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A Christmas Concert / Pittsburgh Symphony Brass


Release Date: 10/10/2000 
Label:  Four Winds   Catalog #: 3017   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalLowell MasonGustav HolstBernard De La Monnoye,   ... 
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The sound of beloved Christmas carols performed by brass instruments conjures up images of snow-covered streets and Christmas as it used to be. On this recording, the acclaimed Pittsburgh Symphony Brass performs all the familiar favorites, as well as traditional Ukrainian, French and German carols.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Brass is comprised of seven of the orchestra's best brass players. What make this program special are the variety of selections presented, the originality of the arrangements and the extraordinary tonal beauty that the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass brings to each carol. For example, the low brass play the bass line of the familiar "Ding Dong! Merrily on High," in a clever arrangement by John Rutter, with solid organ-like
Read more sonorities. The beautiful German hymn, "How Brightly Shines the Morning Star," by Michael Praetorius, charms with tenderness and unaffected piety. Of course there is also lots of playful exuberance, especially in the renditions of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and the joyous "We Wish You A Merry Christmas."
This is an excellent holiday recording that will also delight lovers of brass music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2. The Twelve Days of Christmas by Traditional
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Andrew Kazdin. 
3. I saw three ships by Traditional
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
4. Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Ease Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 0 Minutes 59 Secs. 
5. Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
6. Carol of the Bells by Traditional
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Written: Ukraine 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
7. Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Rutter.
This selection is based on the tune "Branle l'officiel" from Thoinot
Arbeau's "Orchésographie". 
8. In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: George Vosburgh. 
9. In the bleak mid-winter by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1906; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
10. Masters in this hall by Traditional
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 0 Minutes 53 Secs. 
11. Wexford Carol by Traditional
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Written: Ireland 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass 
12. Patapan by Bernard De La Monnoye
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Burgundy, France 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 0 Minutes 42 Secs. 
13. Poverty by Traditional
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Written: Wales, UK 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Neal Bernsten. 
14. Infant holy, infant lowly by Traditional
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Written: Poland 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Neal Bernsten. 
15. Deck the Halls by Traditional
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Written: Wales, UK 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 0 Minutes 56 Secs. 
16. We wish you a merry Christmas by Traditional
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 1 Minutes 1 Secs. 
17. I heard the bells on Christmas Day by Jean Baptiste Calkin
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; London, England 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Arnie Roth. 
18. Kommt, Christen, seht by Traditional
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Written: Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 0 Minutes 48 Secs. 
19. Schlafe mit ruhe by Traditional
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 0 Minutes 44 Secs. 
20. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 0 Minutes 52 Secs. 
21. Das Gläut zu Speyer by Ludwig Senfl
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1534; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Arnie Roth. 
22. Murztaler Engelruf by Traditional
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
23. Piae Cantiones: Christmas Song by Anonymous
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1582 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
24. We three kings by John Henry Hopkins Jr.
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Joe Sullivan. 
25. Capriccio à 2 Cornetti soli in D minor by Johann Vierdanck
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1641; Burgundy, France 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
26. Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1619; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
27. Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
28. Enatus est Emanuel by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 0 Minutes 58 Secs. 
29. Terpsichore: Volte by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  George Vosburgh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1612; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  East Liberty Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 

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