Recorded live at St Francis of Assisi Church, Paddington NSW in December 2016, this is a Christmas celebration like only the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir, under their charismatic artistic director Paul Dyer, can create.
For over a decade, the ABO's annual Christmas concerts have been a staple festive celebration for thousands across Australia, and several have become best-selling albums. But this is the first time the joy can be witnessed on DVD, in this new CD / DVD release from ABC Classics.
Noël! Noël! features brilliant New Zealand soprano Madison Nonoa, who sings the sumptuous Renaissance lament Con qué la lavaré, 'Silent Night' and more. In a typically wide-ranging choice of music, beloved carols such as 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' and 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' sit alongside joyous instrumental celebrations, including Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets. And the Choir revel in contemporary gems including Ola Gjeilo’s 'The Spheres' and a beautiful arrangement of Ben Folds’ love-song 'The Luckiest'.
Noël! Noël!touches on the religious but is firmly grounded in the spiritual. It’s a celebration of the festive that will fill your heart with cheer.
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1. NICOLAI Wachet auf! 2. ANONYMOUS Sonata à 9 3. GAUNTLETT Once, in Royal David’s City 4. VIVALDI Concerto for Two Trumpets in C major, RV537: I. Allegro 5. VAVILOV Ave Maria 6. TRADITIONAL O Little Town of Bethlehem 7. GJEILO The Spheres from Sunrise Mass 8. TRADITIONAL Coventry Carol 9. NARVÁEZ Con qué la lavaré 10. TRADITIONAL God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 11. RITTLER Ciaccona à 7 in C major 12. EŠENVALDS O Salutaris Hostia 13. MENDELSSOHN Hark! the Herald Angels Sing 14. FOLDS The Luckiest 15. ADAM Cantique de Noël (O Holy Night) 16. TRADITIONAL Amazing Grace 17. GRUBER Stille Nacht 18. ANONYMOUS O Come, All Ye Faithful
Paul Dyer artistic director, conductor and harpsichord Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Madison Nonoa soprano
Recorded live at St Francis of Assisi Church, Paddington NSW on 13 December 2016