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Tidings of Joy: Music for Christmas/Fairfax Choral Society and Orchestra/Douglas Mears, artistic director
Tidings of Joy: Music for Christmas/Fairfax Choral Society and Orchestra/Douglas Mears, artistic director


 
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Tidings of Joy: Music for Christmas
A live performance by the...
Fairfax
Choral Society and Orchestra
Douglas Mears, Artistic Director
 
Under the artistic direction of Douglas Mears, this massive musical ensemble of 300 singers with full symphony orchestra has created a beautifully produced recording with imaginative orchestrations and arrangements. Herald in the season with the Fairfax Choral Society and Orchestra's first release on Gothic!
Program Notes
 
Music has always been an integral part of Christmas. The glorious announcement of Christ’s birth by a choir of angels, the gentle lullaby of a mother to her newborn child, the jubilant rejoicing of shepherds as they returned from Bethlehem—virtually every aspect of the Christmas story has inspired poets and composers for centuries, and generations of singers have raised their voices in celebration of the birth of Jesus.
 
Each December since its founding forty-six years ago, the Fairfax Choral Society has joined in this annual tradition, presenting Christmas concerts that have gained in popularity over the years and have grown to include performances by over 300 singers of all ages with a full symphony orchestra. In addition to the extraordinary variety of instrumental and vocal color these musicians can create, Christmas music itself offers a vast array of contrasting styles and moods.
 
Recorded live, this concert of sacred and secular favorites weaves a rich tapestry of carols from fourteenth-century England to twenty-first century America. As diverse as these carols are, they all share in the wonder and delight of the Christmas season as they bring to the world tidings of joy. – Douglas Mears
 
 Advent

1

Berceuse

Jean-Michel Vaccaro

2:28

2

Lost in the Night

traditional, arr. by Kyle S. Haugen

3:43

3

Spašéñiye sodélal

Pavel Grigorievich Chesnokov

3:30

4

Here is Joy for Every Age

from Piae Cantiones, arr. by Stephen Mager

3:24

Nativity

5

Gloria

Randol Alan Bass

6:20

6

A Manger Carol

Douglas Mears

3:42

7

Fantasy on What Child is This?

traditional, arr. by Barlow Bradford

5:38

8

Ding Dong! Merrily on High

traditional, arr. by Stephen Mager

2:00

9

The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy

traditional, arr. by Mack Wilberg

3:33

Celebration

10

Kling, Glöckchen, Kling

Benedikt Widmann, arr. by Stephen Mager

3:31

11

Three Little Birdies

Edmund Walters

1:59

12

Wassail

traditional, arr. by John Currie

2:47

13

Danse russe Trepak

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

1:09

14

The Very Best Time of Year

John Rutter

3:55

15

I Saw Three Ships

traditional, arr. by Mack Wilberg

2:55

Adoration

16

Night of Silence

Daniel Kantor

3:48

17

Lux Aurumque

Eric Whitacre

3:34

18

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

Elizabeth Poston

2:39

19

Il Est Né, le Divin Enfant

anonymous, arr. by Donna Gartman Schultz

2:40

20

Carol to the King

James C. Christian, arr. by Mack Wilberg

5:05

TOTAL TIME

68:25


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