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Six - King's Singers 20th-century Organ Music Two - Ray and Elizabeth Chenault Hymns through Ages - All Saints Beverly Hills- Thomas Foster
Six/King's Singers
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Six
The King's Singers
This is one of the most unusual CDs to come across our desk in a long time. It has only six pieces, and the total length is only 20 minutes. We think the Billy Joel lullaby is worth the price of admission, but for others it might be "Blackbird." Highly recommended.
World Premiere Recordings! Organ duo Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault perform a recital of world premiers, many of which they commissioned. At their disposal is the large E. M. Skinner organ of the National Cathedral, later enlarged by Aeolian-Skinner. Ends with a rousing rendition of Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever. World Premier Recordings! On their second recording for Gothic, the choir of All Saints Beverly Hills provides a superb sampling of the current state of contemporary Anglican hymnody. Included here are numerous familiar tunes with descants old and new, and a few first recordings as well Among the latter is a tune by Thomas Foster honoring organ builder, C. B. Fisk. The choir is beautifully accompanied by Craig Phillips on an organ refined by Manuel Rosales.
Easter - All Saints Beverly Hills - Thomas Foster New Vintage - Music for Trumpet & Organ - Clarion Bach - Sinfonia - Organ Concertos - Joan Lippincott
In their second Gothic release, Tom Foster and the choir of All Saints' present a program of Easter music, including a significant number of first recordings. Supplemented by an eleven member brass ensemble and the organ playing of Craig Phillips, this CD shows why this choir is among the most highly regarded in Episcopal churches.

Includes "Jesus Christ is risen today", "Now the Green Blade Riseth", and Britten's Festival Te Deum.
A recording of newly-commissioned works for organ and trumpet by Clarion!  Extensive notes on the music and the composers.  Melody Turnquist Steed is currently organist at Westwood United Methodist Church in Westwood, CA, and has been the recipient of many awards, including the Virgil Fox Award in Organ Performance from USC, an award given only twice since its inception. Keith Benjamin is widely sought as a trumpeter and has commissioned and premiered works by many contemporary composers.  "New Vintage" is new music for a well-established pair of instruments. Bach concertos for organ and orchestra?  Joan Lippincott makes a compelling and logical case for constructing organ concertos from the "organ sinfonias" of Bach's cantatas.  Booklet includes essay on these organ solo+orchestra pieces by noted Bach scholar, George Stauffer.
Craig Phillips - A Festival Song - All Saints Beverly Hills - Thomas Foster Argento - Walden Pond - The Dale Warland Singers Alice Parker - Listen Lord
World Premier Recordings!  In addition to his work as a composer of religious music, Craig Phillips has composed a substantial number of works for organ as well as several chamber pieces scored for solo instruments with organ accompaniment. This recording includes works for a cappella chorus and accompanied chorus, as well as works for organ plus other instruments. Nominated for Best Choral Performance Grammy in 2003! Composer and librettist Dominick Argento is one of America's leading composers and among the most frequently performed 20th-century composers of opera. His chamber pieces as well have met with international acclaim. Argento has a long history of collaboration with the Dale Warland Singers; this new release features a world-premiere recording of the composer's Walden Pond, a song cycle based on text by Henry David Thoreau and scored for chorus, three cellos, and harp. World Premiere Recordings!  American composer, conductor, and teacher, Boston-born Alice Parker first came to public attention for her arrangements in collaboration with the late choral conductor Robert Shaw. Building on an international reputation, she has continued composing in many forms, researching folk music, conducting performances and workshops all over the continent, and speaking at large and small gatherings of choral musicians.
Messiaen - Cosmos Consciousness - Jonathan Dimmock Randall Thompson - The Light of Stars - Choral Arts Herbolsheimer- Let Us Sing Sweet Songs - Opus 7
In this survey of music by the French Roman Catholic mystic, Olivier Messiaen, Jonathan Dimmock plays some of his popular works, and also includes two rarely performed compositions, published only afer his death in 1992. The organ used for this recording is very similar in size and disposition to Messiaen's own instrument at Trinité in Paris. The performance, the organ and Erik Sikkema's ULSI recording technology combine to produce an unusual and exceptional CD. Randall Thompson is one of the most important American composers of choral music. Writing in an unabashed Romantic style, this music is ideal for a choir like Choral Arts, which prides themselves in purity and breadth of choral sound. This recording contains Thompson’s “Alleluia,” probably the most popular American choral work ever written, as well as six works never before recorded. World Premiere Recording! A major collection of never-before-recorded music by Northwest composer Bern Herbolsheimer, performed in the beautiful acoustical setting of St. James Cathedral in Seattle. These lyrical works are interpreted with reverence and clarity by Opus 7 vocal ensemble under the direction of Loren Pontén. Opus 7 specializes in the performance of modern and contemporary works, and their previous recordings have received national praise.
Be Still My Soul - All Saints Beverly Hills - Dale Adelmann Cathedral Anthems: Music by Peter Hallock - Choral Arts - Richard Sparks In Dialogue, v.1 - Robert Bates - David Yearsley
World Premiere Recordings! A stunning program of contemplative sacred texts set to some of the most beautiful singing we've heard. Slow, focused intensity creates a strong emotional response from many listeners, including us.  The Martin piece alone is worth the price of admission. With première recordings of new anthems by Craig Phillips and Roland Martin, this CD is also the first recording of the widely admired Choir of All Saints, Beverly Hills, under its new director, Dale Adelmann. This CD includes both large and small-scale works for choir, with and without instruments, most recorded here for the first time. Hallock was the organist and choirmaster of St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle for forty years, composing an impressive array of original choral works in the Anglican tradition. "To listen to this disc is to be in the grip of a great magnetic force...visionary... breathtaking in every way."--- Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians Two extraordinary organists playing two extraordinary organs in dialogue might seem an over-abundance of riches. Yet it is possible that the great organists of earlier times enjoyed responding to each other across vast spaces. This new recording, which includes compositions by six masters of the North German School, recreates this sound and ambience using two mean-tone organs in Stanford's Memorial Church.
Music of a Father Son - David Yearsley How Excellent Thy Name Kimberly - Kimberly Marshall - Erik Conzius Fährmann & Wagner - David Fuller
Fahrmann & Wagner/Fuller
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First-prize winner at the 1994 Bruges Early Music Festival, David Yearsley performs music of the Strungk family, an astonishing collection of previously unrecorded 17th-century masterpieces.  World premier recordings! "This recording honors the Jewish liturgical tradition of cantor with organ-- and a rising star of American cantors. The historic 1901 Murray Harris organ at Stanford University is the perfect instrument for this music, which is concentrated in the latter half of the 19th and early 20th centuries." World Premier Recording! A contemporary of Max Reger, Hans Fährmann wrote monumental - and monumentally difficult- works for vast organs in which the display of contrapuntal mastery was a central feature. This first recording of his eighth sonata is accompanied by another first: a triptych arranged from Wagner's Meistersinger. David Fuller plays the large symphonic Fisk organ of SUNY-Buffalo.
Scandinavian Christmas - Choral Arts - Richard Sparks Advent Procession 'O' Antiphons - St Marks Cathedral Choirs - Peter Hallock - J. Melvin Butler Divine Euterpe: Music by Women - Kimberly Marshall
The rich musical heritage of Scandinavia is represented by one of the finest choirs in the country. David Dahl also plays seven organ works on the new Fritts organ at PLU in Tacoma. 24-bit recording. The famous Advent Sunday service at St Mark's Cathedral consists of seven lessons and carols done in procession. Each is lesson/carol set is based on one of the "O" Antiphons," seven ancient Advent verses that each begin with the word "O". These antiphons later became the basis of the hymn "O Come, O Come Emmanuel". This recording traces the works of female composers from Medieval times through the twentieth century. Played on the Rosales organ of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, this program includes some music never before recorded on compact disc. Featured composers include Elfrida Andree, Florence Price, Ethel Smyth, and Fanny Mendelssohn.
Out of This World - Boston Brass - J. Melvin Butler Liszt-Reubke-Stehle Fuller Gentle - Words Tudor Choir - Douglas Fullington
Gentle Words/Tudor Choir
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The Boston Brass is paired with Mel Butler on the landmark Flentrop organ of St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle for this sonic spectacular! "Blast Off" with the world premiere recordings of Bruce Edward Miller's Pluto: The Last Planet; land in stormy Seattle with "Here's That Rainy Day" (Jimmy van Heusen). Also included: Solemn Entry by Strauss, Poeme Heroique by Dupre and Grand Choeur Dialogue by Gigout. 24-bit recording.  
 
This is a CD of quality that should long be remembered. - The Organ magazine (UK)
The three monumental works recorded here (Liszt's Ad Nos, Reubke's Psalm 94 and Stehle's Saul) represent three “generations” of a musical species that evolved with nineteenth-century romanticism and died out without ever acquiring a distinctive name. It was nourished above all by a new preoccupation with the expressive and pregnant “theme”–anything from a motif to a whole tune–as the essential constructive element of a piece of music. Along with this went an obsession with unity, specifically, a fascination with the idea that a large composition could be unified and its parts linked together by the periodic return or the constant presence of such a theme, either unchanged or modified, fragmented, and “developed” in the manner of a Beethoven symphony, or “transformed” into something quite different in character but still recognizable.   Extensive notes on the music and the organ. A second, narrated version of the Stehle is provided without additional cost. Shaker music is one of the richest bodies of folksong in American history and Kevin Siegfried's arrangements follow Shaker aesthetics of beauty, simplicity and utility. Sung by The Tudor Choir, this recording incorporates a variety of original choral arrangements, including unison singing and antiphonal performances.  One of the staff's favorite CDs...
Gothic Pipes: The Earliest Organ Music - Kimberly Marshall Decker Plays Decker, v.1 - Pamela Decker American Christmas - Tudor Choir - Douglas Fullington
Decker Plays Decker (v.1)
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Prized for its amazing variety of sounds and for its technical complexity, the organ has been used to celebrate powerful rulers and religious institutions since its invention in the third century BC. This CD presents some of the earliest music written for organ, both sacred and secular, played by a leader in the field of early performance practice. Cappella Romana joins Dr Marshall to sing chant verses in alternatim. Pamela Decker has won prizes in national and international competitions as both performer and composer. Her critically acclaimed compositions have been performed by various artists in at least eighteen countries, at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and for many other festivals and conferences. This recording features the composer at the organ, playing works that incorporate influences as varied as Gregorian chant, chorale tunes, and American jazz and blues.  World Premiere Recordings! The Tudor choir explores Christmas tunes belonging to the American shapenote tradition. Contains an early American version of Joy to the World.  Full texts and extensive notes on the music
Pas de Dieu: Music Sublime and Spirited - Janette Fishell Christmas with the Choral Scholars of King's College, Cambridge Pantcheff Choir & Organ - Christ Church Oxford
On this first recording of the "French symphonic" Fisk organ, opus 126, Janette Fishell plays a brilliant program that includes the world premiere of Ferko's Livre d'orgue. A superb acoustic also enhances stunning performances of the rarely heard Litaize and Duruflé's masterpiece on "Veni Creator." The incomparable sound of the men of King's College is unleashed on everything from chant to "Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer." Close harmonies, impeccable tuning, and perfect programming make this a "must-have" CD for connoisseurs of the very best in vocal singing. Includes a hilarious setting of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and an absolutely lush performance of White Chrismtas ("I'm dreaming of a White Christmas)." World Premiere Recordings!  Richard Pantcheff studied music with Simon Preston and Francis Grier at Christ Church, Oxford. In recent years, he has established himself as one of the UK's leading composers of choral and organ music, with a succession of commissions and performances of his work in major English and Scottish cathedrals, colleges and schools.
Recital at Ascension - Harald Vogel Edward Hansen: In Memoriam In Recital at Lagerquist Hall - Robert Bates
This CD documents the second recital given on the new Fritts organ at Church of the Ascension (Episcopal) in Seattle. German organ virtuoso Harald Vogel takes us on a tour of this new instrument built in 18th century Dutch and German traditions. Included in the program is Cantica Rustica Americana, presumably "discovered" by Herr Vogel and played for the first time in this recital. This theme and variations are based on a 17th-century American folksong that everyone will recognize. A former AGO national president, Dr. Edward A. Hansen was a respected performer and teacher who made lasting contributions to the American organ music community. This recording pays tribute to his memory with excerpts from live recitals given by Dr. Hansen. Includes the first recording of Alma Oncley's Passacaglia. Robert Bates' recital took place on July 4 during the AGO 2000 Convention on the monumental organ built by Paul Fritts and Company for Lagerquist Hall at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Works from the German Baroque and the late 20th century are featured, including works by Buxtehude, Scheidt, Bach, Pärt, and Bates' own compositions.  
Thomsen Chapel Organ Recitals - J. Melvin Butler - Roger Sherman French Masterworks at St. John Divine - Jonathan Dimmock 20th-century Organ Music Two v.1 - Ray and Elizabeth Chenault
This recording documents the inaugural recitals given on the new Paul Fritts organ of Thomsen Chapel at St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle in 2003. Based on north European practices of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, this beautiful organ has singing principals, piquant reeds, and luscious flutes. In addition there are a set of strings which give this organ a wide range of sonic possibilities not usually expected in a small, Baroque-style instrument. The program contains repertoire well-suited to a chapel organ, and includes the first recording of Toon Hagen's partita on 'Vater Unser im Himmelreich.' Features St. Mark's Cathedral organist and choirmaster J. Melvin Butler and associate organist Roger Sherman. The definitive recording of the magnificent Aeolian-Skinner at St. John the Divine!  Dimmock shows the genius of tonal design with this instrument and uses the acoustics of the world’s largest gothic cathedral to best advantage. Also includes the only piece which Langlais wrote for St. John the Divine’s organ and its State Trumpet. The piece is dedicated to Mr. Dimmock. World Premiere Recordings! Organ duo Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault perform a series of world premieres, many of which they commissioned.
In Recital at St. Mark's Cathedral - Rakich An Hour to Dance - Choral Music by Gwyneth Walker Praise the Spirit - Music by David Ashley White - Palmer Church
This recording documents a recital given as part of the American Guild of Organists national Convention in July of 2000. Played on the landmark Flentrop organ of St. Mark's Cathedral, Rakich's program was among the most popular at the convention.
17 World Premiere Recordings!  During the 2005-6 season, Gwyneth Walker traveled across the United States working with a variety of musicians as they premiered and recorded her works. During a week spent in Walla Walla, WA, she worked with the choirs at Whitman College as they rehearsed and recorded this new program of choral music, which employs evocative texts by Langston Hughes, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and Virginia Hamilton Adair, among others. Notes include the full song texts. David Ashley White is one of the most popular composers in the Episcopal Church today. From anthems to hymns, this recording offers a variety of music and texts. The Choir of Palmer Church has long been associated with White's music, and gives the program a polished performance in a reverberant setting. Recorded by the legendary John Proffitt.
One is the All - The Choral Project First Day / Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Linda Mack Solemn Splendor, Adoramus Vocal Ensemble, Mark Burrows, director
The Choral Project's sixth recordiing features music that spans the globe and the centuries, including a world premiere by award-winning Broadway composer; lyricist Stephen Schwartz, written especially for this production. Recorded live and in studio session, the works on this recording include choral settings commissioned from four American composers for the 2006 and 2007 summer seasons, in addition to folk music, sacred settings, and significant poetry. Includes exhilarating new and recent works from composers John David Earnest, Z. Randall Stroope, Kirke Mechem, Judith Cloud, Bradley Ellingboe and Emile Desamours. Adoramus is the premier resident vocal ensemble of First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. This first nationally released recording on Clarion features four world premier recordings. Adoramus has a clear and relaxed vocal sound, and has developed a national following with imaginative and popular programming.
Mornings Like This: Songs of Daybreak and Childhood - Choral Arts - Robert Bode Sky-Born Music - Milwaukee Choral Artists Behold this Heavenly Night/VocalEssence
The "Pure Sound" of Choral Arts under their new director, Robert Bode presents several world premiere recordings, including The Dream Keeper, a piece in four movements, each featuring a different text from Langston Hughes. Other pieces feature the poetry of Dylan Thomas, Walt Whitman and the conductor of Choral Arts, Robert Bode. It is traditional during an anniversary year that a performing ensemble commissions a piece of music in commemoration of that milestone. Milwaukee Choral Artists went a step further by inviting ten composers to write new works for the ensemble - one for each of its ten years. Founded in 1998 as a chamber ensemble comprising professional solo singers, the Milwaukee Choral Artists is one of only a handful of professional women's vocal ensembles in the country. With its signature lush sound, MCA brings a distinctive and varied repertoire of choral and vocal masterworks to audiences throughout the region. In 1998, VocalEssence and the American Composers Forum joined forces to offer an annual contest encouraging the composition of new carols. Over the years hundreds of worthy carols have been submitted. “Behold This Heavenly Night” presents the world premiere of some of these contest-winning carols alongside outstanding arrangements of more familiar melodies. Also included is the U.S. premiere of John Rutter’s new “Carol of the Magi” and a unique arrangement of “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” translated into Latin by Philip Brunelle and his son Christopher.
Gratitude, Gravy & Garrison/VocalEssence/Keillor The Craighead-Saunders Organ Douglas Cleveland Plays Rockefeller Chapel
Storyteller Garrison Keillor and conductor Philip Brunelle lead a harmonious celebration of all things Thanksgiving with the melodious voices of the VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers and their special guests, singer Jearlyn Steele and pianist Richard Dworsky. Along the way we learn that Thanksgiving really isn’t all about the turkey — it’s actually all about the pie... The three organ professors of The Eastman School of Music demostrate the new Craighead-Saunders organ, modeled after 1776 Caspirini organ of Vilnius, Lithuania---one of the best preserved late-baroque organs in all of Europe.  Bach through Mendelssohn is the core of this program, which also includes newly commissioned works by Stephen Kennedy and Martin Herchenröder. Douglas Cleveland plays in this first recording of the newly renovated1928 E. M. Skinner organ of Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago. With the new renovation by Schantz, and a new opening for tonal egress, the organ now speaks more persuasively into the room. This is the instrument that Marcel Dupré used to teach his American students in the 1950s.
 
Cleveland plays French and English music of the era, plus two new works dedicated to him.
The Welcome News I wonder as I wander As Water Ascends to the Clouds/Opus 7
Carson Cooman is an American composer with a catalogue of works ranging from solo instrumental pieces to operas; and from orchestral works to hymn tunes. This recording is devoted to presenting the wide variety of his sacred choral music One of Boston's premier choirs, The Copley Singers draw from British and American traditions with both unusual and familiar arrangements of holiday favorites. Winner of The American Prize in Choral Performance! Opus 7 presents world-premier recordings from the innovative choral landscape of the Pacific Northwest. "They manage everything from earthy choral roars to icy, transparent purity. Needlepoint intonation and unearthly ensemble top the high heap of their choral strengths."—American Record Guide
20th-21st-century Music for Two - Ray and Elizabeth Chenault Music for All Saints
World Premiere Recordings!  The Chenaults play newly commissioned works for two in their fourth volume on Gothic. Every work is a world premiere recording on this disc. This recording features the Aeolian-Skinner organs at the Washington National Cathedral, and at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Amarillo, TX. The Choirs of the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta present a heavenly foretaste of music for the Feast of All Saints. This CD features live performances of Terry Schlenker's Mass for Double Choir, Janet Vanden Bosch's "These few tears - in memoriam Mark Owen Sheldon", Tim Krueger's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, and other works given their premieres by St. Martin's during the 2003-04 season.
Seattle Pro Musica - Karen Thomas Music of Spirit - Seattle Pro Musica - Karen Thomas American Masterpieces - Seattle Pro Musica - Karen Thomas
In Dulci Jubilo
Seattle Pro Musica
Karen P. Thomas, conductor
Music of the Spirit features a cappella choral masterworks including Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir, Allegri’s Miserere, CV Stanford’s Beati quorum via, Karen P. Thomas’ Lux Lucis, and Hugo Wolf’s Sechs geistliche Lieder.
American Masterpieces
Seattle Pro Musica
Karen P. Thomas, conductor
Seattle Pro Musica - Karen Thomas Joby Talbot: Path of Miracles - Tenebrae - Nigel Short
Navidad: Christmas in the new world
Seattle Pro Musica
Karen P. Thomas, conductor
Path of Miracles by Joby Talbot
Tenebrae (choral ensemble), directed by Nigel Short

The 62-minute a cappella choral work, "Path of Miracles" depicts the journey of medieval pilgrims to Santiago, Spain, resting place of St. James.  Extensive use of ostinato patterns, soaring soprano lines, and Tenebrae's incomparible vocal virtuosity make this CD a must-have for anyone who likes contemporary choral music.

One reviewer wrote: "I would go as far to suggest that Talbot’s “Path of Miracles” is to the first decade of the 21st-century what Arvo Pärt’s "Passio" was twenty years earlier." (Classics.com)  Another said, "Path of Miracles is little short of a musical miracle itself."  

This hybrid super-audio CD (SACD) plays in both a standard CD player, and those equipped for SACD.
Taken from a decade of Veterans Day concerts by Paul Klemme and the Willamette Master Chorus, this program honors those who have served in the armed forces of the United States of America. "the Call", which was commissioned by the choir, is by Dave Metzger, widely known for his many arrangements and orchestrations for films such as "Training Day", "August Rush", "Frozen" and the Broadway production of "The Lion King" --- for which he won a Tony Award nomination.
   
 
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These CDs contain one or more World Premiere Recordings of a musical work.