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Elmer Iseler Singers
Puer Natus in Bethlehem, Alleluia

Song NameComposer
Ave Maris StellaEleanor Daley
Gaudete!Derek Holman
In the Bleak Mid-winterAlexander Tilley
A Christmas LullabyStephen Chatman
Angelus ad VirginemLydia Adams
In Dulci JubiloAndrew Ager
Jumalisten jouckoStephen Chatman
The Huron CarolEleanor Daley
Christmas LullabyGraeme Wearmouth
Puer Nobis NasciturDonald Patriquin
Puer Natus in Bethlehem
Laetetur JerusalemRuth Watson Henderson
Paranymphus AdiensChristos Hatzis
Corde Natus
Of the Father's Love BegottenPeter Togni
Waye Not His CribbMark Sirett
Verbum Caro Factum EstBerthold Carriere
Resonet in Laudibus
Christmas Song 14th CenturyHealy Willan
Un Instant Mystique (A Boy is Born)Eric Robertson

Directed by Elmer Iseler

The Iseler Singers perform carols by Canadian composers commissioned for this recording - four original compositions, an arrangement of the Huron Carol and eleven new arrangements of carols from the 1582 collection, "Piae Cantiones" by the Swedish monk, Theodoricus Petrus of Nyland. Published in England in 1853, its timeless melodies have permeated the church music of the English-speaking world. According to Ken Winters' informative liner notes the only work on the program not commissioned by the Singers is Healey Willan's miniature masterpiece, Resonet in Laudibus, also from "Piae Cantiones". Each carol is a highly individual exploration of musical beauty. Exquisite dissonances propel Eleanor Daley's harmonization of Ave Maris Stella; Eric Robertson astonishes with his symphonic vision of Puer Natus in Bethlehem; Derek Holman's modal counterpoint to the syncopations of Gaudete bursts with energy; Donald Patriquin's folk song treatment of Puer Nobis Nascitur is fresh and unexpected; Peter Togni's arrangement of Corde Natus - Of the Father's love begotten moves with deft assurance from two-part simplicity to a grand multiphonic concluding Amen.

Item code: 8457C | 1 CD | $15.98 add item to cart
Choral | A Cappella | Mixed | Canada
MVCD 1165

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