Preludes to the Christmas Festival #9050

…An international potpourri of holiday surprises for the organ.

Newman: 3 Christmas Hymn Settings (Hark, the herald angels sing; O little town of Bethlehem; Angels we have heard)  Anthony Newman (1987 Rieger organ/Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, New York City)

Louis d'Aquin: Noel en Duo No. 4 in G  Pierre Bardon (1772 Isnard/St. Maximin-en-Provence)

JEAN GUILLOU: 2 Christmas Improvisations (Invention on Rejoice, rejoice this happy morn; Toccata on Jingle Bells)  Jean Guillou (1988 Kleuker-Steinmeyer/Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland/Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland)

G.J. Vogler: Hoosianna  Ilkka Kuusisto, organist; Tapiola Choir; Erkki Pojhola, cond.

Tchaikovsky (trans. Dale): The Nutcracker Suite  James Dale (1981 Moeller/Naval Academy Chapel, Annapolis)

CONRAD SUSA: Serenade for a Christmas Night  Lynne Aspnes, h. David John Olsen, vibraphone; Philip Brunelle (1981 Holtkamp/Plymouth Congregational, Minneapolis, Minnesota)

EMMA LOU DIEMER: Joy to the World  Philip Brunelle, organist

GARDNER READ: Chorale-Fantasia on good King Wenceslas, Op. 50  Leonard Raver (1985 Casavant/Marsh Chapel, Boston University)

CÉSAR FRANCK: Noel Angevin  Thierry Mechler (1985 Moench & Prachtel/St. John's Abbey, Duisburg-Hamborn)

HAROLD DARKE: In the Bleak Midwinter. MARCEL DUPRÉ: Adeste fidelis Toccata  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, Worcester, Massachusetts; Joseph Policelli, cond; Thomas Holland, Michelle Graveline (1864 E. & G.G. Hook/Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts)