The Promise of Ages: A Christmas Collection - Amanda MacNamara (double bass); Caroline Balding (violin); Caroline Trevor (alto); Dave Townsend (concertina); Emily van Evera (guitar); Emily van Evera (soprano); Frances Kelly (medieval harp); Frances Kelly (harp); Gill Redmond (cello)
Track Listing
  1. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, carol setting for chorus & organ (attrib.)
  2. Nos galan (New Year's Eve), carol (Welsh)
  3. Lullay Thou Tiny Little Child
  4. Ther Is No Rose of Swych Vertu, carol (English)
  5. Songs (4) for soprano (or tenor) & violin, Op. 35, H. 132: I Sing of a Maiden
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  1. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, carol setting for chorus & organ (attrib.)
  2. Nos galan (New Year's Eve), carol (Welsh)
  3. Lullay Thou Tiny Little Child
  4. Ther Is No Rose of Swych Vertu, carol (English)
  5. Songs (4) for soprano (or tenor) & violin, Op. 35, H. 132: I Sing of a Maiden
  6. A Ceremony of Carols, for treble voices (or chorus) & harp, Op. 28: There Is No Rose
  7. O Magnum Mysterium, 4 carols for SATB chorus, with two instrumental sonatas & organ fantasia, J. 40: O magnum mysterium
  8. Song of the Nuns of Chester ("The Chester Carol") (English): Qui creavit celum
  9. The Fader of Heaven, for vocal ensemble
  10. Song of the Nuns of Chester ("The Chester Carol") (English): Lactat mater Domini
  11. O Magnum Mysterium, 4 carols for SATB chorus, with two instrumental sonatas & organ fantasia, J. 40: O magnum mysterium
  12. Lullay, lullow: I saw a swete semely syght, christmas carol for 2 voices
  13. I Wonder As I Wander
  14. Staines Morris
  15. Hayl Mary, carol (English)
  16. The Seven Joys of Mary, carol (English)
  17. Illuminare, Jerusalem, carol
  18. The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish)
  19. Sing We the Virgin Mary
  20. In Bethlehem City, folk song for female chorus
  21. Christmas Eve
  22. Hodie Christus natus est, antiphon, mode 1
  23. Old English Carols (4), for chorus & piano, Op. 20b, H. 82: Jesu, Thou the Virgin-born
  24. A Ceremony of Carols, for treble voices (or chorus) & harp, Op. 28: As Dew in Aprille
  25. Lo! He comes with clouds descending (Helmsley) (with organ interludes by Samuel Wesley 1766-1837)
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The BBC has said that this release might be named Quite Simply the Best Christmas Album Ever. Even though it is a reissue, certainly it was at the top of the crop of a group of very strong British releases in 2014, a year when a great many conductors and ensembles shook off long-established formulas and explored fresh ways of looking at Christmas music. No such effort in a long time, however, has been as genuinely novel and at the same time filled with simple beauty as this one by the Taverner Consort & Choir under director ...