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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: Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Jim Roe (Oboe); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Colin Traquair (Trombone); Leah Roseman (Violin); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); 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); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Jane Siberry (Voice); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); John Geggie (Double Bass); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); 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: Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Jim Roe (Oboe); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Colin Traquair (Trombone); Leah Roseman (Violin); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); 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 (Trumpet); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Jane Siberry (Voice); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); John Geggie (Double Bass); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards)
  • 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: Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Jim Roe (Oboe); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Colin Traquair (Trombone); Leah Roseman (Violin); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); 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); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Jane Siberry (Voice); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); John Geggie (Double Bass); 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: Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Jim Roe (Oboe); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Colin Traquair (Trombone); Leah Roseman (Violin); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); 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 (Trumpet); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Jane Siberry (Voice); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); John Geggie (Double Bass); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
  • Performers: Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Jim Roe (Oboe); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Colin Traquair (Trombone); Leah Roseman (Violin); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); 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 (Trumpet); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Jane Siberry (Voice); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); John Geggie (Double Bass); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1600
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Holst, Gustav : In the bleak mid-winter
  • Performers: Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Jim Roe (Oboe); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Colin Traquair (Trombone); Leah Roseman (Violin); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); 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); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Jane Siberry (Voice); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); John Geggie (Double Bass); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards)
  • 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: Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Jim Roe (Oboe); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Colin Traquair (Trombone); Leah Roseman (Violin); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); 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); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Jane Siberry (Voice); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); John Geggie (Double Bass); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet)
  • 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: Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Jim Roe (Oboe); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Colin Traquair (Trombone); Leah Roseman (Violin); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); 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 (Trumpet); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Jane Siberry (Voice); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); John Geggie (Double Bass); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards)
  • 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: Rosalind Sartori (Cello); Jim Roe (Oboe); David Thies-Thompson (Violin); Colin Traquair (Trombone); Leah Roseman (Violin); Christopher Lane (Trumpet); Christopher Lane (Flugelhorn); 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 (Trumpet); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Jane Siberry (Voice); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); John Geggie (Double Bass); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Studio