TENET Vocal Artists: Love Enfolds Thee Round

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TENET Vocal Artists, NYC’s preeminent early music ensemble led by artistic director Jolle Greenleaf, releases a Christmas disc of music spanning medieval to modern day repertoire. TENET’s pristine, one-on-a-part singing lends itself well to both well-known and rarely heard songs and carols featured in this recording. New compositions and fresh arrangements make Love Enfolds Thee Round a stand-out among holiday recordings. Each member of the ensemble is well featured, creating an intimate sound-world to celebrate the holiday season.

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# Audio Title/Composer(s) Performer(s) Time
Total Time 62:30
01Welcome Yule
Welcome Yule
TENET Vocal Artists1:25
02O Jesulein süss
O Jesulein süss
TENET Vocal Artists2:42
03Tu scendi dalle stelle
Tu scendi dalle stelle
Stephen Sands, tenor, Hank Heijink, lute1:54
04Jesus Christ the apple tree
Jesus Christ the apple tree
TENET Vocal Artists3:09
05Wither’s Rocking Hymn
Wither’s Rocking Hymn
TENET Vocal Artists3:11
06A Spotless Rose
A Spotless Rose
TENET Vocal Artists2:53
07The Infant King (Sing lullaby)
The Infant King (Sing lullaby)
TENET Vocal Artists2:13
08Lullay my liking
Lullay my liking
TENET Vocal Artists4:23
09Rise up shepherd and follow
Rise up shepherd and follow
TENET Vocal Artists3:06
10Bethlehem Down
Bethlehem Down
TENET Vocal Artists3:11
11See amid the winter’s snow
See amid the winter’s snow
TENET Vocal Artists4:37
12Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle
Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle
Jolle Greenleaf, soprano, Hank Heijink, lute2:03
13Sweet little Jesus boy
Sweet little Jesus boy
Charles Wesley Evans, bass-baritone5:19
14Greensleeves
Greensleeves
Hank Heijink, lute1:41
15What child is this
What child is this
Jonathan Woody, bass-baritone, Hank Heijink, lute3:37
16Sussex Carol
Sussex Carol
TENET Vocal Artists1:35
17Coventry Carol
Coventry Carol
Virginia Warnken Kelsey, mezzo-soprano, Stephen Sands, tenor, Jonathan Woody, bass-baritone3:59
18Veni mater gracie/Dou way Robin
Veni mater gracie/Dou way Robin
Jolle Greenleaf, soprano, Molly Quinn, soprano, Stephen Sands, tenor2:34
19Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen
Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen
Molly Quinn, soprano, Hank Heijink, lute2:18
20The holly and the ivy
The holly and the ivy
TENET Vocal Artists2:52
21Three kings from Persian lands afar
Three kings from Persian lands afar
TENET Vocal Artists2:16
22Hush thee, princeling
Hush thee, princeling
TENET Vocal Artists1:32

TENET Vocal Artists created this disc as a gift to its loyal audience of supporters during a time of increased isolation due to the pandemic. Although much of the repertoire featured falls outside the purview of “early music,” the disc well represents the singers’ collective specialties in the music of the Anglican tradition. In fact, the works on this recording could easily serve as selections from a Lessons and Carols service of today.

Representing British masters from the last century, TENET includes some of the best-known works from the Christmas canon including Peter Warlock’s “Bethlehem Down,” Herbert Howells’ “A Spotless Rose,” and Hubert Parry’s “Welcome Yule.” David Willcocks, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Gustav Holst also make appearances with rarely heard gems and arrangements of medieval tunes.

Early compositions that have become known as traditional Christmas works include Francis Cutting’s “Greensleeves,” Praetorius’ “Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen,” and Bach's famous chorale, “O Jesulein süß.” The hauntingly beautiful 14th Century motet, “Veni mater gracie/Dou way Robin” tells of Mary’s immaculate conception in the lead voice all the while shooing away a pesky Robin who might wake the Christ child in the counter melody using an early form of ground bass.

TENET is very fortunate to have among its cast accomplished singer, composer, and arranger Jonathan Woody, who provided beautiful arrangements for two classic tunes: “Rise up, Shepherd, and Follow” and “Coventry Carol.” He imbued these well-known classics with his fresh, contemporary voice. Woody also composed a new version of “What Child is This” (along with the transition from Greensleeves) for bass voice and lute. His rendition mixes his own knowledge of early music style and vocal practices with contemporary harmonies, showing off the versatility of lutenist Hank Heijink.

TENET fans will recognize the voices of our singers as they perform one-on-a-part; the crystalline timbres of artistic director Jolle Greenleaf and Molly Quinn, sopranos, the warm alto of Virginia Warnken Kelsey, versatile and sweet-toned tenor Stephen Sands, and rich and enveloping bass-baritones Charles Wesley Evans and Jonathan Woody. Hank Heijink’s accompanying prowess is on full display, enhancing the carols throughout the recording.

“Love Enfolds Thee Round” closes with a charming contemporary work by composer Norman dello Joio and writer Anna Elizabeth Bennett, “Hush Thee, Princeling” (also known as “Lullaby for the Christ Child”), whose last line of the first poetic verse serves as the disc’s title.

Recorded by Ryan Streber at Oktaven Audio, Mt Vernon, NY

Edited, mixed, and mastered by Ryan Streber

Editing assistant: Charles Mueller

Design: Marc Wolf, marcjwolf.com

Cover: delfi de la Rua, Unsplash.com

Back Cover: Brian Erikson, Unsplash.com

TENET Vocal Artists

Preëminent New York City-based early music ensemble TENET Vocal Artists trusts in the power of music to bring joy and peace to our 21st century world. Under Artistic Director Jolle Greenleaf, TENET Vocal Artists has won acclaim for its innovative programming, virtuosic singing and command of repertoire that spans the Middle Ages to the present day.

Highlights of recent seasons include performances of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Bach's motets, Handel’s Messiah, a three-year cycle of Carlo Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories, regular performances of music by Henry Purcell and his contemporaries in honor of St. Cecilia, music’s patron saint, and explorations into medieval repertoire. TENET Vocal Artists has also dedicated itself to creating original theatrical performances highlighting works composed by, for, and about women in 17th century Italy.

Renowned for their interpretations of Renaissance and Baroque repertoire, TENET Vocal Artists' distinguished soloists have been praised for their pristine one-voice-to-a-part singing “to an uncanny degree of precision” (The Boston Globe). Under TENET's auspices, the highly praised Green Mountain Project gave annual performances (2010-2020) of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and other reconstructed Vespers featuring music by Monteverdi, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Giovanni Gabrieli, Antoine Charpentier, Michael Praetorius, and their contemporaries.

A driving force in cultivating New York City’s early music community, TENET Vocal Artists collaborates regularly with other acclaimed ensembles and organizations including ACRONYM, Dark Horse Consort, Ensemble Caprice, Five Boroughs Music Festival, Quicksilver Baroque, the Sebastians, and many others.

TENET Vocal Artists performs regularly at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Caramoor, Columbia University, Yale University, and numerous other venues in and around New York City. Further afield, TENET Vocal Artists has performed at the Festival Casals de Puerto Rico, Berkshire Bach Festival, Connecticut Early Music Festival, Costa Rica International Music Festival, Montreal Baroque Festival, and many other festivals throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe.

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