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Christmas and Advent are seasons rich with choral masterworks, well beyond the usual holiday fare. For our 2010 season, the Isthmus Vocal Ensemble decided to explore the less traveled pathways of seasonal music to create our second commercial recording, An Isthmus Christmas, released in August 2011.
Here you will find live recordings from our 2010 performances at Luther Memorial Church in Madison, Wisconsin, and at Zion Lutheran Church in Wausau, Wisconsin, both providing deep and warm acoustics for this extraordinary music.
As ever, conductor Scott MacPherson brings together a seamless blend of choral works spanning five centuries, from Jean Mouton to Morten Lauridsen, from William Billings to Stephen Paulus, from Sergei Rachmaninoff to David Ashley White. All celebrating the blessings of the holidays, and the glories of the human voice.
Organist Kathrine Handford joins the choir as a special guest.
This recording was a gift to perform, and is now a gift to share.
Track listing | An Isthmus Christmas | IVE101
William Billings (1746-1800)
- Two Advent Motets: Rorate coeli desuper
- Two Advent Motets: Vigilate
John McIntyre (b. 1955)
- Ave Maria |
Jean Mouton (c. 1459-1522)
- Bogoróditse Dévo (All-Night Vigil, Op. 37)
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
- O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Scott MacPherson (b. 1956)
- Fanfare for Christmas
Lloyd Pfautsch (1921-2003)
- Corde natus ex parentis
Justin Merritt (b. 1975)
- Pilgrim Jesus
Stephen Paulus (b. 1949)
- O Magnum mysterium
Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)
- Comfort, Comfort Ye My People
David Ashley White (b. 1944)
- Joseph, lieber Joseph mein |
Hieronymus Praetorius (1560-1629)
- Resonet in laudibus
arr. Chester Alwes (b. 1947)
- Spaséniye sodélal (Ten Communion Hymns, Op. 25) |
Pavel Chesnokov (1877-1944)
- Es wird scho glei dumpa
arr. Bernie Schlafke (b. 1962)
- Alleluya, A New Work Is Come On Hand
Peter Wishart (1921-1984)