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Arranged by Classic FM’s Hall of Fame 2004 ‘top-ten-composer’ Karl Jenkins, Gaudete is presented here, both with drums and percussion and as a pure, unadulterated, a cappella version. Gaudete (“rejoice”) is an anonymous composition that was first published in 1582 in a collection of carols and other religious songs called Piae Cantiones. This collection, made by a Scandinavian called Peter Nyland, included a huge number of other Christmas melodies that have since become ‘standards’, but it only gives music for the chorus of Gaudete; the verses, which tell of the wonder of God’s arrival on earth in human form, have been taken from a Czech medieval song about the Virgin Mary, Ezechielis Porta.

  • Release Date: 01 October 2004
  • Record Label: Signum Classics
  • Catalogue Number: SIGCD050
  • Location of Recording: St Michael’s Church, Highgate, London
  • Total Running Time: 00:25:45
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1GaudeteTraditional (arr. Karl Jenkins)01:42£ Listen
2Après un rêveGabriel Fauré (arr. Alexander L'Estrange)03:25£ Listen
3The LambJohn Tavener03:54£ Listen
4Gaudete (a cappella)Traditional (arr. Karl Jenkins)01:44£ Listen
5CanonJohann Pachelbel (arr. Alexander L'Estrange)04:46£ Listen
6Mother and Child (extract)John Tavener04:37£ Listen
7Clapping MusicSteve Reich05:33£ Listen

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