Advent Carols From St. John’s

16 Dec

Advent Carols From St.John's DS453 front

Album info

Release: DS453

Source: UHJ CD

Process: Ambi-UHJ



10 Responses to “Advent Carols From St. John’s”

  1. mactwit November 30, 2015 at 19:02 #

    This is going to be my new listening tradition for the first Sunday in Advent. The album has a lovely “feel” to it, even though the many interspersed biblical lessons may be tedious to some. The ambisonic recording really takes you there, and for a Christmas music enthusiast like myself, it is a treasure.

    The album isn’t like any other in my collection, both for the music selections, and the performances. The songs range from unison chant to contemporary arrangements, and the singing is very good, particularly from the youngest singers. It’s an all-male affair, of course, and all parts are amply filled, from treble down to bass, with even some counter-tenors thrown in. It just sounds “eminently authentic”, and of course the English choral style is a big part of that. There are many great American carol recordings, but they sound completely different.

    There are no audience sounds, so I guess this is not a live performance, although it otherwise seems that way, lessons and all. It seems a perfect choice to start off my holiday listening spree, with its non-traditional choices and arrangements. Thank you, Dickie, this one is delightful.

  2. Owen Smith December 22, 2014 at 17:01 #

    This sounds quite good, as much as I can judge using the DTS stream on a stereo downmix on ceiling speakers. I can make no comment on the ambisonics obviously.

  3. gjwAudio December 18, 2014 at 20:02 #

    Thanks OD for this lovely Seasonal Gift !

    I’ve been enjoying it over my little desktop 2.1 speaker system, courtesy of foobar2000 (and it’s stereo downmix). Very nice recording of wonderful performances… can’t wait to hear it on the 4-Square Rig (some day in the far-off future :().

    Merry/Happy Christmas to all you DSQA Folks (…are there any ladies among the pack, or is this “Boys-Only” ?).


  4. tarkus2013 December 17, 2014 at 01:18 #

    You guys might as well be from a different planet to me. I was brought up in South Georgia, USA and well, shit, you might as well be from a different planet, you know? Culture there is in the cottage cheese, but that’s about it. Thank God for music – and you-all.

    • Owen Smith December 17, 2014 at 11:11 #

      There must be something nice about South Georgia.

  5. Owen Smith December 16, 2014 at 13:10 #

    From the snow on the river it looks like the Cam has at least partially frozen over in the cover art. That limits what year the picture can have been taken, the river only freezes over about 1 year in 10.

  6. Owen Smith December 16, 2014 at 12:57 #

    Ah St. John’s College. I once took part in a Varisty Archery match on the backs next to the river at St. John’s, on the other side of the buildings in the cover art. Cambridge did badly that day, as evidenced by the fact that my score was high enough to make the team. I was never particularly good.

    I think the cover art picture was taken standing on the Trinity College bridge, it gives a very similar view of St. Johns. I’ll have to go into town some time and check but there really isn’t anywhere else it could have been taken.

    There is a lovely story about that view from the 19th Century when those St. John’s buildings were built. The Master of Trinity College was out for a walk when he saw an undergraduate loitering on the bridge. He asked the undergraduate what the purpose of the bridge was, expecting the answer “for crossing the river”. But the undergraduate replied that the bridge was “for affording the best view of the new buildings at St. John’s”. The Master found himself unable to argue with this. It is a fine view on a sunny day, or as in the cover art when there is snow on the ground.

    • oxforddickie December 16, 2014 at 13:48 #

      You know, i’ve never been to Camrbidge, been on the ‘to do’ list. Will get there one day and stand on the bridge

    • Owen Smith December 16, 2014 at 14:35 #

      Note that many of the Cambridge colleges have been swamped with tourists over the last couple of decades and now charge for admission and limit numbers. During exam periods many of them close completely to visitors so students can revise in peace. As a member I can get in free, all year round, with guests. So drop round to avoid disappointment.

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