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So Hallow'd the Time / Taylor Festival Choir


Release Date: 07/17/2020 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3580  
Composer:  Brian Edward GalanteStephen Paulus
Conductor:  Robert Taylor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taylor Festival Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This release—the Taylor Festival Choir’s second album for Delos—features original Christmas works by two distinguished American composers: Brian Galante, whose choral works and arrangements have met with worldwide acclaim; and the late, great Stephen Paulus, whose many choral and orchestral compositions have been performed by America’s leading choirs and orchestras. The two multi-movement works presented in this album—Galante’s So Hallow’d the Time and Paulus’s Christmas Dances—are heard here in world premiere recordings. Based in Charleston, SC, the Taylor Festival Choir (Robert Taylor, founder and conductor) has gained international recognition since its inception in 2001 as one of America’s finest professional choral ensembles; and Read more proudly claims Brian Galante as its regular Composer-in-Residence. They deliver truly transcendental performances in this lovely recording.

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REVIEW:

The Taylor Festival Choir, a professional chamber ensemble based at the College of Charleston, sing Brian Galante’s hauntingly beautiful ‘So Hallow’d the Time’ and ‘How Far is it to Bethlehem’, and the ‘Pilgrims’ Hymn’ and Christmas Dances by Stephen Paulus. Their sound is clear and rich, the performances impeccable, and the soloists and instrumentalists superb.

– American Record Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
So Hallow'd the Time by Brian Edward Galante
Conductor:  Robert Taylor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taylor Festival Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
2.
How Far Is it to Bethlehem by Brian Edward Galante
Conductor:  Robert Taylor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taylor Festival Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
3.
Christmas Dances (4) by Stephen Paulus
Conductor:  Robert Taylor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taylor Festival Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
4.
Pilgrim's Hymn by Stephen Paulus
Conductor:  Robert Taylor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taylor Festival Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

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