Seattle Pro Musica - A World of Choral Beauty
In Dulci Jubilo (2011)

Seattle Pro Musica invites you to experience the sublime beauty of the human voice with a new CD compilation for the holiday season. In Dulci Jubilo celebrates the international choral tradition of holiday music, with selections from the British Isles, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, and Germany and Northern Europe.

Artistic Director and Conductor Karen P. Thomas says, “This CD provides a taste of Seattle Pro Musica's innovative programming. We've chosen the best performances of the past ten years, and woven a narrative of the winter season as experienced in different parts of the world. From the traditional sounds of German carols and the warmth of English choral music for the season, to the lively rhythms of Latin American Christmas music, and the intriguing sounds of choral music from Asia - this disc represents the best of Seattle Pro Musica with a fascinating sample of cross-cultural seasonal music.”

Selections were largely compiled from live performances of Seattle Pro Musica’s holiday concerts over the past few years, including the critically acclaimed Nowell: An English Christmas, which was hailed as ‘pure vocal beauty’ by the Seattle Times (December 2010). In Dulci Jubilo features such traditional holiday favorites as William Walton’s What Cheer? and the Ralph Vaughan Williams arrangement of Wassail Song, as well as two beautiful renditions of the title track In Dulci Jubilo.

In Dulci Jubilo is also available as a digital download through CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon.



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Music from the British Isles

 1   What Cheer?, William Walton 1:15
 2   Bethlehem Down, Peter Warlock 4:00
 3   There is no rose of such virtue, John Joubert  2:18
 4   Make we joy now in this fest, William Walton 3:35
 5   Hymn of the Nativity, Kenneth Leighton  6:00
 6   Suo Gân (Lulling Song) Welsh, arr. Lance Wiliford 2:30
 7   Sing Lullaby, Herbert Howells 3:15
 8   Wassail Song, arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams 2:50
 9   Alleluya, a new work is come on hand, Peter Wishart  2:10
Music from the Americas
 10   O nata lux, Morten Lauridsen 4:30

Music from 16th and 17th Century Latin America

 11   Hanacpachap, Anonymous 3:04
 12   Dios Itlazo Nantzine, Don Hernando Franco 3:44
 13   Asi andando  Tomas Pascual 3:10
 14   Los Coflades de la Estleya Juan de Araujo  5:29
Music from Asia and the Pacific
 15   Pokpok Alimpako  Francisco Felciano  3:28
 16   Luk luk lumbu, Budi Susanto Yohanes 3:20
 17   Naiman Sharag Se Enkhbayar 3:20
Music from Germany and Northern Europe
 18   In dulci jubilo, Berlin Codex, 15th Century 2:26
 19   In dulci jubilo, Michael Praetorius 2:49
 20   Ave Maria, Anton Bruckner  3:35
 21   Weihnachten, Felix Mendelssohn  1:33
 22   Shchedrik (Song of Good Cheer), Ukranian Carol,
         arr. Mykola Lentovich
 23   Stille Nacht (Silent Night), arr. Franz Gruber 1:33


"My favorites begin with Ralph Vaughan Williams' quietly joyful arrangement of "Wassail Song," where the choir blends in rich musical phrasing. Morten Lauridsen's radiant "O Nata Lux" and Peter Wishart's "Alleluya" draw a warm, reverberant sound. A pulsing drum infuses an Inca song, "Hanacpachap," and it's doubtful your Christmas collection already contains the delightful Filipino song "Pokpok Alimpako" with its intersecting rhythms, or a Mongolian song that gallops like a race horse."

-David Stabler, The Oregonian, November 2011