Heaven is Music

Music for an Urban Church
Albany Records

"For many years Saint Peter’s sanctuary has been the New York home of the Gregg Smith Singers, and for many Sundays its choir-loft has been graced by the presence of his wife. It seems only fitting that during Saint Peter’s celebration of its first one hundred and fifty years as a parish—in and of itself an unusual event in New York City, a place that has been more accurately described as a verb than a noun—thatMusic for an Urban Church should commemorate the decades-long adherence of this modern American composer to the church’s millennia-long tradition of 'singing unto the Lord a new song.'"
-Watson Bosler
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Track List

Jazz Music for Saint Peter's (1972)
1. Kyrie [3:27]
2. Gloria [6:16]
3. Credo [4:45]
4. Sanctus [4:47]
5. Benedictus [6:07]
6. Agnus Dei [3:04]

  Rosalind Rees, soprano | Fay Kittelson, alto
  Bruce Gifford, tenor | Walter Richardson, bass
  James Sullivan, trumpet | Wayne Wright, guitar
  John Carbone, bass | Michael Levanson, percussion
  Long Island Symphonic Choral Association
  Gregg Smith, conductor

7. Dedication Theme & Variations on “Our Father by whose servants our house was built of old” (1977) [9:42]
Rosalind Rees, soprano | Gordon Jones, organ
James Sullivan & Richard Weber, trumpets
Eugene Orcutt and Larry Benz, trombones
Long Island Symphonic Choral Association
Saint Peter’s Choir | Gregg Smith, conductor

8. Drake: “Lord you give the great commission” (1987) [4:53]
Saint Peter’s Choir & Congregation
Thomas Schmidt, organ & conductor

9. Seven Stanzas at Easter (1995) [6:20]
Saint Peter’s Choir
Thomas Schmidt, organ & conductor

10. Songs from a Liberal Heart (2005) [8:34]
Saint Peter’s Choir
Suzanne Ornstein, violin | Denise Cridge, viola
Matt Goeke, cello | Susan Deaver, flute
Madeline Sturm, clarinet | Daniel Hane, bassoon
Thomas Schmidt, organ | Gregg Smith, conductor

Missa Brevis (Mass for Saint Peter’s) (1994)
11. Lord, Have Mercy [3:11]
12. Glory to God [2:32]
13. Holy, Holy / Hosanna / Blessed / Hosanna [4:01]
14. Interlude, Lamb of God [3:31]

  Rosalind Rees, soprano | Elsa Larsson, alto
  Gregg Smith Singers | Thomas Schmidt, organ
  Eric Stewart, conductor

Total Time = 72:10