GRAMMY Award-winning Chanticleer, the only full-time classical vocal ensemble in the United States, has developed a remarkable reputation over its 22-year history for its interpretation of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. With its seamless blend of twelve male voices, ranging from countertenor to bass, Chanticleer has earned international renown as "an orchestra of voices." Since 1994, Chanticleer has been recording exclusively for Teldec Classics International, making the group's recordings available worldwide. The ensemble has 22 recordings to its credit, including Colors of Love, which won the GRAMMY Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor) and the Contemporary A Capella Recording Award for Best Classical Album. Its most recent release, Magnificat, a disc of early music devoted to the Virgin Mary, climbed to the top 4 on Billboard's Classical Chart. The ensemble performs over 100 concerts a year throughout the world, appearing regularly in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Chicago, Toronto, Tokyo, and Paris, as well as their home base of San Francisco.
Named for the "clear-singing" rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis Botto, who sang with the group until 1989 and served as Artistic Director until his death in 1997. In 1999, Christine Bullin joined Chanticleer as the first President & General Director, leading both the artistic and administrative sides of the organization. Music Director Joseph Jennings has been with the ensemble since 1983. He also heads Chanticleer's educational and community outreach programs. Countertenor Philip Wilder, who joined Chanticleer in 1990, serves as Artistic Administrator, assisting the Music Director in preparing the ensemble for tour concerts.
Chanticleer's long-standing commitment to developing the choral repertoire has led the group to commission works from many composers, including Chen Yi, David Conte, Brent Michael Davids, Anthony Davis, William Hawley, Jake Heggie, Tania LeÛn, Bernard Rands, Steven Sametz, Paul Schoenfield, Steven Stucky, and Augusta Read Thomas. Chanticleer is the recipient of major grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, The E. Nakamichi Foundation, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Carol Franc Buck Foundation, and the City of San Francisco. With the help of foundation and corporate support, the group brings the gift of singing to young people by conducting artist-in-the-schools residencies both on tour and in the San Francisco Bay Area. Chanticleer║s activities as a not-for-profit corporation are supported by its administrative staff and Board of Trustees.
|Da Pacem Domine
Deus, Deus Meus, Respice In Me (Andrea Gabrieli)
Kyrie (Douglas Cuomo)
(Gloria) Everywhere (Kamrain Ince)
O Vos Omnes (Gesualdo)
Credo/Ani Ma'Amin (Shulamit Ran)
O Salutaris Hostia (Andrea Gabrieli)
Ravenna Sanctus (Ivan Moody)
Peccantem Me Quotidie (Gesualdo)
Agnus Dei (Michael McGlynn)
Da Pacem, Domine
With its seamless blend of twelve male voices, ranging from countertenor to bass, the San Francisco-based ensemble Chanticleer, celebrates the life of their founder Louis I. Botto on the 10th anniversary of his death. Five composers create a mass that evolves organically, as if written by one hand and the ensemble brings it to life. Using Gregorian Chant as a foundation this Mass evolves organically, as if written by one hand. These composers bring international prestige to the project as well as vastly different life paths and points of view. Israeli-born composer Shulamit Ran wrote the Credo to the Hebrew text "Ani Ma'amin." Well-known television composer Douglas Cuomo contributed the Kyrie. Turkish-American Kamran Ince composed the Gloria section in to a sufi text, while Ivan Moody, drawing from the Greek Orthodox tradition, delivered the Sanctus. The Irish folk and medieval music-influenced composer Michael McGlynn (Anuna) composed the Agnus Dei. To seamlessly travel from one composer to the next, Chanticleer offers haunting and beautiful pieces by Gesualdo, Part, Binchois, and Gabrieli.
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Sound in Spirit
Motet for 12 singers
O Sacrum Convivium
Cantiga de Santa María 391
Night Spirit Song
In Winter's Keeping
Gloria in Excelsis
Past Life Melodies
Cor meum est Templum Sacrum
Grace To You
"Sound in Spirit" is a totally new direction for this Bay Area-based 12-man group, in that it is the first Chanticleer recording to be conceived as a total experiencethere is no silence or space between tracks. Ideally it should be listened to without pause. It is the first to add outdoor ambient sounds and to incorporate "overtone singing." The music extends from ancient sacred chants to music composed at the recording sessions themselves; all as seen through the creative eyes of composer/arranger Joseph Jennings and Chanticleer, his "Orchestra of Voices." There are 14 "cuts," beginning with Jan Gilbert's "Incantation" (from NightChants), and ending with Gilbert's "Grace to You" (from NightChants). In between are Nectarie Viahul's "Axion Estin," Jennings' title tune and "Night Spirit Song," Carlos Rivera's "Motet for 12 Singers," the Jennings-arranged "Beata" plainsong, de Victoria's "O Sacrum Convivium," Gilbert's "NightChant," Jackson Hill's "In Winter's Keeping," Giacinto Scelsi's "Gloria in Excelsis Deo," Sarah Hopkins' "Past Life Memories," Patricia Van Ness' "Cor Meum Est Templum Sacrum" and others. "Sound" is a surprising, moving, eclectic piece that takes us to places of meditation, wonder and mystery. A beautiful, very special CD from Chanticleer that needs to be listened to again and again to be fully appreciated.
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|Jesus Hits Like an Atom Bomb (L.V. McCollum)
Surely God is Able (W. H. Brewster, Sr.)
Amazing Grace (John Newton)
Medley: Soon One Mornin'/What You Gon' Do When the World's on Fire/You Can't
Hide/Run on For a Long Time (Traditional)
Didn't It Rain (Traditional)
Sit Down Servant/Plenty Good Room (Traditional)
Keep Your Hand on the Plow (HOLD ON) (Traditional)
My Soul is a Witness (Traditional)
There is a Balm in Gilead (Traditional)
Medley: Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child/Poor Pilgrim of Sorrow/Walk in Jerusalem (Traditional)
Be Still and Know That I'm God (Joseph Jennings)
A departure from their usual style, How Sweet the Sound is a rare treat from Chanticleer. Featuring all new arrangements by Joseph Jennings, the group gives a deeply heartfelt performance. The opening song "Jesus Hits Like An Atom Bomb," with soloist Kevin Baum, is an explosive beginning to this recording of spirituals and traditional gospel music. Guest artist Bishop Yvette A. Flunder sings with amazing power and soul and greatly enhances this album. In addition to his leadership, Jennings also lends his voice and piano skills to several tunes. These songs are some of America's greatest music
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|7263 CD $15.98|
|Rejoice in the Lord alway ('The Bell Anthem')
Remember not, Lord, our offences
I was glad
O Lord, rebuke me not
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me
Now that the sun hath veiled his light ('An Evening Hymn')
Hear my prayer, O Lord
My heart is inditing
The Bay Area's acclaimed 12-man vocal ensemble celebrates the
release of their 27th recording, collaborating with the dynamic instrument ensemble
Capriccio Stravagante, directed by Skip Sempe. Henry Purcell (1659-95), son
of a Royal musician, wrote beautiful, expressive church music, from the ecstatic
to the sublime. Eight songs, from a lovely 8-minute opening cut, "Rejoice in
the Lord alway" and the jubilant "I was glad," written for James II's coronation,
to the short, deeply moving "Hear My Prayer, O Lord" and the 16-minute final
cut, "My heart is inditing," Purcell's grandest composition for the church.
The perfect accompaniment of Capriccio fits perfectly with Chanticleer's flawless
singing. "Evening" is inspirational and pleasing on many levels. Beautiful,
extensive liner notes.
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|Hymn: Quem Tera Pontus Sidera
Alma Redemptoris Mater
The Angel Cried Out
Recessional: Angelicas Milicias
Wherewithal Shall A Young Man
Love Is A Beautiful Dream
This Heart That Flutters Near My Heart
Labbra Vermiglie E Belle
Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
Love Is Letting Go
Blues In the Night
Wade in the Water
We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace
Christmas Time Is Here
In celebration of its 25th anniversary as "an orchestra of voices,"
the 12 talented men who are San Francisco-based Chanticleer bring us this marvelous
retrospective sampling from its rich discography of recordings. In 1978, Louis
Botto, a graduate student in medieval and Renaissance music, wanted to hear
the music he was studying performed live (a rarity at the time), and gathered
a group of singers from the SF Symphony Chorus and Grace Cathedral Choir. They
chose the name "Chanticleer" from the clear-singing rooster from Chaucer's "Canterbury
Tales." The early years were difficult, but the group's reputation grew enough
by 1991 to make all 12 members full-time employees. There are 19 gems from some
of the many Chanticleer CDs that grace our catalog, and it's hard to pick favorites.
Those who favor their flawless singing accompanied, we would recommend Ignacio
de Jerusalem's "Hymn: Quem Terra Pontus Sidera," "Recessional: Angelicas Milicias"
by Manuel de Sumaya, and Mercer & Arlen's "Blues in the Night." For a cappella,
we like the Gregorian chant "Ave Maria," Tomas Luis de Victoria's "Alma Redemptoris
Mater," Bernard Rands' "This Heart That Flutters Near My Heart," Chen Yi's "Wild
Grass," Stephen Foster's "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" (arr. by Gene Puerling),
Michael McGlynn's "Dulaman," "Spanish Carol," "Wade in the Water"--frankly,
we could list them all! A well-chosen "best of" of one of our favorite choral
groups. Highly recommended!
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"Our American Journey" is, incredibly, legendary group Chanticleer's 25th CD, and it celebrates the music of America, from sacred motets by 17th century Mexican composers to shape-note hymns to newly-commissioned works on American themes. It is a showcase of the rich traditions and also of the creative tension between unity and diversity that are inherent in American music and in American life. Chanticleer's Music Director Joseph Jennings, who adapted and arranged a number of the works, said, "(The CD) captures the essence of what we do when we're on the road, and how we want to present ourselves." Some favorites: "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah," "Wayfarin' Stranger," Stephen Foster's "Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair" and "Camptown Races," "Jefferson," "David's Lamentation," "Willow Weep for Me," and the commissioned works "Whispers" and "The Un-covered Wagon." Excellent!
Listen to "Jeannie
with the Light Brown Hair" in Real Audio.
John Tavener's 2000 composition, "Lamentations and Praises,"
a liturgical drama scored for male voices "singing in the Orthodox Byzantine
style," flute, bass trombone, string quartet and a number of eclectic percussion
instruments such as tubular bells, a Byzantine monastery bell, and very
large Tibetan temple bowl. This is a profoundly religious work on the crucifixion,
death and resurrection of Christ, written for the 12 voices of acclaimed
Chanticleer, the only full-time classical vocal ensemble in the US. The
beautiful and extensive liner notes take us through the 13 sections, or
ikons, and explain in English what the singers are saying and what it means.
Deeply meditative and beautiful! GRAMMY Winner. Songlist
The now Grammy-winning, San Francisco-based Chanticleer
was originally devoted to the Renaissance vocal repertory; their focus
has broadened since to include other genres as well as commissioned works.
"Magnificat," however, featuring settings by de Victoria, Palestrina,
Monteverdi and Taverner (as well as the less ubiquitous Russian Orthodox
Vasily Titov), returns to liturgical chant. These twelve male voices,
under the musical direction of Joseph Jennings and performing arrangements
encompassing the full vocal range, bring a seemingly effortless grandeur
to these homages to the Blessed Virgin. This tapestry of sound is a gentle
whisper of comfort and reprieve. Songlist
Chanticleer, a twelve voice male ensemble based in the San Francisco Bay Area, has through its own success, furthered the modern classical repetoire by comissioning new compositions from a variety of highly respected sources. Chen Yi, Bernard Rands and Steven Stucky are just a few of the distinguished composers whose eminently scholarly credentials grace this collection, loosely conceptualized around the theme of love. As may be construed by the twentieth century time frame from which these pieces emerged, some of them, while not thoroughly dissonant, are atonal. Others, such as Taverner's "Village Wedding," are somber mood sketches. Songlist
Whatever the thematic material, Chanticleer's approach is the most erudite; indeed, their analysis of each song's history and composition meets the highest critical standard. It is this absolute musical integrity that then informs the quality of the performance. On "Wondrous Love," a cache of international folk songs, sung a cappella, is the basis for this meticulous study. Folk songs, by definition, are "for the people"; Chanticleer maintains this focus while also seizing the opportunity to enrich the original arrangements with new complexity and depth, as heard on "Arirang," a Korean song utilizing the pentatonic scale with elements of western harmony, or "La Petenera," which begins with a soloist and then gradually incorporates twelve voices into an ever-expanding confluence of countermelody. A Robert Shaw/Alice Parker arrangement graces the fifteenth-century French tune, "L'Amour De Moy." Songlist
For their first crossover album, Music Director Joseph Jennings collaborated with internationally renown conductor Ettore Stratta. Working together they chose arrangers who still knew how to arrange the lush sound of a large choral group with orchestra. It was the sort of thing that Nelson Riddle and Johnny Mercer would do for Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, which today has all but disappeared. First they chose arrangers Gene Puerling, Clare Fisher, Steve Barnett, Jorge Calandrelli, Johnny Dankworth and Robert Freedman. Next they recorded the vocals with the Don Haas Trio (except for the three a cappella tracks, of course). Those tapes were taken to London where Ettore Stratta assembled a studio orchestra. The whole was then mixed into a full, rich sound. Songs by Cole Porter, Sammy Fain / Irving Kahal, Johnny Mercer / Hoagy Charmichael and others are the musical material so beautifully rendered. Our personal favorites are the three a cappella tracks, "I Can Dream, Can't I" and the two arranged by gene Puerling, "In The Cool Cool Cool Of The Evening" and the fabulous, "Lost In The Stars." Songlist
A self-described "Chanticleer portrait,"
containing a variety of different styles (a cappella), all performed
with the flawless technique for which the group is admired. "O
Clap Your Hands" employs eight parts in a broad polyphonic convergence.
Gabrieli's "Magnificat," from the sixteenth century, divides
twelve voices into three four-part choirs. "Charm Me Asleep"
is a recent work, written for the group; despite it's title, it is
as disquieting as soothing. Three "tone poems" (an example
of program music, where the music seeks to represent a specific text)
by Richard Strauss follow, then Berlin's "Blue Skies"; the
latter a swinging version adapted from the Dorsey arrangement that
demands attention with dramatic fortissimo ending, and a middle break
that detours into a brief classical medley, very reminiscent of the
Swingle Singers! Chanticleer also gets down on "Straight Street"
with an authentic gospel testimonial. Songlist
In the first ten years of Chanticleer's remarkable career their performance odyssey encompassed such diverse venues as the International Josquin Symposium in Cologne, the Voices Festival in Amsterdam, The Smithsonian Institution and A Prairie Home Companion, to name a few. That diversity of place is also reflected in the diversity of repertoire which this twelve voice 'orchestra' performs. They share a selection of songs arranged especially for the group, which range from the composition of Palestrina and Josquin des Prez, through traditional folk music and Music Director Joseph Jennings' gospel arrangements, to "Stormy Weather" arranged by Gene Puerling. We shouldn't forget to mention Allen Shearer's beautiful "Illusion Of Eternity" or Ken Malucelli's arrangement of a signature encore song, "King Chanticleer," with its rooster crowing, sound effects and musical comedy feel. For an introduction to the only full time classical touring ensemble in the U.S., this recording is perfect. Songlist
Gregorian chant is the archetypical song for the Roman Catholic Church.
There are three separate distinct periods, all of which are represented
on this recording. The first era, called Gregorian, was roughly 700-850
AD. This is the time of Pope Gregory's school which rigidly codified
the music allowed to be sung in churches, and the beginning of the written
score for transmission to posterity rather than relying on strictly
oral traditions. The Carolingian period is considered from 850-1,000
AD and began to add new styles to the more rigid structure. The medieval
period was from 1,000-1,300 AD the styles proliferated immensely. That
led the way to modification into secular song. In understanding Gregorian
chant, the meaning of one word is particularly important. Melisma means
that a number of notes are sung over the duration of a single syllable.
The most joyous of the music which Chanticleer performs on this disc
is very melismatic. Enjoy! Songlist
Chanticleer selected two of the most significant Mexican
composers active in the first half of the eighteenth century and, in performances
of outstanding quality, show that they are not merely pale imitations
of their European counterparts, but have something original to say and
the craftsmanship with which to say it. Both composers are very well served
indeed by this fine recording, which I unreservedly recommend as a breath
of fresh air to anyone with the slightest interest in the baroque and
just as much to those who consider the baroque of little interest.
The sequel to Chanticleer's best-selling and critically acclaimed Mexican Baroque recording, with more recently discovered choral masterpieces by Mexico City Cathedral's chapel master, Ignacio de Jerusalem. This recording brings to life one of the most monumental and elaborate choral works of the New World. Chanticleer is joined by Chanticleer Sinfonia, conducted by Joseph JenningsSonglist
William Byrd and his teacher, Thomas Tallis, were
inarguably the greatest composers of Elizabethan England. The primary
vehicle for royally-sanctioned musicians of the court was liturgical,
and in the court of Elizabeth that would mean settings for Anglican
services. However, Byrd was a committed Catholic who nonetheless wrote
these masses, motets and antiphons for published volumes titled "Gradualia,"
volumes I and II. This insurgent act apparently went uncensured, and
it is these a cappella works that Chanticleer has recorded here. Given
that they would not be performed publicly in a church setting by a
large choir, the arrangements are intimate. They are each in the same
mode and clef, which therefore creates a mood unbroken, a continuity
of feeling that is quietly moving.
A collection of works showcasing modern American composers-many
of whom are relative unknowns - "Poet's Eye" is refined,
luxurious, even abstract, and, as the name implies, also serves to
expose a variety of poets as well. Many of the compositions were commissioned
specifically for Chanticleer, and they most definitely reflect a modern
sensibility. "Dusk," by Allen Shearer, connotes the movement
of the earth and sky, imbued with tranquility and friction in equal
measure. "Mushrooms," is a tumble of mournful declarations.
Hawley's "Seven Madrigals" (two of which are included here)
are modern madrigals, weaving strands of the classical with contemporary
inflections. Rorem, using the Whitman's Civil War diary "Specimen
Days" as his source, offers a minimalist reduction, sometimes
monophonic, consistently somber and disturbing. A CD of depth and
Who better than Chanticleer to interpret the chants of Josquin De
Prez and Alexander Agricola, two High Rennaissance composers who, though
not Italian born, came to prominence while in service of the Italian
nobility and papacy. De Prez, the more famous of the two, served to
advance the development of both homophonic and polyphonic textures and
was prescient in his use of both. Agricola also utilized the motet and
various liturgical forms as was standard at the time. The exhaustive
liner notes that complement this recording provide formal analysis and
historical background. The sound? While the nuances of each composition
may be appreciated fully by those with a dedicated propensity, anyone
can be calmed by the ethereal voices and elegant organum of these simple
Music Director Joseph Jennings arranged most of the songs on this recording. Chanticleer apply their magnificent voices to the African-American sacred music tradition of spirituals, jubilees, hymns and chants. The idea of a concert style performance of these songs was pioneered at the end of the Civil War by the Fisk Jubilee Singers.Because of the exacting concert standard which Chanticleer applies the music, their performance is very much in that tradition. Under Mr. Jennings direction the group sings very familiar tunes, "Old Time Religion," "Deep River," "All Night, All Day" (you have to hear the soaring soprano on this one!), "Good News" and "Steal Away" to name just a smattering. We also like the voluminous notes which Mr. Jennings writes to accompany the music, for his point of view and information are illuminating. Songlist
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Chanticleer is an all-male, all-adult choir (of 12 singers in the present recording), which means that Palestrina's soprano lines as well as the alto ones are taken by countertenors. The sound is on the whole warm rather than brilliant, at times rather dark, with an impressively firm bass. It is noticeable that in Chanticleer's selection from the Canticis Canticorum motets they choose none of those with divided soprano lines, only those with two alto or two tenor parts. Without female or boys' voices the sound is uncommonly unified. Tempos are quite fast, but the voices never seem taxed by passages of florid singing. Pitch is commendably precise most of the time. The acoustic is pleasing and the recording clean, but the words are not always easy to pick out. While this is the only recording currently available of Palestrina's masterly Requiem, it is not do justice to Chanticleer's typical vocal repertoire. Songlist
Although Chanticleer's artistic home is San Francisco, some of the globe-trotting a cappella ensemble's most exciting performances have occurred on Minnesota Public Radio, with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to Tin Pan Alley. They had enormously successful appearances before live and radio audiences on "A Prairie Home Companion," three shows on "Good Evening" and on "St. Paul Sunday Morning." The 20 songs on "Highlights" are the best cuts from these appearances. The first of our favorites are sacred and classic songs, Josquin des Prez' "Gaude Virgo, Mater Christi," two selections from Palestrina's "Missa pro Defunctis," Weelkes' madrigal "As Vesta was," Debussy's "Trois Chansons" and Charles Stanford's "The Blue Bird." Then we have a marvelous Ken Malucelli arrangement of Cole Porter's "Let's Do It," the rousing spiritual "Rock a My Soul," Mattie Moss Clark's rockin' "Going to Heaven," a slow, bluesy "Satin Doll," Rodgers/Hart's "My Funny Valentine," a jazzy cover of Hoagy Carmichael's "Lazy Bones" and Clara Ward's kick-butt revival spiritual "Packing Up." Accompaniment on some cuts. Versatile, perfect-pitch Chanticleer can delight us in so many ways, and "On The Air" is one of their best!
|Ave Maria...Virgo serena
Quem vidistis pastores?
In dulci jubilio
E la don don
Riu, riu, chiu
There Is No Rose
A Hymn to the Virgin
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
Il est ne le divin enfant
O Come, o Come, Emmanuel
I Wonder as I Wander
Medley of Christmas Spirituals:
Rise Up Shepherd and Follow
Behold That Star
Sweet Little Jesus Boy
Poor Little Jesus
What Month Was Jesus Born in?
Children, Go Where I Send Thee
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Comprising a mix of old and new, ecclesiastic and pastoral, familiar and undiscovered, this CD is a rich array. Biebl's "Ave Maria" is a contemporary setting, the final "Amen" resolved in a series of step-wise imitative phrases. Britten's "A Hymn To The Virgin" is a simple and consonant arrangement with a stark and melancholy beauty. The merry and lively ""Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant" is arranged by Rutter, while a medley of Christmas spirituals is a satisfying blend of Chanticleer's trained vocal style, with the non-diatonic contradiction of the blues. The final track: "Silent Night," capturing all the magic of the season, as simple and unique as a perfect snowflake. Remastered in 2004.
Listen to "A Hymn to the Virgin" in Real Audio
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Recorded at the Paterskirche in Kempen, Germany, in 1994, the all-male Chanticleer ensemble (featuring five countertenors), brings the consummate musicality and professionalism to this recording that we associate with any Chanticleer production. "Sing We Christmas" emphasizes classical pieces, not the typical holiday carols; rather, Charles Ives, Gustav Holst and Herbert Howells represent the twentieth century, while Handl, Victoria, Praetorius and Bach offer "Hodie Christus Natus Est," "O Magnum Mysterium" and "In Dulci Iubilo," the latter a German dance song with four separate settings (it was common practice for composers to adapt a popular song, rather than write their own) from the Renaissance and early Baroque periods.
Listen to "Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen" in Real Audio
"Christmas with Chanticleer featuring Special Guest Dawn Upshaw," is the first holiday album from the celebrated 12-man a cappella vocal ensemble since "Sing We Christmas," which has been a bestseller since its release in 1995. The CD Includes songs and carols drawn from many lands and traditionsăfrom the traditional English "Coventry Carol" to a modern work by Sir John Tavener, from a Spanish carol to an American spirituală"Christmas with" showcases Chanticleer║s musical diversity. Several works feature arrangements by the group's music director, Joseph Jennings. Philip Wilder, one of the group's countertenors, said of Upshaw: "She blended so perfectly, it felt as if we'd been singing together for 20 years...suddenly she would soar above us and the sound was just magical!"
Listen to "This Is The Truth Sent From Above" in Real Audio.
Subtitled "A Renaissance Christmas," this collection
of holiday and sacred music is drawn from the canons of De Prez, Byrd,
Di Lasso and others of their caliber. Therefore, rather than the cheerful
carols familiar to all who celebrate the season in the Western tradition,
one finds the rather more subdued texture and mood of chant or counterpoint,
as in Di Lasso's "Resonet In Laudibus," glorifying the birth of Jesus.
This composition contains several sections that contain distinct rhythmic
shifts and complex countermelodies; it expands in dimension with each
listening. Tavener's "Kyrie" implies the subtle majesty of a processional,
the melody ascending in supplication. This is a wonderful alternative
to the typical Christmas fare. Songlist
Listen to "Sing Joyfully Unto God" in Real Audio.
Known especially for their dazzling and evocative Christmas programs,
Chanticleer's acclaimed 2002 PBS special CHRISTMAS WITH CHANTICLEER: AN
ORCHESTRA OF VOICES features bonus material not heard on the original
broadcast. The songs are all Chanticleer audience favorites, from early
English hymns to Franz Biebl's enchanting "Ave Maria", John Tavener's
"A Christmas Round" holiday standards such as "The First Nowell", and
Vince Guaraldi's timeless, "Christmas Time Is Here." Filmed at the Metropolitan
Museum's famed Medieval Sculpture Hall.
|Nesciens Mater - Jean Mouton
Quem Vidistis Pastores - Audrea Gabrieli
Serenissma Una Noche - Geronimo Gonzales
Sa Qui Turo Zente Pleta - Portugese
Noel Nouvelet - French
Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle - St. Alphonsus Maria De Liguori
Kristallen Den Fina - Marian Ballad
Lulajze Jezuniu - Steven Stucky
O Come, O Come Emmanuel - Medieval Carol
Star Of Wonder/We Three Kings - Roche And Hopkins
A Lullaby/Away In A Manger - Thomas Bold
In The Bleak Mid-Winter - Holst
Glory To The Newborn - Traditional
Silent Night - Gruber
Chanticleer's beloved Christmas tradition is now available in this collection of printed music, featuring a foreword by Tom Brokaw. Edited by Chanticleer Music Director Joseph Jennings and Chanticleer tenor Matthew Oltman. Includes extensive notes and pronunciation guide.
|9396 SONGBOOK $12.95|
|Vox in Rama (Jacob Clemens non Papa)
Hear My Prayer, O Lord (Henry Purcell)
Credidi (Juan de Lienas)
So ben mi ch'a bon tempo (Orazio Vecchi)
Voices of Autumn (Jackson Hill)
Fuggi, fuggi, dolor, from Tre Rime di Tasso (William Hawley)
Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind (Kelly Crandell)
Coventry Carol, Traditional English Carol (arr. Jonathan Rathbone)
Two Medieval Lyrics (Stephen Sametz): - There is no rose of such virtue - Gaudete!
Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair (Stephen Foster arr. Gene Puerling)
Nelly Bly (Stephen Foster arr. Jack Halloran)
All The Pretty Little Horses, Traditional American Folk Song (arr. Steve Barnett)
Dulaman (Michael McGlynn)
An Oiche (Michael McGlynn)
Lost In The Stars (Kurt Weill, arr. Gene Puerling)
There Is A Balm In Gilead (arr. Joseph Jennings)
Keep Your Hand On the Plow (arr. Joseph Jennings)
To commemorate their twenty-fifth anniversary, Chanticleer has put together
an anthology of some of their favorite songs. Edited by Matthew Oltman and conductor
Joseph Jennings, this book is comprised of pieces from the Renaissance through
the twentieth century. Selections include "Vox in rama" by Palestrina, "Fuggi,
fuggi, dolor" by William Hawley and "There is a Balm in Gilead" arranged by
Joseph Jennings. The book includes notes and translations for the pieces as
well as performance suggestions. Also featured is a section of pictures of the
group from the past twenty-five years.
|7007 SONGBOOK $10.95|
Steal Away (arr. Joseph Jennings), SATB, Solo
oseph Jennings' rich a appella arrangement of the traditional spritual, 'Steal Away,' is an enjoyable treat for both the singers and the audience. Winner of the 2003 Chantincleer Student Choral Compostition Competition, 'She Walks in Beauty,' for advanced choirs, sets the Lord Byron text in a lush harmonic style. Composer Joseph Twish sets a deeply moving homophonic work with 'Wandering,' exploring the text "God has mercy on me. Wand'ring, wand'ring.' That piece was also a previous winner of the composition competition. 'Galbally Farmer' works well with advanced Jr High, High School or moderate adult choirs, another audience favorite! Set to a 9th Century Japanese poem, in 'Voices of Autumn, composer Jackson Hill uses traditional musical stylistic devices from the same culture to create a seamless, tranquil unaccompanied choral work.
|9213 SHEET MUSIC $7.95|
Io Son La Primavera, SSSAAATTBB
American composer William Hawley’s music has been heard in London, Tokyo, Paris, the Netherlands, Berlin, Darmstadt, Munich, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, and other cities in the United States, Europe, and Asia, as well as in the concert halls of New York City. Here is your opportunity to make his Chanticleer-performed compositions part of your repertoire. The ten part voicing in 'Io Son La Primavera' gives this piece an amazing depth and flair. Hawley's arrangement of Torquato Tasso's text, 'Dolcissimi Colori' is sweet and beautiful, perfect for a moderately advanced choir. Both 'Io V'amo Sol Perche Voi Siete Bella' and 'Ore, Fermate Volo' is fairly challenging yet beautiful, great examples of the Chanticleer charm! Two other composition based on text by Tasso, 'Vita De La Mia Vita' is sure to be a crowd pleaser, the setting of 'Siepe, Chegli Orti Vaghi' is beautiful and romantic - another fine example of Hawley's great style.
|9212 SHEET MUSIC $7.95|
Ave Maria (Franz Biebl) SAATTBB
Probably Chanticleer's most popular arrangement, Franz Biebl's 'Ave Maria' is challenging but is sure to become a favorite among your singers. We have included all three available voicings for you to chose from. Also included in this package is Joseph Jenning's 'Christmas Spiritual Medley.' This fun piece is rich with tight harmony and a few solos, guaranteed to please your audience.
|9166 SHEET MUSIC $6.95|
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