Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Puer Natus Est and other Tudor Christmas Music

During the Twelve Days of Christmas, I have been enjoying some Tudor Christmas cds my husband gave me!

Stile Antico's Puer Natus Est:Tudor Music for Advent and Christmas--you can listen to some excerpts and an interview on the Millennium of Music website.

1. Tallis: Videte miraculum ("Behold the miracle of the Mother of our Lord")
2. Taverner: Audivi vocem de caelo ("I heard a voice coming down from heaven")
3. Byrd: Rorate caeli desuper ("Drop down, heavens, from above")
4. Tallis: Gloria (Missa Puer natus est)
5. Byrd: Tollite portas ("Lift up your gates, o princes")
6. Tallis: Sanctus & Benedictus (Missa Puer natus est)
7. Byrd: Ave Maria ("Hail Mary, full of grace")
8. Tallis: Agnus Dei (Missa Puer natus est)
9. Byrd: Ecce virgo concipiet ("Behold, a virgin shall conceive")
10. White: Magnificat ("My soul doth magnify the Lord")
11. Plainchant: Puer natus est ("To us a Child is born")
12. Sheppard: Verbum caro ("The word has been made flesh")


Parthenia/A Consort of Viols and Julianne Baird's As It Fell on a Holie Eve: Music for an Elizabethan Christmas--"Following a long-treasured tradition of music for Christmas, the viols of Parthenia join famed soprano Julianne Baird to present a sparkling array of songs, dances and carols from Elizabethan England. Along with music by Thomas Morley, Anthony Holborne, Thomas Ravenscroft, Dr. John Bull and Tobias Hume, this disc features a wide variety of music by the celebrated master composer of England's Golden Age, William Byrd." (from the website)


The Cherry Tree: Songs, Carols & Ballads for Christmas by Anonymous 4


  1. these excerpts are exquisite!
    grazie mille.

  2. Prego!--that Millennium of Music site is great for other early music performances.