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The Allegro Handbell Ensemble's first album features the world premiere release of Donald E. Allured's Suite for Cello and Bells and first recordings of four other original works for handbells. Volume I contains a mix concert and holiday fare, most of which were released on CD and MP3 for the first time in the 2007 Allegro Bronze Edition.
|1.||Ukrainian Carol of the Bells||1:13||arr. G.S. Daun|
|2.||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||1:33||Polish Carol,
arr. D.K. Menard
|3.||Variations on a French Carol||3:15||Donald E. Allured|
|4.||O Come, All Ye Faithful||1:43||arr. R. Ivey|
|5.||O Little Town of Bethlehem||2:18||arr. R. Ivey|
|6.||Fum, Fum, Fum||1:00||arr. R. Ivey|
|7.||Away in a Manger||2:13||arr. R. Ivey|
|8.||Silent Night, Holy Night||1:43||arr. R. Ivey|
|9.||Jingle Bells||2:48||arr. R. Ivey|
|10.||We Wish You a Merry Christmas||1:10||arr. N. Tufts,
ed. D.K. Menard
arr. G.S. Daun
Suite for Cello and Bells*
Commissioned in loving memory of Dee P. Patterson for the Allegro Handbell Choir.
|(7:12)||Donald E. Allured|
|16.||Genesis*||1:51||William A. Payn|
|17.||Prisms*||2:14||William A. Payn|
|18.||Stars and Stripes Forever||3:27||John Phillip Sousa,
arr. O. Mumaw,ed. D.K. Menard
Elegy* (orig. Tombeau)
Commissioned in memory of Dwight K. Menard by the 1971-1979 Allegro Handbell Ensembles.
|5:58||William A. Payn|
* An original work for handbells.
The 1977 Allegro Handbell Ensemble
Betty Bogg, Gordon Coates, Karen Deng, Jim Holt, Trey Holt, Ellen King, Ellen McLaughlin, Robin McLaughlin, Roberta Otto, John Patterson, Lolly Patterson, Katie Price, Elizabeth Trask, Nancy Trask
Dwight K. Menard, conductor
Recorded: May 28, 1977
Originally Released: 1977 on 33 RPM Vinyl Record
Bronze Edition Released: 2007 on Compact Disc and MP3
Photography: Bruce Chlevin
Engineers: Mark Rubenstein, Cynthia Cash Rowe
Recorded at: Streeterville Stuidos, Chicago, Illinois
Directed and Produced by: Dwight K. Menard
"...and a special thanks to everyone involved"
Allegro Bronze Edition Credits
Digital Remastering and Post Production: Gerald G. LeCompte
2007 Instrument Photography and Graphic Design: Daniel M. Reck, forzandoArts
Track 19 Musicians: Michael Surratt conducting the 1998 Allegro Handbell Ensemble: J.J. Stocker, Sarah Libby, Laura Dieli, Sarah Libby, Jennifer Kenupher, Marie Becker, Kimberly Lockhart, Jessica Jung, Daniel Reck, Trace Carter, Christopher Lubenow, and Matthew Dickerson
Track 19 Engineer: Robert Atkins, Advanced Audio Technology
This recording is copyright 1977, 1998, and 2007 by the Allegro Handbell Ensemble and the Union Church of Hinsdale, Illinois.
Volume I was the first recording produced by the choir, several years after Mr. Dwight Menard took directorship of the choir in 1971. It is a studio recording, one of just four such recordings produced by the choir. Although the record is titled "Christmas Album," all of side two features non-holiday music. As such, the title was dropped in the Allegro Bronze Edition release. Except for "The Stars and Stripes Forever," each of the works on the second half of the recording is also an original work for handbells, and is likely the world premiere recording of that work.
The second band on the flip side of the LP is the world premiere recording of Donald E. Allured's Suite for Cello and Bells. The suite is one of the first original handbell compositions written for a full five octave ensemble and likely the very first to combine handbells in duet with another concert instrument. It was commissioned in memory of Dee P. Patterson for the Allegro Handbell Choir and is as-yet unpublished because it is generally considered too difficult to be marketable. This 1977 recording of The Suite for Cello and Bells was remastered and released for the first time on compact disc in 2005 on The First 40 Years (Volume XI).
The 2007 Allegro Bronze Edition of Volume I is likely the premiere compact disc release of the first eleven tracks, as well as of Albert Ream's Dawn. As a whole, the recording is a significant representation of early handbell performance in the United States.
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