Bringing together the same engineering team that recorded the Phoenix Chorale’s Grammy Winning recording All Night Vigil, The Phoenix Chorale announces the release of THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM, October 13, 2023 worldwide.
This will be the first recording featuring Phoenix Chorale’s Artistic Director Christopher Gabbitas, and the first partnership with Signum Classics. The album will be available for purchase and digital download beginning October 13. Visit lnk.to/PhoenixChoraleChristmas for all streaming and purchase options.
THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM is the Phoenix Chorale’s 7th album and was recorded earlier this year by Blanton Alspaugh, Producer, John Newton, Engineer. Alspaugh and Newton are the same producing and engineering team from Soundmirror who recorded Phoenix Chorale’s All Night Vigil, which won the GRAMMY for “Best Choral Performance” in 2016. (Chandos Label)
THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM has a sense of place, clearly identifying the Chorale as both American and from a border state with Mexico.There is Hispanic influence in the repertoire choices, which include Catalan folksongs as well as Hispanic Renaissance music.
THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM features a commissioned piece from Cecilia McDowall, Trinity Triptych, which celebrated the 2021 centenary of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, (Phoenix Chorale’s home in Downtown Phoenix,) as well as two pieces from local composers, Tom Peterson’s original composition, A Quiet Chamber and Kira Zeeman Rugen’s arrangement of traditional Irish Wexford Carol, both recorded for the first time.
The album also includes several songs originally arranged for the famed King’s Singers, which have been newly adapted for the Phoenix Chorale by Christopher Gabbitas, himself a former King’s Singer.
Veni veni Emmanuel – Trad. arr. Philip Lawson b.1957
El Niño Querido – arr. Goff Richards*
Claro Abril Resplandeçio – arr. Goff Richards*
Nit de Vetlla – arr. Goff Richards*
Resonet in Laudibus – Orlando di Lasso (1532-1594)
Trinity Triptych: O Magnum Mysterium – Cecilia McDowall b.1951
Trinity Triptych: O Nata Lux- Cecilia McDowall b.1951
Trinity Triptych: O Virgo Virginum- Cecilia McDowall b.1951
Beata Dei Genitrix – Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)
A Quiet Chamber – Tom Peterson (b. 1985)
Christ the Appletree – Stanford Scriven (b.1988)
Wexford Carol– Traditional Irish, arr. Kira Zeeman Rugen
La Peregrinaçion – Ariel Ramirez (1921-2010), arr. Peter Knight*
Gaudete – Traditional, arr. Brian Kay*
In the Bleak Midwinter – Gustav Holst 1874-1934 arr. Alexander L’Estrange b.1974
Winter Wonderland – Felix Bernard (1897-1944), arr. Alexander L’Estrange
Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson 1908-1975 arr. Alexander L’Estrange b.1974
The Christmas Song – Mel Tormé (1925-1999) and Robert Wells (1922-1998), arr. Peter Knight*
Jingle Bells – James Pierpont (1822-1893), arr. Ben Parry
Noche de Paz – J. Mohr/F.,Grüber, arr. James,Burton (text: Ariana Iniguez – Alto in Phoenix Chorale)
*rearranged for this album by Christopher Gabbitas