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Be Merry! / Patterson, Gloriae Dei Cantores


Release Date: 09/13/2011 
Label:  Paraclete Recordings   Catalog #: 124  
Composer:  Seagull SevenBoris OrdTraditionalJohn Tavener,   ... 
Performer:  Sharon Rose PfeifferJames JordanMichael HaleDavid Chalmers,   ... 
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei CantoresExtol Handbell ChoirGabriel V Brass Quintet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"What a refreshing musical gift this is! Those familiar with the Gloriae Dei Cantores singers know what a sterling ensemble they are; they deliver all the goods here. Seagull Seven's jazzy arrangement of "deck the Hall" really rocks! In these and all else, the singers exude joy and cheer through artful, infectious performances that are immaculate and engaging. The rich warmth of tone is balanced by vibrancy and energy. This is musical merriment that will bring great cheer at Christmastime--or any time!"
—James Hildreth, The American Organist

"Be Merry! is a generous release that covers 24 classical pieces with old-fashioned professionalism and contemporary flair....many cuts of
Read more cleanly delivered, sophisticated, unadorned choral presentations. Lovely!The organization[Gloriae Dei Artes] stands for top-quality musical performances, and that commitment is well-evidenced in all of its releases. Be Merry! would be a superb addition to any classical music lover's seasonal collection. Enjoy and BE MERRY!"
—Carol Swanson, Christmasreviews.com

"Here's a joyful and beautifully sung album of seasonal specialties ......this ensemble can claim many choral strengths, but their most remarkable attribute is their spiritual intensity and sincerity. Sound quality is beyond reproach; notes and texts are laid out in a colorful and festive booklet."
—Lindsay Koob, American Record Guide
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Works on This Recording

1.
What Cheer! by Seagull Seven
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
2.
Adam lay ybounden by Boris Ord
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
3.
Noël nouvelet by Traditional
Performer:  Sharon Rose Pfeiffer (Organ)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Written: France 
4.
Down in yon forest by Traditional
Performer:  James Jordan (Organ)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Written: England 
5.
Today the Virgin by John Tavener
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; England 
6.
Gaudete by Traditional
Performer:  Michael Hale (Organ)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
7.
Go tell it on the mountain by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Extol Handbell Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
8.
Patapan by Bernard De La Monnoye
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Baroque 
9.
All this time by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; England 
10.
Immortal Babe, Who in Thine Own Way by David Campbell
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
11.
Shepherd's Pipe Carol by John Rutter
Performer:  David Chalmers (Organ)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
12.
In a Humble Cattle Shed by Theodora Hall
Performer:  Martina Albro (Flute), Helen Spatzeck-Olsen (Mezzo Soprano), Richard Pugsley (Baritone),
Alex Pugsley (Soprano), James Jordan (Organ)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
13.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Extol Handbell Choir
Written: England 
14.
Greensleeves by Traditional
Performer:  James Jordan (Organ), Michael Hale (Percussion)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
15.
A Boy was Born, Op. 3: A Boy was Born by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933/1955; England 
16.
My dancing day by Traditional
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Written: England 
17.
Joys Seven by Traditional
Performer:  James Jordan (Organ)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Written: England 
18.
Rise Up, Shepherd by Traditional
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1867; United States of Ame 
19.
Go tell it on the mountain by Traditional
Performer:  David Chalmers (Organ)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
20.
The Snow Lay on the Ground by Traditional
Performer:  James Jordan (Organ)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
21.
Ah, Bleak and Chill The Wintry Wind by Alfred S. Burt
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
22.
We'll dress this house by Alfred S. Burt
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
23.
Caroling, caroling by Alfred S. Burt
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
24.
Deck the Halls by Traditional
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores,  Gabriel V Brass Quintet
Written: Wales, UK 

Featured Sound Samples

What Cheer!
Adam Lay Ybounden
Noel nouvelet
Down in Yon Forest
Today the Virgin
Gaudete
Go, Tell It On the Mountain
Patapan
All This Time
Immortal Babe, Who in Thine Own Way
Shepherd's Pipe Carol
In a Humble Cattle Shed
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Greensleeves
A Boy Was Born, Op. 3: Theme. A Boy Was Born
My Dancing Day
Joys Seven
Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow
Go, Tell It On the Mountain
The Snow Lay on the Ground
Ah, Bleak and Chill the Wintry Wind
We'll Dress the House
Caroling, Caroling
Deck the Halls

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