WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Sacred Music: A Christmas History / Christophers, The Sixteen

Sixteen / Christophers / Beale / Miller / Quinney
Release Date: 10/11/2011 
Label:  Coro   Catalog #: 16094  
Composer:  AnonymousGiovanni PalestrinaTomás Luis de VictoriaJohann Sebastian Bach,   ... 
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Back Order: Usually ships in 2 to 3 weeks.  
DVD:  $18.99
Back Order



Notes and Editorial Reviews

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen join Simon Russell Beale for two special Christmas programmes that look beyond the familiar carols and festive songs to reveal two millennia of music and texts from across Europe.

A CHRISTMAS HISTORY
Simon Russell Beale takes a journey through Italy, Britain, Germany and Austria as he explores how the sound of Christmas has evolved in response to changing ideas about the Nativity. His story takes us through two millennia of music, from a fragment of papyrus preserving the earliest known piece of Christian music to the stories behind Hark! the herald angels sing, Silent Night and In the bleak midwinter, and the work of popular Christmas composer, John Rutter all performed by Harry
Read more Christophers and The Sixteen.

A CHORAL CHRISTMAS
Simon Russell Beale introduces a programme of choral music for Christmas from across the centuries, featuring performances of some of the works featured in the accompanying documentary. Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, perform music including J.S. Bach's harmonisation of the medieval carol In dulci jubilo, A spotless rose by Herbert Howells and the Christmas text O magnum mysterium, set as a motet by Tomás Luis de Victoria.

Bonus features include seven free audio tracks, trailers for Sacred Music: Series One and Sacred Music: An Easter Celebration, artist biographies, and related CD information.

NTSC, Region 0, 16x9, Color, English (Stereo), Not Rated, Run Time: 90 min.
Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Make us merry by Anonymous
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
2. Hodie Christus natus est by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
3. O magnum mysterium by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1572; Spain 
4. In dulci jubilo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
5. There is no rose by Traditional
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Written: England 
6. Make we joy now in this fest by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; England 
7. Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
8. Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus: no 2, A spotless rose by Herbert Howells
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1920; England 
9. In the bleak mid-winter by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1906; England 
10. O magnum mysterium by Peter Maxwell Davies
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
11. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Wonderful Christmas Music ! September 3, 2013 By Gary H. (Paris,, KY) See All My Reviews "A Great Documentary by the BBC . And Wonderful Music, By The Sixteen !" Report Abuse
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook