Music for Christmas- James Welch in Concert at Stanford Memorial Church

James Welch

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Original Recording Format: Analog

STANFORD MEMORIAL CHURCH is a tradition in itself. All those who visit the Church come away with a bit of its richness: the visual aspect of its windows, carvings, mosaics, and high arches; its peaceful setting in the middle of the campus with gently rolling and often cloud—covered hills as a backdrop; and the reverberation of choral and instrumental music. Add to this the tradition of the Christmas season and its wealth of beautiful music, and the result is an unforgettable experience. It is easy to understand why James Welch, who for four years served as Assistant University Organist at Stanford, has a deep appreciation for Christmas music at Stanford Memorial Church. Nothing gives a performer such as Mr. Welch greater pleasure than to share with friends the opportunity to enjoy favorite music in such a unique setting.

It was while at Stanford in 1973 that yet another tradition was begun: in honor of a close friend, Mrs. Mary Finlayson of Woodside, California, whose birthday falls on December 5, Mr. Welch chose to offer a “Birthday Concert” of Christmas music. Each December since that time, the Annual Birthday Concert has been held in the Palo Alto area, often including guest performers, two of whom are represented in this recording. Mr. Welch has written a number of new Christmas songs, all receiving their premiere performances at these concerts.

It is the sincere wish of the artist that this joyous tradition may continue and that all who hear this music will feel the special joy that only Christmas music can bring.

Tracklist

1.
2 Pieces sur des Noels populaires, Op. 82 - No. 1. Accourez pastoureaux
00:01
2.
2 Pieces sur des Noels populaires, Op. 82 - No. 2. Il es ne le divin enfant
00:03
3.
Nun freut euch, lieben Christeng'mein, BWV 734
00:01
4.
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644
00:01
5.
Sleep, Baby and Smile
00:03
6.
The Night of the Star
00:03
7.
Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her
00:04
8.
3 Poemes evangeliques, Op. 2 - No. 2. La nativite
00:04
9.
Choral Improvisation on In dulci jubilo, Op. 75, No. 2
00:05
10.
In dulci jubilo
00:01
11.
And Holy Is His Name
00:03
12.
Divinum mysterium
00:03
13.
Away in A Manger (arr. K. Chapman for organ)
00:05
14.
Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella (arr. K. Chapman)
00:03

Total time: 00:00:40

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Artists

Mastering Engineer

Analog Mastering: Stan Ricker at JVC Cutting CenterAnalog to High Definition DSD Digital Transfer – Bruce Brown at Puget Sound Studios

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Original Recording Format

Analog Tape Machine

Studer A-80 RC Mk. II with custom modifications by John French and Ki Choi

Cables

JPS Labs Aluminata

Digital Converters

EMM Labs ADC-8 Mk. IV custom modified by Andreas Koch

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Mastering Room

Rupert Neve Analog Mastering Console

Recording Engineer

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Recording Software

Sonoma DSD Workstation, Merging Technologies Pyramix Workstation

Recording Type & Bit Rate

Analog to DSD64

SKU

Wson806

Release Date October 10, 2014
SKU Wson806

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“The recording is gorgeous … rich, suave, and nicely spacious with very wide dynamic range.”

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