New York Polyphony - Sing Thee Nowell (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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New York Polyphony - Sing Thee Nowell (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

New York Polyphony - Sing Thee Nowell (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 71:05 minutes | 1.27 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Nowell, Nowel, Noel - on their new release, Sing thee Nowell, New York Polyphony sings of, and to, the birth of Christ in a typically sophisticated programme which fuses the ancient with the modern into a seamless whole. Seven centuries of Christmas passes before the listener with new works composed for these performers by Michael McGlynn, Andrew Smith and John Scott alongside traditional medieval and Renaissance carols and motets by Clemens 'non Papa', Philippe Verdelot and Tomás Luis de Victoria. The wide-ranging sequence is anchored by Richard Rodney Bennett's Five Carols, in which the sopranos Sarah Brailey and Elizabeth Baber Weaver join in celebrating 'the joyful birth' and in praising 'Mary mild', that 'maiden fair and wise'. The wondrous events related to the Christmas story and the joy they bring to mankind naturally dominate, but intimations of Christ's death on the cross also surface in the course of the disc, as in Peter Warlock's Bethlehem Down: 'they will clothe him in grave-sheets, myrrh for embalming, and wood for a crown.' Formed in 2006, New York Polyphony has rapidly emerged as one of the leading vocal chamber ensembles, applying a distinctly modern touch to repertoire that ranges from austere medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary compositions. Two previous recordings for BIS have received critical acclaim, including a Grammy nomination for the 2013 release Times go by Turns, interleaving masses by Byrd and Tallis with works from the 21st century.

"Sing Thee Nowell", by the first-rate a cappella ensemble New York Polyphony, is a Christmas CD - but of that rare kind that functions as an antidote to the season's cash-register-jingling madness and forced jollity."
–Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York Times

"…In December 2014, Sing Thee Nowell be-came the group's second Grammy-nominated album…"

"…the album does include some virtually flawless performances of great Renaissance choral works, it is the music written nature of the original hymn remains intact, and the ear easily grows ac-customed to the dense chord quali-ties by the third or fourth strophe…"

"…the women's voices assimi-late into the ensemble's texture quite eff ortlessly, matching vibrato when necessary and exhibiting the same level of pinpoint control…" –John Guarente, Choral Journal, Volume 56, Number 5

01. Veni Emmanuel (Andrew Smith) - 3:19
02. Adam lay ybounden (Geoffrey Williams) - 1:34
03. Gabriel Archangelus (Philippe Verdelot) - 4:27
04. Gabriel's Message (Trad., arr. Alexander Craig) - 2:14
There is no Rose
05. (Trinity Roll MS) - 2:20
06. ('Hereford') (S.S. Wesley, arr. G. Williams) - 2:26
07. (John Scott) - 3:19
08. Nesciens mater (Byttering) - 1:38
09. O pia virgo (Michael McGlynn) - 3:18
10. Nowell: Out of your sleep (Selden MS) - 3:02
11. Nowell: Arise and wake (Andrew Smith) - 3:38
Five Carols (Richard Rodney Bennett)
12. There is no Rose - 2:47
13. Out of your Sleep - 1:48
14. That Younge Child - 1:24
15. Sweet was the Song - 2:30
16. Susanni - 1:36
17. Sleep Now (Alexander Craig) - 1:42
18. O magnum mysterium (Tomas Luis de Victoria) - 3:40
19. Quem pastores laudavere (Trad., arr. Susan LaBarr) - 2:42
20. Quid petis, o fili (Richard Pygott) - 5:58
21. Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle (Trad., arr. Alexander Craig) - 2:13
22. Bethlehem Down (Peter Warlock) - 4:01
23. Magi veniunt ab oriente (Jacob Clemens 'non Papa') - 6:44
24. O Little Town of Bethlehem (Lewis Henry Redner, arr. Alexander Craig) - 2:59

Geoffrey Williams - countertenor
Steven Caldicott Wilson - tenor
Christopher Dylan Herbert - baritone
Craig Phillips - bass
Sarah Brailey, Elizabeth Baber Weaver - sopranos (#12-16,22)

Recorded at the Chapel at The American Boychoir School, Princetown, NJ in March 2014.

foobar2000 1.3.7 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2017-05-15 20:22:48

Analyzed: New York Polyphony / Sing Thee Nowell

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR12 -5.61 dB -23.72 dB 3:19 01-Veni Emmanuel (Andrew Smith)
DR12 -6.22 dB -23.78 dB 1:34 02-Adam lay ybounden (Geoffrey Williams)
DR12 -5.13 dB -23.51 dB 4:27 03-Gabriel Archangelus (Philippe Verdelot)
DR12 -6.11 dB -23.75 dB 2:14 04-Gabriel's Message (Trad.)
DR15 -5.84 dB -25.39 dB 2:20 05-There is no Rose (Trinity Roll MS)
DR12 -8.21 dB -26.31 dB 2:26 06-There is no Rose (S.S. Wesley)
DR14 -1.80 dB -22.19 dB 3:19 07-There is no Rose (John Scott)
DR11 -7.64 dB -23.25 dB 1:38 08-Nesciens mater (Byttering)
DR16 -3.62 dB -25.77 dB 3:18 09-O pia virgo (Michael McGlynn)
DR14 -4.77 dB -23.03 dB 3:02 10-Nowell: Out of your sleep (Selden MS)
DR14 -3.80 dB -24.68 dB 3:38 11-Nowell: Arise and wake (Andrew Smith)
DR15 -0.21 dB -21.73 dB 2:47 12-Five Carols: There is no Rose (Richard Rodney Bennett)
DR15 -0.21 dB -20.36 dB 1:48 13-Five Carols: Out of your Sleep (Richard Rodney Bennett)
DR13 -1.08 dB -21.81 dB 1:24 14-Five Carols: That Younge Child (Richard Rodney Bennett)
DR12 -4.12 dB -22.82 dB 2:30 15-Five Carols: Sweet was the Song (Richard Rodney Bennett)
DR12 -0.21 dB -19.21 dB 1:36 16-Five Carols: Susanni (Richard Rodney Bennett)
DR13 -7.70 dB -26.68 dB 1:42 17-Sleep Now (Alexander Craig)
DR12 -6.39 dB -23.51 dB 3:40 18-O magnum mysterium (Tomas Luis de Victoria)
DR12 -5.23 dB -24.33 dB 2:42 19-Quem pastores laudavere (Trad.)
DR12 -6.56 dB -24.08 dB 5:58 20-Quid petis, o fili (Richard Pygott)
DR13 -8.83 dB -25.87 dB 2:13 21-Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle (Trad.)
DR13 -1.97 dB -24.62 dB 4:01 22-Bethlehem Down (Peter Warlock)
DR13 -6.08 dB -23.85 dB 6:44 23-Magi veniunt ab oriente (Jacob Clemens 'non Papa')
DR13 -9.11 dB -27.07 dB 2:59 24-O Little Town of Bethlehem (Lewis Henry Redner)

Number of tracks: 24
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2463 kbps
Codec: FLAC

New York Polyphony - Sing Thee Nowell (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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