Jonathan Nangle’s Christmas Carol is a highly immersive and evocative piece. The text, a poem by American poet Sara Teasdale, is given due prominence, Nangle presenting it homophonically throughout. The poem details The Nativity, and Nangle skilfully transports us there, unfurling the story with shimmering harmonies and gentle waves of text. The use of a solo quartet subtly adds a new timbral colour; the hosts of angels and those on earth now joining together in song.
A highly atmospheric and special piece of music that is suited to both Christmas services or concerts.