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"O Little Bethlehem" - Traditional Christmas favorites recorded live at the California Institution for Women State Prison / Lawrence Stoffel, Northridge Wind Ensemble California State University

Album Summary

>Smith, Claude T. : Symphonic Prelude on "Adeste Fideles", for band
>Traditional, Christmas : Go Tell It on the Mountain, Christmas song (American)
>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
>Mason, Lowell : Joy to the World
>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
>Marks, Johnny : Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
>Lauridsen, Morten : O magnum mysterium
>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Anderson, Leroy : A Christmas Festival, arranged for band
>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
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Notes & Reviews:

This is no ordinary Christmas album. This live recording was made at a Christmas concert presented by the California State University, Northridge Wind Ensemble at one of California’s state prisons. The album is an eclectic mix of beautifully arranged Christmas music, including favorites such as “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas. Throughout the concert, the responses of the prisoners can be heard. Listening carefully, you will hear not only the sounds of security doors and intercom announcements, but spontaneous shouts of “Hallelujah!” and as the concert progresses, a full-blown singalong. The CSUN Wind Ensemble has long been known for their excellence in performances as well as recordings. The ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Lawrence Stoffel, who also conducts the university’s Wind Symphony and teaches courses in conducting and music education.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Live in Concert at the California Institution for Women.



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>Smith, Claude T. : Symphonic Prelude on "Adeste Fideles", for band
  • Conductor: Lawrence Stoffel
  • Ensemble: California State University, Northridge Wind Ensem
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Traditional, Christmas : Go Tell It on the Mountain, Christmas song (American)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Stoffel
  • Ensemble: California State University, Northridge Wind Ensem
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1900
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Stoffel
  • Ensemble: California State University, Northridge Wind Ensem
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Hugh Martin (1914 - 2011).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1944
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mason, Lowell : Joy to the World
  • Conductor: Lawrence Stoffel
  • Ensemble: California State University, Northridge Wind Ensem
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Conductor: Lawrence Stoffel
  • Ensemble: California State University, Northridge Wind Ensem
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Marks, Johnny : Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Conductor: Lawrence Stoffel
  • Ensemble: California State University, Northridge Wind Ensem
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1949
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Lauridsen, Morten : O magnum mysterium
  • Conductor: Lawrence Stoffel
  • Ensemble: California State University, Northridge Wind Ensem
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Stoffel
  • Ensemble: California State University, Northridge Wind Ensem
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1710
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Conductor: Lawrence Stoffel
  • Ensemble: California State University, Northridge Wind Ensem
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Anderson, Leroy : A Christmas Festival, arranged for band
  • Conductor: Lawrence Stoffel
  • Ensemble: California State University, Northridge Wind Ensem
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1952
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Stoffel
  • Ensemble: California State University, Northridge Wind Ensem
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 15th Century
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Stoffel
  • Ensemble: California State University, Northridge Wind Ensem
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Hugh Martin (1914 - 2011).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1944
  • Studio/Live: Live