In Winter’s Arms

£12.00

Seasonal Music by Bob Chilcott


Bob Chilcott’s compositions are beloved with choral societies around the world, and this album represents the fruits of his recent collaborations with the US choir Choralis and their conductor Gretchen Kuhrmann.

Featuring festive works for solo choir as well as choir and brass ensemble, at the centre of the programme is Wenceslas, inspired by the legend of the Bohemian King who braved the winter weather with his Page to save the life of a poor peasant, and incorporating the melody of the famous carol into each of its 8 movements.

The disc includes the premiere recordings of Chilcott’s Gloria, which was premiered by the choir to great critical acclaim in 2015.

These musicians radiate all the warmth of the famous church scene in Home Alone… That underscores Chilcott’s gift as a songwriter and an arranger – Gramophone

Chilcott’s music undeniably sounds great when sung by a small scale professional chamber choir (such as here) but there’s something equally appealing in the inclusive joy of a performance by a larger group of amateurs. This is a tribute to them, as much as to the composer of the music they sing – MusicWeb International

Incorporating the traditional carol Good King Wenceslas it’s a work rich in melodic invention… sung here with becoming warmth, the finale glowing with good tidings… Impeccably directed throughout – Primephonic

This effortlessly fluent, audience-friendly music is hard to dislike. The craft is impeccable, the tunes are memorable and the performers invariably sound as if they’re enjoying themselves – The Arts Desk

SKU: SIGCD512
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Choralis
Gretchen Kuhrmann conductor


CATALOGUE NUMBER SIGCD512

BAR CODE 635212051221

UK RELEASE DATE 20/10/2017

Cross Rhythms 9/10

Listeners who appreciate excellence in choral singing will applaud the fine work of Choralis under conductor Gretchen Kurhmann and this reviewer would be very pleased to hear more.

Gramophone

These musicians radiate all the warmth of the famous church scene in Home Alone… That underscores Chilcott’s gift as a songwriter and an arranger

Music Web International

Chilcott’s music undeniably sounds great when sung by a small scale professional chamber choir (such as here) but there’s something equally appealing in the inclusive joy of a performance by a larger group of amateurs. This is a tribute to them, as much as to the composer of the music they sing

Primephonic

Incorporating the traditional carol Good King Wenceslas it’s a work rich in melodic invention… sung here with becoming warmth, the finale glowing with good tidings… Impeccably directed throughout

The Arts Desk pick

This effortlessly fluent, audience-friendly music is hard to dislike. The craft is impeccable, the tunes are memorable and the performers invariably sound as if they’re enjoying themselves

Presto Classical pick

TRACK LISTING

Wenceslas:

1  I. Wintertide

 

2  II. Who can that be?

 

3  III. Forth, they went

 

4  IV. Interlude – Winter Dark

 

5  V. Sleeping in winter’s arms

 

6  VI. ank you

 

7  VII. Fanfare – Winter Bright

 

8  VIII. On Saint Stephen’s Night

 

9  Jesus, Springing

My Perfect Stranger

10 I. Prologue
11 II. My Perfect Stranger w III. Epilogue

12 The Nine Gifts

Gloria

13 I. Gloria in excelsis Deo
14 II. Domine Deus
15 III. Qui tollis peccata mundi u IV. Quoniam tu solus sanctus

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