In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
The late Robert Shaw, called "the Dean of American choral conductors," died in January, 1999. His long and fruitful relationship with Telarc International spanned twenty years and produced 41 recordings, eleven of which have won Grammy Awards.
Shaw became Music Director Emeritus and Conductor Laureate of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 1988 after serving as Music Director of the Orchestra for 21 years. During his tenure as Music Director, he built the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra into a major American orchestra, garnering widespread acclaim through national and international tours and award-winning recordings.
A regular guest conductor of major orchestras in this country and abroad, Mr. Shaw was also in demand as a teacher and lecturer at leading U. S. colleges and universities. The Robert Shaw Institute was founded in recent years to foster excellence in music-making, especially in the choral arts. Now affiliated with Ohio State University, the Institute's summer festivals in southwest France and the U.S. attracted admiring attention from the international press and produced a number of recordings from the Robert Shaw Festival Singers.
Robert Shaw's distinguished career began in New York where he prepared choruses for such renowned conductors as Arturo Toscanini and Bruno Walter. Soon he was conducting major symphony orchestras. In 1949, he formed the Robert Shaw Chorale which over the next 17 years became America's premiere touring choral group and was sent by the U. S. State Department on several tours to 30 countries in Europe (including the Soviet Union), the Middle East and Latin America. Mr. Shaw served as Music Director of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and as Associate Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, working closely with George Szell for 11 years before becoming Music Director of the ASO in 1967.
Throughout his career, Mr. Shaw received abundant recognition for his work. His awards included 14 Grammy awards; England's Gramophone Magazine Award; a Gold Record for the first RCA classical recording to sell more than a million copies; honorary degrees and citations from forty U. S. Colleges and universities; four ASCAP awards for service to contemporary music; the first Guggenheim Fellowship ever awarded to a conductor; the Alice M. Ditson Award for Service to American Music; the George Peabody Medal for outstanding contributions to music in America; and the Gold Baton Award of the American Symphony Orchestra League for "distinguished service to music and the arts."
Mr. Shaw was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the National Council on the Arts, and he was a 1991 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation's highest honor to performing artists "who, through a lifetime of accomplishment, have enriched American life by their achievement in the performing arts." He was named "Musician of the Year" in the 1992 edition of Musical America, the international directory of the performing arts and during the same year was awarded the National Medal of Arts in a White House ceremony. He was the 1993 recipient of the Conductors' Guild Theodore Thomas Award, in recognition of outstanding life achievement in conducting as well as his contributions to the education and training of young conductors. In 1998, Shaw was honored by the Orchestra of St. Luke's with their "Gift of Music" Award. He was also be the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Yale University.
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Help Us, O Lord
Review: Now for the first time in a long and fruitful association with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Telarc Records has released an cappella album of works by Messiaen, Tallis, Vaughan Williams, Tavener, Durufle, and Copland by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus without the orchestra. Composed of forty to sixty members selected by audition from the ranks of the renowned 200-member Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, The ASO Chamber Chorus has earned nine GRAMMY Awards for Best Choral Performance. Conducted by Director of Choruses Norman Mackenzie and recorded at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, the large scale and fine acoustics make it an ideal choral recording.
Songlist: O Sacrum Convivium, Song for Athene, Mass in G Minor, Sanctus-Benedictus, Motets on Gregorian Themes, Ubi caritas, Tota pulchra est, Tu es Petrus, Tantum ergo, Help Us, O Lord, Thou, O Jehovah, abideth forever, Have mercy on Us, O My Lord, Sing Ye Praises to Our King, O Sacrum Convivium
Review: This recording presents a poignant compilations disc of songs, laments, chants, and single movements from large sacred works-all conducted by the late Robert Shaw-that evoke peace, reflection and remembrance. All of the thirteen tracks in this beautiful collection are taken from a wide variety of previously released recordings made for Telarc by the late Robert Shaw, the Dean of American choral conductors. The featured compositions include single movements from large works for chorus and orchestra (such as the Requiems of Mozart, Faure, and Durufle) as well as works for unaccompanied voices (such as the "Ave Maria" from Quattro Pezzi Sacri by Verdi.) The recording opens with the serene sounds of Gregorian chant: six verses of the Stabat Mater dolorosa, followed by the "Fac ut ardeat" movement from the Stabat Mater by Poulenc. Secular works featured on Elegy include Beethoven's Elegiac Song; the Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) by Brahms; a movement from Hindemith's poignant When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd; and the "Bois muertri" from Poulenc's Un soir de neige (Night of Snow). The recording closes, fittingly, with Schoenberg's eloquent a cappella choral work, Friede auf Erden (Peace on Earth).
Songlist: Gregorian Chant: Stabat Mater Dolorosa, Stabat Mater, Ave Verum Corpus, RequiemIV, Requiem Op. 48 , Requiem Op. 9 , Mass In G Major, Quattro Pezzi Sacri , Un Soir De Neige , Elegiac Song , When Lilacs Last In The Moonlight Dooryard Bloom'd, Schicksalslied, Friede Auf Erden
Review: Telarc Records delves into its vault of treasured Robert Shaw recordings to re-release music that is cherished by choral enthusiasts worldwide. The Shaw catalog is near and dear to the heart of Robert Woods, president of Telarc, who handles the late conductor's legacy with great reverence. "Sacred" brings together works performed by not only Shaw and the amazing Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, but also the legendary Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Both choral entities have garnered numerous GRAMMY Awards for Telarc.
Songlist: Ubi caritas from Four Gregorian Moets, Op. 10, Lu, aetmerna from Requiem, Op. 9 , Sanctus from Requiem, Op. 9 , O Magnum Mysterium, Ave verum corpus, K.618, Kyie from Mass No. 2, D.167 in G major, How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place , Lift Thine Eyes to the Mountains from Elijah , He Watching Over Isreal from Elijah, Make me to weep lovingly with you , Take Time To Be Holy, Abide with Me; 'Tis Eventide, Rejoice, O Virgin (Bogoroditsye Devo, Raduisya) from Vespers (All-Night Vigil) - , Pie Jesu from Requiem, Op. 48 , Fount of Every Blessing (excerpt), Sanctus from Requiem, Op. 5
Review: Recorded in 1960, under the direction of one of the foremost conductors of the modern age - Shaw's resume includes collaborations with Arturo Toscanini - "Sea Shanties" is not merely a period piece. The 16 shanties, arranged by Robert Shaw and his frequent associate, Alice Parker, are stirring and invigorating, as was indeed their purpose, as many of them supplied the rhythmic accompaniment for hard manual labor. Slower tasks required a commensurate meter: "Shenandoah" and "Lowlands" are typical examples. Finally, in their down time, sailors would sing for entertainment, often recalling exotic ports-of-call, and romanticizing their adventures ("Swansea Town," "Santy Anna"). Four songs have acoustic guitar.
Songlist: Blow the Man Down, Bound for the Rio Grande, Lowlands, Whup! Jamboree, Tom's Gone to Hilo, A-Roving, Good-bye, Fare Ye Well, What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor, The Shaver, Stormalong, John, Swansea Town , Haul Away, Joe, Shenandoah, Santy Anna, The Drummer and the Cook, Spanish Ladies
Review: This is the second compilation recording to feature sacred choral classics conducted by Robert Shaw. The baroque era is represented by Vivaldi's Gloria and J.S. Bach's Magnificat; the classical and romantic periods include selections from Mozart's Requiem, and the Verdi and Berlioz Requiems; and the twentieth century is well-represented with selections from the Poulenc Mass in G Major, the Durufle Requiem, and Mahler's Symphony No. 8, the "Symphony of a Thousand." Operatic selections are included by composers Arrigo Boito (the "Prologue" from Mephistofele), and Pietro Mascagni (the "Regina coeli" from Cavalleria rusticana). Also contributing to the dramatic sense of contrast on this recording is the juxtapositioning of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with the ethereal, a capella sounds of the Shaw Festival Singers, who are highlighted in "Bless the Lord, O my soul," from Rachmaninoff's Vespers; and in the "Agnus Dei" from the Poulenc Mass in G Major.
Songlist: Mefistofele: Prologue, Mass In G Major: Agnus Dei, Mass In C minor, K.427: Kyrie, Christ On The Mount of Olives: Hallelujah, Vespers: Bless The Lord, O My Soul, Requiem, Op. 9: Sanctus, Te Deum, Op. 103: Te Deum Laudamus, Gloria: Et In Terra Pax, Magnificat: Suscepit Israel, Requiem, Op 48: Pie Jesu, Requiem, Libera Me, Cavalleria Rusticana: Regina Coeli, Mass No. 2 In G Major:Benedictus, Requiem Op. 5: Rex Tremendae, Symphony No. 8: Finale
Review: The Faure Requiem was begun in 1886 and finished in the first weeks of 1888. Unlike other requiems, this piece has no sense of doom or angst. It expresses no fear of death, but rather depicts the reaching for eternal happiness. Warm and comforting, this work is a rare gem in the French repertoire. Durufle's greatest known work was his Requiem written in 1947. At the time it was commissioned, Durufle was composing a suite for organ solo based on the Gregorian chants of the Mass for the Dead. It was this suite that was expanded and transformed to become the requiem. The insightful interpretation and superb performance of these requiems by Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus is unmatched. This release received a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Classical Recording.
Songlist: Faure Requiem (7 Movements), - Introit & Kyrie, - Offertory, - Sanctus, - Pie Jesu, - Agnus Dei, - Libera me, - In Paradisum, Durufle Requiem (9 Movements), - Introit, - Kyrie, - Domine Jesu Christe, - Sanctus, - Pie Jesu, - Agnus Dei, - Lux Aeterna, - Libera me, - In Paradisum
Review: Showcasing works from the preeminent composers of Western classical music, such as Schubert, Vivaldi and Bach, this recording is a compilation drawn from Robert Shaw's vast canon. Mr. Shaw, who recently died, was one of the most famous and recognized choral directors of modern day, and his association with the Atlanta Symphony and Chorus was a prolific one. These accompanied selections, on sacred and religious themes, are grand, dramatic and ornate. One of the most affecting is Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis: Gloria," which captures the intense emotion that heralded the beginning of the Romantic era.
Songlist: Gloria In Excelsis, Mass In B Minor: Sanctus, Messiah: And Suddenly Their Was The Angel-Glory To God, The Creation: Awake The Harp, Mass No. 2 In G Major: Gloria, Missa Solemnis: Gloria, Requim: Sanctus, Heavenly Light, Te Deum: Aeterna Fac, Vespers: Slava V Vyshnikh Bogu (Glory To God In The Highest), Requiem: Sanctus, Mass In G Major: Gloria, Alleluia, Mass: Sanctus, Magnificat
Review: Robert Shaw leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in some of opera's most beloved choruses. This assortment ranges from the immensely popular "Va pensiero" from Nabucco to the tragic end of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Other selections include "Regina Coeli" from Cavalleria Rusticana and the "Anvil Chorus" from Il Trovatore. These choruses provide comic relief, enhance the plot or give voice to the desire for freedom. With guest soloists, soprano Christine Brewer, tenor Karl Dent and bass Kevin Maynor, this incredible chorus gives first rate performances of the grand and glorious from the stage.
Songlist: Happy We! from Acis and Galatea (Handel), When I am Laid in Earth; With Drooping Wings, from Dido and Aeneas (Purcell), Zhivi i zdravstvui, Coronation Scene, from Boris Godunov (Moussorgskv), Les voice, from Carmen (Bizet), O wlche Lust! Prisoners' Chorus, from Fidelio (Beethoven), Wach'auf! from Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Wagner), Treulich gefuhrt, Bridal Chorus, from Lohengrin (Wagner), Begluckt' darf nun dich, Pilgrims' Chorus, from Tannhauser (Wagner), Freudig begrussen wir, Entrance of the Guests, from Tannhauser (Wagner), Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie, Anvil Chorus, from Il Trovatore (Verdi), Que interminabile andirivieni! Servants' Chorus, from Don Pasquale (Donizetti), Zitti, Zitti, Conspirators' Chorus, from Rigoletto (Verdi), Va, Pensiero, Chorus of Hebrew Slaves, from Nabucco (Verdi), Regina Coeli, from Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni)
Review: There is an abundance of great choral music in the world. This compilation by Robert Shaw leading the Atlanta Symphony and Choruses is some of the best, from the opening movement of J.S. Bach's Magnificat to the "Intaberna quando sumus" from Orff's Carmina Burana. These pieces are triumphant and glorious and as always beautifully performed by this highly acclaimed group of musicians. It is hard to pick the favorites among the best, but this is a good place to start.
Songlist: "Gloria all'Egitto" from Aida , "Agnus Dei" from Requiem , "Magnificat anima mea" from Magnificat , "In taberna quando sumus" from Carmina burana, II. (Psalm 23-Psalm 2:1-4) from Chichester Psalms , Laudamus Te, "Kyrie" from Mass No. 2 in G Major , "Tui Nati vulnerati" from Stabat Mater, "Te Deum" from Four Sacred Pieces, "Sing to God" from The Creation , "Osanna in excelsis" from Mass in B Minor, "Cum Sancto Spiritu" from Gloria , "Selig sind die Toten" from Ein deutsches Requiem
Review: Robert Shaw's awards shelf had to be expanded to make room for the National Medal of Arts from Pres. Reagan, Musician of theYear by Musical America, the Theodore Thomas Award of the Conductor's Guild, a Gold Record, Britain's Gramophone Award, 13 Grammys, four ASCAP awards, the list goes on and on. Shaw began directing the Fred Waring Glee Club to radio fame, then his Collegiate Chorale, finally moving on to the Robert Shaw Chorale, whose tours and recordings brought him worldwide fame. He became music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 1967. "The Power" combines the orchestral power (as in heavily accompanied) of the Symphony with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers to do justice to 17 monumental pieces by such heavies as Verdi, Durufle, Orff, Mozart, Borodin, Bach, Handel, Berlioz, Faure, Haydn and Rachmaninoff. Remember the drama and power of the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah?" It's here, and there's 16 others like it. Amazing!
Songlist: Dies irae (Giuseppe Verdi), Tuba Mirium, Pie Jesu (Maurice Durufle), O Fortuna (Carl Orff), Dies irae (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), Rex tremendae, Confutatis, Lacrimosa, Polovtsian Dances (Alexander Borodin), Missa: Kyrie eleison (Johann Sebastian Bach), Hallelujah Chorus (George Frideric Handel), The Shepherds Farewell (Hector Berlioz), Sanctus (Gabriel Faure), The Heavens are Telling (Franz Joseph Haydn), "Va, pensiero" (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) (Verdi), Nyne Otpushchayeshi (Sergei Rachmaninoff), Dies irae (Berlioz)
Review: We don't need to recount Robert Shaw's credentials as a group leader and director of the Fred Waring Glee Club and The Robert Shaw Chorale, or his list of awards, Grammys, ASCAPs, etc. over his 50+ year career, do we? Good. So, if you were director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and recording a Christmas CD, what kind would it be? Powerful, monumental and classic of course! We have 18 mostly traditional carols here, "Good Christian Men, Rejoice," "Silent Night," "Patapan," "Fum Fum Fum," "March of the Kings," "Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella," "Angels We Have Heard On High," "The First Nowell," "I Saw Three Ships," "Deck The Halls," etc., along with the Latin hymn "O Sanctissima," Wesley-Mendelssohn's "Hark!," and Bach's "Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light." All arrangements are by Robert Russell Bennett. Majestic, triumphant Christmas music!
Songlist: Traditional: Good Christian Men, Rejoice, Mohr-Gruber: Silent Night, Traditional: Patapan, Traditional: O Come, All Ye Faithful, Latin Hymn: O Sanctissima, Watts-Handel: Joy To the World, Traditional: Away in A Manger, Traditional: Fum Fum Fum, Traditional: March of the Kings, Traditional: What Child Is This?, Wesley-Mendelssohn: Hark!, The Herald Angels Sing, Traditional: Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella, Traditional: Angels We Have Heard On High, J.S. Bach: Break Forth, O Beauteous Heav'nly Light, Tradtional; The First Nowell, Redner-Brooks: O Little Town of Bethlehem, Traditional: I Saw Three Ships, Traditional: Deck the Halls
Review: Now available for the first time on CD, this is a reissue of the 1975 double LP and is a wonderful lasting testimony to the fabulous choral excellence of Mr. Shaw. This was a very successful release and was popular at the time but has been unavailable for many years. You will certainly feel the total majesty of one of America's finest choirs in this classic Christmas recording.
Songlist: O Come, O Come Emmanuel , And There Were Shepherds , Break Forth, Gloria in Excelsis, Et In Terra Pax, Allegro non Molto, Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming , There is a Rose in Flower, Dormi Jesu, Farandole, Jesus Shepherd My Beginning , Lully, Lullay Thou Little Tiny Child, The Shepherds' Farewell to the Holy Family, Adeste Fideles, Dona Nobis Pacem, Hallelujah
Review: The more modern and esoteric of Shaw's Christmas recordings, featuring the "Ceremony Of Carols," a modern suite by Benjamin Britten, comprising 11 tracks, and highlighting two soloists and harp. The contemporary composer, Morten Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium" is also included; its simple and graceful melody floats ethereally by. Biebl's "Ave Maria," with its distinctive major/minor tension, Praetorius' "Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming," and Howell's "Sing Lullaby" are other gems, most of which are arranged by Shaw and Alice Parker. The sprightly "Allon, Gay Bergeres" and "While By My Sheep" suggest caroling from door-to-door, the crisp crunch of snow underfoot and rosy-cheeked smiles for all!
Songlist: O Come, Emmanuel, Alleluia, The First Nowell, The Carol Of The Birds, Allon, Gay Bergeres, A Hymn To The Virgin, O Magnum Mysterium, Rejoice and Sing, from "Christmas Oratorio", Ave Maria, What Is This Lovely Fragrance?, Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming, Sing Lullaby, While By My Sheep, Break Forth, O Wondrous Heavenly Light, from "Christmas Oratorio", Heavenly Light, Adeste Fideles, Ceremony Of Carols
Review: In addition to his many solo songs, Franz Schubert wrote about one hundred male quartets and choruses. These part songs, like their solo counterparts, use texts by the great poets, like Goethe and Schiller, and have equally beautiful melodies. The popularity of these pieces was due to the development of music making by the middle class. Small public concerts, given in taverns or peoples homes, were places that the songs would be performed. Schubert was often requested to compose these part-songs for the occasions. Among the all male songs is the gem "Standchen" which is scored for alto and male chorus with piano accompaniment. The men of the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers perform these rarely heard pieces with great beauty and lyricism. The songs on this CD are a cappella, with a few having guitar or piano accompaniment.
Songlist: Die Nacht, Die Nachtigall, Wehmuth, Der Gondelfahrer, Mondenschein, Nachthelle, Das Dorfchen, Die Einsiedelei, Sehnsucht, Grab Und Mond, Fruhlingsgesang, Liebe, Widerspruch, An Den Fruhling, La Pastorella, Standchen, Der Entfernten
Review: Twenty-nine carols arranged by Robert Shaw and Alice Parker, and sung by the forty-nine member Robert Shaw Chamber Singers. Many English, but some French, Spanish, Italian, German and the occasional American carol are included. In broad terms, carols were popular songs, and the original definition referred to a type of dance; remember, too, that Christmas was an adaptation of various pagan celebrations, an influence that can certainly be discerned in carols such as "Masters In This Hall," the sprightly rhythms of which are not meant to be listened to sitting down. Robert Shaw's various classical vocal ensembles are considered to be some of the finest in the world, and under his direction, earned many Grammy's and international acclaim.
Songlist: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, Angels We Have Heard on High , O Come, O Come Emmanuel, How Unto Bethlehem?, The Boar's Head Carol, O Tannenbaum, Masters in This Hall, My Dancing Day, Away in a Manger, Good Christian Men, Rejoice, The Holly and the Ivy, Good King Wenceslas, Wassail Song, Bring a Torch, Jeannete, Isabella, Fum, Fum, Fum, Mary Had a Baby, Hacia Belen va un borrico, Christ Was Born on Christmas Day, March of the Kings, Coventry Carol, Deck the Halls, The Cherry Tree Carol, We Three Kings of Orient Are, Touro-louro-louro!, So Blest a Sight, I Saw Three Ships, What Child Is This?, Susanni, In the Bleak Midwinter
Review: The remastered A Festival of Carols by the Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra, originally recorded in 1957 and 1963, is a timeless classic. It includes four of Robert Russell Bennett's medleys and beautiful a cappella versions of holiday favorites many of which are by Robert Shaw and Alice Parker. Selections include, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," "My Dancing Day" and "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming." This CD will keep your spirits up all season long.
Songlist: Medley - Good Christian Men, Rejoice; Silent Night; Patapan; O Come, All Ye Faithful, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, Shepard's Carol, Go, Tell It On The Mountain, Medley - O Sanctissima; Joy To The World; Away In A Manger; Fum, Fum, Fum; March Of The Kings, I Wonder As I Wander, We Three Kings, My Dancing Day, Medley - What Child Is This?; Hark! The Herald Angles Sing; Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella; Angles We Have Heard On High, Coventry Carol, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming, Carol Of The Bells, Medley - Break Forth, O Beauteous Heaventy Light; The First Nowell; O Little Town Of Bethlehem; I Saw Three Ships; Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly
Review: A classic recording remastered. In arrangements by Robert Russell Bennett, the Robert Shaw Chorale sings patriotic favorites with the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra. Selections include a medley from the Civil War of songs from both North and South, a medley from the Revolutionary War and a Service Songs Medley. A great recording with or without fireworks.
Songlist: The Battle Hymn Of The Republic, America, America, The Beautiful, Columbia, The Gem Of The Ocean, God Bless America, Revolutionary War Medley, Civil War Medley, Service Songs Medley, The Star-Spangled Banner
Review: RCA Victor presents Robert Shaw, the preeminent choral conductor of his time, and The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus in sacred choral works that are symphonic in scale, and eternal in their appeal. Newly remastered with state-of-the-art 24/96 technology, this superb album presents the magic of these performances in the widest range of musical reproduction ever.
Songlist: Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus, A German Requiem: How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place, Requiem: Lacrimosa, Missa Solemnis: Kyrie, The Creation: The Heavens are Telling, Elijah: He, Watching Over Israel, Mass in G: redo, Saint Matthew Passion: Rest Well
Review: We hardly need to mention Robert Shaw's credentials as a group leader and director of the Fred Waring Glee Club, the RS Festival Singers, RS Chorale and RS Chamber Singers, his Grammys and ASCAPS and his 50-plus year legendary career in music. This is a digitally remastered reissue of a classic lp of one of some of the most beloved music of all time, the Great Choruses from Handel's Messiah. The piece is given to us in 17 parts, from "And the Glory of the Lord" and the famous "For Unto Us a Child Is Born" to "Their Sound Is Gone Out Into All Lands," "Hallelujah" and finishing with "Worthy Is The Lamb That Was Slain." Of course this CD is orchestrally accompanied, with harpsichord and organ, throughout. As with all the CDs associated with Robert Shaw that we carry in our catalog, "Great Choruses" is a powerful, wonderfully performed work of art!
Songlist: And the Glory of the Lord, And He Shall Purify, For Unto Us A Child Is Born, Glory to God, His Yoke Is Easy, Behold the Lamb of God, Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs, And with His Stripes We Are Healed, All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray, He Trusted in God, Lift Up Your Heads, Oh Ye Gates, Let All the Angels of God Worship Him, The Lord Gave the Word, Their Sound Is Gone Out Into All Lands, Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder, Hallelujah, Since by Man Came Death, O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?, But Thanks Be to God, Worthy Is the Lamb That Was Slain
Review: Sometimes sprightly, sometimes pensive, but always graceful, these Irish traditionals are given a refined treatment by the Robert Shaw Chorale. The Alice Parker arrangements are simple, merely fleshing out the melodies, but the full, resonant tone of this famous classical ensemble lends elegance as well. A mixed chorale, but soloists are featured on some tracks, as suggested by the text. Styles have changed since 1968, when this was originally released, but songs such as "The Girl I Left Behind Me" and 'The Parting Glass" have a timeless flavor. With some Irish harp accompaniment.
Songlist: Avenging And Bright, Wearin' Of The Green, The Croppy Boy, Silent, O Moyle, Sing, Sing, 'Tis Pretty To Be In Balinderry, My Gentle Harp, Johnny, I Hardly Knew You, The Minstrel Boy, I Know Where I'm Goin', Has Sorrow Thy Young Days Shaded?, The Girl I Left Behind Me, A Ballynure Ballad, To Ladies' Eyes, We May Roam Through This World, The Parting Glass
Review: The legendary Robert Shaw conducts sacred songs on this remastered recording from 1964. The Robert Shaw Chorale with orchestra and organ sing such selections as the triumphant "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," the spiritual "Were You There?," arranged by Alice Parker and both the Shubert and Bach-Gounod "Ave Maria." The orchestral arrangements were done by Robert Russell Bennett. This is a classic!
Songlist: A Mighty Fortress is Our God, Ave Maria, The Lost Chord, Panis Angelicus, Nearer, My God, To Thee, The Holy City, Ave Maria, Kol Nidre, Were You There?, Sleepers, Wake
Review: From RCA's "Living Stereo" series, this re-issue of Stephen Foster compositions and Negro spirituals was recorded in 1958 and 1961. Mr. Shaw, whose illustrious career spanned a directorship at Julliard in 1945 to a 21-year tenure at the Atlanta Symphony (before his death earlier this year), treats his material with sensitivity and respect, a respect that was obviously shared by Stephen Foster for the pre-Civil War South. Foster did not defer to a European classical model for his inspiration or precedent. Songs such as "Beautiful Dreamer," "Oh Susanna" and "Nelly Bly" are powerful because of their elegant simplicity, not in spite of it. Likewise, the mournful expression of "I Want To Die Easy" speaks louder than any history book. Frequently a cappella, but with some banjo and guitar accompaniment.
Songlist: Ring De Banjo, Beautiful Dreamer, Gentle Annie, Way Down In Ca-i-ro, My Old Kentuky Home, Old Black Joe, Dolcy Jones, Thou Art The Queen Of My Song, Old Folks At Home, Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming, Oh! Susanna, Gentle Lena Clare, Nelly Bly, Some Folks, Laura Lee, Camptown Races, Steal Away, Nobody Knows (Duh Trouble I See), I Want To Die Easy, Dere's No Hidin' Place
Review: A "Greatest Hits" collection of some of the Chorus's most popular pieces.
Songlist: Hallelujah, Ave Verum Corpus , Kyrie Eleison, The Shepherds, Lift Thine Eyes to the Mountains , Dona Nobis Pacem , Hallelujah , Sanctus, Bogoroditse Devo, Wie Lieblich Sind Deine Wohnungen , The Heavens Are Telling, Rex Tremendae
Review: The late Robert Shaw, who died in January 1999, had a long and fruitful relationship with Telarc, spanning twenty years and producing 41 recordings, eleven of which have won Grammy Awards. The current recording is the final one to be made by the conductor. Included on the second disc is a spoken interview of Shaw made by National Public Radio's Martin Goldsmith, host of "Performance Today." The interview was made in November 1998, just after the recording sessions for the Dvorak Stabat Mater, and features Shaw discussing his career, this work, and the state of the choral art. Portions of the interview were originally broadcast over NPR on April 2, 1999. The Stabat Mater was written by Dvorak in direct response to personal and private grief when he began the work, in 1876, he and his wife had recently lost a baby daughter, who had lived only two days. Other work intervened requiring the composer to set the Stabat Mater aside, but he soon resumed it in 1877 after losing two more children in quick succession-a baby daughter to accidental poisoning, and his three-year-old son to smallpox. The work was premiered in Prague in 1880, by which time Dvorak had risen from obscurity and poverty to become an internationally known composer. In 1883, the London premiere of the Stabat Mater met with such success that Dvorak was invited to come to England to conduct the work. He did so, conducting an enormous orchestra and chorus in the Royal Albert Hall in 1884.
Songlist: Stabat Mater Dolorosa , Quis est homo, qui non fleret , Eja, Mater, Fons amoris, Fac, ut ardeat cor meum , Tui Nati vulernati , Fac me vere tecum flere , Virgo virginum praeclara , Fac, ut portem Christi mortem , Inflammatus et accensus, Quando corpus morietur , Robert Shaw Discusses Dvorak's Stabat Mater with Martin Goldsmith
Review: From America's greatest choral conductor, Robert Shaw, and his superbly trained Atlanta forces comes a recording of two settings of the Latin mass by Franz Schubert. Shaw and the Telarc recording team have won numerous Grammy Awards, they continue that tradition of excellence with Schubert: Mass No. 2 & Mass No. 6. In all, Schubert wrote six Masses over a period stretching from his school days to the end of his life. All but the last were written for specific performances in local churches, and all are practical works reflecting Viennese performance customs of the time. Mass No. 2 in G major was composed in 1815, when Schubert was 18 and just embarking on a teaching career. Simple and tuneful, it is a small-scaled work for chamber choir accompanied only by strings and organ. Soprano, tenor, and bass soloists contribute to the intimate beauty of the choral writing. The Mass must have gladdened the heart of his teacher, Antonio Salieri, who praised Schubert's first Mass with the words, "Franz, you are my pupil and you are going to do me proud." The product of a remarkable surge of music Schubert wrote in his final year, Mass No. 6 in E-flat major lay unperformed until a year after his death. It is basically a choral mass, as its five soloists (soprano, mezzo, two tenors, and bass) are used sparingly. The festive orchestra includes strings, timpani, and full winds except for tuba and flute. Its overall shape and construction follow traditional practice-more so than his preceding setting in A-flat. In harmonic language and details of text setting, however, we encounter a different Schubert, a Romantic who produced telling dramatic effect through his use of frankly pictorial writing and daring chromatic digressions.
Songlist: Mass No. 2, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnes Dei, Mass No. 6, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnes Dei
Review: Since his death in 1999, Robert Shaw continues to be revered by American choral directors and music lovers, and his recorded interpretations are regarded as the gold standard among all those available. His numerous Grammy Awards attest to the regard in which he was held by his fellow musicians. This collection of seventeen choral selections are in recognition of Shaw's stellar body of work and were recorded during his last decade. These tracks are considered the best of the best, exquisite examples of the deep spiritual rapport Shaw achieved with unaccompanied choruses. One piece, the Verdi "Ave Maria," is performed by his 200-voice Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus in one of their rare opportunities to engage in a cappella singing. The remaining sixteen tracks were recorded by the smaller ensembles he formed in his final years-the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, who performed and recorded at his summer choral festivals in the south of France, and the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, which brought together the best of his Atlanta voices for concerts and recordings during the winter months.
Songlist: O Vos Omnes, A New Commandment , Vinea Mea Electa , Videntes Stellam , Dieu! Quil La Fait Bon Regarder!, Waldesnacht, Abendstandchen , Heavenly Light , Svete Tikhyi , Vzbrannoy Boyevode , Ride On, King Jesus, Sometimes I Feel Like A Moaning Dove , Same Train, In A Garden Shady, Ave Maria, Magnificat , Kyrie
Review: The great choral arranging team of Robert Shaw and Alice Parker has given us some great music through the years. They have long been involved with the sacred hymns and spirituals of America, from the southern shape-note hymns to the African American spiritual. Amazing Grace is a compilation of these sacred songs. Selections include, "Wondrous Love," "Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal" and "Sometimes I Feel Like a Moanin' Dove." Originally heard on previous recordings by the Robert Shaw Chorale, these up dated versions by the Festival Singers are just as wonderful and uplifting.
Songlist: To God Our Strength, Come Away To The Skies, Wondrous Love, God Is Seen , Hark, I Hear The Harps Eternal, Bright Canaan, Amazing Grace, His Voice As The Sound, I Will Arise, Saints Bound For Heaven, Ride On, King Jesus, Poor Mourner, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Dere's No Hidin' Place, My God Is A Rock, Sometimes I Feel Like A Moanin' Dove, I Got Shoes, Soon One Morinin', Same Train, Lord, If I Got My Ticket
Review: The great contribution of Robert Shaw to choral music has brought the listener to expect that nearly any recording or live performance under Shaw's direction will be thoroughly stunning, refreshing and performed with remarkable musical insight. On Appear and Inspire, Robert Shaw and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers give exactly this kind of performance of Argento's "I Hate and I Love", Debussy's "Trois Chansons", Poulenc's "Un Soir de Neige", Badings "Trois Chansons Bretonnes", Britten's "Hymn to St. Cecilia" and Ravel's "Trois Chansons."
Songlist: Hymn To St. Cecilia, Op. 27, Hymn To St. Cecilia, Op. 27, Hymn To St. Cecilia, Op. 27, Dieu! Qu'il La Fait Bon Regarder!, Quant J'ai Ouy Le Tabourin, Yver, Vous N'estes Qu'un Villain, Nicolette, Trois Beaux Oiseaux Du Paradis, Ronde, Un Soir De Neige, La Nuit En Mer, La Complainte Des Ames, Soir D'ete, I Hate And I Love
Review: This CD is a newly recorded collection of the most accessible, spiritually enlightening, and uplifting music of our time -- brilliantly interpreted by Robert Shaw and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers. It features Barber's Agnus Dei, a vocal arrangement by the composer of the hauntingly beautiful Adagio For Strings.
Songlist: Totus Tuus, Op. 60, Magnificat, I. Kyrie, II. Gloria, III. Credo, IV. Sanctus, Agnus Dei , Agnus Dei , Friede Auf Erden
Review: Led by master conductor and composer Robert Shaw, the RS Festival Singers perform 40 of Brahm's songs, lightly piano-accompanied and under three headings: "Lebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52, Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 65, and Sieben Abendlieder. The large, extensive liner notes have all the lyrics. We particularly liked "Liebeslieder-Walzer" cuts 1, 5, 6, 11, and 14, "Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer Op. 65, cuts19, 21, 23, 26, 30 and 31, and "Sieben Abendlieder" cuts 34, 37, 38 and 40. As with all Robert Shaw CDs, this one is elegantly arranged, beautifully sung and perfectly directed-great material, wonderfully performed!
Songlist: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52, Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 65, Sieben Abendlieder
Review: The final years of Robert Shaw's life saw a return to his devotion to unaccompanied vocal music. Many will remember the Robert Shaw Chorale which was so popular in the 1950s and into the '60s. For two decades ending with his official retirement in 1989, Robert Shaw was the conductor and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. During that period most of his choral work was for orchestra and chorus. Yet even before his retirement he had established the Robert Shaw Choral Institute which devoted it's efforts to furthering choral arts through conductor training, workshops and performances. Through the establishment of its summer festivals beginning in 1989, participants who were selected by audition came to the Quercy district of south-central France for two weeks of instruction and intensive rehearsal, culminating in a week of performances in the wonderful medieval churches of the region. Many of the recordings on this release were obtained by Telarc during the momentary summer existence of the Robert Shaw Festival Singers. In the winters Robert Shaw created the Chamber Singers to further the practice of choral music. From both these groups has been assembled a group of recordings which reflect the deeply spiritual nature of the founder. Several of them have never been released before. You will find classical works by Tallis, Poulenc, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, and others in addition to several gospels sung by some of the most beautiful voices of the time. This is glorious full choral splendor!
Songlist: If Ye Love Me, A New Commandment, O Vos Omnes, O Magnum Mysterium, O Magnum Mysterium, O Magnum Mysterium, Praise The Name of The Lord, Der Entfernten, American Hymns and Spirituals : Wondrous Love, Amazing Grace, Sometimes I feel Like a Moanin' Dove, Totus Tuus, OP. 60
Review: One of the members of Les Six, a group of avante garde French composers, Francis Poulenc was one of the twentieth century's most notable composers of sacred choral music. Much of this dynamic music is gentle with a mystic sense of simplicity. There are often passages with a rocking alternation of chords with false harmonic relations. Selections from this wonderful recording by then Robert Shaw Festival Singers include the Mass in G major, Four Short Prayers of Saint Francis as well as motets for Christmas and Penitence. The music of Poulenc is must for any collection.
Songlist: Mass In G Major, Quatre Motets Pour le Temps de Noel:, Quatre Motets Pour Un Temps de Penitence:, Quatre Petites De St. Francois d'Assise
Review: Vespers is a musical setting for a night-long service celebrated in Russian monasteries and Russian orthodox churches. Written at the height of Rachmaninoff's compositional powers, the Vespers setting is considered to be the finest of his sacred works. This lush and beautiful composition for unaccompanied voices, in an eloquent performance by Robert Shaw and his talented festival chorus, is captured dramatically by Telarc in the spacious acoustic of the Church of St. Pierre, Gramat, France. This recording won a Grammy award in 1990.
Songlist: Priidite, Poklonimsya-Come, Let Us Worship, Blagoslovi, Dushe Moya-Bless The Lord, O My soul, Blazhen Muzh-Blessed Be The Man, Svete Tikhyi-O Serene Light, Nyne Otpushchayeshi-Now Let Thy Servant Depart, Bogoroditsye Devo, Raduisya-Rejoice O Virgin, Slava V Vyshnikh Bogu-Glory To God In The Highest, Khvalite Imya Gospondene-Praise The Name Of The Lord, Blagosloven Yesi, Gospodi-Blessed Art Thou, O Lord, Voskreseniye Khristove Videvshe-Having Seen the Resurrection Of The Lord, Velichit Dusha Moya Gospoda-My Soul Magnifies The Lord, Slava V Vyshnikh Bogu-Glory To God In The Highest, Dnes Spaseniye Miru Byst-Troparia Of The Day Of Salvation, Voskres Iz Groba-Christ Is Risen From The Grave-Troparia Of The Resurrection, Vzbrannoy Voyevode-Thanksgiving To The Mother Of God
Review: Barber's Prayers of Kierkegaard was commissioned by the Koussevitsky Foundation in 1942, but the composer did not complete the work until January, 1954. It is a setting, in the form of a single-movement cantata, of four prayers by the Danish theologian and philosopher Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855). Robert Shaw gave the American premiere of Bartok's Cantata Profana at Carnegie Hall in 1952. For this recording, he has used a refined version of the English translation of the text he made for that premiere performance. Vaughan Williams's Dona Nobis Pacem was intended as a warning of the threat of war in Europe in the mid-1930s. The texts are taken from the poetry of Walt Whitman, the Bible, the Latin Mass, and from a speech made in the British House of Commons during the Crimean War in the 1850s by John Bright.
Songlist: O Thou Who Art Unchangeable, Lord Jesus Christ, Who Suffered All Life Long, Father In Heaven, Well We Know That It Is Thou, Father In Heaven! Hold Not Our Sins Up Against Us, Part I, Part II, Part III, Agnus Dei , Beat! Beat! Drums!, Reconciliation, Dirge For Two Veterans, Angel Of Death, O Man Greatly Beloved
Review: Winner of the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Choral Recording this release was the first of the Bach masterpiece and is still considered a definitive recording. This double CD is a true delight.
Songlist: Disc 1: Missa - Credo, Disc 2: Sanctus
Review: Recorded in 1966, Robert Shaw's Grammy Award-winning performance of Handel's Messiah marks an important turning-point in this work's interpretation, clearly moving away from the ponderous, overly reverential style of early twentieth century renditions and pointing toward the leaner versions of the 1970s onwards, which follow Baroque-period practices. Shaw employed a small orchestra that complemented the vocal soloists with a light, transparent string sound -- complete with an audible continuo of harpsichord and cello -- and he eschewed reinforcing wind parts in all but the choruses. Ornamentation is cleanly and tastefully applied, and Shaw's tempi are usually brisk and propulsive, with sparing use of ritardandi; even then, there is always a firm rhythmic thrust to his cadences. Soprano Judith Raskin, contralto Florence Kopleff, tenor Richard Lewis, and bass Thomas Paul are equally matched in expressive depth and vocal strength, and the Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra is consistently motivated and responsive to the conductor's fluid direction. The listener may regret that the ADD sound is a little weak, but the tape hiss has been minimized in the remastering and is fairly easy to ignore. Evenly divided between two discs, this recording of Messiah is complete, and it is preferred over RCA's 1992 excerpt album The Great Choruses from Messiah.
Songlist: Messiah - Handel
Review: Only a conductor of Robert Shaw's experience could hope to shed new light on a score the composer himself had so convincingly presented on record. Shaw finds a meditative gentleness in the music that is new and touching, and imparts a distant, sad feeling to the climaxes that deepens their ambivalence. The solo singing is on a par with that of Britten's recording--the diction is in fact better--and the choral singing is suffused with Shaw's unique magic. Telarc's digital recording is a bona fide sonic spectacular.
Songlist: Requiem Aeternam , Dies Irae , Offertorium , Sanctus , Agnus Dei , Libera Me
Review: Having given his lifetime experience and mastery to the great repertory of the choral literature, Robert Shaw addresses one of the greatest challenges of all-Verdi's greatest choral masterwork, the Requiem. Combining a succession of thrilling solo arias, duets and ensembles with some of the most inspiring writing for chorus, the great Italian master produced a unique tribute to the memory of one whom he regarded as a virtual saint: poet and novelist Alexander Manzoni. Balancing the devotional with the theatrical requires the utmost care, but care must also be taken to involve the listener in a continually unfolding drama. Robert Shaw, his expert singers, chorus, and orchestra, have achieved this. But there is more to offer on this superb album. Shaw has set down his interpretation of some of the best-known choruses from five of Verdi's major works - Macbeth, Don Carlo, Otello, Aida and especially, the well-loved Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco.
Songlist: Disc One:, Requiem & Kyrie, Dies irae, 1. Dies irae, 2. Tuba mirum, 3. Mors stupebit, 4. Liber scriptus, 5. Quid sum miser, 6. Rex tremendae, 7. Recordare, 8. Ingemisco, 9. Confutatis, 10. Lacrimosa, Offertory, Sanctus, Disc Two:, Agnus Dei , Lux aeterna, Libera me, 1. Libera me, 2. Dies irae, 3. Requiem aeternam, 4. Libera me, Operatic Choruses:, "Spuntato ecco" from Don Carlos, "Patria oppressa!" from Macbeth, "Fuoco di gioia" from Otello, "Va pensiero" from Nabucco, "Gloria all'Egitto" from Aida
Review: Few American Musicians have touched more people in more ways than Robert Shaw. In Dear People, Joseph Mussulman deftly places Shaw and his career against the backdrop of developments in American musical history since the 1940s. What emerges most powerfully is the character of Shaw himself. Dear People Chronicles the career of a remarkable man and a gifted musician, whose foremost conviction is that "to be an artist is not the privilege of a few but the necessity of us all."
Songlist: Dear People..., The Fred Waring Glee Club, The Collegiate Chorale: "A Melting Pot That Sings", Choral Renaissance in America, The White-hot Years, The Robert Shaw Chorale, Back to California, Cleveland's Orchestra and Chorus, The RSC in Russia and South America, Recordings and Arrangements, Phoenix in Atlanta, Atlanta and the Cultural Explosion, The Second Battle of Atlanta, "Our Yard of Space - in Our Inch of Time"
Review: Robert Shaw is considered to be the most influential choral conductor in American history. This is the first collection of his letters and notes about music ever published-at another time, it is the book Shaw would have written himself. The letters are an invigorating mix of music history and analysis, philosophy, inspiration, and practical advice. Shaw examines technique, but only as a means to an end- he moves beyond that, delving into the essence of what music is and what it has to say to us. The heart of the book is composed of Shaw's previously unpublished notes on fifteen major choral works, ranging from Bach's B Minor Mass to Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms. Often inspiring and sometimes hilarious, these writings reveal the full breadth of Shaw's knowledge, intensity, and humor.
Songlist: Organizing And Sustaining The Chorus, Thoughts On Music, Singing, Rehearsal, And Performance, Approach, Analysis, Preparation, Warm-Up, Rhythm and Tempo, Phrasing, Quiet Singing and Count-Singing, Enunciation, Language, Conducting The Masterpieces, Preaching The Gospel (Of The Arts), Celebrating The Rituals Of Life, Awards and Citations, Eulogies, Letters, Verse, Index
Review: An exciting collection of five classic spiritual settings which can be performed separately or together as a suite.
Songlist: I'm Goin' to Sing, Steal Away, I Got Shoes, Deep River, John Saw duh Numbuh
Review: Love songs sung by men's voices have a unique poignancy and charm. Robert Shaw's understanding of this style, and the kind of tone which these settings evoke, have made them much loved by singers and listeners. These selections may be performed separately or as a program suite.
Songlist: Loch Lomond, Green Grow The Rushes, O, Stodole Pumpa, Down By The Sally Gardens, Vive L'Amour
Review: Taken from the first arrangements on which Robert Shaw and Alice Parker collaborated, these titles were selected from hundreds of familiar and forgotten works for their musical and poetic excellence. The arrangements were made as simple as possible in order to let the words shine through the choral tone and texture while achieving variety from changes in voicing in a constant effort to reflect the most subtle articulations of the text. The earliest song in this collection is the ancient chant "Christ the Lord Hath Risen." Other familiar hymns come from the sacred tradition: "The Strife is O'er," and "O Sons and Daughters." The re-telling of the Easter story, and the joy of the Easter season, should shine forth through the singing of these songs. Listen, re-enact and give voice to the central mystery, in order that all who hear may join the celebration.
Songlist: This Joyful Eastertide, Christ The Lord Hath Risen, Hilariter, Lord Christ, When First Thou Cam'st To Men, Love Is Come Again, O Sons And Daughters, On Easter's Morn, The Strife Is O're, Easter Eggs
Review: This invaluable collection contains 21 hymns, folk hymns, carols, and spirituals -- all set by the renowned talents of Alice Parker and Robert Shaw. The collection serves as a brief history of sacred song, beginning with early hymns of the church and culminating with spirituals from the New World.
Songlist: A Mighty Fortress, All Hail The Power, All People That On Earth Do Dwell, Angels We Have Heard on High, Bright Canaan, Broad is the Road, Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken, His Voice as the Sound, How Far is it to Bethlehem?, I'm Goin' to Sing, I Will Arise, Now Thank We All Our God, Now the Day is Over, O Come O Come Emmanuel, Pensive Dove, Prayer of Thanksgiving, Psalm 4, Ride On, King Jesus, Rise Up, O Men of God, When Jesus Wept, Worthy the Lamb,
Review: Twenty-four carols arranged by the eminent choral director Robert Shaw and the respected Alice Parker. Shaw-Parker arrangements are famous and recorded by everyone, including Shaw's various ensembles. Described as a mixed voice collection, these twenty-four carols have varying voicings, with frequent solo opportunities. There are also a few tenor/bass charts. Most have piano for rehearsal.
Songlist: Allon, Gay Bergeres, Les Angeles Dans Nos Campagnes (Angels We Have Heard On High) 3. The Boar's Head Carol (TTBB), Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light , The Carol Of The Birds , The Cherry Tree Carol , Christ Was Born On Christmas Day, Fum, Fum, Fum , Good Christian Men Rejoice, Good King Wenceslas, Here Mid The Ass and The Oxen, The Holly And The Ivy , How Unto Bethlehem, I Saw Three Ships, Il Est Ne , In The Bleak Midwinter , Lay Down Your Staffs, Masters In This Hall, O Sanctissima , So Blest A Sight, Susanni , Touro-louro-loura , What Child Is This, Ya Viene La Vieja
Review: This book includes all arrangements from the fourth suite, with piano accompaniment, featured on CD with the same title, performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Robert Shaw.
Songlist: Breakforth, O Beautious Heavenly Light, O Little Of Bethlehem, I Saw Three Ships, Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly, The First Nowell
Review: This book includes all arrangements from the first suite, with piano accompaniment, featured on CD with the same title, performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Robert Shaw.
Songlist: Good Christian Men Rejoice, Silent Night, Patapan, O Come, All Ye Faithful
Review: This book includes all arrangements from the third suite, with piano accompaniment, featured on CD with the same title, performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Robert Shaw.
Songlist: What Child Is This?, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella, Angels We Have Heard On High
Review: This book includes all arrangements from the second suite, with piano accompaniment, featured on CD with the same title, performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Robert Shaw.
Songlist: O Sanctissima, Joy To The World, Away In A Manger, Fum Fum Fum, March Of The Kings
Review: This DVD provides a rare opportunity to witness two sessions of Carnegie Hall's Robert Shaw Choral Workshop program, featuring rehearsals and portions of performances of Brahm's A German Requiem and Beethoven's Missa solemnis conducted by the legendary Robert Shaw. Follow Maestro Shaw from his initial meeting with the musicians, through the rehearsal process, to the final concert in Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium. Also included in the DVD are Maestro Shaw's invaluable insights into interpretive and performance challenges raised by these two choral masterpieces. The Preparing A Masterpiece video series on the Robert Shaw workshops at Carnegie Hall provides an in-depth look at Maestro Shaw's preparation for performances of choral masterpieces. These workshops inaugurated the Professional Training Workshops, which continue to this day.
Songlist: Volume 1:, A German Requiem (Johannes Brahms), Orchestra of St. Luke's, Robert Shaw, Conductor, Sylvia McNair, Soprano, Samuel Ramey, Bass, Carnegie Hall Centenniel Chorus, Robert Shaw Festival Singers, Volume 2:, Missa Solemnis (Ludvig van Beethoven), Orchestra of St. Luke's, Robert Shaw, Conductor, Benita Valente, Soprano, Florence Quivar, Mezzo-Soprano, Neil Rosenheim, Tenor, Alastair Miles, Bass, Robert Shaw Festival Chorus, Robert Shaw Festival Singers
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