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Christmas a cappella

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Christmas a cappella

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    • Amuworo ayi otu nwa (2:50)

    • CHRISTIAN ONYEJI

      Amuworo ayi otu nwa (2:50)

    • What Sweeter Music* (6:50)

    • WAYLAND ROGERS

      What Sweeter Music* (6:50)

    • II est né le divin Enfant (2:41)

    • arr. J. DAVID MOORE

      Soloists: Harold Brock, Kathryn Kamp, Michael Boschert

      II est né le divin Enfant (2:41)

    • The Huron Carol (2:59)

    • arr. ELEANOR DALEY

      Soloist: Michael Boschert

      The Huron Carol (2:59)

    • I Wonder as I Wander* (3:22)

    • JOHN JACOB NILES (arr. STEVE PILKINGTON)

      Soloist: Cary Plachy

      I Wonder as I Wander* (3:22)

    • Splendid Jewel (3:26)

    • STEPHEN PAULUS

      Splendid Jewel (3:26)

    • Lo Yisa Goy* (5:05)

    • STACY GARROP

      Soloist: Harold Brock

      Lo Yisa Goy* (5:05)

    • Who is the baby?* (2:36)

    • ROSEPHANYE POWELL

      Who is the baby?* (2:36)

    • The Christ-child’s Lullaby (5:43)

    • GWYNETH WALKER

      Soloist: Elizabeth Grizzell

      The Christ-child’s Lullaby (5:43)

    • O Come, O Come Emmanuel* (1:33)

    • arr. JERRY J. TROXELL

      O Come, O Come Emmanuel* (1:33)

    • Noel nouvelet (2:01)

    • arr. IAN HUMPHRIS

      Soloist: Cary Plachy

      Noel nouvelet (2:01)

    • Richard Proulx: Prayer of the Venerable Bede (2:37)

    • RICHARD PROULX

      Soloist: Susan Schober

      Richard Proulx: Prayer of the Venerable Bede (2:37)

    • En stjerne er sat (2:29)

    • PER NØRGÅRD

      Soloists: Kathryn Kamp, Susan Schober

      En stjerne er sat (2:29)

    • Hodie* (3:55)

    • CAROL BARNETT

      Hodie* (3:55)

    • Nyathi Onyuol (3:48)

    • ENRICO OWEGGI

      Nyathi Onyuol (3:48)

    • Aleih Neiri (3:55)

    • CHAIM PARCHI (arr. JOSHUA JACOBSON)

      Soloist: Susan Schober

      Aleih Neiri (3:55)

    • Jingle a cappella* (3:58)

    • arr. JAMES CLEMENS

      Soloist: Cary Lovett

      Jingle a cappella* (3:58)

    • O Lux Beatissima (3:03)

    • HOWARD HELVEY

      O Lux Beatissima (3:03)

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Chicago a cappella returns to disc with Christmas a cappella: Songs From Around the World, a sparkling selection of seasonal songs by contemporary composers and arrangers, including seven world premieres.

Works include two lively African settings (in African languages) of the biblical passage "For unto us a child is born," delightful treatments of traditional French and French-Canadian carols, a unique Danish take on the Christmas story, distinctive works by leading American composers including Stephen Paulus (Splendid Jewel) and Gwyneth Walker (The Christ-child's Lullaby), and James Clemens' brilliant, jazz-inflected arrangement, Jingle a cappella, centered around a wild fugue in 7/8 time! The disc also presents two pieces based on Hebrew texts: Aleih Neiri, a Hanukkah song by Yemen-born Jewish composer Chaim Parchi, and multiple award-winning young composer Stacy Garrop's poignant prayer for peace, Lo Yisa Goy.

In a season brimming with holiday music, Chicago a cappella's new CD stands apart as a jewel of imaginative programming and passionate performances that please the ear and penetrate the heart.

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 64:10

The participation of the artists in this recording was underwritten through the generosity of the Hyslop Shannon Foundation

Producers: Patrick Sinozich and James Ginsburg
Engineer: Bill Maylone
Graphic Design: Melanie Germond
Cover Photo: Christmas Ornament in Window © William Whitehurst/CORBIS
Back Cover Photo: Chicago a cappella © Dan Rest
Recorded: February 21; March 14-15; and April 15-16, and 23, 2008, in Bond Chapel at the University of Chicago

© 2008 Cedille Records/Cedille Chicago

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