1969 Walker at Blackburn Cathedral, England
1969 Walker at Blackburn Cathedral, England

An International Christmas Celebration #1549

…with greetings from England, Iceland, France, Austria, Poland, Italy, Canada and the United States.

Hour 1

MALCOLM ARCHER: Veni Emmanuel Improvisation –Malcolm Archer (1969 Walker/Blackburn Cathedral, England) Lammas 176

LOUIS ALFRED JAMES LEFÉBURE-WÉLY: Offertoire pour le jour de NoëlChristopher Herrick (1992 Klais/Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland) Hyperion 66917

MARCEL DUPRÉ: 6 Christmas Chorales, fr Op. 28 (Puer natus in Bethlehem; Lobt Gott, ihr Christen; Gelobet seist du; Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig; Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar; Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich) –Jeremy Filsell (1979 Möller/St. Boniface Episcopal Church, Sarasota, FL) Guild 7203

JOSEPH-GUY ROPARTZ: Rhapsodie sur deux Noëls populaires de la Haute-Bretagne –Jean-Pierre Lecaudey (1890 Cavaillé-Coll/St. Ouen Abbey, Rouen, France) Pavane 7393/4

HUGO WOLF (arr. Reger): 3 Songs (Nun wander, Maria; Führ mich, Kind, nach Bethlehem!; Gebet) –Christine Brewer, soprano; Paul Jacobs (2010 Schantz/Church of the Gesu, Milwaukee, WI) Naxos 8.573524

JOHN McCABE: 3 Christmas Chorale-preludes (Vom Himmel hoch; Christmas Eve; On Christmas Day)Tom Winpenny (1962-2009 Harrison/St. Alban’s Cathedral, England) Resonus 10144

SIGFRID KARG-ELERT: Ich steh an deiner Krippe hier, Op. 66. No. 3Natalie Clifton-Griffith, soprano; Rachel Gough, violin; Rupert Gough (1931 Compton/Downside Abbey, England) Lammas 186

PAUL FISCHER: A Yorkshire ChristmasKevin Bowyer (1969 Walker/Blackburn Cathedral, England) Lammas 182

PETER PLANYAVSKY: Stille nacht –Johannes Lenius (1985 Pirchner/St. Augustin Church, Perchtoldsdorf, Austria) Motette 13531

Hour 2

JAN JANCA: Toccata on Wachet auf!William O’Meara (1963 Hill, Norman & Beard/St. George’s Cathedral, Kingston, Ontario) Awari 3520

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Traditional English Carols (And all in the morning; On Christmas night; Down in yon forest; Wassail Song) –Choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge/David Rowland, director; Sidharth Prabhu-Naik (1892 Binns/Queen’s College, Cambridge, England) Regent 446

MICHEL CORRETTE: Suite of Noëls in C (Michaut qui causoit ce grand bruit; Laissez paitre vos bestes; Tambourins; Ecoutés merveilles) –Olivier Vernet (1750 J-A Silbermann/St. Maurice, Soultz-Haut-Rhin, France) Ligia Digital 0104187

MACK WILBERG (arr.): Ding, dong, merrily on high. PAUL HALLEY (arr.): What child is this? STUART THOMPSON: The Holly and the Ivy Elora Festival Singers/Noel Edison, director; Michael Bloss (1930 Casavant/St. John’s Church, Elora, Ontario, Canada) Naxos 8.573421

JEAN LANGLAIS: Angels we have heard on highAnn Labounsky (1947 Aeolian-Skinner/Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, MA) MHS 523622

GOTTFRIED HOMILIUS: 2 Chorale-preludes (Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele; Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ) –Felix Marangoni (2007 Zanin/St. Antonio Abate Church, Padua, Italy) Brilliant Classics 94458