Cover : Tidings

With yuletide expressions both traditional and contemporary, this CD from the choir of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, Wellington, New Zealand, explores a vast musical landscape. Nestled snugly among perennial carol favorites are works by 20th-century British choral masters, luminous modern American classics, and recently composed works by New Zealand composers Andrew Baldwin and Geoffrey Coker. Glorious cathedral acoustics complement solid foundations provided by organ and brass. Michael Fulcher directs the choir; Richard Apperley plays most of the accompaniments; Thomas Gaynor, organ scholar, accompanies “Once in Royal David’s City.”

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  • 102:31Tidings, tidings that be true (Peter Aston, b. 1938)
  • 205:00Once in royal David’s city (arr. James O’Donnell, b. 1961)
  • 302:49The angel Gabriel (arr. Pettman, 1865-1943)
  • 403:12A maiden most gentle (Andrew Carter, b. 1939)
  • 504:58God is with us (John Tavener, b. 1944)
  • 602:56O magnum mysterium (Andrew Baldwin. b. 1986)
  • 705:53O magnum mysterium (Morten Lauridsen, b. 1943)
  • 801:58Splendours of nature (Geoffrey Coker, b. 1949)
  • 903:35Lux aurumque (Eric Whitacre, b. 1970)
  • 1003:19Sing lullaby (Herbert Howells, 1892-1983)
  • 1105:27Lullay my liking (Andrew Baldwin)
  • 1202:58Away in a manger (arr. David Hill, b. 1957)
  • 1303:05The Salutation (Geoffrey Coker, b. 1949)
  • 1403:43Bethlehem Down (Peter Warlock, 1894-1930)
  • 1503:14Hark, the herald angels sing (arr. David Hill)
  • 1604:06For Him all stars have shone (Bob Chilcott, b. 1955)
  • 1706:50O come, all ye faithful (arr. David Hill)