In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
We have over the many years been able to collect some of the best mixed-voice choir CD recordings from around the world. Many of the CD recordings are not available thru the usual distributors and in many cases we are the sole distributor of the titles.
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Review: Enjoy the sound of Wales with this extensive collection performed by some of the country's most cherished choirs. Featuring traditional Welsh songs, West End musical classics and popular standards this collection is full of spirit and charm. A beautifully packaged 2 CD set.
Songlist: Love Changes Everything, Take Me Home, Sailing, Lily of the Valley, Do You Hear The People Sing, The Sound of Silence, Gloria, I Have a Dream, With a Voice of Singing, The Wonder of You, Solitare, There's A Valley Called the Rhondda, Battle Hymn of the Republic, The Lost Chord, Where Shall I Be?, Abide With Me, Passing By, Love Could I Only Tell The , Sunrise Sunset, Amen, The Crusaders, Pilgrims Chorus, Softly As I Leave You, Rhythm of Life, Myfanwy, Deryn Y Bwn o'r Banna, Speed Your Journey, Beautiful Dreamer, Calm is the Sea, Amazing Grace, Y Goedwig Werdd, The Lord's Prayer, Deep Harmony, Surge Illuminare, Christus Redemptor, Now the Day is Over
Review: To celebrate its first twenty-five years of vibrant music making, the Vasari Singers commissioned ten composers each to write an anthem that might reflect the state of the world at the start of the new millennium. Their brief suggested that their work should be able to site comfortably within the context of a cathedral Evensong, but that it could also look beyond any constraints of Liturgy or formal religious doctrine to embrace a wider, more ecumenical audience; something more humanistic perhaps, that might connect more relevantly with multi-cultural, multi-faith societies of the world in the 21st century. This is an amazing variety of anthems concluding with Ward Swingle's (of Swingle Singers fame) ode to the earth and the environment.
Songlist: Bless The Lord O My Soul, Absolon My Son, Angel Song II , Mysterium Christi, Hear My Crying, O God, When I See On Rood , Now I Have Known O Lord , Chosen, I Saw Him Standing , On Another's Sorrow, Peace, Give Us This Day
Review: This selection of close harmony arrangements offers several well-known items by composers as diverse as Kern, Gershwin and Mancini, but also includes some newer works, including a Vasari commission from Bob Chilcott called 'Dances in the Streets' and 'Birthday Madrigals' by John Rutter. This fine recording includes many arrangements by Ward Swingle with whom the ensemble has often worked with.
Songlist: Birthday Madrigals, Lullaby Of Birdland, A Nightengale Sang In Berkeley Square, Dances In The Street, Moon River, Autumn Leaves, Deep Purple, Calico Pie, Sit Down You're Rocking The Boat, Summertime, Love Is Here To Stay, Long Ago And Far Away, All The Things You Are, It was A Lover And His Lass, Weeping Willow, In A Mist, L'Amour De Moi, Country Dances
Review: 'Laudes Organi' was the last large scale work (1966) Kodaly completed. A secular rather than a religious work, it is based on an eloquent Latin text and is 'a fantasy on a twelfth century sequence'. The work is a summing up of the composer's many interests; the spirit of Gregorian chant, the parlando of Hungarian folk song, the almost visual effects he paints with the divided voices and the magnificent organ interludes, reminiscent of the polyphonic writing of Bach. The whole is nevertheless unmistakably Kodaly and is a wonderful affirmation of his faith in the life-giving power of music. The much-loved ' Esti Dal' is based on a folksong collected in Northern Hungary by Kodaly in 1922. 'Este', a youthful work - Kodaly was barely 20 when he set the poem by his university teacher Pal Gyulai. The work attained its final form in 1904 and shows remarkable maturity and control. The six-part mixed choir is used to paint a wonderfully evocative pastel of the poem's subject, the peaceful drifting into sleep.
Songlist: Laudes Organi, Esti Dal, Panga Lingua, Este, Missa Brevis, Introitus, Kyrie Eleison, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei , Ite Missa Est
Review: Leading young composer Will Todd performs a unique fusion of sacred choral music and jazz in his Mass in Blue. This central work is complmented by beautiful musical setting of religious texts, infused with a highly individual and melodic style, bringing the composer's life-long love of traditional choral music into the 21st century with spiritual sensitivity and a contemporary edge.
Songlist: Mass In Blue, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei , Christus Est Stella, The Christ-Child, Ave Verum Corpus, None Other Lamb, The Rose, Lead Me Lord, Lighting The Way, Every Stone Shall Cry
Review: This is distinguished singing from a superb choir. There is some astonishingly original choral writing here, particularly to be found in those pieces which are almost never heard, and the reasons for their neglect can have little to do with the quality of the music.. Delibe's Les Norwgienes, with a remarkable 'Slipping on the ice' onomatopoeia, is a case in point, and the first of Saint-Sans's Deux Chansons , OP. 68 -'Calme des nuits' - is a wondrous piece. It is fascinating to hear Canteloube's a cappella settings of two of the more famous of his 'Bailro' alongside the equally well-known Faure Madrigal and Pavane, with piano accompaniment, the choral writing in the latter work coming across with exemplary clarity. The Ravel chansons, to his own texts, are brilliantly done here; Masonet's Amaranthe songs are a real treasure, and Jeremy Filsell's piano accompaniments are excellent.
Songlist: Trois Chansons De Charles D'Orleans, Serenade D'hiver, Les Norwegiennes, Deux Chansons , Bailero (Chants D'Auvergne) , L'Amour De Moi , Madrigal op. 35 , Pavane op. 50 , Trois Chansons , Le Nymphs Des Bois , Hymne Au Printemps , Chansons Des Bois D'Amaranthe
Review: Signum UK presents a deeply intimate disc, of personal and moving works by Herbert Howells and Frank Martin. In 1935 Herbert Howells' son died at the age of nine. Howells sought release and consolation in his writing, and composed the a capella, six-movement Requiem as a private document to his son. Indeed, Howells considered his Requiem so personal an outpouring that he felt the need to withhold it from publication. It was not released until 1980, only three years before the composer's own death. Frank Martin was a deeply religious man. He composed the Mass for Double Choir, early in his career. The work embodies the profound nature of his beliefs, and was the only work that Martin wrote purely for liturgical purposes. Such was the intensely intimate nature of the work, that, like Howells, the composer withheld it, and kept the manuscript safely in a drawer for over forty years. As Martin himself wrote, 'This was something between God and me, that concerned nobody else'. The Vasari Singers perform these pieces with passion and devotion, and capture the very private and deep-rooted feelings contained within each work.
Songlist: Requiem, Salvastor Mundi, Psalm 23, Requiem Aeternam I, Psalm 121, Requiem Aertnam II, I Heard A Voice From Heaven, Motet, Take Earth For Cherishing, Mass, Kyrie Elesion, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei
Review: Celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, the 25-strong mixed-voice VAE, directed by Earl Rivers, is a professional choir that advocates and promotes a repertory of innovative and traditional choral music. They have twice received an ASCAP-Chorus America Award for 'Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music.' Light accompaniment of harp and oboe on most cuts, except for the High Renaissance a cappella tunes 'Quem vidistis, pastores?' by Richard Dering, and Palestrina's 'Canite tuba.' 18 songs: 'Fum, fum, fum!,' 'Three Nativity Carols' by Stephen Paulus, Wm. Dawson's spirituals 'Mary Had A Baby' and 'Behold The Star,' John Tavener's 'The Lamb,' Frank Ferko's 4-part piece from 'A Festival of Carols,' Bror Samuelsson's 'Ave Maris Stella' and Steven Sametz' 'Irish Lullaby' are standouts. Extensive liner notes with all lyrics. This is a finely-arranged, beautifully-performed collection, sure to brighten your holiday season!
Songlist: Three Nativity Carols, The Holly And The Ivy, This Endris Night, Wonder Tidings, Mary Had A Baby, Welcome All Wonders, Ave Maris Stella, Go Tell It On The Mountain, The Sky Can Still Remember, Do You Know The Song That The Angels Sang, Christmas Bells, Quem vidistis, pastores?, The Lamb, Canite Tuba, The Rune Of Hospitality, Behold The Star, Irish Lullaby, We Three Kings
Review: The Motet is the oldest compositional genre in European polyphonic art music. Its history can be followed without interruption from the 12th century to the present day. The form was regular part of liturgical services in the two principle churches of Leipzig where JS Bach was employed from 1723 until his death in 1750. Scholars are divided as to the purpose of the six Motets. Though most of them were thought to be funeral music, they cover a lot of ground in terms of creativity, originality, choral and vocal techniques. Marcus Creed and the Vocalconsort Berlin offer small scale, intimate readings of these evergreen masterpieces.
Songlist: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, Jesu, meine Freude, Furchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, Komm, Jesu, komm!, Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, Ich lasse dich nicht
Review: The world premiere recording of Carol Barnett and Marisha Chamberlain's bluegrass mass - a joyful affirmation of life expressed in sophisticated choral sound and jubilant bluegrass harmonies written especially for the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and bluegrass band Monroe Crossing. In addition ten American masterworks spanning the centuries, originally recorded for the national radio program Saint Paul Sunday, from Billings to Bolcom and beyond. The composers represented here display a passion for voices and what they can convey through song. Each is among the most respected in blending American song and text.
Songlist: The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, O Praise the Lord of Heaven, The Paper Reeds by the Brooks, Beneath These Alien Stars, The Day is Done, I Cannot Dance, O Lord, Sing, My Soul, His Wondrous Love, Heritage, Zuni Sunrise Song, Water Night, My Soul's Been Anchored
Review: VocalEssence and the American Composers Forum have joined forces to offer an annual contest encouraging the composition of new carols. Over the years hundreds of worthy carols have been submitted. 'Behold This Heavenly Night' presents the world premiere of some of these contest-winning carols alongside outstanding arrangements of more familiar melodies. Also included is the U.S. premiere of John Rutter's new 'Carol of the Magi' and a unique arrangement of 'Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer' translated into Latin by Philip Brunelle and his son Christopher.
Songlist: Ding Dong! Merrily on High, What Child, The Piping Carol, Un Nacimento, A Mother's Carol, I Wonder as I Wander, Sweet Was the Song, Night of Silence, See Amid the Winter Snow, In the Bleak Midwinter, The Shepherd and the King, Carol of the Magi, Calm on the Listening Ear, The Darkest Midnight in December, Jingle Bells, Welcome the Kin, The Virgin's Cradle Hymn, Behold the Dark and Bitter Night, It Fell Upon the High Midnight, Rudolphus Rubrinasus
Review: In 1991 founder and artistic director Philip Brunelle and 24 mixed-voice VocalEssence presented 'Witness,' the first of an enduring series of concerts focused on the music of African American Composers. It was taken from 'Witness: Six Original Compositions in a Spiritual Style,' commissioned for Jubilant Sykes and VocalEssence. Visiting several area high schools while soloist Sykes was in Minneapolis for the premiere led VocalEssence to create an award-winning educational outreach program, bringing the talents of African Americans to thousands of Minnesota school students. A Woodwind Quintet and Jazz Ensemble perform with VocalEssence on the 18 pieces of 'Dance Like The Wind,' Undine Smith Moore's lovely 'Mother to Son,' 'We Shall Walk Through the Valley' and 'Tambourines to Glory,' the title tune--William Banfield's beautiful instrumental, 'My Soul Hath Found Refuge In Thee' (Psalm 91), by Evelyn Simpson-Curenton,' Adolphus Hailstork's soaring 'Nocturne,' two selections from Billy Childs' 'Piece for Stringed Orchestra' and David Baker's eclectic 'Images, Shadows and Dreams: Five Vignettes.' 'Dance Like the Wind' is thought-provoking and moving music by eight modern, cutting-edge African American composers.
Songlist: Mother To Son , We Shall Walk Through the Valley , Lamentations: Black Folk Song Suite , An Old Black Woman, Homeless and Indistinct , Dance Like The Wind , Tambourines to Glory , My Soul Hath Found Refuge In Thee , Nocturne , Piece for String Orchestra , Images, Shadows and Dreams: Five Vignettes
Review: Storyteller Garrison Keillor and conductor Philip Brunelle lead a harmonious celebration of all things Thanksgiving with the melodious voices of the VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers and their special guests, singer Jearlyn Steele and pianist Richard Dworsky. Along the way we learn that Thanksgiving really isn't all about the turkey - it's actually all about the pie.
Songlist: America, Comfort Ye, Let All Things Now Living, Egyptian Thanksgiving Song, Sonnet: Supper , All About Pie, I'll Be Home, More About Pie, Table Grace, The Final Word About Pie, Alleluia, Psalm, His Eye Is on the Sparrow, This Little Light of Mine
Review: VocalEssence WITNESS recordings showcase the music of trailblazing African American composers - the soul of American classical music. William Grant Still's music for chorus, orchestra and organ brings the blues into the concert hall, ragtime to the ballet stage and the Old World into a new era!
Songlist: Wailing Woman, Swanee River (Old Folks At Home), And The Lynched Him On A Tree, We've Swung Him Higher, Look Dere, Oh, Sorrow, He Was Her Baby, They Took Away His Freedom, They Left Him Hanging, Miss Sally's Party, Introduction, The Square Dance, Tia's Dance, Toby And Tip's Dance, The Country Dance, Miss Sally's Dance, Jim Slick's Dance, The Cake Walk Contest, Reverie, Elegy
Review: Reflecting the shared American heritage like a patchwork quilt, this is a charming collection of folksongs performed by conductor Philip Brunelle and the 32-voice VocalEssence Ensemble Singers with guitar, harmonica, accordion, bass and piano. Whether passed along by tradition or composed by a known songwriter, all of these songs have a melody that you can hum, sing and remember! Thanks to Norman Luboff, Edwin Fissinger, Jack Halloran, and the dynamic team of Alice Parker & Robert Shaw, there are wonderful arrangements that capture the atmosphere of each in choral settings.
Songlist: O, Dear, What Can the Matter Be?, Down in the Valley, Black is the Color, Skip to My Lou, Dixie, Camptown Races, Laura Lee, Oh Susanna, Gentle Annie, Goin' to Boston, Seeing Nellie Home, The Lonesome Valley, Shenandoah, Hooray for the Cowboys, Red River Valley, Tumblin' Tumbleweed, Riders in the Sky, Cool Water
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
Review: The world premiere recording of Conrad Susa's beloved Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest, plus a delightful collection of carols from around the world, tied together by their diversity and charm. Featuring the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers with woodwinds, cello, bass, harp, guitar and percussion under the direction of conductor Philip Brunelle.
Songlist: Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest, What Sweeter Music, Sussex Carol, Sing Hallelu!, Pat-a-Pan!, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Christ Was Born on Christmas Day, O Little Town of Bethlehem, The Friendly Beasts, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, Ding, Dong, Merrily on High, 'Tis Winter Now, It came Upon the Midnight Clear, Away in a Manger, The Holly and the Ivy
In Dat Great Gittin' Up Mornin'
Review: Philip Brunelle, founder and artistic director, leads 24 mixed-voice, MN-based VocalEssence in the 'Witness' concert series-this one focused on African American spirituals and gospel music. Joining them are Moore by Four, an ensemble of Minneapolis-based jazz vocalists, and several accompanists on piano, drums and bass. 16 powerful, soulful tunes here: 'Witness,' 'Hush, Somebody's Callin' My Name,' 'Death Is Gonna Lay His Cold Icy Hands On Me,' the upbeat 'Walk Together, Children,' the powerful a cappella hymn 'Were You There,' the Moses Hogan-arranged 'Elijah Rock,' the Jester Hairston-arranged 'In Dat Great Gittin' Up Mornin',' 'Go Where I Send Thee,' 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' and the Michael Abels-arranged title tune, 'What a Mighty God.' This is a wonderful collection of spirituals and Gospel tunes, authentic and sung with soul and spirit by one of the best Choruses (and jazz ensembles) on the planet. Great stuff!
Songlist: Witness (Jack Halloran), Hush! Somebody's Callin' My Name (arr. Brazeal W. Dennard), Death Is Gonna Lay His Cold Icy Hands on Me (arr. Andre Thomas), Walk Together, Children (arr. William Henry Smith), Were You There? (arr. Robert Scholz), Elijah Rock (arr. Moses Hogan), This Train (arr. Sanford Moore), Jesus, Lover of My Soul (arr. Richard Smallwood), My Lord, What A Mornin' (arr. Harry T. Burleigh), Go Down, Moses (arr. Robert A. Harris), In Dat Great Gittin' Up Mornin' (arr. Jester Hairston), Crucifixion (Adolphus Hailstork), Go Where I Send Thee (arr. Andre Thomas), Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (arr. Dale Adelmann), Go, Tell It on the Mountain (arr. Sanford Moore), What A Mighty God (arr. Michael Abels)
Review: Who knew a choir could be this funny? Garrison Keillor, Philip Brunelle and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers dish up a generous helping of Potatoes a la Schubert, run away to Europe to indulge their 'Shenandoah' habit, and enlighten us on the T.U.L.I.P. doctrine. This two-CD set of the best choral skits and bits from 10 years on A Prairie Home Companion includes the often-requested 'Julia' (John Lennon) and a rare choral interpretation of 'Karma Chamelon' (Boy George).
Songlist: Song of the Sons of Bernie, A Word about Schubert , Ave Maria, Dutch Calvinism: The T.U.L.I.P. Doctrine , Come Live with Me and Be My Love, Brahms in Love, Two Folk Songs, The "Shenandoah" Syndrome , Julia, The Runaway Choir, Norwegian Independence , Holy Trinity Lutheran Seeks Music Director , Beulah Land , The Choral News from Lake Wobegon , Something , Spring Fever
Review: On November 23, 2004, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet - Garrison Keillor, Mollie O'Brien and Robin & Linda Williams - traded musical moments with the VocalEssence Chorus and Ensemble Singers in a concert at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis. The evening seamlessly blended American folk traditions with choral masterpieces old and new, from 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken' to 'Now Thank We All Our God.' Garrison Keillor shared his Thanksgiving memories in a hilarious yet poignant monologue. Thanks to Minnesota Public Radio, the evening was captured for posterity in this charming two-CD set.
Songlist: Will The Circle Be Unknown, Goodbye To My Uncles, Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing, We Gather Together, Walking In The Spirit, Welcome, For The Beauty Of The Earth, I Am A Pilgrim, Pursuit Of Happiness, Morning Has Broken, He's Right On Time, A Psalm, Zion's Walls, Rivers Of Babylon, O Herbst , Calling My Children, Another Psalm, Praise O Praise The Great Creator, Couldn't Keep It To MySelf, An Anthem For Thanksgiving, How Happy I Am , Thanksgiving Recollections, Thanks Be To God, El Hambo, You Don't Knock, Light From The Lighthouse, A Thanksgiving To God, For His House, Monologue, Psalm 23, How Great Thou Art, Now Thank We All Our God, Irish Heartbeat
Review: Composer and 2007 National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen plays piano on this CD and proclaims the album a 'superb recording of my choral music and art songs . . . all brilliantly performed by Voce and the Voce Chamber Artists.'
Songlist: Nocturnes: Sa Nuit d'Éte, Nocturnes: Soneto de la Noche, Nocturnes: Sure On This Shining Nigh, Nocturnes: Epilogue: Voici le soir, Cuatro Canciones: Noche, Cuatro Canciones: Despedida, Madrigali: Six 'Firesongs', When Frost Moves Fast, A Child Lay Down, And What of Love, Chanson Éloignee, Be Still, My Soul, Be Still, Lux Aeterna: Agnus Dei, Canticle - O Vos Omnes, O Magnum Mysterium, Les Chansons des Roses: Dirait-on, Les Chansons des Roses: Contre Qui, Rose
Review: Lone Larsen founded the choir Voces Nordicae during her diploma studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, supervised by professor Anders Eby. Her Danish heritage is reflected on the album NORDIC VOICES; here you will find music by three of the most brilliant Danish composers: Vagn Holmboe, Jorgen Jersild and Per Norgard. This CD also contains two arrangements by one of Scandinavia's most apprechiated arrangers of choral music, Gunnar Eriksson. The two songs are Kristallen den fina (a quadlibet of three folk songs) and To the mothers in Brazil, the latter being one of the most popular songs by the Swedish jazz composer and pianist Lars Jansson. The Finnish composer Jaakko Mantyjarvi is represented with his magnificent piece Five Shakespeare Songs. Two composers; the Basque composer Javier Busto, with his folkloristic piece Sagastipean and the Estonian composer Urmas Sisask, with his expressive piece Benedictio, represent Europe outside the Nordic countries.
Songlist: Fjaugen , Kaerlighedsrosen, Min Yndlingsdal , Sagastipean, I Denna Ljuva Sommartid, Liber Canticorum, Kristallen Den Fina , Flos Ut Rosa Floruit , To The Mothers In Brazil/Salve Regina, Benedicto, Four Shakespeare Songs
Review: Time is Now, the successor of their first album Nordic Voices, contains a broad spectrum of favorites from the choir's repertoire. The time span is huge, covering music from the Renaissance to the present day, with compositions by Francisco Guerrero, Josef Rheinberger, James Taylor, Olle Lindberg, Susanne Rosenberg, among others. The conductor and artistic leader, Lone Larsen, has contributed with the title track Time is Now and also with some of the arrangements. The variety in the repertoire is a clear signum of Voces Nordicae. Voces Nordicae has gained an international reputation as one of the most prominent choirs in Sweden. Part of this reputation is due to their successful appearances at special performances abroad and a number of awards at international choir festivals. As one of the foremost representatives of Swedish choral singing, Nordic Voices was invited to the ACDA's (American Choral Directors Association) national meeting in Miami, in Mars 2007. This is an honor that previously has been given to only three Swedish choirs, among these the Swedish Radio Choir and The Real Group.
Songlist: Ave MAria, Pater Noster, Hymn To The Creator Of Light , Time is Now, Danse, Ikke Grate Na , Pust, Be Of Love, The Lonesome Road, Sun On The Moon , Det Er Den Storste Darlightet, Sonnet No. 76, Kyrie, Gloria , Kyrie
Review: A beautiful disc of (mostly) World Premiere recordings, this first-ever CD to be devoted solely to his choral music will act as a herald to next year's Rubbra centenary celebrations. The earliest are the Five Motets of 1934, settings of 16th century metaphysical poems. It was madrigalist Thomas Campion whose poems provided the basis for two delightful sets of Madrigals, and charming too are the group of four simple Carols. It is for his liturgical music that Rubbra is perhaps best known today, and the four substantial works included here demonstrate why. There is his largest a cappella piece, Lauda Sion, a magnificent Aquinas setting, plus his second setting of The Beatitudes. Two settings of the mass are featured, his third, written in medieval style, and his fifth. This is the focal point of the whole collection, the Mass in Honour of St Teresa of Avila of 1981 which was Rubbra's last major choral work, and summarises the composer's mature harmonic language.
Songlist: Five Motets, Eternitie, Vain wits and eyes, A Hymn to God the Father, The Search, A Song, Four Carols, Mary Mother, Op. 90, Entrez y tous, Op. 93, Star of the Mystic East, Op. 81, The Holy Dawn, Op. 135, Missa a3, Op. 98, Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei , Lauda Sion, Op. 110 (1960), The Beatitudes, Op. 109, Five Madrigals, Op. 51, When to her lute Corinna sings, I care not for these ladies, Beauty is but a painted hell, It fell on a summer's day, Though you are young, Two Madrigals, Op. 52, Leave prolonging thy distress, So sweet is thy discourse, Mass in Honour of St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)(1981), Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei
Review: 'A Choral Tapestry' explores the rich timbres of sacred vocal music spanning five centuries. Interweaving genres create an ethereal sonic tapestry that centers around masterpieces from Europe's rich choral history.
Songlist: Os Justi, Vigilate, Kyrie from Mass for Four Voices, Cantate Domino, O Magnum Mysterium, Magnificat Primi Toni, Warum ist das Licht gegeben?, Go Down Moses, O Clap Your Hands, Das Agnus Dei, Wir glauben an einen Gott, Fest - und Gedenkspruche, Unsere Vater hoffen auf dich, Wenn ein starker Gewappneter, Wo ist ein so herrlich Volk, Steal Away, Abendied, The Lamb, Agnes Dei from Mass for Four Voices
From Russia With Love
Review: With a dash of danger, a hint of high society and mixture of three parts suave English gentlemen to one part beautiful femme fatale, this is the new album by vocal ensemble VOCES8. Aces High is a thrilling blend of James Bond themes and classic Jazz and Pop tunes. VOCES8 has established itself as the foremost young British a cappella group performing repertoire ranging from early polyphony to unique jazz and popular arrangements. VOCES8 has entertained audiences across Europe, and has been praised for its stunning performance, exquisite singing and a sound that spans the entire range of vocal color.
Songlist: Goldeneye, Slap That Bass, What A Difference A Day Makes, Good Vibrations, Dream A Little Dream of Me, Feeling Good, Anything Goes, From Russia With Love, Cloudy, Losing My Mind, Mack the Knife, Love of My Life, For Your Eyes Only/You Only Live Twice, Thunderball, Smooth Criminal, Nobody Does It Better
Review: The international award-winning octet Voces8 has established itself as the foremost young British a cappella group. Performing a repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony to unique jazz and pop arrangements, the group has been praised for stunning performances, exquisite singing and creating a sound that spans the entire range of vocal color. Founded in 2003 by ex-choristers of Westminster Abbey, Voces8 first achieved success in 2005, winning first prize at the International Choral Grand Prix in Gorizia, Italy. This collection of German choral music for Mirare finds the group in top voice.
Songlist: Unsere Vater hofften auf dich, Wo ist ein so herrich Volk?, Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Muhseligen?, Das Agnus Dei, Wir glauben an einen Gott, Motet Locus iste a Deo factus est, Motet Os justi Meditabitur sapientiam, Wienn ein starker Gewappneter, Motet Virga Jesse floruit, Wiegenlied
Review: The international award-winning octet VOCES8 has established itself as the foremost young British a cappella group. Performing repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony to unique jazz & pop arrangements, the group has been praised for stunning performance, exquisite singing and creating a sound that spans the entire range of vocal color.cv
Songlist: Once in Royal David's City, Gabriel's Message, Magnificat Quinti Toni, O Magnum Mysterium, Away in a Manger, Ding Dong Merrily on High, I Wonder as I Wander, Totus Tuus, Coventry Carol, Jesu, Swete Sone Dear, At the Manger Mary Sings, Videntes Stellam, In Dulci Jubilo, Bethlehem Down, There is no Rose, Nesciens Mater, The Three Kings, What Cheer?
Me and My Shadow
Review: Voces8 has established itself as the foremost young British a cappella group, performing a varied repertoire, from popular and jazz arrangements to early polyphony. The 6-men, 2-women octet performs extensively in the UK, Europe and the US, and has been drawing reviews such as 'stunning performance,' 'exquisite singing' and 'a sound that spans the entire range of vocal color.' We can only agree with this assessment in every way, and point out that after the octet's recent performance at the ACDA Convention in Oklahoma City, over a hundred people lined up at the PAC booths to buy 'Evensong,' and only 75 were lucky enough to get one, but we have now managed to get our hands on a bunch more from the group! 12 songs, every one an exquisite gem, so we will simply list them: British composers Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley's title tune, Al Jolson's 'Me and My Shadow,' Otis Blackwell's jazzy 'Fever,' 'Gabriel's Message' (pop mix), Palestrina's soaring 'Magnificat Primi Toni,' Nat King Cole's 'Straighten Up and Fly Right,' Jerry Lieber/Mike Stoller's 'Jailhouse Rock,' 'Good King Wenceslas,' Orlando Gibbons' 'O Clap Your Hands,' Ben Folds' 'The Luckiest,' Gustav Holst's 'Nunc Dimittis' and Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley's 'Feeling Good.' Be it Choral, Vocal Jazz, Pop, Classical Spiritual or whatever genre you'd care to put them in, Voces8 is one of the best a cappella groups we've ever heard. Buy 'Evensong,' turn the volume up or put on some fine headphones, and enjoy!
Songlist: Evensong, Me and My Shadow, Fever, Gabriel's Message, Magnificat Primi Toni, Straighten Up and Fly Right, Jailhouse Rock, Good King Wenceslas, O Clap Your Hands, The Luckiest, Nunc Dimittis, Feeling Good, Magnificat, Hallelujah, Gabriel's Message (Cathedral Mix)
Songlist: Te Deum, Op. 22:, Te Deum, Tibi omnes, Dignare, Christe, Rex gloriae, Te ergo quaesumus, Judex crederis, Spoken Commentary by Dennis Keene:, Introductory comments, Te Deum commentary, Tibe omnes commentary, Dignare commentary, Christe, Rex gloriae commentary, Te ergo quaesumus commentary, Judex crederis commentary
Review: review pending
Songlist: Sicut Cervus, Ave Maria, Justorum Animae, Jesu Rex admirabilis, Exultate Deo, Exultate Justi, Jesu, Dulcis Memoria, Ave Verum Corpus, Psalm 90, Psalm 96, Hodie Christus Natus, O Maria Virgo Pia, Tu Pauperum Refugium, O Sacrum Convivium, If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments, Hosanna to the Son of David, O Quam Goriosum, Selig sind die Toten, Heu Nos Miseros, Exaltabo Te, O Sing Joyfully, O Magnum Mysterium, Laudate Nomen, Cantate Domino
Review: The voices of Ascension sing new choral arrangements of favorite Kern songs - in styles ranging from swinging Browdway (I Won't Dance; Can't Help Singing) to a timeless classical tone (All The Things You Are; Smoke Gets in Your Eyes). Dennis Keene's talented singers are accompanied variously by orchestra, harp, and string quartet, leading to some surprising moments such as a solo oboe emerging from the orchestra in a poignant Long Ago and Far Away. There is also the beautiful a cappella singing listeners have come to expect from Voices of Ascension - as in the rich 8-part version of All The Things You Are.
Songlist: Can't Forget You, All The Tings You Are, I Won't Dance, Don't Ever Leave Me, Pick Yourself Up, Make Believe, Why Was I Born Born, A Fine Romance, Can't Help Singing, They Didn't Believe Me, The Song Is You , Long Ago And Far Away, I'm Old Fashioned, You Couldn't Be Cuter, The Way You Look Tonight, Ol' Man River, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Yesterdays, Don't Ever Leave Me
Review: Voices of Ascension evolved from a 1989 concert series of Church of the Ascension in NYC, when Dennis Keene directed the Ascension choir in a major music festival, 'Tribute to Durufle,' a retrospective of the French composer that drew international attention. The following year the group incorporated separately from the church as Voices of Ascension. The number of singers in the professional ensemble varies from 20 to 40, among the finest and most skilled ensemble singers and soloists in the country. Metropolitan Opera star Hei-Kyung Hong blesses the VOA with a lyric soprano voice of uncommon beauty and warmth. 15 selections; right from the beginning Randall Thompson's soaring a cappella 'Alleluia' and Mozart's 'Laudate Dominum' show off the amazing soprano voice of Hei-Kyung Hong. Two by Pablo Casals, 'Tota Pulchra' and 'Nigra Sum,' Felix Mendelsson's 'Hear My Prayer' and Durufle's 'Tu es Petrus' make it abundantly clear that we are in the presence of greatness. Nicolai Tolstiakov's 'Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Ghospoda (Bless the Lord, O My Soul),' Tchaikovsky's 'Bazheni, yazhe izbral (How blessed are they),' Charles Villiers Stanford's 'Beati quorum via' and the final cut, Mendelssohn's 'Happy and blessed are they' leave us in stunned silence after listening to the angels. Some organ accompaniment. Amazing!
Songlist: And I Saw a New Heaven, Alleluia , Laudate Dominum , Tota Pulchra , Nigra Sum, Hear My Prayer , I was glad when they said unto me , Tu es Petrus , Panis angelicus , Like as the Hart, Blagoslovi dushe moya, Ghospoda (Bless the Lord, O My Soul) , Blazheni, yazhe izbral (How blessed are they), Pieta, Signore, Beati quorum via , Happy and blessed are they
Review: 'Mysteries' is a very special collection of the Keene's and the Voices of Ascension's favorite pieces from many periods and countries having to do with Mary, mother of Jesus. Two of our favorites are two of the oldest pieces on the recording, the lovely a cappella 'Alma Redemptoris Mater' by Giovanni Palestrina and Tomas Luis de Victoria's classic 'Ave Maria.' Other favorites are Anton Bruckner's 'Gradual: Os Justi,' Gabriel Faure's 'Tantum Ergo,' which only grows more beautiful with repeated hearings, Schubert's 'Die Allmacht' and 'Psalm 23,' Pablo Casals' 'Eucaristica,' Charles Gounod's 'Ave Maria,' and Felix Mendelssohn's 'Psalm 43.' Some light accompaniment by harp, piano and organ. New York City's 38-strong, mixed-voice Voices of Ascension is one of our favorite choirs recording sacred music, and 'Mysteries' is an inspiring joy from the first cut to the last!
Songlist: Alma Redemptoris Mater, Gradual: Os Justi , Tantum Ergo , Ave Maria , Ave Maria , Tota Pulchra Es , Ave Maria , Die Allmacht, Ave Maria , Eucaristica , Ave Maria , Psalm 23 , Psalm 43 , Ave Maria , Cantique de Jean Racine , Ubi Caritas
Review: One of the finest (and most prolific) mixed choirs recording sacred music we have heard, NYC's exquisite Voices of Ascension turns their attention to Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina, the most famous Italian composer of his day. Laid to rest in one of the side chapels of St. Peter's in Rome at his death in 1594, the plaque on his coffin is inscribed 'Prince of Music.' Included here are the 6-part 'Missa Papae Marcelli' and the 7th part, 'Agnus Dei II,' 8 'Motets and Offertories,' and bonus tracks 'Alma Redemptoris Mater,' 'Sicut cervus' and its second part, 'Sitivit anima mea.' The music is all a cappella, and to listen to any random movement, such as 'Credo,' 'Sanctus,' 'Tue es Petrus' or 'Peccantem me quotidie' is to hear the songs of angels, some of the most beautiful a cappella music ever written!
Songlist: Missa Papae Marcelli ~ Kyrie eleison, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Angus Dei I, Secundum multitudinem, Tu es Petrus, Dum complerentur, O Domine Jesu Christe, Super flumina Babilonis, Canite tuba, Rorate coeli, Peccantem me quotidie, Agnus Dei II, Alma Redemptoris Mater, Sicut cervus, Sitivit anima mea
Review: A rich musical heritage and vibrant contemporary culture intersect in Catalunya in north-eastern Spain. Granados's long-lost masterpiece Song of the Stars is comparable to a virtuoso piano concerto with chorus and organ rather than orchestra, gloriously combining Romantic-Modernista poetry with post-Wagnerian harmonies. The internationally famous cellist Pau Casals also composed a small body of very beautiful music, including the deeply spiritual choral works on this disc. Morera's The Nightingale and Blancafort's Love Song are evocative of their Catalan texts, while Oltra's Echo and Prelude explore themes of memory and hope through images of nature.
Songlist: Rosarium Beate Birginis Mariae, Recordare, Virgo Mater, Salve Regina, Nigra Sum, El Rossinyol, Romanza, Ave Maria, Escena Religiosa, Cant D'amour, Eco, Preludio, Cant de les Estrelles
Review: Organist and Choirmaster of the Church of the Ascension Dennis Keene has dedicated a large part of his career to the music of Maurice Durufle, having conducted all of the French composer's choral works in performance. Here are Durufle's finest sacred works, the 9 soaring, dramatic movements of 'Requiem, Op. 9,' 'Messe 'Cum Jubilo,' Op. 11,' and the lovely short piece, 'Notre Pere.' All orchestra-accompanied with some nice viola, violoncello, horn and harp solos. Vocal solos by Patricia Spence and Francois Le Roux are standouts. The Voices of Ascension is one of our favorite mixed choirs and 'Album' is a wonderful collection of works by the master 20th century sacred composer.
Songlist: Introit, Kyrie, Domine Jesu Christe, Sanctus, Pie Jasu, Agnus Dei , Lux aeterna, Liberma me, In Paradisum, Kyrie, Gloria , Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei , Notre Pere
Review: With this recording New York City's Voices of Ascension and Conductor Keene celebrate the 900th birthday of one of the most remarkable creative spirits of the Middle Ages, the Abbess Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). Although some musicians embellish Hildegard's single line chants with additional parts, the Voices of Ascension's approach is to present the inspired poetry and music of this mystic visionary 'pure,' without any contemporary additions. We are hearing, in these 14 haunting pieces, the Women of the Voices of Ascension, a mixed-voice choir on all their other excellent recordings. Soloists Kathy Theil, Michele Eaton, Alexandra Montano and Allessandra Visconti are particularly wonderful on cuts like 'O virga ac diadema,' 'Vos Flores Rosarum,' 'Et Ideo,' 'O Pastor animarum,''Caritas Abundat,' 'Ave, generosa' and 'O Jerusalem, aurea civitatus.' All beautiful, soaring a cappella. This is simple, powerful music that touches and speaks to us across more than 8 centuries, in a way that its composer could never have imagined.
Songlist: O virga ac diadema, O viridissima virga, Vos Flores Rosarum, O Ecclesia, Columba aspexit, Et Ideo, O Euchari columba, O Pastor animarum, O clarissima mater, Caritas Abundat, O presul vere civitatis, Ave, generosa, Unde Quocumque, O lerusalem, aurea civitatis
Review: We believe that Lee's University's Voices Of Lee is one of the finest Christian a cappella ensembles performing today and their excellence shines thru in this well produced CD. A nice bonus is that four members of the ensemble also makes up the International Barbershop quartet champions Four Voices who step to the front to perform a couple of dynamic songs.
Songlist: All Creatures Of Our God And King, The Lords Prayer, Beyond The Open Door, Oh How He Loves You And Me, For God So I Loved The World, All Rise, Softly And Tenderly, When I Survey The Wondrous Cross, Hallelujah, The Love Of God, A Star Was Born, It Is Well With My Soul, The Comforter, This We Believe
Review: The 15-strong (9 men and 6 women) undergraduate Gospel chorus of Cleveland, Tennessee's Lee University brings us ten beautiful Christmas songs, 'Joy to the World,' 'Tennessee Christmas,' 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,' 'Let There Be Peace On Earth,' 'Carol of the Bells,' 'A Star Was Born,' 'Winter Wonderland,' 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,' 'Keep Christ In Christmas' and 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas.' The 15 voices have the harmonic power of a chorus, while allowing the individual voices to shine on leads and solos, and what strong, wonderful, soaring voices they are. An exceptional CD, musically and spiritually, from the talented young Voices of Lee!
Songlist: Joy To The World, Tennessee Christmas, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Let There Be Peace On Earth, Carol Of The Bells, A Star Was Born, Winter Wonderland, Have Youself A Merry Little Christmas, Keep Christ In Christmas, We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Review: Eight men and six women form the acclaimed Voices of Lee (University of Cleveland, TN), directed since their debut in 1994 by Danny Murray, apply their rich harmonic blend and top-drawer soloists to their fourth winning album. 'Encore' begins with Barry Manilow's 'One Voice,' a jazzy, upbeat 'Power in Praisin' the Lord,' a striking, powerful vocal-percussion gem, 'Mercy Seat,' the heartfelt 'Ho, Everyone Who Is Thirsty' (arranged by Derrick Johnson), a scattish, bright arrangement of 'Lord, I Lift Your Name on High,' the Doo-Woppy Gospel number 'When God Dips His Love,' the traditional hymns 'The Old Rugged Cross' and 'Have You Met Jesus' (both also arranged by Johnson), and a bonus track of 'Mercy Seat,' our personal favorite. Ten songs in total, and there's not a weak track among them. Confident solos, solid harmonies, great arrangements-'Encore' just knocked our socks off! It's one of the best Contemporary Christian albums we've heard this year.
Songlist: One Voice, Power In Praisin' The Lord, He Looked Beyond My Fault, Mercy Seat, Ho, Everyone Who Is Thirsty, Lord, I Lift Your Name On High, All That Thrills My Soul, When God Dips His Soul, The Old Rugged Cross, Have You Met Jesus
Review: The 18 mixed voices of Cleveland, TN-based Lee University's Voices of Lee, directed by Danny Murray, have a lush musical style noted for its excellence in harmony, spirit and performance. Since their debut in 1994, this Contemporary Christian a cappella group has delighted audiences worldwide with a repertoire of high-energy patriotic numbers, and heartfelt gospel favorites. 'In God's Hands' is their fifth excellent CD. Nine songs: a beautifully arranged version of 'How Great Thou Art,' 'More Than Wonderful,' 'Golden Stair,' the dramatic 'Jesus, The One and Only,' the lovely title tune (light piano accompaniment), the inspirational 'Dream On,' the prophetic 'Midnight Cry,' and 'He Giveth More Grace.' Soaring solos, powerful harmonies and message - it adds up to another winner for Voices of Lee. Recommended.
Songlist: How Great Thou Art, More Than Wonderful, Golden Stair, Give Me Jesus, Jesus, The One and Only, In God'S Hands, Dream On, Midnight Cry, He Giveth More Grace
Review: A great patriotic set of songs from this top-notch Christian a cappella choir from Tennessee. The exquisite harmonies and quality of voices of The Voices of Lee is particularly suited for songs of this nature as their sound is both rousing and inspirational without being overpowering. We recommend this recording highly.
Songlist: This Land is Your Land, America the Beautiful, Armed Forces Medley, Where the Stars and Stripes and Eagle Fly, Strike Up the Band, Rocky Top, God Bless the USA, Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Let There Be Peace On Earth, The Star Spangled Banner
Review: This CD and accompanying songbook will be sure to challenge and delight a cappella choirs in search of that perfect holiday or themed selection for their repertoire. Performed by the sixteen-member mixed voice 'Voices of Lee,'from Cleveland, Tennessee (and directed by Danny Murray), the songs include 'The Star-Spangled Banner,''All Rise,''Silent Night, Holy Night' and eight more. Seven of the arrangements are by the Voices of Liberty's Derric Johnson, with the remainder by Murray, Bradley Knight and Dave Williamson. Johnson's grand signature style is sure to inspire, and those familiar with his work will know that a fair degree of skill is required to master his scores - though that effort is well worth the result! Mostly SATB with soloist.
Songlist: The King Is Coming, Unbelievable Friend, All Rise, Lamb Of God, The Star Spangled Banner, It Is Well With My Soul, Will You Love Jesus More, There Is A Fountain, Silent Night! Holy Night, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, He Knows How Much You Can Bear
Review: Derric Johnson is the director of the 'Voices Of Liberty,' the ten-voice ensemble that performs at Walt Disney World. This collection, featuring the Voices themselves, is as unabashedly and straightforwardly patriotic as it is possible to be, with songs such as 'This Land Is Your Land,' 'America, The Beautiful' and 'Battle Hymn Of The Republic' on the set list. The CD's opener, 'Golden Dream,' is the musical equivalent of a twelve-gun salute, if for nothing other than its finale, which climbs up the scale chromatically to dizzying heights. The challenging arrangements and the virtuosity of the performances - excellent across the board - are a complement to the sometimes grave lyrical content, which emphasizes all-American values with unmitigated confidence. Whatever one's opinions on that score, musically 'A Cappella Americana' is great.
Songlist: Golden Dream, Shenandoah, Railroad Medley, We, The People / America The Beautiful, The Star Spangled Banner, Songs Of The South (medley), This Land Is Your Land, Battle Hymn Of The Republic, Oh Susanna!, Black Is The Color of my True Love's Hair, The Penny / My Country 'tis of Thee
Review: 'A Slice of A Cappella' is a patriotic classic, from 'Give Me Your Tired,' the timeless words from the Statue of Liberty, 'Yankee Doodle,' 'God Bless The USA,' and 'The Red, White and Blue' medley, to the 'Songs of the West' medley, 'Rockytop,' 'Kentucky Babe,' 'Back Home In Indiana' and 'Old Man River,' it's all-American great stuff! Derric Johnson's direction is once again flawless, and these 8 talented voices effortlessly nail every song. A celebration of our country and freedom - a real feel-good CD!
Songlist: Give Me Your Tired, God Bless The USA, Songs Of The West, Rockytop, Kentucky Babe, Back Home In Indiana, The Red, White And Blue, When I fall In Love, Yankee Doodle, OL' Man River, Old McDonald Had A Farm, A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes
Let There Be Peace on Earth
Review: Quite probably the busiest performing a cappella group in the country The Voices of Liberty are also one of the longest running professional a cappella groups as they perform several sets each and every day at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The group follows in an even longing-running tradition of Regeneration, as both are almost the same as they were both directed by, and perform almost exclusively the arrangements of, the great Derric Johnson. This release follows the four highly successful and still very popular 'Christmas in Velvet' recordings and this is a most welcome addition to the series. Derric's arrangements are very distinctive and are seemingly very complex yet very simple all at the same time. One can listen to the songs on different levels either just relaxing and let the voices wash over you or listen intently to every nuance of the arrangement. The company of singers who make up the ensemble are also top-notch and include a barbershop international champion, some rocking contemporary singers and many professional voices that all blend marvelously. If you loved their previous recordings you simply must have this recording.
Songlist: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Sing We Now of Christmas, Christmas Time Is Here, Frosty the Snowman, Down The Stairway of Stars, Hallelujah Chorus, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Rise Up Shepherd and Follow, Still, Still, Still, Mary's Little Boy, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Let There Be Peace on Earth
Review: This set of world premiere recordings showcases the stunning talent of Chinese-American composer Kui Dong. The grandeur of 'Shui Diao Ge Tou and Song' is performed brilliantly by San Francisco's adventurous choir Volti, led fearlessly by conductor Robert Geary, who also presents the heartfelt 'Let Frogs and Crickets Carry It On' with the Piedmont Children's Choir. The recording is rounded off by a stark set of piano works and the unlikely pairing of the Melody of China ensemble with the Del Sol String Quartet.
Songlist: Shui Diao Ge Tou and Song, Miniature V, Miniature VI, Miniature VII, Let Frogs and Crickets Carry It On, Spring (Re-Mastered), Summer, Autumn, Winter
Review: Volti, San Francisco's 20-voice professional chamber choir, has achieved national recognition as pioneers in new vocal music: they are the first and only chorus to have won ASCAP/Chorus America's Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music Award six times. This disc shows what the buzz is all about, with works by eight contemporary American composers, five of them commissioned and premiered by Volti, under its founder and artistic director Robert Geary. Opening the disc is the first recording of all four movements of Aaron Jay Kernis' stunning and hypnotic Ecstatic Meditations, named by the National Endowment for the Arts as an American Masterpiece of Choral Music. Also featured is the first recording of a major new work by Volti's resident composer Mark Winges, Open the Book of What Happened (2005). Other never-before-recorded Volti commissions include Kurt Rohde's Endless, a six-part setting of luminous, elliptical poetry by Jakob Stein (2007); Gabriela Lena Frank's startling, rhythmic Ccollanan Maria!, a multicultural mix of traditional Catholic imagery with ancient Incan ritual (2004); two of Stacy Garrop's Sonnets of Beauty and Music, part of her project to set 23 sonnets of Edna St. Vincent Millay (2006); and Eric Moe's O the Flesh is Hot but the Heart is Cold (2005) - about which all we can say is that any piece of music based on a poem titled 'Baked Alaska: a Theory of' just begs to be tasted
Songlist: Ecstatic Meditations, Endless, Collanan Maria, Metaphor, O the Flesh is Hot But the Heart is Cold, Open the Book of What Happened, Sonnets of Beauty and Music, Two Motets
Review: We were treated to the live show of mixed-voice (3 men, 3 women) a cappella Mexican Vocal Jazz sextet Voz en Punto at the 2010 Harmony Sweeps Bay Area Regional, where their funny, sophisticated set drew a strong ovation and a third place finish. The ensemble has been singing together since 1990 when they were founded by director Jose Galvan. While still students, the group won some very important choral competitions, such as the Int. Choral Festival of Tamper (Finland) in 1991, and the Int. Choral Festival of the Netherlands in 1995. Since then the group has gained an international career with live performances in Europe, Egypt, Russia, Romania, Japan and the U.S., sharing the stage with a cappella legends Bobby McFerrin and the King's Singers. In 2010 'canta CRI CRI,' the group's fifth CD, is nominated for a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award. The beautifully-designed, extensive, full-color liner notes of the album have a lovely photo and great graphics, but they are all in Spanish, as are the 15 song titles. We can pick a few favorites, such as 'Negrito Bailarin,' 'La Merienda,' 'El Telefono,' 'Cucurumbe,' 'Mi Amigo Hans,' 'Di Por Que,' the sassy 'Metete Tete,' 'Mexico Canta Cri Cri' and 'Tema De Cri Cri,' but this is all wonderfully-crafted, upbeat, sometimes silly, entertaining stuff!
Songlist: Tema De Cri Cri, Negrito Bailarin, El Chorrito, La Merienda, El Telefono, Cucurumbe, El Comal y a Olla, Cochinitos Dormilones, Mi Amigo Hans, Di Por Que, Acuarela, Metete Tete, El Ropero, Mexico Canta Cri Cri, Tema de Cri Cri
Review: The fourth from the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed mixed quintet (3 men, two women) Voz en Punto, and it's as spirited and juicy as we have come to expect from Voz. Beginning with the title tune and 'La Negra,' 'Copitas'' song selection concentrates on the group's forte, crazy, silly, manic, romantic Mexican songs, some accompanied by a string ensemble. Our favorites of course are the a cappella numbers, like 'La Bruja,' 'No Volvere,' and 'El Sinaloense.' Voz en Punto's sound is as crisp and clean as they come, and they get into some marvelously fast Mexican 'scat' singing that boggles the mind. 'Copitas is big, fat, south of the border fun from beginning to end. Enjoy!
Songlist: Copitas De Mezcal, Lampara Sin Luz, La Negra, El Gavilancillo, La Bruja, La Malaguena, Cien Anos, No Volvere, Cucurrucucu, El Sin Aloense, Cielto Lindo
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