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Christmas With The Washington Chorus

Washington Chorus
Release Date: 09/28/2010 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92117   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalJohn Francis WadeLowell MasonAnonymous,   ... 
Conductor:  Julian Wachner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Capital Brass and Percussion EnsembleWashington ChorusWhitman Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the third Christmas album from the Grammy Award-winning Washington Chorus, a large mixed choir founded in 1961, but the first with conductor Julian Wachner. This is an ideal holiday album for listeners looking for traditional carols sung enthusiastically by a large group. The chorus is joined by the Whitman Choir, a high school group, and an ensemble of brass, percussion, organ, and harp. The instruments provide a full, almost orchestral sound, and provide a colorful and lively accompaniment. The chorus sings with a rich, full tone and infectious energy. The carols, with just a few exceptions, are Christmas standards that will be familiar to most listeners. A variety of illustrious choral conductors, including David Willcocks, Read more Norman Luboff, and Wachner himself have created inventive and lively arrangements that never stray too far from the originals. The recording was made at a live performance in 2009, and that is evident in the sound quality. The brass is very present, but the chorus, in spite of its fullness and volume, seems somewhat distant. In the program notes, Wachner comments that the decision to retain the ambience of the actual performance, which includes audience participation in several of the carols, was intentional. The CD should appeal to fans of traditional Christmas music looking for a big choral sound, but who aren't picky about having immaculate, perfectly balanced sound.

-- Stephen Eddin, All Music Guide

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"this recording presents a rich tapestry of music for the holiday season. Dorian Recordingshas done a remarkable job not only recording the live performance, but also in capturing the joyous spirit that embodied the singers and the audience."

-- Examiner.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Angels we have heard on high by Traditional
Conductor:  Julian Wachner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Capital Brass and Percussion Ensemble,  Washington Chorus,  Whitman Choir
Written: France 
2.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Conductor:  Julian Wachner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Capital Brass and Percussion Ensemble,  Washington Chorus,  Whitman Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
3.
Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle by Traditional
Conductor:  Julian Wachner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Capital Brass and Percussion Ensemble,  Washington Chorus,  Whitman Choir
Written: France 
4.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Conductor:  Julian Wachner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Capital Brass and Percussion Ensemble,  Washington Chorus,  Whitman Choir
Written: England 
5.
Still, still, still by Traditional
Conductor:  Julian Wachner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Capital Brass and Percussion Ensemble,  Washington Chorus,  Whitman Choir
Written: Austria 
6.
Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Conductor:  Julian Wachner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Capital Brass and Percussion Ensemble,  Washington Chorus,  Whitman Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
7.
The first nowell by Traditional
Conductor:  Julian Wachner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Capital Brass and Percussion Ensemble,  Washington Chorus,  Whitman Choir
Written: England 
8.
Sing we to this merry company by Anonymous
Conductor:  Julian Wachner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Capital Brass and Percussion Ensemble,  Washington Chorus,  Whitman Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: 15th Century; England 
9.
O come, O come Emmanuel by Traditional
Conductor:  Julian Wachner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Capital Brass and Percussion Ensemble,  Washington Chorus,  Whitman Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
10.
Gloria in excelsis Deo by Anonymous
Conductor:  Julian Wachner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Capital Brass and Percussion Ensemble,  Washington Chorus,  Whitman Choir
Period: Medieval 
11.
Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Conductor:  Julian Wachner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Capital Brass and Percussion Ensemble,  Washington Chorus,  Whitman Choir
Written: England 
12.
Niño Lindo by Traditional
Conductor:  Julian Wachner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Capital Brass and Percussion Ensemble,  Washington Chorus,  Whitman Choir
13.
The Dream Isaiah Saw by Glenn L. Rudolph
Conductor:  Julian Wachner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Capital Brass and Percussion Ensemble,  Washington Chorus,  Whitman Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
14.
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Julian Wachner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Capital Brass and Percussion Ensemble,  Washington Chorus,  Whitman Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 

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