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Rene Clausen


Rene Clausen

Rene Clausen's has served as conductor of The Concordia Choir of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota since 1986. Additionally, he is the artistic director of the award-winning Concordia Christmas Concerts, which are frequently featured by PBS stations throughout the nation.

Rene Clausen is a well-known composer. His compositional style is varied and eclectic, ranging from works appropriate for high school and church choirs to more technically-demanding compositions for college and professional choirs. Interested in composing for various media, Clausen's compositional interests include works for the stage, solo voice, film and video composition, choral/orchestral compositions and arrangements, as well as works for orchestra and wind ensemble. He regularly composes on a commission basis, and is a frequent guest conductor and composer-in-residence on a national basis.

All of Rene Clausen's choral compositions and arrangements are published exclusively through Mark Foster Music Company (a division of Shawnee Press) in The Rene Clausen Choral Series.

In addition to choral conducting, Dr. Clausen is becoming increasingly well-known as a guest conductor of the major choral/ orchestral literature, in addition to orchestral conducting. At Carnegie Hall he has guest conducted the Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, Mozart Requiem and Mass in C minor, together with the New York premiere of three of his own works, Gloria (in three movements), Whispers of Heavenly Death, with text by Walt Whitman, and Communion, with text by George Macdonald. Other major choral/orchestral works he has conducted include the Poulenc Gloria, Vaughan Williams Hodie, Beethoven Mass in C Major and Choral Fantasy, and Faure Requiem.

In the summer of 1998, Dr. Clausen established the first Rene Clausen Choral School held on the campus of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, in which sixty-three participants from twenty-seven states participated. Much more than a reading workshop, the choral school is an intensive, five-day program for choral conductors focusing on conducting and rehearsal technique, performance practice issues, elements of choral ensemble, tonal development, as well as daily reading sessions of new music.


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Concordia Choir : Beauty in the World : 00  1 CD : Rene Clausen : 

Concordia Choir : Beauty in the World

Review: Conductor Rene Clausen is very well known to us for the work he has done with Moorhead MN's Concordia Choir, as Artistic Director of the Emmy-winning Concordia Christmas Concerts, and for over 100 of his own compositions for choirs at all levels. "Beauty in the World" features 13 songs, from the powerful Swahili folk tune "Wana Baraka," Ysaye M. Barnwell's lovely, haunting "Wanting Memories" the powerful Folk song "Dulaman" and the accompanied Irish Folk song "The Little Beggarman" to the accompanied, Clausen-arranged Civil War camp song "Tenting on the Old Campground," the powerful percussion-accompanied Kitana Folk song "Noel," Herbert Mahelona's lovely "No Ka Beauty O Hohokohau," Juris Karlsons' "Rotala" and the F. Melius Christiansen-arranged "Praise to the Lord," each of these songs is a choral masterwork, a vocal symphony if you will. The Choir has deep, powerful harmonies, soaring leads and tremendous feeling and spirit. Don't miss this collection!

Songlist: Wana Baraka, Wanting Memories, Dulaman, The Little Beggarman, John Saw Duh Numbuh, When Jesus Wept, Tenting On The Old Campground, Noel, No Ka Beauty O Honokohau, The King of Love, Danny Boy, Rotala, Praise to the Lord

6094c 00 1 CD $9.95

Concordia Choir : Come To The Living Water : 00  1 CD : Rene Clausen :  : 3006

Concordia Choir : Come To The Living Water

Review: The Concordia Christmas Concert has always sought to illuminate through music, art and the spoken word the rich tapestry of parable, theology, and the story that is the interaction of God and humankind that is found in the Holy Bible. Throughout Biblical history, Christ is referred to as the living water. "Come to the Living Water" is about the image of Christ and the coming of Christ into this barren and thirsty world. Concordia's world-renowned musical groups and ensembles, The Concordia Choir, The Concordia College Orchestra, The Concordia Chapel Choir, Mannerchor and Cantabile, and Bel Canto, bring us this magnificent annual live narrated Christmas event in 26 parts. The title cut, "Come to the Living Water," is a dramatic, powerful depiction of the creation of earth, followed by "The Heavens Are Telling of the Glory of God" and the hymn "All Creatures of our God and King." The story of Christ's birth is told with traditional carols like "Ave Maria," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "Silent Night," "What Child," "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly," and "I Saw Three Ships," but also included are less familiar pieces like Philipp Nicolai's lovely a cappella piece, "Wake, Awake," Rene Clausen's "Calm On The Listening Ear of Night," Eleanor Daly's "Sunny Bank," the Swedish carol "When Christmas Morn is Dawning," and Knut Nystedt's "Cry Out and Shout." Mostly orchestrally accompanied, the joyous "Come to the Living Water" is the next best thing to being at this wonderful event!

Songlist: Fantasia on "Une Jeune Pucelle", Come to the Living Water, The Heavens Are Telling the Glory of God, All Creatures of Our God and King, This is my Father's World, Wake, Awake, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Calm, on the Listening Ear of Night, Lirum Lirum, Sunny Bank, Silent Nigt, What Child, As Lately We Watched, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, Sing We Now, When Christmas Morn is Dawning, Still, Still, Still, I saw Three Ships, Gaudete, Go Tell It on The Mountain, Hodie Christus Natus Est, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Cry Out and Shout, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Compline

8991c 00 1 CD $9.95

Concordia Choir : Echoes : 00  1 CD : Rene Clausen :  : 2578

Concordia Choir : Echoes

Review: For more than 80 years, The CC of Concordia (Lutheran) College, Moorhead, MN has continued to affirm its reputation as one of the nation's finest a cappella choirs. The choir has performed in nearly every major music hall, including Carnegie Hall. Conducted since 1986 by Rene Clausen , who also wrote the lovely "Ubi Caritas," the group perfectly performs 12 songs on the aptly-titled "Echoes," mostly sacred songs like "La Lumiere," Tavener's "Song for Athene" and "Village Wedding." This CD also features "Water Night," "Cloudburst" and "Little Birds" by popular composer Eric Whitacre as well as the gorgeous "O Magnum Mysterium" by Morten Lauridsen. Just beautiful!

Songlist: MLK , La Lumiere, Song for Athene , Village Wedding , Ubi Caritas, O Sacrum Convivium, Water Night , Cloudburst , Little Birds , O Magnum Mysterium, Noel Ayisyen (A Haitian Noel) , The Mission: Our Father )

7046c 00 1 CD $15.98

Concordia Choir : Endless Your Grace

Review: Renowned conductor/arranger (since 1986) of the Concordia Choir Rene Clausen's firm touch is clear on every note of "Endless Your Grace." For more than 80 years The mixed voice Concordia Choir has affirmed its reputation as one of nation's finest a cappella choirs. 16 wonderfully arranged songs are included in this inspirational, feel-good recording. The Moses Hogan-arranged "Ezekiel Saw De Wheel," "What A Wonderful World," "Come and Taste," "Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord," "Gracious Spirit," "This Little Light," the rousing spiritual "Ain't Got Time to Die," "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel," "Give Me Jesus" and "My God, How Wonderful Thou Art" are favorites, but "Endless" is an impressive, spirited treat throughout!

Songlist: Ezekiel Saw De Wheel, What A Wonderful World , Come and Taste, His Voice , Black Is The Color of My True Love's Hair , Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord, Gracious Spirit, This Little Light, There Is A Balm in Gilead, Ain't Got Time To Die, Pilgrim's Hymn , Wondrous Love, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel? , Give Me Jesus , My God, How Wonderful Thou Art, Beautiful Savior

7574c 00 1 CD $15.98

Concordia Choir : Evocations

Review: Pride of Moorhead MN's Concordia College for more than 80 years, the renowned, prolific Concordia Choir has been consistently adding beautiful CDs to the best choral recordings in the PAC catalog, 21 titles to date. Well-known composer/arranger Rene Clausen has been conducting the group for over 20 years. "Evocations" features 20 sacred selections, favorites are Eric Whitacre's "Lux Aurumque," David Childs' unpublished "Purge Me From My Sin," Paul Christiansen's "Vidi Aquam," Knut Nystedt's "Be Not Afraid," Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Come, Let Us Worship" and "Bless the Lord, O My Soul," Felix Mendelssohn's "Psalm 2," and "Psalm 50, Movement 2 and 3," by former Choir director F. Melius Christiansen. Beautiful, soaring music from one of the great choirs of all time!

Songlist: Lux Aurumque, Purge Me From My Sin, Bow Down Thine Ear, Vidi Auqam, Be Not Afraid, Our Father, Come, Let Us Worship, Bless The Lord, O My Soul, Abendlied, Psalm 2, Psalm 50, Movement 2, Psalm 50, Movement 3

8871c 00 1 CD $15.95

Concordia Choir : Faire is the Heaven : 00  1 CD : Rene Clausen :  : 3247

Concordia Choir : Faire is the Heaven

Review: F. Melius Christiansen founded the 65-strong mixed voice Concordia Choir at Moorhead, MN's Concordia College in 1911, then led the choir until handing it over to his son Paul in 1937. Rene Clausen has been conductor of the Choir for more than 20 years, and is also a well-known composer and arranger, having written over 100 commissioned compositions. This veteran, prolific choir boasts over 22 finely-crafted CDs and DVDs in the catalog and has long been one of our favorites and best-sellers. The rich, angelic, soaring sound of the Concordia choir is beautifully evident on each of these 10 cuts. Some of our favorites are the title tune, by William H. Harris, Frank Martin's lovely "Agnus Dei," four songs by Eric Whitacre, "When David Heard," "Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine," "I Thank You God for most this amazing day," "This Marriage" and "With a Lilly in Your Hand;"and two versions of "Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming," Hugo Distler's soaring take on it and Jan Sanderson's haunting, surprising carol. Several of these (all a cappella) pieces are difficult and eclectic, but the Choir handles them all easily. Enjoy this remarkable collection by one of America's greatest choirs!

Songlist: Faire Is The Heaven, Agnus Dei, Psalm 43, When David Heard, Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming, Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming, Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine, I Thank You God For Most This Amazing Day, This Marriage, With A Lily In Your Hand

6022c 00 1 CD $14.95

Concordia Choir : Folk Songs, Spirituals & Hymns : 00  1 CD : Rene Clausen :  : 2052

Concordia Choir : Folk Songs, Spirituals & Hymns

Review: This top-selling recording contains all of the favorites! It includes a refreshing combination of accessible choral music for the enthusiast and the church choir member.

Songlist: Las Agachadas , This Little Light of Mine , Shenandoah , Hark, I Hear The Harps Eternal , I Got Shoes, All My Trials, John Saw Duh Numbah, Set Down Servant, Abide With Me, Lamb of God, Lost in the Night, Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying, O Day Full of Grace, Beautiful Savior

6676c 00 1 CD $15.98

Concordia Choir : In The New Moon : 00  1 CD : Rene Clausen :  : 2204

Concordia Choir : In The New Moon

Review: This recording features John Taverner's "Song for Athene," as performed at the funeral of Princess Diana of Wales. Also, Rene Clausen's "In Pace," written in memory of the Holocaust victims. This is the ultimate collection of etheral and daunting 20th Century masterpieces.

Songlist: Exultate Deo, Agnus Dei , Sanctus, O Tod, Wie Bitter Bist Du, Singet Dem Herrn, Totus Tuus, Song For Athene, In Pace,

6678c 00 1 CD $15.98

Concordia Choir : Journey to Bethlehem : 00  1 CD : Rene Clausen :  : 3225

Concordia Choir : Journey to Bethlehem

Review: The re-imagined Christmas story takes viewers and audience members on a musical "Journey to Bethlehem," combining the pageantry of opera and the grandeur of choral orchestral masterworks. Composer Dr. Rene Clausen weaves sonorous and celebratory Christmas music throughout the concert.

Songlist: Fantasia O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, O Holy Night, There Is No Rose of Such Virtue , E'n So Lord Jesus, Quickly Come, What Child, Do You Hear What I Hear?, Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine, Silent Night, Sanctus, Betelehemu, Estampie Natalis, Dansaron: E La Don Don, Gloria, O Little Town of Bethlehem, We Three Kings of Orient Are, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Praise To the Lord, Stay With Us, Compline

6023c 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

Concordia Choir : Memorial : 00  1 CD : Rene Clausen :  : 2593

Concordia Choir : Memorial

Review: Memorial is a composition for mixed chorus, orchestra and baritone solo, based on subject material which reflets the horrific events of September 11th, 2001, in New York City. Though presented as one continuous movement, the composition follows a program that comprises of four sub-sections - Semptember Morning, The Attack, Prayers and Petitions. Conducted by its composer and director of the Concordia Choir, Rene Clausen, this beautiful piece of music will touch your heart in a way that only music can. The musical texture presents a poignant cascade of emotion that is amplified by the awesome peformance by the Concordia Choir and their Baritone soloist, Peter Halverson (A Concordia College Music Faculty member). On this CD, there is also an exceptional performance of Samuel Barber's instrumental piece, "Adagio for Strings," performed by the Concordia College Orchestra.

Songlist: Adagio for Strings , Memorial

7321c 00 1 CD $15.98

Concordia Choir : My Soul's Delight : 00  1 CD : Rene Clausen :  : 2229

Concordia Choir : My Soul's Delight

Review: Spanning a diverse range of choral literature, this acclaimed Minnesota choir has once again produced a pristine recording. Directed by Rene Clausen, the mixed group performs spirituals ("Ain't Got Time To Die"), and folk songs ("Little Potato"), in addition to the expected arrangements of composers such as F. Melius Christiansen ("Praise To The Lord"), whose Scandinavian heritage is part of an acknowledged hegemony in the choral world. Other highlights include the "Noel Ayisyen (A Haitian Noel)" with it's perfect fifth harmonic background, and the droning "Past Life Melodies," which uses a judicious dissonance to craft an otherworldly deja vu. Blissful.

Songlist: my song in the night, create in me a clean heart, oh, yes!, joshua fit the battle of jericho, ain't got time to die, little potato, two american folk songs, sourwood mountain, black sheep, the best of rooms, past life melodies, noel avisyen, witness, pilgrim's chorus, praise to the lord, softly and tenderly

6679c 00 1 CD $15.98

Concordia Choir : O Come All Ye Faithful

Review: With almost 20,000 attendees at their annual Christmas series of concerts and the airing on PBS television and radio stations across the nation has certainly made the Concordia Choir a great Christmas tradition for many. The 400 voices celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ with some spectacular arrangements including "Gesu Bambino" and the title track "O Come All Ye Faithful". Two new compositions by director Rene Clausen, who has over the 26 years he has been directing the choir become world-renown, are superb. Always top-notch this choir continues to build upon it's already excellent reputation.

Songlist: Fantasia On O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Watchman, Tell Us Of The Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, Gesu Bambino, Advent Motet, People Look East, There Is No Rose, Lo, How A Rose E'Er Blooming, Mary's Wonder, Lux Aurumque, He IS Born, Jesus Jesus Rest Your Head, Sanctus (From Mass), Hodie Christus Natus Est, Mary Had A Baby, O Day Full Of Grace, Carol Of The Drum, We Three Kings Of Orient Are, Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth, Ring Out Ye Crystal Spheres From Hodie, Compline

8463c 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

Concordia Choir : O Holy Night : 00  1 CD : Rene Clausen :  : 2502

Concordia Choir : O Holy Night

Review: On the cover of "O Holy Night" we see an awesome giant Christmas mural, with the huge Concordia Choir in front of it, and The Concordia Orchestra in the foreground. This massive Christmas celebration has been an annual event for many years, and it just keeps getting bigger and better. 24 songs, with spoken parts, all accompanied, some familiar ("Angels We Have Heard On High," "O Holy Night," "Joy to the World"), some unfamiliar ( "Of the Father's Love Begotten," "Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah," "Calm on the Listening Ear of Night"), but together in sequence they magnificently tell the Christmas story. "O Holy Night" is a triumph, one of the best of the year!

Songlist: Prelude On How Brightly Shines the Morning Star , Of the Father's Love Begotten, Angels We Have Heard On High , O Holy Night , There Is No Rose of Such Virtue , Light Everlasting , Lost In the Night , Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah , Vene Sanctus Spiritus , All My Heart This Night Rejoices , Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day , He Is Born , Before the Marvel of this Night, Good Christian Friends, Rejoice! , Calm On the Listening Ear of Night , Twelfth Night , How Great Our Joy , Nowell Sing We, Both All and Some , Infant Holy, Infant Lowly , Sussex Carol, Jeg er saa glad , Go, Tell It On the Mountain , Psalm 150 , Joy To the World, Compline

6824c 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

Concordia Choir : On Our Way Rejoicing

Review: Director Rene Clausen continues to raise the bar of excellence of this world-class choir and the 2006 Christmas Concert was a special series of concerts indeed. This year's honored concert honored longtime mural designer and liturgical artist David Hetland '69 who designed the hand-painted Christmas Concert murals for the past 28 years. David passed away April 16, 2006. Morten Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium" has become a standard for many choirs and the choir here gives this magnificent piece true justice. A true delight this recording will brighten everyone's holiday spirits.

Songlist: The Adoration of the Magi, Agnus Dei, O How Shall I Receive You, Christmas Cantata, E'en So Lord Jesus, Quickly Come, Lost In the Night, There Is No Rose of Such Virtue, Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, O Magnum Mysterium, Fum, Fum, Fum, Silent Night, 'Twas in the Moon of Winter Time, Cold December Flies Away, The Angel Gabriel From heaven Came, O little Town of Bethlehem, Twelfth Night, Sanctus, Past Three O'Clock, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, The Three Kings, Psalm 150, Lux Aeterna, Compline

8699c 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

Concordia Choir : Prince of Peace, Hope To The World : 00  1 CD : Rene Clausen :  : 2577

Concordia Choir : Prince of Peace, Hope To The World

Review: Since 1920 The Concordia Choir of Moorhead, Minnesota, has continued to affirm its reputation as one of the nation's finest a cappella choirs. Touring nationally and internationally the choir has performed in nearly every major hall in the United States including Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. "Prince of Peace" is their seventh CD release, and it features the 2002 Concordia College Christmas Concert, conducted by the renowned Rene Clausen. Begun on a small scale in 1927, the event as we know it today began in 1937 under Paul Christiansen, son of St. Olaf College choir director F. Melius Christiansen, when the first giant Christmas mural was added. The recording has 25 parts, some simply orchestra, some a cappella singing, some singing with orchestra, some narrative. For a hint of how wonderful this concert is, listen to "For Unto Us A Child Is Born," from Handel's "Messiah," featuring the orchestra and Choir-outstanding. John Gardner's "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day," Stroope's "There Is No Rose of Such Virtue," Pierce's "How Still He Rests," or sinple carols like "Silent Night," a lilting "Pat-A-Pan," "O Hearken Ye," "Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head," or the powerful Haitian carol "Noel Ayisen"-it's all amazing.

Songlist: Church Windows , Domine Deus from "Gloria", He, Watching Over Israel , O Lovely Christmas Rose, O Magnum Mysterium, There Is No Rose , Silent Night, How Still He Rests , O Chritmas Babe, the Best of All I Know (Leland B. Sateren), For Unto Us A Child Is Born from "Messiah" , Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day , Pat-A-Pan , Noel Ayisyen (A Haitian Noel) , O Hearken Ye, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Go, Tell It On the Mountain , My Lord, What A Morning , Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head (, People, Look East , Alleluia from "Brazillian Psalm", Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness , Dona Nobis Pacem, Psalm 50 , Praise To the Lord , Copline

7044c 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

Concordia Choir : Savior of the Nations : 00  1 CD : Rene Clausen : 

Concordia Choir : Savior of the Nations

Review: Dr. Rene Clausen conducts The Concordia Choir; Bruce Houglum directs The Concordia Orchestra, Michael Smith The Concordia Chapel Choir, Mannerchor and Cantabile, and Dr. Charlette Moe, Bel Canto in this wonderful Christmas Concert from 2008 at Moorhead, Minnesota's Concordia College. At the nationally renowned Concordia School of Music, students can participate in 17 music organizations. There are 25 cuts here, some all instrumental, like Rene Clausen's Fantasia on "The King Shall Come," some accompanied, like "Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers;" and some a cappella, like "Celebration Collage, Heleluyan, Glory to God, Glory in the Highest, Alleluia." There are some traditional carols such as "Silent Night" and Ding Dong! Merrily on High," and some lovely, less-familiar tunes like Carolyn Jennings' "Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain," Daniel Nelson's "That Yonge Child," Eleanor Daly's "What Sweeter Music," Eric Whitacre's "Lux Arumque," "Noel" (sung in traditional Kituban dialect), and the German carol, "Kling, Glockchen, Kling!" "Savior of the Nations-Come" is a magnificent collection of well-chosen, beautifully-performed Christmas music that will surprise and delight you!

Songlist: Opening, Sua Gan, Fantasia on "The King Shall Come", Celebration Collage, Let All the Nations Be Gathered Together, Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers, Circle Dance, Our Father, People, Look East, Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain, That Yonge Child, What Sweeter Music, A La Nanita Nana, Lux Arumque, Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah, Silent Night, Noel, Hodie, Chirstus Natus Est, Kling, Glockchen, Kling!, The Carol of the Dance, Ding, Dong! Merrily on High, And God Shall Wipe Away All Tears, Pie Jesu, Psalm 150, Compline

2764c 00 1 CD $15.95

Concordia Choir : Star Of Wonder : 00  1 CD : Rene Clausen :  : 2466

Concordia Choir : Star Of Wonder

Review: Since 1927, the Concordia College Christmas Concert has grown from an activity of the college's music club into the famed concerts that have become a tradition in the Upper Midwest. Since 1937 the spectacle has featured a giant mural, the huge Concordia Choir and three other choirs, and the Concordia orchestra. There are beautiful photographs of the event in the extensive liner notes. 23 songs, "Venus, the Bringer of Peace," "Watchman, Tell Us Of The Night," "O How Shall I Receive Thee," "Behold A Star From Jacob Shining," "Arise, Shine, for Thy Light Has Come," "Our Father"... the list goes on and on of beautiful, soaring music, praising Christ and filling the huge hall with love and light. "Star Of Wonder" is a very special CD of a huge, amazing Christmas event.

Songlist: Venus, the Bringer of Peace, Watchman, Tell Us of the Night, O How Shall I Receive Thee?, Behold A Star from Jacob Shining, Arise, Shine, for Thy Light Has Come, Our Father, The Word Became Flesh, Mary's Song of Praise, People, Look East, We Three Kings, Rise Up, Sheperd, and Follow, I Wonder as I Wander, I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light, Silent Night, I Saw Three Ships, The Godly Stranger, Laudamus Te, Wolcum Yole, The Three Kings, Ye Were Sometimes in Darkness / Walk as Children of Light, Psalm 103, Lord of All Being, Compline

6823c 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

Concordia Choir : The Choral Music of Rene Clausen : 00  1 CD : Rene Clausen : Rene Clausen : 2134

Concordia Choir : The Choral Music of Rene Clausen

Review: Rene Clausen is one of America's leading choral composers. Discover the variety of his compositions as performed by these quality ensembles. This recording features his latest extended work "Crying For A Dream" which is based on Native American texts.

Songlist: *The Concordia Choir*, Crying For A Dream, I. Hear Me, I Will Live!, II. War Song, III. How Can You Buy The Sky?, Three Whitman Settings, I. A Noiseless Patient Spider, II. Quicksand Years, III. The Last Invocation, Tonight, Eternity Alone, Magnificat, Deep River, O Vos Omnes, Seek The Lord, *The Dale Warland Singers*, Set Me As A Seal, *Manitou Singers of St. Olaf College*, Psalm 100

6677c 00 1 CD $9.95

Concordia Choir : The Lord Is My Shepherd : 00  1 CD : Rene Clausen :  : 2766

Concordia Choir : The Lord Is My Shepherd

Review: Included in this live recording from the 78th annual Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) Christmas Concert, "The Lord is My Shepherd," inspired by Psalm 23. Over 500 musicians, including the Concordia Choir, directed by Rene Clausen, Concordia College Orchestra, Bel Canto, Chapel Choir, Kantorei, Tintinnabula and Cantabile, tell the story of Christmas in song, segued by a spoken narrative. 22 songs, from Bach's "Sheep May Safely Graze,' and Paul Manz' "E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come" to Mary Caldwell's "A Lute Caroll" and Rene Clausen's beautiful "Psalm 23." Mostly orchestrally-accompanied. Wonderful, inspirational music from a fantastic annual event!

Songlist: Sheep May Safely Graze, Shepherd Me, O God , From Shepherding of Stars, The Lord's My Shepherd , Chichester Psalms, movement II, E'en so, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come, Our Father, A Lute Caroll , Go, Pretty Child, Hacia Belen Va Un Borrrico, The Godly Stranger, Sir Chistemas, Noel , African Noel , Angels' Carol , Ukranian Bell Carol, The First Noel, Ding Dong Merrily On High , The King of Love My Shepherd Is, Psalm 23, Stay With Us, Compline

7704c 00 1 CD $9.95

Concordia Choir : Today Heaven Sings : 00  1 CD : Rene Clausen :  : 2282

Concordia Choir : Today Heaven Sings

Review: Directed by the contemporary composer Rene Clausen, the Concordia Choir performs frequently, but not exclusively, modern works. This 1999 seasonal recording features several familiar holiday carols, such as Praetorius' "Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming," but its appeal is also in the opportunity to enjoy newer, refreshing pieces, such as "How Still He Rests," with it's solemn oboe accompaniment. The eerie, yet beautiful tonalities of "Go Pretty Child," with its sibilant countermelody, are an example of how the Choir's approach is both delicate and unsettling at once. "Noel Aylsyen (A Haitian Noel)" bounces between the root and fifth, urged along in a springing rhythm, punctuated by handclaps. This refined and energetic modernism is exciting and supremely musical.

Songlist: Today, Heaven Sings, The Godly Stranger, O Magnum Mysterium, Noel Ayisyen (A Haitian Noel), Shout The Glad Tidings, Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, Carol Of The Drum, A Spotless Rose, Go, Pretty Child, How Still He Rests, The Three Kings, Sweet Was The Song, The Exaltation of Christ, Advent Motet, Lost in the Night

6673c 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

Concordia Choir : Your Heart Shall Rejoice : 00  1 CD : Rene Clausen :  : 2464

Concordia Choir : Your Heart Shall Rejoice

Review: The colorfully beautiful liner notes give us a wealth of information about the Evangelical Lutheran Church's Concordia College of Moorhead, Minnesota, their acclaimed Choir, and director/composer/arranger Rene Clausen. "Your Heart" brings us 9 songs of praise, written by Giovanni Gabrieli, William Byrd, Heinrich Schutz and J.S. Bach: "Jubilate Deo," "I Will Not Leave You Comfortless," "Sing Joyfully," Singet dem Herrn ein neves Lied," "Selig sing die Toten," "Ich bin die Auferstehung und das Leben," "Komm, Jesu, Komm," "Der Geist hilt unsrer Schwachheit auf" and "Lobet den Herrn." The classic, soaring, harmonic music takes us to a simpler place and time, a place of contemplation and worship, a place where the heart may truly rejoice!

Songlist: Jubliate Deo, I Will Not Leave You Comfortless, Sing Joyfully, Singet Deui Herriti Ein Nuese Lied, Selig Sind Die Toten, Ich Bin Die Auferstehung, Komm, Die Geist Hifit Unser Schwachheit, lobet Deti Herrti

6709c 00 1 CD $15.98

Concordia Choir : F. Melius Christiansen 135th Anniversary Concert : 00  2 CDs : Rene Clausen :  : 29434

Concordia Choir : F. Melius Christiansen 135th Anniversary Concert

Review: Four cameras were used capture this concert of five Minnesota choirs celebrating the legacy of F. Melius Christiansen. Stunning audio and video make this concert DVD a must-have item for your library. One camera was mounted in the shell allowing you to view the conductors from the singer's point of view. Norway-born Frederick Melius Christiansen arrived in the Midwest in 1888 and immediately began establishing his career as a master musician. Accepting an appointment as music director of the fledgling music program at St. Olaf College in Minneapolis, as founder and leader of the St. Olaf Choir from 1911-41, he established a legacy of excellence, which still influences a cappella performances of choirs throughout the country. The Augsburg Choir, Concordia Choir, Concordia U. Christus Chorus, Gustavus Choir, St. Olaf Choir and The Anniversary Festival Choir celebrate the anniversary of F. Melius' birth in 1871 on two beautifully-recorded, powerful choral CDs, 16 pieces on the first and 10 on the second. Our favorites, of course, are "Lost in the Night," "In Dulci Jubilo," "Wake, Awake" and "Praise to the Lord," all arranged by the "Music Master of the Midwest," in addition to "Psalm 50" and "Beautiful Savior," composed by F. Melius. Wonderful!

Songlist: Fest Und Gedenspruche, Lost In The Night, Congori Shango, Stay With US , Canticle Of Praise, Psalm 43, Vidi Aquam, Oculi Ominum In Te Sperant Domine Scutz , Com Away To The Skies , Nun Danket Alle Gott , Make We Joy , In Ducli Jubilo , Living Peace / Heiwa No Kiseki, E'en So, Lord Jesus, LAudate Dominum , Hope In god , The Lightener Of The Stars , I Will Be With You , Wake Awake, Venite Populi , Alleluia , This Little Light Of Mine , Praise To The Lord , Beautiful Saviour

8586c 00 2 CDs $24.95

Rene Clausen : A Cappella Compositions Vol. 1 : Sheet Music : Rene Clausen : Rene Clausen

Rene Clausen : A Cappella Compositions Vol. 1

Review: Rene Clausen, conductor of the Concordia Choir, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, is a graduate of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. He holds a Master's degree in conducting performance and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Illinois. Here we present you with 6 of his most well known A Cappella choral selections, a must have for any large, advanced choir!

Songlist: Set Me As A Seal, Sweet Was The Song, Tonight Eternity Alone, Peace I Leave With You, Hosanna

9069b Sheet Music $10.45 Modern Choral Arrangements

Rene Clausen : A Cappella Compositions Vol. 2 : Sheet Music : Rene Clausen : Rene Clausen

Rene Clausen : A Cappella Compositions Vol. 2

Review: 'Thank The Lord' is a beautiful 4-part sacred folk tune that begins with a great soprano solo. The unique setting of e.e. cummings' celebrated poem 'i thank you God' is a challenge, but the overall effect is stunning. Dissonance, tone color, and texture are ever-changing in this a cappella gem where chord cluster follows chord cluster. Cummings' vividly painted words are well-suited to Rene Clausen's inimitable gift of melody. Clausen's impressionistic 'La Lumiere (The Light)' is a wonderful, sensual experience in tone color and texture. As the poet's spiritual perception changes, he views his visual landscape in a new light. In much the same way, Clausen transforms the listener's aural landscape with layer upon layer of changing harmony and musical texture. Written for a cappella choir with divisi in each voice part, this modern impressionistic choral will showcase the talents of the most discerning ensemble. Choirs capable of singing 8-part harmony will love 'All That Hath life & Breath Praise Ye the Lord.' The lush chords and triumphant sound will also move the audience. Another 8-part gem, 'Magnificat' showcases Clausen's uncanny ability to weave beautiful melodies with intricate harmonies that can both sooth and excite the listener.

Songlist: Thank The Lord, I Thank You God, La Lumiere, All That Hath Life & Breath Praise Ye the Lord!, Magnificat

9263b Sheet Music $8.95 Modern Choral Arrangements

Rene Clausen : A Cappella Compositions Vol. 3 : Sheet Music : Rene Clausen : Rene Clausen

Rene Clausen : A Cappella Compositions Vol. 3

Review: This compilation contains six, delightful compositions by Rene Clausen for the express enjoyment of your mixed-voice group. "The Early Bird" is a tone poem that lets out all the stops, presenting a wonderful adventure for the advanced choir. "Song at Dusk" is much like a vocal tone poem, in how the soaring melodies dramatically illuminate the poem (by Leigh Haynes). "Plenty Good Room" is guaranteed to bring down the house, swinging with classy, jazz element including a scat solo. "Alleluia" is a dramatic piece containging marvelous harmonic build-up and a sensitive ending. "In the Bleak Midwinter" is a composition based on a poem by Christina Rossetti that was originally a Christmas poem expressing her piety and love for the beauty of nature. "Canticle of Praise" was originally written for the King's Singers (a 6-man ensemble) and the Morman Tabernacle Choir, however, this publication is the version re-scored by the Clausen for performance by his Concordia Choir.

Songlist: The Early Bird, Song at Dusk, Plenty Good Room, Alleluia, In the Bleak Midwinter, Canticle of Praise

9455b Sheet Music $11.95 Modern Choral Arrangements

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