The Promise Of Ages: A Christmas Collection

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Label: AVIE
Catalog: AV2291
Format: CD

Andrew Parrott, Taverner Consort & Choir

‘C.B.’ Charles Burney (1726-1824 1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (2’481. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (2’48) Welsh Tradlitional 2. Nos Galan (Deck the Hall) (3’45) Arr. Edward Jones, 1784 John Jacob Niles (?) (1892-1980) 3. Lullay, Thou Tiny Little Child (1’59) 15th Century (Trinity Roll) 4. Ther Is No Rose (3’53) Gustav Holst (1874-1934) 5. I Sing of a Maiden (1’58) Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) 6. There Is No Rose (2’48) from A Ceremony of Carols Peter Maxwell Davies (b. 1934) 7. O magnum mysterium (1’55) Medieval Chant (13th/14th century) 8. Song of the Nuns of Chester (1’29) Maxwell Davies 9. The Fader of Heven (1’42) Medieval Chant (13th/14th century) 10. Song of the Nuns of Chester (1’30) Maxwell Davies 11. O magnum mysterium (2’14) 15th Century (Ritson’s Manuscript) 12. Lullay, Lullow (2’40) Niles (?) 13. I Wonder as I Wander (2’23) Traditional 14. Staines Morris (2.24) 15th Century (Trinity Roll) 15. Hayle, Mary, Full of Grace (3’47) English Traditional 16. The Seven Joys of Mary (1’00) Judith Weir (b. 1948) 17. Illuminare, Jerusalem (2’11) Irish Traditional 18. Good People All, This Christmastide (3’22) Niles (?) 19. Sing We the Virgin Mary (2’12) Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) 20. In Bethlehem City (4’16) Irish Traditional 21. Christmas Eve (2’43) Chant 22. Hodie Christus natus est (1’00) Holst 23. Jesu, Thou the Virgin-born (3’17) Britten 24. As Dew in Aprille (1’07) from A Ceremony of Carols Martin Madan (1726-1790) 25. Lo! He Comes, with Clouds Descending (3’48)

Andrew Parrott’s and his Taverner Consort & Choir’s timeless collection of Christmas music, The Promise of Ages, spans seven decades of holiday melodies both devotional and festive, including traditional carols from the British Isles, Medieval chants and Renaissance hymns, and the responses of 20th century composers to ancient seasonal poetry. Seemlessly melding religious with secular texts, and high art music with folk traditions, this reissue includes such favorites as the traditional Deck the Hall arranged for solo Welsh harp, There is No Rose from Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols as well as the popular 15th-century setting, and I Wonder as I Wander intoned by Emily Van Evera’s beautifully pure soprano. There are also plenty of delights and discoveries in this enduring and exquisite collection of holiday fare.

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