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Early One Morning
Higgenbottom, Choir of New College Oxford
Early One Morning
Genre: Classical
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All Artists: Higgenbottom, Choir of New College Oxford
Title: Early One Morning
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Erato
Release Date: 10/27/1998
Genre: Classical
Style: Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 706301906521

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"Early One Morning" by Choir of New College, Oxford
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Early one morning is a collection of traditional English, Irish, and American folk songs. The choir is composed of Adult male choristers and a strong, very talented treble section (boys' choir). Some of the songs included on this lovely album are "Early one Morning", "Loch Lomond", "Greensleeves", "Shenandoah",& "The Minstrel Boy" and "The Londonderry Air" (melody used for "O Danny Boy"). The songs are sung so beautifully a capella that you never notice the lack of instumental backing.I can confidently recommend this album to anyone who appreciates beautiful choral music."
Simple beauty
NotATameLion | Michigan | 05/29/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The world has moved on. The winds of time have blown away almost all signs of the industrial world's rural past. While in exile in Babylon, similarly removed from all signs of what he had known, the Psalmist cried out: "How can we sing the LORD'S song In a foreign land?" (Psalm 137:4) We too live in a world in exile. The post-modern world has little conception of the kind of world that produced the songs of "Early One Morning." Thankfully, we have collections like this CD to remind us of, and preserve the songs of the past.I still don't know what possessed me to buy this album. "Early One Morning" is like no other recording in my collection. The disc is composed acapella renditions of traditional folk songs--all of which are outstanding. Songs like "Blow the Wind Southerly," "Linden Lea," "Shennandoah," and "Greensleeves" carry the listener away with their simple beauty. The beauty is not one that fades easily either...this CD still gets a lot of play time almost six months after I first heard it. So, even if you are like I was--unfamiliar with and uncertain about trying this kind of music, I highly recommend this disc."
A voice teacher and early music fan
George Peabody | Planet Earth | 03/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

This folk song anthology contains representative selections of the genre from both sides of the Atlantic. Some of the arrangements are well-known, others have been made especially for this recording and many by Higginbottom, himself, In addition, there are some that have been arranged by classical composers such as Vaughan-Williams and Grainger. The collection, spanning many centuries, from the thirteenth (Summer is icummen in) to the twentieth, celebrates a tradition in which music belongs to everyone. In the musical settings of these simple and artless songs we bridge the gap between folksong as a museum-piece and folksong as a living and vibrant part of our culture.

The New College Choir of Oxford has herein made a truly fine recording, both in selections and performance. The choir's fine tone quality, especially in the trebles, the intelligence of phrasing, clear diction and sensitive shading are all splendid, as one expects from this choir. The soloists are quite good too, outstanding among them being the tenor Philip Cave, who sings beautifully in 'Briggs Fair', Eamonn Dougan, baritone and Nicholas Fuggle, treble who were equally outstanding in the title song 'Early one morning'.

The recorded sound is good, not 'churchy', though it was recorded in a Chapel (January to July, 1997), and the accompanying booklet is attractively presented."