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Anonymous 4: On Yoolis Night

Hodie Christus natus est
O nobilis nativitas"/"O mira dei"/"Odecus virgineum"/"Appruit
Lux de luce
Alleluya: A nywe werke
Verbum supernun prodiens
Balaam de quo vaticianas
Ave Maria
Gabriel, fram heven-king
Lullay: I saw a swete semly syght
Prolis eterne genitor"/"Psallat mater gracie
Vox clara, ecce, intonat
De supernis sedibus
Qmnes de Saba
Puellare gremium
Lullay, ullay: Als I lay on Yoolis night
Tria sunt munera
Orto sole serene"/"Origo viri"/"Virga Iesse
Peperit virgo
Ecce quod natura
A solis ortus cardine
Ther is no rose of swych vertu
Videntes stellam
Owt of your slepe aryse

The four female members of Anonymous 4 are dedicated to the preservation of Gregorian chant from medieval times, and this holiday selection of English plainchant, songs, motets and carols are all derived from this period. As one might expect, the texts are often sacred in nature, to be performed during religious rites and devotions, such as Advent (hymn, "Vox Clara, Ecce, intonat"). Carols often use the multiple verse and refrain format, that was a typical form ("Ther Is No Rose Of Swych Vertu," and others). Much more could be said about the historical and musical context of these works - and is, in the extensive liner notes - but this background, though fascinating, is not necessary to simply appreciate the supple grace and open sound of these gentle voices, which is more than enough.

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Item code: 6218C | 1 CD | $15.98 |add item to cart
Early Music  | A Cappella | Female | United States
HMU 907099

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