About the album
Bob Chilcott’s compositions are beloved with choral societies around the world, and this album represents the fruits of his recent collaborations with the US choir Choralis and their conductor Gretchen Kuhrmann.
Featuring festive works for solo choir as well as choir and brass ensemble, at the centre of the programme is Wenceslas, inspired by the legend of the Bohemian King who braved the winter weather with his Page to save the life of a poor peasant, and incorporating the melody of the famous carol into each of its 8 movements.
The disc includes the premiere recordings of Chilcott’s Gloria, which was premiered by the choir to great critical acclaim in 2015.
11Wenceslas I. Wintertide
12Wenceslas II. Who can that be?
13Wenceslas III. Forth, they went
14Wenceslas IV. Interlude - Winter Dark
15Wenceslas V. Sleeping in winter?s arms
16Wenceslas VI. Thank you
17Wenceslas VI. Thank you
18Wenceslas VIII. On Saint Stephen?s Night
110My Perfect Stranger I. Prologue
111My Perfect Stranger II. My Perfect Stranger
112My Perfect Stranger III. Epilogue
113The Nine Gifts
114Gloria I. Gloria in excelsis Deo
115Gloria II. Domine Deus
116Gloria III. Qui tollis peccata mundi
117Gloria IV. Quoniam tu solus sanctus