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God Makes A Path / The First Baptist Church In America


Release Date: 06/15/2013 
Label:  Fbcia   Catalog #: 375  
Composer:  NoneRalph Vaughan WilliamsRandall ThompsonTraditional,   ... 
Performer:  Stephen MartorellaPastor Dan IvinsArturo DelmoniStephen Unruh,   ... 
Conductor:  Stephen Martorella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of The First Baptist Church of America
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The First Baptist Church in America is pleased to announce the upcoming release of God Makes a Path, a new Compact Disc project that celebrates the history and the musical traditions of The First Baptist Church in America, whose 375th anniversary falls in 2013.

This CD consists of all-­new recordings made in the acoustically splendid Auditorium of the Church’s Third Meeting House, a National Register of Historic Places landmark that was built 1774-­1775. The Auditorium’s horsehair-­plaster ceiling combines with the barrel vault over the main floor and the cross-vaults over the balconies to create a wonderful acoustical environment for performing or recording.

God Makes a Path features solo
Read more performances by oboist Katie Scheele (Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe,” the Main Title from the film The Mission); violinist Arturo Delmoni, the Concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra (the Adagio from Marcello’s Oboe Concerto); Stephen Martorella (Scriabin’s piano Prelude in D-­flat); and Steven Unruh (Appalachian-­fiddle-­style improvisations upon “Were You There” and “Amazing Grace”).

The vocal and choral music on God Makes a Path includes the title track (with words by Roger Williams, who founded the congregation in 1638); “Lord, for Thy Tender Mercies Sake” (attr. Richard Farrant); “Come We that Love the Lord;” and “River in Judea.”

Other tracks of interest include a very dynamic recording, made in the Bell Tower, of the Church’s bell (first cast circa 1780), and a recording of the Church’s Pastor, Dr. Dan Ivins, reading the 23rd Psalm from the pulpit.

God Makes a Path was produced by Stephen Martorella, recorded and edited by John Marks, and mastered by Alan Silverman, a top New York City mastering engineer.

By having opted for Oasis CD’s Sunlyte-­certified Zero Carbon Footprint DigipakTM paperboard packaging (which includes the purchase of carbon-offset credits), the First Baptist Church in America’s 375th-­Anniversary CD project has a Carbon Footprint of zero. For more information: www.oasiscd.com/products/digipak-­zerocarbon.asp Read less

Works on This Recording

2.
Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes (3) for Organ: no 1, Bryn Calfaria by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Stephen Martorella (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; England 
3.
Psalm 23 read from the Revised Standard Version by None
Performer:  Pastor Dan Ivins (Speaker)
4.
The Lord is my shepherd by Randall Thompson
Performer:  Stephen Martorella (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Martorella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of The First Baptist Church of America
Period: 20th Century 
5.
God makes a path by Traditional
Performer:  Stephen Martorella (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Martorella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of The First Baptist Church of America
Notes: Dundee, from the Scottish? Psalter of 1615; harmonization from Thomas ?Ravenscroft’s Whole Book of Psalmes, 1621. Words by Roger Williams. 
6.
Eli: The Lord is good by Michael Costa
Performer:  Stephen Martorella (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Martorella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of The First Baptist Church of America
7.
Jul by Otto Emanuel Olsson
Performer:  Stephen Martorella (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Sweden 
8.
Wasn't that a mighty day? by Traditional
Performer:  Stephen Martorella (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Martorella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of The First Baptist Church of America
Notes: Arr. Jacqueline B. Hairston 
9.
Concerto for Oboe in D minor: 2nd movement, Adagio by Alessandro Marcello
Performer:  Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Stephen Martorella (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1717; Italy 
10.
Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake by Richard Farrant
Performer:  Stephen Martorella (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Martorella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of The First Baptist Church of America
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
11.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 15 in D flat major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Stephen Martorella (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
12.
Requiem, Op. 9: Pie Jesu by Maurice Duruflé
Performer:  Stephen Martorella (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Martorella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of The First Baptist Church of America
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Paris, France 
13.
Improvisation on "Were You There" by Stephen Unruh
Performer:  Stephen Unruh (Flute), Stephen Unruh (Fiddle), Stephen Martorella (Piano)
14.
The Mission: Gabriel's Oboe by Ennio Morricone
Performer:  Katie Scheele (Oboe), Stephen Martorella (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Italy 
15.
Climbin' up d' mountain by Traditional
Performer:  Stephen Martorella (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Martorella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of The First Baptist Church of America
16.
Requiem: The Lord is my shepherd by Mack Wilberg
Performer:  Stephen Martorella (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Martorella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of The First Baptist Church of America
17.
Come we that love the Lord by Aaron Williams
Performer:  Stephen Martorella (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Martorella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of The First Baptist Church of America
18.
Improvisation on "Amazing Grace" by Stephen Unruh
Performer:  Stephen Unruh (Fiddle), Stephen Martorella (Piano)
19.
River in Judea by Jack Feldman
Performer:  Stephen Martorella (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Martorella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of The First Baptist Church of America
Notes: Composed in collaboration with Linda Marcus. 
20.
Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes (3) for Organ: no 3, Hyfyrdol by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Stephen Martorella (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; England 

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