Our new CD of Christmas carols and anthems, Nativity, is getting fantastic reviews on broadcast, in print and online.
We were thrilled that David Mellor gave the CD a mention on his Classic FM programme, The New Releases Show, tonight, saying: “I like this album….sixty-four minutes long and everything well worth hearing.”
Musicweb International has given the CD a glowing write-up, saying, “The choir performs admirably throughout, with a full, rich, harmonious communal voice, both nimble and joyful. Most of the numbers are sung a cappella, including the beautiful Welsh lullaby Suo-Gan. Some other interesting numbers are three carols from around the world; the popular West-Indian Calypso Carol, written by Michael Perry, Spanish Carol, in the well-known Andrew Carter arrangement and featuring soprano soloist Rebecca Donkin, and the lovelyHawaiian Lullaby, in an arrangement by Sir Malcolm Sargent. Six of the numbers are accompanied by Mr. Court on St. Augustine’s William Hill organ; matching the choir boldly on O come, all ye faithful, Hark! the herald-angels sing, Sussex Carol, God rest you merry, gentlemen and A babe is born, and on the final chorus of Once in royal David’s city. The sound quality for this CD is excellent.” Here’s a link to the full review.
The website Classical Music Sentinel has said: “a new recording on the Regent label that I strongly recommend…Cantemus Chamber Choir…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 joyful 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” The full review is available here.
And a review on the Cross Rhythms website has given us a score of 9/10, saying: “There is much to enjoy on this CD: the singing is good and the material well chosen…there are the unusual selections which make this of interest to even the most seasoned of seasonal CD buyers…Yes, there are many Christmas choral CDs on the market but despite the competition I am happy to recommend this one both for the standard of performance and also the interesting repertoire.” Click here to read the full review.
We’ve also had a write-up in the South Wales Evening Post, Wales’ biggest-selling newspaper – and we’ve been played on Radio 3’s Breakfast Show, and lots of times on Classic FM!
We’re absolutely thrilled that the CD is getting such a wonderful reception, especially as we had such fun making it all those months ago!
Still need to be convinced? Listen to some sample tracks from the CD here!