Heinrich Suso (ca. 1295-1366): In Dulci Jubilo

Henrich Suso (or Seuse) was a German Dominican monk and mystic and follower of Eckhart whose writings both in German and Latin translation were widely read throughout Germany during the second half of the fourteenth and in the fifteenth century. Nowadays he’s mostly remembered for his macaronic carol ‘In Dulci Jubilo’ the story goes that…

Mitt Hjerte Alltid Vanker — Rolf Lislevand

Much though I love hearing the old Danish carol ‘Mitt Hjerte Alltid Vanker‘ sung – and much though I love singing it, Rolf Lislevand’s performance of it from his album ‘Jule i gammel tid‘ (Christmas in the olden days) is a version I find uniquely beautiful and very satisfying. Enjoy :-). markfromireland

Maria durch ein Dornwald ging: Trinity Singers – YouTube

The Trinity Singers conducted by Róisín Blunnie performed the German Advent carol Maria durch ein Dornwald ging, arranged by Gottfried Wolters, live in concert at Trinity College Chapel, Dublin, on Wednesday 14th December 2011. This beautiful old German carol is one of my favourites – it’s late medieval,  it’s known to have been sung in…

Miri it is – Estampie – Circa 1200 AD

Miri it is while sumer ilast with fugheles song; oc nu neheth windes blast and weder strong. Ei, ei! What this night is long! and ich, with wel michel wrong, soregh and murn and fast. Medieval English poets and poet-minstrels often represented the fallen human condition by using images of winter. Miri it is (Merry…

Minuit, chrétiens & O Magnum Mysterium — La Maîtrise des Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal & Winchester Cathedral Choir

I suppose most anglophones have heard ‘O Holy Night’ in one or another version. Most of these versions of ‘O Holy Night’ feature Adolphe Adam’s beautiful melody and either John Sullivan Dwight’s English lyrics or the lyrics of anonymous lyricist of the longer unattributed version. Neither of the English versions of the lyrics bears much…

All bells in paradise: King’s College Choir

All bells in paradise was specially commissioned by Stephen Cleobury and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge in 2012 from John Rutter, its title is taken from the 15th-century Corpus Christi Carol, the organist is the King’s College Cambridge,  organ scholar Ben-San Lau. Enjoy :-). markfromireland