Drop down, ye heavens: Advent antiphons for choir & saxophone

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Drop down, ye heavens: Advent antiphons for choir & saxophone



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21st Oct 2016




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Drop down, ye heavens: Advent antiphons for choir & saxophone


O Day-spring


O Virgin of virgins


O Adonai


O virgo virginum


O Adonai


There is no rose


O clavis David


O Key of David

Praetorius, M:

Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

Rathbone, S:

O Root of Jesse


O Wisdom

Turnbull, S M:

O Emmanuel


Drop down, ye heavens, from above

Wilson, G:

O King of the Nations

Sam Corkin (saxophones)

Siglo de Oro, Patrick Allies


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Siglo de Oro’s first commercial recording sees the choir and its director Patrick Allies in collaboration with saxophonist Sam Corkin. Their intriguing programme highlights the saxophone's natural kinship with the human voice, as well as the endless expressive possibilities which this versatile instrument stimulates in the imaginations of modern composers. Its athletic vigour launches Will Todd’s O Wisdom, the first of eight settings of the Advent antiphons in English which, having been commissioned by the present artists, now form the backbone of this recording. Elsewhere the instrument soars above the voices’ urgent prophecy and imploration, while the choir is heard unaccompanied in glowing renditions of sixteenth-century polyphony – works by Pierre Certon, Antoine de Mornable, Michael Praetorius and Josquin des Prez, whose music complements the atmosphere of quiet expectancy proper to Advent. -

Judith Weir: Drop Down, Ye Heavens, from Above

Drop Down, Ye Heavens, from Above

Will Todd: O Wisdom

O Wisdom

Pierre Certon: O Adonai

O Adonai

Matthew Kaner: O Adonai

O Adonai

Bonnie Miksch: There is no rose

There is no rose

Samuel Rathbone: O Root of Jesse

O Root of Jesse

Antoine de Mornable: O Clavis David

O Clavis David

Francis Pott: O Key of David

O Key of David

Richard Allain: O Day-spring

O Day-spring

Michael Praetorius: Vita sanctorum decus angelorum

Hymnodia Sionia: Praesepe iam fulget tuum

Gareth Wilson: O King of the Nations

O King of the Nations

Stuart Murray Turnbull: O Emmanuel

O Emmanuel

Josquin des Prez: O virgo virginum

O virgo virginum

Ralph Allwood: O Virgin of virgins

O Virgin of virgins

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas 2016

“a debut with a difference... A novel, ungimmicky project, vividly executed”

Gramophone Magazine

December 2016

“Invigorating… Professional London startups can sound frustratingly generic but this one hits you with its character and depth”

MusicWeb International

December 2016

“This marvellous disc offers a stimulating new slant on the music of Advent. Don’t pass it by as “just another Christmas disc”. This is highly original and superbly performed. Siglo de Oro have made a most auspicious debut on disc”

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