In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
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The Folks Who Live on the Hill
Review: I like my music as I like my drinks - that's straight up with a twist. And that's exactly what the talented ladies of The Martini Quartet serve up on this intoxicating release. These bi-national Queens of Harmony sing songs like they should be sung - beautifully, crisply and with feeling. The harmony is pure, tight and seamless with voices that soar. So make yourself a cocktail, sit back and let the warm glow of the music lift your spirits. Cheers ladies!
Songlist: Let's Live It Up, Sweet Dreams, Bumblebee, Come On Get Happy, I Will Go Sailing No More, Deed I Do, Fix You, Life Is A Highway, The Folks Who Live on the Hill, Defying Gravity, Irish Blessing, Canada's Really Big
Review: "Feel the Earth Move" is one of rock's most iconic women's songs (from Carole King's Tapestry), this pulsing, rhythmic arrangement incorporates elements of doo-wop and contemporary a cappella beneath a barn-burning solo. Vocal or other percussion optional. The Beatles greatest modern folk/pop song "Blackbird" is finally available for SSA groups, with the melody moving between vocal parts and interspersed elements of counterpoint and 3-part harmony. The number #1 song from the Footloose soundtrack "Holding Out For A Hero", sung by Bonnie Tyler, was one of the biggest songs of the 1980s. Bombastic and fun, it's a great feature for a female soloist, and makes a great show closer or encore. he Andrew Sisters had a hit in 1947 with the lighthearted, playful ditty "Too Fat Polka" that's more relevant now than ever!
Songlist: Holding Out For A Hero, Too Fat Polka, I Feel the Earth Move, Blackbird
Review: Camerata: A Guide to Organizing and Directing Small Choruses distinguishes itself from all other works on choral conducting by starting at the very beginning-the conception and purpose of an ensemble-through all other aspects of rehearsing and organizing a chorus to performance and reception. Wenk offers basic information on getting started, recruiting singers, planning programs, rehearsing music, publicizing concerts, sharing responsibilities, financing the operation, knowing the law, and finally getting better. He also offers detailed suggestions for creating an executive group to manage the choir as well ideas for repertoire and programming. In addition to a step-by-step guide, Camerata provides a wealth of supplementary material including a prospectus, a statement of goals and means, programs, organizational documents, a singer's guide, documents for organizing a folksong competition, a list of websites for publishers and choral federations, and an annotated bibliography of works on choral conducting. Wenk also includes over 20 Christmas carols and carol arrangements for performance by your small chorus. This work will prove to be a valuable resource for anyone interested in starting a new choral organization or improving an existing ensemble. While the book focuses on chamber choirs, Wenk's practical suggestions, based on more than 40 years of experience as a choral conductor, can find ready application in any choral organization
Review: A Dictionary for the Modern Singer is an indispensable guide for students of singing, vocal pedagogues, and lovers of the art of singing. In addition to classical singing, genres, and styles, musical theatre and popular and global styles are addressed. With an emphasis on contemporary practice, this work includes terms and figures that influenced modern singing styles. Topics include vocal pedagogy, voice science, vocal health, styles, genres, performers, diction, and other relevant topics. This dictionary will help students to more fully understand the concepts articulated by their teachers. Although texts and glossaries on particular aspects of singing already exist, A Dictionary for the Modern Singer fills a unique gap in the singer's library because it is the only one-volume general reference geared toward today's student of singing. An extensive bibliography is invaluable for students seeking to explore a particular subject in greater depth. Illustrations and charts further illuminate particular concepts. Additional appendixes address stage fright, tips on practicing, repertoire selection, audio technology, and an introduction to exploring non-classical styles. A Dictionary for the Modern Singer will appeal to students of singing at all levels. For professionals, it will serve as a quick and handy reference guide, useful in the high school or college library and the home teaching studio alike; students and amateurs will find it accessible and full of fascinating information about the world of the singing.
Review: America's favorite a cappella show returned recently for another smash season with show-stoppers like this medley from super group fun. If you are up for no lip-synching, back-up bands or safety net, this chart is for you! The Peter Gabriel song "In Your Eyes" was included on the 2013 season of NBC's The Sing-Off and features a fantastic vocal groove, gospel style back-up chorus and riveting lead solo. "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" was hit by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes from the 1987 film Dirty Dancing features two soloists with a rich vocal accompaniment. Opening simply, it builds consistently through two key changes to an electrifying final cadence.
Songlist: In Your Eyes, (I've Had) The Time of My Life, fun. Medley, - Carry On, - Some Nights, - We Are Young
Review: Anthony F. Jahn, MD, internationally acclaimed otolaryngologist and Director of Medical Services at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, offers a comprehensive guidebook on a wide range of health and disorders that affect the voice. A vital tool for singers, voice teachers, and choral directors, The Singer's Guide to Complete Health empowers vocal performers to take charge of their own minds and bodies, providing advice about a variety of health issues that affect professional well-being as well as remedies to the most important and common health problems that singers face in their careers. Dr. Jahn has invited a diverse group of health care specialists and music professionals to share their expertise and tips with singers and their teachers. The chapters cover a broad spectrum of topics, including not only vocal issues, but also general physical and psychological well-being, diet, and exercise, accompanied by easy-to-follow illustrations, diagrams and charts. Each chapter provides a clear explanation of an aspect of health of practical relevance to vocalists. The book enables singers to make informed decisions about their own health, and gives guidance on seeking appropriate professional help and self-remedies. It includes numerous suggestions on ways to prevent illness and maintain a healthy vocal lifestyle, not only with traditional methods such as diet, exercise, and Alexander technique, but also holistic approaches such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, and Chinese herbs.A comprehensive blend of professional voice expertise and medical science, The Singer's Guide to Complete Health is an essential addition to bookshelves and medicine cabinets of both singers and those who care for them.
Songlist: Good Health and Singing: An Overview, The Vocal Apparatus: Structure and Function, Pulmonary Medicine for Singers, Allergy Basics, Disorders of the Nose, Sinuses and Throat, Hearing and Hearing Loss in Singers, Hearing Conservation and Hearing Rehabilitation, Sleep: The Art and Science, Hormones and the Voice, Nutrition and Weight Management, Anesthesia for Singers, Advances in Laryngeal Surgery for Singers, Home Remedies, Medications and the Voice, Exercise Programs, Meditation and Relaxation Techniques, Yoga for Singers, Chinese Herbal Remedies for Singers, Secrets of a Long Career
Review: Eight songs for eight-part vocal groups. The VOCES8 A Cappella Songbook includes many of the group's favorite songs - ranging from folk and classical through spiritual and pop.
Songlist: Feeling Good, Nobody Does It Better, Folksong Medley, Erlkoenig, Shenandoah, Opera Medley , Wade in the Water, The Luckiest
Review: All children must have an opportunity to share the joy of choral music participation - whether in school, church, or community choirs. What happens before the singing begins, is critical to supporting, sustaining, and nurturing choirs to give every child the opportunity to experience the wonder of choral singing.Based on years of experience conducting and teaching, Barbara Tagg brings a wealth of practical information about ways of organizing choirs. From classroom choirs, to mission statements, boards of directors, commissioning, auditioning, and repertoire, Before the Singing will inspire new ways of thinking about how choirs organize their daily tasks.The collaborative community that surrounds a choir includes conductors, music educators, church choir directors, board members, volunteers, staff, administrators, and university students in music education and nonprofit arts management degree programs. For all these, Tagg offers a wealth of knowledge about creating a positive environment to support artistry, creativity, dedication, and a commitment to striving for excellence.
Songlist: Foreword by Francisco J. Nunez, Getting Started, Beyond the Board, Leadership Transition, Finances, Rehearsals and Parents, Musical Matters, Promotion and Fundraising, Concerts, Building Community, Performing with Professionals, Touring, In the Words of Others, Suggested Treble Repertoire
Review: The British boy band One Direction has captured the hearts and attention of young fans all over the world! The catchy single "What Makes You Beautiful", from their Up All Night album, is fun and upbeat and ideal for young choirs and audiences in this accessible setting. The up-tempo chart-topping "Live While We're Young" has a fantastic dance groove, fun triadic vocal harmonies and a built in audience of teen fans! Charting in over 20 countries, the Billboard Hot 100 hit "Best Song Ever" was declared the "Best Song of the Summer" by MTV. "Dance all night to the best song ever!"
Songlist: What Makes You Beautiful, One Direction (Choral Highlights), Live While We're Young, Best Song Ever
Review: Rhiannon's story of passionate commitment to music - especially vocal improvisation -takes us through the twists and turns of her life, from a young girl discovering singing on her family's Missouri River farm to internationally acclaimed artist and full circle as she combines farming and art on Hawaii Island. In Vocal River, Rhiannon reveals the skill and spirit of improvisation-both onstage and in daily life - for singers, musicians, artists and anyone interested in combining the creative aspects that touch all our lives. The book is also a meticulous guide to Rhiannon's methods of teaching improvisation featuring thirty-three detailed exercises that bring us into the circle of music where, step by step, we learn about blend, collaboration, soloing, listening, skill, faith and generosity. Vocal River is the culmination of Rhiannon's long and celebrated career as an international performer and teacher. In it she shares her exuberance, her craft, and her fresh insights into the dimensions and gifts of improvisation. Includes a set of Exercise cards.
Songlist: Music in My Life, Cornerstones of Improvisation, Soloing in Song and Story, The Circle, Listening, Faith, Inspiration, Generosity, Sound Healing, Vocal River Exercises, Dance, Crossing the Circle, Language Circle, Walking Song
Review: The development of a singer takes several years and involves training many different abilities. Since the whole body is the singer's instrument, and the mind, emotions, and musical abilities play the instrument, it is necessary to train all these elements. In the early developmental stage of perhaps six to eight years from high school through college, and beyond, the practices of yoga can be of great assistance in training the various facets of the whole singer. Beyond the training and development stages, the practices of yoga serve the singer well throughout life by keeping body, breath, mind, and spirit in healthful balance. Judith E. Carman, DMA, has taught singing for forty years, practiced yoga for almost twenty years, and taught yoga classes especially designed for singers for a decade. Dr. Carman has conducted Yoga for Singers workshops in university settings, for choral groups, in yoga studios, and for the National Association of Teachers of Singing and National Opera Association national conferences and at national workshops. The material is divided into five categories: individual postures, short examples of practices for specific purposes, breathing techniques, a short demonstration class that includes all the elements of a complete practice in shortened form
Songlist: Theory and Techniques , The Connections , The Body, The Breath , The Mind , The Heart, The Performer, Practices for Various Needs , Asana Reference Chart, Sequences for Specific Areas of the Body, A Complete Practice for Daily Use, Short Practices for Specific Vocal Deficiencies, Short Practices for Specific Situations , Weight Issues, Yoga for Singers Classes: Lesson Plans
Review: Craig McLeish writes of The Negro Speaks of Rivers; Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was the first black American to earn his living from writing. He was an innovator of jazz poetry, becoming part of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s. He wrote plays, short stories, novels, and his poetry was widely read. He was also a journalist, columnist and lecturer. The Negro Speaks of Rivers was perhaps his earliest published work, written when only 17 and while travelling by train to Mexico to visit his father. As the train crossed the Mississippi he suddenly began thinking about how rivers had impacted on Negro history, particularly in the fight against slavery. The four rivers mentioned in the poem lent themselves to using musical influences from those particular regions.
Songlist: I've Known Rivers, The Congo, The Euphrates, The Mississippi, The Nile
Review: So new we have not reviewed it yet.
Songlist: Any Way the Wind Blows, Your Man, Everything Will Be Okay, Jump Right In, I've Seen, Wake Me Up, Ring of Fire, Hunter Hayes Medley, A Little Bit of Everything, Champagne Taste (On a Beer Budget), Crazy Life
Review: This remarkable DVD presents a systematic approach to improving the sound of choirs of all ages, types, and stages of development. From vocal warm-ups to rehearsals to culminating performances, this DVD provides a step-by-step guide to help choral ensembles to reach their full potential. Many different standing positions are demonstrated and the numerous factors involved in deciding which position to use are discussed. Dr. Charlene Archibeque demonstrates unique placements that work in varied rehearsal situations, including standing, sitting, using risers, and dealing with a flat floor. She also explores the most effective positions for performance situations, taking into consideration the acoustics of the venue, the strengths and weaknesses of the choir, and the repertoire to be performed.A focal point of is the demonstration of the decision-making process involved in the place- ment of individual singers within a section. Blend, balance, intonation, musicianship, and aural skills- as well as strength of each voice and timbre of each singer-are factors that affect these decisions. Unique "before and after" comparisons, suitable for showing to singers, highlight the contrasts prior to and after voice matching and/or positioning of singers for specific repertoire.The powerful effects of capturing each singer's innate expressiveness and imagination are displayed via contrasting examples of engaged and unengaged singing. This DVD, with its unprecedented combination of explanations, graphics, and singer demonstrations, offers a unique and valuable resource for both conductor-teachers and singers.
Songlist: Rehearsal Formations, Performance Formations, Placement of Individual Singers, Visual Aspects of Impactful Performances, Developing Expressivness, Acoustics, Blend and Balance, Intonation, Aural Skills, Strength and Timbre of Each Voice, Includes:-, Graphics, Charts, Singer Demonstrations
Review: Brazil has an enviably reputation for its musical traditions and a cappella is represented well by the talented vocal ensemble BR6.
Songlist: Aquarela do Brasil, Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours, Tico-Tico No Fuba, The Beatles Medley, Libertango, Brasil Pandeiro, Human Nature, Samba de Verao, Play The Game, Coracao Bobo, Every Little Thing She Does, Lembrei do Ceara
I Need Your Love
Review: Winners of the Sing-Off and now the most popular group in contemporary a cappella Pentatonix has a touring schedule that's so busy it makes you wonder how they find time to create so many videos. These YouTube videos usual garners up to 20 million views each (yes 20 million) making them one of the most successful musical acts on You Tube. This is their third CD release and they are in top form. Produced by the talented a cappella wonder kid Ben Bram these are some of the most rewarding tracks for lovers and connoisseurs of contemporary a cappella with intense harmonies and dazzling vocals. The disc also includes a couple of Pentatonix originals that deftly show their versatility. We are one of the very few places where one can buy physical copies of the CD and this is one recording every fan should have in their collection.
Songlist: Can't Hold Us, Natural Disaster, Love Again, Valentine, Hey Momma/Hit The Road Jack, I Need Your Love, Run to You, Daft Punk, Save the World / Don't You Worry Child
Review: Toronto, Canada was the host for the 2013 convention which was also the 75th Anniversary of the event. Masterpiece won gold, Musical Island Boys took silver and A Mighty Wind won bronze. Let's look forward to another 75 years.
Songlist: Old Friends, Tennessee Waltz, Oh Susanna, Where've You Been?, Hakuna Matata, I Just Can't Wait to be King, Hard Times, My Way, The Frim Fram Sauce, Bill Grogan's Goat, My Blushin'Rosie, I'll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time, Down By The Old Mill Stream, If You Love Me, Really Love Me, Put Your Arms Around Me Honey, You Don't Know Me, The Nearness of You, You Took Advantage of Me, To Make You Feel My Love, Let's Do It, Come What May, The Songs Gotta Come From The Heart, Born To Be Blue, It's Still Rock and Roll To Me, Blue Moon of Kentucky, Stormy Weather, Let's Just Stay In, All I Need Is The Girl, Can't Take My Eyes Off of You, Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, The Desert Song, Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead, Love Walked In, Love Me, Oh! Look At Me Now, 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall, Guilty, Till I Hear You Sing, I'm Into Something Good, Can'y Buy Me Love, Nobody Knows What A Red-Head Mama Can Do, So Long, Mother, Five Hundred Guys, You Needed Me, All I Do Is Dream Of You, I Won't Send Roses, Mistakes, Georgia May, Somebody Loves Me, My Heart Stood Still, No Other Love, L-O-V-E, American Tune, All Of Me
Review: Toronto, Canada was the host for the 2013 convention which was also the 75th Anniversary of the event. The home group Toronto Northern Lights won gold, Westminster Chorus took silver and the Alexandria Harmonizers won bronze. Let's look forward to another 75 years.
Songlist: Veggie Medley, If I Can Dream, Get Your Happy Days on Medley, All The Things You Are, Anything Goes, You'll Never Walk Alone, Steppin' Out With My Baby, Join The Circus Medley, Smile, Love Letters, When You Wish Upon A Star, I've Got No Strings, Somebody Loves Me, That Lucky Old Sun, New York Medley, The Way, The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, The Joint is Jumpin, Over The Rainbow, Medley of the Singing Monks, Put Your Head on my Shoulder, Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue, Swanee River, River Stay 'way From My Door, Maybe This Time, As Long As We're Cookin' Medley, Nobody Knows What A Red-Headed Mama Can Do, I'll Be Seeing You, You Tell Me Your Dream, I'll Tell You Mine, Gotta A Lot of Rhythm in my Soul, I Want You Back, What Kind Of Fool Am I?, Yesterday I Heard The Rain, L-O-V-E, Early American Uptempo Medley, Tomorrow Is Promised To No One, Putting It Together
Review: Toronto, Canada was the host for the 2013 convention which was also the 75th Anniversary of the event. Masterpiece won gold, Musical Island Boys took silver and A Mighty Wind won bronze. Let's look forward to another 75 years.
Songlist: Oh Susanna, Who's Lovin' You, Up a Lazy River, They All Laughed, Georgia on My Mind, Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love), What Are You Doing New Year's Eve, Do You Really Love Me?, Sunday Kind Of Love, You Don't Know Me, Everybody Wants To Be A Cat, I've Got You Under My Skin, Beautiful Dreamer, Steppin' Out With My Baby, Oh Look At Me Now Medley, Is It True What They Say About Dixie, Why Don't You Fall In Love With Me, Once Upon A Time, River, Stay 'Way From My Door, Let's Just Stay In
Review: Toronto, Canada was the host for the 2013 convention which was also the 75th Anniversary of the event. The home group Toronto Northern Lights won gold, Westminster Chorus took silver and the Alexandria Harmonizers won bronze. Let's look forward to another 75 years.
Songlist: If I Can Dream, Get Your Happy Days on Medley, Anything Goes, You'll Never Walk Alone, Smile, Love Letters, When You Wish Upon A Star, Somebody Loves Me, The Way, The Joint is Jumpin, Over The Rainbow, Medley of the Singing Monks, Put Your Head on my Shoulder, River Stay 'way From My Door, Maybe This Time, As Long As We're Cookin' Medley, Steppin' Out With My Baby, Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Review: We love Christmas, harmony and barbershop so we are in heaven here! One would expect nothing short of excellence from this International Champion quartet and Vocal Spectrum delivers in spades. Holiday harmony has never sounded so good and Tim, Eric, Jonny and Chris display a unique blend that clearly makes them one of barbershop's best.
Songlist: Welcome Christmas, Sweet Little Jesus Boy, Cool Yule, In The Bleak Midwinter, What Child Is This, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Joseph's Lullaby, Believe, What's This?, Christmas Time Is Here, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Away In A Manger, O Holy Night
Review: From the 2013 International Queens of Harmony comes a wonderful recording of adroitly arranged and exquisitely sung standards and classics. Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" actually makes you smile, Larry Wright's arrangement of "As Long As I'm Singing" makes you want to sing and "The Way You Look Tonight" will have you making googly eyes at your significant other! This is the kind of recording that puts you in a great mood and leaves you singing away long after the recording is finished.
Songlist: Smile, For Once In My Life, Auld Lang Syne, As Long As I'm Singing, Come Rain or Come Shine, Midnight Choo Choo, Someone Like You, The Night We Called It A Day, Abide With Me, Hooray For Love, The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face, A-Tisket A-Tasket, The Way You Look Tonight, It Is Well With My Soul
Review: The tenaciously active superstar Eric Ericson celebrated his 90th birthday on October 26 2008. His international celebrity status is exceptional, and people everywhere talk with reverence of the "Swedish Choral Miracle" - an expression that is very much synonymous with his life work. In this unique 14-part documentary film "Teaching", Birgitta Ohman and Swedish Television have captured Eric Ericson's playful yet inspirational style of teaching at the Royal College of Music. Caprice Records in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Music presents this TV series on one DVD along with a bonus interview with Ericson from 2008. Experience for yourself the process of interpreting and performing choral music from all eras. Appearing is Eric Ericson, Anne Sofie von Otter, Marianne Eklof, Thomas Jennefeldt, Stefan Parkman, among others.
Songlist: Conducting lesson with a. o. Anne Sofie von Otter, Conducting lesson: J.S. Bach & Sven-Erik Back, Conducting lesson: Arne Mellnas & Thomas Morley, Conducting lesson: David Wikander, Karl-Erik Welin & Bela Bartok, Thomas Morley & Orlando di Lasso, Lars Edlund, Kurt Lindgren & Bela Bartok, Warming up with Stefan Parkman, August Soderman, Alf Cranner, A.F. Lindblad & H.L Hassler, "Samtalssinfonietta": Georg Riedel, Sven-Erik Johanson & Johannes Brahms, En visa: Sven-Erik Back, No bird soars to high: Lars-Erik Larsson, Scherzo: Lars Edlund, Scherzo & "Femton finnar" arr. Lars Edlund, Bonus: Eric Ericson interview 2008
Review: If there is ever to be an A Cappella Hall Of Fame then these talented brothers should surely be one of the first inductees. The Knudsens started singing when very young and got their first big break when in 1978 they first performed on the Donnie and Marie TV show where they went on to become regular guests. Now they must be one of the hardest working groups in a cappella as they recently completed their 7th year of performing six (usually sold out) shows a week in Branson, Missouri. This is their first CD is over 10 years and the wait was well worthwhile as they clearly demonstrate why they are so popular on this wonderful recording. With tight arrangements, fun song selection and some of the best sibling harmony in the business this is a recording you will be playing for years to come.
Songlist: Life Is A Highwaay, Don't Stop Believin', Jump, Rock Dream Medley, Beautiful Day, Boyfriend, Coldplay Medley, Without You, With or Without You, Carry On Wayward Son, Jessie's Girl, You Make Me Feel Brand New, Motown Medley, Beach Boy Medley, Frankie Valli Medley, Unchanied Melody
Carol of the Bells
Review: Wow no wonder this fabulous vocal jazz group were National Champions of the Harmony Sweepstakes and finalists on the Sing-Off TV show! The listener is grabbed immediately by the amazing opening track Carol Of The Bells and the highly innovative arrangements and stellar vocals takes you on a Holiday harmony joy ride. It is so refreshing to hear fresh interpretations of these Christmas songs and there is never a dull moment. Mostly a cappella with occasional light accompaniment this is a recording that vocal jazz fans will play season after season.
Songlist: Carol of the Bells, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, O Holy Night, Christmas Time Is Here, We Three Kings / O Come, O Come Emmanuel, My Favorite Things, Breath of Heaven, O Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, The First Noel, Angels We Have Heard on High
Wonderful Christmas Time
Review: It was a Christmas song posted on You Tube a dozen years ago that first propelled this talented group into the limelight and here they are with a new Christmas release which includes at track with Paul McCartney! With an extremely busy touring schedule they are one of the most popular a cappella groups performing today and these years of seasoning shows in the tight arrangements, fine voices and compelling energy of this recording. This recording is a Holiday treat and is sure to be a cappella classic. Cello Greene, Cobbie Caillat and the voice of Otis Redding are also featured.
Songlist: Home by Christmas Day, Song for Santa, Merry Christmas Baby, White Christmas, Everyday Is Christmas, Amazing Grace, Wonderful Christmas Time
Gee! Mine or Mozart's?
Review: "Live music is a powerful thing" says the opening sentence of this recording's liner notes and for The Real Group it is especially true. Recorded in April 2013 at the intimate jazz club Billboard Live Club in Osaka and Tokyo, this superb recording showcases the stunning voices and sublime arrangements that make the Real Group one of the very best in the business. Some of the songs on the recording have been in their repertoire for awhile but have never been recorded before by current group members Emma and Morton. They bring a fresh new interpretation of the material and its wonderful to hear how these old favorites have developed. There is also plenty of new material such as "Lucky Luke", the Daft Punk song "Harder Better Faster Stronger", the swingin' "Gee! Mine or Mozart's?" and Michael Jackson's "Bad". This reviewer has had the great pleasure of hearing the Real Group perform live and this recording helps relive the experience and for those of you who have not heard them live now here's your chance. The physical CD comes with a lovely color booklet chock full of photos and musings from the group members.
Songlist: Gota, Pass Me The Jazz, Nature Boy, Lucky Luke, Bad, Hellosong, A Life For Me, Catching The Big Fish, Harder Better Faster Stronger, Gee! Mine or Mozart's?, Love's Forever, Love's For You, For Me, For Now, Words, Julfemman, Mister Father, Count Basie Medley
Ring of Fire
Review: Grammy-winning Chanticleer are one of the finest male a cappella ensembles performing today! This all studio release was recorded at the acclaimed Skywalker Sound at Lucasfilm and combines the great voices of Chanticleer with top notch mixing and mastering to create an album of sonic perfection. Songs by the likes of Peter Gabriel, Freddie Mercury, June Carter Cash and Dave Brubeck with arrangements by some of the best in the business such as Peter Eldridge, Michael McGlynn and Darmon Meader are given the Chanticleer treatment with stunning results. You will love this album!
Songlist: I Feel Better, Hamburg Song, Somebody to Love, Washing of the Water, Chega de Saudade (No More Blues), Strange Meadow Lark, Temptation, Ring of Fire, Mirrorball, Wait, Yesterdays, The Chicken/Gone at Last, Ease On Down the Road
Review: Celtic Woman are pleased to present a live concert experience on DVD. The concert features timeless holiday favorites ( Silent Night , I ll Be Home for Christmas , It Came Upon a Midnight Clear , Joy To The World ) with the group's signature Celtic Woman flair under the distinct musical direction of Emmy-nominated Music Director, David Downes. Complimented by Ireland's finest musicians comprised of a 36 piece orchestra and 40-member Philharmonic Choir, this large-scale one-hour production promises a festive and moving celebration of music to be cherished by generations.
Songlist: Winter Wonderland, What Child Is This?, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, We Three Kings, Carol of the Bells, O Tannenbaum, Silent Night, It s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, The Light of Christmas Morn, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Auld Lang Syne, Joy To The World, Away In A Manger, The Christmas Song, In The Bleak Midwinter, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Review: Let It Snow finds New York Voices - Kim Nazarian, Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader and Peter Eldridge - celebrating a host of traditional and sacred holiday classics as well as secular favorites. With the assistance of Grammy Award winning producer and engineer, Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Eagles, Manhattan Transfer, Fleetwood Mac), the quartet has fashioned an album that honors beloved songs, while incorporating sophisticated jazz and swing elements. Settings vary; a cappella performances mingle with robust arrangements featuring big band and studio orchestra accompaniment. The result is a diverse program of holiday standards, performed with surprisingly fresh treatments. The close harmony style that New York Voices embraces is a perfect sound for the holiday season. While the bulk of the arrangements are by founding member and tenor vocalist Damon Meader, additional orchestrators include Don Sebesky, Jorge Calendrelli, Pat Hollenbeck, and Michele Weir.
Songlist: Let It Snow, Christmas Song / Christmas Time, O Little Town of Bethlehem, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, We Three Kings, Holiday for Strings, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Sleepers, Wake, O Come, All Ye Faithful, The Merry Medley, I Wonder As I Wander, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Silent Night
IÕve Got the World on a String
Review: Around the time The King's Singers was starting up, one of the most productive periods of songwriting in history was coming to a close in America, starting with composers such as Gershwin, Kern, Berlin and Porter in the early 1920s, and continuing through to the early 1960s. In this new 2-CD studio recording - featuring brand new a cappella arrangements by jazz composer and arranger Alexander L'Estrange, and swing-orchestra performances with the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra - The King's Singers bring their own unique performance style to this wonderful music.
Songlist: I've Got the World on a String, Begin the Beguine, I've Got You Under My Skin, It's De-Lovely, Night and Day, Let's Misbehave, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, I Won't Dance, Cry Me a River, Beyond the Sea, When I Fall in Love, Cheek to Cheek, My Funny Valentine, The Lady Is a Tramp, The Best Is Yet To Come, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, At Last
Hiding Your Smile
Review: Weather To Fly is the Swingle Singers' first full-length album since 2009 and the first of two discs to be released in the group's fiftieth anniversary year. A punchy, electrifying set that holds all the excitement of a live show, Weather To Fly celebrates the best of the group's current a cappella repertoire. All-vocal arrangements of songs from Turkey, Spain, Italy and Argentina sit alongside re-imagined British pop from Elbow, Florence and the Machine and The Beatles. ''This is, quite simply, the album our audiences have asked for after every performance,'' says bass singer Edward Randell. For half a century, The Swingle Singers have pushed the boundaries of what the human voice can achieve. Their vocal agility and blend, combined with captivating showmanship, have thrilled audiences across the globe. Celebrating their 50th anniversary in the 2013-14 season, today's young and gifted Swingle Singers represent the group's evolution from baroque jazz pioneers to contemporary a cappella phenomenon.
Songlist: Weather To Fly, Gemiler Giresune, Spain, Nana, Woman in Chains, Swingle Ladies, Shake it Out / Danse Macabre, Hiding Your Smile, The Diva Aria, Fugue For Autumn, Libertango, Lady Madonna, Poor Wayfaring Stranger
Review: This Christmas, boy choir super-group Libera bring their angelic voices and inspiring music to the holiday season with a new CD and DVD: Angels Sing - Christmas in Ireland. The program features beloved carols old and new, sacred and secular, joyful and tender - all recorded live in the radiant ambiance of St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh, Ireland. This inspiring concert features favorites such as 'Carol of the Bells,' 'Joy to the World,' 'Silent Night,' 'Danny Boy' and more, and the DVD also contains behind-the-scenes documentary extras. Six of the tracks are previously unreleased, and the remaining songs all feature brand-new arrangements made especially for this recording. The distinctive music of Libera has traveled the world, with chart-topping albums and sold-out performances across the globe. The group has performed in front of the Pope during a visit to Yankee Stadium and at the Kennedy Center during a ceremony honoring Beach Boy Brian Wilson. Their signature sound shimmering, mystical chords and harmonies atop traditional and electronic instruments has captured the hearts of music lovers everywhere, and their passionate, dedicated fan base (including over 5 million YouTube views) attest to the enduring power and appeal of this unique group.
Songlist: Joy to the World, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, The Wexford Carol, In Dulci Jubilo, Angels We Have Heard on High, Sanctus, Music Based on 'canon' by Pachelbel, Danny Boy, Carol of the Bells, Holy Night, Still, Still, Still Gaudete, Away in a Manger, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Silent Night, What Child Is This
Review: The Oxford Book of Descants is a definitive collection of 102 descants to well-known hymns, carols, and worship songs. It features descants by a wide range of composers, including contemporary names such as David Willcocks, John Rutter, Malcolm Archer, and Paul Leddington Wright, as well as celebrated twentieth-century church composers such as Alan Gray, Edward Bairstow, Sydney Nicholson, and John Wilson. Published in both full music and melody editions, this is a fully practical collection, with selected descants presented in different keys and with alternative words to match most popular hymnals. The full music edition provides an organ part for each descant while the melody edition contains the descants alone, without their accompanying tunes. With a superb range of descants, ably written and sympathetic to the style and harmony of the original tune, this is an excellent resource that will be welcomed by all choirs and church musicians and will enhance hymn singing at church services.
Review: Drawing together two composers long associated with contemporary vocal music, Sun, Moon, Sea, and Stars presents eight original and exciting pieces by Bob Chilcott and Jussi Chydenius (of Rajaton fame). Setting celebrated American and English poetry, as well as specially-written texts by Chilcott, this collection examines themes of nature, the elements, eternity, and love. The timeless character of the words is explored through a wide range of popular musical styles, including rock grooves, reflective ballads, and exuberant encores. With a cappella and accompanied pieces, optional bass and drum kit parts, and a variety of SATB textures, Sun, Moon, Sea, and Stars provides an array of compelling concert material for today's audiences.
Songlist: Come back! , Tonight , My Heart's Friend , Deep in the night, Sun, Moon, Sea, and Stars , On a Windy Day , She walks in beauty , The Sound of the Sea
Review: Following the success of the mixed-voice edition of Furusato, Bob Chilcott has adapted his arrangements of five evocative Japanese songs for upper voices. Each poem depicts the beauty of the Japanese landscape, and familiar melodies combine with Chilcott's original style to create an enchanting fusion of East and West. Suitable for performance as a suite or as stand-alone pieces, these charming and emotive songs will be a welcome addition to the repertoire of any upper-voice choir.
Songlist: Sunayama, Mura Matsuri , Oborozukiyo, Furusato, Momiji
Review: Since 1983, when the Bobs, the original "band without instruments" put out their first, self-titled album, we started our own love affair with this talented, funny, edgy, envelope-pushing group. Matthew Bob Stull, Dan Bob Schumacher, Richard Bob Greene and newest member Angie Bob Doctor, local Harmony Sweeps favorite performer and host, have come up with the goods for 30 years of recording and performing, and now have taken a long-overdue item off their bucket list, "the concept album." "Biographies" is an album about historical figures, both famous and not-particularly-famous, and the group that has been described as "Manhattan Transfer meets Monty Python" nails it! A few of our favorite song titles will give you a taste: "Andy (TV comic Andy Kaufman) Always Dreamed of Wrestling," Lord Buckley explains the life of Jesus on "The Nazz," "The Homey Rumours" takes on the "great one" Jackie Gleason, "Clarence Birdseye Flash Frozen Food" speaks for itself, as does "Fidel's (Castro) Fashion Manifesto," "Julia's Too Tall" is a delicious take on the life of Julia Child; "Lorenzo da Ponte" (Mozart's librettist) will make you forget the movie's Antonio Solieri; "Tesla, Tesla 1,2,3" (a forgotten Bay Area genius now totally in and hot); "Johnny Ramone" (Punk pioneer and guitarist for the Ramones) and finally, "Shut Up and Sing," the autobiography of the Bobs. No surprise to us, this collection is funny, intelligent, ironic and cutting-edge from beginning to end. Don't miss "Biographies," another winner from one of our all-time favorite mixed-voice a cappella quartets!
Songlist: Andy Always Dreamed of Wrestling , The Nazz , The Homey Rumours , Clarence Birdseye Flash Frozen Food , Valentina Tereshkova , Fidel's Fashion Manifesto , Elwood Decker , Hedy Lamarr Spreads it Around , Julia's Too Tall , Lorenzo da Ponte , Tesla, Tesla, 1,2,3 , Johnny Ramone , Bach to Bach , Shut up and Sing
Review: This work is classic Chilcott - vibrant, fresh, and great fun. It is an exuberant setting of the well-known carol in which the 'five gold rings' refrain is re-written to appear in an array of guises: gentle soprano solo, swinging barbershop quartet, hard funk, and rock gospel style. This version is for an SATB choir but retains the flexibility to include 'guest' performers. Even the audience can join in!
Songlist: The Twelve Days of Christmas
Frim Fram Sauce
Review: With such an esteemed barbershop pedigree the expectations were high for this recording and this talented quartet has delivered a masterpiece. Our Town quartet members include Larry Tully and Terry Clarke who sang baritone and bass respectively with The Boston Common, one of the most acclaimed (and gold medal winners) barbershop quartets is the history of the genre. This recording has a excellent selection of songs that are refreshing to hear in a barbershop setting with arrangements by some of the best in the business. This recording belongs in every serious barbershop fan's collection!
Songlist: L-O-V-E, Once In A While, Hey Look Me Over, Embraceable You, A Kiss To Build a Dream On, Down Where The Swanee River Flows, Pretend You Don's See Her, Don't Be a Baby, Baby, Swingin' Down The Lane, Frim Fram Sauce, Dreamer's Holiday, All The Way
Review: This recording features selections from the seasons including Spring and Summer from Gustav Holst's Two Eastern Pictures; Daniel Hall's haunting Indian Summer with piano and oboe; and a variety of Christmas pieces including Randol Alan Bass' Christmas Flourish and Gloria for women's voices. Glorious Seasons also contains several unaccompanied pieces by Australian composer, Sandra Milliken. A fine recording from this top notch womens choir under the direction of Dawn Willis.
Songlist: Alleluia, Spring, Summer, The Rose of Sharon, Indian Summer, Cantate Domino, Os Justi , El Romanton, Sing Me to Heaven, Veniki, Dona Nobis Pacem, Hodie Christus Natus , Dormi Jesu, I Saw Three Ships, Still, Still, Still , Nativity Carol, Gloria, Christmas Flourish
Review: The world-famous Vienna Boys' Choir, under the direction of Georg Stangelberger and Marco Ozbic, sings 15 songs in English and German, including traditional carols and Christmas-related pieces such as "Joy to the World," "Deck the Halls," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," and "The Little Drummer Boy." The program takes a look at the choir in formal performance and rehearsal, and also provides some special yuletide scenes of the boys preparing for holiday festivities -- bringing in a tree, putting up decorations, eating treats, and enjoying other Christmas customs.
Songlist: Pueri Concinte, Joy To The World, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, The Little Drummer Boy, Joy To The World (2), O Du Frohliche, O Heiland Reiss die Kommet, Stille Nacht, Heilge Nacht, Vom Himmel Hoch, Good King Wenceslas, Deck The Halls, Adeste Fideles, Still, Still, Still
Review: As part of this year's celebration of the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth, The Choir of King's College, Cambridge under conductor Stephen Cleobury presents Britten's enchanting choral masterpiece Saint Nicolas, coupled with the Hymn to St. Cecilia and Rejoice in the Lamb. The recording features soloist Andrew Kennedy, a former choral scholar at King's College, the Britten Sinfonia, Sawston Village College Choir and Cambridge University Musical Society. The Choir of King's College, Cambridge is one of the world's foremost choirs and unquestionably among the most widely heard.
Songlist: St Nicolas, Op. 42, Hymn to St. Cecilia, Op. 27, Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30
Review: It's the night before Christmas and all through the world people gather to share stories, poems and music of this wondrous night. Thus the narrator of A Child's Christmas in Bethlehem draws us into a magical recording that includes carols spanning seven centuries and five languages as well as poems and stories that take us from Bethlehem in the Holy Land where we are present at the birth of Jesus as seen through a child's eyes, to diverse Christmas traditions of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the present day.
Songlist: The Three Kings , The gift carol , Of the Father's love begotten, Noel nouvelet, Long Ago in Bethlehem, Dormi, dormi bambin, Ding Dong! Merrily on high, Betelehemu, A la nanita nana, Carol, God Moves in a Mysterious Way, What Sweeter Music, The Angel Gabriel, Sleep Well Thou Child of God
Review: The familiar hymn Veni Emmanuel is emblematic of the Advent season - a period of reflection upon the meaning of Christ's coming. Framing this program by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, directed by Graham Ross, the hymn paraphrases the great 'O' Antiphons (plainchant settings traditionally sung on the days leading up to Christmas), complemented here by later works echoing their rich imagery and symbolism.
Songlist: Veni, veni Emmanuel, Vigilate, Antiphon I: O Sapientia, The fear of the Lord, Antiphon II: O Adonai, O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel, Antiphon III: O Radix Jesse, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, Antiphon IV: O Clavis David, Audivi vocem de caelo, Antiphon V: O Oriens, Hymn to the Creator of Light, Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern, Christus: Say, where is He born, There shall a star from Jacob, Antiphon VI: O Rex Gentium, Bethlehem Down, I sing of a maiden, Antiphon VII: O Emmanuel, God Is With Us, Antiphon VIII: O Virgo Virginum, All-Night Vigil, Op.37: VI: Bogoroditse Dyevo, Gloucester Service: Magnificat, O come, O come, Emmanuel
Review: On Songs of Olden Times, the vocal ensemble Heinavanker (Estonian for "hay wagon"), led by composer Margo Kolar since 1996, delves into Estonia's early sacred music and folklore through the prism of contemporary imagination. This evocative program of ancient runic songs and folk hymns, which sometimes features overtone singing, ranges from joyful to reflective.
Songlist: Mu suda, arka ules (Awake, my heart), Veni Creator Spiritus , Natse Jummal, siin ma rummal (Here behold me as I cast me), Oh Aadam, sino essitus (Oh Adam, your guilt), Ammuste aegade laulud (The Songs of Olden Times), Haned kadunud (Missing Geese) , Imeline koda (Wondrous House) , Loomine (Creation), Oh Jeesus, Sinu valu (O Jesus, your suffering), Jeesukest ei jata ma (I won't forsake sweet Jesus), Ma tanan sind, et oled mind (Thank you, O Lord, for sheltering me), Kas sureb nii mu koige armsam elu?, Mu mano tulge latse (Come, children, unto me), Koik tulge minu juurde nuud, Nuud hingvad inimesed (Now rest beneath night's shadow)
Review: On this new holiday album of choral favorites, Hans-Christoph Rademann leads the world-famous RIAS Kammerchor in a musical retelling of the Christmas Story. With music ranging from Mendelssohn to Part, this collection leads the listener to the heart of Christmas Night and to rejoicing at the Savior's birth.
Songlist: O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf, In der Christnacht, Ave Maria, Virga Jesse floruit, Ich lag in tiefer Todesnacht, Nun liebe Seel, nun ist es Zeit, Ubers Gebirg Maria geht, Ave Maris Stella, Die Nacht ist vorgedrungen, Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, Frohlocket, ihr Volker auf Erden, Magnificat, Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel, Salve Regina, In dulci jubilo, Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen, Hodie Christus natus est
Review: The earliest 15th century carols were based on simple folk melodies, with texts added representing Christmas ideas, but it was a long gap then until the Victorians, followed shortly by great 20th Century composers (Vaughan Williams, Holst etc), developed the wonderful catalogue of choral enjoyment that we enjoy here today.
Songlist: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Invitatory, While Shepherds Watched, Adam Lay Ybounden, Once in Royal David's City, I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing By, Gabriel's Message, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, Sussex Carol, In Dulci Jubilo, Away in a Manger, O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles), Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen, Come Thou Redeemer, Twas in the Year that King Uzziah Died, Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding, A Spotless Rose, I Sing of a Maiden, Remember O Thou Man, On Jordan's Bank, Up! Awake!, King Jesus Hath a Garden, The Blessed Son of God, O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Review: A definitive collection of 100 anthems from Tudor times to the present, this book includes favorites as well as lesser-known pieces. The anthems were selected for their practical usefulness for church choirs today, bearing in mind the needs of smaller choirs: the anthems are mostly for SATB with or without keyboard accompaniments.
Songlist: Ave verum Corpus , Haec dies , Justorum animae , Laetentur coeli , Miserere mei , O quam gloriosum , Sing joyfully , Teach me O Lord , This day Christ was born , Factum est silentium , Call to remembrance , Hide not thou thy face , Lord for they tender mercy's sake , Almighty and everlasting God , Hosanna to the Son of David , O clap your hands , O Lord in thy wrath , This is the record of John , Let thy merciful ears , O Lord the maker , Ave Maria , Ascendit Deus , If ye love me , O nata lux , Salvator mundi , With all our hearts , I heard a voice , When David heard , Give almes of thy goods , Alleluia. I heard a voice , Gloria in excelsis Deo , Hosanna to the Son of David , O Lord arise, When David heard
Review: Rupert Gough and the Choir of Royal Holloway offer listeners another fascinating album of contemporary Baltic music. The primary work on the recording is based on Estonian folk hymns collected in the early twentieth century by Cyrillus Kreek, who was the Estonian equivalent of Bart—k or Grainger. During the Soviet era, the singing of these religious songs was forbidden and the entire genre was all but forgotten. By the end of the twentieth century, fresh light could be shone on these folk collections and composer Tonu Korvits was particularly struck by the music's fresh possibilities. In writing Kreek's Notebook, Korvits both pays homage to Kreek and presents his own totally modern take on the folk hymn idiom. Although there is a dramatic unity to this eight-movement work, there is much diversity in timbre and scoring. The effect is improvisatory in the creative ornamentation of the vocal lines, and suffused with dreamy textures that bring to mind the great tradition of Eastern European choral writing.
Songlist: Nuud ole, Jeesus, kiidetud (May Jesus now be praised), Nuud on see paev ju loppenud (Now the day is over) , Ma kiitlen ukspainis neist verisist haavust (I alone praise those wounds that bleed), Oh vota, armas Jeesus, vastu mult (Oh receive from me dear Jesus), Su hooleks ennast annan ma (I shall give myself up to your care), Lenda ules kurbtusest (Fly up from your sorrows), Minu hing, oh ole roomus (My soul, oh be joyful), Ma vaatan ules maele (I gaze up at the hill), The night is darkening round me , Lacrimosa (Maskats), In memoriam (Plakidis), Tuksnesu karstos putekjos (In the hot dust of desert)(Fatamorgana-Mirage) , Kas kaiteja an dziedat (Why should I not sing?) , Meza virins (The forest elves) , Lugums naktij (Prayer to the night)(Maskats)
Review: Westminster Abbey Choir is world famous, as is the Director Martin Neary, since he organized the music for the funeral of Princess Diana. Twenty one all-time favorite carols are here sung in modern digital recordings. "Christmas recordings don't come more traditional than this." Robert Cockroft - Yorkshire Post
Songlist: Hark! The Herald Angels sing, Once in Royal David's City, Ding dong! Merrily on high, The Coventry Carol, Away in a manger, O Little town of Bethlehem, Silent Night, In the bleak midwinter, O Come, all ye faithful, The Zither Carol, Joy to the world, In dulce jubilo, Good King Wenceslas, I saw three ships, I wonder as I wander, We Three Kings of Orient are, The first Nowell, The three Kings, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, While shepherds watched their flocks by night, We wish you a Merry Christmas