A Winter Triptych
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Composer James Adler at his best.

James Adler's A Winter Triptych is a setting of three Christmas melodies from the Oxford Book of Carols and is scored for chorus, soloists, and an unusual, intimate accompaniment of horn and harp. Commissioned by the Windy City Gay Chorus, the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC and the Morehouse College Glee Club, the world premiere took place in Chicago in 1984. Composed at night at Adler's Aunt Reva's kitchen table during a visit, A Winter Triptych is a quiet and primarily introspective work. James Adler, equally at home composing or performing has a career that encompasses teaching, performing, and composing. Adler can be heard as a performer and composer on Albany Records, Capstone, Navona, and Ravello Records. He is on the faculty of Saint Peter's University and is a National Arts Associate in the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity and a recipient of the 2017 Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Beautifully performed by the Judson Memorial Church Choir conducted by Henco Espag, A Winter Triptych is James Adler at his best.
James Adler
A Winter Triptych
Judson Memorial Church Choir; Thea Humphries, horn; Kathryn Sloat, harp; Jessica Pruett-Barnett, soprano; Eric Oliver, baritone; Henco Espag, conductor

"…The two instruments sound wonderful together (Brahms knew it too); and what a pleausre to hear Christmas music that sounds unabashedly happy that it's Christmas. The performers sound delighted to be involved in the holiday music making…" (American Record Guide)"…[Christmas carols] Revisited in an original and refined way by the American composer…" (Kathodik)

"…A peaceful 'Interlude: Pastoral' provides a time for reflection…In the recapitulation of 'God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,' baritone Eric Oliver encompasses the music’s diverse directions…" (qonstage.com)

"…Delicacy and sensitivity are conveyed directly to the listener's heart…" (Sonograma)
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