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Sing thee Nowell

Composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett
Byttering
Alexander Craig
Jacob Clemens non Papa
Michael McGlynn
Richard Pygott
Lewis H. Redner
John Scott
Andrew Smith
Traditional
Philippe Verdelot
Tomás Luis de Victoria
Peter Warlock
Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Geoffrey Williams
Performer Elizabeth Baber Weaver
Sarah Brailey
New York Polyphony
Catalogue Number BIS-2099 SACD
EAN 7318599920993
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Nov 2014
Total time 71'17

Nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award
”Brilliantly successful … immaculately yet expressively performed and incomparably well recorded.” International Record Review; Double 5 star review: “The vocal blend is consistently velvety, the pitching unerringly accurate.” BBC Music Magazine; “Mal beseelt, mal cool und schwungvoll, alle mit einer individuellen Stimme und einem sehr feinen, facettenreichen Ensembleklang.” Südwestrundfunk

Nowell, Nowel, Noel – on their new release, Sing thee Nowell, New York Polyphony sing of and to the birth of Christ. They do so in a typically sophisticated programme which fuses the ancient with the modern into a seamless whole: &&&seven centuries of Christmas passes before the listener, with new works composed for these performers by Michael McGlynn, Andrew Smith and John Scott alongside traditional medieval and Renaissance carols and motets by Clemens ‘non Papa’, Philippe Verdelot and Tomás Luis de Victoria. The wide-ranging sequence is anchored by Richard Rodney Bennett’s Five Carols, in which the sopranos Sarah Brailey and Elizabeth Baber Weaver join the four members of New York Polyphony in celebrating ‘the joyful birth’ and in praising ‘Mary mild’. The wondrous events related to the Nativity and the joy they bring to mankind naturally dominate, but intimations of Christ’s death on the cross also surface in the course of the disc, as in Peter Warlock’s Bethlehem Down: ‘they will clothe him in grave-sheets, myrrh for embalming, and wood for a crown.’ Formed in 2006, New York Polyphony has rapidly emerged as one of the leading vocal chamber ensembles, applying a distinctly modern touch to repertoire that ranges from austere medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary compositions. Two previous recordings for BIS have received critical acclaim, including a Grammy nomination for the 2013 release Times go by Turns, interleaving masses by Byrd and Tallis with works from the 21st century.’
 
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  Andrew Smith
01 Veni Emmanuel 3'14
 
 
  Geoffrey Williams
02 Adam lay ybounden 1'32
 
 
  Philippe Verdelot
03 Gabriel Archangelus 4'23
 
 
  Traditional
04 Gabriel’s Message  2'12
 
 
  Anonymous
05 There is no Rose  2'17
 
 
  Samuel Sebastian Wesley
06 There is no Rose (‘Hereford’) 2'18
 
 
  John Scott
07 There is no Rose  3'13
 
 
  Byttering
08 Nesciens mater 1'34
 
 
  Michael McGlynn
09 O pia virgo 3'14
 
 
  Anonymous
10 Nowell: Out of your sleep 3'00
 
 
  Andrew Smith
11 Nowell: Arise and wake 3'29
 
 
  Sir Richard Rodney Bennett
  Five Carols 9'47
12 There is no Rose 2'45
13 Out of your Sleep 1'47
14 That Younge Child 1'21
15 Sweet was the Song 2'29
16 Susanni 1'25
 
 
  Alexander Craig
17 Sleep Now 1'36
 
 
  Tomás Luis de Victoria
18 O magnum mysterium  3'36
 
 
  Traditional
19 Quem pastores laudavere 2'34
 
 
  Richard Pygott
20 Quid petis, o fili 5'48
 
 
  Traditional
21 Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle 2'08
 
 
  Peter Warlock
22 Bethlehem Down 3'54
 
 
  Jacobus Clemens non Papa
23 Magi veniunt ab oriente 6'39
 
 
  Lewis H. Redner
24 O Little Town of Bethlehem 2'36
 
  Album total 71'17
ComposerAnonymous
Bennett, Sir Richard Rodney
Byttering
Clemens non Papa, Jacobus
Craig, Alexander
McGlynn, Michael
Pygott, Richard
Redner, Lewis H.
Scott, John
Smith, Andrew
Traditional
Verdelot, Philippe
Victoria, Tomás Luis de
Warlock, Peter
Wesley, Samuel Sebastian
Williams, Geoffrey
Vocal ensembleNew York Polyphony
SopranoBaber Weaver, Elizabeth
Brailey, Sarah
ArrangerCraig, Alexander
LaBarr, Susan

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