The Silver Stars at Play: Contemporary Christmas Carols

Kantos Chamber Choir & Elspeth Slorach

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Christmas, Classical, Contemporary Classical
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December 15, 2017

Format: Compact Disc



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'The Silver Stars at Play' is a collection of world premiere recordings of contemporary Christmas carols sung by Kantos Chamber Choir, directed by Elspeth Slorach.

The carols on the album are by composers such as John McCabe, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sadie Harrison, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Douglas Steele and Colin Hand amongst others. Several of the carols have illustrious connections: Child of the Manger (2011) by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies was composed for the choir of the Chapel Royal and was dedicated to Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh. John McCabe's Peace Carol (2006) was first sung by the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge under the direction of Andrew Nethsingha in May 2014, a performance which was among the last of any of his works at which he was present.

The all-embracing message of Christmas is present in each and every carol, but perhaps the lyrics of the Peace Carol are especially poignant when we consider that this recording was made in Manchester, in May this year, close to the time of the terror attack at Manchester arena.

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Key Value
Catalogue number PFCD075
Barcode 0712396065265
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 60g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 123mm x 6mm x 143mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Ayres: Hodie Christus Natus Est -
2. Frances-Hoad: This Time Is Born A Child -
3. Cusworth: Of A Rose Synge We -
4. Morgan: Make We Joy Now In This Fest -
5. Parshall: That Yonge Child -
6. Fawcett: The Angel Gabriel -
7. Turner: Away In A Manger -
8. Frahm: Unto Us A Son Is Given -
9. Camm: Cantate Domino -
10. Cooke: Susanni -
11. Maxwell Davies: Child Of The Manger -
12. McCabe: Peace Carol -
13. Mayes: Christmas Music -
14. Pinnock: Christmas Bells -
15. Cummings: Infant Holy, Infant Lowly -
16. Steele: Come Ye Now At Christmas -
17. Steele: The Child Of God -
18. Hand: He Left The Silver Stars At Play -
19. Coleridge: Balulalow -
20. Rimkus: Brightest And Best -
21. Toovey: Alleluya for Christmas -
22. Harrison: As Salamu Alaykum Bethlehem -
23. Hewitt: Silent Night -