Bring Home the Bach Society

Great & Marvelous: Hymns, Anthems and Spirituals with the Bach Society of Saint Louis

A. Dennis Sparger, Conductor
Stephen Mager, Composer-in-Residence


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Track Listing:

  1. Praise to the Lord – F. Melius Christiansen
  2. Thou Gracious God, Whose Mercy Lends – Mack Wilberg
  3. Jesus, My All, to Heaven Is Gone – Howard Helvey
  4. Song of Triumph – Dale Grotenhuis
  5. Be Still, My Soul – Mack Wilberg
  6. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name – James Mulholland
    Steve Slusher, Assistant Conductor
  7. Abide with Me – W.H. Monk
  8. God So Loved the World – John Stainer
  9. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross – Gilbert M. Martin
  10. I wanna be ready – James Miller
  11. The Lord’s Prayer – Albert Hay Malotte
  12. O Taste and See * – Stephen Mager
  13. The Glorified Christ Appears to His Mother * – Stephen Mager
  14. There Will Be Rest – Frank Ticheli
    Dr. Joel D. Knapp, Associate Conductor
  15. The Battle of Jericho – Moses Hogan
  16. Here I Am, Lord – Dan Schutte/Ovid Young
  17. Praise His Holy Name – Keith Hampton
  18. This Little Light of Mine – Moses Hogan
  19. E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come – Paul Manz
    * Commissioned and premiered by the Bach Society of Saint Louis

Gloria! Christmas with the Bach Society of Saint Louis

A. Dennis Sparger, conductor
St. Louis Archdiocesan Children’s Choir, John Romeni, conductor


The annual Christmas Candlelight Concert is a St. Louis tradition. The festive evening includes a work by Bach or another major composer, followed by carols, a moving candlelight processional, an audience sing-along, and a guest choir of young performers.

This CD captures many favorites from the Candlelight Concerts, heard here in the glorious acoustics of Powell Symphony Hall.

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Track Listing:

  1. Ding Dong! Merrily on High – arr. Stephen Mager
  2. Wassail Song – arr. Edwin Fissinger
  3. What Child Is This? – arr. Dale Warland
  4. Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella – arr. Stephen Mager
  5. Go Tell It on the Mountain – arr. Steve Barnett
  6. Carol of the Bells – Mykola Leontovich
  7. Dublin Bells Carol – David Mooney
  8. Birthday Carol – David Willcocks
    A Musicological Journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas – Craig Courtney
  9. A Partridge from 6th century Rome
  10. Two Turtle Doves from 15th century France
  11. Three French Hens from 16th century Italy
  12. Four Calling Birds from 17th century Italy
  13. Five Gold Rings from 18th century Germany
  14. Six Geese a-Laying from 18th century Austria
  15. Seven Swans a-Swimming from 19th century France
  16. Eight Maids a-Milking from 19th century Germany
  17. Nine Ladies Dancing from 19th century Austria
  18. Ten Lords a-Leaping from 19th century Italy
  19. Eleven Pipers Piping from 19th century Russia
  20. Twelve Drummers Drumming from 19th century USA
  21. O Nata Lux – Morten Lauridsen
  22. Ave Maria – Bach/Gounod
    Gloria – John Rutter
  23. Gloria in excelsis
  24. Domine Deus, Rex caelestis
  25. Quoniam tu salus sanctus
  26. Here Is Joy for Every Age – setting by Stephen Mager
  27. What Child – Paul Lohman
  28. Silent Night! Holy Night! – arr. A Dennis Sparger
  29. We Wish You a Merry Christmas – arr. Arthur Warrell

Jesu, Joy: Christmas with the Bach Society of Saint Louis

A. Dennis Sparger, conductor
Mary Wilson, soprano   John Romeri, organist
Dan Willett, oboe         Christopher Treloar, percussion


This CD captures many favorites from the Christmas Candlelight Concerts, heard here in the glorious splendor of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. 

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Track Listing:

  1. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – J.S. Bach
  2. Angels We Have Heard on High – arr. Shaw/Parker
  3. Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head – Leo Nestor
  4. What Is This Fragrance? – arr. Dale Warland
  5. Good Christian Men, Rejoice – arr. Shaw/Parker
  6. The Three Kings – Healey Willan
  7. In the Bleak Midwinter – Harold Darke
    Three Chorales from The Christmas Oratorio – J.S. Bach
  8. How Shall I Fitly Meet Thee
  9. Thee with Tender Care
  10. Break Forth, 0 Beauteous Heav’nly Light
  11. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen – arr. Shaw/Parker
  12. O Little One Sweet – J.S. Bach
  13. Lullaby for the Christ Child – Ruth Watson
  14. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks * – Cynthia Johnson
  15. The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy – arr. Robert DeCormier
    Trilogy for the Christ Child * – Craig Courtney
  16. Calm on the Listening Ear of Night
  17. All Hail, Thou Noble Guest
  18. Only a Manger
  19. Gesu Bambino – Pietro Yon
  20. O Magnum Mysterium – Morten Lauridsen
    Three Settings of “In dulci jubilo” – J.S. Bach
  21. Chorale Prelude: In dulci jubilo, BWV 7512
  22. Chorale: In dulci jubilo
  23. Fantasia on In dulci jubilo, BWV 7292
  24. Away in a Manger – arr. Shaw/Parker
  25. Ave Maria – Javier Busto
  26. Sir Christèmas – William Mathias
  27. The First Nowell – Stephen Paulus
  28. Silent Night – arr. David Willcocks

Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle

Gioacchino Rossini (1792–1868)
A. Dennis Sparger, conductor
Angela Horn, Contralto   Thomas Barrett, Bass
Jan Prokop, Soprano   Randal Rushing, Tenor


Recorded live at St. Francis Xavier College Church on April 28, 2002

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Track Listing:

  1. Kyrie eleison – Chorus
  2. Gloria in excelsis Deo – Soloists and Chorus
  3. Gratias agimus tibi – Terzetto for Contralto, Tenor and Bass
  4. Domine Deus – Tenor solo
  5. Qui tollis peccata mundi – Duet for Soprano and Contralto
  6. Quoniam tu solus sanctus – Bass solo
  7. Cum Sancto Spiritu – Chorus
  8. Credo in unum Deum – Soloists and Chorus
  9. Crucifixus etiam pro nobis – Soprano solo
  10. Et resurrexit tertia die – Soloists and Chorus
  11. Sanctus – Soloists and Chorus
  12. O salutaris hostia – Soprano solo
  13. Agnus Dei – Contralto solo and Chorus