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listen  1. Antiphon: Hodie Christus natus est (chant) 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Motet: O nobilis nativitas/O mira dei/O decus virgineum/Apparuit0:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Antiphon: Lux de luce (chant)0:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Carol: Alleluya: A nywe werke 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Hymn: Verbum supernum prodiens (chant) 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Motet: Balaam de quo vaticinans/[Ballam] 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Carol: Ave Maria 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Song: Gabriel, fram heven-king 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Carol: Lullay: I saw a swete semly syght 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Motet: Prolis eterne genitor/Psallat mater gracie/[Pes] 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Hymn: Vox clara, ecce, intonat (chant) 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Rondellus: De supernis sedibus 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Antiphon: Omnes de Saba (chant)0:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Motet: Puellare gremium/Purissima mater/[Pes] 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Carol: Lullay, lullay: Als I lay on Yoolis night 8:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Responsory: Tria sunt munera (chant) 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Motet: Orto sole serene/Origo viri/Virga Iesse/[Tenor] 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Song: Peperit virgo 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Carol: Ecce quod natura 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Hymn: A solis ortus cardine (chant) 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Carol: Ther is no rose of swych vertu 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Antiphon: Videntes stellam (chant)0:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Carol: Nowel: Owt of your slepe aryse 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Marsha Genensky, Susan Hellauer, Johanna Rose, Ruth Cunningham
  • Audio CD (September 1, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B0000007DY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,315 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This follow-up to Anonymous 4's debut "hit," An English Ladymass, is even better. From the choice of repertoire to the proficiency of the singing to the recorded sound, this is a standard-setting production. The 23 works--plainchants, carols, songs, and motets--invoke various aspects of the Christmas story: the visitation of the angel Gabriel, tributes to the Virgin Mary, gifts of the Magi, and hymns of praise for the birth of Christ. The sound is stunning: resonant yet intimate, warm yet vibrant. And while you can hear the individual character of each voice, together these four women make a sound of uncommon purity and beauty. The technical facility is evident with each closing phrase, each perfect unison. Critics are advised to jealously reserve such words as outstanding, excellent, and superior. But this is one of those recordings that deserve all those descriptions. --David Vernier

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This is one of my favorite CD's of all time .
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This music fills your home with lightness and poetry, and evokes a spirit of peace.
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For you're into this type of music, this is a must for your collection.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth G. Melillo VINE VOICE on December 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The purity and perfection of tone in this collection makes the haunting selections a treat for anyone with a liking for mediaeval music. The Anonymous 4 reproduce chant exactly as it was intended to be done - not in an operatic style (and I am an opera buff!), but with the style of a mediaeval monastery.
The beauty of this recording is such that I often use it during meditation and prayer - and what, after all, is Christmas about?
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Smith VINE VOICE on September 18, 2000
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I realize that there are muscians (including friends) who are not fond of the Anonymous 4 because of their "head sound" and lack of vibrato. I have also attended lectures that said that is what makes them "authentic". Fortunately, I am not a musician and can simply say I don't care, I enjoy their sound.
Even more than their voices, I appreciate their digging into old manuscripts and resurrecting excellent but forgotten pieces. The plainchant on this cd is taken from a 13th century antiphoner from Worcester. The remainder of the music is also English but polyphonic.
The acrostic hymn A solis ortus cardine is included with only its Christmas portion; the carols all have refrains (part of the distinction made here between carols and songs) and are from the 14th-15th century. There are five motets in traditional style. In short, despite the restrictions of time and place, the cd is varied.
This is a top notch album of traditional Christmas music - the chant and polyphony encouraged by the liturgical documents for use in the Latin Rite Catholic Church. This album shows why it is worth keeping as an active tradition.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Forbes on October 23, 2002
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I am relatively odd about Christmas music. I don't break out the Bing Crosby or Nat King Cole like everyone else. Instead I find that I like medieval stuff for Christmas. And this is about as perfect a Medieval Christmas album as you can ask for. The Anonymous 4 is a group of lovely female voices who, on this disc, sing the English medieval carols that made them famous initially. Put it on the CD with a roaring log fire and some Eggnog! Wonderful!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Weber on May 24, 2000
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Several years ago, I bought "The New Oxford Book of Christmas Carols", and I immediately set out to find some of the rarer songs. While in the music store, I ran across On Yoolis Night. Thank goodness, I bought it, and went home to listen to some of the most incredible Christmas music I have ever heard. The true power behind this album is that is focuses on the spiritual meaning of Christmas, and the harmonies of the four singers are incredible. If you have never been exposed to midieval music, it can be a bit startling at first, but the sweet purity of the voices are completely timeless. After being innundated every Christmas with canned Xmas Muzak, treat yourself to the auditory feast of On Yoolis Night.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "mingtoy" on December 11, 2000
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I take this CD out only every once in a while because it's like a very rare, fine liquor -- you don't want to spoil it with too many tastings.
The collection is both musically and spiritually rich. I played it while I was in labor with my son; it takes you outside yourself completely.
If you like a cappella, chant, medieval sounds -- this is among the best CDs you can buy, bar none. I don't write many reviews, but I'm amazed that this CD's garnered only two so far, so here I am.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2005
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'On Yoolis Night' is a collection of motets, carols, hymns, antiphons and a few other pieces in honour of the nativity - this is a medieval Christmas album. During the Middle Ages, when Europe was swept with adoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary, many of the songs around Christmas would be as much around her character as with Jesus. These works deal with the various legends, biblical and extra-canonical, as well as the traditional stories of Christmastide, primarily taken from the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries. However, the earliest piece dates from the fifth century (A solis ortus cardine) to the polyphony of the fifteenth century, which means that this disc in fact contains a thousand years of history. Also included are a few anticipatory pieces from Advent, such as the Vox clara chant (the voice of him crying in the wilderness...).

These are beautiful pieces, stunning in performance and quite remarkable - compared to modern Christmas carols, these are pieces with depth and richness, certainly devoid of much of the mercantile and later accretions that have overlaid holiday seasons in the Western world.

This is definitely a holiday album with a difference.

-- Liner Notes --

This text accompaniment to this disc is very full, so much so that the booklet is not contained within the jewel case, but rather within a slipcover in which both the CD/jewel case and the booklet reside. The liner notes include a description of the work, a brief piece about the quartet, and the lyrics of the songs both in original language and in translation - all repeated in English, German, and French sections.

-- Anonymous 4 --

Contrary to the implication of their name, the Anonymous 4 are not anonymous.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Quickhappy on December 22, 2003
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Sweet, lovely, soothing beauty! This music fills your home with lightness and poetry, and evokes a spirit of peace.
I would urge everyone, not just medievalists and classical music fans, to listen to this album. It has a power and a softness which can rival any holiday music around. OK--for my holiday party, it's got to be "Hipster's Holiday," but for the morning, for quiet times, for solstice tranquility, there is nothing quite like this album.
Take a chance on it--you'll be very glad you did.
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