1876 Henry Willis organ at the Cathedral, Salisbury, England, UK
1876 Henry Willis organ at the Cathedral, Salisbury, England, UK

On Christmas Day #1151

…magical music, both old and new, adds immeasurably to the spirit of the Nativity Festival.

Hour 1

DAVID HALLS: Sing, o sing this blessed morn. DAVID WILLCOCKS: Sussex Carol –Salisbury Cathedral Choir, David Halls, conductor; Daniel Cook (1876 Henry Willis/Salisbury Cathedral, England, UK) Priory PRCD1025

MYRON ROBERTS: Improvisation on God rest you merry, gentlemenFrederick Hohman (1982 Reuter/Holy Name of Jesus RCC, San Francisco, CA) Pro Organo CD 7040

J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, Vom Himmel hoch, BWV 606 –Fynske Chamber Choir, Alice Joensen, conductor; Kevin Bowyer (1962; 1987 Marcussen & Søn/St. Hans Church, Odense, Denmark) Nimbus NI 5457/8

J.S. BACH: Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel hoch, BWV 769 –Pieter Dirksen (1733 Hinsz/Petruskerk, Leens, The Netherlands) Etcetera 1400

SIGFRID KARG-ELERT: 4 Christmas Carols: Vom Himmel hoch; Pastorale on Silent Night; Freu dich sehr. HERMANN SCHROEDER: Susani –Childrens Choir Saulgau, Hugo Birkhofer, conductor; Mario Hospach (1985 Rebmann choir organ/St. John Church, Soulgau, Germany) ebs 6019

PIERRE COCHEREAU: Variations sur un Noël, improvisation –Pierre Cochereau (1868 Cavaillé-Coll/Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France) Solstice FY058

Hour 2

GIOVANNI GABRIELI: Canzona. CARMEN DRAGON (arranged): Deck the hallsPhiladelphia Brass Ensemble; Peter Richard Conte (1911 Wanamaker/Grand Court, Macy’s Center City, Philadelphia, PA) Gothic G49264

KEITH CHAPMAN: Joseph dearest, Joseph mine. JOHN LEAVITT: Cold December flies away. PAUL MANZ: What is this lovely fragrance. DALE WOOD: Cold December flies awayJames Welch (1982 Schoenstein/Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Oakland, CA) Arkay AR6166

GUSTAV HOLST (arranged by Haislip): Fantasy on Old Carols –Bay Brass; John Fenstermaker (1934 Aeolian-Skinner/Grace Episcopal Cathedral, San Francisco, CA) Gothic G49120

FRANZ GRUBER: Silent Night (arranged by Idenstam). GUNNAR IDENSTAM (arranged): Lo, how a roseLisa Rydberg, violin; Emma Härdelin, soprano; St. Jacobs Chamber Choir, Gary Graden, conductor; Gunnar Idenstam (1949 Marcussen/Oscarskyrkan, Stockholm, Sweden) BIS-CD-5031

GEORGE WRIGHT (arranged): Lo, how a rose. VICTOR HERBERT (arranged by Wright): ToylandGeorge Wright (Hollywood Philharmonic Organ/George Wright Residence, Hollywood, CA) Banda CD-8390

LEO NESTOR: Arise, shine, JerusalemChoir of St. Joseph Cathedral, Paul Thornock, conductor; Robert Wisniewski (2006 Fritts/Cathedral of St. Joseph, Columbus, OH) CathedralMusic 7424