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St. Olaf Choir: Where Peace and Love and Hope Abide

Song NameComposerArranger
Messiah, Prince of Peace (Trinity Canticles)Daniel Kallmen
Prologue (The Apostles)Edward Elgar
Narration- Pastor Bruce Benson
Love Divine, All Loves ExcellingRoland H. PrichardJohn Ferguson
For Unto Us A Child is Born (Messiah)George Frideric Handel
Alpha to OmegaIan KellamPhilip Brunelle
Entrance Scene: Lord Hosanna (Advent Motet)Gustav SchreckOlaf C. Christiansen
How Lovely Are the Messengers (St. Paul)Felix Mendelssohn
GloriaJeffrey Rickard
Noel!Steven Sametz
GloriaGreg Knauf
It Came Upon the Midnight ClearRichard S. WillisCharles Forsberg
Gospel (Luke 2:1-20)- Pastors Bruce Benson and Jennifer Koenig In Terra Pax (Excerpt)Gerald Finzi
Hark! The Herald Angels SingFelix Hendelssohn BartholdyJohn Ferguson
Before the Marvel of this NightCarl Schalk
GloriaOlaf Gjeilo
BalulalowRobert Kyr
In Thee is GladnessGiovanni G. GastoldiDaniel Kallman
The Song of PeaceOlaf C. Christiansen
Ding, Dong! Merrily on HighFrench CarolCarolyn Jennings
The Christmastide (Jessye's Carol)Donald Fraser
Good Christian Friends, Rejoice14th Century German TuneRobert stoltz
Glories RingSteven Amundson
Carols for the Choirs: Love Has ComeF. SeguinJohn Ferguson
Carols for the Choirs: On Christmas NightEnglish TraditionalJohn Ferguson
Carols for the Choirs: Toda La Tierra (All Earth Is Hopeful)Alberto TauleJohn Ferguson
Carols for the Choirs: Jeg er Sa Glad (I Am So Glad)Peder KnudsenJohn Ferguson
Carols for the Choirs: Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (Silent Night, Holy Night)Franz GruberJohn Ferguson
Carols for the Choirs: Joy to the WorldLowell MasonJohn Ferguson and Steven Admundson
Lullaby on Christmas EveF. Melius Christiansen
And God Said: One Day Shall Dawn (King David)Arthur Honegger
Narration- Pastor Bruce Benson
Lord of All HopefulnessIrish TraditionalJohn Ferguson
Nunc DimittisRene Clausen
Beautiful Savior F. Melius Christiansen

F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the Music Department at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, planned and directed the first St. Olaf Christmas Festival in 1912. Over the next 96 years the Festival has grown to include, as individual groups and as a massed ensemble, the St. Olaf Choir, the St. Olaf Orchestra, the St. Olaf Cantorei, The Manitou Singers and the Viking Chorus and Chapel Choir. The result of the coming together of all this huge and joyous talent easily fills two CDs, 30 pieces with some narration that tell the story of Christmas, beginning with the all-instrumental "Messiah, Prince of Peace" and ending with F. Melius' gorgeous "Beautiful Savior." It's hard to pick favorites, but "For Unto Us a Child is Born" from Handel's "Messiah," Steven Sametz' "Noel!," Carl Schalk's "Before the Marvel of This Night," Donald Fraser's "This Christmastide" (Jessye's Carol), the 6-part medley "Carols for the Choirs" arranged by John Ferguson, F. Melius' lovely "Lullaby on Christmas Eve" and Arthur Honegger's "And God Said: One Day Shall Dawn" (King David) come easily to mind. The recordings from this powerful event never fail to touch and move us. Magnificent!

Item code: 8703C | 2 CDs | $24.95 |add item to cart
Choral | Some a cappella | Mixed

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