Dormi Jesu: A Caius Christmas

It was with typical discernment that Geoffrey Webber responded to a request to put together his dream Christmas programme. Opening with Jan Sandström’s sublime deconstruction of Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, Webber’s classy choir reveals and delights in equal measure, finding space for both the Venetian lushness of Gabrieli and the distilled purity of Webern in a seasonal collection which is also sprinkled with unexpected gems of more recent provenance. Edward Higginbottom’s jazz-infused Rocking Carol, Thomas Hewitt Jones’s eloquently expressive What Child is This?, and the small miracle that is Matthew Owens’ reimagined setting of The Holly and the Ivy – all glitter in a programme that dovetails old and new with characteristic Cambridge sophistication.

""Geoffrey Webber's 'dream Christmas programme' enjoys superb sound, and singing burgeoning with colour and confidence"

"notably beautiful...particularly astute in its programming"

"a sumptuous though restrained sound...The programme is carefully thought out"

"they are a super ensemble and have been moulded to deliver a specific and warm sound by Geoffrey Webber ever since the late 1980s…The texts are clearly provided in the original words and have been excellently translated."

"The texts are thematically varied, with the naturalness of the musical segue being the main programming idea, and the whole thing makes a satisfying and fresh package. TheDelphian label has been doing excellent engineering work with English choirs, and here, working in the Parish Church of St. John the Evangelist in South East London, they achieve superior results."

Producer: Paul Baxter
Recording venue(s): Church of St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, London
Recording dates: 29-30 September 2011
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 20
Release date: 15 September 2014
Total playing time: 1:03:28
Album ID: DCD34152

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