Advent Live - Volume 2

Advent Live - Volume 2

Advent Live – Volume 2
Director of Music: 
Andrew Nethsingha
Organ Scholar: 
James Anderson-BesantGlen DempseyTimothy Ravalde
Release date: 
November 2020
Featuring: 
  • Anne Denholm (harp)
  • Jakob Lindberg (archlute)
  • Ignacio Mañá Mesas (saxophone)
  • Hugh Cutting (counter tenor)
  • Louis Watkins (tenor)
  • Matthew Gibson, Simon Grant (bass)
Record label: 
St John's Cambridge/Signum
Catalogue number: 
SIGCD661
Booklet: 
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The second in our series of live recordings from our Advent Carol Services, Advent Live - Volume 2 features recordings from our 2008, 2018 and 2019 services, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 since 1981.

This album includes many staples of the Advent repertoire, including Otto Goldschmitt's A tender shoot, a piece which features at the start of our Advent services each year as well as on our first commercial recording in 1958, Hear my prayer.

Since 2008, Andrew Nethsingha began the practice of commissioning a new work for each Advent service, which has been made possible by a generous donation by an anonymous donor. This album features four of those commissions: Gabriel Jackson's Vox clara ecce intonat (2013), Cecilia McDowall's A Prayer to St John the Baptist (2018), Judith Bingham's An Introduction to Hark, the glad sound (2019), and the first commission in the annual series, John McCabe's The last and greatest Herald.

Our first Advent Live album was released in October 2018.

Track list

  1. I am the day (Jonathan Dove)
  2. Bŏgŏroditsye Dyevo (Arvo Pärt)
  3. A Spotless Rose (Herbert Howells)
  4. A Prayer to St John the Baptist (Cecilia McDowall)
  5. Vox clara ecce intonat (Gabriel Jackson)
  6. The last and greatest Herald (John McCabe)
  7. Antiphon – O Wisdom (Traditional)
  8. Antiphon – O Adonai (Traditional)
  9. A tender shoot (Otto Goldschmidt)
  10. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Hugo Distler)
  11. Out of your sleep (Anthony Milner)
  12. An introduction to Hark, the glad sound (Judith Bingham)
  13. Hymn – Hark, the glad sound (Tune: Bristol)
  14. There is no rose (Elizabeth Maconchy)
  15. Antiphon – O Root of Jesse (Traditional)
  16. Antiphon – O Key of David (Traditional)
  17. Ach so laß von mir dich finden (Georg Philipp Telemann)
  18. E'en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come (Paul Manz)
  19. The Linden Tree Carol (Traditional, arr. Reginald Jacques)
  20. Deo gracias (Benjamin Britten)
  21. Einklang (Hugo Wolf)
  22. Hymn – Lo! he comes with clouds descending (Tune: Helmsley, Descant: Christopher Robinson)
  23. Chorale Prelude 'Nun komm. der Heiden Heiland' BVW 661 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

Reviews

Throughout the disc, the performances are uniformly excellent and the recording(s)... give a fine representation of Advent Sunday in St John’s College Chapel

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Advent Live - Volume 2

Our latest album Advent Live - Volume 2, featuring live recordings from three of our BBC broadcast Advent Carol Services, will be available from Friday 27th November

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Fiona Maddocks, The Observer