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Christopher Robinson


Christopher Robinson

Christopher Robinson has rightly earned the reputation as one of the leading English choral conductors from the second half of the 20th century. While he has been closely identified with sacred music, he has also delved extensively into secular works. His repertory ranges from Baroque to contemporary, but with a decided slant toward 20th century British music. The names Elgar, Britten, Tippett, Maxwell Davies, Berkeley, Howells, Rubbra, Tavener, Walton, and a spate of other 20th century British composers occupy a good portion of his concert programs. That said, Robinson is also a master interpreter of the choral music of Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Durufle, Rachmaninov, Poulenc, Messiaen, and many other non-British composers. Robinson, who often held the dual post of organist and choirmaster, has also drawn lavish praise for his skills on the organ. He has appeared on more than 50 recordings, mostly as conductor, with a few as organist (Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony, for example) and a handful serving in both roles. His recordings are available on numerous labels, including Naxos, Chandos, Brilliant Classics, Hyperion, Nimbus, EMI, Regis, and Guild.

Christopher Robinson was born in England in 1936. He trained originally as an organist, serving as an organ scholar at Christ Church, Oxford. He launched his career at Worcester Cathedral, accepting the post of organist and master of the choristers. While there, Robinson also served every August as conductor at the Three Choirs Festival concerts. Upon departing his Worcester Cathedral post, Robinson was appointed organist and choirmaster at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, holding the position until 1991. Robinson soon accepted another enduring appointment, that of conductor of the City of Birmingham Choir, a post he held from 1964-2002. He took on a concurrent third assignment, conductor of the Oxford Bach Choir (1976-1987).

By 1990 Robinson was one of the most acclaimed choral conductors in England. In 1992 he was given the title of Commander of the Victorian Order by the Queen for his masterly services at Windsor Castle. That same year Robinson accepted the post of organist and director of music at St. John's College, Cambridge. This period in his career saw a spate of highly praised recordings, like the 1993 Hyperion CD Sacred Music by John Tavener, with St. George's Chapel Choir. Robinson retired from St. John's College in 2003. Among his notable later recordings is the 2001 Naxos CD of Nine Tenebrae Motets by Rubbra.


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St John's College Choir, Cambridge : Advent Carols from St. John's : 00  1 CD : Christopher Robinson :  : NIM 5414

St John's College Choir, Cambridge : Advent Carols from St. John's

Review: For lovers of British carol services, Christmas is virtually synonymous with Cambridge. This service blends traditional plainsong antiphons and carols with readings.

Songlist: Drop Down Ye Heavens, Lo! He Comes With Clouds, Adam Lay y Bounden, The Lord at first did Adam make, Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, A Spotless Rose, There is no Rose, Ave Maria, A Hymn to the Virgin, I Sing of a Maiden, This Have I Done for My True Love, Magnificat, Benedicamus Domino, O Little Town of Bethlehem, & antiphons, collects and readings

5784c 00 1 CD $15.95

St John's College Choir, Cambridge : Album of 19 Favourites : 00  1 CD : Christopher Robinson :  : RRC 1010

St John's College Choir, Cambridge : Album of 19 Favourites

Review: As one of England's oldest and most respected male choirs one expects great recordings and this collection of the favourites of director Christopher Robinson is a real treat. Recorded in the Chapel this recording demonstrates the Choir's remarkable repertoire stretching from the 15th century until the present day.

Songlist: Insanae et vanae curae, Cantique de Jean Racine, Thou wilt keep Him, How lovely are Thy dwellings , Ave Verum, Thou, O God, art praised, Ave Verum, Locus iste, Bring us, O Lord, Hymn of the Cherubim, Ave Verum, O salutaris, Ave Maria stella Hostia, Crucifixus, Denn er hat seinem Engeln, Ave Maria , Panis Angelicus , Hymn, Pie Jesu

8433c 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Choirs CDs

St John's College Choir, Cambridge : Ave Verum - Popular Choral Music : 00  1 CD : Christopher Robinson :  : 99081

St John's College Choir, Cambridge : Ave Verum - Popular Choral Music

Review: Conductor Christopher Robinson directs this historic and highly regarded choir as they perform a thoughtful collection of popular choral music of many of the great composers including Haydn, Faure, Wesley, Brahms, Mozart, Elgar, Bruckner, Rachmaninov, Byrd, Rossini, Grieg, Mendelssohn, Franck, Stanford and Durufle.

Songlist: Insane et vanae curae, Cantique de Jean Racine, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, How lovely are thy dwellings, Ave Verum, Thou O God art praised, Ave Verum, Locus iste, Bring us O Lard, Hymn of Cherubim, O Salutaris Hostia, Ave Maris Stella, Crucifixus, Denn er hat seinen Englen befohlen, Ave Verum, Panis Angelicus, Hymn, Pie Jesu

8693c 00 1 CD $7.95 English Choral CDs

St John's College Choir, Cambridge : Fear and Rejoice, O People : 00  1 CD : Christopher Robinson :  : NIM 5589

St John's College Choir, Cambridge : Fear and Rejoice, O People

Review: The magnificent Tavener piece headlines a collection of choral works that will make a musical companion to anyone's Advent and Christmas.

Songlist: Fear and Rejoice, O People, Hymn to the Mother of God, Carol-Anthems, Carol-Anthems, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, There is a Flower, As Dewe in Aprylle, Benedicamus Domino, Remember, O Thou Man, Unto Us is Born a Son, The Truth From Above, On Christmas Night, A Little Hymn to Mary, Come all You Faithful, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, English Folksongs, Out of Your Sleep Arise, Evening Service in F Major, Totus Tuus, Op. 60

9461c 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

St John's College Choir, Cambridge : Tavener - Song for Athene : 00  1 CD : Christopher Robinson : John Tavener : 8.555256

St John's College Choir, Cambridge : Tavener - Song for Athene

Review: John Tavener is one of contemporary music's most distinctive and recognizable voices; writing deeply felt compositions of instant magnetism and lyrical intensity inspired by a strong Greek Orthodox faith. At the very heart of his work is sacred music, a genre in which Tavener has established considerable fame with contemporary classics such as "The Lamb" and "Hymns To The Mother of God" as well as the elegiac "Song For Athene". "Svyati", for cello and chorus, takes the form of a musical incantation against the hushed voices of the choir. This rarely-heard masterpiece sees Tavener deploy an unusual combination of musical forces to powerful and moving effect.

Songlist: God Is With Us, Song For Athene, The Lamb, The Tiger, Magnificat and Nunc Dimiittis, Funeral Ikons, Hymns To The Mother of God, Love Bade Me Welcome, As One Who Has Slept, The Lord's Prayer, Svyati

7562c 00 1 CD $15.98 English Choral CDs

St John's College Choir, Cambridge : Voices From Heaven : 00  1 CD : Christopher Robinson :  : 1341

St John's College Choir, Cambridge : Voices From Heaven


Songlist: Introit: Durufle: Requiem, Kyrie: Durufle: Requiem, Domine Jesu Christe: Durufle: Requiem, Sanctus: Durufle: Requiem, Pie Jesu: Durufle: Requiem, Agnus Dei: Durufle: Requiem, Lux aeterna: Durufle: Requiem, Libera me: Durufle: Requiem, In Paradisum: Durufle: Requiem, I Ubi caritas et amor: Durufle: Quatre Motets sur themes gregoriens, II Tota pulchra es: Durufle: Quatre Motets sur themes gregoriens, III Tu es Petrus: Durufle: Quatre Motets sur themes gregoriens, IV Tantum ergo: Durufle: Quatre Motets sur themes gregoriens, Magnificat: Howells: Collegium Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense , Nunc Dimittis: Howells: Collegium Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense, I Salvator mundi: Howells: Requiem , II Psalm 23: Howells: Requiem, III Requiem aeternam: Howells: Requiem, IV Psalm 121: Howells: Requiem, V Requieum aeternam: Howells: Requiem, VI I heard a voice from Heaven: Howells: Requiem

2390c 00 1 CD $9.95 English Choral CDs

St John's College Choir, Cambridge : Ave Verum - Popular Choral Classics : DVD : Christopher Robinson :  : 6364

St John's College Choir, Cambridge : Ave Verum - Popular Choral Classics

Review: The fruitful development of the English Anthem in the 20th century was made possible, some say, by the interest in the genre from composers who were unencumbered by church appointment. The Victorian flowering of English Anthems by Stanford was passed on to his student and successor at Cambridge, Wood, and other students Bainton, Ireland, Harris and Howells. Britten studied under Ireland at the Royal College of Music, and others studied at Oxbridge, Oxford and Cambridge. Stephen Cleobury directs the acclaimed 33-member, all male Choir of King's College in their renditions of these 13 pieces. Charles Wood's "Hail, gladdening light," Edgar Bainton's soaring "And I saw a new heaven," John Ireland's "Greater love hath no man," Wm. Harris' "Faire is the heaven," Edward Naylor's "Vox dicentis: Clama," Britten's "A Hymn of St. Columbia," Leighton's "Let all the world in every corner sing"... this is not easily performed material, but the Choir effortlessly reaches the high scales and challenging harmonies. Light organ accompaniment on most songs, but the focus is on the voices. Dramatic, operatic compositions wonderfully performed by one of England's finest choirs.

Songlist: Ave Verum, Insanae et vanae curae , How lovely aree Thy dwellings , Ave verum , Ave maris stella , Locus iste, Denn er hat seinen Engeln , Where Thou reignest , Bring us, O Lord God, O! For a closer walk with God , Crucifixus , Pie Jesu Domini , O salutaris hostia , Cantique de Jean Racine, Thou, O God, art praiset , Hymn of the Cherubim , Ave Maria, Panis angelicus, Ave verum, Thou will keep him (Samuel Sebastian Wesley)

7699dvd DVD $16.98 Choral Performance DVDs

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