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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: John Geggie (Double Bass); Michelle Seto (Viola); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); David Hutchenreuther (Cello); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Leah Roseman (Violin); Colin Traquair (Trombone); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Tob Kiesewalter (Recorder); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Jane Siberry (Voice); Jill Kirwan (French Horn); Robert Uchida (Violin); Sally Benson (Viola); Martine Dubé (Violin); Mark Friedman (Violin); Jim Roe (Oboe)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • 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: Michelle Seto (Viola); Sally Benson (Viola); Robert Uchida (Violin); Jill Kirwan (French Horn); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); David Hutchenreuther (Cello); Mark Friedman (Violin); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); Leah Roseman (Violin); Colin Traquair (Trombone); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Jim Roe (Oboe); Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Tob Kiesewalter (Recorder); Martine Dubé (Violin); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Jane Siberry (Voice); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); John Geggie (Double Bass); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 02/23/1713
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Siberry, Jane : A Star Shall Rise Up Out of Jacob (after Mendelssohn)
  • Performers: Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Sally Benson (Viola); Jill Kirwan (French Horn); Martine Dubé (Violin); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet); Colin Traquair (Trombone); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); John Geggie (Double Bass); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); Jane Siberry (Voice); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Robert Uchida (Violin); Tob Kiesewalter (Recorder); Leah Roseman (Violin); David Hutchenreuther (Cello); Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Jim Roe (Oboe); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Mark Friedman (Violin); Michelle Seto (Viola)
  • 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: Mark Friedman (Violin); Sally Benson (Viola); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet); Leah Roseman (Violin); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); David Hutchenreuther (Cello); Jim Roe (Oboe); Michelle Seto (Viola); Jane Siberry (Voice); Martine Dubé (Violin); Robert Uchida (Violin); Jill Kirwan (French Horn); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Colin Traquair (Trombone); John Geggie (Double Bass); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); Tob Kiesewalter (Recorder); Rosalind Sartori (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
  • Performers: Lawrence Vine (French Horn); David Hutchenreuther (Cello); Tob Kiesewalter (Recorder); Michelle Seto (Viola); Mark Friedman (Violin); Martine Dubé (Violin); Sally Benson (Viola); Robert Uchida (Violin); Jill Kirwan (French Horn); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); Jane Siberry (Voice); John Geggie (Double Bass); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Leah Roseman (Violin); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); Jim Roe (Oboe); 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: Robert Uchida (Violin); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); David Hutchenreuther (Cello); Tob Kiesewalter (Recorder); Michelle Seto (Viola); Martine Dubé (Violin); Mark Friedman (Violin); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Jill Kirwan (French Horn); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Jane Siberry (Voice); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); John Geggie (Double Bass); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); Sally Benson (Viola); Leah Roseman (Violin); Colin Traquair (Trombone); Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Jim Roe (Oboe); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet)
  • 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: Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); Jane Siberry (Voice); John Geggie (Double Bass); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); Martine Dubé (Violin); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Tob Kiesewalter (Recorder); Jill Kirwan (French Horn); Robert Uchida (Violin); Sally Benson (Viola); Mark Friedman (Violin); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet); Michelle Seto (Viola); David Hutchenreuther (Cello); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); Leah Roseman (Violin); Rosalind Sartori (Cello); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Jim Roe (Oboe); Colin Traquair (Trombone)
  • 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: Tob Kiesewalter (Recorder); Jim Roe (Oboe); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Leah Roseman (Violin); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); Mark Friedman (Violin); David Hutchenreuther (Cello); Michelle Seto (Viola); Colin Traquair (Trombone); Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Martine Dubé (Violin); Robert Uchida (Violin); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Sally Benson (Viola); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); Jane Siberry (Voice); Jill Kirwan (French Horn); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); John Geggie (Double Bass); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet)
  • 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: David Hutchenreuther (Cello); Martine Dubé (Violin); Mark Friedman (Violin); Sally Benson (Viola); Tob Kiesewalter (Recorder); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Leah Roseman (Violin); Colin Traquair (Trombone); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Jim Roe (Oboe); Michelle Seto (Viola); Robert Uchida (Violin); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Jane Siberry (Voice); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); John Geggie (Double Bass); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Jill Kirwan (French Horn)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Studio