L.A. Choral Lab; Michael Alfera, Conductor & Artistic Director

Sibelius: Giv mig ej glans
Zero8

There are a number of translations of this carol and you can read them here.

Gustav Holst: In the Bleak Midwinter
The Washington Master Chorale; Thomas Colohan, Conductor

Weyse: Julen har bragt velsignet bud
DR KoncertKoret; Phillip Faber, Director

This is just running the text through Google translate so I’m sure it’s not quite accurate!

Christmas has brought blessed commandments.
Now old and young are rejoicing:
What the angels sang in the world,
now all little kids have to sing.
The branch from the tree of life stands beautiful
with lights like birds on twigs.
The child who delights in piety and beauty,
never lose that joy.

Joy is the guest of the earth today
with the king of heaven the little one.
You poor sparrow! Fly down from the roof
with the pigeon for Christmas party!
Dance, little kid, on mother’s lap!
A nice day is round:
Today, our dear Savior was born
and the Paradise Road found.

The Savior Himself was a child like us,
today he lay in his cradle.
The garden in which the angels of God fly,
Jesus will open for us.
The King of Heaven lives among us,
He brings us the Christmas joy,
he embraces every child’s soul on earth
and promise us angel wings.

Huron Carol, arr by Sarah Quartel
L.A. Choral Lab; Michael Alfera, Conductor & Artistic Director

Mary’s Hiding, arr. Beaudrot
Atlanta Master Chorale; Dr. Eric Nelson, Conductor

Before these possessions you love
slip away, say what Mary said
when she was surprised by Gabriel.

I’ll hide inside God.

Naked in her room
she saw a form of beauty
that could give her new life.

Like the sun coming up,
or a rose as it opens,
she leaped, as her habit was,
out of herself into the presence.

There was fire in the channel of her breath.
Light and majesty came.

I am smoke from that fire
and proof of its existence,
more than any external form.

Byrd: Rorate caeli
Cappella Nicolai

Maria durch ein Dornwald ging, arr. Stefan Claas
VOCES8

Maria walks amid the thorn,
Kyrieleison!
Which for seven years no leaf hath born
She walks amid the wood of thorn
Jesus and Maria.

What ‘neath her heart does Mary bear?
Kyrieleison!
A little child doth Mary bear
Beneath her heart he nestles there.
Jesus and Maria.

And as the two are passing near
Kyrieleison!
Lo! Roses on the thorns appear!
Jesus and Maria.

Paul Manz: E’en So, Lord Jesus Quickly Come
Vox Nova Chorale; Vicki Peters, Artistic Director

Clement: Gabriel’s Message
Austin Cantorum; Cristian Cantu, Artistic Director