On this recording, Andrew Parrott and the Taverner Consort & Choir create a listening experience that is at once both elegant and opulent in it's effect. Using only women's voices, Mr. Parrott has chosen a program of medieval carols combined with modern works based on medieval sources. The rough-hewn simplicity of folk music meets the pure, pristine lines of Britten, Holst and Vaughan Williams in this collection focusing on the role of Mary in the Christmas story.
1) Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
2) Nos Galan (Deck the Halls)
3) Lullay Thou Tiny Little Child
4) Ther Is No Rose of Swych Vertu
5) I Sing of a Maiden
6) There Is No Rose from "A Ceremony of Carols"
7) O Magnum Mysterium (Responsory at Matins for Christmas Day)
8) Song of the Nuns of Chester Verses 1-3: "Qui Creavit Celum"
9) Fader of Heven (Ca. 1450 Mystery Play)
10) Song of the Nuns of Chester Verses 4-6: Lactat Mater Domini
11) O Magnum Mysterium (Responsory at Matins for Christmas Day)
12) Lullay Lullow: I Saw a Swete Semly Syght
13) I Wonder As I Wander
14) Staines Morris (Blessed Be That Maid Marie)
15) Hayl Mary Ful of Grace
16) Seven Joys of Mary
17) Illuminare Jerusalem
18) Good People All
19) Sing We the Virgin Mary
20) In Bethlehem City
21) Christmas Eve
22) Hodie Christus Natus Est (Antiphon from Chester Processional)
23) Jesu Thou the Virgin-Born
24) As Dew in Aprille from " a Ceremony of Carols"
25) Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending