Helios Vocal Ensemble | An Illuminated Christmas

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An Illuminated Christmas

by Helios Vocal Ensemble

This group of highly trained singers bring their exceptional sound to rare and radiant works from the Renaissance by Lassus, Gabrieli, Praetorius and others, as well as carols ancient and modern from the Old and New Worlds.
Genre: Classical: Renaissance
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Alma Redemptoris Mater
2:51 $0.99
2. Sancta Et Immaculata Virginitas
3:44 $0.99
3. Ecce Dominus Veniet
2:24 $0.99
4. O Sapientia
2:30 $0.99
5. Canite Tuba in Sion
2:35 $0.99
6. Hodie Christus Natus Est
3:05 $0.99
7. Angelus Ad Virginem
2:29 $0.99
8. Hail Mary Full of Grace
2:15 $0.99
9. There Is No Rose
2:45 $0.99
10. Nowell Sing We
1:52 $0.99
11. Sir Christèmas
2:47 $0.99
12. Resonet in Laudibus
4:34 $0.99
13. Joseph, Lieber Joseph Mein
2:32 $0.99
14. O Jesulein süß, o Jesulein mild, BWV 493
2:45 $0.99
15. In Dulci Jubilo
4:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
Helios is Atlantic Canada’s finest classical vocal ensemble, performing sacred and secular music from the Renaissance and beyond. The group is known for its pure tuning, exquisite blend, and historically informed performance of early music.

Since their 2015 début, Helios has traveled the Maritime provinces, performing for series such as Musique Royale, Cecilia Concerts, and the Indian River Festival. They received media attention for their “Treasures from the Crypt” programme, featuring rediscovered music from All Saints Cathedral in Halifax, and “An Illuminated Christmas,” nominated for Best Classical Recording by Music Nova Scotia.

Members include Eszter Horvath, former music director at All Saints Cathedral, Halifax; Elisabeth Stones, National Youth Choir alumna; Andrew Pickett, former lay clerk at Manchester Cathedral; Garth MacPhee, music director at St George’s Round Church, Halifax; and John Mark Dawson, former boy chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa.

"An Illuminated Christmas" is Helios’s 2015 Christmas programme, which toured to all three Maritime provinces and includes works by Lassus, Praetorius and Sweelinck, as well as settings of ancient carols from England and Germany. Helios recorded these works in April and May 2016 in St George’s Round Church.

Here's what promoters are saying about Helios:

“Helios Vocal Ensemble has been the most successful, most popular concert of the Cecilia Concerts 2016-2017 season so far. It is clear that the group has a following here in Halifax, and after hearing them, that comes as no surprise. The musicianship, the tonal quality and balance, along with a sense of showmanship, plus an ability to speak to both anglophone and francophone members of our audience made the concert a hit. We heard nothing but glowing reviews from our patrons at the reception after their performance.” — Larry Bent, Cecilia Concerts, Halifax

“Helios is a pure delight for the ears. The clarity of diction and sound, the blend in tonal quality and ensemble, and surprising range of repertoire all combine to make this group a ‘must hear’ for devotees of the unaccompanied voice. We would not hesitate to host this group again.” — Ann Francis, Royal Canadian College of Organists, Prince Edward Island

“Having attended several concerts given by Helios, every experience was a pleasure. They have an interesting choice of repertoire and a unique vocal style. Their voices blend so well together and they always provide interesting commentary on the pieces they are performing. Any evening with Helios is one well spent.” — Susan Stensch, Department of Music, UPEI



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