In dulci jubilo / Hillier, Theatre of Voices
This latest exploration of Buxtehude and his circle from Paul Hillier and the Theatre of Voices is a joyful, festive program divided into four sections, with each one containing a work by Buxtehude, at least one substantial motet by a related composer and an organ solo. It was recorded in the warm acoustic of Garnisonskirken, Copenhagen.
The last motet, Ab Oriente venerunt Magi by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) is Theatre of Voices at their level best: tender, blended, and deliciously phrased. If you are looking for the Christmas disc of 2017, here it is.
Catalog Number: 6220661
Composer: Christian Geist, Dietrich Buxtehude, Franz Tunder, Heinrich Scheidemann, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Johann Adam Reincken, Johann Christoph Bach, Matthias Weckmann
Conductor: Paul Hilliard, Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Theatre of Voices
Performer: Allan Rasmussen, Else Torp, Fredrik From, Jakob Bloch Jespersen, Jane Gower, Jesenka Balic Zunic, Judith-Maria Blomsterberg, Kanerva Juutilainen, Kate Browton, Mattias Frostenson