Let Us Sing Sweet Songs

World-premiere recording of music for choir, piano, organ, brass, harp, oboe and percussion by Bern Herbolsheimer

Our third CD showcases the remarkable choral writing of award-winning and internationally recognized Northwest composer Bern Herbolsheimer. Recorded at St. James Cathedral, this CD features works for a cappella choir and for choir with soloists, organ, percussion, brass, harp, piano and oboe. The repertoire includes Christmas music and settings of major sacred texts, ranging from the Te Deum to Blessed (the Beatitudes) and the Seven Last Words.
Performers:

Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble
Loren W. Pontén, conductor
Joseph Adam, organ & piano
Janet Putnam, oboe
Naomi Kato, harp
Rob Tucker, percussion
Bern Herbolsheimer, piano
St. James Cathedral Soloists
Lisa Cardwell Pontén, soprano
Kathryn Weld, mezzo-soprano
Howard Fankhauser, tenor
St. James Cathedral Brass
Vince Green, trumpet
David Hensler, trumpet
Stan Jeffs, trombone
Ed Phillips, tuba

Repertoire:

Ave Regina (2001)
Maria Mannisto, soprano
“Gloria” from St. James Mass for Peace (1982)
Joseph Adam, organ
Vince Green & David Hensler, trumpet
Stan Jeffs, trombone; Ed Phillips, tuba
Rob Tucker, percussion
“Let us sing sweet songs” from St. James Mass for
Peace (1982)
Howard Fankhauser, tenor
Lisa Cardwell Pontén, soprano
Joseph Adam, organ
Janet Putnam, oboe
Rob Tucker, percussion
Thanksgiving Day, 1861: One Vacant Chair (2003)
Kathryn Weld, mezzo-soprano
“We Praise Thee O God” from Te Deum (1981)
Joseph Adam & Bern Herbolsheimer, piano
Rob Tucker, percussion
Blessed (1992)
Joseph Adam, piano
Seven Last Words (2002)
Father, forgive them
Amen dico tibi
Lisa Cardwell Pontén, soprano
Mulier, ecce filius tuus
Eli, lama sabatani?
Sitio
Dan Wilson, tenor
Consummatum est
Father, into thy hands
O come, O come (1999)
Lisa Cardwell Pontén, soprano
Naomi Kato, harp
Silly Shepherds (1999)
Naomi Kato, harp
Stille Nacht (2000)

“The Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble—from Seattle’s St James Cathedral—are quite a discovery…They manage everything from earthy choral roars to icy, transparent purity. Needlepoint intonation and unearthly ensemble top the high heap of the choral strengths. Soloists and instrumentalists alike perform flawlessly. We get excellent sound from the heavenly acoustics of St James, plus lucid notes and full texts. Go ahead—treat your ears and souls to some new and refreshing choral magic. Much of it will rivet your attention like the sudden vision of Mt Rainier floating over Seattle’s urban seascapes on a rare clear day.”—Lindsay Koob, American Record Guide, January/February 2005

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