The Spirit of Christmas
RTE Concert Orchestra & Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Gavin Sutherland and Barry Wordsworth (conductors)
HTGCD299 – 5060332661596
Philip Lane, ‘The doyen of British Light Music’ (James Jolly, Gramophone), has collaborated with Heritage for this Christmas release – orchestral music for the festive season composed by leading figures in the Light Music movement. Most works featured here are based, to a greater or lesser extent, on ‘traditional tunes’, suitably ‘adorned’ for orchestra and the concert hall. Several are entirely original but allude to the Christmas story in their various facets. The recording features several world premieres, indicated below.
Heritage is delighted that Joanna Lumley and John Julius Norwich feature as narrators for Adam Saunders’ new setting of The Twelve Days of Christmas.
Gordon Thornett: Festive Overture: The Joy of Christmas *
Gian Carlo Menotti: Introduction, March & Shepherds' Dance from 'Amahl and the Night Visitors'
Adam Saunders: The Twelve Days of Christmas *
Narrators: Joanna Lumley & John Julius Norwich
Thomas Hewitt Jones: What Child is this? (A Christmas Lullaby) *
Philip Spratley: A Christmas Rondel *
Matthew Curtis: Christmas Spirit *
Roy Moore: A Christmas Medley *
Peter Warlock: Bethlehem Down, a carol for strings
Bryan Kelly: Sir Roger de Coverley (Christmas Dance)
Bryan Kelly: A Christmas Celebration
Total time: 72'24"
*DENOTES WORLD PREMIERE RECORDINGS
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