The Motet Singers

The Motet Singers is a women's a cappella ensemble of 10-12 voices, performing in the Eugene, Oregon area since 1982. Founded by Connie Burden, a music educator and church choir director, and German-born singer, conductor and arranger Hannelore Goode, it grew from friends who sang for their own pleasure to the semi-professional ensemble it is today. The group is comprised of 10 vocalists who perform without a conductor. Repertoire is drawn from classical, folk, and popular genres, ranging from the medieval to the contemporary. The ensemble is notable for its pure sound, seamless blend, and the ability to interpret an eclectic variety of music. They presents a holiday concert in December and a spring concert in May, and also gives private concerts for charitable organizations. They have performed in such places as the University of Oregon Museum of Art, the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, and many churches in the Eugene/Springfield, Oregon area. They were guest singers at the 2001 Oregon Bach Festival. Their first CD, “Sing Noel”, was released in 2001, followed by the release of "After Silence" in 2004. Members are accepted by audition, and come from a variety of professions and backgrounds in Eugene and Springfield. The Motet Singers gives them an opportunity to make music of the highest level and offer it to friends, family and community members who enjoy vocal music.

Discography

After Silence...

You Are The New Day (John David)
Languir me fais (Claude de Sermisy)
To Shorten Winder's Sadness (Thomas Weelkes)
The Singer's Childhood (Arr. By Veljo Tormis)
Jesu Dulcis (Arr. By Hannelore Good)
Da Pacem Domine (Hakan Olsson)
O Sacrum Convivium (T.L. De Victoria)
Las Amarillas (Arr. By Stephen Hatfield)
Java Jive (Arr. By Kirby Shaw) 
La nuit froide et sombre (Arr. By Hannelore Good)
Ascendit Deus (Arr. By Hannelor Good)
Down By the Riverside (Arr. By Kirby Shaw)
My Funny Valentine (Arr. By Kirby Shaw)
Amor de mi Alma (Z. Randall Stroope)
Bright Morning Stars are Rising (Arr. By Paul Siskind)
Come Again! Sweet Love Doth Now Invite (Arr. By Katherine K. Davis)
Ave Verum Corpus (Francis Poulenc)
Madonna mia, Pieta (Arr. By Hannelore Good)
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Arr. By Audrey Snyder)
Quel augellin che canta (Arr. By Hannelore Good)
And So It Goes (Arr. By Kirby Shaw)

Eugene, OR's Motet Singers, founded in 1982 as a vocal sight-reading group under Hannelore Good, grew from friends who sang together for enjoyment to the fine 10-woman ensemble it is today. Unique for their pure sound, seamless harmonic blend and eclectic repertoire, the group sings a cappella music from classical, folk and popular genres, ranging from medieval to contemporary. "After" has 21 vocal gems, ranging from John David's bright "You Are the New Day," Weelkes' "To Shorten Winter's Sadness" and the Kirby Shaw-arranged "Java Jive" and "My Funny Valentine" to the sacred "O Sacrum Convivium" and "Jesu Dulcis." The traditional spirituals "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "Down By The Riverside" segue easily into Billy Joel's classic "And So It Goes." Some light percussion accompaniment; beautiful liner notes have all the lyrics. "After" is a fine, confident collection from a very talented ensemble.

7353 CD $15.98

Sing Noel

Sactus
O My Dear Heart
Three Spanish Carols
Ya Viene La Vieja
A La Puerta del Cielo
Riu, riu, chiu
Deck The Hall
White Christmas
Ave Maria
Lullay my liking
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
O Magnum Mysterium
Maria durch ein' Dornwald ging 
Over the Hill Maria Went
A La Nanita Nana
Good King Wenceslas
The Christmas Song
The Holly and the Ivy
The Three Kings
Some Children See Him
Salve Regina

The Motet Singers are ten female vocalists who began in 1982 as a vocal sight-reading group under the direction of Hannelore Good. They sing a cappella music from classical, folk and popular genres, ranging from medieval to contemporary, and are known for their pure sound, seamless blending of voices and the eclectic variety of their music. There are 20 tracks here, from a fine "Salve Regina" by Javier Busto and several other contemporary and 20th century pieces, to short sacred works by Renaissance composers Morales and Palestrina, to some very nice 19th and 20th century arrangements of Spanish carols from various periods. Some of our favorites: "A la Puerta del Cielo," "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree" and "Ave Maria." There are drums on at least one cut. Everything relates to the Nativity theme, and there is a nice mix of unfamiliar winners with familiar favorites. An exceptional, beautifully sung CD!

Listen to "Deck The Hall" in Real Audio.

6781 CD $15.98


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