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Christus natus est nobis – Christmas In Switzerland

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Early Christmas music sung by the Schola Cantorum of the Einsiedeln monastery in central Switzerland.

Einsiedeln derives its name from the hermitage of a ninth century monk, Meginrat, who for nearly 30 years settled at the spot where the abbey stands today. The monastery plain-chant choir, the Schola Cantorum, is led by Father Roman Bannwart, an eminent scholar of ancient choral music. He himself transcribed some of the centuries-old music presented in this recording.


Musical content:

1. The Bells of the Monastery of Einsiedeln

2. INVITATORIUM: Christus natus est nobis – Christ is born to us
With two verses of Psalm 94. From Matins

3. HYMNUS: Christe redemptor omnium – Christ, the Redeemer of All
From Matins

4. RESPONSORIUM: Hodie nobis coelorum rex – The King of Heaven is Born Today
From Matins

5. CHRISTMAS TROPE: Hodie cantandus est nobis puer – We must sing of the child
(By Tuotilo)
For the Introitus of the 3rd Mass, without Psalm
From Midnight Mass

6.CHRISTMAS SEQUENCE: Natus ante saecula – Born before the Ages
(By Notker Balbulus)
From Midnight Mass

7. CHRISTMAS COMMUNIO: In splendoribus – In the Glories of the Saints
From Midnight Mass


Production information:

Musica Helvetica. Christmas In Switzerland MH-C79. Christus natus est nobis. Produced 1979 for SBC / SRI by Lance Tschannen.

Christus natus est nobis – Christmas In Switzerland

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