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This is a thrilling recording that combines one of the largest pipe organs in New York City with a fine choir, singing Christmas Carols. The repertoire is a mix of music representing various musical cultures, something very reflective of the Riverside Church's music program. Director of Music, Timothy Smith, skillfully conducts the choir in works by Mathias, Bairstow, Rutter, Willan, Victoria and many others. Organ accompaniments and the Craig Phillips organ "Toccata on Joy to the World" are played with great panache by Associate Music Director and Organist, Christopher Johnson.
This recording comes with extensive documentation: notes on the music, stoplist and numerous photos.
|1||Sir Christemas||William Matthias|
|2||Riu, Riu, Chiu|
|3||God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen|
|4||Let All Mortal Flesh||Edward Bairstow|
|5||Mary Had a Baby|
|6||Shepherd's Pipe Carol||John Rutter|
|7||Toccata on "Antioch": Joy to the World||Craig Phillips|
|8||The Offering||Lee Hoiby|
|9||O Magnum Mysterium||Tomas Luis De Victoria|
|10||Hark, the Herald Angels Sing||Felix Mendelssohn|
|11||Some Children See Him||Alfred Burt|
|12||The Lamb||Robert Convery|
|13||Sweet Little Jesus Boy||William MacGimsey|
|14||What Is This Lovely Fragrance||Healey Willan|
|15||Silent Night||Franz Gruber|
|16||Sleep of the Infant Jesus||Henri Busser|
Photographs of the Pipe Organ and Location