Benjamin Britten - Christ's Nativity
Francis Poulenc - Un Soir de Neige
Francis Poulenc - Exsultate Dedo
J.S.Bach - Lobet den Herren
Giaches de Wert - Gaudete in Domino
Christobal de Morales - Veni Domine
Hans Leo Hassler - Verbum caro factum est
Agostino Soderini - O Maria, quis est infans
London Concord Singers' Christmas concert includes seasonal music by Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc, along with Advent motets by Giaches de Wert, Christobal de Morales, Hans Leo Hassler and Agostino Soderini. The concert celebrates both the centenary of Britten's birth and the 50th anniversary of Poulenc's death.
Britten's choral suite Christ's Nativity was written in 1931 when the composer was still at the Royal College of Music in London. Though the work was never performed complete in Britten's lifetime, it prefigures quite remarkably his early masterpiece A Boy Was Born. Francis Poulenc's Un Soir de Neige was written in 1944 in wartime Paris. Setting poems by Paul Eluard, Poulenc's four-movement cantata is bleakly eloquent and profoundly beautiful.