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Christmas Time Is Here / Alexander, Pacific Chorale


Release Date: 08/04/2006 
Label:  Gothic Records   Catalog #: 49246   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalHenry John GauntlettElisabeth PostonFranz Biebl,   ... 
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


A full-throated and robust celebration of Christmas from the 160-voice Pacific Chorale! “Christmas Time is Here” is a marvelous compilation of colorful arrangements for choir with instrumental accompaniment from brass, harp and percussion. You will find many traditional carols in inventive, original, arrangements culminating in a joyful listening experience!

Pacific Chorale has delighted national and international audiences with concerts of great choral music performed at the highest musical standards since 1968. Under the artistic leadership of John Alexender, Pacific Chorale produces a series of concerts each year at the Orange County Performing Arts Center,
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Pacific Chorale has received numerous awards, including Chorus America’s prestigious “Margaret Hills Achievement Award for Choral Excellence” and the first national “Education Outreach Award”. Arts Orange County honored the Choral with the 2002 “Outstanding Arts Organization (Music)” Award, and the Orange County Department of Education presented the Chorale with its 2002 “Outstanding Contributions to Education” Award. In 2005, Pacific Chorale received the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Alice Parker Award for adventurous programming.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Angels we have heard on high by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale
Written: France 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: John Rutter.
Audio Producer: Julie Bussell. 
2.
The first nowell by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale
Written: England 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: John Alexander.
Audio Producer: Julie Bussell. 
3.
Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks.
Audio Producer: Julie Bussell. 
4.
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree by Elisabeth Poston
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Audio Producer: Julie Bussell. 
5.
Ave Maria by Franz Biebl
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Audio Producer: Julie Bussell. 
6.
I wonder as I wander by John Jacob Niles
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Audio Producer: Julie Bussell. 
7.
Sing we now of Christmas by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale
Written: France 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Fred Prentice.
Audio Producer: Julie Bussell. 
8.
The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum" by Katherine K. Davis
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Audio Producer: Julie Bussell. 
9.
Carol of the Bells by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale
Written: Ukraine 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Peter Wilhousky.
Audio Producer: Julie Bussell. 
10.
Meet Me in St. Louis: Have yourself a merry little Christmas by Hugh Martin
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arrangers: Neal Desby; Sir David Willcocks.
Audio Producer: Julie Bussell. 
11.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Roger Wagner.
Audio Producer: Julie Bussell. 
12.
Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: no 5, New Year Carol by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933-1935; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Audio Producer: Julie Bussell. 
13.
Christmas Time Is Here by Vince Guaraldi
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Alexander.
Audio Producer: Julie Bussell. 
14.
Wassail Song by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Arthur Harris.
Audio Producer: Julie Bussell. 
15.
Jingle Bells by James Pierpont
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Audio Producer: Julie Bussell. 
16.
A Carol Fantasy by John Alexander
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Audio Producer: Julie Bussell. 
17.
The Lamb by Melinda Bargreen
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; Everett, Washington 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Audio Producer: Julie Bussell. 
18.
Little Carols (3) by Dale Wood
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale
Length: 5 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Audio Producer: Julie Bussell. 
19.
Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Jan Sandström.
Audio Producer: Julie Bussell. 

Sound Samples

A Carol Fantasy
Angels we have heard on high
The First Noel (arr. J. Alexander)
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (arr. J. Sandstrom)
Once in Royal David's City (arr. D. Willcocks)
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
Ave Maria (Angelus Domini)
The Lamb
I Wonder As I Wander (arr. J. Niles)
Sing We Now of Christmas (arr. F. Prentice)
Little Drummer Boy, "Carol of the Drum"
Three Little Carols
Carol of the Bells (arr. P. Wilhousky)
Here We Come A -Caroling (arr. A. Harris)
Jingle Bells (arr. D. Willcocks)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (arr. N. Desby)
Silent Night (Stille Nacht) (arr. R. Wagner): Stille Nacht (Silent Night) (arr. R. Wagner)
A New Year Carol
Christmas Time Is Here (arr. J. Alexander)

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