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Incarnation

McCreesh

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"Five Stars. Too early for Christmas? ... this wonderful album of unusual seasonal music will make time stand still."
- Sinfini Music

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1
Adam Lay Ybounden
Matthew Martin; Gabrieli Ensemble; Paul McCreesh
3:38
2
Veni, Veni Emanuel
Anonymous; Gabrieli Ensemble; Paul McCreesh
3:30
3
Long, Long Ago
Herbert Howells; Gabrieli Ensemble; Paul McCreesh
5:59
4
Lullay, Lullay: Als I Lay on Yoolis Night
Anonymous; Mattew Venner; Gabrieli Ensemble; Paul McCreesh
7:16
5
Balulalow
Francis Pott; Emma Walshe; Gabrieli Ensemble; Paul McCreesh
2:55
6
Qui Creavit Celum
Anonymous; Gabrieli Ensemble; Paul McCreesh
2:51
7
The Three Kings
Jonathan Dove; Gabrieli Ensemble; Paul McCreesh
4:36
8
This Endere Nyghth I Saw a Syghth
Anonymous; Guy Cutting; Christopher Watson; Greg Skidmore; Gabrieli Ensemble; Paul McCreesh
7:06
9
A Hymn of The Nativity
Kenneth Leighton; Ruth Provost; Gabrieli Ensemble; Paul McCreesh
6:53
10
Letabundus
Anonymous; Gabriel Crouch; Stephen Kennedy; William townend; Gabrieli Ensemble; Paul McCreesh
3:23
A Boy Was Born  
11
I. A Boy Was Born
Benjamin Britten; Nicholas Alogot Swensen; Gabrieli Ensemble; Paul McCreesh
2:14
12
II. Lullay, Jesu
Benjamin Britten; Nicholas Alogot Swensen; Gabrieli Ensemble; Paul McCreesh
3:43
13
III. Herod
Benjamin Britten; Nicholas Alogot Swensen; Gabrieli Ensemble; Paul McCreesh
2:02
14
IV. Jesu, as Thou art our Saviour
Benjamin Britten; Nicholas Alogot Swensen; Gabrieli Ensemble; Paul McCreesh
3:07
15
V. The Three Kings
Benjamin Britten; Nicholas Alogot Swensen; Gabrieli Ensemble; Paul McCreesh
3:41
16
VI. In the bleak mid-winter
Benjamin Britten; Nicholas Alogot Swensen; Gabrieli Ensemble; Paul McCreesh
5:19
17
VII. Noel!
Benjamin Britten; Nicholas Alogot Swensen; Gabrieli Ensemble; Paul McCreesh
8:59
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    77:12
"... arguably the most moving setting of these words written since Britten’s version in A Ceremony of Carols ... I wish it appeared on disc and was performed more often."
- Gramophone

"Five Stars ... a Christmas issue which is genuinely challenging and different ... you simply feel you're listening directly to what the composer meant by the music. A wonderful Christmas offering: treat yourself ..."
- BBC Music Magazine

"... by no means a conventional Christmas disc. Indeed, tinsel and holly are nowhere in sight ... 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 ... I don’t believe that enjoyment of this disc need be confined solely to the Christmas period."
- MusicWeb International

An inspiring sequence of Christmas music, both ancient and modern, culminates on this highly acclaimed album in Benjamin 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 samples works from the 12th century to the present day.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Signum Records Studio Masters

Recording Douai Abbey, Berkshire, 17-19 December 2012
Recording Producer: Adrian Peacock
Balance Engineer: Neil Hutchinson
Editing: Will Brown, Paul McCreesh, Adrian Peacock
All recording and editing facilities by Classic Sound Limited, London

Sources and Publishers:
Martin, Adam Lay Ybounden © 2012 Faber Music
Howells, Long Long Ago © 1951 Novello & Company Ltd
Pott, Balulalow © 2010 Oxford University Press
Dove, The Three Kings © 2001 Edition Peters
Leighton, A Hymn of the Nativity © 1960 Novello & Company Ltd
Britten, A Boy Was Born © 1934 The Britten Estate Ltd, © 2009 Chester Music Ltd
All other repertoire from New Oxford Book of Carols © 1992 Oxford University Press
Pronunciation Advisor: Prof Christopher Page
Concept and Design: Abrahams

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