Christmas from the Old World

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

On this week's episode of the Choral Mix, Kent Tritle takes you on a musical tour through the very Old World, with stops in medieval  Hungary, Germany, Italy and more. We hear anonymous works that have echoed through the ages, as well as pioneering choral masterworks from Palestrina, Praetorious and Tallis. 

Some of the best Christmas music comes from Europe in the medieval age and the Renaissance. Though you may never hear it piped into shopping malls starting right after Thanksgiving, the music from hundreds of years ago remains an open invitation to quiet the soul and still the mind.

 

Playlist

Anonymous:

Antiphon: Ave spes nostra (Hail, Mother of god, our Hope)

Song: Mi Atyánk Atya Isten (Our Father, God the Father)

Alleluia: Veni domine (Come O Lord)

Anonymous 4: Marsha Genensky; Johanna Rose; Susan Hellauer; Ruth Cunningham, Soprano

Harmonia Mundi 3957139

 

 

Pérotin: Beata Viscera

New York's Ensemble for Early Music

Frederick Renz, Conductor

Excathedra Records EC-9001

 

 

Traditional: Noël nouvelet (Arranged by Ian Humphries, Joseph Jennings and Matthew Oltman)

Matthew Oltman, Tenor
Chanticleer

Teldec 85555

 

 

Anonymous: Il Est Né

King’s Singers

Aabaa Records 2007

 

 

Hans Leo Hassler: In dulci jubilo

Penalosa Ensemble

Carus 83396

 

 

Michael Praetorius: Polyhymnia caduceatrix et panegyrica: Missa gantz Teudsch - Gloria 

Gabrieli Consort and Players,

Paul McCreesh, Conductor

Archiv Produktion (DG) 439 250-2

 

 

Anonymous: Personent hodie

Theatre of Voices

Paul Hillier, Conductor

Harmonia Mundi 907079

 

 

Thomas Tallis: Missa Puer Natus Est Nobis: Sanctus

Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips, Conductor

Gimell 34

 

 

Anonymous: Mervele Noght, Josep

NY Polyphony

AVIE Records 2141

 

 

Tomás Luis de Victoria: O Magnum Mysterium

The Boston Camerata

Joel Cohen, Conductor

Nonesuch Records 79134  

 

 

Giovanni Palestrina: O Magnum Mysterium

The Sixteen

Harry Christophers, Conductor

Coro

 

 

Anonymous: Stella Nuova

Folger Consort

Robert Eisenstein, Rebec, Vielle, Viol, recorder; Christopher Kendall, Lute, Harp, Mandora; Scott Reiss, Recorders, Percussion, Psaltery, Reed pipe, Bells;

with Julianne Baird, Soprano; Michael Collver, Countertenor; Frederick Urrey, Tenor; William Sharp, Baritone; and Peggy Marie Haas, Organ

Bard Records 097761890247

(Recorded by the Folger Shakespeare Library; Great Hall of the Folger Shakespeare Library on December 22, 1984)

 

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Comments [2]

Ken Suetterlin from Marshalltown, Iowa

Thanks, Kent, for such delicious music. Perfect to accompany the 5" of snow we got this weekend, and to end my own Advent sequence. WQXR feeds into my computer with a clarity that makes listening a pleasure. Blessings to you from me and all your colleagues in Iowa! Pax! Ken.

Dec. 23 2013 07:31 AM
Gary Ekman from Turtle Bay/Manhattan/NYC

The ancient chants with their serenity and purity are perfect for a rainy Sunday morning before Christmas. A chance to meditate on and capture the true spirit of the holiday -- before all heck breaks loose next week.

Dec. 22 2013 07:19 AM

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