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While Shepherds Watched: Christmas Music from English Parish Churches and Chapels 1740-1830 Import


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  • Performer: Parley of Instruments, Psalmody
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Composer: Various Artists
  • Audio CD (October 14, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B001F4YGVE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,093 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. While shepherds watched their flocks by night (A Collection of 20 New Psalm Tunes, 1746)
2. Let an anthem of praise (A Collection of Tunes, ii. London, 1762)
3. While shepherds watched their flocks by night (Church Music Reformed. London, 1765)
4. Concerto grosso No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 3/4: Pastorale
5. Hark! how all the welkin rings (Harmonia Sacra. London, 1767)
6. Hush! my dear, lie still and slumber (Harmonia Sacra. London, 1767)
7. As shepherds watched their fleecy care (Five Anthems, Four Collects, Twenty Psalm Tunes. London, 1785)
8. Hark! the herald angels sing (The Psalms of David for the Use of Parish Churches. London, 1791)
9. While shepherds watched their flocks by night (A Set of Psalms and Tunes. London, 1805)
10. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival)
11. There were shepherds abiding in the field (The Voice of Melody. London, ca. 1830)
12. Rondo on 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' for piano
13. Angels from the realms of glory (A Christmas Anthem. London & Nottingham, ca. 1830)
14. Work(s): Hymning seraphs wake the morning
15. While shepherds watched their flocks by night (A 2nd Collection of Sacred Music. York, ca. 1820)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 18, 2009
The Christmas music presented here may, in its day, have been mainstream, but these days it is about as far off the mainstream as you're likely to find. What makes this album different is the choice of material. While it works well as background music (if you enjoy choral music), the purpose of the album is to record for posterity some of the alternative versions of familiar songs. Therefore, to appreciate it, you have to find time at least occasionally to study it properly, even if you mostly play it as background music. The liner notes are informative and full lyrics are provided to all the songs.

The vocal group Psalmody comprises five sopranos, two female altos, one male alto, two tenors and three bass singers. Psalmody are backed by a congregation drawn from several different choirs, together with a large instrumental group called The Parley of Instruments. The list of instrumental credits looks like a mini-orchestra, but the instruments aren`t all used on all tracks. On most tracks, the voices dominate while the instrumentation is subtle, but the instrumentalists get a couple of tracks to themselves.

The title track has a particularly interesting history , as the lyrics have apparently been set to hundreds of different tunes, though I wonder how many of these tunes have been preserved. Here, there are five different settings for the title track, plus two others with different but derivative lyrics (As shepherds watched their fleecy care, There were shepherds abiding in the fields). Among the five based on the standard lyrics, one of them (track 9) has the tune more commonly associated with the Yorkshire folk song, On Ilkley Moor baht 'at. Actually, this particular arrangement of the title track pre-dates the folk song.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David d. Wright on January 8, 2013
So much Christmas music has been overdone and ruined by muzak. This CD makes presents the Christmas story in fresh settings. The setting of Christmas words in some of the music one associates with Easter induces theological reflection of the deeper meanings of the season (as does Bach's Christmas Oratorio to name one). If you have ever visited the English countryside, this music can transport you there again. The music is wonderfully realized by wonderful instruments and voices. Don't miss the Rondo on "God Rest You, Merry, Gentleman." This CD makes a wonderful gift to family, friends and kindred spirits. -- David D. Wright
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Kirk on December 21, 2011
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The beauty of this album is that it lets us glimpse the singing of sacred music at Christmas in the 18th century. No attempt here to sound current or popular but to recreate a semblance of Christmas celebrations of the time. This doesn't have a choir of hundreds or a huge orchestra; the singing is rich and vibrant and listening to it is a joy. You also are able to enjoy variations in how some of these were heard. If you're tired of hearing "music you hear in the supermarket or mall" then you may enjoy the richness of this album. This is an easy 5 star album.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Lee on April 9, 2014
This 1996 DDD recorded CD was produced by Hyperion Records. The CD, the conductor, the chamber ensemble, and the chorus were all good.
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