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Nowell synge we bothe al and som / Gothic Voices


Release Date: 11/08/2019 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 591  
Composer:  AnonymousJohn DunstableJohn CookeWalter Frye,   ... 
Performer:  Steven HarroldCatherine KingJulian PodgerStephen Charlesworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gothic Voices’ reputation for the originality of its programming is cemented with its first recording of medieval Christmas music, in which Julian Podger reimagines a fifteenth-century carol evening. Mirroring the modern practice of performing mostly music from the preceding centuries alongside some contemporary repertoire, the programme includes late medieval English carols, chant, mono-and polyphonic songs and motets for the Advent and Christmas season, focusing on Mary, her Annunciation and the birth of Jesus. Larger-scale festive motets and mass movements by English late medieval celebrities John Dunstaple and Leonel Power also feature. The ‘evening’ concludes with a summons to wake up to the significance of Christmas, with the Read more conductus callResonet, intonetintroducing the carols Nowell synge we bothe al and som and Nowell: Owt of your slepe and the great Christmas chant Puer natus est nobis, arranged here into a joyful finale. This recording has been widely anticipated since a performance of this repertoire in December 2016 was chosen by BBC Music Magazine as its number one unmissable Christmas event.

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REVIEW:

It seems extraordinary that this should be Gothic Voices’ first Christmas-themed album; nevertheless, it has been worth the wait to hear these wellknown works performed by this ensemble. Their textures are always buoyant: listen for the fourth verse, which describes the Virgin’s swollen womb, where they use an atmospheric vocalised drone.

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Works on This Recording

1.
O sapientia, antiphon by Anonymous
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
2.
Angelus ad Virginem by Anonymous
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; England 
3.
Alma Redemptoris mater by Anonymous
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 10th Century 
4.
Gaude virgo salutata, isorhythmic motet for 4 voices, MB 28 by John Dunstable
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1410-1453 
5.
Nowell, nowell by Anonymous
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
6.
Ave regina by John Cooke
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1400; England 
7.
In natali novi regis by Anonymous
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Romantic 
8.
Alleluya: A nywe werk is come on honde by Anonymous
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 15th Century 
9.
Mervele not, Joseph by Anonymous
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
10.
Edi be thu, heven-queenë by Anonymous
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1270; England 
11.
O Sapientia by Anonymous
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
12.
Ave regina celorum by Walter Frye
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; England 
13.
Lullay, Lullay: As I lay on Yooles night by Anonymous
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
14.
Ecce quod natura by Anonymous
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century 
15.
Ave rex angelorum by Anonymous
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; England 
16.
Gloria by Queldryk
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1400 
17.
Ther is no rose of swych vertu by Anonymous
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1420; England 
18.
Benedicite Deum by Anonymous
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
19.
Sanctus by Leonel Power
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; England 
20.
Resonet, intonet by Anonymous
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Romantic 
21.
Nowell synge we bothe by Anonymous
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
22.
Puer natus est nobis by Anonymous
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
23.
Nowel, nowel, nowel: Owt of your slepe aryse and awake by Anonymous
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1430; England 
24.
Cantate Domino by Anonymous
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
25.
Nowell: Now man is bryghter by Anonymous
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices

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 Wonderful period Christmas Choral Singing October 27, 2020 By Lowell Harris (Los Angeles, CA) See All My Reviews "I could not have imagined more marvelous and harmonic choral singing. It took me back to various times in our musical history - a perfect way to celebrate Christmas in these difficult times. Peace and love in joyful expression." Report Abuse
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