Three More Jazz Carols: In the Bleak Midwinter
Choir of St Martin in the Fields, Andrew Earis (director)
© and (p) 2013 St Martin-in-the-Fields
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak midwinter, long ago.
Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain; heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign. In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
Angels and archangels may have gathered there, cherubim and seraphim thronged the air; but his mother only, in her maiden bliss, worshiped the beloved with a kiss.
What can I give him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part; yet what I can I give him: give my heart.
David T. Little
Symphony No.5 (1994)
Peter Maxwell Davies
Susannah: The trees on the mountains are cold and bare (1953-54)
Weites Land (2013)
Jazz Missa Brevis: 2. Gloria in excelsis