Advent from Oxford, Cambridge, and Mt. Sinai

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Program: #13-50   Air Date: Dec 09, 2013

Two recent releases from the great English universities are contrasted to Capella Romana's latest dedicated to the story of the Three Holy Children.

byzantiumNOTE: All of the music on this program is from recent recordings of recordings that feature music appropriate for Advent.


I. Mater Eucharistiae

(Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist/Sr. Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz OP). Decca CD B0018696-02. For more information:

Mater Eucharistiae

-Anon.: Ave maris Stella

--Anon.: Angelus ad Virginem


II. Advent at Merton  

(Choir of Merton College, Oxford/Peter Phillips & Benjamin Nicholas, conductors). Delphian CD LC 12979. For more information:

Advent at Merton


--WILLIAM BYRD: Rorate caeli desuper ("Drop down, o Heavens, from above")

--MICHAEL PRAETORIUS: Alvus tumescit virginis

--BYRD: Ecce Virgo concipiet ("Behold, a Virgin shall conceive")



III. Veni Emmanuel: Music for Advent

(Choir of Clare College, Cambridge/Graham Ross). Harmonia Mundi CD 907579. For more information:

Veni Emmanuel - Music for Advent

The familiar hymn 'Veni Emmanuel' is emblematic of the Advent season – a period of reflection upon the meaning of Christ’s coming. Framing this programme, the hymn paraphrases the great ‘O’ Antiphons: plainchant settings traditionally sung on the days leading up to Christmas; complemented here by later works echoing their rich imagery and symbolism.

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge

Graham Ross | director  

  • 1.Veni, veni Emmanuel
  • 2.Byrd: Vigilate
  • 3.Antiphon 1: O Sapientia
  • 4.Howells: The fear of the Lord
  • 5.Antiphon II: O Adonaï
  • 6.Williams: O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel
  • 7.Antiphon III: O Radix Jesse
  • 8.Praetorius arr. Sandström: Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
  • 9.Antiphon IV: O Clavis David
  • 10.Sheppard: Audivi vocem de caelo
  • 11.Antiphon V: O Oriens
  • 12.Rutter: Hymn to the Creator of Light
  • 13.Bach: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern
  • 14.Mendelssohn: Say, where is He born; There shall a star from Jacob
  • 15.Antiphon VI: O Rex Gentium
  • 16.Warlock: Bethlehem Down
  • 17.Ross: I sing of a maiden
  • 18.Antiphon VII: O Emmanuel
  • 19.Tavener: God is with us
  • 20.Antiphon VIII: O Virgo virginum
  • 21.Rachmaninov: Bogoroditsye Dyevo
  • 22.Howells: Magnificat (from Gloucester Service)
  • 23.Trad. arr. Ross: O Come, O come, Emmanuel


IV. Voices of Byzantium: Medieval Byzantine Chant from Mt. Sinai

(Capella Romana/Alexander Lingas). SKU 80014538. For more information:

 Cappella Romana performs exquisite Byzantine musical treasures--from the cathedrals and monasteries of the Eastern Roman Empire--preserved from destruction in the Egyptian desert at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. Catherine at Mt. Sinai. 

Features music for the medieval celebration of Vespers in honor of St. Catherine, and Byzantium's only liturgical drama, the Service of the Three Youths in the Fiery Furnace.   

Music originally commissioned by the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles for its mega-exhibition "Icons from Sinai."

--The Service of the Furnace: A liturgical account of the Three Holy Children  (late 15th c.)


Composer Info

WILLIAM BYRD, MICHAEL PRAETORIUS, TOMAS LUIS de VICTORIA, Howells , Williams , Sheppard, Rutter , Bach, Mendelssohn, Warlock, Tavener, Rachmaninov

CD Info

Decca CD B0018696-02; SKU 80014538;CD LC 12979 , CD 907579