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December Stillness / Dale Warland Singers


Release Date: 09/30/1995 
Label:  American Choral Catalog   Catalog #: 121   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Herbert HowellsKrzysztof PendereckiAlf A. HoukomTrond Kverno,   ... 
Performer:  Jeffrey VanMarie Spar DymitJulie Ann OlsonKathy Kienzle
Conductor:  Dale Warland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dale Warland Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although this is not a new release (it was first issued in 1995, in the days pre-Classicstoday.com), its program and performances are very worthy of the attention of choral music fans. The Christmas-themed repertoire, an enduring collection of mostly newer works coupled with several classics, brings us top-notch renditions of Stravinsky's Ave Maria and Poulenc's motet Quem vidistis pastores dicite as well as the rarely heard Herbert Howells piece Long, long ago (choirs usually opt for his A spotless rose) and Arvo Pärt's increasingly popular Magnificat. Stephen Paulus' Evensong (a setting of an obscure 19th-century German poem by Matthias Claudius) is a highlight, as is Basque composer Javier Busto's lovely Ave Maria (which should be Read more in the standard repertoire of every choir!). There's more, much more, and I'll leave it to you to discover the many delights of this well-chosen program. Of course, the Dale Warland Singers invariably offer first-rate singing and interpretations, especially in their performances of more modern repertoire, and they do so here, complemented by very fine sound from (appropriately) The Church of the Nativity in St Paul, Minnesota. Highly recommended!

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Long, long ago by Herbert Howells
Conductor:  Dale Warland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dale Warland Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Nativity of Our Lord Church, St Paul 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Cherubic Hymn by Krzysztof Penderecki
Conductor:  Dale Warland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dale Warland Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Poland 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Nativity of Our Lord Church, St Paul 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Slavonic 
3.
The Rune of Hospitality by Alf A. Houkom
Performer:  Jeffrey Van (Guitar)
Conductor:  Dale Warland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dale Warland Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Nativity of Our Lord Church, St Paul 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Corpus Christi by Trond Kverno
Conductor:  Dale Warland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dale Warland Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Nativity of Our Lord Church, St Paul 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Magnificat by Arvo Prt
Performer:  Marie Spar Dymit (Soprano), Julie Ann Olson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dale Warland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dale Warland Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Nativity of Our Lord Church, St Paul 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Vespers, Op. 37: no 8, Praise the name of the Lord by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Dale Warland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dale Warland Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Nativity of Our Lord Church, St Paul 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Slavonic 
7.
The Oxen by Marjorie Hess
Performer:  Kathy Kienzle (Harp)
Conductor:  Dale Warland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dale Warland Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; Australia 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Nativity of Our Lord Church, St Paul 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Blessed Virgin by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Dale Warland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dale Warland Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Nativity of Our Lord Church, St Paul 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Slavonic 
9.
Ave Maria by Javier Busto
Conductor:  Dale Warland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dale Warland Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Nativity of Our Lord Church, St Paul 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
Motets (4) pour le temps de Nol: no 2, Quem vidistis pastores by Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  Dale Warland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dale Warland Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Nativity of Our Lord Church, St Paul 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11.
Evensong by Stephen Paulus
Conductor:  Dale Warland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dale Warland Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Nativity of Our Lord Church, St Paul 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Little Tree by Steven Heitzeg
Performer:  Kathy Kienzle (Harp)
Conductor:  Dale Warland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dale Warland Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Nativity of Our Lord Church, St Paul 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 

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