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The Sixteen - Sacred Music: A Christmas History

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A fascinating history of Christmas music! CORO brings the next installment of the BBC s groundbreaking TV series, Sacred Music, to DVD. This documentary and concert performance follows The Sixteen and Simon Russell Beale as they explore the history of Christmas music. The story takes us through two millennia of music, from a fragment of papyrus preserving the earliest known piece of Christian music to the stories behind some of our most popular carols. Russell Beale also presents a special Christmas concert featuring full performances of some of the works featured in the documentary performed by Harry Christophers and his award-winning choir, The Sixteen. Bonus features include seven free audio tracks, trailers for Sacred Music: Series One and Sacred Music: An Easter Celebration, artist biographies, and related CD information.

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Exultant and agile singing. --The Guardian

The interplay of music, image, and appealingly-elaborated context creates a rich polyphony of its own. --BBC Music magazine

The interplay of music, image, and appealingly-elaborated context creates a rich polyphony of its own. --BBC Music magazine

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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Harry Christophers
  • Format: Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: CORO
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005LVH4FW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,881 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. C. M. Bannerman on January 27, 2012
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I saw this on the BBC and it was a great show. Visually really super and the music was really captivating.

Musicologically, this isn't an in depth look at the topic, but it is a pleasure otherwise. The music is lush and accompanied by lovely images from the history of the carols. The performances of the carols are spectacular as well.

Unfortunately, you have to watch the show to hear the music. I wish there was a list of the mp3s on this DVD since the descriptions I have found only say:

"Bonus features include seven free audio tracks, trailers for Sacred Music: Series One and Sacred Music: An Easter Celebration, artist biographies, and related CD information."

I think one description said the tracks were "previously released material" as well. But here are the tracks:

Make We Joy From the Album Christus Natus Est/An Early English Christmas
In dulci jubilo by Johann Sebastian Bach From Traditional Christmas Carol
There is no rose Hodie--An English Christmas
Make we joy now in this fest Hodie--An English Christmas
A spotless rose Hodie--An English Christmas

I've intentionally left out a couple from the Traditional Carol: Hark! The herald angels sing and Silent Night since I am not sure how close those versions are to the ones on the show.

Some of the tracks may be on "In Celebration of Christmas", but that is hard to come by. "Christmas Music from Medieval and Renaissance Europe" also seems to have a few which are missing in the above list. So, if you are looking for a CD of the tracks, the last may be an option.

I strongly suggest this DVD for anyone who loves Christmas and Christmas music.

Of course, it would be nice if they made just a CD of the music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Skiles on December 21, 2012
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More of a documentary history of Christmas sacred music than a music DVD. If you like sacred music history you will love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Dare on April 15, 2014
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This DVD works fine in NTSC systems, and is not a PAL video. (Occasionally BBC videos state they are NTSC format, but come in PAL, subsequently not working in DVD players in North America.) I enjoyed both seasons of the "Sacred Music" series with Simon Russell Beale and The Sixteen led by Harry Christophers. If you enjoyed them, you are likely to enjoy this as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas G. Psaki, III on December 16, 2012
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This is a worthy addition to the BBC "Sacred Music" series. It is excellent entertainment for both mind and ears.
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