A gentle, uplifting folk/classical version of this common Thanksgiving hymn. Cat Stevens used the same melody for his well-known song "Morning has Broken". Acoustic guitars, piano, string orchestra, and percussion. Four verses.
The massive final movement of Handel's Messiah, scored for SATB chorus and full orchestra, includes unison rhythm choruses, four part fugal sections, a big ending, and a four-minute Amen section that could be considered a separate movement. Trumpets and kettledrums boost the energy of this truly grand finale.
A majestic, triumphant aria for bass, featuring solo trumpet and full orchestral accompaniment. Movement 48 of Handel's Messiah, it speaks of the end of the world: how the dead will be raised, and the mortal will become immortal. Quite lengthy, as practically the entire four-minute aria is repeated after a short interlude.
A dramatic SATB chorus, movement 46 of Handel's Messiah. Extremely slow and quiet sections describing death alternate with loud, upbeat sections describing resurrection. For this recording, organ quietly doubles the vocal parts in the a capella sections.
A forceful, exciting aria for tenor, with lyrics describing God's wrath towards those who work against him. Orchestral direction follows the London Philharmonic recording. Movement 43 of Handel's Messiah, this aria occurs immediately before the famed Hallelujah Chorus.
M ovement 41 of Handel's Messiah is a lively, energetic SATB chorus. Imitative parts and frequent modulations present an interesting challenge for any choir. One measure has been added to the beginning to establish tempo and key.
A slow, peaceful aria for soprano with orchestral accompaniment. Movement 38 of Handel's Messiah, the lyrics praise Christians who spread peace and the good word. The slow tempo leaves room for vocal ornamentation.
A short, powerful SATB chorus from Handel's Messiah, relating the first time that Christ speaks to the preachers after rising from the dead. Fast virtuosic lines in all parts, clearly doubled in the orchestra. An impressive concert work. Movement 37 in Handel's Messiah.