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Cantique de Noël - Beautiful Songs of Christmas / Michael Calmès, John Finney

Album Summary

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
>Traditional, Christmas : This is the truth sent from above (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (Whence is that goodly fragrance?) (French)
>Traditional, Christmas : Personent hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish)
>Traditional, Christmas : What Stranger Are These? (Scottish)
>Welsh Traditional : Suo Gân (Lullaby), song
>Thiman, Eric : In The Bleak Mid-Winter, for voice & piano
>Head, Michael : The Little Road to Bethlehem
>Traditional, Christmas : Rise Up, Shepherd
>Burt, Alfred S. : Some Children See Him, carol for voice & piano
>Pinkham, Daniel : Evergreen
>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
>Yon, Pietro : Gesù bambino
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Weihnachten ("Leise weht's durch alle Lande"), for voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Op. 7
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Notes & Reviews:

With a voice praised as "beautiful" -; "thrilling" -; and "rich" -; tenor Michael CalmEs has achieved a distinguished record of performances in concerts, recitals, oratorio, and opera. Since his 1982 Boston Lyric Opera Company debut in Puccini's Madame Butterfly, he has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike in operas and operettas ranging from the sophistication of Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos to the effervescent comic genius of Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Blink Music Studios, Cambridge, MA (07/2008-08/2008).



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>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

>Traditional, Christmas : This is the truth sent from above (English)
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (Whence is that goodly fragrance?) (French)
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 1717.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1717

>Traditional, Christmas : Personent hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1582

>Traditional, Christmas : The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish)
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 12th Century

>Traditional, Christmas : What Stranger Are These? (Scottish)
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.

>Welsh Traditional : Suo Gân (Lullaby), song
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Thiman, Eric : In The Bleak Mid-Winter, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Head, Michael : The Little Road to Bethlehem
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Rise Up, Shepherd
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1867

>Burt, Alfred S. : Some Children See Him, carol for voice & piano
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Pinkham, Daniel : Evergreen
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Hugh Martin (1914 - 2011).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1944

>Yon, Pietro : Gesù bambino
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1917

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Weihnachten ("Leise weht's durch alle Lande"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

>Britten, Benjamin : Op. 7 :: A New Year Carol
  • Performers: Michael Calmès; Gary DiPerna (Percussion); John Finney (Piano); Hermann Hudde (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935