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Christmas Through Candlemas - Music for the Feasts of Light

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Music from the Schola Cantorum of St. Peter the Apostle.

 

Christmas Through Candlemas shines with the brightness of the Christmas star. Continuing the practice of creating recordings that present the liturgical music of both the Eastern and Western Churches, the Schola Cantorum of St. Peter's-in-the- Loop has woven music from both traditions into a celebration of the Savior's birth. A collection of chant, carols, and anthems, Christmas Through Candlemas contains music for four feasts: Christmas, Epiphany, Baptism of the Lord, and Presentation of the Lord. Recordings include Gregorian chant, Carpatho-Rusyn plainchant, the polyphony of the Renaissance, Ukranian and western carols, and newly composed settings by contemporary American composers using ancient Byzantine texts in English.

Selections for Christmas/Nativity of the Lord are:

  • Gloria in excelsis Deo
  • Benedictus Antiphon, Christmas Lauds
  • Hodie de coelo descendit
  • Responsory, Christmas Matins
  • La Virgen Miraba (arr. E. Gogolak) Deward Rahm, organ; Edward Gogolak, percussion; Paul Nicholson, conductor
  • You Are the Light (J. Clemens)
  • Second sticheron at Ps. 140, Vespers of December 22
  • Heaven and Earth are United Today
  • Second sticheron, Litja, Nativity Compline Tone I Bolhar
  • Deva Ones (A. Kastalsky)
  • Nativity Matins, Kondak
  • Nyni Adame (Ukrainian carol)

 

Selections for Epiphany/Nativity of the Lord are:

  • Antiphona in choro, Epiphany Vespers
  • Ambrosian Rite
  • Tribus Miracluis (L. Marenzio)
  • Magnificat Antiphon, Epiphany Vespers
  • Saw You Never in the Twilight (arr. Paul Nicholson) Deward Rahm, organ; Dawn Marie Hirsch, flute; Robert Rieder, flugelhorn; Eric Miranda, percussion; Paul Nicholson, conductor
  • You Have Shone Forth (R. Hillert)
  • Responsorial Troparion, Vesper Liturgy of Nativity
  • The Magi, Kings of Persia  
  • Doxastikon, Litija, Nativity Compline
  • Rozhdestvo Tvoje (A. Kastalsky)
  • Nativity Compline, Troparion
  • Vselennaja, veselysja (Ukrainian carol)

 

Selections for Baptism of the Lord/Theophany are:

  • Fontes aquarum
  • Magnificat Antiphon, Second Vespers, Octave of the Epiphany (Dominican)
  • Baptizat miles Regem (G. Gillispie)
  • Magnificat Antiphon, First Vespers, Octave of the Epiphany (Dominican)
  • When John Baptized at Jordan River (Rendez a Dieu) Robert Rieder, flugelhorn; Paul Nicholson, conductor
  • The One Who Clothes Himself With Light (B. Welland)  
  • First sticheron, Litja, Theophany Compline; Paul Nicholson, conductor
  • He Whom You Have Called, O Lord
  • Fourth Irmos, Canon, Theophany Matins (Tone II samopodoben)
  • Troparion of the Theophany, Monks of New Skete
  • Vonmy Nebo (Ukrainian carol) Charles Blandy, soloist

 

Selections for Presentation/Encounter are:

  • Ecce venit ad templum (A. Praem. p. 462)
  • Invitatory Antiphon, Presentation Matins
  • Hodie beata Maria virgo (L. Marenzio)
  • Magnificat Antiphon, Presentation Vespers
  • Ave, Mary! (Dominicans of Summit, arr. J. Clemens) Deward Rahm, organ; Alicia Tate, oboe; Paul Nicholson, co
  • O Faithful, Come, Let Us Worship (P. Nicholson)
  • Seventh sticheron at Ps. 140, Encounter Vespers; Paul Nicholson, conductor
  • O God-bearing Virgin/We, the Faithful . . .
  • Zadostojnyk, Divine Liturgy of Encounter (Tone III samopodoben)
  • Nine Otpushchaeshi (G. Stepanov)
  • Hymn, Byzantine Vespers

 

J. Michael Thompson is the director of music ministry at St. Peter's Church, where he is the founder and director of the Schola Cantorum. He has been a pastoral musician and liturgist for twenty years, as well as a composer, author, and a noted promoter of the Liturgy of the Hours and Gregorian chant in contemporary parish situations.

 

 


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