Advent song for December 22: W żłobie leży, Poland

W żłobie leży is a traditional Polish carol dating from the seventeenth century, and it’s another one which has made it, via various adaptations and translations, into English, as Infant Holy, Infant Lowly. I really like the original, especially in this beautifully crackly 1946 recording made by the Poznań Nightingales, founded in 1939 and taken over in 1945 by the conductor, composer and teacher Stefan Stuligrosz, who was just 19 at the time and who remained associated with the choir until his death in June this year at the age of 92.

Do watch the video (or slide show, really) which “Oliver K” has lovingly put together to accompany the recording:

 

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