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Christmas At America's First Cathedral

Mclachlan / Daley / Baltimore Choral Arts / Hall
Release Date: 09/28/2010 
Label:  Gothic Records   Catalog #: 49277   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnEleanor DaleyGrant McLachlanTraditional,   ... 
Performer:  Sara NicholsAnita ThesenJane MarvineLeslie Starr,   ... 
Conductor:  Tom Hall
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In addition to familiar seasonal music by Mendelssohn, Handel, Rutter, and others, Christmas at America’s First Cathedral features music from South Africa, Canada, and the United States, including the premiere recordings of seven new works by two of America’s most important African American composers, Dr. Rosephanye Powell and Dr. James Lee III. Dr. Lee’s motet, "A Clean Heart" is from a collection of four motets composed in 2009. The six selections by Dr. Powell comprise a suite called, Christmas Give, commissioned by Baltimore Choral Arts and given its world premiere December 1, 2009 at the Baltimore Basilica. - Gothic Records In addition to familiar seasonal music by Mendelssohn, Handel, Rutter, and others, Christmas at America’s First Cathedral features music from South Africa, Canada, and the United States, including the premiere recordings of seven new works by two of America’s most important African American composers, Dr. Rosephanye Powell and Dr. James Lee III. Dr. Lee’s motet, "A Clean Heart" is from a collection of four motets composed in 2009. The six selections by Dr. Powell comprise a suite called, Christmas Give, commissioned by Baltimore Choral Arts and given its world premiere December 1, 2009 at the Baltimore Basilica. - Gothic Records Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Saint Paul, Op. 36: Mache dich auf by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Tom Hall
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Venue:  Baltimore Basilica, Maryland 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
Gabriel's Message, for chorus by Eleanor Daley
Conductor:  Tom Hall
Venue:  Baltimore Basilica, Maryland 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3.
Come Colours Rise (South African Christmas Anthem), for chorus by Grant McLachlan
Conductor:  Tom Hall
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Baltimore Basilica, Maryland 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
I Saw Three Ships, carol by Traditional
Conductor:  Tom Hall
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1666; England 
Venue:  Baltimore Basilica, Maryland 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
5.
Christmas Give: Christmas Memories by Rosephanye Powell
Conductor:  Tom Hall
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Baltimore Basilica, Maryland 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
6.
Precious Gift, His Wondrous Birth, for chorus by Dave Brubeck
Conductor:  Tom Hall
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Baltimore Basilica, Maryland 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
7.
Christmas Give: Ring the Bells by Rosephanye Powell
Conductor:  Tom Hall
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Baltimore Basilica, Maryland 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
8.
A Clean Heart, for chorus by James III Lee
Conductor:  Tom Hall
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Baltimore Basilica, Maryland 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
9.
Christmas Give: Christus Natus Est by Rosephanye Powell
Conductor:  Tom Hall
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Baltimore Basilica, Maryland 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
10.
Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: Hallelujah by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Tom Hall
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747; London, England 
Venue:  Baltimore Basilica, Maryland 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
11.
Christmas Give: Have You Seen the Baby Jesus? by Rosephanye Powell
Conductor:  Tom Hall
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Baltimore Basilica, Maryland 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
12.
L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: Flight into Egypt by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Sara Nichols (Flute), Anita Thesen (Flute), Jane Marvine (Oboe),
Leslie Starr ()
Conductor:  Tom Hall
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850-1854; France 
Venue:  Baltimore Basilica, Maryland 
Length: 5 Minutes 46 Secs. 
13.
Jesus child by John Rutter
Conductor:  Tom Hall
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Baltimore Basilica, Maryland 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
14.
Christmas Give: Holy Night by Rosephanye Powell
Conductor:  Tom Hall
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Baltimore Basilica, Maryland 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
15.
Christmas Give: Ogo ni fun Oluwa by Rosephanye Powell
Performer:  John Locke (Djembe), Barry Dove (Shekere), Michael Allman (Djembe)
Conductor:  Tom Hall
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Baltimore Basilica, Maryland 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
16.
Mary's Lullaby by John Rutter
Conductor:  Tom Hall
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Baltimore Basilica, Maryland 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
17.
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Tom Hall
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Venue:  Baltimore Basilica, Maryland 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Paulus (St. Paul), Op. 36 (Sung in English): Paulus (St. Paul), Op. 36, Part I: Rise up! Arise! (Sung in English)
Gabriel's Message
Come Colours Rise
I Saw Three Ships (arr. R. Shaw and A. Parker)
Christmas Give (orch. J. Kessler): Christmas Give: Christmas Memories (orch. J. Kessler)
Precious Gift His Wondrous Birth
Christmas Give (orch. J. Kessler): Christmas Give: Ring the Bells (orch. J. Kessler)
A Clean Heart
Christmas Give (orch. J. Kessler): Christmas Give: Christus natus est (orch. J. Kessler)
Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: Part III: Rejoice, O Judah...Hallelujah, Amen
Christmas Give: Have You Seen the Baby Jesus?
L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: Part II: La fuite en Egypte: Overture
Jesus child: Jesus Child
Christmas Give: Holy Night
Christmas Give: Ogo ni fun Oluwa
Mary's lullaby: Mary's Lullaby
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Hallelujah!

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