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The Promise of Ages: A Christmas Collection

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies , Gustav Holst , Felix Mendelssohn , John Jacob Niles , Benjamin Britten , Gregorian Chant , Andrew Parrott , Tavenor Consort & Choir Audio CD
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  • Performer: Tavenor Consort & Choir
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Composer: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Gustav Holst, Felix Mendelssohn, John Jacob Niles, Benjamin Britten, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B00000DFNP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. C. B. version (Charles Burney?)
2. Nos galan (New Year's Eve), carol (Welsh)
3. Lullay Thou Tiny Little Child
4. Ther is no rose of swych vertu
5. I Sing of a Maiden
6. Ther Is No Ros' (English, Trinity Roll, 15th c.), carol
7. O Magnum Mysterium, 4 carols for SATB chorus, with two instrumental son
8. Verses 1-3
9. Work(s)
10. Verses 4-6
11. O Magnum Mysterium, 4 carols for SATB chorus, with two instrumental son
12. Lullay, lullow: I saw a swete semely syght, christmas carol for 2 voice
13. I Wonder As I Wander (American)
14. Staines Morris "Whitsun Morris Dance"
15. Hail, Mary, full of grace
16. Seven Joys of Mary
17. Illuminare, Jerusalem, carol
18. The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Caro
19. Sing We the Virgin Mary
20. O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Fore
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No one has recorded more innovative Christmas anthologies than Andrew Parrott--and this disc is no exception. The Promise of Ages presents a collection of wonderful seasonal music arranged for women's voices (all arrangements were either made or sanctioned by the composers). The selection includes 15th-century English works such as "There is no rose of swych vertu"; traditional tunes both genuine ("Deck the Halls" in an 18th-century Welsh arrangement for harp) and fake (J. J. Niles's "I Wonder as I Wander" and "Lullay, thou little tiny child"); rollicking Irish dance tunes; and 20th-century works by such composers as Britten, Holst, and Judith Weir on traditional Christmas texts. One ingenious and effective suite combines Peter Maxwell Davies's "O magnum mysterium" and "The Fader of Heven" with the 14th-century "Song of the Nuns of Chester." All of the performances are exemplary, but Emily van Evera deserves special praise for her beautifully simple rendition of the Niles tunes. This collection can stand alongside Parrott's The Carol Album as the thinking person's Christmas albums. --Matthew Westphal

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Harmonies and Vocalizations December 12, 2000
By Rowen
Format:Audio CD
Like another reviewer, I am thrilled at Lo! He Comes, as well as with the unfamiliar setting for Hark the Herald Angels Sing and the beautiful Sing We the Virgin Mary.
If you love beautiful vocalizations, especially rare soprano-alto harmonizations, this is the album for you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "top ten" Christmas album November 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If this album contained nothing but it's splendid rendition of Madan's Lo! He Comes, with Clouds Descending, the album would be worth owning. Fortunately, the entire album is a brillant mix of voices, instrumentals and performance styles; the resulting album can be played several times in successiion without becoming repetative - no small feat for a Christmas album.
The album ranges from the 13th century Nuns of Chester to contemporary composers - Judith Weir - or nearly comtemporary - Britten, Holst ... with excellent sequencing so that no piece seems out of place.
The instrumentation varies from the traditional organ with SATB choir to fiddle, flute, concertina and cello. This provides the variety that makes the album so listenable.
For traditional Christmas music this album is a must.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "top ten" Christmas album November 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If this album contained nothing but it's splendid rendition of Madan's Lo! He Comes, with Clouds Descending, the album would be worth owning. Fortunately, the entire album is a brillant mix of voices, instrumentals and performance styles; the resulting album can be played several times in successiion without becoming repetative - no small feat for a Christmas album.
The album ranges from the 13th century Nuns of Chester to contemporary composers - Judith Weir - or nearly comtemporary - Britten, Holst ... with excellent sequencing so that no piece seems out of place.
The instrumentation varies from the traditional organ with SATB choir to fiddle, flute, concertina and cello. This provides the variety that makes the album so listenable.
For traditional Christmas music this album is a must.
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