1783 de Rijckere organ at Oostkerk, Middelburg, The Netherlands
1783 de Rijckere organ at Oostkerk, Middelburg, The Netherlands

For Unto Us #0352

The Christmas image of a newborn babe brought into a cold world conjures sentiments of joy and astonishment. So it’s not entirely surprising that the music on this week’s program does the same. We celebrate the season with trumpets and choirs, as well as organs both in solo and duet performances. Join in and sing along with familiar old tunes and embrace some new music, too, heralding the good news of the Nativity. For Unto Us: a holiday for heart and ears.

NICOLAS S JAN: Noël SuisseDaniel Roth (1984 Woehl/St. Remigius Church, Viersen, Germany) Buch & Musik CD-1001

KARL FRANZ PITSCH: Pastorale Prelude Number 4 in G. FRANZ ANTON KOBRICH: Pastorella in G –Hans Maier (1983 Sandtner/St. Michael Church, Munich, Germany) Calig CD-50521

DARIUS MILHAUD: Pastorale, Opus 229 –George C. Baker (1971 Danion-Gonzalez/Chartres Cathedral, France) Solstice CD-916

BRAM BEEKMAN: Christmas Suite –Bram Beekman (1783 de Rijckere/Oostkerk, Middelburg, The Netherlands) Lindenberg LBCD-90

G.F. HANDEL (arranged by Harmon): For unto us a child is born, from Messiah –Jeffrey Curnow, Adam Gordon, trumpet; Clarece Candamio (1978 Schantz/Lovers Lane UMC, Dallas, TX) Hester Park CD-7706

JOEL MARTINSON: Incarnation Mass, Puer natus est –Choir of Church of the Incarnation, Kevin Clarke (1961 Aeolian-Skinner; 1994 Noack/Incarnation Episcopal, Dallas, TX) Pro Organo CD 7120

JOEL MARTINSON: Incarnation Suite, Puer natus estDavid Heller (1998 Casavant Frères/St. Louis King of France RCC, Saint Paul, MN) Calcante CD-037

PETER TAYLOR: A stable in Bethelehem. JOHN RUTTER: Sing we to this merry companyChoir of Trinity Church, Brian Jones, conductor; Michael Kleinschmidt (1962 Aeolian-Skinner/Trinity Church, Boston, MA) Dorian DOR 93240

MAX DRISCHNER: Noël Variations –Diane Bish (1738 Müller/Sint-Bavokerk [St. Bavo Church], Haarlem, The Netherlands) Artisan CD-1999

TRADITIONAL: 2 Christmas Carols: God rest ye, merry gentlemen; What child is thisAlexander Schreiner (1948 Aeolian-Skinner/Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, UT) Sony Special Products CD-26682

HERBERT BUFFINGTON: Prelude on Veni EmmanuelElizabeth and Raymond Chenault (1992 Ruffatti/Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA) Gothic G49084