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In Terra Pax: a Christmas Anth

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Performances of carols both ancient and modern have become central to the celebration of Christmas. The choral music on this disc includes Holst' surprisingly neglected Christmas Day, as well as music by Leighton, Joubert, Mathias, Gardner and Rutter.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Orlyn Reese - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an absolutely gorgeous CD, wonderful in every way. I have been playing it at least once every day because it fills my house and heart with such a joyful sound. It has moved to the top of my favorites list and I suspect it will stay there for a very long time regardless of the season. It is one of the most interesting and beautiful collections I have ever heard. I am so happy I found it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Essential Christmas Music Dec 17 2009
By David A. Wend - Published on Amazon.com
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In Terra Pax takes its name from an evocative Christmas work by Gerald Finzi. The works on the disc are from some well-known composers. It begins with a medley of Christmas carols in a work called "Christmas Day" by Gustav Holst. This charming work for orchestra, soloists and chorus presents many favorite carols. This is followed by short selections by Joubert (There is no rose), Mathias (Sir Christemas) and Howells (Here is the little door and A spotless Rose) for unaccompanied chorus (except for the Mathias where an organ is included). These carols are, for me, unfamiliar and are a nice discovery.

"In terra pax - Christmas scene" is the major work of the disc and is scored for orchestra, baritone, soprano and chorus. The music paints a picture of a frosty night on Christmas Eve in a long introduction before the baritone sings a word picture of pealing bells and distant music. A mixed chorus sings verses from the gospel of Saint Luke with a brief solo for soprano. The music settles into a depiction of the winter's landscape and the baritone resumes his reflections. The charming Three carols of Peter Warlock are for orchestra and chorus and soprano and include "Tyrley, tyrlow"," Balulalow" and "As I sat under a sycamore tree." This is followed by "A hymn of the Nativity" by Kenneth Leighton, a work that begins with a solo soprano who is joined by a male chorus and then a mixed chorus of women and men. This is a beautifully conceived work evoking the nativity with simply but with great effect.

The familiar hymn "What sweeter music" by John Rutter follows and finds an excellent companion piece with Tomorrow shall be my dancing day by John Gardner. Both works are for mixed chorus with the Gardner including a piano and tambourine. Another carol by Mathias - "A Babe is born" - for organ and mixed chorus relates the reaction of shepherds and the three kings to the birth of Jesus. The final selection is by Ralph Vaughan Williams and is a setting of four carols - "Children's Christmas song", "Wassail song", "In Bethlehem city" and "God bless the Master."

The music on this disc is beautifully performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the City of London Choir. Julia Doyle and Roderick Williams are superb and conductor Hilary Daven Wetton provides sensitive direction. This magnificent Christmas music disc should not be missed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Christmas at springtime May 9 2010
By Review from NC - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a very large collection of Christmas albums, but I usually try to hold out on purchases until at least November. However, when I heard this selection of Gustav Holst's Christmas Day on a BBC Music download, I decided to break down and buy the album in April. I had to at least give the entire album a listen, even over Easter. I love choral albums of the "old" Christmas music, so I'm looking forward to November. I expect this will spend quite a bit of time in my CD player starting around Thanksgiving.
Another classic from Naxos for Christmas March 9 2010
By Brian W. Luke - Published on Amazon.com
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In this collection of shorter choral pieces of English composers for Christmas season, that not the usual repeats, other than Holy Boy by Holst. The hightlight is In Terro Pax by Gerald Frizi, which is delight is this new recording. No doubt, would be part of my Christmas listening, parthered with Vaught William's massive choral work Hodie and the other Naxos recording of British composer's Christmas themed Carol Symphony,ASIN: B00006RHPV.
Excellent Collection June 27 2014
By Ken Suetterlin - Published on Amazon.com
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I chose the rating because of the quality of the music and the performances. These are powerful works, worth rehearing again and again. The only caveat is that the titling of the pieces in the playlists generated by my PC (Windows Media Player) came out in oriental language characters. Perhaps there is a way to change that, but I don't know how to do it.
That being said, it doesn't affect the enjoyment of the music......
The composers Joubert, Finzi, Leighton, and Mathias haven't had a lot of CD exposure in the Christmas recordings that I've viewed, and I was interested in hearing examples of their work. Thanks to Naxos for putting this collection together.
Ken the Musician in Marshalltown, Iowa

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