A Quattro Stagione Norwegian Christmas

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Program: #08-53   Air Date: Dec 22, 2008

This male vocal quartet has (since their debut in 1987) established itself as Norway's most prominent ensemble for the performance of a cappella early music--we celebrate their wonderful Christmas disc.

These programs are made possible in part by support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

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NOTE: All of the music on this program is from a recording by the pre-eminent Norwegian vocal quartet Quattro Stagioni, founded in 1987. For a decade, they have presented Christmas programs in Oslo's medieval Gamle Aker Church, where this was recorded. They are joined for their program "Middelalderjul" ("Medieval Yule") by soprano Ane Carmen Roggen.

The recording is on the Pro Musica label, and is CD PPC 9052. For more information:

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--Anon. French, 13th cen. : Veni veni Emanuel ("O come, o come Emmanuel")

--THOMAS STOLZER (c.1480-1526): O admirabile commercium ("O wondrous exchange, the creator of mankind")

--WILLIAM CORNYSHE (1468-1523): Ave Maria, mater Dei ("Hail Mary, mother of God")

--PEROTINUS (c.1160-1220): Ex semina rosa ("From the seed of a thorn springs a rose")

--WILLIAM BYRD (1543-1623): Lullaby, my sweet little baby

--PEROTINUS: Beata viscera ("Blessed womb of the Virgin Mary")

--Anon., late 13th cen. English: Edi beo thus hevene quene

--Anon., 15th cen. English: Nowell, Nowell, out of your sleep arise and wake

--WILLIAM BYRD: Felix es, sacra Virgo Maria ("Happy art thou, O holy Virgin Mary")

--Anon., 15th cen. English: Marvell not, Joseph, on Mary mild

--JOHANN WALTER (1496-1570): Joseph lieber, Joseph mein ("Joseph, my dear Joseph, help me rock my little child")

--CRISTOBAL de MORALES (c.1500-1553): Ecce virgo concipiet ("Behold, a virgin shall conceive")

--Anon., 15th cen. English: Ther is no rose of swich vertu

--Anon., 14th cen. English: Alleluia, Nou well may we mirthes make

--Anon., 16th cen. English: Coventry Carol (Lully, lullay, thou little tiny child)

Composer Info

THOMAS STOLZER (c.1480-1526), WILLIAM CORNYSHE (1468-1523), PEROTINUS (c.1160-1220), JOHANN WALTER (1496-1570), CRISTOBAL de MORALES (c.1500-1553),

CD Info

CD PPC 9052

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