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Dallas Christmas Gala / Litton, Davidson, Dallas So & Chorus


Release Date: 11/14/2000 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3267   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John T. WilliamsLeroy AndersonIrving BerlinAnonymous,   ... 
Performer:  Teresa Maria GomezBlake Davidson
Conductor:  Andrew LittonDavid R. Davidson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony OrchestraDallas Symphony ChorusDallas Handbell Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The Dallas Christmas Gala has a secular ambience, in the best "pops" tradition, with pieces by John Williams and Leroy Anderson, not to mention a pair of Christmas medleys. A highlight of the disc is soprano Teresa Gomez's exasperated recitation of all that happened after her true love had finished delivering the 12 drummers, 22 pipers, 30 lords, and all. The disc has the feel of a live holiday concert, though it was apparently recorded under studio conditions."

-- George Chien, Fanfare
"The Dallas Christmas Gala has a secular ambience, in the best "pops" tradition, with pieces by John Williams and Leroy Anderson, not to mention a pair of Christmas medleys. A highlight of the disc is soprano Teresa Gomez's exasperated recitation of all that happened after her true love had finished delivering the 12 drummers, 22 pipers, 30 lords, and all. The disc has the feel of a live holiday concert, though it was apparently recorded under studio conditions."

-- George Chien, Fanfare
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Works on This Recording

1.
Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas by John T. Williams
Performer:  Teresa Maria Gomez (Soprano), Blake Davidson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus,  Dallas Handbell Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
2.
Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson
Performer:  Teresa Maria Gomez (Soprano), Blake Davidson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus,  Dallas Handbell Ensemble
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3.
Holiday Inn: White Christmas by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Blake Davidson (Baritone), Teresa Maria Gomez (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Moss 
4.
Seasonal Sounds by Anonymous
Performer:  Teresa Maria Gomez (Soprano), Blake Davidson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus,  Dallas Handbell Ensemble
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Randol Alan Bass 
5.
Caroling, caroling by Alfred S. Burt
Performer:  Teresa Maria Gomez (Soprano), Blake Davidson (Baritone)
Conductor:  David R. Davidson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus,  Dallas Handbell Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
6.
Personent hodie by Anonymous
Performer:  Blake Davidson (Baritone), Teresa Maria Gomez (Soprano)
Conductor:  David R. Davidson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus,  Dallas Handbell Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1582; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Lara Hoggard 
7.
Festival Fanfare for Christmas by John Wasson
Performer:  Blake Davidson (Baritone), Teresa Maria Gomez (Soprano)
Conductor:  David R. Davidson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus,  Dallas Handbell Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
8.
Nativity Carols (3): no 1, The holly and the ivy by Stephen Paulus
Performer:  Teresa Maria Gomez (Soprano), Blake Davidson (Baritone)
Conductor:  David R. Davidson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus,  Dallas Handbell Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
9.
Shiloh by William Billings
Performer:  Blake Davidson (Baritone), Teresa Maria Gomez (Soprano)
Conductor:  David R. Davidson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus,  Dallas Handbell Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1786; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Length: 10 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a part of a medley which also includes "Joy to the World," "Silent Night" and "Angels We Have Heard on High." The selections share a track and timing.
Arranged: Randol Alan Bass 
10.
Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Performer:  Blake Davidson (Baritone), Teresa Maria Gomez (Soprano)
Conductor:  David R. Davidson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus,  Dallas Handbell Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Notes: This selection is a part of a medley which also includes "Shiloh," "Silent Night" and "Angels We Have Heard on High." The selections share a track and timing.
Arranged: Randol Alan Bass 
11.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Blake Davidson (Baritone), Teresa Maria Gomez (Soprano)
Conductor:  David R. Davidson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus,  Dallas Handbell Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Notes: This selection is a part of a medley which also includes "Joy to the
World," "Shiloh" and "Angels We Have Heard on High." The selections share a track and timing.
Arranged: Randol Alan Bass 
12.
Angels we have heard on high by Traditional
Performer:  Blake Davidson (Baritone), Teresa Maria Gomez (Soprano)
Conductor:  David R. Davidson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus,  Dallas Handbell Ensemble
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Notes: This selection is a part of a medley which also includes "Joy to the
World," "Silent Night" and "Shiloh." The selections share a track and timing.
Arranged: Randol Alan Bass 
13.
O magnum mysterium by Morten Lauridsen
Performer:  Blake Davidson (Baritone), Teresa Maria Gomez (Soprano)
Conductor:  David R. Davidson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus,  Dallas Handbell Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14.
Bellsong fantasy by Anonymous
Performer:  Blake Davidson (Baritone), Teresa Maria Gomez (Soprano)
Conductor:  David R. Davidson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus,  Dallas Handbell Ensemble
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Wasson 
15.
This Christmastide "Jessye's Carol" by Donald Fraser
Performer:  Teresa Maria Gomez (Soprano), Blake Davidson (Baritone)
Conductor:  David R. Davidson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus,  Dallas Handbell Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Length: 6 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: This selection was written in collaboration with Jane McCulloch. 
16.
Twelve Days after Christmas by Fred Silver
Performer:  Blake Davidson (Baritone), Teresa Maria Gomez (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus,  Dallas Handbell Ensemble
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Wayland 
17.
Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Performer:  Blake Davidson (Baritone), Teresa Maria Gomez (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus,  Dallas Handbell Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a medley which also includes "God rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." The selections share a track and timing.
Arranger: Alexander Courage.
This selection is based on the tune "Branle l'officiel" from Thoinot
Arbeau's "Orchésographie". 
18.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Performer:  Blake Davidson (Baritone), Teresa Maria Gomez (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus,  Dallas Handbell Ensemble
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Notes: This selection is a medley which also includes "Ding, Dong Merrily on High," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "We Wish You a
Merry Christmas." The selections share a track and timing.
Arranged: Alexander Courage 
19.
Meet Me in St. Louis: Have yourself a merry little Christmas by Hugh Martin
Performer:  Blake Davidson (Baritone), Teresa Maria Gomez (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus,  Dallas Handbell Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Notes: This selection is a medley which also includes "God rest Ye Merry
Gentlemen," "Ding, Dong Merrily on High" and "We Wish You a
Merry Christmas." The selections share a track and timing.
Arranged: Alexander Courage 
20.
We wish you a merry Christmas by Traditional
Performer:  Teresa Maria Gomez (Soprano), Blake Davidson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus,  Dallas Handbell Ensemble
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Notes: This selection is a medley which also includes "God rest Ye Merry
Gentlemen," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Ding, Dong Merrily on High." The selections share a track and timing.
Arranged: Alexander Courage 

Sound Samples

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas
Seasonal Sounds (arr. for choir)
Caroling, Caroling
Personent Hodie
Festival Fanfare for Christmas
3 Nativity Carols: No. 1. The Holly and the Ivy
A Christmas Flourish (Shiloh - Joy to the World - Silent Night - Angels We Have Heard on High)
Sleigh Ride
Holiday Inn: White Christmas
O Magnum Mysterium
The 12 Days After Christmas
Bellsong Fantasy (arr. for choir)
This Christmastide, "Jessye's Carol"
A Christmas Garland (Ding, Dong Merrily on High - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - We Wish You a Merry Christmas)

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