CDs

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20th Anniversary CD
20th Anniversary CD
The 2015-2016 season was the 20th year Bells of the Lakes has been ringing together. In celebration, the bell choir performed a 20th Anniversary Concert and released a CD showcasing several outstanding pieces the choir has performed.
Hymns CD
Hymns CD

“Hymns, by Bells of the Lakes, is a superb example of the excellent performance married to universally fine arrangements of some of the great hymns of the protestant tradition. The playing is across the board fine, and the renditions are the most stirring I’ve ever heard of many of these pieces. For example, Sherman’s ”Down by the Riverside” was a big “we’ve arrived” piece in the ’90s played by countless ensembles … but it really comes alive in the Lakers’ hands. The precision of the syncopation and the extended chromatic runs… stunning. “Moklebust, Gramann, Dobrinski, Sherman … all are heavily represented, as well they should be. There are some extended “homilies” in music, like Morris’ “The Promise Fulfilled,” “Holy is Our God” by Edwards, and Eithun’s “Savior of the Nations, Come.” These are vivid depictions of the emotions and events represented in the texts.” — Jason Tiller, Sonos Handbell Ensemble

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1. When in our Music God is Glorified – arr. Moklebust (3:13)

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2. Carol of the Bells – arr. Waldrop (1:38)

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3. The Promise Fulfilled – arr. Morris (5:52)

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4. Precious Lord, Take My Hand – arr. Mathis (2:30)

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5. Blessed Assurance – arr. Dobrinski (2:51)

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6. Gift of Finest Wheat – arr. Helman (3:15)

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7. Prelude on Herzliebster Jesu – arr Gramann (4:43)

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8. Te Deum – arr. Wagner (4:32)

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9. Meditation on Beautiful Savior – arr. Moklebust (5:28)

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10. Christ the Lord is Risen Today – arr. Dobrinski (3:37)

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11. Thy Holy Wings – arr. Thompson (2:38)

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12. Many and Great, O God, Are Thy Things – arr. Hopson (5:02)

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13. Down by the Riverside – arr. Sherman (3:07)

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14. Great is thy Faithfulness – arr. Dobrinski (2:51)

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15. Fantasy on Kings Weston – arr. Gramann (4:31)

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16. Holy Is Our God – arr. Edwards (5:18)

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17. Savior of the Nations, Come – arr. Eithun (7:04)

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18. Joy to the World – arr. Moklebust (4:35)

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10 Year Anniversary CD
10 Year Anniversary CD

Ten years ago, a small group of handbell enthusiasts met to discuss a new concept . . . a music ensemble made up of musicians and directors from the community at large who would perform handbell literature with passion and musicality. From that vision was born Bells of the Lakes. We are church musicians, engineers, accountants, homemakers, secretaries, teachers, and chemists. We have kids, dogs, cats, fish, mortgages, lawns to mow, and travel plans. Oh, and we love to ring handbells.

This CD offers some of our favorites, a baroque sonata featuring the glorious marriage of handbells and oboe, an energetic arrangement of a hymn standard, ancient airs originally scored for lute, a pop classic from the 60's and a toe-tapping rag featuring the unlikely combination of handbells and accordion. It's the best of our past and a hint of what's yet to come. Thanks for celebrating with us!

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1. Prisms – William A. Payn (2:31)

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2. Morning – Edvard Grieg, arr. Arnold M. Sherman (4.25)

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3. Canticle – Arnold M. Sherman (4:04)

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4. - 7. Ancient Airs and Dances – Ottorino Respighi, arr. William H. Mathis (7:45)
4. Allegro moderato (2:41)

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5. Allegro marcato (1:49)

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6. Andante cantabile (2:03)

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7. Vivo (1:16)

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8. Canticle of Creation – Hart Morris (2:42)

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9. Song of Peace – Arnold M. Sherman (6:49)

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10. Toccata Ritmica – Michael Joy (3:39)

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11. By the Lakeside – Michael Helman (4:47)

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12. Pinnacle – William A. Payn (7:33)

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13. - 16. Sonata in C – George Frederick Handel, arr. William H. Mathis (5:15)
13. Moderato (1:47)

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14. Allegro (1:19)

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15. Siciliana (1:07)

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16. Vivace (1:07)

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17. Classical Gas – Mason Williams, arr. Sondra Tucker (3:34)

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18. March of the Dwarves – Edvard Grieg, arr. Betty B. Garee (4:11)

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19. Waiting for the Robert E. Lee – L. Wolfe Gilbert and Lewis F. Muir, arr. William H. Mathis (2:32)

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Ring the Bells of Christmas CD
Ring the Bells of Christmas CD
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1. A Ringing Christmas – Ukrainian and French carols, arr. D. Linda McKechnie (3:00)

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2. Good Christian Friends, Rejoice – J. S. Bach, arr. Fred Gramann (2:21)

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3. Joseph Dearest – German carol, arr. Donald E. Allured (1:30)

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4. Up On the Housetop – traditional, arr. Mary Kay Parrish (2:42)

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5. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear – Richard S. Willis, arr. John Bartsch (4:50)

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6. Jingle Bells – J. Pierpont, arr. William H. Mathis (2:24)

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7. Greensleeves – English carol, arr. Cathy Moklebust (5:31)

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8. Lo How a Rose – German carol, arr. William H. Mathis (2:44)

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9. Troika – Sergei Prokofiev, arr. Kevin McChesney (2:10)

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10. Stille Nacht – Franz Gruber, arr. Betty B. Garee (3:22)

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11. Frosty the Snowman – Nelson and Rollins, arr. Douglas E. Wagner (1:27)

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12. Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson, arr. Robert Ivey (3:20)

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13. God With Us for All Time – Betty B. Garee (5:56)

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14. We Wish You a Merry – English carol, arr. Sharon Cheek (1:48)

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15. O Tannenbaum – German carol, arr. John Bartsch (5:13)

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Bells of the Lakes CD
Bells of the Lakes CD

We play together in rehearsal and in concert because we love to, and because we relish an approach to handbel ringing which strives for musicality and style. Forour first public recording, we thought we'd share with you some of our favorite music -- some older classics of the handbell literature, as well as some recent contributions to the rich repertoire we all enjoy. It comes in a variety of styles, and includes original works for handbells and some transcriptions and arrangements of other music.

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1. Pie Jesu (from Requiem) – Gabriel Faure, arr. W. H. Mathis (2:38)

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2. Good Christian Friends, Rejoice – J. S. Bach, arr. Fred Gramann (2:17)

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3. Elegy – William A. Payn (6:02)

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4. Materna – Samuel A. Ward, arr. Betty B. Garee (2:26)

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5. Takeda Rhapsody – Tomoko Kanzaki (2:45)

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6. Joseph Dearest – German carol, arr. Donald E. Allured (1:25)

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7. Froelich Tanze – Karen Lakey Buckwalter (2:36)

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8. Georgia on My Mind – Hoagy Carmichael, arr. Hart Morris (3:10)

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9. Spring Sea – Michio Miyagai, arr. Hirotaka Arai (7:07)

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10. Sleigh Ride – Sergei Prokofiev, arr. Kevin McChesney (2:05)

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11. For as the Rain Comes Down – Lee J. Afdahl (7:40)

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12. Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love – Ghanian song, arr. Kevin McChesney (1:30)

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13. Beside Still Waters – Howard F. Starks (3:48)

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14. March of the Dwarves – Edvard Grieg, arr. Betty B. Garee (4:24)

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15. God With Us For All Time – Betty B. Garee (5:51)

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