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

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
  • Performers: Robert Uchida (Violin); John Geggie (Double Bass); Peter Kiesewaiter (Keyboards); Jane Siberry (Keyboards); Jane Siberry (Voice); Lawrence Vine (French Horn); Manon Lafrance (Flugelhorn); Manon Lafrance (Trumpet); Jill Kirwan (French Horn); Peter Kiesewaiter (Clarinet); Sally Benson (Viola); Jim Roe (Oboe); Rosalind Sartori (Cello); 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)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1600
  • Studio/Live: Studio

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