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The Promise of Ages - A Christmas Collection / Parrott

Audio Samples

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Traditional, Christmas : Nos galan (New Year's Eve), carol (Welsh)
>Niles, John Jacob : Lullay, thou tiny little child
>Traditional, Christmas : Ther Is No Rose of Swych Vertu, carol (English)
>Holst, Gustav : Songs (4) for soprano (or tenor) & violin, Op. 35, H. 132
>     I Sing of a Maiden
>Traditional, Christmas : Ther Is No Ros' (English, Trinity Roll, 15th c.), carol
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : O Magnum Mysterium, 4 carols for SATB chorus, with two instrumental sonatas & organ fantasia, J. 40
>Anonymous : Song of the Nuns of Chester
>     Verses 1-3
>     Verses 4-6
>Anonymous, Ritson Manscript : Lullay, lullow
>     I saw a swete semely syght, christmas carol for 2 voices
>Traditional, Christmas : I Wonder As I Wander (American)
>Anonymous : Staines Morris "Whitsun Morris Dance"
>Anonymous : Hail, Mary, full of grace
>Anonymous : Seven Joys of Mary
>Weir, Judith : Illuminare, Jerusalem
>Traditional, Christmas : The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish)
>Niles, John Jacob : Sing We the Virgin Mary
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green")
>Traditional, Christmas : Christmas Eve
>Chant, Gregorian : Hodie Christus, antiphon to the Magnificat
>Holst, Gustav : Old English Carols (4), for chorus & piano, Op. 20b, H. 82
>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
>     As Dew in Aprille
>Traditional, English : Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Traditional, Christmas : Nos galan (New Year's Eve), carol (Welsh)
>Niles, John Jacob : Lullay, thou tiny little child
>Traditional, Christmas : Ther Is No Rose of Swych Vertu, carol (English)
>Holst, Gustav : Songs (4) for soprano (or tenor) & violin, Op. 35, H. 132
>Traditional, Christmas : Ther Is No Ros' (English, Trinity Roll, 15th c.), carol
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : O Magnum Mysterium, 4 carols for SATB chorus, with two instrumental sonatas & organ fantasia, J. 40
>Anonymous : Song of the Nuns of Chester
>Anonymous, Ritson Manscript : Lullay, lullow
>Traditional, Christmas : I Wonder As I Wander (American)
>Anonymous : Staines Morris "Whitsun Morris Dance"
>Anonymous : Hail, Mary, full of grace
>Anonymous : Seven Joys of Mary
>Weir, Judith : Illuminare, Jerusalem
>Traditional, Christmas : The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish)
>Niles, John Jacob : Sing We the Virgin Mary
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green")
>Traditional, Christmas : Christmas Eve
>Chant, Gregorian : Hodie Christus, antiphon to the Magnificat
>Holst, Gustav : Old English Carols (4), for chorus & piano, Op. 20b, H. 82
>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
>Traditional, English : Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Andrew Parrott and the Taverner Consort and Choir collaborated on this eclectic collection of Christmastime music. Songs include "Ther Is No Rose of Swych Vertu," "O Magnum Mysterium," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Lullay, Though Tiny Little Child," "Song of the Nuns of Chester" and "Nos Galan (Deck the Halls)." ~ Gina Boldman

Includes work(s) by Peter Maxwell Davies.



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840

>Traditional, Christmas : Nos galan (New Year's Eve), carol (Welsh)
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Niles, John Jacob : Lullay, thou tiny little child
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional, Christmas : Ther Is No Rose of Swych Vertu, carol (English)
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas

>Holst, Gustav : Songs (4) for soprano (or tenor) & violin, Op. 35, H. 132 :: I Sing of a Maiden
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Traditional, Christmas : Ther Is No Ros' (English, Trinity Roll, 15th c.), carol
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1420

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : O Magnum Mysterium, 4 carols for SATB chorus, with two instrumental sonatas & organ fantasia, J. 40
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1960

>Anonymous : Song of the Nuns of Chester :: Verses 1-3
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.

>Anonymous : Song of the Nuns of Chester :: Verses 4-6
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : O Magnum Mysterium, 4 carols for SATB chorus, with two instrumental sonatas & organ fantasia, J. 40
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1960

>Anonymous, Ritson Manscript : Lullay, lullow :: I saw a swete semely syght, christmas carol for 2 voices
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1475

>Traditional, Christmas : I Wonder As I Wander (American)
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Written: by 1933

>Anonymous : Staines Morris "Whitsun Morris Dance"
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.

>Anonymous : Hail, Mary, full of grace
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.

>Anonymous : Seven Joys of Mary
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.

>Weir, Judith : Illuminare, Jerusalem
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1985

>Traditional, Christmas : The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish)
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 12th Century

>Niles, John Jacob : Sing We the Virgin Mary
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green")
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1928

>Traditional, Christmas : Christmas Eve
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Chant, Gregorian : Hodie Christus, antiphon to the Magnificat
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Holst, Gustav : Old English Carols (4), for chorus & piano, Op. 20b, H. 82
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1907

>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 :: As Dew in Aprille
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1942

>Traditional, English : Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Caroline Balding (Violin); William Lyons (Flute); Taverner Consort; Lucy Carolan (Organ); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1758