nach Bethlehem getragen hat.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Green © 2001

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