In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Children love Christmas, and not just because of the presents. Christmas has pageantry, it has good food, and it’s got good, fun music that they love to sing. What could be better for them? If you enjoy the sound of children’s voices singing Christmas music and who wouldn’t enjoy the pure magic of that sound? we’ve got a number of treats for you here! Children’s choirs from around the U.S. and Canada, and even some from as far away as Russian, singing traditional carols and modern pieces in English, French, Finnish, German, Latin even Cherokee!
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Review: The SCCC, founded by artistic director Lori Loftus, involves 200 choristers in a sequential choral program consisting of 6 choirs. The 65 mixed-voice Concert Chorus, under Lori's leadership, is rapidly becoming the leading children's chorus in Southern California. 21 songs, the first 11, all arranged by Lori, are religious and sacred music, with the exception of the traditional title tune, arranged by Aaron Copeland. Banchieri's "Jubilate Deo," Praetorius' "Sing dem Herrn," Handel's "Art Thou Troubled," Zoltan Kodaly's "Psalm 150," James McCray's "Kyrie," and Rene Clausen's joyous "Psalm 100" are favorites in this group. The traditional Hebrew song "S'Vivon," the upbeat folk tune "Niska Banja," Leonard Bernstein's "One Hand, One Heart," Walter Hawkins' "I'm Goin' Up a Yonder," the spiritual "Go Where I Send Thee!," and the traditional "May the Road Rise Up to Meet You" are other favorites. Piano accompaniment on some songs. Excellent song selection and the spirited harmonies of talented youthful choristers-"Simple" is truly a gift!
Songlist: The Joy of Bells: Din Don! Merrily on High, All Ye Who Music Love, Petite Mass: Gloria, Carol of the Bells, Cum Sancto Spiritu, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Hiney Mah Tov, Dravidian Dithyramb, My Shepherd Will Supply My Needs, Patapan, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, The Lord Bless You and Keep You, Must Be Santa, Kindle the Hanukkah Lights, Parents, White Christmas
Review: Some great arrangements of holiday classics by this top notch children's choir. Britten's "Ceremony Of Carols" is a stand out as is Rutter's "Angels' Carol" with the beautiful Bob Chilcott's "Mid-Winter".
Songlist: Shepherd's Pipe Carol , Stars Are for Those Who Lift Their Eyes , Water Under Snow is Weary , Donkey Carol , The Birds , Mid-winter, Angels' Carol , Noel des Enfants qui n'ont plus de maison , Go Where I Send Thee!, A Ceremony of Carols, - Procession, - Wolcum Yole!, - There Is No Rose, - That Yonge Child, - Balulalow, - As Dew in Aprille, - This Little Babe, - Interlude, - In Freezing Winter Night, - Spring Carol, - Deo Gracias, - Recession
Review: "Making Seasons Bright!" is a sumptuous, joyous 2-disc collection from the 500 singers of the St. Louis Children's Choirs, conducted by Artistic Director Barbara Berner. From the advanced touring Concert Choir and Choristers to the beginning Children's Choir; including the intermediate Chorales, Music Makers, Young Men's Ensemble and Chamber Singers, each of these choirs has its own wonderful sound and personality. There are 44 songs here, many of them familiar standards like "Go Where I Send Thee, "Angels We Have Heard On High," "The Holly and The Ivy," "Silent Night, " "Carol of the Bells" and "Riu, Riu, Chiu," and some tunes we are enjoying for the first time, such as Noel Goemanne's "The Carol of the Dance," Allan Naplan's "Hine Ma Tov," "Douglas Mountain," "S'vivon," Hal Leonard's "Reindeer Jive," Michael Isaacson's "Light the Legend" and several others. It's nice to hear several Hanukkah tunes instead of one or maybe two. All the songs are at least lightly accompanied. "Making Seasons Bright" is a rich collection of holiday music from many different traditions, sung by choirs of beautifully-trained children-what could be better?
Songlist: Disc 1, The Carol of the Dance, This Little Babe, Go Where I Send Thee, There Is No Rose, Hallelujah, Glory Hallelujah, The Time of Snow, Angels We Have Heard on High, The Holly and the Ivy, Douglas Mountain, S'vivon, On Christmas Night , Carol of the Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Hine Ma Tov, Reindeer Jive, Riu, Riu, Chiu, Sweet Songs of Christmas, Jingle Bell Swing, The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy, Light the Legend, Lullaby Carol - Premier, Silent Night, All is Well, Disc 2, Be We Merry, Lullay, Susanni, Welcome, Yule!, What Child, A King is Born, Ani Maamin, Alleluia, Ose Shalom, Feed My Lambs, Menybol Ar Angyal, I Saw Three Ships, Still, Still, Still, Go, Tell it on the Mountain, The Angel Gabriel, Living in a Holy City, How Far is it to Bethlehem?, Candlelight Carol, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Let There Be Peace on Earth, We Gather Here Together
Review: Regarded as one of Canada's finest children's choirs since its formation in 1981, the choir focuses on musicianship, personal growth and a lifelong love of music. "Angel Choir" is a joyous Christmas collection of 25 songs. Included here are songs we haven't heard, like "The Angel Choir and the Trumpeter," the Catalonian carol "Winter Heaven's Opened," "Christmas Angel," the lilting "Christ is Here," "All Winter Long," Bob Chilcott's "Mid-winter" and "This Joy," Mansel Thomas' "Christmas Star," W.H. Anderson's "Sleep, Little Jesus," Alexander Tilley's "When Christ Was Born of Mary Free," Michael Coghlan''s "December's Rose," Peter Cornelius' "The Three Kings" and others. Combine those with favorites such as "Gesu Bambino," "Carol of the Bells," "O Holy Night" and "Ring Those Christmas Bells," and you have a memorable, joyful Christmas album you will want to play year after year! Some narration, and light accompaniment, particularly piano, on most cuts.
Songlist: The Angel Choir and the Trumpeter, The Task, Book VI, Winter Walk at Noon, Gesu Bambino, Winter heaven's Opened, Christmas Angel, Christ is Here, A Merry Note, All Winter Long, Mid-winter, Christmas Star, Prepare Thyself, Zion, Sleep, Little Jesus, Luke 2 verses 1-14, When Christ Was Born of Mary Free, Love Came Down at Christmas, December's Rose, The Three Kings, This Joy, From the Bells, Kling Glockchen, Nino Lindo, Carol of the Bells, O Holy Night, A Visit from St. Nicholas, Ring Those Christmas Bells
Review: The Stuttgart Hymnus Boys Choir under the direction of Eckhard Weyand present a classical Christmas. These traditional songs transport the listener on a musical journey of Europe during the Christmas season.These beloved melodies have touched the hearts of millions for generations just put this disc on and you'll be tempted to join in singing yourself. The sound of the Stuttgart Hymnus Boys Choir will transport you to that magical Christmas kingdom where memories are made and wishes are fulfilled.
Songlist: Maria durch ein' Dornwald ging, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, Freu dich Erd und Sternezelt, Schlaf mein Kindlein, Den geboren hat ein' Magd, Es ist fur uns eine Zeit angekommen, Vom Himmel hoch, o Englein kommt, Kommet, ihr Hirten, Aus der Kantate "Singt und klingt", O du frohliche, Sei uns willkommen, Jesus Christ, Zu Bethlehem der Engel sprach (Noel), O Bethlehem, du kleine Stadt, Heut kam ein Engel, Inmitten der Nacht, Hort der Engel helle Lieder, Still, still, still, Stille Nacht
Go, Tell It On The Mountain
Review: Over three decades have passed since the founding of the Tapiola Choir, then known as the Tapiola Children's Choir. Shortly after their founding, in 1973 they released "Tapiolan Joulu" ("Christmas With Tapiola"). If you have ever heard that classic album you can't help but be moved by the bell-like chime and purity of the children's voices. On this new Christmas recording the Tapiola Choir, long since recognized as an international treasure, creates a richer, more mature sound with the addition of a couple of dozen young adult voices belonging to the 'seniors.' The choir's founder, Prof. Erkki Pohjola wished to share the experience of creating this recording with former members because this is to be his last as conductor and director of the choir. Additionally, the breadth of the arrangements was enhanced by use of orchestration which never occludes the beauty of the choir and special guest Jorma Hynninen, the celebrated Finnish operatic baritone. The recording begins with an a cappella version of the Australian folk song, "Mary, Handmaiden of the Lord" which was the first three part song ever sung by the original "Choir of the Lower Forms of Tapiola Secondary School." Progressively the song list increases in festivity, youthful fun predominates, and then imperceptibly the feeling returns to the original spirit of Christmas until, finally the choir closes the recording with the a cappella "At Christmas, God Came on Earth." This beautiful recording is not only a testimonial to the young singers of Tapiola but a superb passing of the musical baton to the new conductor, Kari Ala-Pollanen.
Songlist: Maria, Herran piikanen, , God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, O Holy Night / Oi, jouluyo, The Joy of Giving, Kulkuset fantasia / Fantasy on Jingle Bells, Tonttujen joulukuusi / Elves around the Christmas Tree, Nigra sum / I Am Black, Noel des enfants qui n'ont plus de maisons, Kuului laulu enkelten, Go, Tell It on the Mountain, Foudu, satakiel, Katso, ihme taivainen, En etsi valtaa, Ioistoa, Maa on niin kaunis, Jouluna Jumala syntyi, Joulukranssi kuudella kielella, - Joulun kellot / Softly, Softly, - Nu tandas tusen juleljus / A Thousand Candles Burning Bright, - Tiliseb tiliseb aisakell / Jingling, Jingling Sleigh Bells Ring, - Leise rieselt der Schnee / Silent Sleeps the Singing Snow, - Mele kalikimaka, - Entre le boeuf.../There in the Hay of the Ox's Stall, - Arkihuolesi kaikki heita / Cast off Thy Everyday Cares
Review: The 100+-strong Toronto Children's Chorus, directed by Founder Jean Ashworth Bartle, and lightly accompanied on organ by Ruth W. Henderson, present a program of sacred 20th century Christian Christmas music: "Winter" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, "Brother Heinrich's Christmas" by John Rutter, "Salvator Mundi" by William Mathias, and the title piece by Benjamin Britten. The TCC handles this often difficult, complex, beautiful music with ease and grace. Guest singers are Lois Marshall, Elmer Iseler Singers and MacMillan Singers, and some accompaniment is by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Lovely, extensive liner notes with all lyrics and details about the composers and the Chorus. A gift of exquisite music for Christmas.
Songlist: "Winter" (Folksongs of the Four Seasons), Brother Heinrich's Christmas (A Fable with Music), Salvator Mundi Christmas Carol Sequence), A Boy Was Born
Review: This CD is a compilation of the most popular Christmas selections from the Toronto Children's Chorus previous Marquis recordings, Dancing Day and Mostly Britten, along with several never before released performances of favourite carols. Both John Rutter's "Dancing Day" and Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" - the two major works on this CD - are popular favourites.
Songlist: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen, The Huron Carol, D'ou viens-tu bergere, Dancing Day, Prelude, Angelus ad virginem, A virgin most pure with, Personent hodie, Interlude, There is no rose, Coventry carol, Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, I Saw Three Ships, Stille Nacht, Noel nouvelet, A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, Procession, Wolcum Yole!, There is no Rose, That yonge child, Balulalow, As dewe in Aprille, This little Babe, In Freezing Winter Night, Spring Carol, Adam lay ibounden, Recession, Cantata No. 142, Alleluia
Review: Share in a world of distinctive rhythms and incomparable harmonies which Canadians call their own at Christmas! Uniting the festive season traditions of the world's peoples in a program first presented for Governor General Ramon Hnatyshyn, Adeste Fideles makes a musical pilgrimage through Europe with guests baritones Louis and Gino Quilico and members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Songlist: La Cloche De Noel, Un Flambeau , Cantique De Noel , Trio Des Ismaelites , Pat-a-Pan , Fum-Fum-Fum, Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus, Variations On Adeste Fideles , Gesu Bambino , Schafe Konnen Sicher Weiden , Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprunden, Maria Wiegenlied , Ave Maria , Stille Nacht , O Tannenbaum , Carol Of The Bells, The Sleigh
Review: The sound of the children's voices raised in song is a touchstone of the holidays. Add to the mix the internationally renowned tenor Ben Heppner and members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and you have a recipe for a truly special Christmas disc! The Chorus invokes a magical quality to Christmas music past and present, ranging from traditional favourites to a contemporary holiday fable sure to charm even Scrooge!
Songlist: Star Carol, The Kings, Sussex Carol, See Amid The Winter's Snow, Jesus Child, Song Of The Crib, Wexford Carol, The Garden Of Jesus, Good King Wenecelas, Hey Now, Mid-Winter, Farewell!!! Advent, Shepard's Pipe Carol, Jesus Christ The Apple Tree, The Last Straw - A Christmas Fable
Review: Who doesn't know the dramatic and true story of the Von Trapp Family, who escaped from their Austrian homeland under the Nazi occupation? This singing family relocated to America, where they performed and recorded for many years. No novelty act, the ensemble, under the direction of conductor Dr. F. Wasner, sings first-rate a cappella arrangements (with the exception of "Ihr Kinderlein Kommet") of European carols, such as the Italian "La Canzone Di Natale," the Tyrolean "Es Hat Sich Heut Eroffnet" and the Polish "Shepherds Come A-Running." Some of these melodies will be familiar to American audiences, but some will not, which is part of their charm. This 1950's era mono recording is clean, present, and immediate; the vocal blend of the group is so natural and perfectly pitched, it requires nothing to complete it.
Songlist: Deck the Halls, Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen, Hirten, Wachet Auf!, Zu Bethlehem Geboren, A La Nanita Nana, El Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant, La Canzone Di Natale, Es Hat Sich Heut Eroffnet, Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head, Shepherds Come A-Running, Lobt Gott Ihr Christen All Gleich, Es Wird Scho Glei Dumpa, Nu Ar Det Jul Igen, Ihr Kinderlein Kommet, Der Scheibendudler, Carol of the Drum, Deine Wangelen, Weihnachtslied (Silent Night)
Review: Rejoice and Sing, by the Trebel Chorus of New England, offers a varied selection for the Christmas season. The chorus led by founding directior Marie Stultz is expanded on this CD to include tenors and basses for some pieces. Many of the pieces featured were originally intended for childrens voices, such as "Wolcum Yole" and "This Little Babe" from Britten's Ceremony of Carols. The disc includes many traditional favorites (O, Come All Ye Faithful; O Holy Night) as well as a piece written by Stultz (Suite on the Nativity). These children are sure to brighten up your holiday mood.
Songlist: Wolcum Yole , This Little Babe, Lo, I Bring Joyful Tidings , Wir eilen mit schachen, In dulci Jubilo , Psallite , Song of the Crib, O, Come All Ye Faithful , O Holy Night, Lullaby , Panis Angelicus , Suite on the Nativity, op. 3 , Maria Walks Amid the Thorn, Wake, Awake for Night is Flying, Susani, Come Running, You Shepherds, Queen pastores laudavere, Gloria
Review: This recording features the sounds of the holiday season as expressed through the beautiful voices of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus. It includes some of America's most loved holiday songs. This highly acclaimed choir sings "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Eddie Pola and George Wyle, John Rutter's "Candlelight Carol," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and many more. You will enjoy listening to these holiday treasures.
Songlist: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Eddie Pola, George Wyle), Candlelight Carol (John RUtter), God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (Trad), Shehechanyu (Trad Hebrew Prayer), Hanukkah Song (Yiddish Folksong), Christ Is Born Today (Kirby Shaw), Agnus Dei (from MIssa Brevis in C minor) (Imant Raminsh), Do You Hear What I Hear (Noel Regney, Gloria Shayne), Fum, Fum, Fum (Trad Spanish Carol), The Christmas Song (Mel Torme, Robert Wells), White Christmas, There Is No Christmas Like A Home Christmas (Mickey J. Addy, Carl Sigman), Home for the Holidays (Al Stillman), Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Hugh Martin, Ralph Blaine), Jingle Bells (J. Pierpont), We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Trad English Carol)
Review: On this recording, Tucson Girls Chorus shares music of the holiday with you. From the haunting message in "Stopping By Woods," by Vera Kistler to the rousing "A la Russe," arranged by Riegger the chorus sings a variety of new pieces and old favorites. This talented choir is sure to put you in the holiday mood.
Songlist: Winter Wonderland , Stopping By Woods, Kyrie from Missa Brevis in C Minor, Ukrainian Bell Carol , Da Pacem , On This Delightful Day , Gesu Bambino , A la Russe (The Sleigh), Ave Maria (linda Nolan), Riu, Riu, Chiu , Nieve (So Softly) , Hurry, Hurry Yonder, Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming, I'll Be Home For Christmas, What Child Is This?
Review: This recording is a combination of two earlier releases: "Domingo and the Vienna Boys Choir" and "Hermann Prey and the Vienna Boys Choir," now out of print. The variety of tenor and bass/ baritone voices, combined with the boys' voices is outstanding. All the singers are in top form and the songs are not all the usual trite fair, though there are some familiar titles. All in all, this is a wonderful Christmas experience and highly recommended.
Songlist: Adeste Fideles, O Tannenbaum, Good Christian Men, Rejoice, Frau Nachtigallm, Wach Auf, Pueri Concinite, Stille Nacht, Von Himmel Hoch, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, Ding Dong! Merrilly On High, Away In A Manger, We've Been Awhile A-Wandering, Coventry Carol, I Saw Three Ships, Once In Royal David's City, Deck The Halls, Panis Angelicus, Es Ist Ein Ros' Entsprungen, Tochter Zion, Freue Dich, Joseph, Lieber Joseph Mein, Lied Der Hirten, O Heiland, Reiss Die Himmel Auf, Die Konige, Ave Maria
Review: The incomparable Vienna Boys' Choir sings two masterpieces with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. Led by Peter Marschik, the ensemble performs the "Coronation" Mass in C Major by W.A. Mozart and "Ich hatte viel Bekummernis," by J.S. Bach. The Coronation Mass is traditionally believed to have been written for the crowning of an image of the Virgin Mary in a church near Salzburg. Bach's cantata was written to be sung the third Sunday after Trinity. Both pieces have lovely solo moments, particularly the mournful "Seufzer, Thranen, Kummer, Not," for soprano with oboe obbligato.
Songlist: Mass in C Major K. 317 "Coronation" (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart):, - Kyrie, - Gloria, Credo, - Sanctus, - Benedictus, Agnus Dei , Cantata "Ich hatte Viel Bekummernis" (Johann Sebastian Bach):, Prima Parte:, - Sinfonia, - Corro, - Aria, - Recitativo, - Aria, - Coro, Seconda Parte:, - Recitativo, - Duetto, - Coro, - Aria, - Coro
Review: The Vienna Boy's Choir will make a festive addition to your holiday season. On this recording they sing many traditional favorites such as "Adeste Fideles," "Joy to the World," "Deck the Halls," and "The Little Drummer Boy." They also sing many traditional songs from Germany and Austria such as, "Von Himmel Hoch Komm' Ich Her," and "Still, Still." The choir sings with a brass choir, orchestra and a cappella. This world renowned choir is as charming as always.
Songlist: Adeste Fideles (Trad), Pueri Concinite (Johann Ritter v. Herbeck), Joy To The World (Georg Grederic Handel), The First Noel (Trad), Deck the Halls (Trad/England), The Little Drummerboy (Trad/American), Hark! The Herald Angels (Felix Mendelssohn), Tochter Zion (Daughter Zion) (Georg Frederic Handel), Maria Durch Ein Dornwald Ging (Maria Went Through the Thornwoods) (Trad/Germany), Als Ich Bei Meinen Schafen Wacht' (As I Watch Over My Sheep) (Trad/Germany), O Heiland Reiss Die Himmel Auf (O Savior, Open Your Heavens) (Trad/Germany), Von Himmel Hoch Komm' Ich Her (From the Heavens Above, I Come)(Trad/Germany), Es Kommt Ein Schiff Geladen (There Comes A Ship of Abundance) (Trad/Austria), In Natale Domini (Michael Praetorious) (Trad/Austria), Still, Still, Still (Trad/Austria), Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (Silent Night, Holy Night) (Trad/Austria)
Review: Annabelle Cruz, founder and Director, brings us a sweet Christmas CD by her very special international choir of boys and girls, ages 7 to 15. Annabelle encouraged them to celebrate their unique sound, and they took off from there, expanding into singing 2 to 4-part harmonies, song arranging and even composing. There are 18 songs, recorded before a live audience at St. Dominic's Church in Benicia, CA. Some are familiar, such as "Carol of the Bells," "Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella," "Gloria/Silent Night," "O Come, O Come Emmanuel, "Alleluia/Amazing Grace," "Angels We Have Heard On High" and "Ave Maria/Holy Child of God." Less familiar but equally wonderful are "Alabanza," the South African carols "Siyahamba," Tchotcholosa" and "Gabbi Gabbi," the Ladino song "Cuando El Rey Nimrod," and the traditional Appalachian and German carols "The Cherry Tree Carol" and "O Come Little Children." Some light percussion and xylophone on some songs. The collection finishes with Praetorius' "Jubilate Deo" and "In My Eyes" by 13-year-old choir member Madeleine Quandt. Another beautiful, recommended CD by VOENA!
Songlist: Carol of the Bells, Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella, Gloria / Silent Night, O Come O Come Emmanuel, Alabanza, O Come Emmanuel, Alleluia / Amazing Grace, Siyahamba, Tchotcholosa, The Cherry Tree Carol, Cuando El Rey Nimrod, Et Dodim, Gabbi Gabbi, O Come LIttle Children, Angels We Have Heard on High, Ave Maria / Holy Child of God, Jubilate Deo, In My Eyes
Review: Voena's latest Holiday CD features a culmination of world flavors in a celebration of our cultural diversity. Hear Olivia Hurst (American Idol's season 2007 top 40 finalist), Tori Langfitt (purity to rouse the attention of Disney), Charlie Baggett (12-yr old "Josh Groban-like" sensation), & Aleza D'Agostino (daughter of world-famous Sicilian guitarist, Peppino D'Agostino). From our multiple performances for Presidents Clinton and Bush, including the 2003 & 2005 Pageants of Peace, to our Japan World Expo 2005 tour representing the United States on U.S. National Day, and the many stars gracing the stages with us, we bring the sounds of seasons past, present, and future; Seasons of wonder captured in the angelic voices of this unique and special group of children!
Songlist: When You Wish Upon A Star , Christmas Canon, Il Est Ne, African Noel, Dance For The Nations, O Holy Night, Christmas Star, Carol of the Bels, Vois Sur Ton Chemin, Al Shlosha Dé─˘varim, Ave Maria, Fum Fum Fum, A Child Is Born, Ancora Un Estante
Review: CoolSide of Yuletide brings an exciting new sound and youthful energy to classic holiday carols. These urban arrangements were developed by noted composer, Jim Papoulis and Francisco J. Nunez, Artistic Director of the award-winning Young People's Chorus of New York City. Thanks to modern digital technology, "How Many Christmases" unites Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash and the Young People's Chorus of New York City with a global mix of choirs from across the 50 United States as well as Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia. The result is the first ever "virtual" global choir raising their voices in harmony.
Songlist: Deck the Hall, Joy to the World, Where Are My Angels?, Song For Peace, Oh Christmas Tree, Angel Medley, How Many Christmases?, We Three Kings, Let it Snow, Little Drummer Boy, Abreme la Puerta, Home, Give Us Hope, Silent Night