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This Endere Nyghth I Saw a Syghth

Qui Creavit Celum

Lullay, Lullay: Als I Lay on Yoolis Night

Veni, Veni Emanuel


A Boy was Born, Op. 3


The three Kings


Long, Long Ago


A Hymn of the Nativity

Martin, M:

Adam lay ybounden



Gabrieli Consort & Trebles of Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir, Paul McCreesh


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An inspiring sequence of Christmas music ancient and modern, which culminates with Britten’s virtuosic choral masterpiece A Boy Was Born: Paul McCreesh leads the Gabrieli Consort (joined by the Trebles of Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir) in this evocative and contrasting collection of festive works that draws on music from the 12th century to the present day.

Matthew Martin: Adam Lay Ybounden

Adam Lay Ybounden

Anonymous: Veni, Veni Emanuel

Veni, Veni Emanuel

Herbert Howells: Long, Long Ago

Long, Long Ago

Anonymous: Lullay, Lullay, Als I Lay on Yoolis Night

Lullay, Lullay, Als I Lay on Yoolis Night

Francis Pott: Balulalow


Anonymous: Qui Creavit Celum

Qui Creavit Celum

Jonathan Dove: The Three Kings

The Three Kings

Anonymous: This Endere Nyghth I Saw a Syghth

This Endere Nyghth I Saw a Syghth

Kenneth Leighton: A Hymn of The Nativity

A Hymn of The Nativity

Anonymous: Letabundus


Benjamin Britten: A Boy Was Born

I. A Boy Was Born

II. Lullay, Jesu

III. Herod

IV. Jesu, as Thou art our Saviour

V. The Three Kings

VI. In the bleak mid-winter

VII. Noel!

MusicWeb International

18th November 2013

“This is by no means a conventional Christmas disc. Indeed, tinsel and holly are nowhere in sight. It is, in the best sense, a challenging - and hugely rewarding - programme which has been put together thoughtfully and with discernment. The performances are absolutely first rate...enjoyment of this disc need be confined solely to the Christmas period.”

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas Issue 2013


“a Christmas issue which is genuinely challenging and different…Martin’s music evokes in an extraordinary suggestive manner the theological paradox buried within the Eden story… The Gabrieli’s rapt and intense performance is remarkable in it poise and tonal control at mainly low dynamic levels… A wonderful Christmas offering: treat yourself and friends or both, to it”

Sunday Times

1st December 2013

“If ever greatness announced itself, it was with Britten’s audaciously inventive and extended choral variations, A Boy Was Born...McCreesh has made it the end piece of an ancient and modern Nativity programme...which the Gabrielis gave atmospherically at Shoreditch Church as part of the Spitalfields Winter Festival.”

Gramophone Magazine

December 2013

“It is arguably the most moving setting of these words written since Britten’s version in A Ceremony of Carols, and I wish it appeared on disc and was performed more often.”

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