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Track(s) taken from CDA67245

Sans Day Carol

First line:
Now the holly bears a berry as white as the milk
author of text
traditional Cornish carol

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 52 seconds

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The Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter (conductor)
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'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)
Linking the messages of Christmas and Easter, the Sans Day Carol is a variant on the still better-known The Holly and the Ivy. A traditional carol from Cornwall, it first gained wide currency following its inclusion in the Oxford Book of Carols, edited in the 1920s by Percy Dearmer, Martin Shaw and Ralph Vaughan Williams, that indefatigable collector of traditional folk songs and melodies. For ‘Sans Day’, incidentally, read ‘Saint’s Day’—the carol apparently celebrated a local Cornish saint. Rutter fashioned his arrangement while still an undergraduate.

from notes by Andrew Green © 2001

Tressant un lien entre les messages de Noël et de Pâques, Sans Day Carol est une variante du fameux The Holly and the Ivy. Carol traditionnel de Cornouailles, il atteignit une large diffusion lorsqu’il fut incorporé à l’Oxford Book of Carols, édité dans les années 1920 par Percy Dearmer, Martin Shaw et Ralph Vaughan Williams, ce collecteur infatigable de chants et mélodies folkloriques. Pour «Sans Day», à lire «Saint’s Day» («Fête du Saint») – le carol célèbre apparemment un saint cornouaillais local. Rutter réalisa son arrangement alors qu’il n’était qu’étudiant.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Green © 2001

Das Sans Day Carol, das die weihnachtliche mit der österlichen Botschaft verbindet, ist eine Variante des bekannteren The Holly and the Ivy. Das traditionelle Carol aus Cornwall erreichte zum ersten Mal weite Verbreitung, als es in das Oxford Book of Carols aufgenommen wurde, das Percy Dearmer, Martin Shaw und Ralph Vaughan Williams, der unermüdliche Sammler traditioneller Volkslieder und -weisen, in den 1920er Jahren herausgaben. Mit „Sans Day“ ist übrigens „Saint’s Day“ gemeint, „Tag des Heiligen“ – wie es scheint, handelt es sich um ein Loblied auf einen örtlichen Heiligen aus Cornwall. Rutter hat das Arrangement besorgt, als er noch Student war.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Green © 2001

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