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Go Tell It On The Mountain! (Audio CD) Grace Cathedral Choir

The Choir of Men and Boys of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Smith, sing music for th Advent and Christmas seasons.

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Product Description


Format: Digital Audio CD
Catalog Number:  CD 7212
Length: 64′ 11″
Tracks: 20
Organ: Aeolian-Skinner
Venue: Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California US
Recorded: 01/11/2007
Released: 11/01/2007
Producer: Frederick Hohman
Notes Author: Jeffrey Smith
Notes Language: English
Graphics Format: 16pp book, traycard, jewel box
UPC #: 636077721229

Some of the selections on this delightful program are notable for sparkling, if tricky rhythms, including the Dance: Tomorrow Shall Be my dancing Day from the Carol Symphony of James Bassi and his ambitious Evening Canticles, not to mention Jeffrey’s “All riffed-up and swingin'” version of Go Tell It on the Mountain with piano realization by Matthew Edwards (“Not suitable for church,” as Jeffrey notes). A parish that is prepared for slightly less “swingin'” jazz would probably love “O Mary and the Baby” by Hugh Keyte and Andrew Parrott.

In contrast, That Hallowed Season and The Birds by John LaMontaine may be familiar to some readers, but are worth noting for a pleasant stylistic departure from the excessive sweetness of some Christmas music – not easy, but worth the rehearsal effort. Donald Nally’s Christ Child’s Lullabye sets a Scottish original in evocative style. A familiar Early American tune appears in an arrangement for men’s voices with the text The Hills Are Bare at Bethlehem. Other composers have set Robert Herrick’s fine text The Best of Rooms, but perhaps none so compellingly as Gerald Near, heard on this program.

Richard Wayne Dirksen’s energetic Chanticleer and some other recent original work and arrangements on this disc have become modern classics, but still sound fresh. The choral sound on this recording is likewise fresh, beautifully produced, wisely phrased, and always idiomatic.

Victor Hill – The Journal of the Anglican Association of Musicians (April 2008).

01 • Tomorrow shall be my dancing day • arr. Gerald Near • 2’4″
02 • Tomorrow shall be my dancing day – III. Dance from Carol Symphony • arr. James Bassi • 4’10”
03 • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis from The Evening Service (1996) – Magnificat • James Bassi • 4’22”
04 • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis from The Evening Service (1996) – Nunc dimittis • James Bassi • 3’52”
05 • O Mary and the Baby • arr. Hugh Keyte and Andrew Parrott • 2’38”
06 • Good King Wenceslas • arr. Leo Sowerby • 2’52”
07 • That Hallowed Season • John La Montaine • 3’1″
08 • The Birds • John La Montaine • 1’27”
09 • Christ Child’s Lullabye • arr. Donald Nally • 4’37”
10 • It came upon a Midnight Clear • arr. Richard Purvis, Jeffrey Smith • 3’32”
11 • Chanticleer • Richard Wayne Dirksen • 3’9″
12 • Infant Holy, Infant Lowly • arr. Gerre Hancock • 2’32”
13 • Gabriel to Mary came • arr. Jeffrey Smith • 3’16”
14 • The Hills are Bare at Bethlehem • arr. Ken Clark • 2’49”
15 • Lo, how a Rose e’er Blooming • arr. Gerald Near • 3’59”
16 • A Christmas Carol • Charles Ives, arr. Matthew Edwards • 3’16”
17 • Manger Carol • arr. Leo Sowerby, Jeffrey Smith • 3’43”
18 • The Best of Rooms • Gerald Near • 1’51”
19 • In the chill of bleak midwinter • McNeil Robinson • 2’35”
20 • Go Tell it on the Mountain • arr. Jeffrey Smith, piano by Matthew Edwards • 4’21”

Grace Cathedral Choir
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