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Monday, December 7, 2015

Of Glad Tidings



I got this three-LP set from the Book-of-the-Month Club, around 1980.  After losing track of it, I was thrilled to come across another copy.  Hey, Sir Asnes, hey!

This is a classical treatment of Christmas.  With that in mind, I say that it’s a great conglomeration of musical styles, all in celebration of Christmas.

MEDIEVAL CAROLS:
01. Lux hodie - Orientis partibus - 13th century (2:41)
02. Resonemus laudibus - 14th century (1:15)
03. Verbum caro - In hoc anni circulo - 15th century (2:46)
04. Fines amouretes - 13th century (1:39)
05. Verbum patris hodie - 12th century (1:02)
06. Lullay, lullow - I saw a sweete seemly sight - 14th century (3:02)
07. Fulget hodie de l’éspine la flour - 14th century (1:54)
08. Now make we merthe - Now God almighty - 15th century (3:15)
09. Noe, noe, noe psallite noe - Jean Mouton (3:18)
10. Nowell - The borys hede - 15th century (4:39)
11. Pray for us - In this valey - 15th century (3:33)
12. Verbum patris humanatur - 12th century (1:27)
13. Conditor fut le non-pareil - 1520 - Anonymous (1:56)
14. Nova, nova - Gabriell off hye degre - 15th century (1:09)
15. Nowell - Dieus vous garde - 15th century - Richard Smert (3:40)
16. Riu, riu, chiu - El lobo rabioso - 1556 - Anonymous (3:28)
17. Verbum caro - Dies est laetitiae - 14th century (1:17)
BAROQUE CHRISTMAS MUSIC:
18. Joseph, lieber Joseph Mein - 1544 - Johann Walter (2:14)
19. Hodie Christus natus est - Schütz (5:52)
20. Behold, I bring you glad tidings - Purcell (10:03)
21. Soberana Maria - Anonymous (2:42)
22. Allelujah! Freuet euch, ihr Christen alle - Hammerschmidt (3:40)


 BAROQUE CHRISTMAS MUSIC:
01. Noé, Noé! Pastores, cantate Domino - Bouzignac (4:15)
02. O magnum mysterium   - Giovanni Gabrielli (4:31)
03. Ach Herr, du Schöpfer aller Ding - Schütz (5:18)
04. Christe, Redemptor omnium - Monteverdi (4:19)
05. Singt, ihr lieben Christen all - Praetorius (2:54)
CAROLS NEWLY COMPOSED AND ARRANGED:
06. Angelus ad pastores ait - Hassler (3:21)
07. I saw three ships come sailing in - Traditional (1:45)
08. The First Christmas - Fleming - Fricker (1:23)
09. Deck the hall - Traditional (1:20)
10. Dormi Jesu - Traditional (1:56)
11. Here we come a-wassailing - Traditional (2:59)
12. Our Lady’s song - Anonymous - Maw (2:50)
13. Unto us is born a Son - 1582 - Piae Cantiones (2:41)
14. There is no rose of such virtu - Medieval - Joubert (2:39)
15. We wish you a merry Christmas - Traditional (1:48)
16. Silent night - Rothery - Grüber (3:03)
17. The boar’s head carol - Traditional (2:06)
18. Balulalow - Wedderburn - Halsey (1:25)
19. Out of your sleep arise - 14th century - Milner (2:16)
20. Ecce Puer - Joyce - Naylor (1:18)
21. What cheer? - 16th century - Walton (1:13)
22. From Heaven winging - Traditional (1:57)
23. Welcome Yule! - Traditional - Joubert (1:56)
24. Ave Maria - Hail, blessed flower - Medieval - Davies (2:19)
25. The first nowell - Traditional (4:12)

Also included are complete scans of the insert booklet with lyrics and translations.

The Christmas story is simple:  We stink.  But God loves us anyway, and sent his son to show us how to get better.

Merry Christmas season!


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