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In Terra Pax – A Christmas Anthology ‘Bargain of the Month’ on MusicWeb

November 27, 2009

Naxos’s gorgeous new release of Christmas choral music has gained a wonderful review on MusicWeb International, reviewer Simon Thompson declaring ‘it’s as good a Christmas recital as you’re likely to find this year’.

In Terra Pax – A Christmas Anthology
Music by Holst, Joubert, Mathias, Howells
Finzi, Warlock, Leighton, Rutter
Gardner & Vaughan Williams

Julia Doyle (soprano), Roderick Williams (baritone)
City of London Choir, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Hilary Davan Wetton, conductor


Performances of carols both ancient and modern have become central to the celebration of Christmas. The choral music on this disc includes Holst’s surprisingly neglected Christmas Day, as well as music by Leighton, Joubert, Mathias, Gardner and Rutter. The nostalgic mood of Howells’s evergreen carol-anthems is echoed in Finzi’s In terra pax, which recalls the pealing of bells at midnight on a frosty Christmas Eve. The City of London Choir, which enjoys an enviable reputation as a ‘leader among nonprofessional choruses’ (The Times), makes its Naxos début with this delightful recording.


MANNING The Manchester Carols
The Manchester Carollers
Northern Chamber Orchestra
Richard Tanner, conductor


This new sequence of Christmas carols was written in 2007 by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and composer Sasha Johnson Manning, and premièred in the same year. The Manchester Carols re-tell the Christmas Story for the 21st Century, celebrating a child’s birth and all that child was to become: a man who lived by a humble, selfless creed, championing the marginalised in a society which was, as it is now, fraught with political tensions. These carols are for everybody, the believer and the non-believer, people of other faiths and everyone wishing to join in the Christmas celebrations.

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