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

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