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What a Mighty God: Spirituals and Gospels for Christmas

Album Summary

>Halloran, Jack : Witness, for chorus
>Dennard, Brazeal W. : Hush, Hush! Somebody's Callin' My Name, arr. for chorus
>Thomas, André : Death Is Gonna Lay His Cold Icy Hands on Me, arr. for chorus & piano
>Smith, William Henry : Walk Together, Children, arr. for chorus & piano
>Scholz, Robert : Were You There?, arr. for chorus
>Hogan, Moses : Elijah Rock, spiritual setting for chorus
>Moore, Sanford : This Train, arr. for vocal ensemble
>Smallwood, Richard : Jesus, Lover of MySoul (after J.S. Bach), for vocal ensemble & piano
>Burleigh, Henry Thacker : My Lord, what a mornin'
>Harris, Robert A. : Go Down, Moses, arr. for chorus
>Hairston, Jester : In Dat Great Gittin' Up Mornin'
>Hailstork, Adolphus : Crucifixion
>Thomas, André : Go Where I Send Thee, arr. for chorus
>Adelmann, Dale : Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, arr. for chorus
>Moore, Sanford : Go, Tell It on the Mountain, arr. for vocal ensemble
>Abels, Michael [Composer] : What a Mighty God, arr. for soloists & chorus
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

'What a Mighty God' brings VocalEssence together with the Moore For Four Vocal Jazz Ensemble for a stirring performance of spirituals and rousing gospel melodies, showcasing the music of trailblazing African American composers.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Philip Brunelle (piano); Connie Evingson, Yolande Bruce, Ginger Commodore, Steve Faison (vocals); Lisa Habeck, Barbara Nelson, Linda Zelig, Jane E. Anderson, Suzanne Henke, Yolanda Williams (soprano); Timothy Sawyer, Claude Cassagne, James Miller, Gary Costello, Brian Link (tenor); James Bohn , Steve Burger (baritone, bass voice); Douglas Shambo, Frank Steen, David E. Williams (bass voice); Robert Commodore, Joe Pulice (drums).

Recording information: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN (11/04/1994-12/10/1994); Studio M, Minnesota Public Radio, Saint Paul, MN (11/04/1994-12/10/1994).



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Works Details

>Halloran, Jack : Witness, for chorus
  • Performers: Philip Brunelle (Organ); Moore Four (Organ); Sigrid Johnson (Organ); VocalEssence Ensemble Singers & Chorus (Organ)
  • Conductor: Sigrid Johnson
  • Ensemble: VocalEssence Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1986
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Dennard, Brazeal W. : Hush, Hush! Somebody's Callin' My Name, arr. for chorus
  • Performers: Philip Brunelle (Organ); Moore Four (Soprano); VocalEssence Ensemble Singers & Chorus (Soprano); Yolanda Williams (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Philip Brunelle
  • Ensemble: VocalEssence Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1986
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Thomas, André : Death Is Gonna Lay His Cold Icy Hands on Me, arr. for chorus & piano
  • Performers: James Bohn (Bass-Baritone); James Bohn (Bass); Philip Brunelle (Organ); Moore Four (Bass); Sanford Moore (Piano); VocalEssence Ensemble Singers & Chorus (Bass)
  • Conductor: Philip Brunelle
  • Ensemble: VocalEssence Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Smith, William Henry : Walk Together, Children, arr. for chorus & piano
  • Performers: Philip Brunelle (Organ); Moore Four (Piano); Sanford Moore (Piano); VocalEssence Ensemble Singers & Chorus (Piano)
  • Conductor: Philip Brunelle
  • Ensemble: VocalEssence Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Scholz, Robert : Were You There?, arr. for chorus
  • Performers: Philip Brunelle (Organ); Moore Four (Organ); Brian Link (Countertenor); VocalEssence Ensemble Singers & Chorus (Organ)
  • Conductor: Philip Brunelle
  • Ensemble: VocalEssence Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Hogan, Moses : Elijah Rock, spiritual setting for chorus
  • Performers: Philip Brunelle (Organ); Moore Four (Organ); VocalEssence Ensemble Singers & Chorus (Organ)
  • Conductor: Philip Brunelle
  • Ensemble: VocalEssence Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Moore, Sanford : This Train, arr. for vocal ensemble
  • Performers: Philip Brunelle (Organ); Robert Commodore (Drums); Moore Four (Double Bass); Sanford Moore (Piano); VocalEssence Ensemble Singers & Chorus (Double Bass); Jay Young (Double Bass); Jay Young (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Philip Brunelle
  • Ensemble: VocalEssence Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Smallwood, Richard : Jesus, Lover of MySoul (after J.S. Bach), for vocal ensemble & piano
  • Performers: Philip Brunelle (Organ); Philip Brunelle (Piano); Moore Four (Piano); VocalEssence Ensemble Singers & Chorus (Piano)
  • Conductor: Philip Brunelle
  • Ensemble: VocalEssence Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Burleigh, Henry Thacker : My Lord, what a mornin'
  • Performers: Philip Brunelle (Organ); Moore Four (Organ); VocalEssence Ensemble Singers & Chorus (Organ)
  • Conductor: Philip Brunelle
  • Ensemble: VocalEssence Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Harris, Robert A. : Go Down, Moses, arr. for chorus
  • Performers: Philip Brunelle (Organ); Moore Four (Soprano); VocalEssence Ensemble Singers & Chorus (Soprano); Yolanda Williams (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Philip Brunelle
  • Ensemble: VocalEssence Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Hairston, Jester : In Dat Great Gittin' Up Mornin'
  • Performers: Philip Brunelle (Organ); Moore Four (Soprano); VocalEssence Ensemble Singers & Chorus (Soprano); Yolanda Williams (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Philip Brunelle
  • Ensemble: VocalEssence Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Hailstork, Adolphus : Crucifixion
  • Performers: Philip Brunelle (Organ); Moore Four (Organ); VocalEssence Ensemble Singers & Chorus (Organ)
  • Conductor: Philip Brunelle
  • Ensemble: VocalEssence Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Thomas, André : Go Where I Send Thee, arr. for chorus
  • Performers: Philip Brunelle (Organ); Moore Four (Piano); Michael Jorgensen (Piano); Charles Kemper (Piano); VocalEssence Ensemble Singers & Chorus (Piano)
  • Conductor: Philip Brunelle
  • Ensemble: VocalEssence Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Adelmann, Dale : Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, arr. for chorus
  • Performers: Philip Brunelle (Organ); Steve Burger (Bass); Moore Four (Bass); VocalEssence Ensemble Singers & Chorus (Bass)
  • Conductor: Philip Brunelle
  • Ensemble: VocalEssence Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Moore, Sanford : Go, Tell It on the Mountain, arr. for vocal ensemble
  • Performers: Philip Brunelle (Organ); Robert Commodore (Drums); Moore Four (Double Bass); Sanford Moore (Piano); VocalEssence Ensemble Singers & Chorus (Double Bass); Jay Young (Double Bass); Jay Young (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Philip Brunelle
  • Ensemble: Plymouth Music Series Ensemble Singers
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Abels, Michael [Composer] : What a Mighty God, arr. for soloists & chorus
  • Performers: Philip Brunelle (Organ); Moore Four (Drums); Gordon Johnson (Double Bass); Sanford Moore (Piano); Joe Pulice (Drums); VocalEssence Chorus (Drums)
  • Conductor: Philip Brunelle
  • Ensemble: Plymouth Music Series Ensemble Singers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio