2004 • SHUSHAN THE PALACE (hymns of the earth)

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"SHUSHAN is ... a beautifully constructed album of classic hymns given Siberry's royal treatment. Comforting, inspiring, & uplifting in every sense of the word."

"Shushan ...  is an extraordinary journey into the mystical and sacred, recognizing the Divine in the sublime, in the ordinary, and in each of us.

"This is a musical gift from an extraordinary artist ... it resonates true and pure holiday joy!"

Christmas and holiday traditional songs and hymns including Handel (from the 'Messiah'), Bach, Mendelssohn, Rosetti, Holst and more. Lush harmonies by Siberry with classical instrumentation.

  1. "How Beautiful Are the Feet" – 3:35 - George Frideric Handel/Charles Jennens
  2. "Sheep May Safely Graze" – 3:43 - Johann Sebastian Bach/Salomo Franck
  3. "A Star Shall Rise Up Out of Jacob" – 1:39 - Felix Mendelssohn/J. F. Von Bunsen
  4. "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth" – 6:07 - George Frideric Handel/Charles Jennens
  5. "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" – 4:49 - Friedrich Layritz/John C. Mattes/Krauth Spaeth
  6. "In the Bleak Midwinter" – 4:19 - Gustav Holst/Christina Rossetti
  7. "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree" – 3:05 - lyric collected by Joshua Smith, music by Elizabeth Poston
  8. "Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light" – 4:48 - Johann Rist/Johann Schop
  9. "If God Be for Us" – 4:22 - Handel/Jennens with additional lyrics by Peter Kiesewalter

released 2004