Puer Natus Est - Tudor Music For Advent & Christmas

Puer Natus Est - Tudor Music For Advent & Christmas

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by Stile Antico
     
 

For their fifth album, young British choral stars Stile Antico turn to Thomas Tallis's magnificent seven-part Christmas Mass, based on the plainchant "Puer natus est" (A boy is born). The mass is interspersed with seasonal Tudor music, including William Byrd's exquisite "Propers for the fourth Sunday of Advent" (from the Gradualia of 1605), responsories…  See more details below

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For their fifth album, young British choral stars Stile Antico turn to Thomas Tallis's magnificent seven-part Christmas Mass, based on the plainchant "Puer natus est" (A boy is born). The mass is interspersed with seasonal Tudor music, including William Byrd's exquisite "Propers for the fourth Sunday of Advent" (from the Gradualia of 1605), responsories by Taverner and Sheppard, Robert White's exuberant setting of the Magnificat, and Tallis's own sublime Videte miraculum.

All of Stile Antico's previous recordings for Harmonia Mundi have charted on Billboard and the group has twice earned the Diapason d'Or de l'année, the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and twice received Grammy nominations. Their phenomenally successful 2009 release Song of Songs was the winner of a 2009 Gramophone award. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2010
Label:
Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC:
0093046751760
catalogNumber:
807517

Tracks

  1. Verbum caro factum est, responsory motet for 6 voices  - John Sheppard  - Sandro Botticelli
  2. Puer natus est nobis, introit  -  Gregorian Chant  - Sandro Botticelli
  3. Magnificat  - Robert White  - Sandro Botticelli
  4. Ecce Virgo concipiet, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)  - William Byrd  - Sandro Botticelli
  5. Mass "Puer natus est nobis" (incomplete), for 7 voices, P. 49: Agnus Dei  - Thomas Tallis  - Sandro Botticelli  - Helen Ashby  - Rebecca Hickey  - Kate Ashby  - Katy Hill
  6. Ave Maria gratia plena, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)  - William Byrd  - Sandro Botticelli
  7. Mass "Puer natus est nobis" (incomplete), for 7 voices, P. 49: Sanctus-Benedictus  - Thomas Tallis  - Sandro Botticelli  - Helen Ashby  - Rebecca Hickey  - Kate Ashby  - Katy Hill
  8. Tollite portas, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)  - William Byrd  - Sandro Botticelli
  9. Mass "Puer natus est nobis" (incomplete), for 7 voices, P. 49: Gloria  - Thomas Tallis  - Sandro Botticelli  - Helen Ashby  - Rebecca Hickey  - Kate Ashby  - Katy Hill
  10. Rorate caeli desuper, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)  - William Byrd  - Sandro Botticelli
  11. Audivi Vocem de Coelo, motet for 4 voices  - John Taverner  - Sandro Botticelli  - Helen Ashby  - Rebecca Hickey  - Kate Ashby  - Katy Hill
  12. Videte miraculum, motet for 6 voices, P. 293  - Thomas Tallis  - Sandro Botticelli

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Puer Natus Est - Tudor Music For Advent & Christmas 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
Stile Antico is a group of twelve men and women who sing without conductor and concentrate on music of the Renaissance. This CD is one of the most enchanting of the recordings released this year that focuses on music of the holiday season. But this selection of works goes far beyond capturing the essence of the Advent and Christmas season - the works are timeless and so luminously performed that this will likely be a recording played throughout the year. The quality of sound captured by both the singers and the engineers of this album is truly extraordinary and otherworldly. The composers for this selection (with the exception of John Taverner!) are all form the Tudor period. The recital opens with the Thomas Tallis 'Videte miraculum' that segues into John Taverner's 'Audivi vocem de caelo'. This is followed by the Propers for the Fourth Sunday of Advent by William Byrd framing the Thomas Tallis seven part 'Missa Puer natus est', the focal point of the recording. The resonance of this work reverberates through what sounds like the largest cathedral on earth and is a miracle of clarity of tone and diction. Robert White's 'Magnificat' is the essence of the miracle of the birth that is Christmas. A plain chant - 'Puer Natus Est' - leads into John Sheppard's wondrous 'Verbum caro'. Yes, it is a service to celebrate a season, but it is such glorious music making that it will likely be listened to whenever the need for soul cleansing is needed. Grady Harp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago