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Rejoice! - A String Quartet Christmas / Delmoni, Rosen Et Al


Release Date: 08/24/1995 
Label:  John Marks Records   Catalog #: 12   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Lowell MasonTraditionalJohn Francis WadeRichard Storrs Willis,   ... 
Performer:  Nathaniel RosenAlexander RomanulArturo DelmoniKatherine Murdock
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


R E V I E W S:

A first-class string quartet plays tasteful arrangements … in refreshingly ungimmicky style. Warmly recommended for those who like the tunes better than the words. -
The Washington Post

A simple string quartet breathes new life into Christmas classics … brings out the natural beauty in the songs of Christmas. This album will substitute nicely if you won’t be having a live string quartet at this year’s Christmas party. -
The Christian Science Monitor

These carols arranged for string quartet are done straight, not tongue-in-cheek as in the "What If Mozart Wrote..." series. The instrumentalists
Read more are top flight, including star cellist Nathaniel Rosen. This may be the ideal background CD for Christmas Day… .
Dallas Morning News

Yuletide listening doesn’t come any mellower than this
- The San Francisco Examiner

They make very sweet music together — better than most established quartets. Their playing is smooth and polished, and they set all the traditional carols forth in all their purity and simplicity. Musical taste and spirituality meet here. ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’ sounds like a movement from a late Schubert quartet. Many another sounds like it was written for these four instruments. Almost all the tunes are familiar and much-loved, and none are "messed with" (i.e., given sophisticated arrangements). … A beautiful Christmas gift for chamber music lovers. -
American Record Guide

Also available - Rejoice! Vol 2 - A String Quartet Christmas

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Also available - Rejoice! Vol 3 - A String Quartet Christmas
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Works on This Recording

1.
Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Performer:  Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin),
Katherine Murdock (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
2.
The first nowell by Traditional
Performer:  Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Alexander Romanul (Violin),
Katherine Murdock (Viola)
Written: England 
3.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin),
Alexander Romanul (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
4.
It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Performer:  Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin),
Alexander Romanul (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
5.
O little town of Bethlehem by Henry Walford Davies
Performer:  Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin),
Alexander Romanul (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
6.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin),
Katherine Murdock (Viola)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
7.
Angels from the realms of glory by Traditional
Performer:  Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Alexander Romanul (Violin),
Katherine Murdock (Viola)
Written: France 
8.
Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Performer:  Katherine Murdock (Viola), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello),
Arturo Delmoni (Violin)
9.
Gaudeamus by Antony Hopkins
Performer:  Katherine Murdock (Viola), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello),
Arturo Delmoni (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
10.
Deck the Halls by Traditional
Performer:  Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin),
Alexander Romanul (Violin)
Written: Wales, UK 
11.
Angels we have heard on high by Traditional
Performer:  Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin),
Alexander Romanul (Violin)
Written: France 
12.
Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Performer:  Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin),
Alexander Romanul (Violin)
Written: England 
13.
The Golden Carol by Anonymous
Performer:  Katherine Murdock (Viola), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello),
Arturo Delmoni (Violin)
14.
Here we come a-wassailing by Traditional
Performer:  Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin),
Alexander Romanul (Violin)
Written: England 
15.
Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle by Traditional
Performer:  Alexander Romanul (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Arturo Delmoni (Violin),
Katherine Murdock (Viola)
Written: France 
16.
The Holly and the Ivy by Traditional
Performer:  Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Katherine Murdock (Viola), Alexander Romanul (Violin),
Nathaniel Rosen (Cello)
Written: England 
17.
What child is this? by Traditional
Performer:  Katherine Murdock (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello),
Alexander Romanul (Violin)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
18.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Performer:  Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin),
Alexander Romanul (Violin)
Written: England 
19.
Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Performer:  Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Alexander Romanul (Violin),
Katherine Murdock (Viola)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
20.
O come, O come Emmanuel by Traditional
Performer:  Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Alexander Romanul (Violin),
Katherine Murdock (Viola)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
21.
In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Performer:  Alexander Romanul (Violin), Katherine Murdock (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin),
Nathaniel Rosen (Cello)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
22.
O sanctissima "Sicilian Mariners" by Traditional
Performer:  Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Alexander Romanul (Violin),
Katherine Murdock (Viola)
23.
We wish you a merry Christmas by Traditional
Performer:  Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin),
Alexander Romanul (Violin)
Written: England 
24.
Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola),
Alexander Romanul (Violin)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 

Featured Sound Samples

Joy to the World (Mason)
The First Nowell (Traditional)
Adeste fideles "O Come, All Ye Faithful" (Wade)
Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen (Praetorius)

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