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Christmas Music for Choirs

It's one of the great challenges for a choral composer - how to write new and distinctive Christmas music. Aled Jones talks to Sasha Johnson Manning whose Manchester Carols aim to retell the story of the Nativity for the 21st century. Plus the antidote to famous carol overload, a selection of Christmas choral rarities.

Playlist
Lutosławski: Hey! We rejoice now (extract)
Polish Radio Chorus and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antoni Wit

Sasha Johnson Manning: Mirabile dictu
The Manchester Carollers, Northern Chamber Orchestra conducted by Richard Tanner
TMC CD1, track 2

Sasha Johnson Manning: New Boy Born
The Manchester Carollers, Northern Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Richard Tanner
TMC CD1, track 10

Anon: Nova Nova
Taverner Choir, conducted by Andrew Parrott
EMI CDC7498092, track 4

Sasha Johnson Manning: A Miracle
The Manchester Carollers, Northern Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Richard Tanner
TMC CD1, track 8

Sasha Johnson Manning: The Gold of Straw
The Manchester Carollers, Northern Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Richard Tanner
TMC CD1, track 11

Sasha Johnson Manning: An Angel
The Manchester Carollers, Northern Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Richard Tanner
TMC CD1, track 9

John Turner: A song on the birth of Christ
BBC Singers directed by David Hill
BBC Recording

Leon Roberts: Come Bless the Lord
Quire
QUIRE002, track 1

Short extracts of
Dominic Muldowney: Leaves on the Line
King’s Singers
Dominic Muldowney: The Fall of Jerusalem
Leeds Festival Chorus
Private recordings

Carols you’ve never heard!

Bo Holten: I denne sode juletid
Musica Ficta conducted by Bo Holten
NAXOS 8554627, track 18

Anon English 15th Century: Eya mater Stephane
Oxford Camerata, directed by Jeremy Summerly
NAXOS 8550751, track 10

Romance de Virgen y el Ciego
Die Singphoniker with Irmgard Gorzawski (harp)
CPO 7770672, track 15

Päivi Ojanoerä: Joulun sydänyö (On Christmas Night)
Philomela conducted by Marjukka Riihimäki
Alba NCD 34, track 7

Roderick Williams: O Adonaï
Ex Cathedra conducted by Jeffrey Skidmore
EXCCD003, track 5

Plainchant: Vox clara, ecce, intonat
Anonymous 4
HARMONIA MUNDI HCX3957139 t6

Links
The Manchester Carols www.themanchestercarols.com

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 14 Dec 2008 19:00
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