O Nata Lux: Contemplative Christmas Classics

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Music related to the seasons of Advent and Christmas recorded by male vocal ensemble Gentlemen Singers in the Czech Republic.

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About this release

This album features music primarily related to the seasons of Advent and Christmas. It includes a number of recent commissions for the male vocal ensemble, Gentlemen Singers, and was recorded in their home town (Hradec Králové) in the Czech Republic. The programme also includes fresh arrangements produced for the recording. The carols are performed their original languages.

CD Booklet
  • Verbum caro factum est - Anonymous
  • Gaudete - arr. Stephen Hatfield
  • O Nata Lux - Morten Lauridsen
  • Magnificat secondo (1640/41) - Claudio Monteverdi
  • O Sapientia - Margaret Rizza
  • The Lamb - John Tavener
  • O Clavis David - Margaret Rizza
  • Beacon Hill Carol - arr. Stephen Hatfield
  • O Oriens - Margaret Rizza
  • Hodie Christus natus est - Rihards Dubra
  • Dejlig er jorden - arr. Bo Holten
  • Nesem vám noviny - arr. Jan Vičar
  • In the bleak mid-winter - Gustav Holst, arr. Joseph H. Jennings
  • Lulajze Jezuniu - arr. Jakub Kubín
  • Lullaby - William Byrd
  • Maria durch ein Dornwald ging - arr. Philip Lawson
  • Narodil se Kristus Pán - arr. Vladimír Popelka
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Commissioned Programme Note

Advent is the time of waiting for the Redeemer to come, the period when the liturgical year begins, a period that has inspired all artists for hundreds of years: poets, painters, musicians and composers, too. This four-week-long period of contemplation and charitableness has always been a symbol of purity and beauty and spiritual preparation for Christmas. Read more

Production Credits

Catalogue number CR044
Cover Art Václav Kovář
Photography Tomáš Kubelka & Ivana Lukavská
Engineering Adaq Khan
Mastering Adaq Khan
Producer Andrew King
Creative Director John Bevan
Executive Producer Adrian Green
Recorded 8, 9, 10 April, 2016
Venue City Music Hall, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

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