In this third recording, Christmas with Harp and Voice, Madrigalia explores the wonderful sonorities of voices and harp using tunes arranged by composers from many countries around the world. Often associated with Christmas, the sound of voices and harp conjures images of angels in heaven joining carolers on earth in celebration of the birth of Christ.
Most of the carol tunes in this recording will be familiar. The exceptions may be The Three Drovers, an Australian carol; The Christmas Rose, which uses a tune from Corner’s Gesangbuch (1625); Christmas Night, which employs a melody from Arbeau’s Orchésographie; and O Maria Diana Stella, an Italian laude of the 15th century. In the bleak midwinter is performed here using settings by four different British composers - Gustav Holst (v. 1 & 5), Harold Drake (v, 2), Malcolm Archer (v. 3) and Robert Walker (v. 4).
Madrigalia hopes that this recording will help you celebrate the holiday which has inspired some of the world’s most beautiful music.