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The Many Moods of Christmas / Shaw, Atlanta SO & Chorus

Album Summary

>Bennett, Robert Russell : The Many Moods of Christmas, suite for chorus & orchestra no 1
>Bennett, Robert Russell : The Many Moods of Christmas, suite for chorus & orchestra no 2
>Bennett, Robert Russell : The Many Moods of Christmas, suite for chorus & orchestra no 3
>Bennett, Robert Russell : The Many Moods of Christmas, suite for chorus & orchestra no 4
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Notes & Reviews:

"The Many Moods of Christmas" is a collection of Robert Russell Bennett arrangements of Christmas Carols, which has been a holiday classic ever since Robert Shaw first recorded them with his Chorale during the early '60s. So popular was the recording that Telarc decided to re-record the identical program in glorious digital sound, this time with Shaw conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Notes & Reviews:

This selection is also available on CD as Telarc 80087.

Personnel: George Petsch (lute); Marilyn Walthall (organ).

Recording information: Atlanta Symphony Hall (05/03/1983).

The Many Moods of Christmas is a collection of four medleys, each with a similar theme, performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. The songs are performed in a very straight, orchestral style that does not take any new routes or present different ideas. The choral aspect of the music is much the same, although due to the medley style they make certain changes. The medleys are very well put together, and the format works well for the material here. In fact, the album's biggest credit is its perfect running time; at just under 50 minutes it is very concise and tight. Anyone looking for an album of choral and orchestral renditions of these songs may enjoy this very much. ~ Bradley Torreano



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>Bennett, Robert Russell : The Many Moods of Christmas, suite for chorus & orchestra no 1
  • Performers: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus; Marilyn Walthall (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Atlanta Symphony Chorus
  • Notes: This selection is a medley which includes "Good Christian Men, Rejoice" by , "Silent Night" by , "Patapan" by and "Adeste fideles" by .
  • Running Time: 11 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bennett, Robert Russell : The Many Moods of Christmas, suite for chorus & orchestra no 2
  • Performer: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Atlanta Symphony Chorus
  • Notes: This selection is a medley which includes "O Sanctissima" by , "Joy to the World" by , "Away in a manger" by , "Fum, fum, fum" by and "March of the Kings" by .
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bennett, Robert Russell : The Many Moods of Christmas, suite for chorus & orchestra no 3
  • Performers: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus; George Petsch (Lute)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Atlanta Symphony Chorus
  • Notes: This selection is a medley which includes "What child is this?" by , "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" by , "Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella" by and "Angels we have heard on high" by .
  • Running Time: 12 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bennett, Robert Russell : The Many Moods of Christmas, suite for chorus & orchestra no 4
  • Performers: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus; Robert Shaw; Marilyn Walthall (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Atlanta Symphony Chorus
  • Notes: This selection is a medley which includes "Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light" by , "The first nowell" by , "O little town of Bethlehem" by , "I saw three ships" by and "Deck the hall" by .
  • Running Time: 12 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio