What Hand Divine?

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About What Hand Divine?

What Hand Divine? is a sonic journey through the arc of what Western Christendom calls the Incarnation Cycle, encompassing the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. This disc combines some of The Compline Choir’s best-loved seasonal music, like O come, O come, Emmanuel, and O day of peace that dimly shines, with music newly composed, like Blessed be the Lord God and What Hand Divine? by Seattle-based composer Erin Aas. The disc also features new recordings of The Dawning and Jubilemus omnes—stunning music for five celli and men’s choir—composed by the choir’s founder and beloved first director, Peter R. Hallock (1924—2014). We wish to dedicate this recording to Peter’s memory.

  • Producer: Robin Ethridge Pentland
  • Audio Engineer: Bill Levey / VIA Audio Seattle, Washington
  • Recorded in June 2015 at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle, Washington
  • Label: Compline Choir Recordings; manufactured by DiscMakers, Inc.
  • Release date: 1 November 2015

Track Listing

TrackTitleComp./Arr.NotesTiming
MUSIC OF ADVENT
1Matin ResponsoryJason A. Anderson (b. 1976)premiere recording2:01
2O come, O come, EmmanuelPlainchant; arr. Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014)5:55
3The DawningPeter R. Hallocknew recording8:17
4Creator of the stars of nightPlainchant; arr. Michael Burkhardt (b. 1957)2:31
5O day of peace that dimly shinesCharles Hubert Hastings Parry; arr. Nathan Jensen (b. 1968)premiere recording4:31
6Rorate caeli desuperPeter R. Hallockpremiere recording4:51
7Jubilemus omnesPeter R. Hallocknew recording8:17
8Vesper ResponsoryJason A. Andersonpremiere recording1:14
MUSIC OF CHRISTMAS
9Glory to God in the highestPlainchant; arr. Peter R. Hallock2:18
10Lo, how a Rose e’er bloomingarr. Tyler A. Morse (b. 1990)premiere recording2:51
11Born on a New DayJohn David; arr. Peter Knight3:26
12Lullay my likingPeter R. Hallocknew recording2:37
13There is no Rose of such virtueStephen Caracciolo (b. 1962)2:51
MUSIC OF THE NEW YEAR AND EPIPHANY
14Blessed be the Lord GodErin Aas (b. 1974) premiere recording3:26
15Lux aurumqueEric Whitacre (b. 1970)3:29
16The Baptism of JesusPeter R. Hallock3:24
17The Lord comes to his templePlainchant; arr. Peter R. Hallock3:55
18Nunc dimittis (Marilyn setting)Peter R. Hallock1:29
19Christ upon the mountain peakThomas Kuras (1950-1997); arr. Peter R. Hallock2:05
20What Hand Divine?Erin Aaspremiere recording5:19
Total Timing74:51

Recording Artists for What Hand Divine?

The Compline Choir
Jason A. Anderson, II Director

AltoTenorBass
Thomas Adams (1)Layne Benofsky (6, 12)Larry Hsu
Joel BevingtonRichard GreenePaul Johns
Derek Curtis-TiltonFred McIlroyScott Kovacs
Joshua Haberman (6, 12, 16)Ken PendergrassJeremy Matheis (1, 2, 8)
René MarceauKenneth Peterson (9)Joel Matter (3)
Tyler Morse (1, 13, 15, 16)Cole PomeroyBill Turnipseed
Josh SandozJeffrey RiccoGerard van Wesep
Alan Wheaton (1)James Wilcox

Numbers by singers’ names denote featured soloist track numbers. Handbells featured on tracks 2, 4, 9, and 17, were rung by members of the choir; the bells were cast by the Dutch firm Petit and Fritsen in 1965.

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