A Renaissance Christmas / Christophers, The Sixteen

Release Date: 10/5/2018
Label: Coro
Catalog Number: COR16167
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Number of Discs: 1

Physical Format:

CD
In Stock
$18.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Following The Sixteen’s hugely successful album, “Song of the Nativity,” which featured Christmas music from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, this new seasonal offering explores a stunning selection of festive works from the Renaissance. The Sixteen captures the joy and sincerity of the most wonderful of seasons, from the joyous simplicity of plainsong chants ‘Resonemus laudibus’ and ‘Veni, veni Emmanuel’ to the shining purity of Lassus’ polyphonic ‘Videntes stellam Magi’ and Byrd’s jubilant ‘This day Christ was born.’ This album provides a perfect alternative to traditional carols for those looking for something a little different at Christmas. “The Sixteen gives a masterclass in the art of unaccompanied singing, and in close emotional engagement with the pieces chosen… It puts the music front and centre, in this beautifully realized Christmas sequence.” (BBC Music Magazine)

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REVIEW:

The satisfying program of A Renaissance Christmas is no mere academic exercise or collection of rarities for collectors. The Sixteen deliver these works with exquisite tone and polished diction, performing to their expected high standards and creating a memorable impression with this refreshing album. Coro's sound is quite clear in the resonant acoustics, and the singers have a warm and vibrant presence.

– All Music Guide (Blair Sanderson)
Works on This Recording
1. Resonemus laudibus by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ;
2. Hodie Christus natus est by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
3. Omnes de Saba venient, Epiphany motet by Jacobus Handl
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
Written: 1586 ;
4. Resonet in laudibus by Johannes Eccard
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
5. Veni, veni, Emmanuel by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Romantic
6. Vox in Rama by George Kirbye
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
7. Videntes stellam magi by Orlando de Lassus
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1562 ; Munich, Germany
8. Videte miraculum by Thomas Tallis
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; England
9. Quem vidistis, pastores? by Richard Dering
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Baroque
10. Gradualia, Volume 2: O magnum misterium by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1607 ; England
11. Resonet in laudibus by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
Written: circa 1470 ;
12. Quem vidistis, pastores by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1572 ;
13. Resonet in laudibus, motet for 5 voices, M. vii (S. iii/148) by Orlando de Lassus
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1569 ; Munich, Germany
14. Psalmes, Songs and Sonnets...fit for Voyces or Viols: This day Christ was born by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1611 ; England
15. Reges Tharsis et insulae by John Sheppard
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; England
16. Pastores loquebantur by Francisco Guerrero
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; Spain
17. Cantiones sacrae, pro praecipuis festis totius anni et communi sanctorum: O beatum et sacrosanctum by Peter [renaiss.] Philips
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1612 ; Brussels, Belgium
18. Crudelis Herodes by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
19. Omnes de Saba venient, motet for 8 voices, M. xix (S. xxi/1) by Orlando de Lassus
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ;
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