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.
And such is the O Nata Lux recording, too. Its main idea was to combine traditional European Advent compositions (Monteverdi, Byrd) and Christmas carols with works by contemporary composers (Lauridsen, Tavener, Dubra). Three antiphons by Margaret Rizza that were recorded in global première make up the beginning of the album. It is in these exceptional pieces that you can hear our guest, the soprano singer Kamila Zbořilová. The Advent’s Great Antiphons, or “O Antiphons” as they are referred to as well, are sung during the last seven days of Advent in Western Christian traditions. Their poetry has theological contents, too, that draws us deeper into the Christmas secrets.Read more
O Nata Lux
, written by the famous American composer Morten Lauridsen, is the piece that the whole album was named after. It is a quiet and contemplative composition resembling heavenly light, and is one of the most popular pieces by this composer.
Some of the most beautiful Christmas songs were selected for this album, some of which are very intimate and have been arranged specifically for our vocal ensemble (Hatfield, Vičar, Kubín).
Close your eyes now, relax and unwind together with us and listen to the beautiful tones inspired by the Christian tradition, and dedicated to one of the most important parts of our year.
(Gentlemen Singers, 2017)