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Simple Gifts/Tudor Choir/Doug Fullington, director
Simple Gifts: Tudor Choir, Doug Fullington, director


 
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Simple Gifts
The Tudor Choir
Doug Fullington, director


A follow-up to their successful CD of Shaker tunes, “Gentle Words,” The Tudor Choir expands the repertoire to include other British and American music of simple character and enduring melody.


“[The Tudor Choir’s] lovely shaping of phrases, impeccable intonation and unadorned, clean sound allow the words and music to become the Shaker “prayer language,” to free the mind from the world, to visit the soul.”
—The Living Church

"As the title suggests, ‘Simple Gifts’ is the point of departure here, with no fewer than four arrangements of Shakerism’s greatest hit. The singing from this chamber choir from in the Pacific Northwest is as graceful, unpretentious, and well-scrubbed as the music. Once again, it’s the simple gifts that turn out to be the pearls of greatest price."
—The American Record Guide

Program Notes

1 ‘Tis the gift to be simple, Elder Joseph Brackett, Jr.
2 The Humble Heart, Thomas Hammond, Jr., arr. Kevin Siegfried
3 Star of Purity, Susannie M. Brady, arr. Siegfried
4 All at Home, Shaker song adapted from the performing edition in Love is Little by Roger Lee Hall
5 Simple gifts, Brackett, arr. Siegfried
6 I am the Rose of Sharon, William Billings
7 I wish I was a child again, Appalachian song, arr. Michael Neaum
8 Jesus Christ the apple tree, Elizabeth Poston
9 My Shepherd American will supply my need,
traditional song, arr. Virgil Thomson
10 Simple gifts, Brackett, arr. Aaron Copland
11 Zion's walls, John C. McCurry, arr. Copland
12 The hills, John Ireland
13-16 At the water’s edge, Siegfried
17 He that is down
need fear no fall, Ralph Vaughan Williams, arr. Brian Judge
18 O taste and see, Williams
19 The call, Williams, arr. Allen Percival
20 Loving shepherd of thy sheep, John Rutter
21 One thing have I desired, Doug Fullington
22 The gift to be simple, Brackett, arr. Bob Chilcott

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