Singers.com: Spirit: Holiday Music - Unplugged (00 1 CD)

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Spirit: Holiday Music - Unplugged

I'll Be Home for Christmas
An Evening in December
Grown Up Christmas
Because It's Christmas
Mary, Did You Know
Away in a Manger
Snowfall
It's Always Been About Love
It Must've Been the Mistletoe
No More Blue Christmas
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
Santa Baby
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

Thirteen holiday favorites from the Kansas-based inspirational ensemble, Spirit. The sound of these ten male and female voices is nicely balanced among the registers, with group members trading off on lead vocal duties, sometimes as a duet. The Wichita Community Children's Choir helps out "Because It's Christmas." A coy, Betty Boop interpretation of "Santa Baby" and a bluesy, piano bar rendition of "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" are a pleasant contrast to the frequently-accompanied carols. A cappella versions of "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "An Evening In December," and "Snowfall," are highlights.

2194 00 1 CD $14.98   United States | A Cappella | Contemporary Christmas CDs
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Singers.com: American Spiritual Ensemble: Ole Time Religion (00 1 CD)

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American Spiritual Ensemble: Ole Time Religion

Walk Together Children
I've Been Buked
The Battle of Jericho
Hail Mary
Rock A My Soul
I'm Gonna Sing 'Till The Spirit Moves In My Heart
Old Time Religion/When The Saints
Free At Last (from Big River)
Amen
Here's One
Lord, How Come Me Here
Lord I Have Seen
I Don't Feel No Ways Tired
You Can Tell The World
Come Sunday

Director McCorvey has assembled a stellar group of 22 mixed voices, all soloists in their own right, to create his all-star touring ensemble. Favorites among these 15 live cuts, recorded on the group's 1998-2000 tours of Kentucky and Spain, include the live cut "Walk Together Children," the most dynamic arrangement of "The Battle of Jericho" we have heard, "Rock-A-My Soul," "Free At Last (From Big River)," "Amen," "Lord, How Come Me Here," "I Don't Feel No Ways Tired," "You Can Tell The World" and "Come Sunday." There is some piano and drum accompaniment, but mostly rich, powerful harmonies, soaring leads and great arrangements. Some of the best spirituals we have heard in a long time, from national musical treasure ASE!

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2296 00 1 CD $14.95   Mixed | Ensemble | United States | A Cappella
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Singers.com: American Spiritual Ensemble: The Lily of The Valley (00 1 CD)

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American Spiritual Ensemble: The Lily of The Valley

You Must Have That True Religion
Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel
The Lily of the Valley
I Want To Be Ready
Fix Me, Jesus
Elijah Rock
Daniel, Daniel, the Servant of the Lord
My Lord, What a Mourning
I Thank You Jesus
Is There Anybody Here?
Ride Up In the Chariot
Ride On King Jesus
Done Found My Lost Sheep
My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord
Scandalize My Name
Watch and Pray
'Roun' About de Mountain
Ride up in the Chariot
Come Down Angels

Founded by Everett McCorvey in 1995, the 32-strong, mixed-voice American Spiritual Ensemble has toured Italy, Germany, Britain, Scotland, Spain and Japan, and has sung in the Metropolitan Opera, NYC Opera and Houston Grand Opera, among many other venues. All the members are soloists in their own right, and the ensemble thrills audiences with their dynamic renditions of classic spirituals, jazz and Broadway selections. "Lily of the Valley" is a dynamic, generous collection of 19 spirituals, some favorites are "You Must Have That True Religion" (which segues into "Gimme That Old Time Religion"), "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel," the title tune, "I Want To Be Ready," "Fix Me Jesus," "My Lord, What A Mourning," "Ride Up In The Chariot," "Scandalize My Name," "Done Found My Lost Sheep," "Watch and Pray" and "Come Down Angels." Some of these songs are new to us, others are old favorites, but all of them are stunningly powerful and lovely. There is some piano and light drum percussion. Don't miss this wonderful CD by one of the finest spiritual ensembles in the world!

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2297 00 1 CD $14.95   Mixed | Ensemble | United States | A Cappella
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Singers.com: American Spiritual Ensemble: The Spirituals (00 1 CD)

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American Spiritual Ensemble: The Spirituals

Plenty Good Room
Crossin' Ovah
Follow The Drinking Gourd
Steal Away
There is a Balm in Gilead
Follow The Drinking Gourd
It's Me Oh Lord
Guide My Feet
Every Time I Feel the Spirit
Follow The Drinking Gourd
Here's One
Give Me Jesus
Follow The Drinking Gourd
I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
We Shall Overcome

The American Spiritual Ensemble has grown to 42 members for this memorable recording "The Spirituals." Two powerful pictures in the liner notes, depicting a slave couple at a mean cabin, dreaming of escaping their bondage, and then on the cover, striking out across a fog-shrouded field in the early morning, tell us the story of these 15 authentic songs. "Crossin' Ovah," "Follow The Drinking Gourd," "There Is A Balm in Gilead," "It's Me Oh Lord," "Guide My Feet," "Here's One," "Give Me Jesus," "I Want Jesus to Walk With Me" and "We Shall Overcome" speak of the tremendous struggle of African-Americans to gain their freedom and equality. The soulful leads and harmonies of these powerful coded songs actually helped some of the singers find their way out of bondage. Powerful, wonderful stuff from the American Spiritual Ensemble! Some piano accompaniment.

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2298 00 1 CD $14.95   Mixed | Ensemble | United States | A Cappella
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Singers.com: Traditional Spirituals: Two Spirituals Of Comfort And Peace (01 Songbook)

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Traditional Spirituals: Two Spirituals Of Comfort And Peace

Uses: General, memorial, Lent, healing services Here are two a cappella wonders great for choirs looking for a challenge! These well-crafted spirituals are joined together by the comfort they share in their simple yet profound words. Layers of beautiful harmony create a beautiful effect as the pieces unfold. Great additions to the spiritual repertoire!

4274 01 Songbook $2.50   8 Pages | SATB | A Cappella | Spirituals Arrangements
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Singers.com: Kindred Spirits: Rekindled (00 1 CD)

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Kindred Spirits: Rekindled

Song Name   Arranger
Fum, Fum, Fum   Robert Shaw / Alice Parker
I Wonder What You're Doing for Christmas   Kersha
What Can I Give Him?   Don Cason
I Have Been Revived   Unknown
Mary, Did You Know?   Lowry / Green
It Is Well With My Soul   David Harrington
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town   Brian Beck
Auld Lang Syne   Jim Clancy / Brian Beck

Tenor: Holly Beck Lead: Gwen Smith Baritone: Jon Smith Bass: Brian Beck

Coppell, Texas-based mixed Christian barbershop quartet (2 men and two women) Kindred Spirits bring us eight finely-crafted Christmas tunes: "Fum, Fum Fum," "I Wonder What You're Doing for Christmas," the sweet, soulful "What Can I Give Him," the inspirational "I Have Been Revived," "Mary Did You Know?", "It Is Well With My Soul," "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and "Auld Lang Syne." Kindred Spirits sings with a lot of warmth, and there are a lot of wonderful harmonies in this CD-and good feeling for the blessed event that is the true reason we celebrate Christmas.

5377 00 1 CD $10.98   Mixed | 4 Members | United States | A Cappella | Barbershop Christmas
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Singers.com: Kindred Spirits: Swing & Pray (00 1 CD)

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Kindred Spirits: Swing & Pray

This Is the Day
My Blue Heaven
Glorify Thy Name
It's A Pity To Say Goodnight
Chances Are
Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?
Where Is Love?
No More Sorrow
The Glory of Love
As We Sail to Heaven's Shore
I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)
Nobody Knows What A Redhead Mama Can Do
Love Letters Straight From Your Heart
Send Your Love
Amazing Grace
Goodbye World

Tenor: Holly Beck Lead: Gwen Smith Baritone: Jon Smith Bass: Brian Beck

When two couples have gotten to know each other through church, barbershop singing, parenting children of similar ages, and being partners in business it is not a huge stretch of the imagination to find them creating a group which uses those musical elements of their common lives. These 'Kindred Spirits' share their life long love of singing with both religious and secular offerings. The arrangements take elements from hymns, a lot of swing and jazz standards and embellish them with the tight harmonies and chording learned with much barbershop experience to craft a joyous recording. Part of the delight of this original mix strikes one when you realize that, for just one example, "My Blue Heaven" isn't a religious tune and yet, well... it could be! You'll become a small 'k' kindred spirit too!

5487 00 1 CD $14.98   Mixed | 4 Members | United States | A Cappella | Mixed Barbershop
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Singers.com: American Spiritual Ensemble: The Spirit of the Holidays (00 1 CD)

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American Spiritual Ensemble: The Spirit of the Holidays

I Believe This is Jesus
Behold the Star
Away in a Manger
Little Drummer Boy
Mary had a Baby
Great Day
Ave Maria
I Can Tell the World
Christmas Medley
Rockin' Jerusalem
Here's a Pretty Little Baby
The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy & Mary's Little Boy Child
Siyahamba
Prepare Me One Body
Sister Mary Had-a But One Child
Round the Glory Manger
Sweet Little Jesus Boy
Over the Rainbow

There are 21 singers here, directed by founder Everett McCorvey's Kentucky-based American Spiritual Ensemble in the recording of this beautiful Christmas album, but the sound is so rich and full it seems like there must be more. Favorites among the 18 songs include standards like "Away In A Manger," "Little Drummer Boy," "Mary Had A Baby," "Christmas Medley" and "Ave Maria;" and less familiar tunes like "I Believe This Is Jesus," "Behold The Star," "Great Day," "Rockin' Jerusalem," the joyous "Here's A Pretty Little Baby," "The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy," "Siyahamba," "Prepare Me one Body" and "I Can Tell The World." There is some piano accompaniment. This album is a foot-tapping celebration from beginning to end, and to us that is what "The Spirit of the Holidays" is all about. Don't miss this one!

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5896 00 1 CD $14.95   Mixed | Ensemble | United States | A Cappella | Gospel Christmas
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Singers.com: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow: Sounds on My Spirit (00 1 CD)

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Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow: Sounds on My Spirit

The Creed
A Mercy of Peace
We Hymn Thee
It is Truly Fitting
Gladsome Light
Praise the Lord from the Heavens; Op. 10, No. 5
What Shall We Call Thee, O Full of Grace, Op. 43, No. 2
O Lord, Save... And Hold God, Op. 38, No. 1
It Is Truly Fitting
Beneath Thy Mercy We Seek Refuge
The Cherubic hymn (Safroniev Monastery Chant), Op. 27, No. 5
Blazheni, yazhe izbral (How blessed are they) (Piotr Illych Tchaikovsky)
Gladsome Light (Kalinnikov)
Gladsome Light (Koselev)
Hallowed Be Thy Name
The Stars Are Falling In The Night
Heilig is der Herr (Holy is God)
Schlussgesang (Closing Chorus)
Komm, Trost der Welt (Resignation)
Unser Vater (Our Father)
O Sacrum Convivium
Ave maria
Invention No. 8
Laudate Dominum from Versperae solennes de confessore

Based at Moscow's Schnittke Institute of Music, the 37-strong, mixed-voice Spiritual Revival Choir of Russia was founded in 1992 by director and arranger Lev Kontorovich. The first 15 songs of "Sounds" are Russian Orthodox sacred choral music from the late 1800s up until the Russian Revolution, featuring composers such as Peter Il'yich Tchaikovsky, four movements from the "Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41," three versions of "Gladsome Light" (by Alexander Kastalsky, Viktor Kalinnikov and Anatoly Koselev, 6 songs by Pavel Chesnokov including "The Cherubic Hymn Op. 27," Rodion Shchedrin's "Hallowed Be Thy Name" and Valery Kitka's lovely "The Stars Are Falling in the Night." The next 8 songs are sacred music by German composers, including two cuts by Schubert, Hugo Wolf's "Komm, Trost der Welt," one each by Niel van der Watt and Olivier Messiaen, Mozart's wonderful "Laudate Dominum from Vesperae solennes de confessore" and two fine songs by Bach, "Ave Maria" and "Invention No. 8." "Sounds" is simply magnificent, every cut is stunningly beautiful!

7559 00 1 CD $15.98   Mixed | Chorus | Russia | A Cappella | Russian a cappella
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Singers.com: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow: Serene Ecstatsy (00 1 CD)

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Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow: Serene Ecstatsy

The Russian Soil: Chants dedicated to Russian Saints
Prayer of Repentance from Russia (Peter Tchaikovsky)
Eucharist from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (Peter Tchaikovsky)
I cried out to the Lord (Alexander Arkhangelsky)
Three choruses from the cycle "Days of Battle" (Pavel Chesnokov)
Blessed is the Man (Pavel Chesnokov)
The Angel Cried (Pavel Chesnokov)
Praise the Lord, O my Soul (Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov)
Three selections from "Vespers" (Vladislav Agafonnikov)
Selections from "Funeral Mass" (Nikolai Lebedev)
St. Dimitry Rostovsky's Pslam of Repentance (Valery Kikta)
Hymn to the Holy Virgin (Valery Kikta)
Three Sacred Chorales (Alred Schnittke)

Created in 1992, at the end of the Soviet era, when freedom of religious expression was once again permitted, the Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow's Schnittke Institute of Music has a repertoire that understandably deals with the spiritual exultation of religious celebration. Besides music of Russian composers, the Choir's repertoire includes music of the Renaissance and Baroque, Viennese classics, and 18th and 19th-century Romantic masterpieces. Favorites are "The Russian Soil: Chants dedicated to Russian Saints," Tchaikovsky's "Prayer of Repentance for Russia" and "Eucharist from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom," Alexander Arkhangelsky's "I cried out to the Lord," Pavel Chesnokov's "Blessed is the Man" and "The Angel Cried," Nicolai Lebedev's "Funeral Mass," Valery Kikta's "Hymn to the Holy Virgin," and Alfred Schnittke's (founder of the Institute of Music) "Three Sacred Chorales." Tremendous depth, feeling and spirituality comes through the music of the Spiritual Revival Choir, directed by Lev Kontorovich. Beautiful and inspirational!

7741 00 1 CD $15.98   Mixed | Chorus | Russia | A Cappella | Russian a cappella
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