Theatre Of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier – The Christmas Story (2011) [CD-Layer + Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Theatre Of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier - The Christmas Story (2011) [CD-Layer + Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Theatre Of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier – The Christmas Story (2011)
[CD-Layer + Hi-Res SACD Rip]

SACD-ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
CD-Layer / EAC Rip / FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log
Stereo & Multichannel | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 286 MB (CD-Layer) + 3.77 GB (FLAC) + 3.27 GB (ISO) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Harmonia Mundi USA | EU | Cat#: HMU 807565 | Genre: Classical, Christmas

The full title of this album gives a good overview of its contents and artistic intent: the Christmas story told in chant, motets, dialogues and traditional folk carols. Listeners should be aware that it’s not a playful CD of “fun” holiday music, but a serious, thoughtfully assembled collection of Christmas music spanning the history of the Western European tradition, from plainchant to contemporary anthems and arrangements made especially for this album. Its format is based loosely on the Anglican service of Nine Lessons and Carols. Theatre of Voices, a mixed vocal quartet supplemented by organ and theorbo (or guitar), sings four lessons, three Biblical stories in Baroque Italian settings, plus the traditional We Three Kings. The carols, traditionally sung by the choir or congregation at the Christmas Eve service, are sung a cappella by the chamber choir, Ars Nova Copenhagen. The performances, led by Paul Hillier, are absolutely first-rate. Theatre of Voices, an ensemble of soloists, sings with exquisite purity, intonation, blend, and balance. Ars Nova Copenhagen has the same outstanding musical strengths, but simply by virtue of the relative size of the group, it makes a dramatic contrast in its contributions, which take up the bulk of the album. In spite of its size — only four singers on a part — it produces a wonderfully robust sound. The variety of the repertoire and the exceptionally high performance standards make this an album that should be attractive to anyone looking for a quality survey of Christmas music through the ages. The sound of Harmonia Mundi’s hybrid SACD is clean, well-balanced, and natural. ― Allmusic

01. Ars Nova Copenhagen – Rorate coeli desuper – 02:31
02. Ars Nova Copenhagen – Veni veni Emanuel – 03:19
03. Ars Nova Copenhagen – Es ist ein Ros entsprungen – 03:26
04. Theatre of Voices – Dum deambularent Dominus in Paradisum [Biasio Tomasi (fl. 1611)] – 04:54
05. Ars Nova Copenhagen – Adam lay y-bounden [Howard Skempton (b.1947)] – 01:36
06. Ars Nova Copenhagen – In dulci iubilo – 03:20
07. Theatre of Voices – Missus est Gabriel [Alessandro Grandi (1586-1630)] – 07:27
08. Ars Nova Copenhagen – Puer natus est – 03:03
09. Ars Nova Copenhagen – O magnum mysterium [William Byrd (c.1540-1623)] – 03:06
10. Theatre of Voices – Voi ch’ai notturni rai [Giovanni Francesco Anerio (1567-1630)] – 06:10
11. Ars Nova Copenhagen – Dormi, dormi O bel bambin – 02:01
12. Ars Nova Copenhagen – Liebe Hirten – 01:36
13. Ars Nova Copenhagen – Andachtsjodler – 02:26
14. Theatre of Voices – We three kings [J.H. Hopkins (1820-1891)] – 03:55
15. Ars Nova Copenhagen – Videntes stellam – 00:33
16. Ars Nova Copenhagen – Personent hodie – 01:51
17. Ars Nova Copenhagen – Herodes iratus – 00:37
18. Ars Nova Copenhagen – Vox in Rama – 01:11
19. Ars Nova Copenhagen – Uebers Gebirg [Johann Eccard (1553-1611)] – 02:47
20. Ars Nova Copenhagen – Maria wallt zum Heiligtum [Johann Eccard (1553-1611)] – 03:12
21. Ars Nova Copenhagen – The holly and the ivy – 02:47
22. Ars Nova Copenhagen – Barn Jesus i en krybbe lå [Niels Gade (1817-1890)] – 01:56
23. Ars Nova Copenhagen – We wish you a merry Christmas – 01:34





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