1983 Oberlinger organ at the Mainz Cathedral, Germany
1983 Oberlinger organ at the Mainz Cathedral, Germany

A Christmas Festival #0251

The charm of folk tunes and the charismatic character of an international array of instruments and soloists enlivens this program of seasonal fare. Franz Lehrndorfer improvises at Saint Boniface Church in Munich, Ann Labounsky plays the work of her famous teacher Jean Langlais, and Todd Wilson shows off the Skinner organ at Cleveland’s Severance Hall. We offer holiday music of the shepherds and angels from around the world. Listen to variations from Munich and Dieppe, hymn preludes from Cleveland and Tacoma, and fine-wrought fantasies from Methuen and Fort Lauderdale as part of A Christmas Festival.

MICHEL-RICHARD DELALANDE: 3 Provincial Noëls –Georges Wansek, trumpet; Luca Antoniotti (1853 Beaucourt & Voegeli/Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Saint-Jean-de-Maurienn, France) Cybella CD-1101

LOUIS-CLAUDE DAQUIN: Noël Number 2, en Dialogue, etcetera –Christopher Herrick (1739 Parizot; 1992 Dupont/Eglise Saint-Remy de Dieppe, France) Hyperion CDA66816

ANDRÉ FLEURY: Variations on a Bourgundian Noël –Marie-Andrée Morisset-Balier (1890 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Ouen, Rouen, France) ASO CD-98276

LOUIS-JAMES-ALFRED LEFÉBURE-WÉLY: Offertoire pour le jour de Noël –Franz Lehrndorfer (1977 Mühleisen/St. Boniface Church, Munich, Germany) Celestial Harmonies CD-13213

CHARLES CALLAHAN: Go, tell it on the mountain. J.S. BACH: In dulci jubilo, S. 608/729. MARCEL DUPRÉ: In dulci jubilo, Opus 28, #41. SIGFRID KARG-ELERT: Chorale-improvisation, In dulci jubilo –Todd Wilson (1931 Skinner/Severance Hall, Cleveland, OH) Cleveland Orchestra CD-11009

JEAN LANGLAIS: O come, all ye faithful, from Christmas Carols Hymn Settings [1988] –Ann Labounsky (1863 E.F. Walcker; 1947 Aeolian-Skinner/Methuen Music Hall, Methuen, MA) MHS CD-5236220

ALBERT SCHÖNBERGER: Improvisation on Adeste fidelis –Albert Schönberger (1983 Oberlinger/Gotthard Chapel, Mainz Cathedral, Germany) OrganoPhon 90108

EGIL HOVLAND: Toccata, From heaven above. DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: In dulci jubilo. DAVID DAHL: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland. HANS OLAV LIEN: God’s son has made me free –David Dahl (1998 Fritts/Lagerquist Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA) Loft LRCD-1017

SAMUEL ROUSSEAU: Shepherds and Magi –Holy Childhood Festival Orchestra, Stephen Schmall, conductor; Robert Vickery (1981 Hoppe/Holy Childhood RCC, Saint Paul, MN) Holy Childhood CD-2000

DIANE BISH: Christmas Festival –Diane Bish (1974 Ruffatti/Coral Ridge Presbyterian, Fort Lauderdale, FL) Artisan CD-1007