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Program: #02-51, Air Date: 12/23/02

As we have done since 1979, we will have a quiet all-musical celebration of the season of Christ's birth.

Note: As we have done since 1979, we present a quiet

celebration dedicated to music for Christmas. Our 2002 program

uses a single disc: Eya pueri, featuring the Discantus Ensemble

directed by Brigitte Lesne. Since much music for the events of the

Twelve Days centered on children (particularly the Feast of the Holy

Innocents on December 28, the Feast of the Circumcision on January 1,

and Epiphany on January 6), there is also featured the children's

ensemble Coro Easo directed by Xalba Rallo.

 

The music on this record is taken from the Office of Sens

(organized in the late 12th century by Pierre de Corbeil),

Beauvais, Notre Dame de Paris, St. Martial in Limoges, Moosburg

(Germany) and Cividale (Italy).

 

Discantus records on the Opus 111 label  (CD # OP 30207) and is

distributed by Harmonia Mundi.

 

1). Hec est clara dies (The day is resplendent).

2). Procenti puero (For the child approaching).

3). Deus in adiutorium (God, come to our aid).

4). Antiphon: Hodie Christus natus est (Today Christ is born).

5). Serena virginum (Serenest of virgins).

6). Responsory: Verbum caro factum est (The Word was made flesh).

7). Conductus: Natus est hodie dominus (The Lord is born this day).

8). Responsory: Te laudant angeli (The angels praise you).

9). Nicholaus pontifex (Bishop Nicholas--for St. Nicholas' Day).

10). Conductus: Nicholai solemnia (For the Feast of St. Nicholas).

11). Exultet hec contio, Nicholaus (Let our assembly rejoice).

12). Sequence: Beata tu virgo Maria (You are blessed, O Virgin Mary).

13). Antiphon: Ecce Maria genuit (Behold Mary has given birth).

14). Conductus: Verbum patris humanatur

             (The Word of the Father is made man).

15). Troped Gradual: Viderunt Emmanuel (They saw Emmanuel,

            the Father's only-begotten Son).

16). Antiphon & Trope: Magnum nomen domini Emmanuel

            (The great glory of the Lord, Emmanuel).

17). Conductus: Quanto decet honore (With all necessary praise).

18). Benedicamus domino trope: Castitatis lilium effloruit

            (The pure lily has flowered).

19). Introit: Lux hodie, lux leticie (Today the light is one of rejoicing).

20). Conductus: Orientis partibus (From the Orient came the ass).

21). Annus novus in gaudio (May the New Year).

22). Sanctus trope: Perpetuo numine (You who rule over the universe).

23). Benedicamus domino trope: Patris eterni filio (Son of the eternal Father).

24). Conductus: Lux optata claruit (The longed-for light shines forth).

25). Benedicamus domino--Alleluya (Thanks be to God).

CD Info

CD # OP 30207.