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The Christmas Story / Paul Hillier, Theater of Voices

Audio Samples

>Chant, Gregorian : Rorate caeli desuper, introit in mode 4 for the 4th Sunday in Advent
>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
>Tomasi, Biasio [Composer] : Dum deambularet Dominus in Paradisum, for chorus
>Skempton, Howard : Adam lay y-bounden, advent carol for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piae Cantiones)
>Grandi, Alessandro : Missus est Gabriel (Dialogo), motet for 5 voices
>Chant, Gregorian : Puer natus est nobis, introit
>Byrd, William : Gradualia, Volume 2
>Anerio, Giovanni Francesco : Voi ch'ai notturni rai, for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : Dormi, dormi, o bel bambin (Sleep, O Sleep My Lovely Child) (Italian)
>Traditional, Christmas : Liebste Hirten (Alpine Region)
>Traditional, Christmas : Andachtsjodler (Christmas Yodler)
>Hopkins, John Henry : We three kings
>Chant, Gregorian : Videntes stellam Magi, Magnificat antiphon
>Traditional, Christmas : Personent hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)
>Chant, Gregorian : Herodes iratus, antiphon (Mode 1)
>Plainchant : Vox in Rama
>Eccard, Johannes : Ubers Gebirg Maria geht
>Eccard, Johannes : Maria Wallt zum Heiligtum
>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
>Gade, Niels [Composer] : Barn Jesus i en krybbe la (Baby Jesus in a Manger Lay), song
>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)

Album Summary

>Chant, Gregorian : Rorate caeli desuper, introit in mode 4 for the 4th Sunday in Advent
>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
>Tomasi, Biasio [Composer] : Dum deambularet Dominus in Paradisum, for chorus
>Skempton, Howard : Adam lay y-bounden, advent carol for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piae Cantiones)
>Grandi, Alessandro : Missus est Gabriel (Dialogo), motet for 5 voices
>Chant, Gregorian : Puer natus est nobis, introit
>Byrd, William : Gradualia, Volume 2
>Anerio, Giovanni Francesco : Voi ch'ai notturni rai, for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : Dormi, dormi, o bel bambin (Sleep, O Sleep My Lovely Child) (Italian)
>Traditional, Christmas : Liebste Hirten (Alpine Region)
>Traditional, Christmas : Andachtsjodler (Christmas Yodler)
>Hopkins, John Henry : We three kings
>Chant, Gregorian : Videntes stellam Magi, Magnificat antiphon
>Traditional, Christmas : Personent hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)
>Chant, Gregorian : Herodes iratus, antiphon (Mode 1)
>Plainchant : Vox in Rama
>Eccard, Johannes : Ubers Gebirg Maria geht
>Eccard, Johannes : Maria Wallt zum Heiligtum
>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
>Gade, Niels [Composer] : Barn Jesus i en krybbe la (Baby Jesus in a Manger Lay), song
>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
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Notes & Reviews:

Inspired by the much-loved service of Nine Lessons and Carols given every Christmas Eve in England, this recording presents the Nativity story told through plainchant, motets, 17th-century dialogues and traditional folk carols. Paul Hillier leads Theatre of Voices and Ars Nova Copenhagen in music he has culled and arranged from Italian, German, Danish, English and American sources.

"Paul Hillier always presents something unique, the musical selections invariably containing some surprises, the projects always creative and purposeful. Here he takes inspiration from the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols, ingeniously substituting the usual scripture readings with 17th-century Italian "dialogues" that tell the Christmas story, but sung instead of read... the program returns considerable rewards both in the exceptional quality of the ensemble singing and in the interesting repertoire... there's something for everyone here, especially listeners looking for a fundamentally traditional Christmas program that nevertheless dares to venture slightly off the well-trod path. Strongly recommended." -Classics Today

Mail on Sunday
The 65 minutes are designed to be played at a single sitting: the musically curious - and those of genuine religious impulse - will find much that is deeply satisfying.

The Telegraph
Tracing a course from Advent through the Nativity and on to Epiphany and Holy Innocents, Paul Hillier has devised a fascinating programme of plainchant, Renaissance music and other apt pieces that poignantly relate the Christmas narrative. Excellent performances bring the sequence vividly to life.

The Arts Desk
This lovely disc offers a Danish take on the traditional English carol service...This needs to be listened to in sequence, in one go, and following the texts leads to a pretty profound, immersive experience. Paul Hillier's arrangements of traditional carols are unfailingly sensitive; the highlights being a radiant version of the Italian Dormi, dormi o bel Bambino and an account of Liebe Hirten

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Garnisons Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark (01/2011).



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Works Details

>Chant, Gregorian : Rorate caeli desuper, introit in mode 4 for the 4th Sunday in Advent
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 12th Century

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1600

>Tomasi, Biasio [Composer] : Dum deambularet Dominus in Paradisum, for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Skempton, Howard : Adam lay y-bounden, advent carol for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1400

>Grandi, Alessandro : Missus est Gabriel (Dialogo), motet for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 7 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Chant, Gregorian : Puer natus est nobis, introit
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Byrd, William : Gradualia, Volume 2
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1607

>Anerio, Giovanni Francesco : Voi ch'ai notturni rai, for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Traditional, Christmas : Dormi, dormi, o bel bambin (Sleep, O Sleep My Lovely Child) (Italian)
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Liebste Hirten (Alpine Region)
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Andachtsjodler (Christmas Yodler)
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Hopkins, John Henry : We three kings
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1857

>Chant, Gregorian : Videntes stellam Magi, Magnificat antiphon
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Traditional, Christmas : Personent hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1582

>Chant, Gregorian : Herodes iratus, antiphon (Mode 1)
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Plainchant : Vox in Rama
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Eccard, Johannes : Übers Gebirg Maria geht
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Eccard, Johannes : Maria Wallt zum Heiligtum
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1529

>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1710

>Gade, Niels [Composer] : Barn Jesus i en krybbe la (Baby Jesus in a Manger Lay), song
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 15th Century