Christmas at Trinity / Burdick, Choir of Trinity Church

Release Date: 10/16/2001
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 8555886
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Almost every year a first rate choir records a traditional program of sacred Christmas music--and this year it looks as if it's the Choir of Trinity Church, Wall Street's turn. The ensemble and its excellent organist certainly uphold the standard set years ago by their British counterparts, particularly those at the various Cambridge University colleges--King's, Trinity, and St. John's, to name the more notable. And even though this New York City church can't boast as many centuries' existence as those revered English institutions, there is something especially charming about the fact that it hosted the New World premieres of both Messiah and the hymn Silent Night, the latter performed by a Tyrolean ensemble on Christmas Eve, 1827. For those familiar with the famed King's College Choir carol services, the programming here will ring a few bells, from the opening, processional-style Once in Royal David's City to the closing Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. In between are one after another of the now-standard Christmas carol, hymn, and anthem selections in their best-known settings--Peter Cornelius' "The Three Kings", Patrick Hadley's "I sing of a maiden", David Willcocks' arrangement of "Of the Father's heart begotten", Philip Ledger's arrangement of the "Sussex Carol", William Mathias' "A babe is born", Gustav Holst's "Lullay, my liking", the English hymnal harmonization of "O come, all ye faithful", the Vaughan Williams/Forest Green version of "O little town of Bethlehem", and a lovely Ledger a cappella setting of "Silent night".


The choir sings with warmth, precision, purity of articulation (you can hear every word), and great care in balance and blend. There is one thing however in which the choir failed: as much as they tried (according to director Owen Burdick) to "not sound British", they do, but in the very best way possible--beauty of tone, clarity of diction, and fully committed, sincere singing. Yes, Americans can do these things too. And as for this umpteenth program of already well-represented pieces, the fact is, those who love Christmas and singing (and how can these not go hand in hand?) never tire of this music, these lovely, characterful, joyous, hopeful tunes--and this recording and its fine performances capture them all as well as any choir ever has. The sound gives a realistic impression of the church's acoustic space while giving ideal clarity and depth to the singing. [10/17/2001]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
1. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: Classical
Written: 1818 ; Austria
2. Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Performer: Owen Burdick (Organ), Amy Bartram (Soprano)
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 19th Century ; England
3. Sans Day Carol by Traditional
Performer: Owen Burdick (Organ)
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
4. I sing of a maiden by Patrick Hadley
Performer: Owen Burdick (Organ)
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1936 ; England
5. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer: Owen Burdick (Organ)
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: Classical
Written: by 1782 ; England
6. The holly and the ivy by Henry Walford Davies
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: 20th Century
7. In the bleak mid-winter by Harold Edwin Darke
Performer: Owen Burdick (Organ), Stephen Sands (Tenor), Barbara Lynne Jamison (Soprano)
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1911 ; England
8. I wonder as I wander by John Jacob Niles
Performer: Stephen Sands (Tenor), Ann Hoyt (Soprano)
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: 20th Century
9. Adam lay ybounden by Boris Ord
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; England
10. O little town of Bethlehem by Henry Walford Davies
Performer: Owen Burdick (Organ)
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: 20th Century
11. I saw three ships by Traditional
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
12. Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Performer: Ann Hoyt (Soprano)
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: 20th Century
13. In dulci jubilo by Robert Lucas Pearsall
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: Romantic
14. Infant holy, infant lowly by Traditional
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
15. Gabriel's message by Traditional
Performer: Joshua Copeland (Bass), Ann Hoyt (Soprano)
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
16. Lullay, my liking, Op. 34 no 2/H 129 by Gustav Holst
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1916 ; England
17. Resonet in laudibus by Jacob Handl
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; Austria
18. Angels from the realms of glory by Traditional
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
19. On Christmas Night "Sussex Carol" by Traditional
Performer: Owen Burdick (Organ)
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
20. Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Owen Burdick (Organ)
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840 ; Germany
21. Corde natus ex parentis by Anonymous
Performer: Owen Burdick (Organ)
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: Medieval
Written: by 1000 ;
22. Weihnachtslieder (6), Op. 8: no 3, Die Könige by Peter Cornelius
Performer: Richard Lippold (Bass)
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856/1870 ; Weimar, Germany
23. A babe is born, Op. 55 by William Mathias
Performer: Owen Burdick (Organ)
Conductor: Owen Burdick
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Trinity Church Choir
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1971 ; Wales, UK
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