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St. Olaf Choir
Light of All Creation ... Scatter the Darkness

Song NameComposer
The Pines of the Janiculum (The Pines of Rome)Ottorino Respighi
NarrationPastor W. Bruce Benson
Christ, Mighty SaviorRichard W. Dirksen
O Thou The Central OrbCharles Wood
NarrationPastor W. Bruce Benson
All Creatures of Our God and KingGeistliche Kirchengesange
Finale (Symphony No.2 Op. 52, "Lobgesang")Felix Mendelssohn
Two KingsJoseph Clokey
Prepare the WayDala Melody
All This NightGerald Finzi
Lux AeternaBrian A. Schmidt
Psalm 100: Make A Joyful NoiseRene Clausen
Angels, From The Realms Of GloryHenry Smart
Readings ( Isaiah 60 and Luke 2)
Sanctus (Requiem)Maurice Durufle
O Come, All Ye FaithfulDavid Wilcocks
In Dulce Jubilo
Procession and Balulalow (Ceremony of Carols)Benjamin Britten
What Is This Lovely Fragrance?French Traditional
Jesus Christ The Apple TreeStanford Scriven' 11
Glory Hallelujah To The New Born King
Oba Se JeNigerian Folk Song
Rejoice!Steven Amundson
Good Christian Friends14th Century German Tune
Carols For Choir And Orchestra
Praise To The LordErnewerten Gesangbuch, Stralsund 1665
Gloria Patri (Magnificat)John Rutter
Rise, Shine, You People!Dale Wood
NarrationPastor W. Bruce Benson
E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly ComePaul Manz
Beautiful SaviorSilesian Folk Tune

St. Olaf College of Northfield, MN celebrated the first St. Olaf Christmas Festival in 1912, directed by F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf Music Department. The Festival tells the story of the birth of Christ in narration and music, and features The St. Olaf Orchestra, St. Olaf Cantorei, Manitou Singers, St. Olaf Chapel Choir and Viking Chorus, performing both as individual groups and as a massed ensemble. "Light of All Creation" is a 2-CD set, with 15 songs on Disc 1 and 16 songs on Disc 2. Most of the songs are orchestrally accompanied, and there are familiar carols like "All Creatures of Our God and King," "Angels from the Realms of Glory," "O Come, All Ye Faithful," "Good Christian Friends," "E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come," the traditional French carol "What is this Lovely Fragrance" and F. Melius Christiansen's lovely "Beautiful Savior." We were pleased to hear some less familiar and new Christmas songs here, such as Richard Dirksen's "Christ, Mighty Savior," Charles Wood's "O Thou the Central Orb," Joseph Clokey's "Two Kings," Dala Melody's "Prepare the Way," Stanford Scriven's "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree," the Nigerian Folk Song "Oba Se Je" and Dale Wood's "Rise, Shine You People." Other favorites are Rene Clausen's "Psalm 100: Make a Joyful Noise," Benjamin Britten's "Procession and Balulalow" (Ceremony of Carols) and Brian A. Schmidt's "Lux Aeterna." Christmas at St. Olaf" is always a memorable, magnificent event, and each year seems to be even more so, but "Light of All Creation" is one of the best we've ever heard!

Item code: 2371C | 2 CDs | $24.95 add item to cart
Choral | Mixed | United States
E 3215/6

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