Wonder Tidings: The Holiday Music of Stephen Paulus

by Brian Newhouse, Minnesota Public Radio
December 23, 2013
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ST. PAUL, Minn. — All of us at Classical MPR are pulling for Stephen Paulus these days. After a devastating stroke this summer, he's making progress. We wish him and his family all the best -- but meantime, want to send something special his way, and to all his fans. Paulus wrote dozens of choral pieces for the Dale Warland Singers to premiere at Christmas time. He came to understand this virtuoso 40-voice choir as a kind of "instrument" like a great violin or organ. He wrote with intimate knowledge and affection for its many strengths.

Dale Warland gathered his favorite Paulus creations for Christmas and came to our studios to honor and celebrate his friend.

Playlist

Redner/arr. Paulus: O Little Town of Bethlehem
Dale Warland Singers: Christmas Echoes Vol. 1 (Augsburg Fortress 1992)

Paulus: Hallelu
Dale Warland Singers: Christmas Echoes Vol. 1 (Augsburg Fortress 1992)

Trad./arr. Paulus: The First Noel
Dale Warland Singers: Christmas Echoes Vol. 1 (Augsburg Fortress 1992)

Paulus: Snow Had Fallen
Dale Warland Singers: Christmas Echoes Vol. 2 (Augsburg Fortress 4)

Trad./arr. Paulus: Three Nativity Carols (The Holly and the Ivy; This Endris Night; Wonder Tidings)
Dale Warland Singers: Christmas With the Dale Warland Singers (Gothic 49208)

Paulus: Evensong
Dale Warland Singers: December Stillness (ACC 121)

Paulus: A Savior From On High
Dale Warland Singers: Christmas Echoes Vol. 2 (Augsburg Fortress 4)

Basque, arr. Paulus: Gabriel's Message
Dale Warland Singers: Christmas With the Dale Warland Singers (Gothic 49208)

Paulus: The Ship Carol
Dale Warland Singers: Christmas Echoes Vol. 2 (Augsburg Fortress 4)

Produced by Mike Pengra with assistance from Michael Osborne

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