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Shushan The Palace

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208
>Siberry, Jane : A Star Shall Rise Up Out of Jacob (after Mendelssohn)
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
>Holst, Gustav : In the bleak mid-winter
>Poston, Elisabeth : Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
>Schop, Johann : Work(s)
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Notes & Reviews:

Building on an international reputation as one of the great creators and innovators in contemporary popular music, legendary Canadian artist Jane Siberry goes a step further with a recording of mainly classical and traditional sacred songs. Bach, Handel.Sheeba music.2005.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Jane Siberry (vocals, keyboards); Mark Friedman , Martine Dubé (violin); Sally Benson (viola); Peter Kiesewalter (clarinet, keyboards); Jim "Eno" Roe (oboe); Chris Lane, Manon Lafrance (trumpet, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn); Lawrence Vine (French horn); John Geggie (double bass).

Recording information: Raven Street Studios, Ottawa, Canada; Wild Boar Studio, NY; Zolis Audio, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Shushan the Palace (Hymns of Earth), Jane Siberry's Christmas album, also doubles as her classical album. The recording, "originally only Christmas songs, but ultimately becoming less seasonal," as she puts it in her liner notes, finds her singing religious material composed by the likes of Handel, Bach, Mendelssohn, Holst, and others. The classical music meets her more than halfway, especially because of her own orchestrations and those of Peter Kiesewalter, which, employing a small orchestra, are not dissimilar to the style of some of Siberry's original, secular music. As a vocalist, she likes to overdub numerous parts, creating a sound that sometimes recalls vocal groups of the mid-'50s, such as the Chordettes and the McGuire Sisters. This is not the average Christmas album, but it may please the more reverent and serve as a formal, yet not stuffy, change of pace from typical seasonal fare. ~ William Ruhlmann



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 38, Air. How Beautiful Are the Feet
  • Performers: Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Jim Roe (Oboe); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Leah Roseman (Violin); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); David Hutchenreuther (Cello); Michelle Seto (Viola); Tob Kiesewalter (Recorder); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); Colin Traquair (Trombone); Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Mark Friedman (Violin); Martine Dubé (Violin); Jane Siberry (Voice); Sally Benson (Viola); Robert Uchida (Violin); Jill Kirwan (French Horn); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); John Geggie (Double Bass); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208 :: no 9. Aria. Sheep May Safel
  • Performers: David Hutchenreuther (Cello); Tob Kiesewalter (Recorder); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Michelle Seto (Viola); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet); John Geggie (Double Bass); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); Martine Dubé (Violin); Sally Benson (Viola); Robert Uchida (Violin); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); Mark Friedman (Violin); Jane Siberry (Voice); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); Jill Kirwan (French Horn); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Jim Roe (Oboe); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Leah Roseman (Violin); Colin Traquair (Trombone); David Thies-Thompson (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 02/23/1713
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Siberry, Jane : A Star Shall Rise Up Out of Jacob (after Mendelssohn)
  • Performers: Mark Friedman (Violin); Michelle Seto (Viola); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); David Hutchenreuther (Cello); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); Martine Dubé (Violin); Leah Roseman (Violin); Colin Traquair (Trombone); Tob Kiesewalter (Recorder); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Sally Benson (Viola); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Jill Kirwan (French Horn); Robert Uchida (Violin); Jane Siberry (Voice); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); John Geggie (Double Bass); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Jim Roe (Oboe); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 3. no 45. Air. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
  • Performers: Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Jane Siberry (Voice); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); Robert Uchida (Violin); John Geggie (Double Bass); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet); Tob Kiesewalter (Recorder); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Jill Kirwan (French Horn); Michelle Seto (Viola); Martine Dubé (Violin); Mark Friedman (Violin); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Jim Roe (Oboe); Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Leah Roseman (Violin); Colin Traquair (Trombone); Sally Benson (Viola); David Hutchenreuther (Cello); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
  • Performers: Sally Benson (Viola); Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); John Geggie (Double Bass); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Jill Kirwan (French Horn); Robert Uchida (Violin); Mark Friedman (Violin); Jim Roe (Oboe); Jane Siberry (Voice); Leah Roseman (Violin); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); David Hutchenreuther (Cello); Tob Kiesewalter (Recorder); Michelle Seto (Viola); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Martine Dubé (Violin); Colin Traquair (Trombone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1600
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Holst, Gustav : In the bleak mid-winter
  • Performers: Sally Benson (Viola); Martine Dubé (Violin); Mark Friedman (Violin); John Geggie (Double Bass); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet); Jill Kirwan (French Horn); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Robert Uchida (Violin); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); Jane Siberry (Voice); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); Rosalind Sartori (Cello); David Hutchenreuther (Cello); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Tob Kiesewalter (Recorder); Michelle Seto (Viola); Jim Roe (Oboe); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Colin Traquair (Trombone); Leah Roseman (Violin); Christopher Lane (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1904-1905
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Poston, Elisabeth : Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
  • Performers: David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Jim Roe (Oboe); Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Jill Kirwan (French Horn); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Tob Kiesewalter (Recorder); Michelle Seto (Viola); David Hutchenreuther (Cello); Robert Uchida (Violin); Mark Friedman (Violin); Martine Dubé (Violin); Sally Benson (Viola); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); Leah Roseman (Violin); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); John Geggie (Double Bass); Jane Siberry (Voice); Colin Traquair (Trombone); Lawrence Vine (French Horn)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Schop, Johann : Work(s) :: Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light
  • Performers: David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Colin Traquair (Trombone); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); Leah Roseman (Violin); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet); John Geggie (Double Bass); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); Jane Siberry (Voice); David Hutchenreuther (Cello); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Jill Kirwan (French Horn); Robert Uchida (Violin); Sally Benson (Viola); Martine Dubé (Violin); Mark Friedman (Violin); Michelle Seto (Viola); Tob Kiesewalter (Recorder); Jim Roe (Oboe); Rosalind Sartori (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 52. Air. If God Be For Us
  • Performers: Jim Roe (Oboe); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Colin Traquair (Trombone); Sally Benson (Viola); Leah Roseman (Violin); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); David Hutchenreuther (Cello); Tob Kiesewalter (Recorder); Michelle Seto (Viola); Mark Friedman (Violin); Martine Dubé (Violin); Rosalind Sartori (Cello); John Geggie (Double Bass); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); Jane Siberry (Voice); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); Jill Kirwan (French Horn); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Robert Uchida (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Studio