The perfect way to enjoy the holiday season, little tree was released in 2009 and features Kantorei’s favorite live recordings from several years of Christmas concerts. Featured on recording are two wonderful settings of e.e. cummings’ holiday text, ‘little tree.’ The first, by composer Steven Heitzeg, features the choir accompanied by harp in a soft, contemplative setting. Heitzeg’s composition is contrasted by that of world-renowned composer Eric Whitacre, who sets the text for choir with piano accompaniment in a warm, joyous setting.
Also included on the CD are several heart-warming arrangements of familiar holiday carols including ‘I Saw Three Ships,’ ‘Away in a Manger,’ and audience favorite, ‘Silent Night.’ Sure to become a holiday classic, little tree will no doubt usher in the warmth and joy of the Christmas season.
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- The Exaltation of Christ (4:22) — Forsberg
- The Rune of Hospitality (4:15) — Houkom
- Calm on the Listening Ear of Night (4:09) — Jennings
- Gaudete (2:11) — Moore
- What Sweeter Music (2:08) — M. Fink
- Sweeter Still (4:36) — Barnum
- little tree (7:24) — Heitzeg
- Somerset Wassail (2:14) — arr. Rutter
- A Stable Lamp is Lighted (5:05) — Clausen
- Mary’s Lullaby (3:23) — Rutter
- The Hills are Bare at Bethlehem (3:44) — Carnahan
- little tree (5:24) — Whitacre
- Little Lamb (2:46) — Cherwien
- Ding Dong! Merrily On High (2:10) — arr. Paulus
- The Three Kings (3:07) — Willan
- I Saw Three Ships (3:21) — arr. Wilberg
- Away in a Manger (3:44) — arr. Sjolund
- Silent Night (4:42) — arr. Rutter