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Christmas at Trinity / Burdick, Choir of Trinity Church


Release Date: 10/16/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8555886   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Xaver GruberHenry John GauntlettTraditionalPatrick Hadley,   ... 
Performer:  Owen BurdickAmy BartramBarbara Lynne JamisonStephen Sands,   ... 
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Almost every year a first rate choir records a traditional program of sacred Christmas music--and this year it looks as if it's the Choir of Trinity Church, Wall Street's turn. The ensemble and its excellent organist certainly uphold the standard set years ago by their British counterparts, particularly those at the various Cambridge University colleges--King's, Trinity, and St. John's, to name the more notable. And even though this New York City church can't boast as many centuries' existence as those revered English institutions, there is something especially charming about the fact that it hosted the New World premieres of both Messiah and the hymn Silent Night, the latter performed by a Tyrolean
Read more ensemble on Christmas Eve, 1827. For those familiar with the famed King's College Choir carol services, the programming here will ring a few bells, from the opening, processional-style Once in Royal David's City to the closing Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. In between are one after another of the now-standard Christmas carol, hymn, and anthem selections in their best-known settings--Peter Cornelius' "The Three Kings", Patrick Hadley's "I sing of a maiden", David Willcocks' arrangement of "Of the Father's heart begotten", Philip Ledger's arrangement of the "Sussex Carol", William Mathias' "A babe is born", Gustav Holst's "Lullay, my liking", the English hymnal harmonization of "O come, all ye faithful", the Vaughan Williams/Forest Green version of "O little town of Bethlehem", and a lovely Ledger a cappella setting of "Silent night".


The choir sings with warmth, precision, purity of articulation (you can hear every word), and great care in balance and blend. There is one thing however in which the choir failed: as much as they tried (according to director Owen Burdick) to "not sound British", they do, but in the very best way possible--beauty of tone, clarity of diction, and fully committed, sincere singing. Yes, Americans can do these things too. And as for this umpteenth program of already well-represented pieces, the fact is, those who love Christmas and singing (and how can these not go hand in hand?) never tire of this music, these lovely, characterful, joyous, hopeful tunes--and this recording and its fine performances capture them all as well as any choir ever has. The sound gives a realistic impression of the church's acoustic space while giving ideal clarity and depth to the singing. [10/17/2001]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Philip Ledger 
2. Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Performer:  Owen Burdick (Organ), Amy Bartram (Soprano)
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Arthur Henry Mann, verses 4 - 5; Philip Ledger, verse 6. 
3. Sans Day Carol by Traditional
Performer:  Owen Burdick (Organ)
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Written: Cornwall, England 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
4. I sing of a maiden by Patrick Hadley
Performer:  Owen Burdick (Organ)
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1936; England 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
5. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Owen Burdick (Organ)
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks 
6. The holly and the ivy by Henry Walford Davies
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
7. In the bleak mid-winter by Harold Edwin Darke
Performer:  Barbara Lynne Jamison (Soprano), Stephen Sands (Tenor), Owen Burdick (Organ)
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
8. I wonder as I wander by John Jacob Niles
Performer:  Stephen Sands (Tenor), Ann Hoyt (Soprano)
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Richard Shepherd 
9. Adam lay ybounden by Boris Ord
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
10. O little town of Bethlehem by Henry Walford Davies
Performer:  Owen Burdick (Organ)
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Vaughan Williams, verses 1 -2, Philip Ledger, verse 3, Thomas Armstrong, verse 4. 
11. I saw three ships by Traditional
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks 
12. Away in a manger by William J. Kirkpatrick
Performer:  Ann Hoyt (Soprano)
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks 
13. In dulci jubilo by Robert Lucas Pearsall
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Reginald Jacques
This selection is sung in English and Latin. 
14. Infant holy, infant lowly by Traditional
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Written: Poland 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks 
15. Gabriel's message by Traditional
Performer:  Ann Hoyt (Soprano), Joshua Copeland (Bass)
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Written: Basque Provinces 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Edgar Pettman 
16. Lullay, my liking, Op. 34 no 2/H 129 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
17. Resonet in laudibus by Jacob Handl
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Philip Ledger
This selection is sun in Latin and England. 
18. Angels from the realms of glory by Traditional
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Philip Ledger 
19. On Christmas Night "Sussex Carol" by Traditional
Performer:  Owen Burdick (Organ)
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Philip Ledger 
20. Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Owen Burdick (Organ)
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: W. H. Cummings, verses 1 - 2, David Willcocks, verse 3 
21. Corde natus ex parentis by Anonymous
Performer:  Owen Burdick (Organ)
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: by 1000 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks 
22. Weihnachtslieder (6), Op. 8: no 3, Die Könige by Peter Cornelius
Performer:  Richard Lippold (Bass)
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856/1870; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Ivor Atkins 
23. A babe is born, Op. 55 by William Mathias
Performer:  Owen Burdick (Organ)
Conductor:  Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; Wales, UK 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Trinity Church, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection also includes Latin text. 

Sound Samples

Once in Royal David's City
Sans Day carol: Sans Day Carol
Weihnachtslieder, Op. 8: The 3 Kings (Die Koenige)
I sing of a Maiden: I Sing of a Maiden
Adeste fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful): O Come, All Ye Faithful
The Holy and The Ivy
In the Bleak Mid-Winter: In the Bleak Midwinter
I wonder as I wander: I Wonder as I Wander
Adam lay y-bounden: Adam Lay Ybounden
O Little Town of Bethlehem
I saw 3 ships: I Saw Three Ships
In dulci jubilo: In Dulci Jubilo
Away in a Manger: Away In a Manger
Of the Father's Heart Begotton
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
Gabriel's message: Gabriel's Message
Lullay my Liking, Op. 34, No. 2: Lullay, My Liking
Resonet In Laudibus
Angels, from the Realms of Glory
Sussex Carol, "On Christmas Night": Sussex Carol (On Christmas Night)
A Babe is Born, Op. 53: A Babe Is Born
Silent Night (Stille Nacht)
Hark! the herald angels sing: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

Customer Reviews

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 Trinity Does Vintage King's with an American Acce January 8, 2013 By John W. (St. Paul, MN) See All My Reviews "I found the whole album a faultless recitation of the music. For people who listen on line to Trinity Wall Street it is a good memento. I missed hearing a Burdick signature which is always detectable among the Willcocks, Ledger and Cleobury recordings of the same pieces." Report Abuse
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