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Track(s) taken from SIGCD386

In dulci iubilo

old German melody
author of text
Latin and German of unknown origin
translator of text

Armonico Consort, Christopher Monks (conductor)
Recording details: November 2011
St Mark's Church, Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Produced by John Taylor & Christopher Monks
Engineered by John Taylor
Release date: August 2014
Total duration: 3 minutes 14 seconds

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Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter (conductor)
King's College Choir Cambridge, Philip Ledger (conductor)
The Hallé Children's Choir, The Hallé Youth Choir, The Hallé Choir, Stephen Bell (conductor)


'Intimate, small-scale performances of mainly familiar titles—including Britten's Ceremony of Carols—by a choir of ten singers. Occasionally more heft is needed' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Christopher Monks, conducting the Armonico Consort, presents a festive selection of classic carols and hymns alongside new commissions and arrangements. The programme is rounded off with a dynamic account of Benjamin Britten's timeless A Ceremony of Carols. Highly recommended' (The Northern Echo)
The original words of In dulci jubilo were a mixture of German and Latin and they have been translated a number of times from the fifteenth century onwards. Robert Lucas de Pearsall (1795–1856) was an educated English gentleman who studied law and became involved with music only when he moved to Germany in 1825. Thereafter he remained abroad, bought a castle by Lake Constance, and wrote madrigals in sixteenth-century style and partsongs like O who will o’er the downs so free? He added the ‘de’ to his name presumably as an affectation. A considerable linguist, he published English translations of Schiller and Goethe. His free, and imaginative, setting of In dulci jubilo, for unaccompanied double choir, is masterly in its treatment of the fourteenth-century German tune and in its constant variations of texture.

from notes by Wadham Sutton © 1993

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