VII. The Good News: O magnum mysterium
The carols on this classic album are broken into seven parts that correspond to the Christmas mass. Even the better known seasonal music sparkles under this premier early music group's direction. The Spanish "Riu, riu, chiu," a favorite, tumbles around rhythmic twists and handclaps, while Preatorius' "Es ist ein Ros'entsprunger' reflects humbly with glints of bells.