1970 Mander at St. Giles Cripplegate, London, England.
1970 Mander at St. Giles Cripplegate, London, England.

On Christmas Day #1651

…whether with carols or noels, anthems or improvisations, these musicians proclaim holiday cheer!

Hour 1

HERBERT SUMSION: 4 Carol Preludes (Adeste fidelis; Coventry Carol; The Holly and the Ivy; Unto us is born a son) –Jane Watts (1877 Lewis/Wellington Cathedral, New Zealand) Priory 775

PATRICK HADLEY: I sing of a maiden. BENJAMIN BRITTEN: A New Year Carol. ANDREW CARTER: Angelus ad virginemChoir of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London/Andrew Carwood, director; Simon Johnson (1970 Mander/St. Giles Cripplegate, London, England) Decca 478 8656

LOUIS-CLAUDE DAQUIN: Noel en récit en taille (No. 11) –Vincent Boucher (1960 Beckerath/St. Joseph Oratory, Montreal, Quebec, Canada) Atma Classique 2703

GERRE HANCOCK: Personet hodie (improvisation) –Gerre Hancock (1995 Taylor & Boody/St. Thomas Church, New York, NY) Gothic 49109

MARK OPSTAD (arr.): Three Old Noëls (Anan auzi las aubados; Noël nouvelet; Quelle est cette odeur agréable?) –La Maitrise de Toulouse/Mark Opstad, director; William Whitehead (2005 Daldasso/Temple du Salin, Toulouse, France) Regent 470

Hour 2

SAMUEL BARBER: Silent Night. JOHN COOK: Paean on Divinum mysterium –Paul Walton (1907 Walker/Bristol Cathedral, England) Regent 406

VIRGIL THOMSON: Pastorale on a Christmas Plainsong (Divinum mysterium) –Richard Ellsasser (Hammond Castle, Gloucester, MA) MGM E3064

GEORG FRIEDRICH KAUFFMANN: 5 Christmas Chorale-preludes (Lobt Gott ihr Christen allzugleich (2) Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ; Helft mir Gottes Güte preisen; Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren) –Delbert Disselhorst (2004 Brombaugh/1st Presbyterian Church, Springfield, IL) Pro Organo 7165

J.S. BACH: Christmas Chorale-preludes, fr Orgelbüchlein (Vom Himmel hoch, BWV 606; In dulci jubilo, BWV 608; In dir ist Freude, BWV 615; Gottes Sohn ist kommen, BWV 600. OLIVIER MESSIAEN: Les Anges, fr La Nativité du SeigneurPeter King (1997 Klais/Bath Abbey, England) Regent DVD 003

RALF BÖLTING: Christmas Carol Suite for Organ Duet (Joy to the world; What child is this?; Hark! The herald angels sing; O come, all ye faithful; O little town of Bethlehem; The first noël) –Sylvie Poirier & Philip Crozier (1915-1999 Casavant/Eglise du Tres-Saint-Nom-de-Jesus, Montreal, Quebec, Canada) Amberola 7108