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Songs Of Hope / The Bach Choir Of Bethlehem

Bach / Britten / Bernstein / Paulus / Funfgeld
Release Date: 09/27/2011 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 29983   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachBenjamin BrittenLeonard BernsteinStephen Paulus
Conductor:  Greg Funfgeld
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir of Bethlehem
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

All of the music on this album was commissioned, one way or another, for special occasions, in thankfulness for the past and in hopefulness for the future.

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem is the oldest Bach choir in America. Founded in 1898, The Bach Choir gave the first complete performances in the United States of The Mass in B Minor and The Christmas Oratorio. Under Greg Funfgeld’s passionate and experienced direction, The Choir now fulfills the promise of its early years. The 95 volunteer members sing with the dedication and enthusiasm of The Bach Choir of a century ago, but today’s performances, featuring the finely-honed vocal ensemble, a fully professional orchestra, and world-renowned soloists, reveal a new level of
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Works on This Recording

1. Singet Dem Hern, BWV 225 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Greg Funfgeld
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir of Bethlehem
2. Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Greg Funfgeld
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir of Bethlehem
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
3. Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Greg Funfgeld
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir of Bethlehem
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 
4. A Dream of Time by Stephen Paulus
Conductor:  Greg Funfgeld
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir of Bethlehem

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