Christmas with The Washington Chorus

Christmas with The Washington Chorus

by Washington Chorus
     
 

This is the third Christmas album from the Grammy Award-winning Washington Chorus, a large mixed choir founded in 1961, but the first with conductor Julian Wachner. This is an ideal holiday album for listeners looking for traditional carols sung enthusiastically by a large group. The chorus is joined by the Whitman Choir, a highSee more details below

Overview

This is the third Christmas album from the Grammy Award-winning Washington Chorus, a large mixed choir founded in 1961, but the first with conductor Julian Wachner. This is an ideal holiday album for listeners looking for traditional carols sung enthusiastically by a large group. The chorus is joined by the Whitman Choir, a high school group, and an ensemble of brass, percussion, organ, and harp. The instruments provide a full, almost orchestral sound, and provide a colorful and lively accompaniment. The chorus sings with a rich, full tone and infectious energy. The carols, with just a few exceptions, are Christmas standards that will be familiar to most listeners. A variety of illustrious choral conductors, including David Willcocks, Norman Luboff, and Wachner himself have created inventive and lively arrangements that never stray too far from the originals. The recording was made at a live performance in 2009, and that is evident in the sound quality. The brass is very present, but the chorus, in spite of its fullness and volume, seems somewhat distant. In the program notes, Wachner comments that the decision to retain the ambience of the actual performance, which includes audience participation in several of the carols, was intentional. The CD should appeal to fans of traditional Christmas music looking for a big choral sound, but who aren't picky about having immaculate, perfectly balanced sound.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2010
Label:
Dorian Recordings
UPC:
0053479211729

Tracks

  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus  - George Frideric Handel  - J. Reilly Lewis  -  Washington Chorus  - National Capital Brass and Percussion  - Brandon Bloodworth  - Jeffrey Davidson  -  Whitman Choir
  2. The Dream Isaiah Saw, for chorus, brass & organ  - Glenn L. Rudolph  -  Washington Chorus  - National Capital Brass and Percussion  - Brandon Bloodworth  - Jeffrey Davidson  -  Whitman Choir
  3. Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)  - Christmas Traditional  - David Willcocks  - Alain Trudel  -  Washington Chorus  - National Capital Brass and Percussion  - Brandon Bloodworth  - Jeffrey Davidson  -  Whitman Choir
  4. O come, O come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, emmanuel), carol  - Christmas Traditional  - Julian Wachner  -  Washington Chorus  - National Capital Brass and Percussion  - Brandon Bloodworth  - Jeffrey Davidson  -  Whitman Choir
  5. Sing we to this merry company  - John Rutter  -  Washington Chorus  - National Capital Brass and Percussion  - Brandon Bloodworth  - Jeffrey Davidson  -  Whitman Choir
  6. The First Nowell (English)  - Christmas Traditional  - Julian Wachner  -  Washington Chorus  - National Capital Brass and Percussion  - Brandon Bloodworth  - Jeffrey Davidson  -  Whitman Choir
  7. Joy to the World (theme by Handel)  - George Frideric Handel  - Christmas Traditional  - Julian Wachner  -  Washington Chorus  - National Capital Brass and Percussion  - Brandon Bloodworth  - Jeffrey Davidson  -  Whitman Choir
  8. Still, Still, Still (Stille, stille, stille) (Austrian)  - Christmas Traditional  - Norman Luboff  -  Washington Chorus  - National Capital Brass and Percussion  - Brandon Bloodworth  - Jeffrey Davidson  -  Whitman Choir
  9. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)  - Christmas Traditional  - Alain Trudel  -  Washington Chorus  - National Capital Brass and Percussion  - Brandon Bloodworth  - Jeffrey Davidson  -  Whitman Choir
  10. Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella ("Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle")  - Christmas Traditional  - Julian Wachner  -  Washington Chorus  - National Capital Brass and Percussion  - Brandon Bloodworth  - Jeffrey Davidson  -  Whitman Choir
  11. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fidelis)  - John Francis Wade  - David Willcocks  - Christmas Traditional  -  Washington Chorus  - National Capital Brass and Percussion  - Brandon Bloodworth  - Jeffrey Davidson  -  Whitman Choir
  12. Angels We Have Heard on High  - Christmas Traditional  - Julian Wachner  -  Washington Chorus  - National Capital Brass and Percussion  - Brandon Bloodworth  - Jeffrey Davidson  -  Whitman Choir

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