Celebration of Christmas: Merrily on High [CD] - BYU Combined Choirs and Orchestra

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Celebration of Christmas: Merrily on High [CD] - BYU Combined Choirs and Orchestra

Each Christmas season at Brigham Young University over 500 vocalists and instrumentalists celebrate the season in song. Handpicked from the largest private student body in the country, these students comprise four nationally and internationally acclaimed choirs and the highly praised Philharmonic Orchestra.

These musical organizations are known for their unity, due in part to the superb technical proficiency achieved under the hands of choral conductors Ronald Staheli, Rosalind Hall, and Jean Applonie and Philharmonic conductor Kory Katseanes. But there is more. Students and conductors share a strong belief in the spiritual character of music. As one critic observed, “The spiritual element is present in each piece the choirs sing.” This results in performances that are alive, fresh, and heartfelt—performances that overcome boundaries and draw people together.

The music presented here was recorded during the live performances of the December 2010 Celebration of Christmas concerts.

You can also get this album on Amazon.com and iTunes or listen on Spotify.



SONG LIST

BYU MEN’S CHORUS
1. Masters in this Hall
French carol, arr. Mark Hayes

2. What Shall We Sing
Catalan Lullaby, arr. Howard Helvey

BYU SINGERS
3. Pat-a-pan
French carol, arr. Mark Burrows

4. Lullay Alleluia
Traditional carols, arr. Ruth Elaine Schram

BYU CONCERT CHOIR
5. In the Bleak Mid-Winter
Gustav Holst, arr. Harold Darke

6. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
English carol, arr. Stephen Oliver

BYU WOMEN’S CHORUS
7. Silent Night
Franz Gruber, arr. Christopher Downard

8. Angels We Have Heard on High
French carol, arr. Philip Kern

BYU COMBINED CHOIRS
9. Now Glad of Heart
K. Lee Scott

BYU PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
10. Fantasia on Greensleeves
Ralph Vaughan Williams

11. Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson

BYU COMBINED CHOIRS AND BYU PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
12. Still, Still, Still
Austrian carol, arr. Mack Wilberg

13. Ding! Dong! Merrily on High
French carol, arr. Mack Wilberg

14. Nativity Carol
John Rutter

15. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
English carol, arr. John Rutter



CREDITS

Producers: Ronald Staheli, Rosalind Hall, Jean Applonie, Kory Katseanes

Executive Producer: Ben Fales

Recording Engineer: Jon Holloman

Mastering Engineer: Troy Sales

BYU Records is part of BYU Music Group, an enterprise center in the School of Music at Brigham Young University, and part of the College of Fine Arts and Communications.

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  • 5
    CHRISTMAS WAS NEVER MERRIER!

    Posted by Floyd Watson on 4th Oct 2013

    This is an excellent Christmas CD. Lot's of different instruments in addition to the excellent groups of voices represented here. The opening number: "Masters in This Hall" has never sounded so robust, and of special interest is the use of various combinations of hand bells and bells. There are several pieces that are just simple piano accompaniment which is a refreshing change, and a couple of great orchestral pieces: "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson, and the wonderful "Fantasia on Greensleeves by Vaughn-Williams. This CD is guaranteed to put you firmly in the Christmas spirit!