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Yulefest! - BBC Music Magazine

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Since going to Trinity College, Cambridge nine years ago conductor Stephen Layton has taken its choir to new levels of acheivement. And not just in ecclesiastical repertoire: the version of Jingle Bells which opens this recital is full of pep and sparkle. In fact all the popular selections – White Christmas, The Christmas Song, among others – sound notably relaxed and idiomatic, the choir’s stylistic versatility confidently demonstrated. Arrangements are often interestingly unfamiliar, and for sheer fun and virtuosity Robert Rice’s arrangement of Sleigh Ride takes the seasonal biscuit.

Terry Blain

Hyperion Records CDA68087