Recordings

That's a wrap! Finishing a disc of Leighton, Howells, Finzi and Walton in March 2017

"executed with assurance and eloquence ... the Christ's College undergraduates sing with freshness and security"
Gramophone 

"fresh voices, precise pitching and chording, expert pacing" ****
BBC Music Magazine

'The recorded sound is a sheer delight.
This is a genuinely involving sacred disc, heart-rendingly sung by a group of unquestioned talent.'
Church Times

The Choir has made many recordings over the past twenty-five years of a huge range of repertoire. Our next CD of music by Leighton, Howells, Finzi and Walton will be released in May 2018. In March 2018, the choir recorded a disc of music by alumna Annabel Rooney, their first disc of music by a female composer. A release date for this disc will be provided shortly.

Discs are available to purchase at a cost of £10 per CD. If you would like to purchase a CD, please contact the Choir Administrator Maisie Hulbert on choir.admin@cam.ac.uk, who will arrange posting the discs you would like to you, depending on stock. CDs are also on sale at the Porter's Lodge at Christ's College.

Discs

REGCD446  Christmas from Christs's
‘The singing is consistently good: the attack and ensemble are excellent and the accompaniments sensitive and supportive.’

Organist's Review, March 2016
 

Peter Warlock (1894–1930)
As dew in Aprylle
Benedicamus Domino
Bethlehem Down
A Cornish Carol
I saw a fair maiden
Cornish Christmas Carol
Adam lay ybounden
Balulalow
Where riches is everlastingly
Gustav Holst (1874–1934)
Four Old English Carols
A babe is born
Now let us sing
Jesu, thou the virgin-born
The saviour of the world is born
Lullay my liking
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)
The Blessed Son of God (from Hodie, 1954)
No sad thought (from Hodie)
Eight Traditional English Carols (1919)
 And all in the morning
On Christmas night
The twelve apostles
Down in yon forest
            May Day carol
Truth from above
The birth of the Saviour
Wassail Song

Geistliche Lieder: German Romantic Choral Music (2014)

'We have yet to hear a poor release from David Rowland and The Choir of Christ's College, Geistliche LiederCambridge and this new one maintains the usual high standard.'

Cross Rhythms, July 2014

REGCD417 

Rheinberger     Mass in A, Op.126

Rheinberger     Drei Geistliche Gesänge

Rheinberger     Confitebor tibi

Wolf                Sechs Geistliche Lieder nach Gedicten von Eichendorff
 
Liszt                Ave maris stella
Liszt                Ave verum corpus
Liszt                O salutaris hostia I (for upper voices)
Liszt                O salutaris hostia II (for SATB)
 
Brahms            Drei Geistliche Chöre, Op.37
Brahms           Geistliche Lied, Op.30

Quam Dilecta: French Romantic Choral Music (2013)

'Their impressive vocal sonority, reverence and unity produce cascades of attractive sound [...] this Regent release is nothing short of stunning.'

MusicWeb International, August 2013

REGCD375  

A comprehensive selection of beautiful small-scale sacred works written by four late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French Romantic composers, including works from Saint-Saens, Fauré, de Severac and d'Indy.

Saint-Saëns     Quam dilecta
Saint-Saëns     Ave Maria
Saint-Saëns     Ave verum corpus
de Sévérac       O sacrum convivium
de Sévérac       Ave verum corpus
Fauré               Tantum ergo
Saint-Saëns     Offertoire
de Sévérac       Tantum ergo
d'Indy              Ave Regina coelorum
de Sévérac       Salve Regina
Saint-Saëns     Ave verum corpus
d'Indy              O Domina mea
Fauré               Tantum ergo
Fauré               O salutaris hostia
Fauré               Ave Maria
Fauré               Salve Regina
Fauré               Maria, Mater gratiae
d'Indy              Sancta Maria, succurre miseris
d'Indy              Deus Israel conjungat vos
Fauré               Ecce fidelis servus
Fauré               Ave verum corpus 
 

Choral works by Sir Philip Ledger (2009)

REGCD305  

Sir Philip Ledger's beautiful, original and accessible compositions are winning world-wide popularity, and this recording is the first to be devoted entirely to his choral music.  The disc includes his Requiem - A Thanksgiving for Life for choir and orchestra, which is his most substantial work to date. 

Sir Philip Ledger

Requiem

Adam Lay Ybounden
Advent Calendar
A spotless rose
Jesus Christ the apple tree
In the bleak mid-winter
Lie still and slumber (Two lullabies for Christmas)
            i Hush! my dear, lie still and slumber
            ii Hush you, my baby
Good Christian men, rejoice
If ye love me
Loving Shepherd of thy sheep
Do not stand at my grave and weep
O Master, let me walk with Thee
Christ’s journey
This joyful Eastertide

Scarlatti (2009)

REGCD283  

Domenico Scarlatti's  Stabat Mater has been a popular feature of the Choir's repertoire for several years. This disc combines it with the first recordings of a recently-discovered mass and of several motets composed by his father, Alessandro.

Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)
Missa breve, e concertata a cinque voci

Ad Dominum dum tribularer 
Justitiae Domini 
Exsurge Domine 
Exaltabo te Domine 
Domine in auxilium meum 
Exultate Deo 

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Stabat Mater 

Of a Rose Carol settings by Britten and Leighton (2007)

REGCD243  

Sample track: Of a rose is all my song - Leighton  

Website editor's notes: "Kenneth Leighton's carols are tragically underperformed masterpieces. This consideration, along with Ruth Marriott's spine-tingling soloing, induced me to make the track 'Of a Rose' available on the website despite its 6-minute duration making it far too long for a sample track. Enjoy!"

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
1 Procession
2 Wolcum Yole!
3 There is no rose
4a That yongë child
4b Balulalow
5 As dew in Aprille
6 This little Babe
7 Interlude
8 In Freezing Winter Night
9 Spring Carol
10 Deo Gracias
11 Recession

A Hymn to the Virgin
A Shepherd's Carol

Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)
Three Carols, Op. 25
The Star-Song
Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child
An ode to the birth of our Saviour

The Christ-child lay on Mary's lap
A Hymn of the Nativity
Of a rose is all my song

Stanford Magnificat for Double Chorus, Parry Songs of Farewell (2004)

REGCD203 
 

Stanford
Magnificat for Double Chorus
For Lo! I raise up
Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem
O for a closer walk with God

Parry
My Soul, there is a country
Never weather-beaten sail
I know my soul hath power to know all things
There is an old belief
At the round earth's imagined corners
Lord, let me know mine end 

 

Howells Requiem, Britten Rejoice in the Lamb (2002)

"...truly excellent performances...the recordings are beautifully accomplished....This is a fine disc, well worth the attention of all lovers of twentieth-century English choral music"
International Record Review

REGCD169 
 
 

Howells
Requiem
Take him, earth, for cherishing
A spotless rose
Here is the little door

Britten
Rejoice in the Lamb
A Hymn to the Virgin
Te Deum in C

Music of the Tudors (2001)

Thomas Tallis 
Lamentations of Jeremiah, Part 1
Lamentations of Jeremiah, Part 2
Sancte Deus

John Taverner
O Christe Jesu

John Sheppard
Libera nos
Nunc Dimittis 

Robert White
Christe, qui lux es et Dies

Robert Parsons
Ave Maria

William Mundy
Ah, helpless wretch
O Lord, the maker

Total playing time: 58.59 

Sacred music by Gibbons and Purcell (2000) 

Gibbons
Almighty and everlasting God
This is the record of John
O clap your hands
Hosannah to the Son of David
I am the resurrection
See, see, the word is incarnate
O Lord, in Thy wrath
The silver swan

Purcell
O God, Thou art my God
I was glad
Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes
O Lord God of hosts
Remember not, Lord, our offences
Lord, how long wilt Thou be angry

Romantic church music from Europe (1999)

"With music in four different languages (Latin, French, German and Italian), the disc demonstrates the outstanding skill of an extremely well-trained choir"
Suzanne Flowers

Brahms
Ach, arme Welt (Op.110, no.2)
Geistliches Lied (Op.30)
Schaffe in mir, Gott (Op.29, no.2)
Wenn wir in hoechsten Noeten sein (Op.110, no.3)

Liszt
Salve Regina
O salutaris hostia
Ave verum corpus

Faure
Tantum ergo (3 solo vv.. chorus, Op.65, no.2)
Tantum ergo (1 solo voice, chorus)
Maria Mater gratiae (Op.47, no.2)
O salutaris hostia
Ave verum corpus (Op.65, no.1)
Ave Maria (Op.67, n0.2)
Cantique de Jean Racine (Op.11)

Verdi
Pater noster
Ave Maria (Quattro pezzi sacri)