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Angels On High: A Robert Shaw Christmas

Audio Samples

>Traditional : O come, O come Emmanuel
>Thompson, Randall : Alleluia
>Traditional : The first nowell
>Thiman, Eric Harding : Carol of the Birds
>Costeley, Guillaume : Allons, gay bergères
>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to the Virgin
>Lauridsen, Morten : O magnum mysterium
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>     no 35, Seid froh dieweil
>     no 12, Brich an, du schönes Morgenlicht
>Biebl, Franz : Ave Maria
>Traditional : What is this lovely fragrance?
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
>     Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen
>Howells, Herbert : Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus
>     no 3, Sing lullaby
>Traditional : While by my sheep
>Kopïlov, Aleksandr A. : Heavenly Light
>Wade, John Francis : Adeste fideles
>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28

Album Summary

>Traditional : O come, O come Emmanuel
>Thompson, Randall : Alleluia
>Traditional : The first nowell
>Thiman, Eric Harding : Carol of the Birds
>Costeley, Guillaume : Allons, gay bergères
>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to the Virgin
>Lauridsen, Morten : O magnum mysterium
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>Biebl, Franz : Ave Maria
>Traditional : What is this lovely fragrance?
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
>Howells, Herbert : Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus
>Traditional : While by my sheep
>Kopïlov, Aleksandr A. : Heavenly Light
>Wade, John Francis : Adeste fideles
>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
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Notes & Reviews:

Among the grand and brilliant choruses that are staple parts of any Robert Shaw Christmas concert are the quieter moments, lightly accompanied if at all, more intimate and personal in the expression of wonder and rejoicing. This is the music recorded here, drawn from ancient plainsong and popular carols.



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>Traditional : O come, O come Emmanuel
  • Performers: Norman Mackenzie (Piano); William Wilder (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 15th Century
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Thompson, Randall : Alleluia
  • Performer: Norman Mackenzie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1940
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : The first nowell
  • Performer: Norman Mackenzie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Thiman, Eric Harding : Carol of the Birds
  • Performers: Janice Chandler (Soprano); Norman Mackenzie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Costeley, Guillaume : Allons, gay bergères
  • Performers: Pam Elrod (Alto); Donna Carter (Soprano); Norman Mackenzie (Piano); Frank Timmerman (Tenor); William Borland (Bass)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 16th Century
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to the Virgin
  • Performers: Norman Mackenzie (Piano); Sean Mayer (Tenor); Nanette Soles (Mezzo Soprano); Charles Sprawls (Bass); Donna Carter (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1930/1934
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lauridsen, Morten : O magnum mysterium
  • Performer: Norman Mackenzie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1994
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 :: no 35, Seid froh dieweil
  • Performer: Norman Mackenzie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734-1735
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Biebl, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Charles Sprawls (Bass); Nanette Soles (Mezzo Soprano); Sean Mayer (Tenor); Norman Mackenzie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1964
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : What is this lovely fragrance?
  • Performer: Norman Mackenzie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae :: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen
  • Performer: Norman Mackenzie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1609
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Howells, Herbert : Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus :: no 3, Sing lullaby
  • Performer: Norman Mackenzie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1918-1920
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : While by my sheep
  • Performers: Anne-Marie Spalinger (Soprano); David Blalock (Tenor); William Borland (Bass); Norman Mackenzie (Piano); Patricia Nealon (Soprano); Charles Sprawls (Bass); Frank Timmerman (Tenor); Katherine Murray (Mezzo Soprano); Nanette Soles (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 17th Century
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 :: no 12, Brich an, du schönes Morgenlicht
  • Performer: Norman Mackenzie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734-1735
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Kopïlov, Aleksandr A. : Heavenly Light
  • Performer: Norman Mackenzie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Wade, John Francis : Adeste fideles
  • Performer: Norman Mackenzie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1782
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
  • Performers: Janice Chandler (Soprano); Norman Mackenzie (Piano); Elisabeth Remy (Harp); Nanette Soles (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
  • Running Time: 22 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1942
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio