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When icicles hang


When icicles hang will forever be associated in my mind with the much-missed figure of Russell Burgess, whose Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir was such a colourful and inspiring part of the musical scene in the 1960s and 70s. Russell asked me to write a seasonal but not specifically Christmas work for a December concert given by the choir in London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1973, and, in writing it, I think I unconsciously reflected some of the contradictory facets of Russell’s endearing personality: his rumbustiousness in Good ale and Hay, ay, his gentleness in Blow, blow, thou winter wind, perhaps also something of his underlying melancholy (so often to be found in great men of action) in Winter wakeneth all my care. We all lamented his untimely passing at the age of only 48, but his work lives on in the gift of singing he gave to so many young people.

from notes by John Rutter © 1992


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Movement 1: Icicles  When icicles hang by the wall
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Track 18 on CSCD516 [3'54] Download only
Movement 2: Winter nights  Now winter nights enlarge
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Track 19 on CSCD516 [2'30] Download only
Movement 3: Good ale  Bring us in good ale
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Track 20 on CSCD516 [2'43] Download only
Movement 4: Blow, blow, thou winter wind
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Track 21 on CSCD516 [3'52] Download only
Movement 5: Winter wakeneth all my care
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Track 22 on CSCD516 [5'53] Download only
Movement 6: Hay, ay
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Track 23 on CSCD516 [2'21] Download only

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