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Philip Greenfield
American Record Guide, November 2013

This is a handsome Christmas anthology that has something for everyone.

The Vasaris, in short, don’t just wish you a Merry Christmas. They do everything they can to make one happen. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), December 2012

The Best Christmas Recordings of 2012

The Vasari Singers’ annual carol concerts always provide a warming blend of traditional favorites and less well-known music from all periods and styles. Here, 16th-century polyphony sits alongside popular Victorian carols and contemporary settings, and no Vasari Christmas would be complete without some close-harmony Swingle singing. © 2012 WFMT (Chicago)

William Hedley
International Record Review, December 2012

The arrangements are sensational and one is in awe before a choir that can turn in magnificent performances of the most serious and taxing works ain the repertoire, yet is able to turn its collective hand, with slickness that defies description, to entertaining showstoppers such as [the Swingle Singers close harmony arrangements]. © 2012 International Record Review

BBC Music Magazine, December 2012

Jonathan Rathbone’s energetically bouncing arrangement of Gabriel’s message is a good place to sample the Vasari Singers’ warmly engaged performances, and they impress also in the tricky, undulating chant figurations at the beginning of Howells’s Sing Lullaby. © 2012 BBC Music Magazine

Brian Wilson - Download News 2012/22
MusicWeb International, November 2012

…the emphasis here is on music written or arranged by contemporary composers…Extracts from Bob Chilcott’s On Christmas Night have the lion’s share, attractive music, but for me the highlight is a peaceful and ethereal arrangement by Jan Sandström of the Prætorius setting of Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen. Even traditionalists can’t complain about the arrangement…There’s plenty of variety, too, with the more solemn mood giving way to secular fun at the end. With the Vasari Singers delivering it all and Naxos providing a good recording this will be regularly on my menu this Christmas. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2012

Without the annual performance of Handel’s Messiah and their Carol Concert, many of the UK’s choral societies would financially go out of business. So the choice of music is their annual debate in order to keep the venue full year on year, the Vasari singers, having had thirty years experience in retaining audience interest, present a programme of the familiar and less-known music that has been their winning formula. Dominated by British music, that in recent years has become the cornerstone of such concerts, there is no pretence that the group’s inherent sound will change in style as they travel back from Bob Chilcott’s recent This is the truth, to the 16th century for Giovanni Gabrieli’s 16th century Hodie Christus natus est. Yet the most fascinating sounds come from Michael Praetorius’s in 1609 with Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, while my favourite tracks include Walford Davies’s O little town of Bethlehem, Harold Darke’s In the bleak mid-winter and David Willcocks’ arrangement of the plainchant Of the Father’s heart begotten. Pierre Villette’s Hymne a la Vierge is gorgeous and The Stable Door from Armstrong Gibbs is a lovely cameo. © 2012 David’s Review Corner

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