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A Christmas Festival / Biggs, Curtin, Kostelanetz, Et Al


Release Date: 10/26/1999 
Label:  Sony Classical Essential Classics Catalog #: 64354   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  TraditionalLowell MasonFranz Xaver GruberRichard Storrs Willis,   ... 
Performer:  E. Power BiggsPhyllis Curtin
Conductor:  Gregg SmithAndre Kostelanetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith SingersTexas Boy's Choir Fort WorthNew York Brass and Percussion Ensemble,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

A CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL is that rarity when it comes to holiday music: an album driven by more than the common theme of the music. While it does feature a host of seasonal favorites, the show stars remarkable performances, making it a joy any time of year.
The album has been digitally remastered from original recordings made in the late 1960s. The first half of the album features the organ of St. Michael's Church in New York City, played by E. Power Biggs. The majesty of the room can be felt in both the rich organ tones as well as in the chorus' delivery. The second half of the album features the vocals of soprano Phyllis Curtin. In contrast to the all-male vocals of the St. Michael's performances, Curtin gives the album a refreshing female
Read more presence. Even when singing with full orchestra, her voice gives intimacy to the music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Noel Sing! by Traditional
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Gregg Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith Singers,  Texas Boy's Choir Fort Worth,  New York Brass and Percussion Ensemble
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert de Cormier 
2.
Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Gregg Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith Singers,  Texas Boy's Choir Fort Worth,  New York Brass and Percussion Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert de Cormier 
3.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Gregg Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith Singers,  Texas Boy's Choir Fort Worth,  New York Brass and Percussion Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert de Cormier 
4.
Deck the Halls by Traditional
Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
Written: Wales, UK 
Date of Recording: 04/1965 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Dick Hyman 
5.
O Tannenbaum by Traditional
Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  St. Kilian Boychoir
Written: Westphalia, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1965 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Eddie Sauter 
6.
It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 04/1965 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also incorporates "Away in a manger."
Orchestrated: Bill Stegmeyer 
7.
Patapan by Bernard De La Monnoye
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Gregg Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith Singers,  Texas Boy's Choir Fort Worth,  New York Brass and Percussion Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Burgundy, France 
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert de Cormier 
8.
What child is this? by Traditional
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Gregg Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith Singers,  Texas Boy's Choir Fort Worth,  New York Brass and Percussion Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert de Cormier 
9.
The Holly and the Ivy by Traditional
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Gregg Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith Singers,  Texas Boy's Choir Fort Worth,  New York Brass and Percussion Ensemble
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert de Cormier 
10.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1965 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Bill Stegmeyer 
11.
Lullay, my liking, Op. 34 no 2/H 129 by Gustav Holst
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Gregg Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith Singers,  Texas Boy's Choir Fort Worth,  New York Brass and Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert de Cormier 
12.
Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Gregg Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith Singers,  Texas Boy's Choir Fort Worth,  New York Brass and Percussion Ensemble
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert de Cormier 
13.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Gregg Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith Singers,  Texas Boy's Choir Fort Worth,  New York Brass and Percussion Ensemble
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert de Cormier 
14.
Welcome Here by Traditional
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Gregg Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith Singers,  Texas Boy's Choir Fort Worth,  New York Brass and Percussion Ensemble
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Merry Christmas," "Dame Get up and Bake Your Pies," and "Christmas Is Coming."
Arranged: Robert de Cormier 
15.
Angels we have heard on high by Traditional
Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  St. Kilian Boychoir
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 04/1965 
Venue:  New York City 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also incorporates "Festgesang Hark! The herald angels sing," by Felix Mendelssohn.
Arranged: Eddie Sauter 
16.
We wish you a merry Christmas by Traditional
Performer:  Phyllis Curtin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  St. Kilian Boychoir
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1965 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 0 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Eddie Sauter 
17.
The first nowell by Traditional
Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1965 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 0 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Carroll Huxley 
18.
Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  St. Kilian Boychoir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1965 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also incorporates "Angels We Have Heard on High."
Arranged: Eddie Sauter 
19.
Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
Date of Recording: 04/1965 
Venue:  New York City 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also incorporates "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear."
Orchestrated: Eddie Sauter 
20.
O little town of Bethlehem by Henry Walford Davies
Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  St. Kilian Boychoir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1965 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Eddie Sauter 
21.
Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Phyllis Curtin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  St. Kilian Boychoir
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 04/1965 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Earl Sheldon 
22.
Merry Christmas by Traditional
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Gregg Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith Singers,  Texas Boy's Choir Fort Worth,  New York Brass and Percussion Ensemble
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, New York City 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also incorporates "Welcome Here,"
"Dame Get up and Bake Your Pies," and "Christmas Is Coming."
Arranged: Robert de Cormier 
23.
Dame Get Up and Bake Your Pies by Traditional
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Gregg Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith Singers,  Texas Boy's Choir Fort Worth,  New York Brass and Percussion Ensemble
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, New York City 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also incorporates "Welcome Here,"
"Merry Christmas," and "Christmas Is Coming."
Arranged: Robert de Cormier 
24.
Christmas Is Coming by Traditional
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Gregg Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith Singers,  Texas Boy's Choir Fort Worth,  New York Brass and Percussion Ensemble
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, New York City 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also incorporates "Welcome Here,"
"Dame Get up and Bake Your Pies," and "Merry Christmas."
Arranged: Robert de Cormier 
25.
Christmas Bells by Traditional
Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
Date of Recording: 04/1965 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Dick Hyman 
26.
We three kings by John Henry Hopkins Jr.
Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1965 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Dick Hyman 
27.
Jingle Bells by James Pierpont
Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1965 
Venue:  New York City 
Notes: Orchestrated: Dick Hyman 
28.
Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Gregg Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith Singers,  Texas Boy's Choir Fort Worth,  New York Brass and Percussion Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert de Cormier 

Sound Samples

Patapan
Three Kings of Orient
What Child Is This
Noël We Sing
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
The Holly and the Ivy
Adeste, fideles - O Come, All Ye Faithful
Joy to the World
Lullay My Liking
Good King Wenceslas
Silent Night, Holy Night
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Medley: Welcome Here
Angels We Have Heard On High
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Adeste, fideles - O Come, All Ye Faithful
The First Nowell
Christmas Chimes
Medley:
Medley:
Away In A Manger
Three Kings of Orient
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
O Holy Night
Medley:
O Tannenbaum
We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Reprise)

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