Christmas in Medieval England
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Label: Blue Heron
Cat No: BHCD1006
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 27th November 2015
'Christmas in Medieval England' allows listeners to share the beauty, excitement, intensity and variety found in a Blue Heron concert performance. It includes plainchant, carols and other music for Advent and Christmas from 15th century England.
It is comprised entirely of tracks recorded live at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational in December 2013.
1. Veni, veni Emanuel
2. Angelus ad virginem / Gabriel fram Hevenking
3. Gaude virgo salutata / Gaude virgo singularis (John Dunstaple)
4. Hayl Mary, ful of grace
5. Gloria (Old Hall MS, no.21) (Leonel Power)
6. Ther is no rose of swych vertu
7. Ibo michi ad montem mirre (Power)
8. Veni redemptor gentium
9. Dominus dixit ad me
10. Nowel: Owt of your sleep aryse
11. Gloria (Old Hall MS, no.27) (Pycard)
12. Ecce quod natura
13. Missa Veterem hominem: Sanctus
14. Ave rex angelorum
15. Missa Veterem hominem: Agnus dei
16. Nowel syng we bothe al and som
17. Nova, nova! Ave fit ex Eva
“While pre-Baroque music may seem intimidating to some, Blue Heron’s sound is a revelation – fresh, dynamic and vibrant, making a welcome change from the well-known Christmas oratorios. This is pristine, urgent and wondrous music-making of the highest order.” - Damian Fowler, Gramophone, December 2012
“Blue Heron took an atypically energetic approach to medieval sacred vocal works, which are often performed with an all-too-respectful and reserved detachment. From the antiphonal chants to the simple songs and hymns that filled out their well-balanced program,…Blue Heron harnessed a lively sense of phrasing and perfectly suited dynamics that gave this repertoire a sense of emotional investment.” - Stephanie Lubkowski, Boston Classical Review, December 21, 2013
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