[ Atoll Records New Zealand / CD ]
Release Date: Thursday 10 November 2011
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"What sets this stunning CD apart..is that it avoids the often over-reverberant, stained-glass window sound-world of distant, ethereal Cathedral organs, boys and men choir and liturgical carol services." Martin Setchell writing in ORGANZ
"What sets this stunning CD apart from the plethora of similar Christmas choir and organ CDs is that it avoids the often over-reverberant, stained-glass window sound-world of distant, ethereal Cathedral organs, boys and men choir and liturgical carol services. Instead, we are in the quite different, concert-hall acoustics of Auckland Town Hall, listening to the splendid Klais-rebuilt civic organ, symphony orchestra brass and percussion players, and a mixed-voice concert choir which can be puckish and playful as well as religioso and reverent."
Martin Setchell writing in ORGANZ [periodical publication of the Organists Association of New Zealand]
Musica Sacra's debut performance was a Christmas concert in December 1998 at St Michael's, Remuera, and since then the choir's annual Christmas concert, almost always on the last Saturday before Christmas, has become an established fixture in Auckland's musical scene. With the arrival of the superb new organ, we moved to the Town Hall for our thirteenth Christmas concert, a 'Christmas Spectacular' with the brass and percussion from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. This recording presents selections from the programmes of that concert and of the 2011 Christmas Spectacular concert.
There is some 'serious' classical music as well as lighter, more popular fare: we think that there is something for everybody in this programme.
1. Gloria in excelsis Deo John Rutter
2. Domine Deus John Rutter
3. Quoniam tu solus sanctus John Rutter
4. What sweeter music John Rutter
5. Noe! Noe! Mack Wilberg
6. Fanfare and O Come all ye faithful arr Sir David Wilcocks
7. Metamorphoses on a Noël John Wells
8. Mary's lullaby John Rutter
9. Feierlicher Einzug Richard Strauss arr Indra Hughes
10 Welcome Yule! Sir Hubert Parry
11. O Little town of Bethlehem arr Vaughan Williams & Philip Walsh
12. Ding dong! Merrily on high 16th century French arr Mack Wilberg
13. Christmas Medley Michael Leighton Jones
14. The holly and the ivy English traditional arr Michael Leighton Jones
15. Unto us is born a Son Piae Cantiones arr Sir David Wilcocks
16. Deck the hall Welsh traditional arr John Rutter
17. Fanfare and Hark! the herald-angels Mendelssohn arr Wilcocks