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Track(s) taken from CDA67576

Lullay my liking

author of text
A Medieval Anthology, edited by Mary Segar (1915)

Quintin Beer (treble), Richard Wilberforce (countertenor), Lester Lardenoye (countertenor), St John's College Choir Cambridge, David Hill (conductor)
Recording details: January 2006
St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: October 2006
Total duration: 6 minutes 40 seconds


'David Hill's Advent programme imaginatively mingles antiphons, carols, hymns and motets. Favourites alternate with relative rarities such as Edward Naylor's Vox dicentis: Clama, whose sumptuous sonorities unfold gloriously in the chapel's acoustic … the John's choir, fielding what sounds like a vintage crop of trebles, sings throughout with its trademark mixture of refinement and gutsy energy' (The Daily Telegraph)

'This recording holds some of the most exquisite choral singing I have ever heard. They must be one of the finest choirs in England. Not only is the technical standard dazzlingly high, but the readings are engaging, animated and sensitively shaped' (American Record Guide)

'Blend, balance, intonation and diction are all unfailingly top-drawer, and the choir's unanimity of phrasing and dynamic shading come across as something quite special … both engineering and annotation are well up to the same standard' (Fanfare, USA)

'This is a very fine disc indeed … the overall impression with which I’m left is one of great satisfaction and pleasure. The programme has been assembled with great imagination and the execution is well nigh flawless. When one adds in excellent and very atmospheric sound, first rate notes and texts and translations, it all adds up to a very distinguished package indeed. I shall be surprised if I encounter a finer CD of Christmas music this year' (MusicWeb International)
Lullay my liking by Francis Pott (born 1957) is a carol written specifically for St John’s. Pott is known both as a pianist and a composer, in particular of choral music—his oratorio A song on the end of the world, for example—as well as music for organ such as his Passion Symphony Christus. Lullay my liking was first heard in the Advent Sunday service in 2004 and is dedicated to David Hill and his wife Alice. The composer has written that the carol ‘seeks to evoke a plausibly medieval sensibility, to match the words, whilst also remaining detectably of its own time’. This is achieved partly through Pott’s retention of the text’s verse and refrain structure with solos and duets alternating with the full choir. The music surges to a climax as the angels sing of the birth of the Christ Child, then slowly fades with the words set against hushed humming, until finally everything comes full circle with the return of the music of the opening.

from notes by Andrew Burn © 2006

Lullay my liking de Francis Pott (né en 1957) fut spécialement écrit pour St John’s. On connaît Pott pour ses talents de pianiste et de compositeur, surtout de musique chorale—ainsi son oratorio A song on the end of the world—et d’œuvres pour orgue (cf. sa Passion Symphony Christus). Créé en 2004, lors du service dominical de l’Avent, Lullay my liking est dédié à David Hill et à sa femme Alice. Ce carol, écrit Pott, «cherche à évoquer une sensibilité plausiblement médiévale, à égaler le texte, tout en restant bien de son temps». Un but qu’il atteint notamment en conservant la structure strophe/refrain du texte, grâce à des solos et à des duos alternant avec le chœur entier. La musique enfle jusqu’à un apogée, quand les anges chantent la naissance de l’enfant Christ, puis s’amenuise lentement (les paroles sont alors sur fond de bourdonnement étouffé) jusqu’à ce que la boucle soit finalement bouclée avec le retour de la musique d’ouverture.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Burn © 2006
Français: Hypérion

Lullay my liking („Schlaf, mein Liebling“) von Francis Pott (geb. 1957) ist ein Adventslied, das speziell für den Chor des St John’s College komponiert wurde. Pott ist als Pianist und Komponist bekannt, besonders von Chormusik—wie zum Beispiel das Oratorium A song on the end of the world („Ein Lied über das Ende der Welt“)—aber auch von Orgelmusik—wie zum Beispiel seine „Passionssinfonie“ Christus. Lullay my liking war erstmals im Sonntagsgottesdienst im Advent 2004 zu hören und ist David Hill und seiner Frau Alice gewidmet. Der Komponist schrieb, dass er mit dem Adventslied versuchte, „eine glaubwürdige mittelalterliche Stimmung zu beschwören, um den Worten zu entsprechen, während man gleichzeitig spüren soll, dass es aus dieser Zeit stammt“. Das erreicht Pott teils dadurch, indem er vermittels eines Alternierens zwischen vollem Chor und Solos bzw. Duetten die Strophen- und Refrainstruktur des Textes beibehält. Die Musik strebt einen Höhepunkt an, wenn die Engel von der Geburt des Christkindes singen. Dann verebbt die Musik langsam mit von zurückhaltendem Summen getragenen Worten. Am Ende schließt sich der Kreis wieder mit der Rückkehr der Musik vom Anfang.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Burn © 2006
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

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