You'll hear the intimate voicing of 9 chamber musicians in traditional carols and new music. In our first vocal recording, you'll hear soprano Cheryl Bensman Rowe and baritone Paul Rowe in varied dramatic roles (Visions of the Child). There are several beautiful tracks that combine
the music of harp with solo instruments and voices(Christmas Carol of the Birds, Pastorales de Noel, The Cherry Tree Carol).
We feature composer Craig Bohmler on this recording. We have worked with Craig before (visit our "SCENES" CD site). His music is theatrical and moving. Together with lyricist, Marion Adler, he has created a picture of the birth of Christ that is is told through the eyes of
unexpected observers: Joseph, a simple shepherd, a wiseman's dream, the animals in the manger, Rachel and Herod.
It is the "vision" of the birth of Christ from unusual perspectives that unifies this recording. You won't find anything like it anywhere else.
If you like what you hear, try out our "Christmas Lights: A New Strand" recording. Or check our our "SCENES" CD, which includes a narration about winter, "January Thaw," an excerpt set to music from naturalist, Aldo Leopold's "Sand County Almanac." Both available on CDBaby.com!
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1. Visions of the Child - Prelude
2. Visions of the Child- I Shall Bear What Must Be Born
3. Visions of the Child- He is Divine
4. Visions of the Child- Interlude: The Heavenly Host
5. Visions of the Child- The Shepherd's Song
6. Visions of the Child- The Wise Man's Dream
7. Visions of the Child- Rachel (Who is that Weeping?)
8. Visions of the Child- Haylow (A Lullaby of the Animals)
9. Visions of the Child- Interlude: The Bells
10. Visions of the Child- Mary's Heart
11. An Old Wisconsin Christmas
12. Christmas Carol of the Birds
13. Pastorales de Noel- L'Etoile
14. Pastorales de Noel- Les Mages
15. Pastorales de Noel- La Vierge et L'Enfant
16. Pastorales de Noel- Entree et Danse des Bergers
17. The Cherry Tree
18. Duermete Nino
19. Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming/Staffansvisan
20. Yule Suite- Salutations Carol
21. Yule Suite- Essex Carol
22. Yule Suite- Noel, Nouvelet
23. Yulet Suite- Gloucestershire Wassail