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Landmarks: The 50th Anniversary Commemorative Album

by The Marionettes Chorale

Two CDs (one of evergreen favourites, one of Christmas classics) with 34 timeless tracks — classical, spirituals, gospel, pop, opera, calypso, parang and more. Featuring the Marionettes adult, youth and children's choirs, and the Renegades Steel Orchestra
Genre: World: Caribbean
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1. The Holy City (feat. Marlon De Bique)
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2. Ose Shalom (feat. Tamika-Diandra Joseph)
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3. Here They Come! (from Carmen)
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4. Cantique De Jean Racine
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5. O Fortuna (From Carmina Burana)
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6. Lord, I Want to Be a Christian
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7. Down By the Riverside
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8. When You're Smiling
The Marionettes Chorale - Children's Choir
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9. This Ol' Man
The Marionettes Chorale - Children's Choir
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10. I Want Jesus to Walk With Me (feat. Paul Bonadie)
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11. When the Saints Go Marching In
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12. Wade in the Water
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13. One Moment in Time
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14. Salguiero (Brazilian Folk)
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15. Pan By Storm (Calypso)
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16. Morena Osha (Calypso)
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17. Sayamanda (Calypso)
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18. The Ganges and the Nile (Calypso)
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19. Battle Hymn of the Republic (feat. Bp Renegades Steel Orchestra)
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20. Jingle Bells
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21. The Very Best Time of Year
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22. Do You Hear What I Hear
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23. Gesu Bambino
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24. For Unto Us a Child Is Born (From the Messiah) [feat. Bp Renegades Steel Orchestra]
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25. The Coventry Carol
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26. Silent Night / O Little Town of Bethlehem (Medley)
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27. A Adorar Al Nino (Venezuelan Carol)
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28. The Friendly Beasts
The Marionettes Chorale - Ladies Chorus
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29. A Cradle in Bethlehem
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30. Child of God
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31. The Lion Sleeps Tonight
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32. Uyai Mose (Zimbabwe / Shona / Bantu Carol) [feat. Leigh-Andra Leach]
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33. Leroy / Madame Jeffrey / Merry Christmas (Scrunter Soca Parang Medley)
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34. Hallelujah (From the Messiah) [feat. BP Renegades Steel Orchestra]
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Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Marionettes Chorale was formed in 1963 by two musicians in Port of Spain, Jocelyn Pierre and June Williams-Thorne. Its first public performance was at the Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival in 1964. Gretta Taylor has been the Artistic and Musical Director since 1974.

The choir has toured widely, in the Caribbean, Central America, Canada, the USA and the UK. Mainstream choral music naturally forms a large part of its repertoire – opera, oratorio, sacred music, musical theatre, arrangements of spirituals and gospel. But it has always celebrated the music of its homeland, Trinidad and Tobago, through choral arrangements of folksong, calypso, soca and steelpan music. The work of several leading indigenous composers is included here: André Tanker, Ken “Professor” Philmore, David Rudder, the calpysonian Scrunter (Irwin Reyes Johnson).

This anniversary double-CD contains some of the favourite pieces performed by the choir over the years. The music spans five centuries and many cultures. The first CD ranges widely over the Marionettes’ repertoire, while the second focuses on the music of Christmas, the season of the choir’s biggest annual production.

The selected performances reflect the cultural range of this versatile Caribbean-based choir. Alongside classic items by Handel, Bizet and Fauré is music from Africa, Israel Brazil and Venezuela. The texts are in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Shona, Hebrew, Latin and Trinidad English.

Some of the music is sung a cappella, some to the accompaniment of a simple keyboard, some with a full steel orchestra (the BP Renegades). The choir’s own orchestra is highly flexible, functioning as a symphonic ensemble and in various instrumental combinations, often with steelpan and African drums.

The Marionettes may be fifty years old, but they are providing for a long-term future: a youth chorale was added in 1995, and a children’s choir in 2012. All three choirs perform on this album, on their own and in combination. US-trained choral conductor Roger Henry became the Marionettes’ Assistant Musical Director in October 2012.

All proceeds go to the Marionettes Property Fund.

Technical information

Digital recording processor Pacific Microsonics Model One HDCD© version 2.0
Powered microphones Danish Pro Audio
Monitor electronics Classé Audio CA400, CP60
Monitor loudspeakers Meyer Sound HD1
Monitor headphones Sennheiser HD 600
Console Custom Design by K.O.Johnson
Cover design Bridget van Dongen
Executive producer Gretta Taylor
Recording producer Sanch Electronix Limited
Recording engineer Sean L. Sandiford
Mastering engineer Sean L. Sandiford

Recorded at live performances by the Marionettes Chorale:

1998 CD1 track 10
2005 CD1 tracks 6, 14-15
2008 CD1 tracks 6, 17-18; CD2 tracks 7, 10
2009 CD1 track 5
2010 CD1 track 4; CD2 tracks 8, 11-13, 15
2011 CD1 tracks 1-3; CD2 tracks 3-4, 6
2012 CD1 tracks 7-9, 11-13, 19; CD2 tracks 1, 2, 5, 9, 14

Acknowledgements
Since 1972, The Marionettes Chorale has been supported by BP Trinidad and Tobago (bpTT) and its predecessor corporation the Amoco Trinidad Oil Company. The Chorale wishes to acknowledge with deep gratitude bpTT’s contribution to its performances, its development, and to this recording.

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