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The Manchester Carols

The Manchester Carollers , Northern Chamber Orchestra , Carol Ann Duffy , Sasha Johnson Manning , Richard Tanner Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Richard Tanner
  • Composer: Carol Ann Duffy, Sasha Johnson Manning
  • Audio CD (December 15, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B002TMLRUO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars a voice teacher and early music fan December 15, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
'A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME IS STILL A ROSE!'

This recording, in many ways, is quite remarkable using the poetry of Poet Lauriate, Carol Ann Duffy, set to the music of established composer, Sasha Johnson Manning, two English women that almost by accident got together in 2007 and wrote these inspirational and charismatic carols.

About a year ago Radio 3 BBC featured Manning in a special program that involved questions about her compositions, but the focus was on the 'Manchester Carols'; some of these carols were played and she talked about how they came to be written and her main goals concerning their creation. Upon hearing them I was 'hooked'; not because of her ideas, but because the carols are so unique and lovely. This new sequence of carols was premiered in 2007 at the Royal Northern College of Music.

The 'Manchester Carols' retell 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 willing to join in the Christmas celebrations. Having said all of this, some of which I quoted from the 'blurbs' and some from Manning's BBC interview, I have to say that it's not important to me personally that I take in the reason for the recording, as much as the fact that these are simply carols that are very attractive.

Manning's gift for melody is immediately perceived from the first song to the final song on the recording, for they are tuneful and 'catchy'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Peace for the Soul October 15, 2012
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I live in Canada and first heard the song "The Trees" which was played on the Detroit classical radio station 90.9 last year before Christmas. I immediately fell in love with the song and went looking for a place to purchase the CD.

After I received the CD, I listened to it all the time. All of the songs are just beautiful. I find the music and words to be so delicate; they bring the inspiration and awe of the season, with an historical feel. I was sad when January came along - for one reason; I had to put the CD away for the year!

It's October now, and I've decided that, although I usually reject the notion of preparing for Christmas in October, I have decided to pull the CD out. It makes me happy, light-hearted and gives peace to my soul.

This is true artistry - the world could use more of!

I am now on a search for other recordings by Manning - sadly, I can't really find any, so the least I could do was recommend this recording for anyone who is looking for true Christmas inspiration through sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joyful New Carols! December 1, 2011
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I have had this CD for a couple of years and I must say it's in the top two of my favorite Christmas CDs...and I have a LOT of Christmas CDs. I have just noticed that the composer herself is the soloist, and she does a fabulous job. The recording uses some BBC Singers (here called the Manchester Carolers), wonderful handbells and a small instrumental ensemble to impart a new take on the Christmas Story. It is a marvelous compilation of the collective talents of Sasha Johnson Manning and Carol Ann Duffy, the poet and lyricist. A MUST HAVE for those who love choral music and don't want to hear the same old carols.
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