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Musica Sacra: Christmas Carols

Album Summary

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Leontovych, Mykola : Carol of the Bells
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : O magnum mysterium
>Traditional, Christmas : Joseph, lieber Joseph mein (Joseph, Dearest Joseph Mine), carol (German)
>Billings, William : Shepherd's Carol
>Traditional, Christmas : Still, Still, Still (Stille, stille, stille) (Austrian)
>Traditional, Christmas : O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)
>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
>Friedell, Harold : Saw You Never, in the Twilight
>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to the Virgin
>Redner, Lewis : O Little Town of Bethlehem
>Monnoye, Bernard De La : Patapan
>Murray, James R. : Away in a Manger
>Hassler, Hans Leo : Angelus ad pastores ait
>Averre, Richard E. : Did Mary Know?
>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol ("Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child") (English)
>Marenzio, Luca : Hodie Christus natus est, motet for 4 voices (Motectorum pro festis totius anni cum Communi Sanctoru
>Traditional, Christmas : Baloo, Lammy (Scottish)
>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
>Traditional, Christmas : Of the Father's heart begotten (A Christmas Procession)
>Manz, Paul : E'en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come
>Kocher, Conrad : As With Gladness Men of Old
>Traditional, Christmas : I Wonder As I Wander (American)
>Traditional, Christmas : A la nanita nana, carol (Spanish)
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
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Notes & Reviews:

Xmas Carols features a variety of well-known carols. Performers include Giovanni Gabrieli, William Billings, and Benjamin Britten, in addition to others. ~ Jason Birchmeier



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Works Details

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Notes: Arranged: Alice Parker, Robert Shaw
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1818
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Leontovych, Mykola : Carol of the Bells
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Notes: Arranged: Peter J. Wilhousky
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1910
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : O magnum mysterium
  • Performer: Giovanni Gabrieli
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : Joseph, lieber Joseph mein (Joseph, Dearest Joseph Mine), carol (German)
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Notes: Arranged: Norman Luboff
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 13th Century
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Billings, William : Shepherd's Carol
  • Performer: William Billings
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : Still, Still, Still (Stille, stille, stille) (Austrian)
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Notes: Arranged: Norman Luboff
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1819
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Notes: This selection is sung in both English & German.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1820
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1823
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Friedell, Harold : Saw You Never, in the Twilight
  • Performer: Harold Friedell
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Notes: Arranged: Edwin Fissinger
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1710
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to the Virgin
  • Performer: Benjamin Britten (Piano)
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1930
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Redner, Lewis : O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1868
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Monnoye, Bernard De La : Patapan
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Notes: Arranged: Martin Shaw
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Murray, James R. : Away in a Manger
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Notes: Arranged: Richard Westenburg
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1877
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Hassler, Hans Leo : Angelus ad pastores ait
  • Performer: Hans Leo Hassler
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Averre, Richard E. : Did Mary Know?
  • Performer: Richard E. Averre
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Notes: Arranged: Richard E. Averre
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Notes: Arranged: Edwin Fissinger
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1784
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol ("Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child") (English)
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Notes: Arranged: Martin Shaw
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1498
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Marenzio, Luca : Hodie Christus natus est, motet for 4 voices (Motectorum pro festis totius anni cum Communi Sanctoru
  • Performer: Luca Marenzio [Composer]
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : Baloo, Lammy (Scottish)
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Notes: Arranged: Norman Luboff
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Notes: Arranged: Edwin Fissinger
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1666
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : Of the Father's heart begotten (A Christmas Procession)
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Notes: Arranged: Dale Warland
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1582
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Manz, Paul : E'en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come
  • Performer: Paul Manz
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Kocher, Conrad : As With Gladness Men of Old
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : I Wonder As I Wander (American)
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Notes: Arranged: Vernon de Tar
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1933
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : A la nanita nana, carol (Spanish)
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Notes: Arranged: Norman Luboff
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra (New York)
  • Notes: Arranged: Charles Wood
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588
  • Studio/Live: Studio