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Hear the Oriana Consort sing choral music for the year's end!
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Magnificat in D major, BWV 243
Bach wrote an elaborate setting of the Magnificat - the Canticle of the Virgin - for Christmas of 1723, during his first year at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig; he revised it ten years later into the form most often heard today. The Oriana Consort, after a tour last August to sing music of Bach and others in Frankfurt, and Leipzig, continues its devotion to this composer in presenting his Magnificat, with soloists from our membership, and accompanied by a Baroque ensemble using the 1733 instrumentation.
Francisco Guerrero (1528?-1599)
Alma redemptoris mater
A Marian antiphon for advent, an 11th-century chant, is the basis of a polyphonic setting by this master composer of the Spanish Renaissance.
Jacob Obrecht (1457?-1505)
This Netherlander's setting of a Marian antiphon, written when polyphony was still an outgrowth of chant, is as much chant as it is polyphony.
Bob Chilcott (1955-)
Advent Antiphons (selections)
The ancient Advent chants O Sapientia, O Rex gentium, and O Emmanuel echo pervasively amidst Chilcott's bold, arresting 21st-century harmonies.
Anonymous (15th c.)
There is no rose; Nowell! Dieu vous garde
These two early English carols are as captivating to modern ears as they were to those of the century from which this music comes.
Abbie Betinis (1980-)
In this Tyme of Chrystmas; Dormi, Jesu
A markedly inventive American composer has devised beautiful settings for choral voices and soloists of these Renaissance carol texts.
Ron Jeffers (1943-)
The blessings with which Menorah candles are lit in December are beautifully set for choral voices by the American composer Ron Jeffers.
Ola Gjeilo (1978-)
The Holly and the Ivy; The First Nowell
This Norwegian composer wrote these fascinating new harmonizations of two familiar carols.
Eric Whitacre (1970-)
"Light and Gold": a deeply moving setting of a gentle Advent poem.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church (View)
15 Saint Paul St.
Brookline, MA 02446