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Christmas By The Bay / George, San Francisco Symphony Chorus


Release Date: 08/11/1998 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3238   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalLowell MasonSergei RachmaninovFelix Mendelssohn,   ... 
Performer:  Wayne SolomonChris BogiosAndrew McCandlessTom Hornig,   ... 
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"It seems a tad curious that Delos chose to record the San Francisco Symphony Chorus without its sister orchestra, but the accompaniments provided by Marc Shapiro (piano) and John Fenstermaker (organ) can't be faulted. The bulk of the program is devoted to traditional tunes, including a few ethnic carols that may not be so familiar. Occasional Christmas pieces by big-name composers (Bach, Rossini, Brahms, et al.) add substance, as do commissioned works by Conrad Susa and Erik Whitacre, and a 16th-century madrigal by Luca Marenzio." -- George Chien, Fanfare "It seems a tad curious that Delos chose to record the San Francisco Symphony Chorus without its sister orchestra, but the accompaniments provided by Marc Shapiro (piano) and John Fenstermaker (organ) can't be faulted. The bulk of the program is devoted to traditional tunes, including a few ethnic carols that may not be so familiar. Occasional Christmas pieces by big-name composers (Bach, Rossini, Brahms, et al.) add substance, as do commissioned works by Conrad Susa and Erik Whitacre, and a 16th-century madrigal by Luca Marenzio." -- George Chien, Fanfare Read less

Works on This Recording

1. The first nowell by Traditional
Performer:  Wayne Solomon (Trombone), Chris Bogios (Trumpet), Andrew McCandless (Trumpet),
Tom Hornig (Trombone), Dave Okner (Trombone), John Fenstermaker (Organ),
Jack Van Geem (Percussion), David Herbert (Percussion)
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Wilcocks 
2. Deck the Halls by Traditional
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Written: Wales, UK 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Parker and Shaw 
3. O come, O come Emmanuel by Traditional
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Parker and Shaw 
4. Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
5. Rejoice O Virgin by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: This selection begins with the sound of church bells. 
6. Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Dave Okner (Trombone), Chris Bogios (Trumpet), Tom Hornig (Trombone),
John Fenstermaker (Organ), Andrew McCandless (Trumpet), David Herbert (Percussion),
Jack Van Geem (Percussion), Wayne Solomon (Trombone)
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: English 
7. Patapan by Traditional
Performer:  Vance George (Whistling), Pamela Sebastian (Soprano), Jack Van Geem (Percussion),
David Herbert (Percussion)
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Burgundy, France 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: George and Bateleur
This selection is sung in French and English. 
8. Midnight Clear by Conrad Susa
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
9. Holiday Inn: White Christmas by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Marc Shapiro (Piano)
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
10. Winter Wonderland by Felix Bernard
Performer:  Marc Shapiro (Piano)
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
11. Ave Maria, Op. 12 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  John Fenstermaker (Organ)
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  John Fenstermaker (Organ)
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Wilcocks 
13. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 12, Brich an, du schönes Morgenlicht by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  John Fenstermaker (Organ)
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 
14. It's Christmas again by Traditional
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Written: Sweden 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 0 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Swedish and English. 
15. Allons, gay bergères by Guillaume Costeley
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: French 
16. Lullay, my liking, Op. 34 no 2/H 129 by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Micheline Steacy (Soprano)
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
17. Wexford Carol by Traditional
Performer:  Marc Shapiro (Piano), Steven Rogino (Baritone)
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Written: Ireland 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
18. Quelle est cette odeur agréable? by Traditional
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in French and English. 
19. Little Tree by Eric Whitacre
Performer:  Marc Shapiro (Piano)
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
20. Ya viene la vieja by Traditional
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 0 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Parker and Shaw 
21. A Christmas Carol by Charles Ives
Performer:  Marc Shapiro (Piano)
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
22. We wish you a merry Christmas by Traditional
Performer:  Dave Okner (Trombone), Jack Van Geem (Percussion), Andrew McCandless (Trumpet),
Chris Bogios (Trumpet), Tom Hornig (Trombone), Wayne Solomon (Trombone),
David Herbert (Percussion), John Fenstermaker (Organ)
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
23. Madrigali spirituali a 5: Qual mormorio soave by Luca Marenzio
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1584; Venice 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
24. Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 2 "Album français": no 1, Toast pour le nouvel an by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: French 
25. Musae Sioniae, Book 6: Psallite unigenito by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
26. Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Vance George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransisco, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in German and English. 

Sound Samples

The First Nowell: The First Noel
Deck the Hall
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Hark! the herald angels sing: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Joy to the World
O Come All Ye Faithful
Patapan
All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers": Hail, O Virgin Mother
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 (Sung in English): Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Choral: Brich an, o schones Morgenlicht (Sung in English)
Qual mormorio soave
Ave Maria, Op. 12
Psallite
A Midnight Clear
Allon, gay, gay, gay bergeres - Let Us Go, Merry Sheperdesses
Lullay my Liking, Op. 34, No. 2
Lo how a rose e'er blooming (Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen)
Wexford Carol
Quelle est cette odeur agreable? (What is this pleasant fragrance?)
Little Tree
Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 2: Album francais: No. 1. Toast pour le nouvel an
A Christmas Carol
Winter Wonderland
White Christmas (Valkea joulu)
We wish you a Merry Christmas

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