Christmas With The Dale Warland Singers
Some of these lesser-known settings include Donna Schultz's Il est né, Kirke Mechem's Fum, fum, fum! and Patapan, and director Warland's own Huron Carol and O little town of Bethlehem (set to the Forest Green tune). There are several fine Stephen Paulus contributions--Gabriel's Message and Three Nativity Carols--along with Jan Sandström's delightfully spooky and increasingly popular version of Es ist ein Ros entsprungen. Traditional favorites such as Wilhousky's Carol of the Bells and Norman Luboff's Joseph Dearest also make welcome appearances, and the disc concludes with Malcolm Sargent's (yes, that Malcolm Sargent) simple and lovely arrangement of Silent Night. Harp, oboe, percussion, and bells add occasional strokes of color, and the sound is ideal. In other words, this is a solidly performed, well-recorded program of the old and new (often combined in the same piece) that will fit nicely into any Christmas music collector's library.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
Catalog Number: G-49208
Composer: Andrejs Jansons, Anonymous, Edmund Rubbra, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Xaver Gruber, Henry Walford Davies, John Gardner, Michael Praetorius, Traditional
Conductor: Dale Warland
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dale Warland Singers
Performer: Brian Kremer, Brian Steele, Dwight Bigler, Jay Johnson, Jeffrey Van, Kathleen Robinson, Kathy Kienzle, Lynette Johnson, Marie Spar Dymit