Comfort and Joy: Volume Two (2005)

“These performances and arrangements are as exuberant and dynamic as you will hear from any group.” – Classics Today

Conceived as a whole, Comfort and Joy tells the Christmas story from two different perspectives and two separate attitudes; the music of Volume One embodies the feeling of Christmas comfort, while Volume Two’s repertoire focuses on Yuletide joy. To tell the Christmas story in song, Comfort and Joy: Volume Two highlights Cantus’ diverse repertoire and focuses on music from around the world. Standout tracks include Babatunde Olatunji’s “Betelehemu,” Ariel Ramirez’ “Los Reyes Magos” and a 5/4 jazz arrangement of “Deck the Halls.”

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Buy both Volumes One & Two at the discounted rate of $30!


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Track Listing

1. Puer natus in Bethlehem
Piae Cantionis, arr. Erick Lichte
2. Omnis mundus jucundetur
Piae Cantionis, arr. Herman Rechberger
3. Four Carols: All This Night Shrill Chanticleer
Halsey Stevens
4. Four Carols: What Sweeter Music
Halsey Stevens
5. Four Carols: As I Out Rode This Enderes Night
Halsey Stevens
6. Four Carols: A Virgin Most Pure
Halsey Stevens
7. Hail Mary
William L. Dawson
8. Go Tell it on the Mountain
African-American Spiritual, arr. Carolyn Jennings
9. Hodie Christus natus est
plainchant, arr. Jaakko Mantyjarvi
10. Masters in This Hall
French carol, arr. Robert J. Powell
11. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
English traditional carol, arr. David Willcocks
12. Alilo
Christmas wassailing song from Racha, Georgia
13. Riu Riu Chiu
16th c. Spanish carol, arr. Michael McGlynn
14. Los Reyes Magos
Ariel Ramirez
15. Betelehemu
Babatunde Olatunji, arr. Wendell Whalum
16. Deck the Halls
Welsh Yuletide carol, arr. Erick Lichte