Christmas in the Lowlands

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Program: #03-50   Air Date: Dec 15, 2003


For 150 years composers of the Lowlands defined European music--we'll hear some of the greatest Christmas motets from Dufay to Lassus.

Preservation of this program is made possible by a generous grant from John Arntz.

The program is sponsored in part by the Belgian Tourist Office and the Embassy of Belgium in Washington, D.C. For more information on visiting Belgium, you may contact the Belgian Tourist Office at:

From Creator of the Stars with Pomerium, Alexander Blachly, director [Archiv CD 449 819]:

  • Anon.: Preter rerum seriem.
  • JOSQUIN DESPREZ (c. 1440–1521): Preter rerum seriem.

From How Excellent is Thy Name: Sacred Music of Lassus with the King's Singers [EMI CD CDC 7 49157]:

  • ROLAND de LASSUS (1532–1594): Magnificat "Preter rerum seriem."

From A Marriage of England and Burgundy with The Binchois Consort conducted by Andrew Kirkman [Hyperion CD CDA67129]:

  • Anon [attrib. ANTOINE BUSNOIS (c.1430–1492)]: Incomprehensibilia firme/Preter rerum ordinem.
  • ANTOINE BUSNOIS: Regina coeli.

From Barbireau: Mass & Motets with The Clerks' Group directed by Edward Wickham [ASV CD GAU 186]:

  • JEAN PULLOIS (?early 1400s–1478): O beata infantia.

From Cipriano de Rore: Sacred and Secular Motets from the Munich Codex with Weser-Renaissance Bremen directed by Manfred Cordes [CPO CD 999 506]:

  • CIPRIANO de RORE (1516–1565): Quem vidistis pastores (for Epiphany); Hodie Christus natus est.

From Orlando do Lasso: Regina coeli and Seasonal Motets with The Choir of Trinity Collge, Cambridge directed by Richard Marlow [Conifer Classics CD 75606-51230]:

  • LASSUS: Laetentur coeli (for Advent); Resonet in laudibus (for Feast of the Nativity); Tui sunt coeli (Nativity); Quem vidistis, pastores.

Composer Info

JEAN PULLOIS (?early 1400s--1478), CIPRIANO de RORE (1516-1565), JOSQUIN DESPREZ (c. 1440-1521), ANTOINE BUSNOIS (c.1430-1492), ROLAND de LASSUS (1532-1594),

CD Info

CD 449 819, CD CDC 7 49157, CDA67129, CD GAU 186, CD 999 506, CD 75606-51230.

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