The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir under Artistic Director Paul Dyer AO, have released a recording of their popular annual Noël! Noël! Christmas concert. This release was recorded live at St Francis of Assisi Church, Paddington NSW in December 2016 and is a Christmas celebration like only the charismatic Paul Dyer and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir can create.
For over a decade, the Brandenburg’s annual Christmas concerts have been a staple festive celebration for thousands across Australia, and several have become best-selling albums. But this is the first time the joy can be enjoyed on DVD, in this new CD / DVD release from ABC Classics.
Noël! Noël! touches on the religious but is firmly grounded in the spiritual. It features brilliant New Zealand soprano Madison Nonoa, who sings the sumptuous Renaissance lament Con qué la lavaré, Silent Night and other selections in a typically wide-ranging choice of music. There are beloved carols like God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and O Little Town of Bethlehem alongside joyous instrumental celebrations, including Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets. The choir revels in contemporary gems like Ola Gjeilo’s The Spheres and a beautiful arrangement of Ben Folds’ love-song The Luckiest.
The tracks: 1. NICOLAI Wachet auf!/ 2. ANONYMOUS Sonata à 9/ 3. GAUNTLETT Once, in Royal David’s City/ 4. VIVALDI Concerto for Two Trumpets in C major, RV537: I. Allegro/ 5. VAVILOV Ave Maria/ 6. TRADITIONAL O Little Town of Bethlehem/ 7. GJEILO The Spheres from Sunrise Mass/ 8. TRADITIONAL Coventry Carol/ 9. NARVÁEZ Con qué la lavaré/ 10. TRADITIONAL God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/ 11. RITTLER Ciaccona à 7 in C major/ 12. EŠENVALDS O Salutaris Hostia/ 13. MENDELSSOHN Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
14. FOLDS The Luckiest/ 15. ADAM Cantique de Noël (O Holy Night)/ 16. TRADITIONAL Amazing Grace/ 17. GRUBER Stille Nacht/ 18. ANONYMOUS O Come, All Ye Faithful
Paul Dyer artistic director, conductor and harpsichord
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra/ Brandenburg Choir/ Madison Nonoa soprano
Album available as a CD/DVD set and Digital album / ABC 481 6488