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THE MADISON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CDs

HEAR THE ANGEL VOICES, CHRISTMAS WITH THE MADISON SYMPHONY CHORUS, (ION) 2010
The Madison Symphony Chorus, directed by Beverly Taylor, has made a favorite Madison tradition of their most beloved performances before the Christmas Spectacular concerts. Now you can give this beautiful experience to your friends and family. The idea came from Chorus Accompanist and Manager, Ann Stanke, who noticed the cathedral-like acoustics in Overture Lobby, and this CD is dedicated to her.

The CD includes favorite Christmas Carols from Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn and others. Starting out with "Here We Come A-Caroling" and ending with "O Come, All Ye Faithful" this album spans the ages to bring you 17 great Christmas classics. Click here to see them all.



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Six exciting Overtures from the MSO's first five years in Overture Hall. "I'm delighted that these live recordings from our glorious new performance home can now come into your home," said Music Director John DeMain. "It is particularly moving and meaningful to me that the release coincides with the anniversary of my 15th season with the MSO."

The tracks include the overtures to The Bartered Bride by Bedrich Smetana, The Wasps by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benvenuto Cellini by Hector Berlioz and Ruy Blas by Felix Mendelssohn. Also included are Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the Cockaigne Overture (In London Town) by Edward Elgar.



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The MSO's third release on the ION label, this CD features the MSO's Principal Organist and Curator Samuel Hutchison in solo performances of some of the best loved works for the instrument.

"We selected these works to delight both organ enthusiasts and casual listeners, with selections from Bach, Mozart and Handel as well as lesser-known composers," Hutchison said. "The recording shows the amazing tonal range and colors of the Overture Concert Organ." From the wonderfully soft melodies of J. Stuart Archer's arrangement of the familiar Londonderry Air, to the awe-inspiring power of Charles-Marie Widor's Toccata, this recording is a prime example of the thrilling majesty of the "King of Instruments." Produced by Marvin Nonn.



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Take home a cast of hundreds! A Madison Christmas, the MSO's second release on the ION label, is a one-hour compilation of highlights from past Christmas Spectacular celebrations under the baton of Maestro John DeMain.

Selections range from the traditional to the contemporary, and from the sacred to the utterly playful. Guest artists include the Madison Symphony Chorus, Madison Youth Choirs, the Madison Area Concert Handbells and a variety of acclaimed vocal soloists. The performances were recorded live at the historic Oscar Mayer Theatre (the orchestra's former home) and digitally remastered by Audio for the Arts.



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After selling out of its first pressing, the MSO's debut CD is back in stock. The CD features excerpts of great performances under the baton of John DeMain in his first 10 seasons with the orchestra.

The tracks were recorded live in the MSO's former performance home, the historic Oscar Mayer Theatre, and digitally remastered by Wisconsin Public Radio and Audio for the Arts. From Ravel to Rachmaninoff, Schickele to Shostakovich, these performances reflect a variety of styles, tempos, periods and composers. Throughout the CD, you'll also have an opportunity to hear fantastic solo playing from several of MSO principal players.



Here We Come A-Caroling, English Wassail Song
Break Forth, O Beauteous Morning Light, J. S. Bach
O Little Town of Bethelehem, Redner/Brooks, 1868
God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen, English Carol, Arr. Stainer
Coventry Carol (Lullay Thou Little Tiny Child, English Melody, 1591
Joy to the World, George Handel
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, Richard Willis
The First Noel, French, 18th Century
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, German, 15th Century
Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Felix Mendelssohn
What Child is This? English Air, Arr. Stainer
Deck the Hall, Welsh Air
We Three Kings of Orient Are, John Hopkins
O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Gregorian, 8th Century
Angels We Have Heard on High, French Song
Silent Night, Franz Gruber
O Come, All Ye Faithful, J. Reading, 1692

Smetana, Overture to The Bartered Bride
Vaughan Williams, Overture to The Wasps
Berlioz, Overture to Benvenuto Cellini
Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture
Edward Elgar, Cockaigne Overture (In London Town)
Mendelssohn, Overture to Ruy Blas
Total timing: 72:29

Lang, Fanfare
Arne, Flute Solo
Handel, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from Solomon)
Mozart, Adagio, K.356
Mozart, Leipzig Gigue, K.574
D'Aquin, Noel Grand Jeux et Duo
Bach, Fantasy and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542
Bach, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (from Cantata 147)
Saint-Saëns, Fantasie in E-flat
Wood, Two Folk Hymns, Middlebury & Ar Hyd y Nos
Reger, Introduction and Passacaglia in D minor, Op. 56
Traditional, Londonderry Air
Widor Toccata (from Symphony No. 5)
Total timing: 61:49

Bernard, Winter Wonderland, Kyle Ketelsen, bass-baritone
Williams, Star of Bethlehem from Home Alone, Madison Children's Choir
Franck, Panis Angelicus, Raul Hernandez, tenor
Traditional, I Saw Three Ships/Bring a Torch, Celena Shafer, soprano
Pierpont, Jingle Bells, Madison Youth Choirs
Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker, Madison Area Concert Handbells
Bach/Gounod, Ave Maria, Robert Swenson, tenor
Mechem Excerpts from Seven Joys of Christmas, Madison Symphony Chorus
Amundson Joyous Noel, Madison Area Concert Handbells
Darby, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Madison Children's Choir
Rimsky-Korsakov, Polonaise from Christmas Eve
Marcello, Concerto in C minor, II Adagio, Marc Fink, oboe
Bizet, Farandole from L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2
Total timing: 57:30

Berlioz, Roman Carnival Overture
Mozart, Symphony No. 35, D Major, Allegro con spirito
Ravel, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, G Major, I Allegramente, Philippe Bianconi, Piano
Rachmaninoff, Symphony No. 2, E minor, III Adagio
Verdi, Messa di Requiem, IV Sanctus, Madison Symphony Chorus, Beverly Taylor, Director
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 10, E minor, IV Andante-Allegro
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6, B minor (Pathétique), II Allegro con grazia
Schickele, Thurber's Dogs, III He Goes With His Owner Into Bars
Bartók, Concerto for Orchestra, V Finale: Presto
Total timing: 74:42