Ora – Advent Calendar (2017) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Ora – Advent Calendar (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:21:33 minutes | 1,42 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © harmonia mundi

Héhé, voilà une idée qu’elle est bonne [Hehe, here’s a good idea], as the much-missed Michel Colucci would say. Instead of piling on pounds eating tasteless chocolates, opening a little cardboard window on an Advent calendar decorated with sickly-sweet drawings, why not open every day from the start of Advent with the a little choral piece? This good idea originates with the excellent British choir ORA, directed by Suzi Digby: twenty-four a capella pieces, almost all of which come from the recent British repertoire, and of which two have been made for (and by) the ensemble. ORA is one of those brilliant choirs from the English speaking world, with 24 high-quality voices, whose aim is to revive, after a fashion, the Renaissance passion for contemporary choral music by the likes of Byrd or Tallis… Hence their modern programmes – contemporary, note, but very much removed from the production-line atonal avant-garde output of the 1970s and 1980s. They work with a list of great British choral composers like Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Holst, Parry, Stanford Berkeley, Finzi, or, more recent still, stars like Rutter or Tavener whose language sometimes approaches jazz or Gospel.

01. Suzi’s Carol – Emma Walshe, ORA, Suzi Digand JoBurgess
02. Venite, Gaudete! – ORA and Suzi Digby
03. Gabriel’s Message – Katy Hill, ORA and Suzi Digby
04. In the Stillness – ORA and Suzi Digby
05. Adam lay y-bounden – ORA and Suzi Digby
06. Lullay, my Liking – Joshua Cooter, ORA and Suzi Digby
07. Balulalow – ORA and Suzi Digby
08. Coventry Carol (Arr. Richard Allain) – ORA and Suzi Digby
09. O Magnum Mysterium – ORA and Suzi Digby
10. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day – Richard Bannan, ORA and Suzi Digby
11. My Lord has Come – ORA and Suzi Digby
12. Quem pastores laudavere – ORA and Suzi Digby
13. Gaudete! – ORA and Suzi Digby
14. My Guardian Angel – ORA and Suzi Digby
15. Shepherds’ Cradle Song – ORA and Suzi Digby
16. The Shepherd’s Carol – ORA and Suzi Digby
17. The Oxen – ORA and Suzi Digby
18. Now May We Singen – ORA and Suzi Digby
19. Lux Aurumque – Lucy Cox, ORA and Suzi Digby
20. Bogoroditse Djevo – ORA and Suzi Digby
21. Les anges dans nos campagnes (Arr. Tobias Frank) – ORA and Suzi Digby
22. In the Bleak Midwinter (Arr. Ola Gjeilo) – Emilia Morton, ORA and Suzi Digby
23. Mary’s Lullaby (Silent Night) – Emma Walshe, ORA and Suzi Digby
24. The Christmas Tree – ORA, Suzi Digand JoBurgess