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Light's Glittering Morn - A Musical Celebration


Release Date: 09/24/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 54134   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousJohn IrelandRalph Vaughan WilliamsLeo Sowerby,   ... 
Performer:  Edward M. NassorDavid SummersMilton StevensSteven Hendrickson,   ... 
Conductor:  Douglas MajorJohn Fenstermaker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grace Cathedral Choir San FranciscoWashington National Cathedral Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Every once in a while a recording from the distant past, one that we have never reviewed--in this case from exactly 20 years ago--reasserts itself in the process of research or making a comparison with a current release. This one is an unqualified gem discontinued from EMI's catalog but that is currently available through Arkivmusic.com's "on-demand" reissue program. If you are a choral music fan and somehow missed its initial release, you will be truly gladdened and uplifted by this well-produced and superbly sung program, recorded at Washington National Cathedral as part of the events celebrating the church's 1990 completion.

The concert begins with a work for carillon
Read more specially composed for the cathedral's consecration and follows with such revered works as Vaughan Williams' O Clap Your Hands, Sowerby's Come, Holy Ghost, Mozart's Ave verum corpus, Tallis' If Ye Love Me, Finzi's God is Gone Up, Palestrina's Sicut cervus, and Stanford's Psalm 150. For me, however, the highlights are two: Vaughan Williams' lovely, perfectly realized organ prelude on the Welsh hymn tune Rhosymedre (for me, one of those jewels of 20th-century organ repertoire that you can't hear too often), played with ideal sensitivity and grace by Douglas Major, and the truly magnificent Magnificat by David Hogan, a masterpiece that should be in the repertoire of every serious cathedral and church choir. And how engineers John Newton, Henk Kooistra, and Brad Michael managed to capture so flawlessly the substantial choral, brass, and organ forces in the challenging acoustic of Washington National Cathedral is a tribute to their genius and an essential component of the recording's success. A classic.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Psalm 145 by Anonymous
Performer:  Edward M. Nassor (Carillon)
2.
Love Unknown by John Ireland
Performer:  David Summers (Trombone), Milton Stevens (Trombone), Steven Hendrickson (Trumpet),
Robert Lehman (Organ), David Flowers (Trumpet), Keith Jones (Trumpet),
James Kraft (Trombone), Charles Wilkinson (Percussion)
Conductor:  Douglas Major,  John Fenstermaker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grace Cathedral Choir San Francisco,  Washington National Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
3.
O clap your hands by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  David Summers (Trombone), Milton Stevens (Trombone), Steven Hendrickson (Trumpet),
Robert Lehman (Organ), David Flowers (Trumpet), Keith Jones (Trumpet),
James Kraft (Trombone), Charles Wilkinson (Percussion)
Conductor:  Douglas Major,  John Fenstermaker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grace Cathedral Choir San Francisco,  Washington National Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; England 
4.
Come, Holy Ghost by Leo Sowerby
Performer:  David Summers (Trombone), Milton Stevens (Trombone), Steven Hendrickson (Trumpet),
Robert Lehman (Organ), David Flowers (Trumpet), Keith Jones (Trumpet),
James Kraft (Trombone), Charles Wilkinson (Percussion)
Conductor:  Douglas Major,  John Fenstermaker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grace Cathedral Choir San Francisco,  Washington National Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
5.
Sicut cervus by Giovanni Palestrina
Performer:  David Summers (Trombone), Milton Stevens (Trombone), Steven Hendrickson (Trumpet),
Robert Lehman (Organ), David Flowers (Trumpet), Keith Jones (Trumpet),
James Kraft (Trombone), Charles Wilkinson (Percussion)
Conductor:  Douglas Major,  John Fenstermaker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grace Cathedral Choir San Francisco,  Washington National Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1581; Italy 
6.
Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Summers (Trombone), Milton Stevens (Trombone), Steven Hendrickson (Trumpet),
Robert Lehman (Organ), David Flowers (Trumpet), Keith Jones (Trumpet),
James Kraft (Trombone), Charles Wilkinson (Percussion)
Conductor:  Douglas Major,  John Fenstermaker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grace Cathedral Choir San Francisco,  Washington National Cathedral Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 
7.
Old Hundredth Psalm Tune by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  David Summers (Trombone), Milton Stevens (Trombone), Steven Hendrickson (Trumpet),
Robert Lehman (Organ), David Flowers (Trumpet), Keith Jones (Trumpet),
James Kraft (Trombone), Charles Wilkinson (Percussion)
Conductor:  Douglas Major,  John Fenstermaker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grace Cathedral Choir San Francisco,  Washington National Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 
8.
Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes (3) for Organ: no 2, Rhosymedre by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  David Summers (Trombone), Milton Stevens (Trombone), Steven Hendrickson (Trumpet),
Robert Lehman (Organ), David Flowers (Trumpet), Keith Jones (Trumpet),
James Kraft (Trombone), Charles Wilkinson (Percussion)
Conductor:  Douglas Major,  John Fenstermaker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grace Cathedral Choir San Francisco,  Washington National Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; England 
9.
Magnificat by David Hogan
Performer:  David Summers (Trombone), Milton Stevens (Trombone), Steven Hendrickson (Trumpet),
Robert Lehman (Organ), David Flowers (Trumpet), Keith Jones (Trumpet),
James Kraft (Trombone), Charles Wilkinson (Percussion)
Conductor:  Douglas Major,  John Fenstermaker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grace Cathedral Choir San Francisco,  Washington National Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
10.
Ode on Queen Mary's birthday by Henry Purcell
Performer:  David Summers (Trombone), Milton Stevens (Trombone), Steven Hendrickson (Trumpet),
Robert Lehman (Organ), David Flowers (Trumpet), Keith Jones (Trumpet),
James Kraft (Trombone), Charles Wilkinson (Percussion)
Conductor:  Douglas Major,  John Fenstermaker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grace Cathedral Choir San Francisco,  Washington National Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
11.
If ye love me by Thomas Tallis
Performer:  David Summers (Trombone), Milton Stevens (Trombone), Steven Hendrickson (Trumpet),
Robert Lehman (Organ), David Flowers (Trumpet), Keith Jones (Trumpet),
James Kraft (Trombone), Charles Wilkinson (Percussion)
Conductor:  Douglas Major,  John Fenstermaker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grace Cathedral Choir San Francisco,  Washington National Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
12.
Anthems (3), Op. 27: no 2, God is gone up by Gerald Finzi
Performer:  David Summers (Trombone), Milton Stevens (Trombone), Steven Hendrickson (Trumpet),
Robert Lehman (Organ), David Flowers (Trumpet), Keith Jones (Trumpet),
James Kraft (Trombone), Charles Wilkinson (Percussion)
Conductor:  Douglas Major,  John Fenstermaker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grace Cathedral Choir San Francisco,  Washington National Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; England 
13.
Te Deum laudamus by Herbert Howells
Performer:  David Summers (Trombone), Milton Stevens (Trombone), Steven Hendrickson (Trumpet),
Robert Lehman (Organ), David Flowers (Trumpet), Keith Jones (Trumpet),
James Kraft (Trombone), Charles Wilkinson (Percussion)
Conductor:  Douglas Major,  John Fenstermaker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grace Cathedral Choir San Francisco,  Washington National Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
14.
O Praise God in His Holiness by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  David Summers (Trombone), Milton Stevens (Trombone), Steven Hendrickson (Trumpet),
Robert Lehman (Organ), David Flowers (Trumpet), Keith Jones (Trumpet),
James Kraft (Trombone), Charles Wilkinson (Percussion)
Conductor:  Douglas Major,  John Fenstermaker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grace Cathedral Choir San Francisco,  Washington National Cathedral Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
15.
O hear us, Lord by Anthony Piccolo
Performer:  David Summers (Trombone), Milton Stevens (Trombone), Steven Hendrickson (Trumpet),
Robert Lehman (Organ), David Flowers (Trumpet), Keith Jones (Trumpet),
James Kraft (Trombone), Charles Wilkinson (Percussion)
Conductor:  Douglas Major,  John Fenstermaker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grace Cathedral Choir San Francisco,  Washington National Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
16.
Light's Glittering Morn by Horatio Parker
Performer:  David Summers (Trombone), Milton Stevens (Trombone), Steven Hendrickson (Trumpet),
Robert Lehman (Organ), David Flowers (Trumpet), Keith Jones (Trumpet),
James Kraft (Trombone), Charles Wilkinson (Percussion)
Conductor:  Douglas Major,  John Fenstermaker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grace Cathedral Choir San Francisco,  Washington National Cathedral Choir

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 wonderful treasure of American choir  October 30, 2013 By k. Hayakawa (wayne, PA) See All My Reviews "to national treasures of choir world created this CD, this is unfortunate to be buried in this way. good service, as usual, even after you moved from my neighbor." Report Abuse
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