Sing Thee Nowell Sarah Brailey

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Label: BIS

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

Artist: Sarah Brailey, Elizabeth Baber Weaver, New York Polyphony Ensemble

Composer: Andrew Smith, Geoffrey Williams, Philippe Verdelot, Traditional, Samuel Sebastian Wesley, John Scott, Byttering, Michael McGlynn (1964-), Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012), Tomas Luis de Victoria, Richard Pygott, Peter Warlock, Jacobus Clemens non Papa, Lewis H. Redner [Non-Classical

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  • Andrew Smith (b. 1970)
  • 1Veni Emmanuel03:14
  • Geoffrey Williams (b. 1976)
  • 2Adam lay ybounden01:32
  • Philippe Verdelot (fl. 1485–1530)
  • 3Gabriel archangelus04:23
  • Trad., arr. Alexander Craig (b. 1971)
  • 4Gabriel's Message02:12
  • Trinity Roll MS
  • 5There is no rose of swych vertu [English, 15th Century]02:17
  • S. S. Wesley, arr. G. Williams
  • 6There is no rose (based on the tune Hereford)02:18
  • John Scott (b. 1956)
  • 7There is no rose03:13
  • Byttering (d. 1420)
  • 8Nesciens mater01:34
  • Michael McGlynn (b. 1964)
  • 9O pia virgo03:14
  • Selden MS
  • 10Nowell: Out of your sleep03:00
  • Andrew Smith (b. 1970)
  • 11Nowell: Arise and wake03:29
  • Richard Rodney Bennett (1936–2012): Five Carols
  • 12No. 1. There is no Rose02:45
  • 13No. 2. Out of Your Sleep01:47
  • 14No. 3. That Younge Child01:21
  • 15No. 4. Sweet was that Song02:29
  • 16No. 5. Susanni01:25
  • Alexander Craig
  • 17Sleep Now01:36
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548–1611)
  • 18O Magnum Mysterium03:36
  • Trad., arr. Susan LaBarr (b. 1982)
  • 19Quem pastores laudavere02:34
  • Richard Pygott (1485–1549)
  • 20Quid petis, O Fili?05:48
  • Trad., arr. Alexander Craig (b. 1971)
  • 21Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle02:08
  • Peter Warlock (1894–1930)
  • 22Bethlehem Down03:54
  • Jacob Clemens ‘non Papa’ (1500–56)
  • 23Magi veniunt06:39
  • L. H. Redner, arr. Alexander Craig
  • 24O Little Town of Bethlehem (arr. A. Craig for vocal ensemble)02:36
  • Total Runtime01:09:04

Info for Sing Thee Nowell

On their new release, New York Polyphony sings of, and to, the birth of Christ in a sophisticated program fusing the ancient with the modern. Seven centuries of Christmas passes before the listener with new works composed for these performers by Michael McGlynn, Andrew Smith and John Scott alongside traditional medieval and Renaissance carols and motets by Jacob Clemens, Philippe Verdelot and Tomás Luis de Victoria. The wide-ranging sequence is anchored by Richard Rodney Bennett’s Five Carols, features sopranos Sarah Brailey and Elizabeth Baber Weaver. The wondrous events related to the Christmas story dominate the recording, but intimations of Christ’s death also appear in Peter Warlock’s “Bethlehem Down.”

Formed in 2006, New York Polyphony has rapidly emerged as one of the leading vocal chamber ensembles, applying a distinctly modern touch to repertoire that ranges from austere medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary compositions. Two previous recordings for BIS have received critical acclaim, including a Grammy nomination for the 2013 release Times go by Turns, interweaving masses by Byrd and Tallis with works from the 21st century.

Sarah Brailey, soprano
Elizabeth Baber Weaver, soprano
New York Polyphony Ensemble

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