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harpChristmas With Harp and Voice

Roger Wilhelm, music director
Barbara Dechario, harp
Richard Volpe, piano

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In this third recording, Christmas with Harp and Voice, Madrigalia explores the wonderful sonorities of voices and harp using tunes arranged by composers from many countries around the world. Often associated with Christmas, the sound of voices and harp conjures images of angels in heaven joining carolers on earth in celebration of the birth of Christ.

Most of the carol tunes in this recording will be familiar. The exceptions may be The Three Drovers, an Australian carol; The Christmas Rose, which uses a tune from Corner’s Gesangbuch (1625); Christmas Night, which employs a melody from Arbeau’s Orchésographie; and O Maria Diana Stella, an Italian laude of the 15th century. In the bleak midwinter is performed here using settings by four different British composers - Gustav Holst (v. 1 & 5), Harold Drake (v, 2), Malcolm Archer (v. 3) and Robert Walker (v. 4).

Madrigalia hopes that this recording will help you celebrate the holiday which has inspired some of the world’s most beautiful music.


The Joy of Dance: Fum, fum, fum! Kirke Mechem
Fantasy on a Basque Carol Carlos Salzedo
The Three Drovers William James
In the bleak midwinter Gustav Holst, Harold Darke, Malcom Archer, Robert Walker
The Joy of Bells: Din don merrily on high Kirke Mechem
Mary had a baby Michael Coghlan
Past Three O'Clock Cary Ratcliff
Whence comes this lovely fragrance? Crawford Thoburn
Fantasy on a Noel Provençal Carlos Salzedo
Wexford Carol Cary Ratcliff
A Christmas Rose Clive Carey
A la nanita nana Paul Csonka
O Maria, Diana Stella Henary Mishkin
Make we joy now in this fest William Walton
The Huron Carol Richard Johnston
Silent Night Roger Wilhelm
Fantasy on a Neopolitan Carol Carlos Salzedo
The Joy of Children: Patapan Kirke Mechem
A Lovely Rose Is All My Song Crawford Thoburn
The holly and the ivy Rutland Boughton
I Wonder As I Wander Carlos Salzedo
Children's Song of the Nativity Alf Houkom
Christmas Night John Rutter
Come, dear children Alfred Burt


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