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Santa Fe Women's Ensemble: Music Is Our Joy   

Song NameComposerArranger
Deo GraciasJim Leininger
'Tis a GiftNancy Grundahl
Alleluia in DKarl Henning
Non Nobis, DomineWilliam Byrd
What Can Lambkins Do?Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
There Is Sweet MusicDaniel Gawthrop
Kdyby tu Nic NebyloPetr Eben
Otche nashPavel Chesnokov
Baloo BaleerieStuart McIntosh
Ave MariaMichael Larkin
Carol of the DrumKatherine Davis
Hodie Christus Natus EstGiovanni Palestrina
Four NoelsArthur Oldham
Venez divin Messie
Il Es Ne le Divin Enfant
Dans Cette Etable
On ne Craint Plus Dans l'Univers
Polish Christmas CarolsHarold Geer
When the Saviour Christ is Born
He is Sleeping in a Manger
Sleep, Thou, My Jewel
HodieNaomi Stephan
Beyond WinterKeith Christopher
MagnificatKatherine Dines
O Magnum MysteriumJakob Handl
Oh, the Savior's Comin, HalleluUzee Brown, Jr.

Santa Fe Women's Ensemble has been singing together for New Mexico audiences since 1981, and has performed all its Christmas concerts in the acoustically magnificent Loretta Chapel in Santa Fe. The 14-voice group performs seldom-heard and challenging music from all periods, and has commissioned 22 new works. The pieces on this Christmas album are from Christmas and Spring Offering concerts from 2003 to 2005. Dr. Linda Raney has directed the SFWE since 1988 and is director of music and organist at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe. There are 24 songs, some lightly accompanied, in this generous, eclectic collection. Jim Leininger's soaring "Deo Gracias," Karl Henning's "Alleluia in D," William Byrd's "Non Nobis, Domaine," Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's "What Can Lambkins Do," Daniel Gawthrop's dissonant "There Is Sweet Music," Pavel Chesnokov's "Otche nash" and Stuart McIntosh's "Baloo Baleerie" are lovely, rarely-heard, unexpected selections for a Christmas album, but they work. Michael Larkin's "Ave Maria," "Carol of the Drum," Palestrina's "Hodie Christus Natus Est," "Four Noels," "Il est ne, le divin Enfant," "Polish Christmas Carols" and Handl's "O magnum mysterium" are more familiar and no less enjoyable. "When the Savior Christ is born," "He is sleeping in a manger," "Sleep Thou, my Jewel," Keith Christopher's "Beyond Winter," Naomi Stephan's "Hodie" and Uzee Brown Jr.'s "Oh, the Savior's Comin, Hallelu" are all relatively new to us, lovely and fine. A beautiful, impressive, eclectic holiday collection from one of New Mexico's finest women's ensembles!

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Choral | Female | United States
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