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December Celebration - New Carols by Seven American Composers

PTC 5186 537


Playing time: 57'06"
Tracks: 18
Booklet pages: 28
© 2015 Pentatone Music BV
Reviewer: Keith Bramich
Review of December Celebration - New Carols by Seven American Composers published on 23 December 2015

Listen: Luna Pearl Woolf: How Bright the Darkness (track 12, 0:20-1:18)

Lisa Delan, soprano
Lester Lynch, baritone
Volti Chorus
Musicians of the New Century Chamber Orchestra
Steven Bailey, piano and hammond organ
Dawn Harms, conductor

Mark Adamo (born 1962):

1 The Christmas Life (for mixed chorus and chamber orchestra; poem by Wendy Cope)

Jake Heggie (born 1961):

On The Road to Christmas (for soprano and string orchestra)
2 Prologue: The Night is Freezing Fast (A E Housman)
3 The Car Ride to Christmas (Frederica von Stade)
4 Good King Merrily on High (traditional, arranged by Jake Heggie)
5 I Wonder as I Wander (John Jacob Niles)
6 The Road to Bethlehem (Emily Dickinson)
7 Christmas Time of the Year (Jake Heggie)

Joan Morris (born 1943) and William Bolcom (born 1938):

8 Carol (Neighbors, on this Frosty Tide) (for mixed chorus and piano; Kenneth Grahame and Arnold Weinstein)

David Garner (born 1954):

Three Carols (for soprano, baritone, oboe, frame drum and strings; Thomas Breidenthal)
9 Posada
10 O magnum mysterium
11 Jesus' Song

Luna Pearl Woolf (born 1973):

12 How Bright the Darkness (for baritone, treble chorus, harp, percussion and string orchestra; Eleanor Wilner)

Gordon Getty (born 1933):

Four Christmas Carols (for women's chorus and chamber orchestra; Gordon Getty)
13 Call the Children (Hodie Christus Natus Est)
14 The Snow Child
15 Candles on the Tree
16 Run to the Window

John Corigliano (born 1938):

17 Christmas at the Cloisters (for baritone and Hammond organ; William Hoffman)

Franz Gruber (1787-1863), arranged by Gordon Getty:

18 Silent Night (for mixed chorus and chamber orchestra; English text: John Freeman; French text: Louis (Reverand Pere) Barjon; German text: Joseph Mohr)

Recorded in December 2014 at Skywalker Sound, San Rafael, California, USA


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