Photo–David Hwang

The Nativity of Our Lord - The Birth of Jesus #8312

…a complete performance of the Nativity Suite of Olivier Messiaen, played by Theodore Gillen at St. John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota.

OLIVIER MESSIAEN: La Nativite du Seigneur (Nine Symphonic Meditations for Organ)  -Theodore Gillen (1961 Holtkamp/St. John Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota)

: I. Virgin and Child (La Vierge et l'Enfant)

: II. The Shepherds (Les Bergers)

: III. Eternal Designs (Desseins eternels)

: IV. The Word (Le Verbe)

: V. The Children of God (Les Enfants de Dieu)

: VI. The Angels (Les Anges)

: VII. Jesus Accepts Suffering (Jesus accepte la souffrance)

: VIII. The Wise Men (Les Mages)

: IX. God Among Us (Dieu parmi nous)

The program also includes Christmas carol improvisations by Dr. Paul Manz played by him on the Schlicker organ of Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.