Martin: Adam lay ybounden | Veni, Veni Emanuel

Howells: Long, long ago | Lullay, lullay: Als I lay on Yoolis Night

Pott: Balulow | Qui creavit celum

Dove: The Three Kings | This endere nyghth I saw a syghth

Leighten: A Hymn of the Nativity | Letabundus

Britten: A Boy was Born

Gabrieli Consort

Trebles of Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir

Paul McCreesh (conductor)

An inspiring sequence of Christmas music ancient and modern that culminates in 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.

Excerpt: Adam lay ybounden


“At the heart of everything is the consummate technical ability and sense of idiom displayed by the 28 Gabrieli singers, and McCreesh’s inspirational direction. It’s the type of artistry that completely avoids the impression of artifice…”BBC Music Magazine

“The latest of Paul McCreesh’s projects with the Gabrieli Consort, Incarnation, offers his distinctive take on a Christmas album… It’s done in austere manner, with no fashionable drones or tintinnabulation blurring the edges: instead, unison vocals present “Veni, Veni Emanuel” as simply as possible, while a solo alto renders “Lullay, Lullay” as a lilting line that develops hypnotic power through church reverb.”Independent

“If ever greatness announced itself, it was with Britten’s audaciously inventive and extended choral variations, A Boy Was Born, written at 19. It is the most plausibly symphonic and texturally elaborate of a cappella pieces, yet sustains the freshness of an anthem, the sheer zest of a carol. McCreesh has made it the end piece of an ancient and modern Nativity programme (plainchant rubbing up against Howells, Leighton and Dove), which the Gabrielis gave atmospherically at Shoreditch Church as part of the Spitalfields Winter Festival. Now here is the whole thing on disc, as beautiful as before…”Sunday Times

Winged Lion / Signum Classics


October 2013