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Sarah Bryan Miller
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 2001

"Each year brings its own crop of holiday music discs. 2001's harvest includes both traditional and modern Christmas music, along with some older compositions that may not sound conventionally 'Christmassy' to our carol-saturated ears, but whose message is very much of the season.

For a well-performed disc of traditional carols at a friendly price, 'Christmas at Trinity' by organist-conductor Owen Burdick with the Choir of Trinity Church, Wall Street (Naxos 8.555886), would have been near the top of the list in any case. But Trinity Church stands near ground zero in New York City; its chapel, St. Paul's, has served as a command base for disaster workers and those who succor them. Naxos of America and Trinity Church are donating all proceeds from this recording to the United Way September 11 Disaster Relief Fund, thus making it even more worthwhile."

Kyle MacMillan
Denver Post, December 2001

"This would be a worthy album to own any time, but the unusual circumstances surrounding its release gives it added appeal. This impeccably performed group of British arrangements of British carols - some widely known, others almost unknown - was recorded at the historic Trinity Church in New York City. Though just a few hundred feet from the site of the World Trade Center, it suffered only minor damage during the Sept. 11 attacks. All profits from the sale of this release are being donated by the choir to the disaster-relief fund."

Jason Serinus
Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, November 2001

"If it's traditional carols you're looking for, be it "Silent Night" or "Hark the Angels Sing," this disc may fit the bill. It also deserves your support. In response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, Naxos of America and New York City's historic Trinity Church, Wall Street have chosen to donate all proceeds from the sale of their "Christmas at Trinity" CD to the United Way September 11th Disaster Relief Fund. Released on October 16th, the disc features the professional choir of Trinity Church, led by Owen Burdick, in a program of traditional Christmas Carols. The profits from the sale will amount to $2.75 per disc for an estimated total donation of $15,000-25,000."

"Director Owen Burdick has intentionally developed a distinctly American sound for his choir. No stuffy English accents or pompous circumstances here. While this is quite admirable, one wishes the results sounded a little less careful and self-conscious. Maybe it's because of the historical circumstances associated with the recording. Located in the heart of New York's financial district, Trinity Church was founded in 1697. Its St. Paul's Chapel served as the site of the new world premiere of Handel's Messiah and the Christmas hymn "Silent Night", and was where George Washington worshipped after his inauguration in 1784. Closer to the present day, church and chapel stand just a few hundred feet from the site of the former World Trade Towers. Miraculously, both buildings suffered only minor damage and the parish staff inside the church and nearby offices at the time of the attacks, escaped safely after the collapse of the towers."

John Sunier
Audiophile Audition

"New York's Trinity Church has a strong connection to the history of Christmas music: It was the site of the New World premieres of both Handel's Messiah and Silent Night. Their program presents 23 gems of holiday music, mostly familiar carols but also some more unusual items such as Gabriel's Message, and Resonet in Laudibus. A chamber orchestra also participates. The large church's acoustic space is captured well by only a pair of Neumann mikes (and any matrix decoder will provide excellent surround sound with it). Recorded in February of this year, all proceeds of sales of this CD go to the 9-11 Charitable Fund."

Valerie Scher
The San Diego Union-Tribune

"If this disc proves anything, it's that a US choir can excel in the kind of Christmas favorites that are usually recorded by British choirs. As guided by Owen Burdick, the organist and music director of New York's Trinity Church, the performers display an admirable command of pitch, diction and phrasing."

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