Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest

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Three substantial and endearing Christmas works are featured on this recording of unusual Holiday music, including Respighi’s “Christmas card to the world,” Rupert Lang’s setting of the Magnificat, and Conrad Susa’s radiant Carols & Lullabies.

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The sunny Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest by Conrad Susa derives from the folk music of Hispanic America, and sets the Holy birth in the context of a Southwestern pinata party. Italian composer Ottorino Respighi was an early twentieth-century composer who looked to the past for inspiration and musical materials, e.g., in his well-known Ancient Airs and Dances. This tendency can also be heard in the Laud to the Nativity of Our Lord, Respighi’s self-described “personal Christmas card to the world.” The disc also includes the premiere recording of a Chor Leoni commission, Magnificat by Vancouver composer Rupert Lang. Using the unusual combination of mezzo-soprano soloist and male chorus, Lang seeks to express Mary’s personal, human response to the formal biblical text, with wonderful results.

Special guests for this recording include mezzo-soprano Mariateresa Magisano (winner of the 1998 Metropolitan Opera Auditions), soprano Lambroula Maria Pappas (winner of the 1999 Metropolitan Opera Auditions), and Elektra Women’s Choir (four-time consecutive First Place winners in the CBC Competition).

Please note that the only difference between this edition and our earlier Magnificat CD is the packaging and new name. Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest contains all of the music and notes from Magnificat.

Track List

1. ¡Oh, mi Belén! – from Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest – Conrad Susa
2. El Desembre Congelat – from Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest – Conrad Susa
3. Alegría – from Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest – Conrad Susa
4. A la Nanita Nana – from Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest – Conrad Susa
5. Las Posadas – from Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest – Conrad Susa
6. Campana Sobre Campana – from Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest – Conrad Susa
7.  En Belén Tocan a Fuego – from Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest – Conrad Susa
8. El Noi de la Mare – from Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest – Conrad Susa
9. Chiquirriquitín – from Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest – Conrad Susa
10. El Rorro – from Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest – Conrad Susa
11. Lauda per la Natività del Signore Ottorino Respighi
12. Recitative –  from Magnificat –  Rupert Lang
13.Mary’s Song – from Magnificat –  Rupert Lang
14.Magnificat – from Magnificat –  Rupert Lang
15. Quia Fecit –  from Magnificat –  Rupert Lang
16. Fecit Potentiam – from Magnificat –  Rupert Lang
17.  Suscepit Israeil – from Magnificat –  Rupert Lang
18. Gloria – from Magnificat –  Rupert Lang

Catalogue number

CCR0703 – released 1998

Produced by

Janet Lea

Recording Engineer

Grant Rowledge

Recorded

in January 1997 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada.