Musica della sera

Musica della sera: Supplemental Music Videos for the 12/13/2012 Show

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Voices take the sackbut parts in this a capella performance by the Hilliard Ensemble of of Dufay’s “Gloria ad modum tubae”.

Coro Ultreia perform the Gregorion “Intruit: Puer Natus Est Nobis” in the Monastery of Poio in Pontevedra, northwestern Spain.

For a wonderful Greek take on the chant, Ensemble Organum, with Marcel Pérès directing, perform “Puer natus est nobis’.

Stile Antico has a new recording of the Tallis Puer Natus Est Nobis mass.  Members of the group talk about it on this video.

The opening Gloria of Tallis’s Puer Natus Mass by the Choir of King’s College.

The medieval tune “Resonet in Laudibus” has been popular for centuries. Many know the melody from the English carol, “Christ Was Born on Christmas Day”.

Orlando di Lasso’s setting of “Resonet in Laudibus” by Quire Cleveland , conducted by Peter Bennett

A Chinese recorder ensemble plays Corelli. I’ve never seen recorders that look like this. They sound great! The Canon Recorder Ensemble, Taiwan.

J.S. Bach’s complete Missa Brevis in F Major, BWV 233, Pro Arte Choir, Lausanne; Pro Arte Orchestra of Much; Kurt Redel, conductor; Agnes Giebel, soprano; Gisele Litz, contralto; Hermann Prey, bass-baritone, same recording heard on the show.

Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” by way of YouTube cobbling:

1. Procession, 2. Wolcum Yole!, San Francisco Girl’s Chorus; Sharon J. Paul, conductor

3. There is no rose, Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge; Richard Marlow, conductor; Frances Kelly, harp

4. That yongë child, SolEnsemble, Grazia Abbà, conductor, Padua

5. Balulalow.  St. Pauls Cathedral Boys Choir, England , boy soprano soloist, Edward Burrowes

6. As Dew In Aprille, Cantus Vocal Ensemble, Minneapolis

7. This little babe, Zdravko Šljivac conducts the Croatian Girls’ Choir “Zvjezdice” (“The Little Stars”)

8. Interlude (Frances Kelly, harp solo)

9. In Freezing Winter Night, Uncredited Performers

10. Spring Carol, SolEnsemble, Grazia Abbà, conductor, Padua

11. Deo Gracias, UCD Choral Scholars; Desmond Earley, conductor; Denise Kelly, harp, performing in Newman University Church, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin

12. Recession, Mary Tatchell, conductor, Liena Lacey, harp

Anonymous 4 perform The Cherry Tree Carol, with Andrew Lawrence-King, harp.

The Pentangle – The Cherry Tree Carol

“Coventry Carol”, the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, from the Telarc release Songs of Angels.  This collection of hymns and carols was recorded in 1993 and released in 1994. The arrangements were done with Alice Parker, mostly in the early 1950′s.

Here now are four clips from Robert Shaw’s earliest recording of Christmas Hymns and Carols, from 1946, with the Victor Chorale.  This is before his collaboration with Alice Parker. Notice a difference?

Part I. “Methinks I See A Heav’nly Host”, “Coventry Carol”, “Touro-louro-louro!”, Victor Chorale, conducted by  Robert Shaw, ca. 1941

Part II. “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day”, “I Wonder as I Wander”, “Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella”

Part III. “Carol of the Bells”, Michael Praetorius: “Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming”, “Go Tell It on the Mountain”

Part IV. “I Sing of a Maiden”,”How Great Our Joy” (aka “While by My Sheep”, “Echo Carol”, “Joy, Joy, Joy!)”,”Wassail Song”,”Deck the Halls”

Franco Battiato performs “L’ombra della luce” live in Italian (audio).

Franco Battiato performs “L’ombra della luce” live in Arabic in Baghdad, December 1992 (video).

─Nicholas Mitchell

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