Renaissance Men: A Polyphonic Christmas

RENAISSANCE MEN: A POLYPHONIC CHRISTMAS is an ECMC concert CD recorded live on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at The Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Manhattan, New York.

To open its nineteenth concert season, the Empire City Men’s Chorus, returned to a more traditional musical celebration of the holiday season. The Chorus added its distinctive style and artistry to a tapestry of captivating choral gems from the HIgh Renaissance. The resplendent realm of Music Divine was represented by signature works of Palestrina, Lasso, and Taverner, among others. Complementary pieces from modern masters influenced by the stile antico, balanced a program that also included a few light-hearted surprises!

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Playlist

1
Veni, Veni Emmanuel
15th century French chant; arr. Petker

2
Ave Dulcissima Maria
Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)

3
Ave Maria
Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
Ariel Estrada, Incipit

4
G.P. da Palestrina (1525-1594)

5
Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)

6
Franz Biebl (1906-2001)
Bill Powell , Solo 1
Michael Cheffo, Solo 2
Nathan D. Fuhrman, Solo 3
Nolan Budgewater IIIrwin Kroot, and Ron Languedoc, Trio

7
Magnificat
John Taverner (c. 1495-1545)
Ariel EstradaPhilip CottyAlden Gatt, and Casey Kyung Hun Koh, Semi-Chorus

7
Alma Redemptoris Mater
Palestrina

8
O Magnum Mysterium
William Byrd (1539-1623) | Lauridsen
Nathan D. Fuhrman, Conductor

9
Natus est Nobis
Jacob Handl (1550-1591)

10
O Regem Coeli – Natus est Nobis
Victoria

11
Dicunt Infantes
Handl

12
Cantate Domino
Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)

13
Rudolphus Naso-Rubro Tarandro
Johnny Marks (1909-1985); arr. Szazbo; trans. Clowdus