A String Quartet Christmas, Vols. 1-3

Release Date: 11/16/2010
Label: Listen
Catalog Number: STNS50001
Number of Discs: 3

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If ever a season called for music in the home, it is Christmas. In the days before recordings, members of the household, invariably proficient on one instrument or another, would play music together - both for their own enjoyment and to set a festive mood. The arrangements in this audiophile set from Arturo Delmoni, meticulously produced by John Marks, hearken back to those earlier days. And in that tradition of music-making, the modern household may well be inspired to sing along.


"A three-disc set that features excellent performers, including violinist Arturo Delmoni and cellist Nathaniel Rosen, and a huge chunk of holiday fare. These recordings were available separately in years past, but are gathered together now in a neat package... This is a perfect product for anyone wanting to bring it down a little -- in this case, a whole lot, really -- and focus purely on the melodic beauty inspired by Christmas Time... The arrangements are sensitive, the playing really first-class. To vary the sonic flavor of a string quartet, there are occasional appearances of harp and organ. There are two dozen or so carols and other items per disc, covering many centuries and mixing the well-known with the rare and surprising. Among the surprises is an arrangement for violin and organ of the haunting Adagio from Alessandro Marcello's Oboe Concerto, which, somehow, takes on a reverential, Christmas Eve-like feeling in this context. " -- Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun

"A first-class string quartet plays tasteful arrangements … in refreshingly ungimmicky style. Warmly recommended for those who like the tunes better than the words." -- The Washington Post

"A simple string quartet breathes new life into Christmas classics … brings out the natural beauty in the songs of Christmas. This album will substitute nicely if you won’t be having a live string quartet at this year’s Christmas party." -- The Christian Science Monitor

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1. Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Performer: Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 19th Century ; USA
2. The first nowell by Traditional
Performer: Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Katherine Murdock (Viola)
3. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer: Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Katherine Murdock (Viola)
Period: Classical
Written: by 1782 ; England
4. It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Performer: Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Katherine Murdock (Viola)
Period: Romantic
5. O little town of Bethlehem by Henry Walford Davies
Performer: Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
6. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer: Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Katherine Murdock (Viola)
Period: Classical
Written: 1818 ; Austria
7. Angels from the realms of glory by Traditional
Performer: Alexander Romanul (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola)
8. Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Performer: Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
9. Gaudeamus by Antony Hopkins
Performer: Alexander Romanul (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola)
Period: 20th Century
10. Deck the Halls by Traditional
Performer: Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin)
11. Angels we have heard on high by Traditional
Performer: Katherine Murdock (Viola), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin)
12. Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Performer: Katherine Murdock (Viola), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin)
13. The Golden Carol by Anonymous
Performer: Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Katherine Murdock (Viola)
14. Here we come a-wassailing by Traditional
Performer: Katherine Murdock (Viola), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin)
15. Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle by Traditional
Performer: Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Alexander Romanul (Violin)
16. The Holly and the Ivy by Traditional
Performer: Alexander Romanul (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola)
17. What child is this? by Traditional
Performer: Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Alexander Romanul (Violin)
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; England
18. God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Performer: Alexander Romanul (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola)
19. Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Performer: Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Katherine Murdock (Viola)
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; England
20. O come, O come Emmanuel by Traditional
Performer: Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Katherine Murdock (Viola)
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; France
21. In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Performer: Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Katherine Murdock (Viola)
Period: Medieval
Written: 12th Century ; Germany
22. O sanctissima "Sicilian Mariners" by Traditional
Performer: Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Alexander Romanul (Violin), Katherine Murdock (Viola)
23. We wish you a merry Christmas by Traditional
Performer: Alexander Romanul (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola)
24. Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Performer: Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Katherine Murdock (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Alexander Romanul (Violin)
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1609 ; Germany
25. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer: Emily Mitchell (Harp ), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Nina Bodnar (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
26. Adam lay ybounden by Traditional
Performer: Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Emily Mitchell (Harp ), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nina Bodnar (Violin)
27. L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: L'adieu des bergers by Hector Berlioz
Performer: Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Emily Mitchell (Harp ), Nina Bodnar (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1850-1854 ; France
28. Il est né, le divin enfant by Traditional
Performer: Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Emily Mitchell (Harp ), Nina Bodnar (Violin)
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; France
29. In the bleak mid-winter by Gustav Holst
Performer: Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Emily Mitchell (Harp ), Nina Bodnar (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1906 ; England
30. Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!, BWV 208 "Hunt Cantata": Schafe können sicher weiden by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Emily Mitchell (Harp ), Nina Bodnar (Violin)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1713 ; Cöthen, Germany
31. All through the night by Traditional
Performer: Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nina Bodnar (Violin)
32. El noy de la mare by Traditional
Performer: Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Nina Bodnar (Violin)
Period: Romantic
33. Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Performer: Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Emily Mitchell (Harp ), Nina Bodnar (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 19th Century ; England
34. Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Performer: Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Nina Bodnar (Violin)
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; France
35. Fairest Lord Jesus "Crusader's Hymn" by James Hopkirk
Performer: Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Nina Bodnar (Violin)
36. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer: Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Emily Mitchell (Harp ), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Nina Bodnar (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825 ; Vienna, Austria
37. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Nina Bodnar (Violin)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1723 ; Leipzig, Germany
38. The Eastern Star So Bright And Clear by Traditional
Performer: Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Nina Bodnar (Violin)
39. I saw three ships by Traditional
Performer: Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Nina Bodnar (Violin)
40. Insprugk, ich muss dich lassen by Heinrich Isaac
Performer: Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nina Bodnar (Violin)
Period: Renaissance
41. He Shall Feed His Flock by John Ness Beck
Performer: Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Nina Bodnar (Violin)
42. Cherry Tree Carol by Traditional
Performer: Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nina Bodnar (Violin)
43. O Jesulein süss, o Jesulein mild by Samuel Scheidt
Performer: Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Nina Bodnar (Violin)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1650 ; Halle, Germany
44. Lute-book lullaby by Traditional
Performer: Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nina Bodnar (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello)
45. Wexford Carol by Traditional
Performer: Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nina Bodnar (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello)
46. How brightly shone the morning star by Traditional
Performer: Natasha Lipkina (Viola), Emily Mitchell (Harp ), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Nina Bodnar (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello)
47. Carol of the Bells by Mykola Leontovych
Performer: Ellen DePasquale (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Rafael Figueroa (Cello), Danielle Maddon (Violin)
Period: Modern
Written: 1910 ; Ukraine
48. All my heart this night rejoices by Johann Georg Ebeling
Performer: Ellen DePasquale (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Rafael Figueroa (Cello), Danielle Maddon (Violin)
49. Candlelight Carol by John Rutter
Performer: Ellen DePasquale (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Rafael Figueroa (Cello), Danielle Maddon (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1984 ; England
50. Concerto for Oboe in D minor: 2nd movement, Adagio by Alessandro Marcello
Performer: Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Timothy [organ] Smith (Organ)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1717 ; Italy
51. The Christmas Rose by Gilbert M. Martin
Performer: Timothy [organ] Smith (Organ)
52. When Christmas morn by Traditional
Performer: Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Rafael Figueroa (Cello), Danielle Maddon (Violin), Ellen DePasquale (Viola)
53. Stille, stille, lasst uns lauschen by Traditional
Performer: Rafael Figueroa (Cello), Danielle Maddon (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Ellen DePasquale (Viola)
Period: 20th Century
54. While shepherds watched their flocks by night by Traditional
Performer: Rafael Figueroa (Cello), Danielle Maddon (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Ellen DePasquale (Viola)
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1592 ; England
55. Christmas lullaby by John Rutter
Performer: Rafael Figueroa (Cello), Danielle Maddon (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Ellen DePasquale (Viola)
56. Sans Day Carol by Traditional
Performer: Rafael Figueroa (Cello), Danielle Maddon (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Ellen DePasquale (Viola)
57. Noëls (6) for Harp, Op. 32 by Marcel Tournier
Performer: Emily Mitchell (Harp )
Period: 20th Century
58. Noël Breton by Traditional
Performer: Rafael Figueroa (Cello), Danielle Maddon (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Ellen DePasquale (Viola)
59. L'arlésienne: Suite no 2 - 4th movement, Farandole by Georges Bizet
Performer: Rafael Figueroa (Cello), Danielle Maddon (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Ellen DePasquale (Viola)
Period: Romantic
60. Thy little ones, dear Lord, are we by Traditional
Performer: Rafael Figueroa (Cello), Danielle Maddon (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Ellen DePasquale (Viola)
61. From Heaven Above by Traditional
Performer: Rafael Figueroa (Cello), Danielle Maddon (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Ellen DePasquale (Viola)
62. Angel's Carol "Have you heard the sound of angel voices" by John Rutter
Performer: Rafael Figueroa (Cello), Danielle Maddon (Violin), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Ellen DePasquale (Viola)
Period: 20th Century
63. Le Sommeil de l'Enfant Jesus by Paul-Henri Büsser
Performer: Timothy [organ] Smith (Organ), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Emily Mitchell (Harp )
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1896 ; France
64. Angel's Carol "Have you heard the sound of angel voices" by John Rutter
Performer: Ellen DePasquale (Viola), Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Danielle Maddon (Violin), Rafael Figueroa (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
65. Le Sommeil de l'Enfant Jesus by Paul-Henri Büsser
Performer: Arturo Delmoni (Violin), Timothy [organ] Smith (Organ), Emily Mitchell (Harp )
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1896 ; France
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