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Gothic Voices’ reputation for the originality of its programming is cemented with its first recording of mediaeval Christmas music, in which Julian Podger reimagines a fifteenth-century carol evening. Mirroring the modern practice of performing mostly music from the preceding centuries alongside some contemporary repertoire, the programme includes late medieval English carols, chant, mono- and polyphonic songs and motets for the Advent and Christmas season, focusing on Mary, her Annunciation and the birth of Jesus. Larger-scale festive motets and mass movements by English late mediaeval celebrities John Dunstaple and Leonel Power also feature. The ‘evening’ concludes with a summons to wake up to the significance of Christmas, with the conductus call Resonet, intonet introducing the carols Nowell synge we bothe al and som and Nowell: Owt of your slepe and the great Christmas chant Puer natus est nobis, arranged here into a joyful finale. This recording has been widely anticipated since a performance of this repertoire in December 2016 was chosen by BBC Music Magazine as its number one unmissable Christmas event.

"While I can think of several other very worthwhile collections of such material, none of them is better done than this, so it’s likely to be my top seasonal recommendation this year."
MusicWeb International, Autumn 2019
"This has to be my Advent and Christmas choice this year ... the results are as pure and perfect as on those earlier recordings."
MusicWeb International, 5 December 2019
"The glowing blend of tone and fluidity of phrasing achieved in Dunstaple's 'Gaude virgo salutary' is typical of all 25 tracks on the recording. Among these, mezzo-soprano Catherine King's gently caressing 'Lullay, lullay: Als I lay' and the jubilant 'Nowell: Owt of your slepe' are obvious highlights, and the sound is excellent."
BBC Music Magazine, Xmas 2019
"5* : [A] superb album ... Gothic Voices sing with such passion that there’s never a hint of dry scholarship."
The Times, 6 December 2019
"Disc of the Week: Gothic Voices’ immensely involving and stylish singing, beautifully recorded in Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, will prove a festive treat ... All in all, a uniquely absorbing Christmas disc that really stands out from the crowd."
Europadisc, 6 December 2019
"Nothing is more striking than Catherine King’s pure-voiced solo Lullay, Lullay, Als I lay — at more than nine minutes, by far the longest track here. It’s mesmerising."
The Sunday Times, 15 December 2019
"… their character corresponds to an intense and joyful spiritual dimension."
La Recensione, 13 February 2020
"... the singing is clean, strong, and never self-consciously mysterious ..."
All Music, January 2020
"The Christmas section contains familiar carols to satisfy all audience ... this album will surely become a firm seasonal favourite."
Gramophone