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"These lovingly performed and recorded treasures are likely to find a home near the top of just about anyone’s stack of holiday favorites.”
– Jennifer Kolmes, The American Organist Magazine

 
   

Christmas Angelicus
CHORUS ANGELICUS and GAUDEAMUS
Directed by Paul Halley

A celebration of the holiday season with traditional and contemporary carols.


Catalogue No. JN103  WAS $16.98 
CD out-of-print.
This album with compositions by Paul Halley will be available in future at www.cdbaby.com

Explanatory note:  This recording begins with the hymn “Once in Royal David’s City” which is sung in procession.  The first two verses will therefore sound distant and soft, as they were sung from the back of the chapel.  
 

 
  Sound clips below
Tracks


Total Album Time 61:40

Several compositions are
by Paul Halley
© Back Alley Music
(ASCAP)


1.  ◙♫ Descant
Once In Royal David’s City   

Words:
C.F. Alexander
Music:
H. J. Gauntlet
Descant:
P. Halley
(PEL6068)

2. 
◙♫
Torches
Words:
(Galician) Tr. J. B. Trend
Music:
J. Joubert

3. 
◙♫ 
Jesus Christ The Apple Tree  
Words:
Anon. New Hampshire,
1784
Music:
E. Poston
 
4. 
◙♫ 
Joys Seven  

Words:
Trad. English
Music:
Trad. arr. S. Cleobury

5. 
◙♫
Huron Carol  
Words:
Native American (Huron)
Jean de Brebeuf
Music:

16th cent. French
arr. P. Halley
(EHD392-02507)

6.  ◙♫
O Little Town Of Bethlehem  

Words:
P. Brooks
Music:
W. Davies
 
7.  
◙♫ Descant
The First Nowell    
Words:
Trad. English
Music:

Trad. arr. D. Willcocks
Descant:
P. Halley
(PEL6069)


8. 
◙♫ 
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day  

Words:
Trad. English
Music:
J. Gardner

9. 
◙♫
Nativity Carol  

Words & Music:
J. Rutter


10.  
◙♫
The Twelve Days Of Christmas 
 

Words:
Trad. English
Music:
Trad. arr. J. Rutter

11.  
◙♫
Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming
 

Words:
Trad. German Tr. T. Baker
Music:
16th cent.
Harmonize:

M. Preatorius

12. 
◙♫ 
Personent Hodie   

Words:
Piae Cantiones 1582
Music:
German 1360 arr G. Holst


13. 
◙♫ 
There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue   

Words:
Medieval
Music:
J. Joubert


14. 
◙♫ Descant
O Come, All Ye Faithful 
 

Words:
18th cent. Latin
Tr. F. Oakely
Music:
J. Wade
Descant:
P. Halley

(PEL6066)

15. 
◙♫ 
I Sing Of A Maiden   

Words:
Trad. English
Music:
P. Hadley


16.  
◙♫
Sussex Carol   
Words:
Trad. English
Music:

Trad. arr. D. Willcocks


17.  
◙♫
In The Bleak Mid-Winter   

Words:
C. Rossetti
Music:
H. Darke

18.  
◙♫
Sir Christemas   
Words:
Anon. c. 1500
Music:

W. Mathias

 
19.  ◙♫ Descant
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 
 
Words:
C.Wesley, T. Whitefield,
M. Madam & others
Music:
F. Mendelssohn
Descant:
P. Halley
(PEL6067)


Items with catalogue numbers indicate that published octavos are available.


All compositions
by Paul Halley are
© Back Alley Music
(ASCAP)



Catalogue No. JN103  WAS $16.98 

This album with compositions by Paul Halley will be available in future at www.cdbaby.com



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Description

Christmas Angelicus” features acclaimed children’s choir, Chorus Angelicus, and adult chamber choir, Gaudeamus, in the presentation of holiday choral works under the direction of Paul Halley.  This album is a beautiful evocation of the holiday season with traditional carols, majestic hymns, and glorious descants by composer Paul Halley.  Recorded at The Mary Keane Chapel at Shaker Village, Enfield, NH and St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hartford, CT by Grammy-award winning engineer, Tom Bates. This joyous celebration includes such traditional favorites as The First Nowell and The Twelve Days of Christmas as well as the more unusual Huron Carol and Torches.  An outstanding cover design in full color by Kerry Gavin Studios completes this irresistible package.


Reviews

from The Absolute Sound

“This is my favorite Christmas record of the last several years, which I got too late to make last year’s list. This label is part of Pelagos, a kind of Paul Halley boutique that publishes sheet music as well as recordings. Halley is the former organist of St. John the Divine in New York and a key member of the Paul Winter Consort; this record features the children’s and adult choirs he now leads in the Berkshires. Christmas Angelicus includes such classic modern carols as John Joubert’s “Torches”, Elizabeth Poston’s “Jesus Christ The Apple Tree”, and Harold Darke’s “In The Bleak Midwinter”, as well as modern arrangements of traditional tunes. It is all nicely sung, aside from a slight tendency to stress downbeats more than a subtle English choir would allow, and splendidly recorded in appropriate spaces. What earns it a place in the Pantheon, though, are the descants Halley wrote for four carols, in particular the one for “The First Nowell”, which soars above not just the last chorus but the entire last stanza, fresh, audacious, and thrilling, lifting the familiar carol into realms of glory (to borrow a phrase from another carol).”  

- Michael Alan Fox


from The American Organist Magazine

“Christmas Angelicus features traditional carols in settings primarily by British composers of the 20th century. Several of the selections feature arrangements and descants by Paul Halley, and it is here that his background in jazz becomes apparent, as the warm and occasionally surprising harmonic progressions lend a fresh and contemporary air to some of the more familiar tunes. From the opening solo of “Once in royal David’s city” – performed processional style a la Kings College Choir, Cambridge – to the closing rendition of “Hark, the herald angels sing”, these lovingly performed and recorded treasures are likely to find a home near the top of just about anyone’s stack of holiday favorites.” 

- Jennifer Kolmes


from The
Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians

"Diction and intonation are superb. The children and adults sing not only with coherence but with an admirable freshness of sound. Paul Halley’s descants and imaginative harmonizations are refreshing." 

- Victor Hill


CREDITS

Artists
Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus
Directed by Paul Halley 

with guests Thomas Bogdan and Bruce Fifer

Paul Halley, Organist
Elizabeth Allyn, Recording Accompanist

Production
Produced by Tom Bates, Paul Halley & Margaret Race

Margaret Race, Executive Producer
Tom Bates, Recording Engineer

Katherine Leigh,
Assistant Engineer

Choirs recorded at The Mary Keane Chapel, Enfield, NH

Organ recorded at St. Joseph Cathedral, Hartford, CT

Kerry Gavin Design, Art Design and Production
Margaret Race, Creative Supervision

Choirs
Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus



© 1995 Paul Halley/Joyful Noise Inc.
Paul Halley, Joyful Noise Inc. Artistic Director
Margaret Race, Joyful Noise Inc., Executive Director

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