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Mixed Voice Childrens Choir CD Recordings

Childrens choir CDs do not often have any type of national distribution and often can not be found in many of the usual stores and web sites. We have worked hard to find the best available childrens chorus CD recording and we believe we offer the best selection of childrens choir CDs to be found anywhere.

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African Children's Choir : 10 Years

Review: This CD, celebrating 10 years of the African Children's Choir, contains songs ranging from gospel (Highway to Heaven) to traditional African (Bafirisuti) and even American pop (From A Distance). The English songs have piano accompaniment, while the festive African music is accompanied by traditional drumming. Most of the songs are sacred and bring a message of peace. Created as a stepping stone to give children a better life, this retrospective is a testament to the benefit of the choir. This exuberant group of children will delight you.

Songlist: Highway to Heaven, It's a Small World, Bafirisuti, Through it All, All Things Bright and Beautiful, Motto Imewaka, Reach Out and Touch, O Sifuni Mungo, Shine Jesus Shine, Parapanda, Seed to Sow, Soon and Very Soon, Blessed be the Name, Amazing, Natamaba, From a Distance, Chinywa, Drummer Boy, Bed of Straw, Jesus is the Answer, Let There Be Peace, He's Got the Whole World

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7218c | 1 CD | $14.98 || African Choral Music


African Children's Choir : Africa's Heartbeat

Review: The 10th recording by one of our favorite children's choirs, the African Children's Choir joins the Flemish Radio Orchestra for this collection of 10 accompanied songs. The traditional African song "Muije Bantuwe" segues into "I'll Be Here for You" and the lovely prayer "Earnestly;" and the gentle "Because You Loved Me" sits perfectly between the rhythmic, dramatic "Jigo Lo Ba" and "Kiga Dance." The powerful "Shadowland," "Mother Africa" and the traditional anthem "Nkosi Sikele" close the album perfectly, leaving us touched and moved by the voices of these beautiful children.

Songlist: Muije Bantuwe, I'll Be Here For You, Earnestly, Jigo Lo Ba, Because You Loved Me, Kiga Dance, Love Without End, Shadowland, Mother Africa, Nkosi Sikele

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8708c | 1 CD | $14.95 || African Choral Music


African Children's Choir : African Christmas

Review: Friends in the West International, sponsors of East Africa's African Outreach Academy, have a new CD by the African Children's Choir, and a new Christmas musical (which we are encouraged to perform in our communities to raise money for African children), The First African Christmas, songs from which are the first 8 tunes: the reggae-flavored "Message for Africa," "God's promise from long ago," "The Wise Men rap, " "The gifts," "Shepherd's carol," "Philip's song," "Gift for the King," and the music from "Gift for you to sing." Following are 6 more Christmas tunes, the a cappella "Betelehemu," "Go tell it on the mountain," "Have you any room for Jesus?", "Bed of straw", "Drummer boy" and "Silent Night." Most songs are accompanied. New energy and spirit for a timeless story from a talented Choir.

Songlist: Message for Africa, God's promise form long ago, The Wise Men rap, The Gifts, Shepherd's carol, Philip's song, Gift for the King, Christmas Celebration Songs:, Betelehmu, Go tell it on the mountain, Have you any room for Jesus?, Bed of Straw, Drummer Boy, Silent Night

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6961c | 1 CD | $14.98 || African Choral Music


African Children's Choir : Because You Loved Me

Review: We love the pictures of these beautiful African children, the story behind the group's formationby Ray Barnett, and all the good the group's success has accomplished. "Because" is the fourth CD in our catalog, and we like them all. All accompanied, the emphasis remains on the bright, spirited voices of the children. 12 mostly Christian/spiritual songs: "Lord Be Magnified," "Shine, Jesus, Shine," "Seed To Sow," "How Good It Is," the title tune, the traditional spiritual "Steal Away," "Reach Out/Lean On Me," "Betelehemu," "From A Distance," "Take Up Your Cross," "Highway To Heaven" and "O Happy Day." A feel-good CD from start to finish!

Songlist: Lord Be Magnified, Shine Jesus Shine, Seed to Sow, How Good It Is, Because You Loved Me, Steal Away , Reach Out / Lean On Me, Betelehemu, From A Distance, Take Up Your Cross, Highway To Heaven, O Happy Day

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7096c | 1 CD | $14.98 || African Choral Music


African Children's Choir : Devotion

Review: For 20 years, the African Children's Choir has astounded audiences everywhere with not only their beautiful sounds and moving stories but with the power and energy that accompanies each song. This recording is no exception. Filled with lively praise songs and gospel tunes, Devotion, lets this chorus shine. While all the performances are great, the simple traditional African songs accompanied by drums are truly highlights of this CD. For fans of the African Children's Choir, Devotion is a must have.

Songlist: Lord I Lift Your Name On High/How Good It Is, Teach Me To Dance, When I Was Lost, Here I am To Worship, Nothing But The Blood of Jesus, Inyi Watoto, You Are The Shepherd, Lord of All Creation, Silka Nze Nkubulile, Come Now Is The Time to Worship, Cast All Your Burdens/In My Life Lord, As The Deer Pants, Wamilele, Amazing Grace, Shout to the Lord, My Jesus, My Savior

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7349c | 1 CD | $14.98 || African Choral Music


African Children's Choir : It Takes a Whole Village

Review: It's a heartwarming story, Ray Barnett's trip to Uganda to try to do something about the thousands of orphans dying of starvation in a bloody civil war. Much prayer and help from church groups later, the first ACC was selected and brought back to the US. Thus the world got to see actual beautiful, bright, singing African children, which in turn has led to thousands being helped and saved. In "Village" we are delighted by the smiling voices of these remarkable children on 25 lightly accompanied traditional African folk songs, and African-American spirituals. Traditional African songs like "Parapanda," "Abataka," "Jabulani Africa," "Mujje," "Ensi Zonna," "Bolingo" and "Kinakyo" blend well with songs in English like "From a Distance," "It Takes A Whole Village," "Because You Loved Me," "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" and "Seed to Sow." In case we haven't been clear, we'll just come out and say it: this is a feel-good CD, from the buying of it (which supports the ACC's good work), to the reading about these kids on the liner notes, to listening to every cut of this wonderful music!

Songlist: Parapanda, Abataka, Jabulani Africa, Natamaba, It Takes A Whole Village, Mujje, Ensi Zonna, From A Distance, Kamuwe Ekirabo, O Happy Day, Bolingo, Kinakyo, O Sifuni Mungu, Ndyahimbisa, Eggulu Lyajjula Ettendo, Because You Loved Me, Betelehemu, Chwinywa, Seed to Sow, Let There Be Peace, Generation Song, Nagirira

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6731c | 1 CD | $14.98 || African Choral Music


African Children's Choir : Still Walking In The Light

Review: It was 1984 and Ray Barnett heard a news report from Africa that told of how thousands of orphans were dying in a bloody civil war in Uganda. Sickened by the images of famine and tragedy, Ray formed the African Children's Choir to show the world how bright and beautiful African children are. Money was raised from churches to go to Uganda, select and bring out the first ACC. Each year a new group is selected, while the former members go back to Africa to receive care and a good education. This CD is from a live concert on January 14th, 2000, which marked the 15th anniversary of the Choir and once again highlighted the joy, enthusiasm, energy and optimism of this remarkable group of children. There are colorful, fold-out liner notes that have exuberant pictures of these beautiful, smiling-as-they-sing children to go with the celebration on the CD. 19 songs, most lightly accompanied by a small orchestra of keyboards, bass, guitar, drums, horns, flute and oboe. These are largely traditional spirituals and gospel songs, joyfully and beautifully sung: "Walking in the Light," "Full the River," "Mwiji Mwena," "He is my Light"...each is a little rhythmic anthem. "This Little Light of Mine" sums up the concert, as the ACC truly lets it shine!

Songlist: Walking in the Light, Full the River, Mwiji Mwena, He is my Light, Highway to Heaven, Crouch Medley, He's the Way, If we ever, Carnival, Earnestly, Noimusanyu, This Little Light of Mine, Standing for Heaven, Testify, Reach Out and Touch, Holy Ground, He's Got the Whole World, Little on the Road, O Happy Day

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6732c | 1 CD | $14.98 || African Choral Music


African Children's Choir : Window on the World

Review: "Windows On The World" is a dynamic new musical, featuring an international cast, and the voices of Jodi Benson, the African Children's Choir and guests from around the globe. 13 songs, all accompanied: "He Is My Light," "Driftin'," the sweet ballad "Good News," "O Most High," "Journey Home (Song for the East)," "Standing for Heaven," "Let the Little Children Come," "How Good It Is," "You Are The Shepherd," "Hallelujah," "The Lord's Prayer," "There Is Hope" and "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands." The brightly-clad young ACC sing as brightly and spiritually as they look in the colorful liner notes. Joyous and inspirational!

Songlist: He Is My Light, Driftin, Good News, O Most High, Journey Home (Song for the East), Standing for Heaven, Let the Little Children Come, How Good it Is, You Are the Shepherd, Hallelujah, The Lord's Prayer, There Is Hope, He's Got the Whole World In His Hands

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7061c | 1 CD | $14.98 || African Choral Music


Alexandra Youth Choir : South African Choral

Review: The 34-strong, Johannesburg, South Africa-based Alexandra Youth Choir, directed by Mike Mncube (who does a lot of the group's arrangements), was called Realogile School Choir when it was formed in 1988. Usually AYCC performs a cappella, dancing and stamping their feet to give an extra kick to the performance. On "South African Choral" there is non-vocal percussion on several of the 20 cuts, and guitar, piano and sax on 3 cuts. Such instrumentation simply adds spice to the powerful, joyous, repetitive rhythms that course through this CD. "Uyamemeza," the traditional Xhosa song "Kunothixo Omkhulu," the traditional Zulu song "Iphi Imbiza Namhlanje," the traditional greeting song "Dumelang," the sweet spiritual "I Want to See," the Zulu song "Toffolu...this is feel-good, revival meeting-type stuff. Recommended!

Songlist: Uyamemeza, Wena Malindi Unngawami, Kunothixo Omkhulu, Wandibiza Umngoma, Baba Baxolele, Valani Ezongcango, Shapa Kwasa Kwasa, Iphi Imbiza Namhlanje, Ene Eli Ntale, Redibini, Kemokete, Dumelang, Saka-band, Lona Bontate, Intombi Ikhahlelu Sakazange, Nansi Lentombi, Ayo Ayo, I Want To See, Toffolux, Nkosi Sikelela

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6764c | 1 CD | $11.95 || African Choral Music


Amabile Youth Singers : Garden of Delights

Review: Since its founding in 1985, the Amabile Youth Singers of London, Canada has developed the musical talents of hundreds of young singers. This auditioned ensemble features 65 young women ages 12 to 21. No strangers to competitions, founding directors John Barron and Brenda Zadorsky have led them to wins in 11 national and 4 international competitions. "Garden" is a lightly-accompanied, varied collection of 20 songs-some favorites are E. Elgar's "The Snow," J. Brahms' "Lullaby," Handel's "No, divoi non vo fidarmi," D. Gawthrop's "Mary Speaks," E. Daley's lovely "Each Child," R. Thompson's "Choose Something Like a Star," A. Bevan's "Ave Maria," C. Ives' "Serenity," R. Thompson's "A Girl's Garden," J. Mantyjarvi's surprising, eclectic "Pseudo-Yoik Lite" the joyous, soaring "Paruparong Bukid" and Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow." Some of these pieces are dissonant and difficult to perform, but these young women make it sound easy. If you'd like a tasty feast of tunes by one of the best young women's ensembles on the planet, the aptly-named "Garden of Delights" is for you!

Songlist: The Snow - Elgar, Song Of The Angels - Sirett, Lullaby - Brahms, No Di Voi Non Vo Fidarmi - Handel, I Thank You God - Walker, Mi'Kmaq Honour Song - Adams, Mary Speaks - Gawthrop, Each Child - Daley, Choose Something Like A Star - Thompson, Noel Des Enfants Qui Non Plus Des Maisons - Debussy, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Ave Maria - Bevan, Serenity - Ives, Cloths Of Heaven - Daley, A Girl's Garden - Thompson, Poi E, Pseudo-Yoik Lite, Paruparong Bukid, Over The Rainbow, Praise His Holy Name - Hampton

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8617c | 1 CD | $15.95 |


Amabile Youth Singers : Hatfield - All Good People

Review: Award-winning conductor Stephen Hatfield's London, Canada-based Amabile Boys Choirs have entertained audiences throughout Canada, the US, Europe and Australia, receiving numerous awards including 10 first places at the prestigious CBC Choral Competition. The ABC's refreshingly varied song selection and clean, spirited harmonies are in ample evidence on "All Good People," beginning from the first exuberant cut, the Reggae tune "Don't Bend Down." 18 other gems follow: the 4-part "Missa Brevis," the Japanese work song "Ohisashi buri" (It's been a long time), the spiritual "Ezekiel Saw The Wheel," the lovely "When The Stars Fall," the salsa-flavored "Son de Camaguey," the raucous sea shanty "All For Me Grog," the heart-tugging "All Too Soon," "Double Shot," the spirited "Jesus Met the Woman at the Well," and the South African tune "Dubula." Each song surprises us with the energy and joy of singing of these talented boys. We have heard some of these songs before, but Amabile makes each one their own, the definitive version. "All Good People" is a treat, and winning CD #4 for Amabile!

Songlist: Don't Bend Down, Missa Brevis-, -Kyrie, -Sanctus, -Gloria, Agnus Dei , Ohisashi Buri, Ezekiel Saw The Wheel, Un Flambeau, Jeannette Isabelle, When The Stars Fall, Ka hia manu, Elibama, Son de Camaguey, All For Me Grog, All Too Soon, Double Shot (Honey in the Rock), Jesus Met The Woman At The Well, Living In A Holy City, Dubula, God-Bless Wassail

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7691c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Stephen Hatfield


Amabile Youth Singers : She Shall Have Music

Review: The young women of the Junior Amabile Singers, one of 7 choirs in the Amabile Choirs of London, Canada, are joined in this exploration of the hopes, desires and human experiences of today's young women by the Amabile Da Capo Choir, a training choir for the JAS. Artistic directors Jacquelyn Norman and Wendy Gee conduct them in this rich collection of 23 lightly accompanied songs. Favorites are the title tune, whose lyrics are from the nursery rhyme, "Ride a cock horse to Banbury cross," Darla Eshelman's "A Song from the Heart," Z. Randall Stroope's "The Poet Sings," Bob Chilcott's "The Lily and the Rose," Ed Robertson's "Sing a Song," Eugene Butler's "Music is My Life," Ruth Morris Gray's lilting, humorous "No Thank You, John," Ella Fitzgerald's "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," the Gershwins' "Someone to Watch Over Me," Billy Joel's "Lullabye" and Smokey Robinson's "My Guy." This is a poised, confident collection by one of the finest young women's ensembles in the world, beautiful, entertaining and moving.

Songlist: She Shall Have Music, To Be Young, A Song From The Heart, Think On Me, The Poet Sings, Dirait-On, The Lily And The Rose, Come To Me O My Love , Sing A Song, One Song, Just A Single Voice , Music Is My Life, He's Gone Away , Banks Of Doon, No Thank You John, Joan Of Arc, Give Us Hope , A-Tisket A-Tasket , Someone To Watch Over Me, Lullaby, Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend, My Guy, Ma (He's Making Eyes At Me)

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8599c | 1 CD | $15.95 |


Amabile Youth Singers : Sing the Music of Stephen Hatfield

Review: The Amabile (Ah MAH bee lay) Singers, based in London, Ontario, Canada is an auditioned choir of 50 young women, ages 12 to 23 years. It exists to give its members musical experiences of the highest caliber and to develop musical talents. Its repertoire ranges from Medieval to Broadway. Amabile rose quickly to national and international prominence with competition wins at the CBC Biennial Choral Competition, International Choral Competition, and many others. They have toured Europe several times and performed at Carnegie Hall. The music of Canadian composer Stephen Hatfield is surprising and wonderful, and it has never sounded better. 17 songs, the energetic spiritual "Run Children Run," the dramatic "Vus Vet Zayn," the lovely "Camino Caminante," the powerful 3-part a cappella gem, "Three Ways to Vacuum Your House," the sweet, plaintive "Queen Jane," the haunting "When It Was Dark," the plaintive "Once I Had a Sweetheart," the finger-snapping "Sweet Tooth," "Crimson, Ivory and Aquamarine" and "La Lluvia" (with percussion by Hatfield and others), the short, harmonic "Old Fox Wassail," the complex, dramatic, accompanied "Ya Faraoule" and the rhythmic, primitive "TJAK!" are favorites. This is edgy, interesting, entertaining stuff that definitely pushes the Choral envelope.

Songlist: Run Children, Run, Vus Vet Zayn, Ower the Hills, Camino Caminante, Three Ways to Vacuum Your House, Queen Jane, When It Was Yet Dark, Once I Had a Sweetheart, Odi Odi, Sweet Tooth, Crimson, Ivory and Aquamarine, La Lluvia, Old Fox Wassail, Ya Faraoule, TJAK!

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8725c | 1 CD | $15.95 || Stephen Hatfield


Amabile Youth Singers : Wrapped in Song

Review: The ACC is is a mixed-voice ensemble of 50 senior members of the seven London, Ontario, Canada children's choirs. 24 beautiful pieces, including Bob Chilcott's "Dona Nobis Pacem," versions I-IV, a pair of "O Magnum Mysteriums," one by Lauridsen and one by Thomas Luis de Victoria., Eleanor Daley's "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" and "My Master from a Garden Rose," and three with guest soloist Denise Pelley, "The Rain is Over and Gone," "Worthy to Be Praised" and "I Go to the Rock." Secular tunes "Flanders Fields," "The Banks of the Don," "Song of the Breton Fishermen," "Un Canadian errant" and Billy Joel's "And So It Goes" are also very special. Some piano accompaniment. We enjoyed every cut of this beautifully crafted collection from talented Amabile!

Songlist: Dona Nobis Pacem I , O Magnum Mysterium, Dona Nobis Pacem II , My Master From A Garden Rose, Flanders Fields, Le Temps De Vivre , Dona Nobis Pacem III , El Hambo, Rattle On The Stovepipe, iod Mar Chaidh an Cal a Dholaidh, The Banks On The Don, Song Of The Breton Fishermen, Un Canadien Errant, Dona Nobis Pacem IV, O Magnum Mysterium, Sing Me To Heaven , Sing Lullaby, Gloria In Exelcis Deo, Precious Lord, The Rain Is Over And Gone, Worthy To Be Praised , And So It Goes, Dona Nobis Pacem V

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Ames Children's Choir : All Things Pass onsale

Review: The Concert Choir is one of three choirs in the Ames Children's Choirs (ACC) program founded by Artistic Director Munsen in Ames, Iowa in 1995. The Concert Choir has performed at John Rutter's Mass of the Children at Carnegie Hall, with the Des Moines Symphony for the World Food Prize, performed solo concerts in St. Patrick's Cathedral (NYC) and Washington's National Cathedral and performed at many conferences and festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Favorites among the 14 tunes (all accompanied on piano by Sue Lekwa) are: Bob Chilcott's title tune and "Can You Hear Me?," John Rutter's "For the Beauty of the Earth," E. Amiran's "Mayim," the Spiritual "Hand Me Down My Silver Trumpet," Stephen Paulus' "Winter Song," Libby Larsen's "Ring the Bells," Bach's "Wir eilen doch emsigen Schritten," James Mulholland's "Come Let's Be Merry" and the Serbian Gypsy Dance "Niska Banja." The lovely voices of the children perfectly complement these beautiful, well-chosen songs!

Songlist: For the Beauty of the Earth, All Things Pass, Can You Hear Me?, Evening Song, America the Beautiful, Hand Me Down My Silver Trumpet, Mayim, Hanarot Halalu, Winter Song, Ring the Bells, The Alphabet, Wir eilen doch emsigen Schritten, Come Let's Be Merry, Niska Banja

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2324c | 1 CD | $15.95 ON SALE $4.95 |


Ames Children's Choir : Dream a Dream onsale

Review: Dr. Munsen had founded and directed children's and women's choirs in Minnesota, Illinois, Maryland, and Washington before creating the Ames Children's Choirs (ACC) in 1995, which now includes over 110 boys and girls ages 8-16 singing in 4 choirs. Beginning with regional concerts and performances at Iowa State U. festivals, ACC has established an international connection by sponsoring the Midwest Children's Choir Fesival and conducting tours to the Czech Republic and Canada. "Dream," their debut CD, has 20 tunes, all recorded in concert; numbers 1-7, including "The Star Spangled Banner," Bach's beautiful "Bist du bei mir," and Dvorak's "Flow, Danube, Ebb and Flow," were recorded at the ACDA Conference in Des Moines; numbers 8-20, including Handel's "Art Thou Troubled," the Hebrew folk song "Dodi li," Z. Randall Stroope's "Lux Aeterna," the a cappella Japanese folk tune "Hotaru Koi," the Appalachian folk song "Simple Gifts," Aaron Copland's "At The River," Libby Larson's "Ring the Bells," Mozart's "The Alphabet" and the title tune by Ed Robertson, were recorded at concerts at local churches. There is light accompaniment on most songs. But it's the lovely, spirited sound of the children's voices are what makes "Dream" a very special and enjoyable collection.

Songlist: The Star-Spangled Banner, Bist Bu Bei Mir, Wir Eilen Mit Schwachen Doch Emsign Schritten, Flow Danube, Ebb And Flow, Barter, Metsa Telegramm, I'm Goin' Up Yonder, Art Thou Troubled, Dodi li, Niska Banja, How Merrily We Live, Lux Aeterna, Hotaro Koi, Simple Gifts, At The River, Younger Generation, Ring The Bells, Joy In Jerusalem The Alphabet, Dream A Dream

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8343c | 1 CD | $15.95 ON SALE $4.95 |


Angelis : Angelis

Review: Hand-selected from around the UK by choral experts, their album lends inspiration from past and present, with interpretations of songs across a range of genres. Together, they have created their recording with one of the world's most successful producers, Steve Mac, whose acclaimed work includes 30 UK Number 1's from artists including Il Divo, Westlife, Mariah Carey and Kelly Clarkson, plus album sales of over 60 million. Boasting 12-tracks - 11 by Steve Mac - Angelis' debut album offers dynamic harmonies with relentless energy and is delivered with aplomb. Highlights include the beautiful Sarah McClachlan song `Angel' - which is the album's lead track - plus contemporary versions of classical hymns including `O Holy Night' and `Pie Jesu', plus interpretations of Enya's `May It Be' and Eva Cassidy's `Over The Rainbow'

Songlist: Angel, Pie Jesu, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, Pokarekare Ana, Even Though You've Gone, Walking in the Air, Morning Has Broken, May It Be, Cantero, O Holy Night

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22168c | 1 CD | $14.95 || Boys Choirs CDs


Anima : Live From South Africa onsale

Review: Formerly the Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus, 100-strong mixed-voice children's chorus Anima, Young Singers of Greater Chicago traveled to South Africa in July of 2007. Most of the performances here are recorded from their final concert, shared with the Pro Cantu Youth Choir, directed by Leon Starker, in the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, Cape Town. There are 12 tracks here, favorites are the traditional Xhosa songs "Ithemba Iami" and "Bawo Thixo Somandla;" traditional Zulu songs "Nginesi ponono," "Senzenina" and "Unonkala;" traditional American "Shenandoah," Elizabeth Alexander's joyous "Faith is the Bird that Feels the Light," traditional South African "African Celebration," Paul Halley's "Untraveled Worlds" and George Jackson & Tom Jones III's rollicking "Old Time Rock 'n Roll." A rhythmic, high-energy remembrance of Anima's amazing musical journey!

Songlist: Ithemba Iami, Nginesi ponono, Shenandoah, Faith is the Bird that Feels the Light, African Celebration, If Music be the Food of Love, Walk in Jerusalem, Unonkala, Bawo Thixo Somandla, Untraveled Worlds, Old Time Rock 'N Roll

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Anima : Nightingale

Review: Composer Imant Raminsh's lyrical melodies and lush harmonic textures combined with the skilled, expressive singing of the GECC create a powerful musical partnership in this unique choral opera based on Hans Christian Andersen's tale of the same name.

Songlist: The Nightingale

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8591c | 1 CD | $15.95 |


Audi Jugendchor Akademie : A Cappella

Review: All the compositions on this CD may justifiably be classified under the noble seal of "Romantic choral music". Even though they are all, without exception, religious works: How multifarious were the composers' incentives, how diverse were the places and occasions, for which the Motets and Cantatas were composed! Religious music in the secular 19th century: for Anton Bruckner alone, this would have meant divine service and the cathedral. For Mendelssohn, by contrast, it would have meant festivals or concert halls as well - and for Brahms a personal dialogue with God. In the case of Joseph Rheinberger lastly, whose "Abendlied" (Evensong) forms, from his home town of Munich, the final chord of this anthology, the Lutheran biblical text irrevocably transforms into a prayer full of genuine feeling, which would be sung in the home as well as by choral societies.

Songlist: Jauchzet Dem Herrn SAlle Welt, 100 Plam, Warum Ist Licht Gegeben, Dem Muhselgin, Lasset Uns Unser Herz, Sieha, Wir Preisen Selig, Mit Fried Und Frued Ich Fahr Dahin, Schaffe In Mir Gott, Ave Maria, Christus Factus Est, Locus Iste, Os Justi, Vexilla Regis, Virga Jesse, Abendlied

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2638c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella || German Choral Music


Bach Children's Chorus : Go Where You Will

Review: The 4 choirs of the Bach Children's Chorus (BCC) have earned acclaim throughout greater Toronto for their beautiful, musical sound and professionalism. Totally approximately 200 children and youth, the BCC choirs are Choir I (ages 6-9), Choir 2 (ages 8-13), Choir III (treble singers ages 10-16) and Bach Chamber Youth Choir (boys with changed voices and girls 16-23). 23 songs, about half composed or arranged by Canadian composers. Particularly nice secular songs are the Quebecois folk songs "Canadian Boat Song" and "Un Canadien Errant," the Nova Scotia folk song "The Blackbird," James Gordon's "Frobisher Bay," Michael Unger's "Sea Song, the Cuban folk song "Son de Camaguey," Carolyn Jennings' "Panda," and the Venezuelan folk song "El Barquito." Favorite religious songs are 4 by Eleanor Daley, "The Cloths of Heaven," "O Be Joyful in the Lord," "My Master from a Garden Rose" and "The Angels Will Guide You Home," Z. Randall Stroope's "Lux Aeterna," Christopher Brown's "There is no rose of such virtue" and the final cut, "Hope for Resolution." The bright, clear sound of these childrens' voices makes "Go Where You Will" a special, moving CD. Accompaniment and percussion on some songs. Beautiful and extensive liner notes.

Songlist: Canadian Boat song, The Cloths of Heaven , O Be Joyful in the Lord , Lux Aeterna , There is no rose of such virtue , Come, Colours Rise , The Blackbird, Frobisher Bay, Sea Song (Michael Unger), Son de Camaguey, A Celtic Prater , My Master from a Garden Rose, Lift Up Your Voice! , Un Canadien Errant , Spring is singing in the garden , Panda , The Butterfly and the Shadow , The Angels Will Guide You Home , El Barquito, The Garden Song , Like a Rainbow , Hope for Resolution

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7684c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella |


Bach Children's Chorus : Here's To Song

Review: The first recording from this fine chorus displays great virtuosity as they perform some of their favorite songs.

Songlist: All Things Bright and Beautiful, Verbliches Standchen, Where Go the Boats, Here's to Song, Mi'kmaw Honor Song, Winter Store, O Lovely Peace , Ask the Moon, Magic Store, Schmucht das Frohe Fest mit Maien, Song for the Mira, And God Shall Wipe Away All Tears, Arcady, A la rurru nino, Pick a Bale of Cotton, The Water of Tyne, We Will Sing for Joy, Bashana Haba'a, Each Child, A Tree Toad, Rise Again

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8736c | 1 CD | $15.95 |


Bach Children's Chorus : Land of Tomorrow

Review: We have always loved Toronto's Bach Children's Chorus, founded in 1987 and comprised of 185 singers aged 6 and up in four choirs. Conductor Linda Beaupre directs these wonderfully trained choirs in 21 tunes in "Land of Tomorrow," all accompanied by light piano and sometimes percussion. Some favorites are "Psalm 100," "The Little Sandman," "Skylark and Nightingale," "Somewhere a Child is Singing," "Ballerine du Vent," "The Grey Donkey," "Give Ear Unto Me" and "Niska Banja" by Choir III, "Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild" by Choir II, "Hark the Tiny Cowslip Bell" by Choir I, "Blessing" by the Bach Chamber Youth Choir and "Song for Canada" by All Choirs. These sweet, innocent voices are a joy to listen to on every well-chosen, finely-crafted cut. Treat yourself to "Land of Tomorrow" by one of Canada's finest children's choruses! PS, the extensive liner notes have all the lyrics and some great photos.

Songlist: Psalm 100, The Little Sandman, Yo le Canto Todo el Dia, Skylark and Nightingale, Cantate Domino, Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild, Hark the Tiny Cowslip Bell, Sing a Song, Come, Let Us All This Day, Dirait-On, Somewhere A Child Is Singing, I Waited For The Lord, Ballerine du Vent, The Grey Donkey, O Rest In The Lord, Give Ear Unto Me, Niska Banja, A Croon, Laus Deo, Blessing, Song For Canada

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8972c | 1 CD | $16.95 |


Bach Children's Chorus : Look To This Day

Review: The Toronto, Canada-based Bach Children's Chorus and Bach Chamber Youth Choir, led by founder and Artistic Director Linda Beaupre, bring us this nice collection of live performances from 1991 to 2006, with performances under guest conductors Elmer Iseler and Jean Ashworth Bartle, and guest pianist Ruth Watson Henderson. The beautiful, extensive liner notes booklet contains a history of the group from their founding in 1987, and many photographs of the almost 200 children involved in four choirs. There are 21 songs by different groups and configurations of the choir, such as "Like as a Father" by the Massed Choirs, the spirituals "Ain't That News" and "Go Down Moses" by Choir III, "Behold the Beauty of the Lord" by the Bach Chamber Youth Choir, "My Shadow" by Choir I, "When the Tide Goes Out" and "Down By The Riverside" by Massed Choirs with Guest Dads. There's some magical material we're hearing for the first time, "The Piper and the Chiming Pea," "I'm A Train," "Raking Song," "The Bold Hunter" and others. Some light accompaniment. "Look to this Day" is a very enjoyable and upbeat collection.

Songlist: To Music, Antiphonal Alleluia, Like As A Father, Akakomborerwa , Children Blessed Of The Lord, Ain't That News, And God Shall Wipe Away All The Tears, Kneel Always', Ma Navu, Go Down Moses, Praise The Lord, God's Glories Show, Set Me As A Seal, Behold The Beauty Of The Lord, Seeds Grow To Plants, The Piper And The Chiming Pea, I Want Two Wings, My Shadow, Hand Me Down My Silver Trumpet, The Bold Hunter, A Jubilant Song, Vagabond Song, O Lord Of Life, Ching-a-Ring Chaw, Pecos Bill, Tutira Mai Nga Iwi, Have You Seen A Rainbow, P'tit Galop Colinda, When The Tide Goes Out, Ngana And So It Goes, Skye Boat Song, and more

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Bach Children's Chorus : Outside The Snow Is Falling

Review: Toronto's BCC, 200 talented singers ages 6 and up, are divided into 4 choirs and have become a beloved part of Toronto's musical culture. The Christmas CD "Outside" is the BCC's second, their first being the lovely "Go Where You Will." This is a joyous CD, the high, sweet voices of the children are perfect for traditional carols such as "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," "O Holy Night," "Ding Dong! Merrily on High," and "Echo Carol," a pair by John Rutter, "The Angels' Carol" and "Carol of the Children," and many by Canadian composers we haven't heard, Eleanor Daley's "What Sweeter Music," Mark Sirett's "Sunny Bank," Edith Harrhy's "Ring, Bells, Ring," W.H. Anderson's "Long, Long Ago," Alexander Tilley's "When Christ Was Born," Heather Barnes' "Torches!" and others. 24 songs, all lightly accompanied. A lovely gift from one of Canada's finest children's choirs.

Songlist: A King Is Born, What Sweeter Music, Sunny Bank, The Angels' Carol, Echo Carol, Go Where I Send Thee, Carol Of The Children, Pat -A- Pan, Ring Bells, Ring, Long, Long Ago, Were You There, When Christ Was Born, S'Vivon / Candle Lullaby, Ding - Dong - Doh!, El Cant Dels Ocels, This Little Babe, Winds Through The Olive Trees, Torches!, Song Of The Innkeeper's Children, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, O Holy Night, This Joy, Ding Dong! Merrily On High, Sleigh Ride

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Bach Children's Chorus : The Dream Ship

Review: Founded in Toronto in 1987, the Bach Children's Chorus is made up of 190 children and youth from throughout the greater Toronto region. It performs three full concerts per season and appears as a guest choir in many Toronto events. "The Dream Ship" is the sixth CD to be released by the BCC, directed by award-winning Founder and Artistic Director Linda Beaupre. There are 22 lovely, all accompanied tunes here, and many favorites, performed by parts of the BCC and the Bach Chamber Youth Choir, separately and together: Malcolm Dalglish's "Sail Away," Eleanor Daley's soaring title tune, John Rutter's "For the Beauty of the Earth," John Berger's "Oh! Spring (The Caterpillar)," the Spiritual "If I Got My Ticket," the Kentucky folk song "Bright Morning Star," the Chain gang song "Rainbow Round my Shoulder," "Careers Medley," Mary Lynn Lightfoot's "A Jubilant Song," Stewart Stott's "Music in My Mother's House," Z. Randall Stroope's "Inscription of Hope" and Oscar Peterson's "Hymn to Freedom." The Choir has a sweet, soaring sound that fits perfectly with the upbeat, innocent, inspirational material. Take a ride on "The Dream Ship," and enjoy!

Songlist: Sail Away, The Dream Ship, For the Beauty of the Earth, Consider the Tiny Ant, Oh! Spring (Caterpillar), Leisure, If I Got My Ticket, Bright Morning Star, Music Comes, The Spinning Wheel, Rainbow Round My Shoulder, Gentle Mary Laid Her Child, Heaven Somewhere, Careers Medley, - When I Am Big, - Carpenter, Carpenter, - The Clown, - The Doctor, - Some Day, A Goblin Went A-Hiking, A Jubilant Song, Roads Go Ever On, I'm On My Way, Music In My Mother's House, Agnus Dei, Inscription of Hope, Hymn to Freedom

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Beijing Angelic Choir : Childhood

Review: This cute CD contains songs about childhood with texts that are reminiscent of years past. Most of the songs are Chinese with folk-songs from Vietnam and Taiwan mixed in. Though all are sung in Chinese, there are English translations as well. The award-winning Beijing Angelic Choir is very charming.

Songlist: Childhood, Song of Splashing Water, Moving on in High Spirit, Little Flower Hat, You Who Shared the Same Desk With Me, Pen-hu Beach, The Arch Moon, Western Wind's Words, Malan Girl, In the Bamboo Chamber, Come Back My Girl , Lu-Bing Flower

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Beijing Angelic Choir : Chinese Lullabies

Review: The Beijing Angelic Choir, composed of the best voices from several local choirs in Beijing, is distinguished by their sweet, superbly trained voices and musical training. Included are 12 songs: "You-you-zha," "Clear Moon, Quiet Winds," "Hammock Hanging Between Betel Trees," "Puyama Lullaby," "Tu-jia Lullaby," "A-ni-qie-er," "Kitty, Stop Meowing," "Li Lullaby," "Lullaby of the Fisherman's Family," "Tibetan Lullaby," "My Brother, Pu-ru-lai" and "A-lai, Ba-lang-mu." These songs are lightly accompanied, with emphasis, of course, on the singing of the children. The sound is dreamlike, sweet and soaring, almost other-worldly. We'd love to learn more about the beautiful, haunting lullabies, but most of the liner notes are in Chinese and we can only use our imagination. "Lullabies" was a finalist for the 1996 NAIRD award for the Best Children's Music, and is stunningly lovely CD!

Songlist: You-you-zha (Man), Clear Moon, Quiet Winds (Northeastern China), Hammock Hanging Beween Betel Trees (Guangdong), Puyuma Lullaby (Taiwan), Tu-jia Lullaby (Hunan), A-ni-qie-er (Hani tribe, Yunnan), Kitty, Stop Meowing (Anhul), Li Lullaby (Hainan), Lullaby of the Fisherman's Family (Guangxi), Tibetan Lullaby (Western Tibet), My Brother, Pu-ru-lai (Inner Mongolian), A-lai, Ba-lang-mu (Ulger)

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Beijing Angelic Choir : Lullabies From Around The World

Review: The Beijing Angelic Choir sings lullabies from Austria, Germany, Italy, England, America and more. The sweet voiced children's choir sings the many familiar tunes in Chinese. The children are accompanied by lightly synthesized backgrounds. It is very interesting to hear how western songs are interpreted by the Chinese. All of the translations are in Chinese.

Songlist: Lullaby (Mozart) (Austria), Lullaby (Brahms) (Germany), Lullaby (Italy), Children Are Asleep (Russia), Autumn Night (England), Sleep, Darling Baby (Mexico), Lullaby (Schubert) (Austria), Lullaby (America), Flow Gently Sweet Afton (J.E. Spilman), Lullaby (Japan), Yi-li Yi-li (Phillipines), Lullaby (France), Lullaby (India)

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Beijing Angelic Choir : Praying

Review: Folk songs from Japan, America and Germany are heard along side some popular songs including some by Stephen Foster. The songs are sung in Chinese with the exception of "Old Black Joe" and "Home Sweet Home" which are sung in English as well as Chinese. The Beijing Angelic Choir sings with varied accompaniment. The liner notes contain English translations.

Songlist: Praying, Love, Old Black Joe, Home Sweet Home, Colorado Night, Nostalgia, Verdant is the Pasture, Silent is the Starry Night, Little Bird, Old Folks at Home, River Moldau, Flower, Long, Long Ago

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Beijing Angelic Choir : The Jasmine Flower

Review: "The Jasmine Flower" features the harmonious and transcendent sound of the Beijing Angelic Choir, which is composed of the best singers from many local choirs in Beijing. Featured are 13 folk and traditional songs of different regions of China and Taiwan: "Children from the Mountain," The Celebration of the Tribal Harvest Festivals," "The Anthem of Parents," "Eight Fiery Horses," "Snow-White Flower Blossoms," "Wedding," "Dong-Dong-Kui (The Anthem of Joy)", the title tune, "My Beautiful Homeland," "Lady A-Shi-Ma," "The Jubilant Torch Festival Celebration," "My Lovely Hometown" and "A Rainy Day." All songs are lightly accompanied, the emphasis being on the singing of the children. "Jasmine Flower" is a joyous celebration of beauty and nature, as touching and profound as an ancient Chinese brush painting. The soaring sound of the soloists and singers is almost unbelievably beautiful!

Songlist: Children from the Mountain (Taiwan), The Celebration of the Tribal Harvest Festivals (Sao Tribe), The Anthem of Parents (Hunan Province), Eight Fiery Horses (Mongolia), Snow-White Flower Blossoms (Va Tribe), Wedding (Hani Tribe), Dong-Dong-Jui (The Anthem of Joy) (Tu-jia Tribe), The Jasmine Flower (Hebei Province), My Beautiful Homeland -- Xigaze (Tibet), Lady A-Shi-Ma (Yi Tribe), The Jubilant Torch Festival Celebration (Maio Tribe), A Rainy Day (Cantonese Hakka)

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Beijing Angelic Choir : Wings Of Song

Review: This international recording contains songs from Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, America, Italy, Israel and more. All of the songs are sung in Chinese. However, the choir does sing part of "Auf Flugeln Des Gesanges" by Mendelssohn in German and a very cute version of "Home on the Range" as well as "Hava Nagila" in English. The translations are in Chinese and English. This is a very charming program by the Beijing Angelic Choir.

Songlist: Auf Flugeln Des Gesanges (Germany), Sing Sing So (Indonesia), Ode of Joy (Germany), Londonderry Air (Ireland), Growing Rice (Phillipine), Edelweiss, Traumerai (Germany), Island of Capri (Italy), Bengawan Solo (Java, Indonesia), Have Nagila (Israel), Over the Green Mountain (England), Plink Plink Plunk (America), Home on the Range (America), Come, Let's Dance Together (Portuguese)

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Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem : God's By Design

Review: We can only admire and appreciate the mission of the founder Walter Turnbull's Boys & Girls Choir of Harlem, which currently serves over 550 boys and girls. "God's by Design" features 12 songs, mostly originals we haven't heard-songs like "Changed," "Available to You," "Jesus Is the Light," "Trouble Waters," "Jesus is a Rock in a Weary Land," "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," the title tune, "So Many Things to be Thankful For" and others. Some light accompaniment. "God's by Design" is very nice collection by this spirited, talented Choir.

Songlist: The Lord's Prayer, Changed, King Of Kings, Available To You, Jesus is The Light, Trouble Waters, I Will Hive You All The Praise, Jesus Is A Rock In A Weary Land, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, So Many Things To Be Thankful For, God's By Design, Mispah

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Boys of Worcester Cathedral Choir : Noel

Review: One of the finest sounds in the world is a top notch English boy choir singing traditional Christmas music inside a grand cathedral. Well here we have just that - and what a true joy it is!

Songlist: A Ceremony of Carols, Wolcum Yole, There is no rose, That yonge child, Balulalow, As Dew in Aprille, This Little Babe, In Freezing Winter Night, Spring Carol, Deo Gracias, Recession, Dancing Day, Angelus ad Virginem, A virgin most pure, Personent Hodie, There is no Rose, Coventry Carol, Tomorrow shall be my Dancing Day, Noel: The Rose I, Come, Thou Redeemer, The Rose II, The Cherry Tree Carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem, The Rose III, I Saw a Maiden, Hark! How Allthe Welkin Rings, From the Eastern Mountains

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Bulgarian National Radio Children's Choir : 40 Years

Review: A celebration of 40 years of existence for the world-famous, 33-strong, mixed BNRCC makes us look at the founder of this amazing group, and at their present director and conductor. Hristo Nedyalkov, Professor in choral conducting at Sofia University, "a happy combination of great artistic talent and keen sense of teaching" is both founder and director. The popularity, renown, creative achievements and awards won by the choir over the years border on the incredible. The young Bulgarian singers have performed to acclaim in the famous concert halls in the capitals of the world. "The children sing like ange..." "Their voices are as crystal clear as a mountain spring..." Absolutely. A full hour of lightly accompanied, exuberant music is here, including an original by the director, "Winter Song." Some classical music (Cesar Franck's "Panis Angelicus," Schubert's "Serenade," Mozart's "Regina coeli K. 276), some folk (Nicolas Kaufmann's "Two Humorous Folk Songs" and "Melodies from the Shoppe Region," and Milko Kolarov's "Why is the Spout Dripping), a Christmas song ("O Holy Night") and even a spiritual, ("I Want to Go to Heaven"). Mostly sung in Bulgarian, but with voices like these, who cares?

Songlist: Winter Song, Panis Angelicus, Two Humorous Folk Songs, Our Father, Why Is the Spout Dripping?, Feelin' Groovy (The 59th Street Bridge Song), O Holy Night, Pizzicati, Serenade, A Ludicrous Dance, Motor-Car Race, The Little Nightingale, Tempo di Valse, I Want to Go to Heaven, Regina coeli K. 276, Melodies from the Shoppe Region

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Cambridge Singers : Rutter: The Gift of Life & 7 Sacred Pieces

Review: Described as "phenomenal" (The Times) and "devastatingly beautiful" (Gramophone Magazine), the BBC Music Magazine Award award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, one of the world's finest vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision return to disc on Signum with a sumptuous album of Carols, Hymns and other celebratory works for Christmas. Among the composers to feature on this disc are John Gardner, Peter Warlock, Philip Ledger and Arnold Bax, A singer of great acclaim, Nigel Short was a member of the world-renowned vocal ensemble The King's Singers from 1994-2000. Upon leaving the group, he formed Tenebrae, a virtuosic choir that embraced his dedication to passion and precision.

Songlist: O All Ye Works of the Lord, The Tree of Life, Hymn to the Creator of Life, O Lord, How Manifold Are Thee, The Gift of Each Day, Believe In Life, Give the King Thy Judgements, O God, A Flower Remembered, The Quest, Psalm 150, Christ Is the Morning Star, All Bells in Paradise, Rejoice and Sing

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Cantemus Children's Choir : Choral Music of Kodaly 7

Review: Hungary's most famous and innovative composer, Zoltan Kodaly explains his artistic mission thus: "One must write original works, whose point of departure, in their texts and melodies, is the child's soul and the child's voice." One of Kodaly's main interests was the teaching of singing in schools, and conductor Denes Szabo has followed that path, beginning at Primary School No. 4 in Nyiregyhaza in 1969. He directs the school's Cantemus Children's Chorus in 21 of Kodaly's compositions for children's, youth and female choruses, like "See the gypsies," "Evening song," "Seven easy children's choruses," "Hippity hoppity," "Honey, honey," "Gypsy lament," "St. Gregory's Day," "Angels and Shepherds" and "Epiphany." Spirited, award-winning Cantemus, directed by Szabo, is the perfect choice to sing this difficult, beautiful material. "Choral Music of Kodaly 7" is a treat!

Songlist: See the gypsies, Evening song, Seven easy children's choruses, Dancing song, Stork song, Hippity, hoppity, Six humorous canons, Honey, honey, King Laszlo's men, Gypsy lament, Cohors generosa, Horatii carmen, Greeting on St John's Day, St Gregory's Day, Geneva Psalm CL, A Christmas carol, Hymn to St Stephen, Angels and shepherds, Epiphany, Whitsuntide

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Chautauqua Children's Chorale : Children of Light

Review: The Chautauqua Children's Chorale was formed in 1988, by Nancy A. Krestic and Dr. Donald P. Lang. It was formed with the mission to promote excellence in singing and musical growth, and give a different dimension to the choral experience for children. The Chorale is made up of two choirs of children ages 8 to 17: Junior Chorale and Concert Chorale. There are approximately 85 singers in Chorale. Both choirs perform a wide variety of music, including sacred, classical, secular choral music and contemporary music written for unchanged voices and the concert stage. Periodically the Chorale has commissioned choral works written specifically for them.

Songlist: Children of Light, Salmo 150, Adiemus, Skylark and Nightingale, Goodnight, Seed to Sow, The Lord Bless You and Keep You, Procession, Wolcum Yole!, There is no Rose, That Yonge Child , Balulalow, As Dew in April, This little Babe, Interlude, In Freezing Winter Night, Spring Carol, Deo Gracias, Recessional, Sing Alleluia, In the Bleak Midwinter, Sing We Now of Christmas, Carol of the Field Mice, December's Rose, Walking in the Air, Carol of the Cuckoo, Peace Carol

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Cherokee National Youth Choir : Building One Fire

Review: Building One Fire opens with a narrative by Silverbird of a speech written by Chadwick "Corntassel" Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, and segues into beautiful gospel songs, some delivered a cappella in Cherokee and English, and others with instrumental. Midway through the CD, the group delivers a unique Cherokee rendition of the universal favorite, "I'll Fly Away." The live recordings are prefaced by a spoken word introduction by McGee-Geneva, and the CD concludes with a poignant reading by Silverbird of "The Future of the Cherokee Nation," which was written by Redbird Smith, in 1918. The Cherokee National Youth Choir has made another great musical statement that will promote Cherokee language and culture, and further their role as "Ambassadors" for the Cherokee Nation.

Songlist: The Cherokee Legacy, I Di Tsa Le Ga, Alleluia, Jesus My All, Meeting of the Christians, Hymn #36, I'll Fly Away, Hymn #2: Introduction to the Public Worship, Guide Me Jehovah, Introduction to Live Performances, America, The Star Spangled Banner, The Future of the Cherokee Nation

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Cherokee National Youth Choir : Jesus Is Born Today

Review: In the spirit of the true meaning of the Cherokee Christmas holiday, the Cherokee National Youth Choir delivers a CD of traditional and original songs of worship and celebration, entitled Jesus is Born Today (which is a translation from Cherokee, of the word Christmas). The album features powerful performances in the beauty of the Cherokee language. The CD opens with wonderful interpretations of "Silent Night" and "Angels We Have Heard on High," before moving into the title track "Jesus is Born Today," which was written by Parker and Janice Ballou. They are also joined by well respected Cherokee elder, Reverend Leroy Backwater in a narrative of "Grandfather's Christmas Story." The project soars with full choir productions and in selections by smaller groupings of choir members, accompanied by musical producer, Jeffrey Gray Parker.

Songlist: Silent Night, Joy to the World`, Angels We Have Heard On High, Jesus is Born Today, O Holy Night, Away in a Manger, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, What Child is This, Birth of a Savior, Grandfather's Christmas Story

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Cherokee National Youth Choir : Precious Memories onsale

Review: "Precious Memories is a collection of songs intended to provide comfort in those trying times of our lives," states Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. "It will provide remembrance of precious times and give us confidence to face future adversity and change. Under the direction of Mary Kay Henderson, the Cherokee National Youth Choir has fine-tuned their already superior vocal technical skills, and has made an all a cappella album that is certain to win even more fans. Precious Memories was recorded live at the Cherokee Nation Council Chambers, and from the title track opener, the warmth of a live performance draws in the listener. "Beautiful Home (Heavenly Home)" features a wonderful call-and-response interplay between the choir members, while "Sweet Hour of Prayer" and "How Beautiful Heaven Must Be" each demonstrate the choir's solidarity in close vocal harmony. "Beulah Land" is a plaintive somber hymn, and even if one does not speak the language, you will be moved by the beauty of the sound and reverence of the message.

Songlist: Precious Memories, Beautiful Home, Sweet Hour of Prayer, How Beautiful Heaven Must Be, Beulah Land, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, In the Sweet By and By, It is Well With My Soul, One Drop of Blood, Amazing Grace, Orphan Child

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Cherokee National Youth Choir : Voices of The Creator's Children

Review: Voices of The Creator's Children, by the Cherokee National Children's Choir featuring two-time GRAMMY winner Rita Coolidge (who is of Cherokee descent) combines traditional Cherokee gospel music, and original compositions, sung both in Cherokee and English. Coolidge is spotlighted on four of the songs on the album, including the featured radio track, "On the Road Where They Cried," a song about the Trail of Tears that was created especially for the project, and was co-written by Geneva, Ballou and Parker. Other songs feature solo vocal performances by various members of the choir, and there is a spoken word piece delivered by Cherokee storyteller and musician, Choogie Kingfisher, which is used as an introduction to "Orphan Child." The 13-song compact disc concludes with a bonus track, which is a stirring rendition of "Amazing Grace," sung a cappella in Cherokee, by Coolidge.

Songlist: Amazing Grace, God's Children, On the Road Where They Cried, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, Canaan's Land, Intro to Orphan Child, Orphan Child, Sunday School Song, One Drop of Blood, North Wind, Beautiful Home, Evening Song, Amazing Grace

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Chicago Children's Choir : 40 Years Of Harmony

Review: Christopher Moore founded the Chicago Children's Choir in 1956, and this CD is a compilation of the best of their recordings over their 40-year history. There are 27 songs here, ranging from traditional spirituals like "Behold That Star," and "Mamelani," a traditional Zulu song, to Haydn's "Magnificat," Gabriel Faure's "Sanctus" and "Mi Go Zatvorile," a Macedonian song. The material is all over the globe, but the quality and enthusiasm of the various incarnations of the CCC remain high thoughout.

Songlist: Now Let Us Sing, Sound the Trumpet, Cantate Domino, Magnificat, On Saint's Day in Chigisakh, Froschquartett, Yo las noches, Prende la vela, Marching to Pretoria, Liyashizwa, Mamelani, Mi Go Zatvorile, Niska Banja, Behold that Star, Mary Had a Baby, Mi Y'Malel, Sh'ma Koleynu, Atsay Zaytim, Sanctus Canon, Sanctus (from Requiem), Sanctus (from Mass), Sanctus (from Missa Luba), Great Day, I've Been 'Buked, Soon Ah Will Be Done

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Chicago Children's Choir : Do You Hear The People Sing?

Review: "Do You Hear The People Sing" was recorded at the CCC's four and a half week tour of South Africa in the summer of 1996. The 44 choir members, of many races, perform spirituals, gospel songs, African, Columbian and Korean songs, "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess, and a medley of West Side Story tunes. The excitement of these live performances shines through, as does the spirit and talent of these young voices.

Songlist: Deo Dicamus Gratias, Bells, Wanting Memories, Mamelani, Unonkal, Nodle Kangbyon, Prende la Vela, Plink, Plank, Plunk, Stomp Your Foot, Summertime, West Side Story Medley, Do You Hear the People Sing?, Elijah Rock, He Never Failed Me Yet, When the Saints Go Marching In

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Chicago Children's Choir : Live From Vienna

Review: The multiracial and multicultural Chicago Children's Choir has been changing the lives of children through musical excellence since 1956, and this is a live CD from the World Choral Festivals Vienna 2001. There are 12 songs here, ranging from traditional spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan, "Great Day," "Battle of Jericho" and "My Soul's Been Anchored In The Lord," and South African folk songs "Njenge Bhadhi" and "Ke Nali Moona" to Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean A Thing" and Tobias Fox's "Shabach." All songs are accompanied, mostly by piano and drums. A great performance by an exceptional choir!

Songlist: Trosterin Musik, Salmo 150, Great Day, Battle of Jericho, My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord, Las Amarillas, Njenge Bhadi, Ke Nali Moona, One World, It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), The Gods Love Nubia, Shabach

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Chicago Children's Choir : Open Up Your Heart

Review: "Open Up Your Heart" begins with a South African song of welcome, "Vela Vela," "Shosholoza" and "Iindonga Zajericho" were taught to the Choir while in South Africa in 1996. "Toyi Toyi and Ke Nale Monna" were brought back from South Africa by group member Mollie Stone and have become part of the Choir's core repertoire. "Prelude" and "Hanuman's Heart," composed by Jai Uttal as part of the musical "Sita Ram" he was commissioned to write for the CCC, is based on the timeless Indian epic, the Ramayana. "Tatkovina" (Macedonian) and Svadba (Bulgarian) and world folksongs. Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "I Need You to Survive" underline a fundamental element of the Choir's mission: not only do we need to love and respect each other, we are also responsible for what happens to every person in the world. Renowned Artistic Director Josephine Lee directs the award-winning 3 part (Chamber, Men's Chorus and Treble) CCC in this powerful, impressive collection. Some light drums and accompaniment, orchestral on "Hanuman's Heart" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water." We really like this choir, and enjoyed every cut on "Open Up Your Heart!"

Songlist: Veia Veia, I Need You To Survive, Prelude, Hanuman's Heart, The Pasture, Tatkovina, Ke Nale Monna, Svadba, Iindonga Zajericho, Shocholoza, Bridge Over Troubled Water

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Chicago Children's Choir : Sita Ram

Review: Based On The Ancient Eastern Epic, Ramayana, The Chicago CHildren's Choir commissioned Sita Ram in 2002 through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. An original world musical Sita Ram details the the powerful love that is created when the two elements Sita and Rama come together. And the peace that is possible through love.

Songlist: The Reign Of avana (Ravana and The She Demons), The Gods Have A Plan (Rishis, The God's Rama, Chorus), Rama Meets Sita (Rama, Sita), Shiva's Bow (Janaka Rama Sita The Gods Chorus), Surpanaka's Tango (Surpanka's She Demons), Let Me Be Sky (Rama Sita The Gods), Be With You (Rama), Funkey Monkey (Monkey #1), Yemanja (Hanuman), Let Me Burn (Rama Sita), Prelude (Hanumen), Hanuman's Heart

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Chicago Children's Choir : Songs of the Human Spirit

Review: Exuberant singing comes from the Chicago Children's Choir on songs of the human spirit. This live recording features Faure's Requiem and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with piano accompaniment by Russell Stern. A cappella songs include a very spirited arrangement by Moses Hogan of The Battle of Jericho, Sizohamba, a South African Xhosa song and Svadba, a Bulgarian Wedding song featuring the treble voices. The tenors and basses are featured on the John Coates Jr. arrangement of He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother. The program closes with Gods Love Nubia from the musical "Aida."

Songlist: Requiem, Op. 48:, - Introit and Kyrie, - Offertory, - Sanctus, - Pie Jesu , Agnus Dei , - Libera Me, - In Paradisum, Chichester Psalms: Psalm 108 vs. 2 & Psalm 100, entire, The Battle of Jericho, Sizohamba, Svadba, He Ain't Heavy ... He's My Brother, Gods Love Nubia (from the musical "Aida")

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Chicago Children's Choir : Songs Of The Season

Review: "The Chicago Children's Choir is a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization, shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical excellence." This is how the directors and teachers of the CCC describe themselves and what they are trying to do, and it warms our hearts on many levels. In the very brief liner notes is a picture of the large, red-jacketed choir of beautiful, intently singing children. Inside the 15 live Christmas songs are listed: "Gesu Bambino," Sing Joyfully," "This Christmastide," "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day," "Christmas Song," "Riu, Riu Ciu," "Vehavta," "Hacia Belen va un borrico," "Appletree Wassail," "I Want the Star," "Christmas Lights," "A Take Six Christmas," "Snow," "White Christmas" and "Go Tell It on the Mountain." Josephine Lee, Artistic Director, is there in very small type. That's it-we learn from their website that the group began in 1956, the dream of the late Rev. Christopher Moore, that grew from a handful of kids in the First Unitarian Church to 3,000 kids in 61 in-school choruses, 5 after-school neighborhood choirs and this 125-voice Concert Choir. The music, the message and, of course, the children are the emphasis and the gift. Some light accompaniment.

Songlist: Processional, Gesu Bambino, Sing Joyfully , This Christmastide , Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Christmas Song, Riu Riu Chiu , Vehavta , Hacia Belen ca un borrio, Appletree Wassail , I Want the Star, Christmas Lights , A Take Six Christmas, Snow , White Christmas, Go Tell it on the Mountain

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Chicago Children's Choir : Songs on the Road to Freedom

Review: Chicago Children's Choir honors their roots in the Civil Rights Movement with a new recording, Songs on the Road to Freedom. Much of the music comes directly from the movement while other songs are written recently, including "We Need A Word" composed by a 16-year-old member of Chicago Children's Choir. Also featured is the anti-apartheid music of South Africa, where people similarly struggled for freedom and justice.

Songlist: Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round, MLK, The Battle of Jericho, Precious Lord, Birmingham Sunday, Murder on the Road In Alabama, Run Children Run, Freedom Train, When Love Wins The Day, Strange Fruit , Ballad of Harry T. Moore, We Need A Word, Nkosi Somandla, Ilndonga Zajericho, Shosholoza, A Prayin' Spirit, We Shall Overcome, Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round (Reprise)

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