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

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December 30, 2012

Adolphe Adam - Captioned 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 resemblance to Placide Cappeau's (1808 – 1877) French Nativity poem 'Minuit, chrétiens'. Cappeau's poem is a beautiful French Nativity poem to which Adolphe Adam's melody does full justice, you'll find the text below the fold. It's sung here by the famous Québécois choir La Maîtrise des Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal in an absolutely outstanding performance given on Christmas day of this year at the Basilique de l'oratoire Saint-Joseph, Montréal.

I've also included Morten Lauridsen's (b 1943) wonderfully evocative 'O Magnum Mysterium'. Lauridsen composed it in 1994 it's a setting I've come to enjoy more and more but it's not without its difficulties for the singers. The high G that you can hear at 4:33 can be quite difficult to achieve, the choristers of Winchester Cathedral manage it with grace and aplomb. Enjoy :-).

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All bells in paradise: King’s College Choir

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December 29, 2012

Chapel King's College Cambridge seen from 'The Backs' 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 :-).

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King’s College Cambridge 2011 #1 Once in Royal David’s City – YouTube

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December 22, 2012

What would Christmas be without at least one carol from King's? I've included the lyrics below the fold if you want to follow along. Enjoy :-).

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Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Behold, I bring you glad tidings

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December 21, 2012

Purcell Closterman Small Purcell wrote only one anthem specifically for Christmas, 'Behold, I bring you glad tidings' was wrritten in 1687 – presumably for the Chapel Royal. It spread quickly throughout Britain (there are complete copies in in the libraries of Durham, Ely, Tenbury,and York for example) which suggests to me that it was a popular work with choirs and congregations alike. It's not hard to see why it was so popular it's a sparkling and joyful piece of music that repays repeated listening.

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Carl Nielsen (1865-1931):Min Jesus lad mit hjerte få

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December 15, 2012

Koret fra Vor Frue Kirke - Århus (katolsk) synger Nielsens smukke indstilling af salme 217. Denne præstation blev optaget på 12 okt 2012 under liturgiske vesper i Bremer Domkirke. Solist var Lea Maria Wierød

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