Nowell synge we bothe al and som / Gothic Voices

Release Date: 11/8/2019
Label: Linn
Catalog Number: CKD591
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Number of Discs: 1

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$18.99
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 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: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
1. Mervele not, Joseph by Anonymous
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
2. Angelus ad Virginem by Anonymous
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
Written: 13th Century ; England
2. Nowell synge we bothe by Anonymous
Performer: Julian Podger (Tenor), Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
3. Alma Redemptoris mater by Anonymous
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
Written: 10th Century ;
3. Nowell: Now man is bryghter by Anonymous
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
4. Gaude virgo salutata, isorhythmic motet for 4 voices, MB 28 by John Dunstable
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
Written: circa 1410-1453 ;
5. Nowell, nowell by Anonymous
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
6. Ave regina by John Cooke
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
Written: circa 1400 ; England
7. In natali novi regis by Anonymous
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Romantic
8. Alleluya: A nywe werk is come on honde by Anonymous
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
Written: 15th Century ;
9. Edi be thu, heven-queenë by Anonymous
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
Written: circa 1270 ; England
10. O Sapientia by Anonymous
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
11. Ave regina celorum by Walter Frye
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; England
12. Lullay, Lullay: As I lay on Yooles night by Anonymous
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
13. Ecce quod natura by Anonymous
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ;
14. Ave rex angelorum by Anonymous
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; England
15. Gloria by Queldryk
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor), Steven Harrold (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
Written: circa 1400 ;
16. Ther is no rose of swych vertu by Anonymous
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor), Steven Harrold (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
Written: circa 1420 ; England
17. Benedicite Deum by Anonymous
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
18. Sanctus by Leonel Power
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor), Steven Harrold (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; England
19. Resonet, intonet by Anonymous
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Romantic
20. Puer natus est nobis by Anonymous
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
21. Nowel, nowel, nowel: Owt of your slepe aryse and awake by Anonymous
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor), Steven Harrold (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance
Written: circa 1430 ; England
22. Cantate Domino by Anonymous
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor), Steven Harrold (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
23. O Sapientia by Anonymous
Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Julian Podger (Tenor), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
24. Ave regina celorum by Walter Frye
Performer: Steven Harrold (Tenor), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano), Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Julian Podger (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; England
25. Lullay, Lullay: As I lay on Yooles night by Anonymous
Performer: Julian Podger (Tenor), Steven Harrold (Tenor), Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
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