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Recorded live at St Francis of Assisi Church, Paddington NSW in December 2016, this is a Christmas celebration like only the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir, under their charismatic artistic director Paul Dyer, can create.
For over a decade, the Brandenburg’s annual Christmas concerts have been a staple festive celebration for thousands across Australia, and several have become best-selling albums. But this is the first time the joy can be witnessed on DVD, in this new CD / DVD release from ABC Classics.
Noël! Noël! features brilliant New Zealand soprano Madison Nonoa, who sings the sumptuous Renaissance lament Con qué la lavaré, Silent Night and more. In a typically wide-ranging choice of music, beloved carols such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and O Little Town of Bethlehem sit alongside joyous instrumental celebrations, including Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets. And the Choir revel in contemporary gems including Ola Gjeilo’s The Spheres and a beautiful arrangement of Ben Folds’ love-song The Luckiest.
Noël! Noël! touches on the religious but is firmly grounded in the spiritual. It’s a celebration of the festive that will fill your heart with cheer.
For details about the Brandenburg’s 2017 Noël! Noël! season in Sydney, Melbourne & Wollongong www.brandenburg.com.au/concerts/2017/noël-noël/
1. NICOLAI Wachet auf!
2. ANONYMOUS Sonata à 9
3. GAUNTLETT Once, in Royal David’s City
4. VIVALDI Concerto for Two Trumpets in C major, RV537: I. Allegro
5. VAVILOV Ave Maria
6. TRADITIONAL O Little Town of Bethlehem
7. GJEILO The Spheres from Sunrise Mass
8. TRADITIONAL Coventry Carol
9. NARVÁEZ Con qué la lavaré
10. TRADITIONAL God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
11. RITTLER Ciaccona à 7 in C major
12. EŠENVALDS O Salutaris Hostia
13. MENDELSSOHN Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
14. FOLDS The Luckiest
15. ADAM Cantique de Noël (O Holy Night)
16. TRADITIONAL Amazing Grace
17. GRUBER Stille Nacht
18. ANONYMOUS O Come, All Ye Faithful
Paul Dyer artistic director, conductor and harpsichord
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Madison Nonoa soprano
Recorded live at St Francis of Assisi Church, Paddington NSW on 13 December 2016