The Mystery of Christmas (CD)

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$30.99
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HMM905305
Artist:
ORA Singers, Suzi Digby

“The story of Christ’s birth has prompted generations of composers to expressions of joy and mystical reflection. Our selection of carols for this album unveils a whole treasure chest of offerings, some familiar, some less so, all giving voice to various elements of the nativity story. With the generous support of the Pureland Foundation we focus both on the miraculous Incarnation and the central role of the Virgin Mary. O Magnum Mysterium.” - Suzi Digby OBE (Artistic Director & Founder)

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Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine

4 Stars

"The pulsing, fidgety rhythms of Adrian Peacock’s ‘Venite, Gaudete!’ mark the ORA Singers out as a chamber choir of high accomplishment. The technical accuracy is exceptional and the sound smoothly blended in The Mystery of Christmas."

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Tracklisting:

1. WILLIAM BYRD (c.1540-1623)
O magnum mysterium 
ed. Sally Dunkley

2. ADRIAN PEACOCK (b. 1962)
Venite, Gaudete!
Novello & Co Ltd

3. RODERICK WILLIAMS (b.1965)
O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel
Emma Walshe solo angel, Roderick Williams celebrant
Oxford University Press

4. JUDITH WEIR (b.1954)
Drop down, ye heavens, from above
Novello & Co Ltd

5. THOMAS TALLIS (c.1505-1585)
Videte miraculum
ed. Sally Dunkley

6. ANONYMOUS (medieval)
Coventry Carol
Zoe Brookshaw, soprano, Hannah Cooke, mezzo soprano, Richard Bannan baritone
Musica Britannica Volume 4 ed. John Stevens

7. ARR. RICHARD ALLAIN (b. 1965)
Coventry Carol 
Novello & Co Ltd

8. ANONYMOUS (medieval)
Nova, nova
William Gaunt bass
Musica Britannica Volume 4 ed. John Stevens

9. JAMES MACMILLAN (b.1959)
Nova! Nova! Ave fit ex Eva
Boosey & Hawkes

10. JOHN RUTTER (b.1945)
Suzi’s Carol*
Emma Walshe, soprano, Joby Burgess, percussion

11. JAMIE W. HALL (b. 1983)
As I lay upon a night 
Zoe Brookshaw, soprano, Steven Harrold, tenor
Chichester Music Press

12. ANONYMOUS (medieval)
There is no rose 
Hannah Cooke, Kim Porter, mezzo sopranos, Jeremy Budd, tenor
Musica Britannica Volume 4 ed. John Stevens

13. BEN ROWARTH (b.1992)
There is no rose 

14. THOMAS HYDE (b.1978)
Sweet was the song
Novello & Co Ltd

15. ANONYMOUS (medieval)
Now may we singen 
Hannah Cooke, mezzo soprano, Jeremy Budd, tenor, Richard Bannan, baritone
Musica Britannica Volume 4 ed. John Stevens

16. CECILIA MCDOWALL (b.1951)
Now may we singen 
Oxford University Press

17. FREDRIK SIXTEN (b.1962)
Mary’s Lullaby (Silent Night)
Emma Walshe, soprano
Gehrmans Musikförlag

18. STEVEN SAMETZ (b.1954)
Gaudete
Oxford University Press

19. MORTEN LAURIDSEN (b.1943)
O magnum mysterium
Faber