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Star of the Magi / Le Blanc, Taylor, Les Voix Humaines

Album Summary

>Traditional, Christmas : There Is No Rose of Such Virtue (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Traditional, Christmas : Joseph est bien marie
>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol (2)
>Traditional, Christmas : Riu, riu, chiu!, carol (Spanish)
>Merula, Tarquinio : Canzonetta spirituale sopra "Alla Nanna" (Curtio Precipitato et altri Capricii composti in diversi
>Caurroy, Eustache du : Fantasie no 29 a 3 on "Une jeune fillette"
>Anonymous, French : Une jeune fillette
>Lebègue, Nicolas-Antoine : Les cloches, noel for organ
>Byrd, William : Lullaby
>Turini, Francesco : Canzona
>Traditional, Christmas : Nowell
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Notes & Reviews:

"As many times as I've heard the medieval carol 'There is no rose', it still works its mysterious magic--and especially so when performed as beautifully as it is on this must-have Christmas recording from the Quebec-based Atma label. Daniel Taylor not only is one of the world's top countertenors (along with Andreas Scholl and David Daniels), but simply is one of the world's top singers, period. And his singing partner here, soprano Suzie Le Blanc, has no superior in the realm of early music. Together, these two are a marvel--not only in the aforementioned 'There is no rose', but also in their ideally interpreted and perfectly tuned 'Nowell: Dieu vous garde' duet. And on their own, as in Taylor's heart-rending delivery of Byrd's 'Lullaby, my sweet little baby' and Le Blanc's tender and passionate 'Une jeune pucelle', they are unforgettable. The instrumental accompaniments and solo offerings are equally fine, especially the work of lutenist Sylvain Bergeron, a world-class master of early and baroque style, whose contributions are invariably tasteful and imaginative. Also appearing are Susie Napper and Margaret Little, who have made a respectable name for themselves as Les Voix Humaines, a viola da gamba duo--a unique niche if ever there were one! The program is a well-chosen and intelligently organized selection of early carols and dances directly associated with the celebration of Christmas, made even more appealing by skillful, enticing arrangements that include viols, recorder, lute, drum, bells, and percussion. The sound is remarkable for its realism. Be prepared to be convinced that these performers are right in the room with you!" -Classics Today (10/10)



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Works Details

>Traditional, Christmas : There Is No Rose of Such Virtue (English)
  • Performers: Daniel Taylor (Countertenor); Suzie LeBlanc
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Notes: Studio l'Esplanade Saint-Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, St-Augustin-de-Mirabel, Quebec, Canada (02/08/1999-02/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1420

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Notes: Studio l'Esplanade Saint-Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, St-Augustin-de-Mirabel, Quebec, Canada (02/08/1999-02/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588

>Traditional, Christmas : Joseph est bien marié
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Notes: Studio l'Esplanade Saint-Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, St-Augustin-de-Mirabel, Quebec, Canada (02/08/1999-02/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol (2) :: "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child"
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Notes: Studio l'Esplanade Saint-Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, St-Augustin-de-Mirabel, Quebec, Canada (02/08/1999-02/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1498

>Traditional, Christmas : Riu, riu, chiu!, carol (Spanish)
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Notes: Studio l'Esplanade Saint-Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, St-Augustin-de-Mirabel, Quebec, Canada (02/08/1999-02/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1556

>Merula, Tarquinio : Canzonetta spirituale sopra "Alla Nanna" (Curtio Precipitato et altri Capricii composti in diversi
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Notes: Studio l'Esplanade Saint-Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, St-Augustin-de-Mirabel, Quebec, Canada (02/08/1999-02/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Caurroy, Eustache du : Fantasie no 29 à 3 on "Une jeune fillette"
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Notes: Studio l'Esplanade Saint-Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, St-Augustin-de-Mirabel, Quebec, Canada (02/08/1999-02/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, French : Une jeune fillette
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Notes: Studio l'Esplanade Saint-Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, St-Augustin-de-Mirabel, Quebec, Canada (02/08/1999-02/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Nicolas-Antoine Lebègue (1631 - 1702) : Les cloches, noël for organ
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Notes: Studio l'Esplanade Saint-Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, St-Augustin-de-Mirabel, Quebec, Canada (02/08/1999-02/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Byrd, William : Lullaby
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Notes: Studio l'Esplanade Saint-Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, St-Augustin-de-Mirabel, Quebec, Canada (02/08/1999-02/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1588

>Turini, Francesco : Canzona
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Notes: Studio l'Esplanade Saint-Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, St-Augustin-de-Mirabel, Quebec, Canada (02/08/1999-02/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional, Christmas : Nowell :: Dieu vous garde, carol (French)
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Notes: Studio l'Esplanade Saint-Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, St-Augustin-de-Mirabel, Quebec, Canada (02/08/1999-02/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas