Christmas 2012, Part I: Seraphic Fire
Speaking of "Amazing Grace," it is the theme of this recording, being offered in a number of different harmonic settings differing from William Walker's original original melody. The Fire present several different traditions for this storied song, giving a mini-history of the piece. This collage of "Amazing Grace" coupled with the triumph of Georgia Tom Dorsey's "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" make the entire collection valuable as an aural relic of worship in singing. This music explodes with all of the goodness ascribed to "Americana," readily illustrating gospel music's enduring influence on American popular music.
Tracks and Personnel
A Seraphic Fire Christmas
Tracks: Pater Noster; Ave Maria; Tota Pulchra es Maria; Verbum caro factum est; Adeste Fideles / O Come, All Ye Faithful; Once in Royal David's City; Quem pastores laudavere; O magnum mysterium; O Little Town of Bethlehem; There is no Rose of such vertu; Once as I Remember; Es ist ein Ros; Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day; The Lamb; Jesus Christ the Apple Tree; There Will Be Rest; A Merry Christmas.
Personnel: Rebecca Duren, Bryon Grohman, Thomas McCargar, Kathryn Mueller, Patrick Dupre Quigley, Teresa Wakim.
Georg Frederick Handel: Messiah
Tracks: Messiah (Selections).
Personnel: Frances Collins; Carolina Castells; Teresa Wakim; Reddie Mobley; Vincent Davies; James Bass; Paul Max Tipton: soloists; Seraphic Fire Chamber Orchestra, Patrick Dupre Quigley, conductor.
Amazing Grace: A Bluegrass and Gospel Journey
Tracks: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; White Christmas; Jingle Bells; Christmas Song, The (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire); Winter Wonderland; Mary's Boy Child; Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town; Magic of Christmas Time (Instrumental); One Christmas Night; I'll Be Home For Christmas; Silent Night; How Great Thou Art.
Personnel: Sara Guttenberg; Abigail Haynes Lennox; Gabrielle Tinto; Misty Bermudez; Suzanne Hatcher; Reggie Mobley; Stefan Reed; Same Spears; Darrin Stafford; James Bass; Graham Fandrei; Paul Max Tipton, Patrick Dupre Quigley: piano and director.