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Luther College Nordic Choir: The Eight Chestnut Horses

Song NameComposerArranger
African SanctusDavid Fanshawe
A La Nanita nanaRoger Folstrom
BetelehemuVia Olatunji / Wendell WhalumBarrington Brooks
Riu Riu ChiuNoah Greenburg
Prayer of the ChildrenKurt BestorZachary Durlam
Hacia Belen va un borricoAlice Parker / Robert Shaw
Cantos SagradosJames MacMillan
African NoelAndre Thomas
Song of CherubimKrzysztof Penderecki
Usuli Boat SongShui Jiang Tian
Noel Ayisyen (Haitian Noel)Emile Desmours
Shut de DoRandy StonehillMark Hayes
Naiman Sharag (The Eight Chestnut Horses)Se Enkhbayar

Directed by Weston Noble

Not surprisingly, on most of their excellent CDs the Nordic Choir focuses on selections of Christian sacred and spiritual music. In a dramatic change of direction that highlights the Choir's versatility, "Horses" is a collection of World music, beginning with the thundering drums of David Fanshawe's "African Sanctus" and the gentle guitar riffs of "A La Nanita Nana" by Roger Folstrom, the CD continually surprises us. The powerful "Betelehemu" is a "bring the house down" piece in concert, "Prayer of the Children," brings tears remembering children caught in bloodshed and ethnic conflict in the former Yugoslavia in the 1970, and the Chinese "Usuli Boat Song," celebrates finding ways to be happy. The final cut, the title tune, a Mongolian song actually called "Naiman Sharag," gives the feeling of horses running, the song ends quietly, as if the horses are in the far distance. Some strong percussion and light accompaniment. A wonderful, powerful CD!

Item code: 7708C | 1 CD | $15.98 |add item to cart
Choral | A Cappella | Mixed | United States
LCRNC04-1

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