"...Cantemus Chamber Choir brings a blend of precision, decorum and whimsy to each piece they sing based on its character."
Classical Music Sentinel
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Director Huw Williams
A very varied selection of Christmas music, new and old, including traditional carols in new arrangements several by conductor, Huw Williams receiving their first recording - popular American spirituals, favourite Christmas hymns, and contemporary settings from Eric Whitacre, Francis Grier, and John Tavener.
Here's a new recording on the Regent label that I strongly recommend because it includes the best of both worlds. From the noble power of Once in Royal David's City to the pious peace of Gustav Holst's Ave Maria to a fun arrangement of Jingle Bells which includes vocal sound effects, it's all there. There's also a good balance of a capella pieces and choir and organ pieces which varies the sound from carol to carol and doesn't cause ear fatigue.
The Cantemus Chamber Choir, which performed Handel's Messiah at Buckingham Palace in December 2014, is a mixed choir of about 30 voices that brings a blend of precision, decorum and whimsy to each piece they sing based on its character. Away in a Manger to Calypso Carol is quite a leap but they seem to slide from one to the next without effort. Heartfelt tenderness in Suo-Gân and joyfull spirit in Deck the Hall.
No need to program your CD player to play multiple CDs on random shuffle this Christmas. This one has everything covered.
Classical Music Sentinel December 2015
1. Jingle Bells
2. Once in Royal David's City
3. Sussex Carol (On Christmas Night)
5. A Babe Is Born
6. Here Is the Little Door
7. O Come, All Ye Faithful
8. Away in a Manger
9. Ave Maria
10. Calypso Carol
11. The Lamb
12. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
13. Lux Aurumque
14. Mary Had a Baby
15. Adam Lay Y-bounden
16. Hawaiian Lullaby
17. Alleluia! I Bring You News of Great Joy
18. The Holly and the Ivy
19. A Hymn to the Virgin
20. Spanish Carol
21. O Little Town of Bethlehem
22. Hark! The Herald-angels Sing
23. Deck the Hall