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1 A Song of Peace (1909)Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)+2 Hide not Thou Thy face from us, O LordRichard Farrant (c. 1530-80)3 Ave Mariaattrib. Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)4 Fuga sopra il Magnificat Meine Seele erhebtden Herren BWV 733Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)*5 Rorate caeli William Byrd (c. 1540-1623)6 Een so, Lord Jesus, quickly comePaul Manz (1919-2009)7 I am the Day (1999) Jonathan Dove (b. 1959)813 Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel HochBWV 769 Johann Sebastian Bach*14 This is the truth sent from aboveTrad. arr. Christopher Robinson (b. 1936)^15 Hereford Carol Trad. arr. Christopher Robinson^16 A Tender Shoot Otto Goldschmidt (1829-1907)17 I saw three shipsTrad. arr. Simon Preston (b. 1938)+18 What sweeter music (1995) John Rutter (b. 1945)^19 No small wonder (1983) Paul Edwards (b. 1955)+20 Look up, sweet Babe (1954)Lennox Berkeley (1903-89)^21 The Shepherds Farewell (1854)Hector Berlioz (1803-69)+22 Chorale Prelude on In dulci jubilo BWV 729Johann Sebastian Bach*23 Spring in Winter (2001) John Woolrich (b. 1954)24 O Holy NightAdolphe Adam (1803-56) arr. Dudley Buck(1839-1909)+25 Ding Dong Merrily On HighTrad. arr. Mack Wilberg (b. 1955) andPeter Stevens (b. 1987)+The Choir of Magdalen College, OxfordDaniel Hyde, Informator Choristarum, Organ*Benjamin Giddens, Sub Organist+David Gerrard, Organ Scholar^CCL CDG1268Cover image: The Adoration of Christ StephenLochner (fl.14421451)/Alte Pinakothek/Interfoto/The Bridgeman Art LibraryP & C 2012 Classical Communications LtdMade in Great BritainThe nature of Oxford University terms is such that Christmas Day itself falls outside the College Choirs usual pattern of choral services. Instead it is Advent which takes precedence that wondrous season of expectant mystery, steeped in the devotion which Dr Rowan Williams has characterised as pure sitting and breathing in the presence of the question mark. For this reason much of the first part of this recording is dedicated to music suitable for Advent, looking forward to the coming of Christ in tones sometimes hushed and quiet, sometimes imprecatory and urgent. The idea is that the music follows that most familiar of Advent themes: that of turning darkness into light. We then turn to the repertoire of our carol services, contemplating the incarnation in a series of carols, some very familiar, some less so, but all redolent of the mystery and joy of the nativity of Christ. Within the mix, there are three pieces of solo organ music from J. S. Bachs mammoth output, played by the Colleges Informator Choristarum, Tutorial Fellow and Organist, Daniel Hyde.
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