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  • Performer: Sara Mingardo, Ian Watson, John Anderson
  • Orchestra: Monteverdi Choir, Instrumental Ensemble
  • Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner
  • Composer: Robert Cowper, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
  • Audio CD (5 Nov. 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00000A1GK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Cowper: Gloria in excelsis DeoKatherine Fuge 2:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Anonymous: Ave Maria, gratia plenaThe Monteverdi Choir0:47£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Anonymous: Angelus ad virginemThe Monteverdi Choir 1:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Palestrina: Alma Redemptoris Mater - Ed. J. DixonThe Monteverdi Choir 4:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Anonymous: Gabriel's Message (Basque Carol)The Monteverdi Choir 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Bassano: Hodie Christus natus estAdam Woolf 2:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Anonymous: Jolly sheperdNoel Mann 1:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sweelinck: Hodie Christus natus estAdam Woolf 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Anonymous: Past Three a ClockThe Monteverdi Choir 1:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Anonymous: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen - Arr. M. Praetorius; Canon a 4 by Melchior Vulpius (c1570-1615)The Monteverdi Choir 4:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Anonymous: There is no rose of such virtuThe Monteverdi Choir 2:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Bárdos: Ave maris stellaThe Monteverdi Choir 3:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Howells: A spotless RoseThe Monteverdi Choir 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Byrd: O magnum mysteriumThe Monteverdi Choir 3:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Schütz: Ach Herr, Du SchöpferThe Monteverdi Choir 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Anonymous: This endris nightThe Monteverdi Choir 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Anonymous: Entre le boeufThe Monteverdi Choir 1:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Anonymous: Guillô, pran ton tamborinNoel Mann 1:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Anonymous: Psallite. French Anonymous Chanson "Ho la hé" - In Latin and GermanRobert Goodhew0:49£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Dering: Quem vidistes pastores?Adam Woolf 1:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Anonymous: The CradleThe Monteverdi Choir 1:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Byrd: LullabyThe Monteverdi Choir 1:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Anonymous: El Rorro - Mexican traditional CarolThe Monteverdi Choir 2:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Anonymous: Once As I RememberThe Monteverdi Choir 1:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Tavener: The LambThe Monteverdi Choir 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Walther: Joseph, lieber Joseph meinThe Monteverdi Choir 1:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Gardner: Entry Of The Three Kings - IntroitJohn Anderson 5:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Anonymous: The King of all KingsKatherine Fuge0:53£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Armstrong: Ring out ye crystal spheres - Written for the "Springhead Christmas Play", 1955The Monteverdi Choir 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Weelkes: Gloria in excelsis deoThe Monteverdi Choir 3:20£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Between 1935 and 1981 a nativity play made up of music, readings and drama was presented at the family home of conductor John Eliot Gardiner in Fontmell Magma, Dorset. Gardiner's enterprising parents were apparently able to persuade local schoolchildren, farmers and farmhands, local actors and amateur musicians to prepare performances of 16th-century polyphony, readings of Milton, and French and German carols for the annual concert reconstructed on this disc (the readings are confined to the booklet text). Most of the material comes from the 16th century. There is little here that will be familiar to the casual listener. As one would expect from these artists, the singing is of the highest order--precise intonation, crisp articulation, wonderfully-balanced voices, deftly-shaped phrasing--but there is something missing, namely a serious lack of variety in mood (reflective and sombre dominate rather than joyous and celebratory) and texture (almost every item is an unaccompanied part-song). One wishes there were more than just four numbers underscored with cornet and sackbuts for they are enchanting, as is the plaintive solo sopranino recorder used in three items. It is, in short, a disc that commands admiration but not affection. --Jeremy Nicholas

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This CD contains music based on Sir John's childhood experience of his family's annual Nativity play, which took place in the Millroom at Springhead, the Gardiner's home in Dorset. The CD contains some of the most beautiful Christmas music ever written, though you will probably be unfamiliar with at least half of the 30 tracks. Though mostly a capella, there is some variety, with 5 tracks having an instrumental ensemble, including cornets and sackbuttts. The more familiar works include "Gabriel's Message", Hodie Christus est natus (Sweelinck), "Past three a clock", "Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen", "A Spotless Rose" (Howells), "This endris night", "The Lamb"(Tavener) and "Joseph lieber, Joseph mein".

The CD begins with a setting of "Gloria in excelsis deo" by Robert Cowper and ends with the marvellous work with the same title by Thomas Weelkes. The Sweelinck "Hodie" receives a very inspiring interpretation by the Monteverdi Choir, who are in fine form throughout. I have never enjoyed "This endris night" as much as I did from this performance. If you are looking for an album of popular, well-known carols then this CD is not for you. But if you wish to explore some of the most beautiful, unaccompanied choral works, then you will be highly delighted with this selection. The insert contains a comprehensive background to the Springhead Christmas Play and there are texts of all the tracks. This is a very special issue, which I can't commend too highly to you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By birtwhistle on 5 Dec. 2008
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for its immaculate performance, choice of pieces and spiritual quality. There is music from all over Europe, from the middle ages to the twentieth century, yet the disc holds together as an experience, taking the listener through the Christmas story and meditating upon it. Few of the pieces are well-known, but all are worthy of inclusion.
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I don't know anything about this other than it all depends what you're used to re Christmas music.The Medieval Babes is a good comparison but it will probably never sell enough to warrant serious attention when people vote a horror like Fairytale of New York the best Christmas song.
Not that it bothers me-with a huge amount of this sort of music in my collection I make sure I avoid the above mentioned.
Apart from that I found this in a charity shop and figured it was worth a listen.
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By John P. on 18 Nov. 2014
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One of my all time favorite CD's. The Monteverdi Choir are absolutely breathtaking here under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Technically the singing is superb - perfect balance, intonation and phrasing. But, most importantly, the choir succeed in communicating the warmth and joy with which these works, from Sir John's youth, must be remembered. Deeply moving. Just the best Christmas CD - but a refreshing and uplifting experience at any time of the year.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By pi_us@yahoo.com on 10 Jan. 2000
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It's always beatufil the light that John Eliot Gardiner gives to the music. And, in this record, there's the wonderful Sara Mingardo's voice. A great discovery.
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