A Spotless Rose (from 'Immanuel' Celtic Expressions of Christmas) by David Fitzgerald published on 2013-12-21T13:35:34Z 'A Spotless Rose' (music by Herbert Howells 1892-1983, text 14th c). This most beautiful Carol is written by a composer who has become something of a passion with me, ever since discovering his music during my studies for a music degree in the early '90s. This arrangement by Tim Oliver features layers of flutes, concert & Chinese mainly, and captures the essence of the piece I believe. From the text we read 'A spotless Rose is blowing, sprung from a tender root, Of ancient seers' foreshowing, Of Jesse's promised fruit; Its fairest bud unfolds to light Amid the winter cold, and in the dark midnight, A spotless Rose unfolds. The Rose which I am singing, Whereof Isaiah said, is from its sweet root springing, in Mary, purest Maid; For, through God's great love & might, And in the dark midnight, The blessed Babe she bore us, In a cold winters night'. This recording is from 5th in a series of six CD's entitled 'Celtic Expressions of Worship' and features David Fitzgerald (Flutes/Whistles/Saxophones), Tim Oliver (Keys & Piano), Terl Bryant (Drums/Percussion), Dave Clifton (Guitars & Mandolin), Nick Fletcher (Acoustic & Electric Guitars), Chris Haigh (Fiddle), Tim Harries (Bass & Double Bass), Zara Elin Baumann (Celtic Harp) & Joanne Hogg (vocals on some tracks). It was recorded at Gemini Studios in May-June 2000, was produced by Nigel Palmer & Nick Fletcher & Mastered by our good friend Denis Blackham. These 'Celtic Expressions' recordings are still available through iTunes, Amazon & other outlets.