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The Mystery of Christmas ()

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composed by Adrian Peacock, Anonymous, Ben Rowarth, Cecilia McDowall, Christmas Traditional, Fredrik Sixten, James MacMillan, Jamie W. Hall, John Rutter, Judith Weir, Morten Lauridsen, Richard Allain, Roderick Williams, Steven Sametz, Thomas Hyde, Thomas Tallis

Programs mixing Renaissance music with contemporary compositions are almost obligatory in the genre of the British choral holiday album, so it's nice to encounter a release that gets back to the roots of the phenomenon and takes seriously the impulses that gave rise to it. The small (23-voice) ORA singers and conductor Suzi Digby, honored here by the dedication of a new composition by John Rutter, apply the method used on the group's earlier recordings: seeking out, by commission if necessary, new compositions that respond ...

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  1. O magnum misterium, motet for 4 voices (SATB)
  2. Venite, gaudete!, for chorus & organ
  3. O Adonai, for choir
  4. Drop Down, Ye Heavens, from Above, for chorus
  5. Videte miraculum, motet for 6 voices, P. 293
  6. Coventry Carol for voice & ensemble
  7. Coventry Carol, for double chorus & semi-chorus
  8. Nova! nova! Ave fit ex Eva
  9. Nova! Nova! Ave fit ex Eva, for chorus
  10. Suzi's Carol, for soprano, percusion & chorus
  11. As I lay upon a night, for chorus & organ
  12. There Is No Rose of Such Virtue (English)
  13. There Is No Rose, for chorus
  14. Sweet Was the Song, for chorus
  15. Now may we singen (English)
  16. Now may we singen, carol for chorus
  17. Mary's Lullaby, for soprano & chorus ("Silent Night")
  18. Gaudete, for soloists & chorus
  19. O Magnum Mysterium, for chorus
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The Mystery of Christmas
2018, Harmonia Mundi

UPC: 3149020934920


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