A Renaissance Christmas / Christophers, The Sixteen

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Following The Sixteen’s hugely successful album, “Song of the Nativity,” which featured Christmas music from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, this new seasonal offering explores a stunning selection of festive works from the Renaissance. The Sixteen captures the joy and sincerity of the most wonderful of seasons, from the joyous simplicity of plainsong chants ‘Resonemus laudibus’ and ‘Veni, veni Emmanuel’ to the shining purity of Lassus’ polyphonic ‘Videntes stellam Magi’ and Byrd’s jubilant ‘This day Christ was born.’ This album provides a perfect alternative to traditional carols for those looking for something a little different at Christmas. “The Sixteen gives a masterclass in the art of unaccompanied singing, and in close emotional engagement with the pieces chosen… It puts the music front and centre, in this beautifully realized Christmas sequence.” (BBC Music Magazine)

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REVIEW:

The satisfying program of A Renaissance Christmas is no mere academic exercise or collection of rarities for collectors. The Sixteen deliver these works with exquisite tone and polished diction, performing to their expected high standards and creating a memorable impression with this refreshing album. Coro's sound is quite clear in the resonant acoustics, and the singers have a warm and vibrant presence.

– All Music Guide (Blair Sanderson)



Product Description:


  • Catalog Number: COR16167


  • UPC: 828021616723


  • Label: Coro


  • Composer: Anonymous, Francisco Guerrero, George Kirbye, Jacobus Handl, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Johannes Eccard, John Sheppard, Orlando de Lassus, Peter Philips, Richard Dering, Thomas Tallis, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Traditional, William Byrd


  • Conductor: Harry Christophers


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen



Works:


  1. Resonemus laudibus

    Composer: Anonymous

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  2. Hodie Christus natus est

    Composer: Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  3. Omnes de Saba venient, Epiphany motet

    Composer: Jacobus Handl

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  4. Resonet in laudibus

    Composer: Johannes Eccard

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  5. Veni, veni, Emmanuel

    Composer: Traditional

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  6. Vox in Rama

    Composer: George Kirbye

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  7. Videntes stellam magi

    Composer: Orlando de Lassus

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  8. Videte miraculum

    Composer: Thomas Tallis

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  9. Quem vidistis, pastores?

    Composer: Richard Dering

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  10. Gradualia, Volume 2: O magnum misterium

    Composer: William Byrd

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  11. Resonet in laudibus

    Composer: Anonymous

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  12. Quem vidistis, pastores

    Composer: Tomás Luis de Victoria

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  13. Resonet in laudibus, motet for 5 voices, M. vii (S. iii/148)

    Composer: Orlando de Lassus

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  14. Psalmes, Songs and Sonnets...fit for Voyces or Viols: This day Christ was born

    Composer: William Byrd

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  15. Reges Tharsis et insulae

    Composer: John Sheppard

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  16. Pastores loquebantur

    Composer: Francisco Guerrero

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  17. Cantiones sacrae, pro praecipuis festis totius anni et communi sanctorum: O beatum et sacrosanctum

    Composer: Peter Philips

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  18. Crudelis Herodes

    Composer: Anonymous

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers


  19. Omnes de Saba venient, motet for 8 voices, M. xix (S. xxi/1)

    Composer: Orlando de Lassus

    Ensemble: The Sixteen

    Conductor: Harry Christophers