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A Christmas Concert / Pittsburgh Symphony Brass

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
>Leontovych, Mykola : Carol of the Bells
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Calkin, Jean Baptiste : I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
>Senfl, Ludwig : Das Gläut zu Speyer (The Merry Bells of Speyer), for winds
>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
>Anonymous, Piae Cantiones : Piae Cantiones, song book
>Holst, Gustav : In the bleak mid-winter
>Traditional, Christmas : Masters in This Hall
>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
>Praetorious, Michael : Enatus est Emanuel (He Is Born Emanuel)
>Praetorious, Michael : Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (How Brightly Shines the Morning Star) (from the Polyhymnia caduc
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
>Praetorious, Michael : Volte, for 5 part instrumental ensemble (Terpsichore, 201)
>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish)
>Traditional, Christmas : Murztaler Engelruf, carol (Austrian)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
>Hopkins, John Henry : We three kings
>Traditional, Christmas : Kommt, Christen, seht die Kindlein an, carol (Austrian)
>Traditional, Christmas : Schlafe mit Ruhe, carol (Austrian)
>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
>Monnoye, Bernard De La : Patapan
>Vierdanck, Johann : Capriccio for 2 cornets
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Traditional, Christmas : Nativity Carol
>Traditional, Christmas : Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (W zlobie lezy)
>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
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Notes & Reviews:

The Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, led by Grammy Award-winner George Vosburgh, possess a unique blend of virtuosity with brilliant sonority rarely achieved in brass music. The ensemble's debut recording of Bach's "The Art of Fugue" [FWN 3008] was well received by the critical press. American Record Guide stated: "Magnificent, extended example of first-rate playing, with beautiful tonal qualities, impeccable intonation, and polished execution."

The Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, led by Grammy award winner George Vosburgh, possesses a unique blend of virtuosity with brilliant sonority rarely achieved in brass music. With renowned Chicago producer Arnie Roth and the helm, 'A Christmas Concert' was rec. Four Winds.2004

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Neal Bernstein, George Vosburgh (trumpet, flugelhorn); Murray Crewe (bass trombone); Sumner Erickson (tuba).

Recording information: East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh.

The sound of beloved Christmas carols performed by brass instruments conjures up images of snow-covered streets and Christmas as it used to be. On this recording, the acclaimed Pittsburgh Symphony Brass performs all the familiar favorites, as well as traditional Ukrainian, French and German carols.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Brass is comprised of seven of the orchestra's best brass players. What make this program special are the variety of selections presented, the originality of the arrangements and the extraordinary tonal beauty that the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass brings to each carol. For example, the low brass play the bass line of the familiar "Ding Dong! Merrily on High," in a clever arrangement by John Rutter, with solid organ-like sonorities. The beautiful German hymn, "How Brightly Shines the Morning Star," by Michael Praetorius, charms with tenderness and unaffected piety. Of course there is also lots of playful exuberance, especially in the renditions of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and the joyous "We Wish You A Merry Christmas."

This is an excellent holiday recording that will also delight lovers of brass music.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Flugelhorn); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1742

>Leontovych, Mykola : Carol of the Bells
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Trumpet); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1910

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Flugelhorn); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588

>Calkin, Jean Baptiste : I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Robert Hamrick (Trumpet); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Trumpet); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Senfl, Ludwig : Das Gläut zu Speyer (The Merry Bells of Speyer), for winds
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Trumpet); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Trumpet); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1666

>Anonymous, Piae Cantiones : Piae Cantiones, song book :: Christmas Song
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Trumpet); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Holst, Gustav : In the bleak mid-winter
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Trumpet); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1904-1905

>Traditional, Christmas : Masters in This Hall
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Flugelhorn); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 1860.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1860

>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Trumpet); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1400

>Praetorious, Michael : Enatus est Emanuel (He Is Born Emanuel)
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Trumpet); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Praetorious, Michael : Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (How Brightly Shines the Morning Star) (from the Polyhymnia caduc
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Flugelhorn); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Flugelhorn); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1609

>Praetorious, Michael : Volte, for 5 part instrumental ensemble (Terpsichore, 201)
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Trumpet); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Traditional, Christmas : God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Robert Hamrick (Trumpet); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Trumpet); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish)
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Flugelhorn); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 12th Century

>Traditional, Christmas : Murztaler Engelruf, carol (Austrian)
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Trumpet); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Flugelhorn); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Notes: Composition written: By 1864.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1864

>Hopkins, John Henry : We three kings
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Trumpet); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1857

>Traditional, Christmas : Kommt, Christen, seht die Kindlein an, carol (Austrian)
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Flugelhorn); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass

>Traditional, Christmas : Schlafe mit Ruhe, carol (Austrian)
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Flugelhorn); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass

>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582) :: Good King Wenceslas
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Robert Hamrick (Flugelhorn); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Flugelhorn); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1582

>Monnoye, Bernard De La : Patapan
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Trumpet); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Vierdanck, Johann : Capriccio for 2 cornets
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Flugelhorn); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Flugelhorn); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Traditional, Christmas : Nativity Carol
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Robert Hamrick (Flugelhorn); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Flugelhorn); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (W zlobie lezy)
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Robert Hamrick (Trumpet); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Trumpet); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post-Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1921

>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Flugelhorn); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1784

>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
  • Performers: Neal Berntsen (Flugelhorn); Neal Berntsen (Trumpet); William Caballero (French Horn); Murray Crewe (Bass Trombone); Sumner Erickson (Tuba); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Flugelhorn); Peter Sullivan (Euphonium); Peter Sullivan (Trombone); George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn); George Vosburgh (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vosburgh
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 15th Century