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Sixteen: Christus Natus Est - An Early English Christmas

Song NameComposer
Verbum carochant
Salutation Carol
Nowell, sing we, both all and some
Gaudete
Hail Mary full of Grace
Gloria in excelsisSheppard
There is no rose
Nowell, nowell: Out of your sleep
Remember O thou man
Quid petis, O Fili?Pygott
Sweet was the song
Lullaby my sweet little babyWilliam Byrd
Are rex angelorum
Drive the cold winter away
Nowell, nowell: The boares head
The old year now has passed away
Angelus ad Virginem
Nowell, nowell: Dieu vous garde
Make we joy
Verbum caroSheppard

Directed by Harry Christophers

Amongst the exhaustive catalogue of recordings devoted to Christmas music, this particular example - focusing on works written in England during the Middle Ages and Renaissance - can be warmly recommended indeed. The performances, as ever by this superb choir, are polished and beautifully executed, and the program is varied both in terms of the selection of pieces (carols, motets, ballads, chant...) and also in the interpretations (usually choir or consort but sometimes 1 singer, occasionally accompanied by instruments - harp, lute, rebec/fiddle, drums). Furthermore, a number of the tracks constitute probably the best available performances of certain works.

Item code: 8749C | 1 CD | $14.95 |add item to cart
Early Music  | A Cappella | Mixed | England
16027

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