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A Renaissance Christmas album cover showing The adoration of the Magi, a 15th Century painting by Jan Gossaert

A Renaissance Christmas. Album by The Sixteen



Album Description

The Sixteen explores a stunning collection  of festive works from the Renaissance capturing the joy and sincerity of this most wonderful of seasons. From the delightful simplicity of plainsong chants Resonemus laudibus and Veni, veni Emmanuel to the shining purity of Lassus' polyphonic Videntes stellam Magi and Byrd's jubilant This day Christ was born, this album provides a perfect alternative to traditional carols for those looking for something a little different at Christmas.


The Sixteen
Harry Christophers


'The best British singing comes from The Sixteen, with a new album of 14th- to 17th- century carols. Much of the music on A Renaissance Christmas is unfamiliar, and all the better for that.'  The Mail on Sunday ★★★★


'Resonemus Laudibus dates from the 14th century, and is one of the earliest Christmas songs to be written down on paper. The Sixteen's ebulliently pulsing performance gets A Renaissance Christmas off to an energetic start, and the tune's legacy is traced through later settings by Eccard, Handl and De Lassus. BBC Music Magazine  ★★★★

Track Listing

14th Century
1. Resonemus laudibus

J. P. Sweelink
2. Hodie Christus natus est

Jacob Handl
3. Omnes de Saba venient

Johannes Eccard
4. Resonet in laudibus

5. Veni, veni Emmanuel 

George Kirbye
6. Vox in Rama

Orlande de Lassus
7. Videntes stellam Magi

Thomas Tallis
8. Videte miraculum

Richard Dering
9. Quem vidistis, pastores?

William Byrd
10. O magnum mysterium/Beata Virgo

11. Resonet in laudibus

Tomás Luis de Victoria
12. Quem vidistis, pastores?

13. Resonet in laudibus

14. This day Christ was born

John Sheppard
15. Reges Tharis

Francisco Guerrero
16. Pastores loquebantur

Peter Philips
17. O beatum et sacrosanctum diem

18. Crudelis Herodes

19. Omnes de Saba venient

Total running time:    67.11

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