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Track(s) taken from CDA67245

Nativity Carol

First line:
Born in a stable so bare
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: 4 minutes 50 seconds

Other recordings available for download

The Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter (conductor)
Tenebrae, Nigel Short (conductor), James Sherlock (organ)
The Hallé Choir, The Hallé Orchestra, Carl Davis (conductor)


'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' (Classics Today)

'Les arrangements sont ingénieux’ (Diapason, France)
Written in 1963, this was one of its composer’s earliest pieces. It was published in 1967 with organ accompaniment, and later scored for strings by the composer.

from notes by Collegium Records © 1987

John Rutter est un compositeur contemporain fervent de la tradition chorale britannique. Au milieu des années 1970, il a constitué le chœur de chambre The Cambridge Singers, mais aussi le label Collegium Records, destiné à la diffusion d’enregistrements de musique chorale. Nativity Carol de John Rutter, écrit en 1963, parvient à être à la fois moderne par son style et à faire en partie référence à une tradition ancienne de composition d’hymnes et de chants de Noël.

extrait des notes rédigées par David Wishart © 2003
Français: David Ylla-Somers

John Rutter ist ein zeitgenössischer Komponist, der sich der englischen Chortradition zutiefst verbunden fühlt. Um die Mitte der 1970er-Jahre gründete er den Kammerchor The Cambridge Singers und die Firma Collegium Records, die sich der Veröffentlichung von Chormusikaufnahmen widmet. John Rutters 1963 entstandenem Nativity Carol gelingt es, vom Stil her modern zu sein und zugleich in gewisser Hinsicht auf eine ältere Tradition der Hymnen- und Carolkomposition zurückzugreifen.

aus dem Begleittext von David Wishart © 2003
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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