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Polyphony: O Magnum Misterium

Song NameComposer
O radix IessePlainchant
Alleluya, A new Work is come on Hand Wishart
A Spotless Rose Herbert Howells
Out of your sleepRichard Rodney Bennett
Of a rose is all my song Leighton
There is no rose Richard Rodney Bennett
As dew in Aprylle Warlock
O Magnum MysteriumPlainchant
Bethlehem DownWarlock
That younge childRichard Rodney Bennett
I saw a fair maiden Warlock
Sing Lullaby Warlock
Ave Maria Plainchant
Sweet Was the Song Richard Rodney Bennett
A Hymn to the Nativity Leighton
Lullaby my Jesus Warlock
Hodie Christus natus est Plainchant
All and some Byrt
An Ode to the birth of our Saviour Leighton
Susanni Richard Rodney Bennett
Puer natus est nobis Plainchant
Benedicamus DominoWarlock
A Cornish Christmas Carol Warlock
Reges Tharsis Plainchant
Here Is The Little DoorHerbert Howells
The Star-song Leighton
What cheer?Walton
Lully, lulla thou little tiny childLeighton
Verbum caro factum est Plainchant

Directed by Stephen Layton

O magnum misterium combines the old with the new. On this CD of English carols from the 20th century, Polyphony interpolates Sarum chant to create a magnificent Christmas program. The carols were written by various English composers such as Herbert Howells, Peter Warlock and Richard Rodney Bennett and exemplify the great connection the English have with choral music. The Sarum chant, which was used at Salisbury Cathedral in place of the traditional Roman liturgy, is used purely to relieve the ear from the indulgent sounds of the carols. This CD includes Howells "A Spotless Rose" and "Sing Lullaby" which are possibly better known, but all of the songs are equally beautiful.

Item code: 7159C | 1 CD | $11.95 |add item to cart
Choral | A Cappella | Mixed | England
CDH 55216

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