Carols from the Old & New Worlds, Vol. III (2014)

Arbeau, Traditional, Anonymous, Gallchobhir, Read, Stevenson, Bach, Gerald Barry, Cowell

Chamber Choir Ireland

Paul Hillier

 The “O Antiphons” that frame this collection of Christmas music properly belong to the week before Christmas. They are the culmination of Advent in preparation for the celebrations of Christmas Eve and Day. Advent itself begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas of course. Children start to open the pictures on their Advent calendars. Advent candles are lit to measure off the days left. Christmas fairs are set up across Germany. In Provence the crèche is peopled with santons. In Denmark the traditional Christmas lunch (an allafternoon affair at the very least) puts politics and business on hold. Across America the Christmas shops that have been open most of the year suddenly begin to make sense. And everywhere the carol singers begin to gather. Putting aside the commercial mayhem that surrounds a modern Christmas, all of these activities contrive to remind us that Christmas begins, musically as well as theologically, about a month before the day itself. Properly speaking it continues for some time afterwards as well, although carol singing, indoors or outside, tends to stop rather abruptly once the presents have been unwrapped.
I don’t know if my musical colleagues have similar experiences – I expect they do – but my musical encounter with Christmas tends to run well into the New Year, either with more seasonal concerts or a carols recording on the back of December’s music-making. And it picks up again quite early in the summer when I start to plan the final details of my carol concerts for the following winter. Actually there is nothing I enjoy more on a hot June afternoon than to cool off indoors by playing through some favourite carols and perhaps starting to work on a new arrangement of one tune or another. This may all seem a bit weird to more normal people, for whom the onset of Christmas is probably signaled by the appearance of decorations in shops, but it was ever thus in my experience.
This is the fourth in a series of carol recordings for harmonia mundi that have featured a number of my own carol arrangements. Most of these arrangements have now been published by Theatre of Voices Edition: http://www. tov-edition.com. The first two CDs were Carols from the Old and New Worlds volumes 1 and 2. Next came The Christmas Story (2011), which follows a narrative pattern built loosely on the plan of Nine Lessons and Carols, and including early music as well as traditional. This newest addition maintains the transatlantic approach of the first two CDs, but because the singers here are Chamber Choir Ireland, I have flavoredthe mixture with a hint of Irish music for good measure.

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Paul Hillier

His musical interests range from medieval to contemporary music and include singing, conducting, and writing. In 1990, after many years as Music Director of the Hilliard Ensemble, he founded the Theatre of Voices and began his series of acclaimed recordings for harmonia mundi usa. From 1996 to 2003, Hillier was Director

of the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington. In September, 2001 he was named Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, with which he launched
a cycle of recordings exploring the choral tradition of the Baltic Sea countries. Baltic Voices 1 and Baltic Voices 2 met with unanimous praise and each won Hillier a Grammy® nomination.The Powers of Heaven, a much-admired pro- gram of Russian Orthodox sacred music, was followed by Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 and, most recently, by Baltic Voices 3. In 2004 Paul Hillier was awarded the Estonian Cultural Prize.

In 2002 he was made Honorary Professor in Music
at the University of Copenhagen, and in 2003 accepted the post of Chief Conductor of Vocal Group Ars Nova (Copenhagen). Hillier is the author of a monograph “Arvo Pa?rt” (1997) and editor of “The Collected Writings of Steve Reich” (2002), both published by Oxford University Press. His latest project is a book about consort singing.

Chamber Choir Ireland

 Chamber Choir Ireland (formerly the National Chamber Choir of Ireland) is Ireland’s flagship choral ensemble under the internationally celebrated and multi-award-winning choral conductor Paul Hillier as Artistic Director. The Choir is known for its unique approach to programming and has gained a reputation for the high artistic quality of its performances. Internationally, the Choir has toured in Europe, Asia and South America and in 2011 undertook its first US tour with the assistance of Culture Ireland as part of Imagine Ireland, a year of Irish Arts in America.
The Choir has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary Irish choral music through its commitment to commissioning new work including pieces by Gerald Barry, Tarik O’Regan, Kevin Volans, Siobhán Cleary and Jennifer Walshe. Recent recordings include One Day Fine with RTÉ Lyric FM, Acallam na Senórach with harmonia mundi, and a recording of Choirland: An Anthology of Irish Choral Music with the Contemporary Music Centre and the Association of Irish Choirs. Future releases include works by Gerald Barry featuring the Crash Ensemble. Principal funding for Chamber Choir Ireland comes from the Arts Council /an Chomhairle Ealaíon. The Choir is a Resident Ensemble in the National Concert Hall, Dublin and Affiliated Artists to Dublin City

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Carols from the Old & New Worlds, Vol. III (2014)

Arbeau, Traditional, Anonymous, Gallchobhir, Read, Stevenson, Bach, Gerald Barry, Cowell

Chamber Choir Ireland

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Recording location: All Hallows College Chapel, Dublin Ireland
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Antiphon I- O Sapientia
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O Come, All Ye Faithful
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Remember, O thou man
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Antiphon II- O Adonai
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Adam lay ibounden
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Gaudete! Christus est natus
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Sweet was the song the Virgin sung
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Antiphon III- O Radix Jesse
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Carol
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Heissa, Buama
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Antiphon IV- O Clavis David
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Merk auf, mein Herz
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Antiphon V- O Oriens
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If angels sung a Savior's birth
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Winter
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Antiphon VI- O Rex Gentium
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Gesu bambin l'e nato
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Away in a Manger
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An Teitheadh go heigipt
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Suantrai ar Slanaitheora
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Antiphon VII- O Emmanuel
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Behold a silly tender babe
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Ding Dong Merrily on High
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