So Gracious is the Time

“After listening to over 150 new Christmas CDs for my annual roundup… San Francisco Choral Artists… ‘So Gracious Is The Time’ is my top choral pick of the season. Unusual and very modern settings of classic texts abound. Virtually all are ‘sacred’, but the final track is Gene Puerling’s typically superb arrangement of Thornhill’s atmospheric ‘Snowfall.’ Every choir director will want this disc.“

– Gerry Grzyb, The Post-Crescent (Dec. 18, 2006) full article >>

The pioneer spirit of America is celebrated through this eclectic and engaging collection. Most are works by living composers, several from the San Francisco Bay Area, and many works are recorded here for the first time.

Track List

  1. Twelfth Night, Samuel Barber
  2. I Wonder as I Wander, Trad., arr. Fenno Heath
  3. What Child Is This? Trad., arr. Fenno Heath
  4. Sweet Was the SongHerbert Bielawa
  5. In the Bleak Midwinter, Randolph Currie
  6. A Virgin Unspotted, William Billings
  7. Sanctus, Brian Banks
  8. Almighty Father (from Mass), Leonard Bernstein
  9. Ave Maria, R. Nathaniel Dett
  10. Glory to God in the Highest, Randall Thompson
  11. Ave Maria, William Ludtke
  12. Virga Jesse Floruit, William Ludtke
  13. O Magnum Mysterium, William Ludtke
  14. Ave Maria, David Conte
  15. Silent Night, F. Gruber, arr. David Conte
  16. Wonders of ChristmasRoger Nixon
  17. Wonders of ChristmasRoger Nixon
  18. Wonders of ChristmasRoger Nixon
  19. Wonders of ChristmasRoger Nixon
  20. Milford (“If angels sung”), Joseph Stephenson
  21. Sherburne (“While shepherds watch’d”), Daniel Read
  22. Hail Mary! William Dawson
  23. Deck the Halls, Trad., arr. James McKelvy
  24. Snowfall, C. Thornhill, arr. Gene Puerling

Total Running Time: 61:52

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