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A Child's Christmas in Bethlehem / The Bach Choir of Bethlehem

Album Summary

>Traditional, German : The Gift
>Telfer, Nancy : Mary Wondered What it Meant, for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : Noel nouvelet, carol (French)
>Olatunji, Via : Betelehemu, for chorus & percussion
>Umla, David R. [Composer] : Sleep Well Thou Child of God, for chorus
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : O Jesulein süss, O Jesulein mild, BWV 493
>Latrob, Christian Ignatius : Snow Over Bethlehem, for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : Long Ago in Bethlehem (Moravian)
>Walker, Gwyneth : Shepherd's Song at Christmas, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : The Angel Gabriel, for chorus
>Traditional, Italian : Dormi, dormi, o bel bambin (Sleep O Sleep My Lovely Child), carol (Italian)
>Traditional, Christmas : A la nanita nana, carol (Spanish)
>Britten, Benjamin : Saint Nicholas, cantata for tenor, treble, choruses & orchestra, Op. 42
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
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Notes & Reviews:

A Child's Christmas in Bethlehem

"Tis the night before Christmas and all through the world people gather to share stories, poems and music of this wondrous night." Thus the narrator of A Child's Christmas in Bethlehem draws us into a magical recording that includes carols spanning seven centuries and five languages as well as poems and stories that take us from Bethlehem in the Holy Land where we are present at the birth of Jesus as seen through a child's eyes, to diverse Christmas traditions of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the present day.

Under the direction of Greg Funfgeld, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem is joined by the Bel Canto Children's Chorus, and accompanied by organ, piano, violins, guitar, handbells and percussion. The voices of adults and children; poets from Robert Herrick, William Blake and Langston Hughes to 10 years old Carla Victoria Lugo; storytellers from Jostein Gaarder to Zaida Padilla; and composers from Johann Sebastian Bach to John Rutter and Bob Chilcott combine to create pure delight for the ears and the heart. This is a recording for families to treasure in the belief that it is never too early or too late to instill the love of great music and literature and lift our spirits with this beautiful meditation on the meaning of Christmas.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The performances are of the highest standard. The choir is large - just under 100 voices - but extraordinarily well disciplined. The Bach Choir of Bethlehem has a long and distinguished history. It is the oldest American Bach Choir, and gave the first complete performances in the US of Bach's Mass in B minor (1900) and the Christmas Oratorio (1901). Greg Funfgeld has been their director since 1983. He is a 1976 graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, where he studied with Joseph Flummerfelt. Funfgeld has expanded the choir's programs beyond the annual Bethlehem Bach Festival to a season of over 30 concerts as well as international tours. He is also the director of music at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, where this recording was made.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U (06/23/2013-06/25/2013).

Includes a child's christmas in bethlehem, readings and mus by various composers.



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>Traditional, German : The Gift
  • Performers: Brent Berenshausen (Percussion); Rebecca Brown (Violin); Thomas Goeman (Organ); Thomas Goeman (Piano); Christopher Hanning (Percussion); Kermit Junkert; Nancy Junkert; Mary Ogletree (Violin); Ed Perenyi (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Greg Funfgeld
  • Ensemble: Bach Choir of Bethlehem
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Telfer, Nancy : Mary Wondered What it Meant, for chorus
  • Performers: Brent Berenshausen (Percussion); Rebecca Brown (Violin); Thomas Goeman (Organ); Thomas Goeman (Piano); Christopher Hanning (Percussion); Kermit Junkert; Nancy Junkert; Mary Ogletree (Violin); Ed Perenyi (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Greg Funfgeld
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Noël nouvelet, carol (French)
  • Performers: Brent Berenshausen (Percussion); Rebecca Brown (Violin); Thomas Goeman (Organ); Thomas Goeman (Piano); Christopher Hanning (Percussion); Kermit Junkert; Nancy Junkert; Mary Ogletree (Violin); Ed Perenyi (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Greg Funfgeld
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 16th Century

>Olatunji, Via : Betelehemu, for chorus & percussion
  • Performers: Brent Berenshausen (Percussion); Rebecca Brown (Violin); Thomas Goeman (Organ); Thomas Goeman (Piano); Christopher Hanning (Percussion); Kermit Junkert; Nancy Junkert; Mary Ogletree (Violin); Ed Perenyi (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Greg Funfgeld
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Umla, David R. [Composer] : Sleep Well Thou Child of God, for chorus
  • Performers: Brent Berenshausen (Percussion); Rebecca Brown (Violin); Thomas Goeman (Organ); Thomas Goeman (Piano); Christopher Hanning (Percussion); Kermit Junkert; Nancy Junkert; Mary Ogletree (Violin); Ed Perenyi (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Greg Funfgeld
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : O Jesulein süss, O Jesulein mild, BWV 493
  • Performers: Brent Berenshausen (Percussion); Rebecca Brown (Violin); Thomas Goeman (Organ); Thomas Goeman (Piano); Christopher Hanning (Percussion); Kermit Junkert; Nancy Junkert; Mary Ogletree (Violin); Ed Perenyi (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Greg Funfgeld
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1736

>Latrob, Christian Ignatius : Snow Over Bethlehem, for chorus
  • Performers: Brent Berenshausen (Percussion); Rebecca Brown (Violin); Thomas Goeman (Organ); Thomas Goeman (Piano); Christopher Hanning (Percussion); Kermit Junkert; Nancy Junkert; Mary Ogletree (Violin); Ed Perenyi (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Greg Funfgeld
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Long Ago in Bethlehem (Moravian)
  • Performers: Brent Berenshausen (Percussion); Rebecca Brown (Violin); Thomas Goeman (Organ); Thomas Goeman (Piano); Christopher Hanning (Percussion); Kermit Junkert; Nancy Junkert; Mary Ogletree (Violin); Ed Perenyi (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Greg Funfgeld
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Walker, Gwyneth : Shepherd's Song at Christmas, for chorus
  • Performers: Brent Berenshausen (Percussion); Rebecca Brown (Violin); Thomas Goeman (Organ); Thomas Goeman (Piano); Christopher Hanning (Percussion); Kermit Junkert; Nancy Junkert; Mary Ogletree (Violin); Ed Perenyi (Guitar); Morgan Reice (Voice)
  • Conductor: Greg Funfgeld
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Chilcott, Robert : The Angel Gabriel, for chorus
  • Performers: Brent Berenshausen (Percussion); Rebecca Brown (Violin); Thomas Goeman (Organ); Thomas Goeman (Piano); Christopher Hanning (Percussion); Kermit Junkert; Nancy Junkert; Mary Ogletree (Violin); Ed Perenyi (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Greg Funfgeld
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Italian : Dormi, dormi, o bel bambin (Sleep O Sleep My Lovely Child), carol (Italian)
  • Performers: Brent Berenshausen (Percussion); Rebecca Brown (Violin); Thomas Goeman (Organ); Thomas Goeman (Piano); Christopher Hanning (Percussion); Kermit Junkert; Nancy Junkert; Mary Ogletree (Violin); Ed Perenyi (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Greg Funfgeld
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : A la nanita nana, carol (Spanish)
  • Performers: Brent Berenshausen (Percussion); Rebecca Brown (Violin); Thomas Goeman (Organ); Thomas Goeman (Piano); Christopher Hanning (Percussion); Kermit Junkert; Nancy Junkert; Mary Ogletree (Violin); Ed Perenyi (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Greg Funfgeld
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Britten, Benjamin : Saint Nicholas, cantata for tenor, treble, choruses & orchestra, Op. 42 :: God Moves in a Mysterious W
  • Performers: Brent Berenshausen (Percussion); Rebecca Brown (Violin); Thomas Goeman (Organ); Thomas Goeman (Piano); Christopher Hanning (Percussion); Kermit Junkert; Nancy Junkert; Mary Ogletree (Violin); Ed Perenyi (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Greg Funfgeld
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1948

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Performers: Brent Berenshausen (Percussion); Rebecca Brown (Violin); Thomas Goeman (Organ); Thomas Goeman (Piano); Christopher Hanning (Percussion); Kermit Junkert; Nancy Junkert; Mary Ogletree (Violin); Ed Perenyi (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Greg Funfgeld
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588