KINGS & SHEPHERDS

Kings and Shepherds was recorded live in December of 2013 at All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral in Edmonton, Alberta and released for sale in December of 2014.

This CD explores some of the most beautiful and creative settings of seasonal music written in the last thirty years. Including seasonal favourites and new compositions for Christmas, Kings and Shepherds features the sublime beauty of Arvo Part and Jonathan Dove as well as an imaginative setting of traditional carols by Ola Gjeilo.

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Track Listing

  1. There is No Rose – Don Macdonald
  2. The Three Kings – Jonathan Dove
  3. Gaudete – Karl Jenkins
  4. In the Bleak Midwinter – arr. Ola Gjeilo
  5. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen – arr. Ola Gjeilo
  6. The Lamb – John Tavener
  7. O Magnum Mysterium – Lee Dengler
  8. Away in a Manger – arr. Ola Gjeilo
  9. The Holly and the Ivy  – arr. Ola Gjeilo
  10. Coventry Carol – arr. Ola Gjeilo
  11. The First Nowell – arr. Ola Gjeilo
  12. Sleep, Little Baby, Sleep – Jake Runestad
  13. Run, Shepherds, Run – Jonathan Dove

EULOGIES

Eulogies was recorded live in March, 2009 at All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral in Edmonton, Alberta for broadcast on CBC radio.

The recording features four a cappella works by Canadian composers: Eulogies by Edmonton composer John Estacio, Eleanor Daley’s Requiem and two works commissioned by Da Camera Singers: Arise, O God by Ottawa composer Frances Macdonnell, commissioned for the choir’s tour to England and Scotland in 2007, and the only face I want is yours, by Leonard Enns, composed for the Eulogies concert and based on poetry by Edmonton poet E.D. Blodgett.

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Track Listing

    1. Raymond’s Disappearance – from Eulogies – John Estacio
    2. Mrs. Deegan – from Eulogies – John Estacio
    3. Not an Eye on the Island is Dry – from Eulogies – John Estacio
    4. Ella Sunlight – from Eulogies – John Estacio
    5. the only face I want is yours – Leonard Enns
    6. Arise, O God – Frances Macdonnell
    7. Requiem aeternam I – from Requiem – Eleanor Daley
    8. Out Of The Deep – from Requiem – Eleanor Daley
    9. And God Shall Wipe Away All Tears – from Requiem – Eleanor Daley
    10. In Remembrance – from Requiem – Eleanor Daley
    11. I Heard A Voice From Heaven – from Requiem – Eleanor Daley
    12. Thou Knowest, Lord – from Requiem – Eleanor Daley
    13. Requiem aeternam II – from Requiem – Eleanor Daley
    14. In paradisum – from Requiem – Eleanor Daley

MAKE WE JOY

Commenting upon the deep emotional power inherent in music, someone once made the astute remark that “we sing when we can no longer speak”. Indeed, the sung word seems able to communicate on a far deeper level than mere speech. It is our hope that the beauty of the music and poetry on this album, as well as its variety of repertoire, will help each of you rediscover and celebrate the Christmas season in a new and profound way.

It is a special privilege for us to present to you “A Christmas Trilogy” by up and coming Canadian composer Robin John King. This set was commissioned by Da Camera Singers especially for this album. In these works, Robin employs a wide palette of colours and styles to bring to life the wonderful medieval texts he has chosen. From the playful avant garde flavour of “Make we Joy!” to the contemplative chant-like “There is no Rose”, Mr. King shows that he has a complete understanding of the choral idiom. We anticipate that these pieces will become new Canadian Christmas classics. Robin’s works are complemented by choral masterpieces of the Spanish Renaissance, the French Baroque, as well as many wonderful arrangements of seasonal favourites.

On behalf of Da Camera Singers, I wish you a most joyous and peaceful Christmas, feeling honoured that our music will be a part of this great season’s traditions in your home – Laurier Fagnan (former artistic director – 1998-2005)

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Track Listing

  1. Thou Shalt Know Him Mark Sirett
  2. Sussex Carol arr. David Willcocks
  3. Virgen sancta Francisco Guerrero
  4. Oýd Oýd una cosa Guerrero
  5. Jesus Christ the Appletree Elizabeth Poston
  6. Gloria and Agnus Dei from Messe de minuit (Live in concert) M. A. Charpentier
  7. O magnum mysterium Morten Lauridsen
  8. Toast pour le nouvel an Gioacchino Rossini
  9. What Child Is This? (live in concert) arr. Mark Riese
  10. Hymn to the Nativity (Premiere) Robin John King
  11. There is No Rose King
  12. Make We Joy Robin King (original piece commissioned by da camera singers)
  13. I Wonder as I Wander John Rutter
  14. The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy arr. David Blackwell
  15. I Sing of a Maiden (Live in concert) Patrick Hadley
  16. Infant Holy Craig S. Kingsbury
  17. Deck the Halls in 7/8 arr. James McKelvy
  18. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Live in concert, with audience)  arr. John Rutter