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Sancta Nox

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Christmas Matins from Bavaria
1 Church bells Initium Domine labia mea aperies -Gregorian Chant  
2 Invitatory Christus natus est nobis- Gregorian Chant  
3 Hymn Jesu Redemptor omnium -Oreste Ravanello  
4 Responsory I Hodie nobis c?lorum Rex-Gregorian  
5 Lesson Isa. 40. 1-8 Consol?mini Gregorian  
6 Responsory II Hodie nobis de c?lo Gregorian Chant  
7 Lesson Isa. 52. 1-6 Consurge Gregorian Chant  
8 Responsory III Quem vid?stis, pastores Gregorian Chant  
9 Lesson Sermon of St. Leo the Great Salv?tor noster Gregorian  
10 Responsory IV O magnum mysterium Cristobal de Morales  
11 Responsory V Beata Dei Genetrix Mar?a Gregorian Chant  
12 Responsory VI Sancta et immaculata virg?nitas Raffaele Casimiri  
13 Responsory VII Beata v?scera Mar?? V?rginis Gregorian  
14 Responsory VIII Verbum caro factum est Hans Leo HaBler  
15 Lesson Homily of St. Augustine on John 1 In princ?pio erat Verbum Gregorian Chant  
16 Te Deum laud?mus solemn tone Gregorian Chant  
17 Stille Nacht Douce nuit Silent Night Sancta Nox Franz Xaver Gruber  
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An international community of young seminarians that includes some of today's most skilled and committed singers of early choral music–presents ancient Christmas melodies anew, on the album SANCTA NOX: Christmas Matins from Bavaria, released by the Billboard Classical Chart-topping Label - De Montfort Music.

"Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul," said the Greek 

philosopher Plato. For centuries to come, perhaps no music would do better to fill the early sentiments expressed by Plato than that of the most solemn moments before midnight called Matins. The text of Christmas Eve Matins, as set to music, has served as one of the most expressive means for preparing for the Nativity. Reflected in SANCTA NOX: Christmas Matins from Bavaria, the Gregorian Chant, accented by the polyphonic harmonies, help to transmit a peaceful reality into the highest art. 

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