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Program: #09-01, Air Date: 01/04/09

After we received all the recordings by this excellent ensemble, we decided to showcase their artistry with more of their performances; we also hear more Christmas music with the Norwegian ensemble Grex Vocalis.

 These programs are made possible in part by support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C. For more information about Norwegian cultural events in the United States or for travel and tourist information, you may consult:
www.norway.org

NOTE: Parts one and three of this program are from recordings by the pre-eminent Norwegian vocal quartet Quattro Stagioni, founded in 1987.

I. Nowell Sing We

For a decade, Quattro Stagioni has 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, please e-mail promusica@grappa.no

--MICHAEL PRAETORIUS (1571-1621): Puer natus in Bethlehem ("A Child is born in Bethlehem")
--Anon./arr. PRAETORIUS: Es ist ein Ros'entsprugen ("Lo, how a rose e'er blooming")
--Anon., 15th cen. English: Nowell Sing We
--HIERONYMUS PRAETORIUS (1560-1629) In Dulci Jubilo

II. Magnum Mysterium

The ensemble Grex Vocalis ("The Singing Flock") was founded in 1971 by conductor Carl Hogset (founding
countertenor in the ensemble Quattro Stagioni).
For more information about the ensemble:

www.grexvocalis.no

The recording is on the 2L label, and is CD # 2L26:

www.2L.no

--Traditional Norwegian: I Denne Soete Jukletid ("At this joyful Christmastide")
--TOMAS LUIS de VICTORIA (1540-1611): O Magnum Mysterium ("O great mystery and wondrous sacrament")
--GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI da PALESTRINA (1525-1594): O Magnum Mysterium
--Traditional Norwegian: Kling no Klokka ("Ring, O bells")

III. Voices

This first recording by Quattro Stagioni is on the Quattro label and is CD # QCD-9302.

--PIERRE PASSEREAU (c.1500-1550): Il est bel et bon ("He is handsome and good")
--WILLIAM CORNYSHE (1468-1523): Ah Robyn, gentil robyn
--CLEMENT JANNEQUIN (1472-1558): Ung mari se voulant coucher ("A man who wished to lay with his new mistress")
--CLAUDIN de SERMISY (1490-1562): Languir me fais ("You make me languish")
--ROLAND de LASSUS (1532-1594): O occhi, manza mia ("O eyes, O golden lashes")
--GIUSEPPE CAIMO (1545-1584): Piangete valli ("Weep, forlorn and desolate vales")
--JACQUES ARCADELT (1514-1568): Il bianco e dolce cigno ("The gentle white swan dies singing")
--THOMAS TOMKINS (1572-1656): O how amiable are thy dwellings
--GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI da PALESTRINA (1525-1594): Ave Maria

Composer Info

MICHAEL PRAETORIUS (1571-1621), HIERONYMUS PRAETORIUS (1560-1629),TOMAS LUIS de VICTORIA (1540-1611), GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI da PALESTRINA (1525-1594), PIERRE PASSEREAU (c.1500-1550), WILLIAM CORNYSHE (1468-1523), CLEMENT JANNEQUIN (1472-1558), CLAUDIN de SERMISY (1490-1562), ROLAND de LASSUS (1532-1594), GIUSEPPE CAIMO (1545-1584), JACQUES ARCADELT (1514-1568), THOMAS TOMKINS (1572-1656)

CD Info

CD # 2L26, CD PPC 9052, CD # QCD-9302.