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A Southwest Christmas / Washburn, Phoenix Bach Choir, Et Al


Release Date: 10/07/1997 
Label:  Soundset   Catalog #: 1005   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ed HendersonJon WashburnHernando Franco
Performer:  Mark SunkettJon WashburnFrank KoonceRobert "Tree" Cody
Conductor:  Jon Washburn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phoenix Bach Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Phoenix Bach Choir four years ago premiered Milagros de Navidad, a Christmas cycle for choir as a way of marking the holiday season in a Southwestern accent. In this recording, the choir has made Milagros the lead item in a superbly produced and packaged yuletide CD from an emerging Arizona label, Soundset. Jon Washburn conducts the ensemble of Frank Koonce, guitar; Mark Sunkett, percussion; and the choir with select soloists. In this sonically clean and vibrant recording, Milagros is a compendium of yuletide songs lovingly sung in Spanish and English, with running commentary from guitarist Koonce. Robert Tree Cody, on Native American Flute (the instrument of choice this season, it seems), is also heard here, in Washburn's own Noel Sing Read more We, a kind of American Indian-haunted holiday landscape. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Milagros de Navidad by Ed Henderson
Performer:  Mark Sunkett (Percussion), Jon Washburn (Spoken Vocals), Frank Koonce (Guitar)
Conductor:  Jon Washburn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phoenix Bach Choir
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Noel We Sing by Jon Washburn
Performer:  Robert "Tree" Cody (Flute)
Conductor:  Jon Washburn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phoenix Bach Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993 
3.
Magnificats (16): Magnificat on the 2nd tone by Hernando Franco
Conductor:  Jon Washburn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phoenix Bach Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Mexico 
4.
Lo, how a rose e'er blooming by Jon Washburn
Conductor:  Jon Washburn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phoenix Bach Choir
Period: 20th Century 
5.
The Star by Jon Washburn
Conductor:  Jon Washburn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phoenix Bach Choir
Period: 20th Century 

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