What Sweeter Music (DXL 811)


London-based vocal ensemble, CONSORTIUM perform traditional carols and Christmas anthems with Gareth Price (organ), directed by Edward Barbieri.

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The many emotions of Christmas, from anticipation and joy to awesome wonder, are represented in the music and often poignant texts. Spanning half a millennium of the Christmas tradition, “What Sweeter Music” contains many of the most beautiful carols, old and new, performed in the splendid acoustics of St Alban’s, Holborn by the London-based vocal ensemble, CONSORTIUM and Gareth Price (organ) under the direction of Edward Barbieri.

Track List:

1. All this time – Walton
2. What sweeter music – Rutter
3. Once in Royal David’s city – Gauntlett
4. Adam lay y bounden – Ord
5. Mary’s Magnificat – Carter
6. The truth from above – Trad.
7. In the bleak mid winter – Darke
8. No small wonder – Edwards
9. O little town of Bethlemhem – Trad.
10. Bethlehem down – Warlock
11. Away in a manger – Kirkpatrick
12. Lullaby to Jesus – Warlock
13. The three Kings – Cornelius
14. See amid the winter’s snow – Goss
15. Sussex carol – Trad.
16. Cantique de Noel – Adam