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What Sweeter Music

What Sweeter Music

What Sweeter Music is a real festive treat, with a sumptuous collection of songs and carols for Christmas – touching on traditional favourites (Silent Night, Away in a Manger), modern classics (The Lamb, What Sweeter Music) and some new light-hearted arrangements (Jingle Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas).

Superbly sung and plenty of fun

Gramophone Magazine

Release Date: 09 November 2009

Record Label: Signum Classics

Catalogue Number: SIGCD182

Location of Recording: Tracks 4, 8 & 15 recorded 27–28 August, 2001 at St Bartholomew-the-Great, West Smithfield, London and Tracks 9 & 14 recorded 12–13 May, 2004 at St Michael’s Church, Highgate, London. Remaining tracks recorded 22–26 June, 2009 at St Bartholomew-the-Great, West Smithfield, London.

Total Running Time: 00:58:30

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# Title Composer Duration Price Listen Add to Cart
1Jingle Bellsarr. Ben Parry02:35£ Listen
2Silent NightFranz Gruber, arr. Jonathan Rathbone04:07£ Listen
3What sweeter musicJohn Rutter04:46£ Listen
4A spotless RoseHerbert Howells03:41£ Listen
5Quem pastoresarr. Nigel Short01:42£ Listen
6Veni, veniAdrian Peacock02:37£ Listen
7There is a flowerJohn Rutter04:03£ Listen
8AlleluiaPeter Wishart01:53£ Listen
9The LambJohn Tavener03:52£ Listen
10I wonder as I wanderarr. Andrew Carter03:23£ Listen
11Quelle est cette odeur agréable?arr. David Willcocks04:34£ Listen
12We wish you a merry Christmasarr. Nigel Short02:04£ Listen
13The OxenJonathan Rathbone02:54£ Listen
14Gaudetearr. Karl Jenkins01:48£ Listen
15Away in a mangerarr. Nigel Short04:08£ Listen
16Tomorrow shall be my dancing dayarr. David Willcocks01:57£ Listen
17Nativity CarolJohn Rutter04:40£ Listen
18The twelve days of Christmasarr. Andrew Carter03:35£ Listen
# Title Composer Duration Price Listen Add to Cart

Superbly sung and plenty of fun

Gramophone Magazine

an exquisite account of Rutter’s ‘There is a Flower’

Classical Music Magazine

A jazzy Jingle Bells launches this varied and seductively sung programme

The Daily Telegraph

What a fine album this is… soulful performances of well-known carols

Classic FM Magazine

the technical accomplishment that’s in evidence throughout this recital is of the highest order

John Quinn, MusicWeb International

Best Christmas Discs Roundup 2009, Gramophone Magazine


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