1995 Lively-Fulcher/St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Washington, DC
1995 Lively-Fulcher/St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Washington, DC

Holiday Surprises #1950

…a diverting collection of rare and unusual music for the Christmas festival.

Hour 1

JOHANN PACHELBEL: Der Tag, der ist so freudenreichWolfgang Rübsam (1787 Holzhey/Weissenau Abbey, Germany)

PIERRE COCHEREAU (trans. Filsell): Variations on an Old NoëlJeremy Filsell (1967 Walker/Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool, England) ASV 1109

MICHEL CORRETTE: Noël provençal. ANTONIO MESTRES: March for the Clarines –Marie-Ange Leurent (1810 Kyrutz/Church of St. Mary, Mahón, Menorca) Solstice 187

CHARLES CALLAHAN: Christmas Prelude –Michelle Gray, flute; Adam Pajan (1990 Reuter/St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Greenville, SC) Melodia Duo 2003

SOFIA KARLSSON: Peace on earth. TRADITIONAL: Banquet Polska –Sofia Karlsson, voice; St. Jacob’s Chamber Choir/Gary Graden; Lisa Rydberg, violin; Gunnar Idenstam (1949 Marcussen Oscars Church, Stockholm, Sweden)

WILLIAM WHITEHEAD: The Seven Joys of Mary. DAVID BRIGGS (arr.): Away in a manger. MATTHEW MARTIN: Nowell sing weChapel Choir/James Vivian; Luke Bond (1965-2002 Harrison/St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, England) Hyperion 68281

Filler – TRADITIONAL: Banquet Polska (see above)

Hour 2

ROBERT EDWARD SMITH: Angels from the realms of gloryRobert Gallagher (1995 Lively-Fulcher/St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Washington, DC) WLP 3027

JEAN-JACQUES BEAUVARLET-CHARPENTIER: Noël pour un Elevation (Or dites nous Marie)Marina Tchebourkina (1754 Dom Bedos-1985 Quoirin/Holy Cross Abbey,Bordeaux, France) Natives 08

J. WILLIAM GREENE: Christmas Ayers & Dances (Adeste fidelis; Gentle Mary; Jingle Bells; I am so glad; Savior of the nations, come) –J. William Greene (1988 Klop chamber organ/Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynchburg, VA) Pro Organo 7281

JONATHAN ELKUS: Christmas Music –Nikolaus Schwärzler (1928 Steinmeyer/Maria Himmelfahrt Abbey, Lindau, Germany) Lindau 011 200

FRANÇOIS-AUGUSTE GEVAERT: Gloria, fr Christmas MassLe Petit Sablon Ensemble/Thibaut Lenaerts; Xavier Deprez (1870 van Bever/St. Etienne, Braine-l’Alleud, Belgium)

LEO SOWERBY: Hymn, The people who in darkness walkedHaig Mardirosian (2001 Letourneau/Church of the Ascension & Saint Agnes; Washington, DC) ASA 0601

LUDWIG NIELSEN: Christmas Fantasy (Silent Night)Norberto Guinaldo (1963 Reuter/United Methodist Church, Garden Grove, CA) Guinaldo 2008

DENIS BEDARD: Noël Huron. JOSEPH CULLEN: In excelsis GloriaAbbey Schola/Simon Bell; Carleton Etherington (1997 Jones/Tewkesbury Abbey, England) Regent 440

Filler – COCHEREAU (see above)