Song of the Nativity / Christophers, The Sixteen

Release Date: 10/14/2016
Label: Coro
Catalog Number: COR16146
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
On this release, the Sixteen contrasts the dramatic intensity of music by some of today's most admired composers with such traditional and modern carols as Boris Ord's Adam Lay Ybounden and Henry Walford Davis' version of O Little Town of Bethlehem. Much-loved classics appear on this album along with many others that, with time, will become classics. Every work on this album captures the joy and sincerity of the most wonderful of seasons. The album provides a perfect peaceful and uplifting antidote to the hectic pre-Christmas rush.



Song of the Nativity is a fresh take on the holiday release with a unique structure of alternating traditional carol with pieces from the contemporary tonal choral school. The contemporary works are mostly English, but the program opens with the striking O magnum mysterium of the American Morten Lauridsen.

This program plays to the strengths of The Sixteen, with their capacity for a clean yet reverential tone. The overall effect is of a tableau of paintings, some simple and folk-like, some richly chromatic, with the traditional carols appearing as moments of utter clarity.

– All Music Guide
Works on This Recording
1. O magnum mysterium by Morten Lauridsen
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1994 ; USA
2. Adam lay y-bounden, advent carol for chorus by Howard Skempton
Written: 1999 ;
3. The Babe of Bethlehem by Traditional
4. The Christ-child by Gabriel Jackson
Performer: Julie Cooper
Period: Contemporary
5. Bethlehem Down by Peter Warlock
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1927 ; England
6. A Gallery Carol by Traditional
7. My Lord has come, for chorus by Will Todd
Period: Contemporary
8. The Holy Boy, version for chorus by John [Composer] Ireland
Period: Modern
Written: 1941 ;
9. O little town of Bethlehem by Henry Walford Davies
Period: 20th Century
10. When Christ was born of Mary free, for chorus, Op. 55 by John Gardner
Period: Modern
Written: 1962 ;
11. Now may we singen by Cecilia McDowall
Period: 20th Century
12. Adam lay ybounden by Boris Ord
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; England
13. Come All You Worthy Gentlemen by Anonymous
14. Shepherd's carol by Robert Chilcott
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 2005 ; England
15. This Endris Night by Anonymous
16. There is a flower by John Rutter
Performer: Alexandra Kidgell
Period: 20th Century
17. Christmas Eve by Traditional
18. And All the Stars Looked Down, for chorus by Alan Bullard
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2007 ;
19. A Child Is Born in Bethlehem (The Dutch Carol) by Traditional
Written: circa 1599 ;
20. O Radiant Dawn, for chorus by James MacMillan
Period: 21st Century
21. How Far Is It to Bethlehem?, carol by Traditional
22. Song of the Shepherds, for chorus by Alec Roth
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2013 ;
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