Yuletide Fires II

Yuletide Fires II

With our world changing so rapidly, with our means of communication accelerating at dizzying speeds, with our cultures and beliefs intermingling and becoming less well-defined, what does Christmastime mean to people in our world and how do we choose the music for a CD that will be appealing to listeners?

In many ways the music on this CD, Yuletide Fires II, is a reflection of that current world. You’ll find ancient Latin chant expressing the wonder of the virgin and child; familiar words and carols that connect us to a Christmas of our childhood; songs written in the 21st century that explore new ways to celebrate the joys of Christmas and hopes and possibilities of a new year. There are also tunes and tales that tell of traditions and transport us back in memory to that time of heightened anticipation. We are thrilled to have renowned mezzo-soprano Judith Forst join us on this CD – what a wonderful Christmas present!

* denotes selections led by Kevin Zakresky, assistant conductor

Track List

  1. What Child Is This? English traditional, arranged Jonathan Quick
  2. Alma Redemptoris Mater* Gregorian chant
  3. A La Nanita Nana* Spanish traditional, arr. Norman Luboff
  4. Ubi Caritas Ola Gjeilo
  5. Ave Regina Caelorum* Gregorian chant
  6. The Gate of the Year Eleanor Daley, arr. Diane Loomer
  7. Ave Maria* Ambrosian chant
  8. The Three Kings Healey Willan, arr. Diane Loomer
  9. Sweet Was the Song Jeff Enns
  10. In the Bleak Midwinter Gustav Holst, arr. Stephen Smith
  11. Peace I Leave with You Knut Nystedt
  12. Salve Regina* Gregorian chant
  13. Koppången Pererik Moraeus, arr. Robert Sund
  14. Cantique de Noël - with Judith Forst Adolphe Adam, arr. Larry Nickel
  15. Regina Caeli* Gregorian chant
  16. A New Year Carol Benjamin Britten
  17. O Tannenbaum* German traditional
  18. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Hugh Martin, arr. Miles Ramsay
  19. To Drive the Cold Winter Away English traditional, arr. Willi Zwozdesky
  20. The Mummer Song Alan Doyle and Sean McCann, arr. Stephen Smith
  21. Christmas Time Is Here Vince Guaraldi, arr. Miles Ramsay

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