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Cantique de Noël - Beautiful Songs of Christmas / Michael Calmès, John Finney

Album Summary

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Traditional, Christmas : This is the truth sent from above (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Quelle est cette odeur agreable? (Whence is that goodly fragrance?) (French)
>Traditional, Christmas : Personent hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish)
>Traditional, Christmas : What Stranger Are These? (Scottish)
>Welsh Traditional : Suo Gan (Lullaby), song
>Thiman, Eric : In The Bleak Mid-Winter, for voice & piano
>Head, Michael : The Little Road to Bethlehem
>Traditional, Christmas : Rise Up, Shepherd
>Burt, Alfred S. : Some Children See Him, carol for voice & piano
>Pinkham, Daniel : Evergreen
>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
>Yon, Pietro : Gesu bambino
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Weihnachten ("Leise weht's durch alle Lande"), for voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Op. 7
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Notes & Reviews:

With a voice praised as "beautiful" -; "thrilling" -; and "rich" -; tenor Michael CalmEs has achieved a distinguished record of performances in concerts, recitals, oratorio, and opera. Since his 1982 Boston Lyric Opera Company debut in Puccini's Madame Butterfly, he has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike in operas and operettas ranging from the sophistication of Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos to the effervescent comic genius of Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Blink Music Studios, Cambridge, MA (07/2008-08/2008).



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>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performers: John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar); Gary DiPerna (Percussion); Michael Calmès
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1851

>Traditional, Christmas : This is the truth sent from above (English)
  • Performers: Hermann Hudde (Guitar); John Finney (Piano); Gary DiPerna (Percussion); Michael Calmès
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (Whence is that goodly fragrance?) (French)
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 1717.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1717

>Traditional, Christmas : Personent hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)
  • Performers: Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar); Michael Calmès
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1582

>Traditional, Christmas : The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish)
  • Performers: Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar); Michael Calmès
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 12th Century

>Traditional, Christmas : What Stranger Are These? (Scottish)
  • Performers: Hermann Hudde (Guitar); Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.

>Welsh Traditional : Suo Gân (Lullaby), song
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); Hermann Hudde (Guitar); John Finney (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Thiman, Eric : In The Bleak Mid-Winter, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Head, Michael : The Little Road to Bethlehem
  • Performers: Gary DiPerna (Percussion); Hermann Hudde (Guitar); John Finney (Piano); Michael Calmès
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Rise Up, Shepherd
  • Performers: Hermann Hudde (Guitar); John Finney (Piano); Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1867

>Burt, Alfred S. : Some Children See Him, carol for voice & piano
  • Performers: Hermann Hudde (Guitar); John Finney (Piano); Gary DiPerna (Percussion); Michael Calmès
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Pinkham, Daniel : Evergreen
  • Performers: Gary DiPerna (Percussion); Hermann Hudde (Guitar); John Finney (Piano); Michael Calmès
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
  • Performers: Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Michael Calmès; Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Hugh Martin (1914 - 2011).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1944

>Yon, Pietro : Gesú bambino
  • Performers: Hermann Hudde (Guitar); Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1917

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performers: Hermann Hudde (Guitar); John Finney (Piano); Gary DiPerna (Percussion); Michael Calmès
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Weihnachten ("Leise weht's durch alle Lande"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performers: Hermann Hudde (Guitar); Michael Calmès; John Finney (Piano); Gary DiPerna (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

>Britten, Benjamin : Op. 7 :: A New Year Carol
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935