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We The People

A Cappella Singers : God Bless America

Review: All Christians, but not affiliated with any denomination, the Singers were founded in 1994 in South Florid a by Ronald Boender and grew from a dozen singers to their current 32 mixed voices. Their trademark 8-part arrangements and close, challenging harmonies are featured on 8 CDs of both sacred and secular music. "God Bless America" includes 5 patriotic and folk songs, Woody Guthrie's "This Land," four arranged by Derric Johnson, "Give Me Your Tired," "We The People" and "God Bless The USA." Also included are the spirituals "Set Down Servant," "Witness," "All My Trials" with a lovely solo by Mary Jane Vanden Birge, and the deeply-felt "Benediction" by Robert C. Clatterbuck. A beautiful, inspirational collection by South Florida's finest!

Songlist: This Land, Give Me Your Tired, Set Down Servant, We The People, God Bless The USA, All My Trials, Witness, God Bless America, Benediction

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2892 00 1 CD $12.95 Patriotic A Cappella Music


A Cappella Singers : This Christmastide

Review: Following the inspiration of acappella arrangers Derric Johnson and Norman Luboff, Ronald Boender formed this 24 voice, mixed ensemble dedicated to performing the best of folk, sacred, Americana, and Christmas acappella. Since 1994, the Acappella Singers have built a solid repertoire of the finest acappella choral literature (in 8 parts) remaining steadfast to the foundation of the purest form of singing. Choosing Christmas songs arranged by aforementioned Derric Johnson, as well as Alfred Burt and Jay Rouse to name a few. Accentuated with sounds of a cathedral echo you can only love 'Carol Of The Bells', 'Joy To The World', 'Caroling, Caroling', 'Rejoice and Sing', and 'Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence'.

Songlist: Caroling, Caroling, Be Born In Me, He Just Had To Come Down, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent, Carol Of The Bells, This Christmastide, Rejoice And Sing, Silent Night, I Believe This Is Jesus, Joy To The World, My Song In The Night, Winter Wonderland, Thee With Tender Care, Peace, Peace

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2218 00 1 CD $14.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


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Adoration

A Cappella Singers : This Is My Father's World

Review: Performing at various venues all over South Florida, the non-denominational Acappella Singers was founded by Ronald Boender in 1994, as a group of semi-professional singers under his direction. The goal of this unique 32 voice ensemble is to perform only the finest a cappella choral literature in all formats including sacred, folk, classical, patriotic, and Christmas favorites. Because the repertoire of the Singers is almost entirely written in 8 parts, and could be considered pop vocal or vocal jazz, the ensemble produces a distinctive sound that is exciting to hear, and rare in the choral field. "My Father's World" features 10 beautifully arranged Christian spiritual sounds: "We Will Glorify," "Have Thine Own Way," "He Never Sleeps," "Beautiful Savior," "Children of the Heavenly Father," John Rutter's "God Be In My Head," the title tune (arranged by Paul Christiansen), "I Love You Lord," and Joyce Eilers' "Go Ye Now In Peace." Soaring harmonies, a couple of lovely solos by Elisa McCord on "He Never Sleeps" and Maryanne Webel on "Beautiful Savior," a bright, clean sound and deeply-felt lyrics are features of this very special CD.

Songlist: We Will Glorify, Have Thine own Way, Adoration, He Never Sleeps, Beautiful Savior, Children of the Heavenly Father, God Be In My Head, This Is My Father's World, I Love You Lord, Go Ye Now In Peace

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2878 00 1 CD $14.95 Contemporary Christian CDs


Alfred Burt / Columbia Choir : The Christmas Mood

Review: Alfred S. Burt died in February of 1954 at the age of 33, already a legend. The slender minister's son, the young jazz trumpeter who composed Christmas carols, was carrying on a tradition started in 1922 by his father, the Reverend Bates G. Burt, who began sending his own composed carols as Christmas messages to friends and family. Rev. Bates proudly saw his son take over music in 1941, while he supplied the lyrics. These are the only carols created in modern times that have obtained international acceptance in the music community, from local choirs to stars like Andy Williams, Peggy Lee, Nat "King" Cole, Frank Sinatra, The Lennon Sisters and many others have recorded Burt carols. So listen to these "mini-masterpieces," beautifully performed by the Columbia Choir with occasional light accompaniment by the Ralph Carmichael Brass Ensemble and organ. "Caroling, Caroling," "The Star Carol," "Christ in the Stranger's Guise," "Come Dear Children," "Some Children See Him," "All on a Christmas Morning," "O Hearken Ye." "Jesu Parvule," "Nigh Bethlehem," "This is Christmas," "Ah, Bleak and Chill" and "We'll Dress the House." At the end of the CD is a very nice instrumental medley of the carols. We have enjoyed these carols as particularly wonderful ones for years, never knowing the story of their gifted composer, now we see them with a new appreciation. Recommended!

Songlist: Caroling, Caroling, The Star Carol, Christ in the Stranger's Guise, Come, Dear Children, Some Children See Him, All on a Christmas Morning, O, Hearken Ye, Jesu Parvule, Nigh Bethlehem, This is Christmas, Ah, Bleak and Chill, We'll Dress the House, Instrumental medlies:, Caroling, Caroling, All on a Christmas Morning, We'll Dress the House, The Star Carol, Some Children See Him, Come, Dear Children, Ah, Bleak and Chill, Jesu Parvule, O, Hearken Ye

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6856 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


Alfred Burt and Jimmy Joyce Singers : This Is Christmas

Review: Considered by some to be the finest recording of Christmas carols ever, these original compositions were written by Alfred and primary lyricists Wihla Hutson and Bates G. Burt (Alfred's father). In fact, the carols were initially sent as Christmas messages to Burt family members and friends! Alfred died in 1954 at the age of thirty three, but his legacy has brought joy to untold myriads of listeners ever since. Artists from Nat "King" Cole to the Boston Pops Orchestra and Chorus have popularized what conductor John Williams described as "mini-masterpieces." The sixteen voice a cappella choir directed by arranger Jimmy Joyce (who had worked with Alfred in the Alvino Rey Orchestra) is sprightly and surefooted in their performance, which was recorded in 1963. A sentimental and popular favorite.

Songlist: This Is Christmas, Christmas Cometh Caroling, Ah, Bleak And Chill The Wintry Wind, Come, Dear Children, Some Children See Him, Sleep, Baby Mine, All On A Christmas Morning, Caroling, Caroling, The Star Carol, We'll Dress The House, Christ In The Stranger's Guise, Nigh Bethlehem, What Are The Signs, Jesu Parvule, O Hearken Ye

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6896 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


All-American Boys Chorus : A Little Christmas Magic

Review: "A Little Christmas Magic" is just yuletide carols being sung by a choir, but not just any choir! For decades now, Costa Mesa, CA-based All-American Boys Chorus has prepared for months in pointed preparation for its busy Christmas concert season of more than 30 performances. The 9 to 15-year-old boys add their youthful vitality and energy to marvelous arrangements and understated orchestral accompaniment to produce a full, beautiful, yes indeed - magical sound! 10 standards, from "We Need A Little Christmas" medley to "O Holy Night." Orchestrally accompanied

Songlist: We Need A Little Christmas , Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, The Christmas Waltz, Silent Night, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Sleigh Ride, Winter Wonderland, Do You Hear What I Hear?, White Christmas, O Holy Night

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6411 00 1 CD $14.98 Childrens Choir Christmas


All-American Boys Chorus : On The Sunny Side of The Street

Review: One of the most widely-traveled choirs in the world, the Costa Mesa, CA-based AABC has appeared with such stars as Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Steve Allen and Victor Borge, and in tv commercials for Mazda, TWA and KFC. This is a feel-good collection of 11 songs, but actually much more because five of them are medleys. "Salute To America's Colleges," for instance, has the fight songs for Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Wisconsin and USC; and "Marches of John Phillip Sousa" includes four of Sousa's classics. Orchestrally accompanied.

Songlist: This Could Be the Start of Something Big, Alexander's Ragtime Band, Satin Doll and Take the "A" Train, Marches of John Philip Sousa, America, The Beautiful, On the Sunny Side fo the Street, 75 Trombones, Lida Rose, Salute to America's Colleges, Dixieland Medley

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6636 00 1 CD $15.98 Boys Choirs CDs


All-American Boys Chorus : The Best Gift Of All

Review: The joy and excitement of the holidays come to life as the boys tell the story of Christmas. Beginning with the season's earliest hearkenings of candy canes, Santa Claus, and toys, the narrative continues with the warmth and glow of home and hearth, and concludes with the spellbinding tale of the magic night itself.

Songlist: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, Silver Bells, Here Comes Santa Claus/ Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Jingle Bells, The Best Gift Of All, Angels We Have Heard On High, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, What Child Is This?, The First Noel, Ave Maria, A Medley Of Carols/ Joy To The World/ Hark! Herald Angels Sing/ O Come, All Ye Faithful

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6409 00 1 CD $14.98 Childrens Choir Christmas


Amasong : Amai

Review: "Amai", the title of Amasong's second CD release, means "mother" and "woman" from the Shona Language in Zimbabwe. Amasong is a 60 women strong Premier Lesbian/Feminist chorus from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Graced with traditional arrangements from around the world, this CD is both enjoyable and educational. Favorites include; "The Stove," a short and humorous Feminist composition, Four Russian Peasant Songs by Igor Stravinsky, and "Cradle Song," an Amasong original of prayer and inspiration. Intense emotion and sensitivity are generated through dynamic movement and rhythmic expression. Having chosen so many languages the degree of difficulty is incredible, yet these women sing with ease. Their diction and sympathetic perception of the music are right on the money, and their dedication is admirable.

Songlist: Blood and Gold, Women of Ireland , Lauluja Merelta , Draum om Nedsnodde Bruer , Orientis Partibus , There is no Rose , The Stove , Four Russian Peasant Songs , On Suuri Sun Rantas Autius , Fisher Lid, J'ai Fait Mon Idee / La Danse de Marti Gras, We Will Walk with Mother and Mourn , Cradle Me , All is Well , Shenandoah , Keep Your Lamps , Job, Job, Amai

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6456 00 1 CD $15.98 Female Choral CDs


Amasong : Bridges of Song

Review: Since 1990, Amasong: Champaign-Urbana's Premier Lesbian/Feminist Chorus has been connecting with far-away cultures and next-door neighbors through music. Time and again, singing has built bridges that help us to understand one another, just as it has around the world for thousands of years. In the hope of bringing you, our listener, into the atmosphere of an Amasong concert, this collection includes live recordings from the past six years (2002-2008). We feature songs from thirteen countries that celebrate the communion of cultures, the search for unity, the joys of sisterhood, and the enduring power of making music together.

Songlist: Come Dance and Sing, Omama Bakudala, I Thank You God For Most This Amazing Day, Mouth Music, Laulusild/ Bridge of Song, Ach! Synku Synku, I Went To The Market, Yonder Come Day, Hoj Hura Hoj!, A Ma Lei A Ho - Chinese Mountain Songs, Gathering in the Naked Oats - Chinese Mountain Songs, Ga Da Mei Lin - Chinese Mountain Songs, Cuncti Simus, Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind, Rain, Gonja, Jsniejze mi, usnij, I Thank You God, Mrs. McGrath, March of the Women, The Parting Hand, Deep Peace, Singabahambayo Thina

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2315 00 1 CD $15.95 Female Choral CDs


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Laula Voim

Amasong : Laulu Voim: The Power of Song.

Review: The pride of Champaign-Urbana, IL, premier lesbian/feminist chorus Amasong, over 100 strong, brings us an exuberant collection of 21 folk songs, some accompanied, from many different traditions. "Laulu's" smorgasbord of cultures begins with Brazilian (the joyful "O Xote Das Meninas"), Chinese (the love song "Kangding Qing Ge"), Estonian (the lilting "Tantsides"), Afghani (the mourning dance song "Lailaw"), Scottish ("Gone the Boat"), Finnish ("Taivas On Sininen" The Sky Is Blue), Quaker, Sephardic, Italian, Provencal, Guadeloupe, Bulgarian, American Indian and others. Beautiful, extensive liner notes with all lyrics. Amasong's third excellent CD-"Laulu" is a sumptuous joy!

Songlist: O Xote das Meninas, Kangding Qing Ge , Laulu Voim , Lauliku Lapsepolv , Tantsides , Lailaw , A Waulking Trilogy: Gone the Boat, Hame oor Bottachan, and Na Himbo , Taivas on Sininen , Song from Cymbeline and Ballade with. Skydellh Christine de Pisan , How Can I Keep from Singing? , Puirt a Beul

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9826 00 1 CD $15.98 Female Choral CDs


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Strange Fruit

Amasong : Over Here the Water is Sweet

Review: Amasong is an inclusive women's chorus that brings together women from all lifestyles and experience in the pursuit of choral excellence. Largely a cappella, though several of the tracks are judiciously accompanied (e.g., the horns, trombones and bells of "Ave: Meditation on Two Marian Chants"), this recording integrates works from a variety of cultures, be it from the World War II Jewish ghettoes of Lithuania ("Unter Dayne Vayse Shtern") or "Strange Fruit," written for Billie Holliday. The interpretation is exclusively Amasong's (as directed by Kristina Boerger, their founder), though thoroughly consistent with classical values in structure and arrangement. A 1998 GLAMA winner.

Songlist: Caritas Abundat, Dios Te Salve, Maria, Ave: Meditation On Two Marian Chants, Unter Dayne Vayse Shtern, Strange Fruit, Poor Man Laz'rus, All My Trials, Soon I Will Be Done, Coventry Carol , Greensleeves, Grey Funnel Line, Doffin' Mistress, Hotaru Koi , Dig My Grave Both Long And Narrow , Todor Todorka, Pajdu Vydu , Burial Society Song , Asikatali, Vesle Kari Rud , Vesi Vasyy Lumen Alle

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6237 00 1 CD $15.98 Female Choral CDs


American Boychoir : American Songfest

Review: A musical overview of the landmark achievements of American composers throughout the 20th century: Barber, Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin, Ives and more.

Songlist: Opening Hymn: To the Poem, Hymn, Peaks, The Light that is Felt, God Bless and Keep Thee, Flute prelude, Steal Away (from A Child of Our Time), Flute interlude, Nobody Knows (from A Child of Our Time), Flute and recorder interlude, Deep River (from A Child of Our Time), Flute postlude, Sure on This Shining Night, Pas de Deux, Under the Willow Tree (from Vanessa), Medley from Porgy and Bess, Vocalise, Long Time Ago (from Old American Songs, Piano Blues #4, The Promise of Living (from The Tender Land), Eldorado, Make Our Garden Grow (from Candide)

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8735 00 1 CD $15.95 Boys Choirs CDs


American Boychoir : Carol

Review: During the past 6 decades of its existence, the AB has performed in more than 2,500 North American cities and towns, and in Europe, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and South America. More than 80 boys, ages 10 to 14, all students at the American Boychoir School in Princeton, NJ, are the nucleus from which the two concert Boychoirs are selected. They have performed and recorded with many major orchestras and conductors, and recently joined Chanticleer for a series of concerts. Over the years, the Boychoir has gathered a large repertoire of carols and other holiday music during their many December tours and annual Holiday Festival concerts. This CD represents a popular sampling of music from the past 500 years and from many nations. 13 carols, all standards, from "Carol of the Bells," "The Coventry Carol," "This Christmastide" and "Christmas Day," to "O Holy Night," "What Child Is This," "Away In A Manger" and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas," all sweetly sung by the angelic voices of the Boychoir. What a gift!

Songlist: Carol Of The Bells, Joy To The World, Coventry Carol, This Christmastide, Christmas Day, Deck The Hall, Silent Night! Holy Night!, O Holy Night, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, What Child Is This?, Away In A Manger, O Come, All Ye Faithful, We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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6668 00 1 CD $15.98 Childrens Choir Christmas


American Boychoir : Litton Live! The Farewell Concert

Review: The American Boychoir, joined by the Resident Training Choir and a 106-voice alumni choir, pay a moving tribute to retiring Litton-Lodal Music Director James Litton.

Songlist: Introit - Requiem aeternam, Hosanna to the Son of David, Locus iste, Ave Maria, Hear my words, ye people, Weep no more, Songs eternity:, Melodys of Earth and Sky, Mighty Songs, Sing Creations Music On, Prayer of the Children, Brothers Sing On, Three African American Spirituals:, Wade in the Water, Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord, Praise His Holy Name, The Singing Heart

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8733 00 1 CD $15.95 Boys Choirs CDs


American Boychoir : Messe Basse

Review: This album brings together some of the most beautiful sacred music from Paris written for treble voices over the past century. It is complemented by some wonderful and virtually unknown organ music by Gabriel Faure and Erik Satie. Conducted by James Litton.

Songlist: Introit (Processional): Immense coeli, Kyrie, Gloria, Ave Maria, Gradual: Immense coeli, Offertory: Fugue in e minor Op. 84 No. 6, Sanctus, Benedictus, Litany: Rorate coeli, Agnus Dei, Consecration: Immense coeli, Fugue in a minor, Op. 84 No. 3, Ite missa, Recessional: Immense coeli, Messe des Pauvres, Introit, Kyrie, Interlude, Gloria, Offertory , Sanctus, Interlude, Benedictus , Interlude, Agnus Dei I, Interlude, Agnus Dei II, Ite missa

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8730 00 1 CD $15.95 Boys Choirs CDs


American Boychoir : Sing

Review: The American Boychoir showcases its vocal versatility with world music, Americana and rare classical works.

Songlist: Dixit Dominus (Vespers), Kyrie Eleison (Missa St. Leopoldi), Gloria in Excelsis Deo (Missa St. Leopoldi), When Children Sing , O Sing Joyfully (Psalm 81 vv. 1-4), Oh, Had I Jubal's Lyre (Joshua), Hosanna to the Son of David, Hej, Igazitsad!, Fyer, Fyer!, The Willow Song, Still Wie Die Nacht (Calm as the Night), Niska Banja, Alister Mcalpine's Lament, The Paint Box, Four African Songs: Tshotsholoza / Siyahamba / Sivela / Farewell Song, Orange Colored Sky, George Gershwin Medley, Wade in the Water, Elijah Rock, When the Saints Go Marching In, America, The Beautiful

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8734 00 1 CD $15.95 Boys Choirs CDs


American Boychoir and The St Olaf Choir : Harmony - American Songs of Faith

Review: The newest release from The American Boychoir, directed by Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, is a wonderfully eclectic collection that reflects the faith that has been expressed consistently across different backgrounds, religions and races since the founding of this country. This fine recording includes familiar camp songs, Sunday School melodies such as "This Little Light of Mine", praise songs and beloved hymns that sprang from American soil such as "Happy Land" and "Amazing Grace". Also featured are three tracks sung with the renowned St. Olaf Choir conducted by Anton Armstrong. The Alumni Chorus of the American Boychoir School, conducted by Music Director James Litton, makes a special guest appearance on the album as well.

Songlist: Kubaya, This Little Light of Mine, Jesus Loves Me, Here I Am, Lord, Precious Lord, Take My Hand, Walk in the Light, Give Me Jesus, How Can I Keep from Singing?, Little Innocent Lamb, The Gift of Love, Softly and Tenderly, Earth and All Stars, Ose Shalom, Shall We Gather at the River, Happy Land, How Can I Keep From Singing, Abide With Me, America, The Beautiful, Amazing Grace, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

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8701 00 1 CD $15.95 Boys Choirs CDs


American Repertory Singers : Come To Me

Review: The American Repertory Singers has got to be one of our very finest domestic choirs specializing in modern American music. The program's title piece is from James Hopkins whose smooth, dreamlike setting of "Come to Me in the Silence of Night" has enjoyed considerable success. Other discoveries include David Conte's feverish "Charm Me Asleep", a splendid setting of Elizabethan poet Robert Herrick's restless verse. Also new to me is Jane Marshall, who contributes a delightful pair of bookend madrigals. The contrast between the initial song's blithe and bouncy air and the warmly reminiscent comfort of its companion piece is very touching. Daniel Pinkham's "Love Can Be Still" is a cycle of four poems by Norma Farber, full of startling turns of musical pphrase, infusing Pinkham's unmistakable American idiom with some complex, late-Monteverdi tricks. Perhaps the best are from Nestor himself: the four sentiment-drenched setting of Four Part-songs from the "Highlands", including two traditional texts and two from Robert Burns. Three include lovely obbligatos for solo flute. "Ca' the Yowes" and "Will ye Go, Lassie, Go?" are especially haunting.

Songlist: Come to Me in the Silence of the Night , Love Can Be Still , Take me walking in your mind , After the storm is over , Da Capo , Charm Me Asleep , Four Songs from the Highlands, Ca' the Yowes, O My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose, Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go?, Fareweel tae Tarwathie, Go, Lovely Rose, Campion Suite, There is a Garden in Her Face, Thrice Toss these Oaken Ashes, When to her Lute Corinna Sings, To Music Bent, Night was Well as Brightest Day, A Lover and his Lass, An Older Lover and His Lass, Reincarnations, Opus 6, The Coolin (The Fair Haired One), Love, bone-quiet, Mary Hines, Anthony O'Daly

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8592 00 1 CD $9.95 Mixed Choirs CDs


American Repertory Singers : Richard Wienhorst - Sacred Music

Review: A most sensitive and attractive recording. The American Repertory Singers achieve choral artistry with consistently lovely tonal quality and astounding rhythmic control and flexibility. Sara Stern and Dotian Levalier participate with highly pleasing effect and artistry. The first track of the CD is a setting of the Welsh tune 'Ar hyd y nos'. The combining of the two instrumentalists with the choir provided a captivating and alluring textual attractiveness. The Seven Words of Christ from the Cross makes most effective use of dissonance. Schuneman's reading is wondrously apt and his selection of the soloist (David F. Eberhardt) to sing the part of the Evangelist is very admirable.

Songlist: God, Who Made the Earth, Missa Brevis, Kyrie, Sanctus & Benedictus, Gloria, Agnus Dei , Psalm 147, Alleluia! How good it is to sing praises, The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem, Great is our Lord, The Lord lifts up the lowly, Sing to the Lord with Thanksgiving, The Seven Words of Christ from the Cross, Alleluia Verses for Easter

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8594 00 1 CD $15.95


American Repertory Singers : Silent Night

Review: An extraordinary set of carol arrangements. As in the case with virtually all of Daron Hagen's music, he takes the listener on an unusual journey, frequently only alluding to tunes or portions of tunes already more than familiar to the listener. As one would expect of a composer who has devoted so much of his life to vocal music and the relationship between music and text, surprising things occur.

Songlist: Lullay, O Come, O Come, Emmauel, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen/O Come, Emmanuel, Silent Night, Once in Royal David's City, Sussex Carol, What Child Is This?, At Bethlehem Proper, Hosanna

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8593 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


American Repertory Singers : Sounding Joy

Review: One of the professional services offered by Boston-based, mixed voice American Repertory Singers is the recording of scores to accompany the distribution of publishers new issues. All the music on this disc was written in the last two decades of the 20th century, and it is a representative sampling of some of the best contemporary sacred music by America's choral composers who have written for all denominations of Christian churches. 21 cuts, some are accompanied. "Sounding Joy," an dramatic 8-minute arrangement of the spiritual "Steal Away to Jesus" with trumpets, a couple of nice pieces by Richard DeLong, "O Lord, Increase Our Faith" and "There is a Country," and three compositions by Leo Nestor, "And Peace at the Last," "To Rise Beyond the Stars" and "Who Is She Ascends So High?" Five "Little Prayers" by Daron Aric Hagen, 3 by Frank Ferko, "I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me," "I Will Give Thanks to You, O Lord" and "O Gracious Light," 2 by Jane Marshall, "Of Hospitality" and "Song of Simeon," and Daniel Pinkham's "A Sermon on Wisdom"-this is all beautifully performed, hard-to-find contemporary sacred music by one of the best Contemporary Christian ensembles.

Songlist: Sounding Joy, Steal Away to jesus , O Lord, Increase Our Faith , There is a Country , And Peace at the Last, To Rise Beyond the Stars , Who Is She Ascends So High?, Little Prayers , Almighty Father, Incline Thine Ear, Our Father, Who Arrt In heaven, Why Do You Seek Rest, We Mayy Be Heroic, lord, God in Heaven, Still, Still with Thee , A Sermon on Wisdom , I Was Glad When They Said unto Me, I Will Give Thanks to You, O Lord , O Gracious ight ("Phos hilaron") , Of Hospitality, When I survey the Wondrous Gross, Song of Simeon ("Nunc dimittis") , Festival Te Deum

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American Repertory Singers : Ye Shall Have Song - Music of Randall Thompson

Review: Since Randall Thompson (1899-1984), perhaps America's most famous composer of choral music, it is significant that at last a retrospective selection of this music has been recorded. "Ye Shall Have A Song" is a collection of works dating from 1922 to 1970, when the bulk of his choruses had already been written. Starting with his early masterpiece, the 8 movements of "The Peaceable Kingdom," ("Say Ye to the Righteous," "Woe Unto Them," "'The Noise of a Multitude," "Howl Ye," "The Paper Reeds by the Brooks," "But These Are They," "Have Ye Not Known" and the title tune), the CD progresses to "Bittersweet" of 1970, representing his last style. "The Best of Rooms," "Alleluia," and four "Odes of Horace" are followed by the oldest composition, 1922's "The Last Invocation." The Singers make these difficult-to-perform, eclectic and sublimely beautiful pieces sound effortless. A worthy retrospective of the works of an American master!

Songlist: The Peaceable Kingdom, Say Ye to the Righteous, Woe Unto Them, The Noise of a Multitude, Howl Ye, The Paper Reeds by the Brooks, But These Are They, Have Ye Not Known?, Ye Shall have a Song, Bitter-Sweet, The Best of Rooms, Alleluia, Odes of Horace, O fons Bandusiae, Vitas hinnuleo, Montium Custos, Felices ter, The Last Invocation

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Ames Children's Choir : All Things Pass

Review: The Concert Choir is one of three choirs in the Ames Children's Choirs (ACC) program founded by Artistic Director Munsen in Ames, Iowa in 1995. The Concert Choir has performed at John Rutter's Mass of the Children at Carnegie Hall, with the Des Moines Symphony for the World Food Prize, performed solo concerts in St. Patrick's Cathedral (NYC) and Washington's National Cathedral and performed at many conferences and festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Favorites among the 14 tunes (all accompanied on piano by Sue Lekwa) are: Bob Chilcott's title tune and "Can You Hear Me?," John Rutter's "For the Beauty of the Earth," E. Amiran's "Mayim," the Spiritual "Hand Me Down My Silver Trumpet," Stephen Paulus' "Winter Song," Libby Larsen's "Ring the Bells," Bach's "Wir eilen doch emsigen Schritten," James Mulholland's "Come Let's Be Merry" and the Serbian Gypsy Dance "Niska Banja." The lovely voices of the children perfectly complement these beautiful, well-chosen songs!

Songlist: For the Beauty of the Earth, All Things Pass, Can You Hear Me?, Evening Song, America, The Beautiful, Hand Me Down My Silver Trumpet, Mayim, Hanarot Halalu, Winter Song, Ring the Bells, The Alphabet, Wir eilen doch emsigen Schritten, Come Let's Be Merry, Niska Banja

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2324 00 1 CD $9.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Anima : Live From South Africa

Review: Formerly the Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus, 100-strong mixed-voice children's chorus Anima, Young Singers of Greater Chicago traveled to South Africa in July of 2007. Most of the performances here are recorded from their final concert, shared with the Pro Cantu Youth Choir, directed by Leon Starker, in the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, Cape Town. There are 12 tracks here, favorites are the traditional Xhosa songs "Ithemba Iami" and "Bawo Thixo Somandla;" traditional Zulu songs "Nginesi ponono," "Senzenina" and "Unonkala;" traditional American "Shenandoah," Elizabeth Alexander's joyous "Faith is the Bird that Feels the Light," traditional South African "African Celebration," Paul Halley's "Untraveled Worlds" and George Jackson & Tom Jones III's rollicking "Old Time Rock 'n Roll." A rhythmic, high-energy remembrance of Anima's amazing musical journey!

Songlist: Ithemba Iami, Nginesi ponono, Shenandoah, Faith is the Bird that Feels the Light, African Celebration, If Music be the Food of Love, Walk in Jerusalem, Unonkala, Bawo Thixo Somandla, Untraveled Worlds, Old Time Rock 'N Roll

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9039 00 1 CD $9.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Anima : Nightingale

Review: Composer Imant Raminsh's lyrical melodies and lush harmonic textures combined with the skilled, expressive singing of the GECC create a powerful musical partnership in this unique choral opera based on Hans Christian Andersen's tale of the same name.

Songlist: The Nightingale

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8591 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Anna Crusis : Spaces Between The Stars

Review: The Philadelphia-based, 33-strong Anna Crusis Women's Choir has been pleasing audiences for over 25 years now. "Spaces Between the Stars" is a lyric from Track 12, "what I want," and it was chosen to honor departed member Pat Lowther, as a spiritual metaphor for the span of women's lives here on earth. 14 songs, some favorites: "Kaval Sviri," the traditional "My True Love's Hair," a jazzy arrangement of "How Do I Love Thee," "Crushes," "Kore Evohe," the rhythmic "Chompilche," "Warrior" and the final cut, "Higher Ground." Some light accompaniment, and lyrics and information in the large liner notes booklet.

Songlist: Dilika Town Hall, Kaval Sviri, My True Love's Hair, How Do I Love Thee?, Crushes, Finally Here, Menopause, Kore Evohe, Put Vejini, Corazon Coraza, Chompliche, What I Want, Warrior, Higher Ground

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Anonymous 4 : American Angels

Review: Anonymous 4 turns from the medieval repertoire to explore the roots of American sacred music. Developed in Toni Morrison's Atelier program at Princeton in spring 2003, American Angels includes songs of redemption and glory from the time of the American Revolution to the present day: 18th-century psalm settings from rural New England, 19th-century shape-note and camp revival songs from the rural South, and some of the nation's best-loved gospel songs. Drawing from collections including "The Southern Harmony," and "The Sacred Harp," - the album explores the beauty and power of early American sacred music and the relatively obscure form of a cappella choral singing known as Sacred Harp.

Songlist: Holy Manna (Brethren we have met to worship), Abbeville (Come, Holy Spirit, come), Wondrous Love (What wondrous love is this!), Sweet Hour of Prayer, Jewett (Amazing grace, how sweet the sound), The Morning Trumpet (O when shall I see Jesus), Resignation (My shepherd will supply my need), Poland (God of my life, look gently down), Poor Wayfaring Stranger, Sweet By and By (There's a land that is fairer than day), Blooming Vale (O, were I like a feathered dove), Idumea (I) (And am I born to die), Idumea (II) (My God, my life, my love), Sweet Prospect (On Jordan's stormy banks I stand), Shall We Gather at the River, Amanda (Death, like an overflowing stream), Invitation (Hark! I hear the harps eternal), Parting Hand (My Christian friends, in bonds of love), Angel Band (My latest sun is sinking fast)

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Anonymous 4 : Four Centuries of Chant

Review: For those who love the purity of chant, for the audiences who are discovering chant (or returning to it) as listeners or as singers, and also for those who are new to the work of Anonymous 4, the celebrated vocal quartet presents a stellar collection of some of the greatest medieval chants culled from its many acclaimed recordings. This special mid-priced release documenting the history of chant, presented in deluxe packaging with in-depth liner notes, would make a perfect holiday gift selection.

Songlist: Prosa: Gaude virgo gratiosa, Offertory: Felix namque, Hymn: Ave Maris Stella, Processional Hymn: O gloriosa domina, Sequence: Stabat iuxta Christi crucem, Antiphon: Ave regina celorum, Te Deum: Isten, teged, Responsory: Spritui sancto, Antiphon: Que est ista, Hymn: O quam glorifica, Offertory: Recordare virgo mater/ Trope: Mater patris et filia, Responsory: Ex eius tumba/ Prosa: Sospitati dedit egros, Processional hymn: Judicii signum, Vespers hymn: O lux beata trinitas, Alleluia: Quinque prudentes virgines, Sequence: O ignis spiritus paracliti, Hymn: Beata nobis gaudia

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Anonymous 4 : Gloryland

Review: On the heels of their successful hit album American Angels, the four-woman vocal group Anonymous 4 sets off on another musical journey into the rich songbook of traditional American folk music on the stunning new album Gloryland. Conceived as a collaboration between A4 and new-grass stars Darol Anger and Mike Marshall, Gloryland layers together lyric folk songs, religious ballads, shape-note tunes, and spiritual and gospel hymns into a musical tapestry that shimmers with joy and creativity.

Songlist: I'm On My Journey Home, An Address For All, Poor Wayfaring Stranger, Where We'll Never Grow Old, Ecstacy, The Wagoner's Lad, Mercy-Sat, Return Again, The Lost Girl, Palmetto, Pleading Saviour, Merrick, The Shining Shore , Saint's Delight, Just Over In The Glory Land, You Fair And Pretty Ladies, Parting Friends / Wayfaring Stranger, Green Pastures

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Anonymous 4 : Marie et Marion

Review: On their 1994 album Love's Illusion the extraordinary female vocal quartet ANONYMOUS 4 brought 13th-century motets of courtly love to the top of the classical charts, spending 29 weeks on Billboard's Top 200. Twenty years later they return to the source, this time exploring the juxtaposition of love and desire for the earthly lady Marion and the ardor for the heavenly Marie. On Marie et Marion Anonymous 4 continue to bring their signature exquisite vocal blend to these captivating and ethereal ancient songs. In a recent concert review, The New York Times described "Marie et Marion" as "a rich compilation of French motets...lovingly and radiantly sung."

Songlist: Mater Dei Plena - Mater Virgo Pia - Eius, He Mere Diu - La Virge Marie - Aptatur, A La Clarte Qui Tout - Et Illuminare, Marie Assumptio Afficiat, Chanson: De la gloriouse fenix Ruth Cunningham, Ave Lux Luminum - Salve Virgo Rubens , Plus Joliement C'Onques, Reverdie, J'Ai Les Biens - Que Ferai Biau Sire - In Seculum, Que Ferai Biaus Sire, Pensis Chief Enclin, L'Autre Jour Par Un Matinet, Quant Florist La Violete, Sans Orgueil Et Sans Envie, Trois Serors, Amors me fait commencier, En Mai Quant Rosier, Pucelete Bele Et Avenant, Diex Qui Porroit, Li Joli Tans, Par Une Matinee, Or Voi Je Bien, Plus Bele Que Flor

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Archangel Voices : Christ is Born. Give Glory!

Review: Two venerable and ancient Christian musical traditions-the Byzantine and the Slavic-come together on this CD, along with traditional Orthodox carols from Ukraine, Lebanon, and... America. The musical richness of the Eastern Orthodox Christmas services has inspired a number of modern-day Orthodox composers to create new compositions and arrangements, 35 of which are recorded here for the first time, entirely in English.

Songlist: Troparion-Entrance Of The Theotokos, Kontakion-Entrance Of The Theotokos, Stichera Lord, I Call, Stichera Aposticha, Canon Odes 1, 3, 6, Hymn To Theotokos, Stichera At The Praises, Stichera At The Aposticha, Troparion-Prefeast Of The Nativity Christ, Kontakion, God Is With Us, Troparion, Kontakion, Glory Be To God On High, Praise The Name Of The Lord, From My Mouth, Stichera After The Matins Gospel, Canon Ode 1, Canon Ode 3, Kontakion / oikos, Canon Ode 8, 9, Exposteilarion, Third Antiphon, Troparion, Kontakion, Communion Hymn, Wondrous News Is Given, Joy Is All Around Us, Angel Choirs In Heaven, Sing Earth And Heaven, God's Son Is Born This Night, Today The Virgin, The Lord Hath Sent Redemption, Christ Our Son, Christ Is Born

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Archangel Voices : Resurrection!

Review: Easter (Pascha) is the "feast of feasts"--the most important celebration of the Eastern Orthodox Christian year. The vibrant and majestic hymns and chants sung during Easter services-Paschal Matins, Divine Liturgy, and Vespers-are presented on this CD in 31 selections, both historical and newly composed, drawn from the Slavic and Byzantine traditions, all adapted into English. From the transparent melodies of Russian znamenny and Byzantine chant, to opulent 8-voice Baroque sacred concertos, this CD offers a glorious musical feast!

Songlist: Come Receive The Light, Angels In Heaven, Paschal Beginning , Paschal Canon Ode 1, Paschal Canon Ode 3, Before Dawn, Paschal Canon Ode 6, You Descended, We Have Seen Christ's Ressurection, Paschal Canon Ode 8, Paschal Ode 9, Exapostilarion, Paschal Stichera, The Paschal Sermon Of St. John Chrysostom, Grace Shining Forth, 1st Paschal Antiphon, 2nd Paschal Antiphon, 3rd Paschal Antiphon, Christ Is Risen, Hypakoe Of Pascha, Kontakiom Of Pascha, Prokeimenon, Alleluia, The Angel Cried, Receive The Body Of Christ, Let God Arise, The Angel Cried, Christ Is Risen, Great Prokeimenon

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Archangel Voices : With The Voice of the Archangel

Review: Alongside a rich choral tradition, Eastern Orthodox liturgical services feature a number of solo chants, duets, and trios, which often stand out as the musical highlights of the particular service in which they appear. This landmark CD, the first by Archangel Voices, focuses upon these soloistic elements Orthodox services, drawing upon both the Byzantine and Slavic traditions, but sung entirely in English. The 20 tracks include some of the most spiritual and moving hymns from Annunciation, Great Lent, Holy Week, Pascha (Easter), Ascension, Pentecost, and the feast of SS Peter and Paul.

Songlist: With The Voice of the Archangel, Let My Prayer Arise, O Taste And See, Thy Bridal Chamber, Hymn Of Kassiane, The Wise Thief, Today, He Who Hung The Earth, Prokeimenon; The Prophecy Of ezekiel; Alleluia, Arise, O God, As Many Have Been Baptized, The Lord Awoke, Christ Is Risen, You Fell Asleep, With Your Disciples Watching, O All-Holy Spirit; The Father Is Lght, Troparion And Kontakion For SS Peter And PAul, Exaposteilarion For SS Peter And Paul, Prkeimenon For SS Peter Paul

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Ars Nova Singers : A Shadow and a Dream

Review: Founder Thomas Edward Morgan directs his talented, Boulder-based, mixed-voice ensemble in a program of classical a cappella religious pieces. These 12 songs begin with Hildegard of Bingen's (1098-1179) haunting "O viridissima virga," Carlo Gesualdo's (1561-1613) "Tristis est anima mea," and Robert Pearsall's (1795-1856) soaring "Lay a Garland." Following are contemporary works by Arvo Part, "Magnificat," Herbert Howells' beautiful 6-part "Requiem" and two wonderful pieces by John Tavener, "Ikon of St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne" and "Song for Athene." Ars Nova has built their fine national and international reputation on performing beautiful, difficult Choral works like these, flawlessly!

Songlist: O viridissima virga, Tristis est anima mea, Lay a Garland, Magnificat, Requiem:, -Salvator mundi, -Psalm 23, -Requiem aeternam I, -Psalm 121, -Requiem aeternam II, I Heard A Voice From Heaven, Ikon of St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, Song for Athene

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Ars Nova Singers : Blue True Dream

Review: 40 mixed-voice, Boulder, CO-based ensemble Ars Nova, specializing in a cappella music of the Renaissance and the 20th and 21st centuries, bring us another strikingly different collection. The 17 tunes begin with Wm. Albright's 5-part "Chichester Mass," 4 by Arvo Part," "Prayer after the Kanon," "Bogoroditse Djevo," "Summa" and "Solfeggio;" the lovely "i thank you God" by Eric Whitacre, conductor and founder Thomas Morgan's "Two Poems of e.e. cummings, the Polyphonic "o purple finch" and "when god lets my body be;" Lars Johan Werle's 4-part "trees" and Bruce Stark's "Wind Song."

Songlist: Chichester Mass:, -Kyrie, -Gloria, -Sanctus, -Benedictus, -Agnus Dei, Prayer after the Kanon (from Kanon Pokajanen), Bogoroditse Djevo, Summa, Solfeggio, i thank You God, Two Poems of e.e. cummings:, -o purple finch, -when god lets my body be, Trees:, -!blac, -trees, -(sitting in a tree-), -now all the fingers, Wind Song

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Ars Nova Singers : Luminescence: Music for Many Voices

Review: Boulder, CO's 40-strong, mixed-voice Choral ensemble 8 works by 5 composers of Polyphonic works, two from the Renaissance, Thomas Tallis' "Spem in alium" and Alessandro Striggio's "Ecce beaatam lucem," both motets for 40 voices; Stephen Paulus' 3-part "Meditations of Li Po," conductor Thomas Edward Morgan's "Images from Thoreau" (for 40 voices); and Georgy Ligeti's "Lux aeterna" (for 16-part chorus). There is a stunning photo of the Northern Lights on the cover of "Luminescence," and what we hear is the musical equivalent of this beautiful, haunting show.

Songlist: Spem in alium, Meditations of Li Po, ...and even my soul remains quiet, I lift my eyes to watch the mountain moon, ...and now the last cloud drains away, Images from Thoreau, water into the earth, the hollow mansions, Lux aeterna, Ecce beatam lucem

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Ars Nova Singers : Rachmaninoff Vespers

Review: The Boulder-based 40 mixed-voice ensemble Ars Nova focuses on a sacred a cappella work by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1872-1943), the 15-part "Vespers (All-Night Vigil, op.37)." "Come, Let Us Worship," "Bless the Lord, O My Soul," "Gladsome Light," "Lord, Now Lettest Thou," "Rejoice, O Virgin"...these are all lovely, classic spiritual works, beautifully performed by the renowned Ars Nova. There are some church bells here, but mostly wonderfully harmonic a cappella!

Songlist: Come, Let Us Worship, Bless the Lord, O My Soul, Blessed is the Man, Gladsome Light, Lord, Now Lettest Thou, Rejoice, O Virgin, The Lesser Doxology, Praise the Name of the Lord, Blessed Art Thou, O Lord, Having Beheld the Resurrection of Christ, My Soul Magnifies the Lord, Glory to God in the Highest , The Troparion "Today Salvation Has Come", The Troparion "Thou Didst Rise from the Tomb", To Thee, the Victorious Leader

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Ars Nova Singers : Soundscapes: Music from Colorado and Beyond

Review: Ars Nova, 40 mixed-voice ensemble from Boulder, CO, directed by Thomas Edward Morgan, bring us a striking collection of 18 tunes. Favorites are 3 Polyphonic pieces written by director Morgan, "Three Haiku," followed by Antoine Burmel's "Agnus Dei," "Two Motets" by Terry Schlenker, R. Anthony Lee's "Jesu ducis memoria," Edwin London's "Bach (Again) Chorale: Wer hat dich so geschlagen," "Konstateringer" by Pelle Gudmundsen-Homgreen, "The Ash Grove" (arranged by Morgan), the 4-part "Suite de Lorca" by Einojuhani Rautavaara" and "Irish Tune from County Derry" arranged by Percy Grainger. A beautiful, varied collection by Ars Nova.

Songlist: Three Haiku:, I The moon passes wetward, II The moon in the water, III The temple bell stops, Agnus Dei, Two Motets:, -Sicut Rosa, -O magnum mysterium, Hear My Prayer, O Lord, Jesu dulcis memoria, Bach (Again) Chorale: Wer hat dich so geschlagen, Like This, Suo-Gan, Konstateringer, The Ash Grove, Suite de Lorca:, -Cancion de jinete (Song of the Horseman), -El Grito (The Scream), -La luna asoma (The Moon Rises), -Malaguena (Song of Malaga), Irish Tune from County Derry

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Atlanta Singers : Chantez Noel

Review: Thanks to the legacy of Robert Shaw, Atlanta is rich in choral groups, including several which have gained national distinction. Some of these groups were founded by members of Shaw's Atlanta Symphony Chorus and have survived over the decades to make their own name. The Atlanta Singers, begun 24 years ago, is among the most notable. David Brensinger conducts the Singers, whose repertoire on "Chantez" includes sacred Renaissance masterworks (Praetorius' "Psallite," "Swete Was The Song the Virgine Soong," Victoria's "O Magnum Mysterium," and "Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen"), traditional carols ("Il est ne," "Wassail Song," "Silent Night," "Jingle Bells" and "Deck The Hall"), traditional Spanish carols ("A la nanita nana" and "Esta noche nace un Nino"), and traditional French carols ("Dans les hombres de la nuit," the title tune, and "Entre le boeuf et l'ane gris"). Intricate, classical harmonies perfectly sung by this talented ensemble.

Songlist: Psallite/Singt Und Klingt, Swete Was the Song the Virgine Soong, O Magnum Mysterium, Verbum Caro Factum Est: Y la Virgen le Dezia, Es Ist ein Ros' entsprungen, Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine, Wexford Carol, Quem Pastores, Three Christmas Motets:, -Quem Vidistis, Patores?, O Magnum Mysterium, -HodieChristus Natus Est, Lullay Lord Jesus, Rise, Up, Shepherd, and Follow, Il est ne, Wassail Song, Two Spanish Carols:, -Spanish Lullaby "A la nanita nana", -Spanish Carol "Esta Noche nace un Nino", Three French Carols:, -Dans les Ombres de la nuit, -Entre le boeuf et l'ane gris, -Chantex Noel, Silent Night, Go, Tell it on the Mountain, Rockin' for the World, Jingle Bells, Deck the Hall

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Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus : A Cappella Works -Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor

Review: Now for the first time in a long and fruitful association with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Telarc Records has released an cappella album of works by Messiaen, Tallis, Vaughan Williams, Tavener, Durufle, and Copland by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus without the orchestra. Composed of forty to sixty members selected by audition from the ranks of the renowned 200-member Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, The ASO Chamber Chorus has earned nine GRAMMY Awards for Best Choral Performance. Conducted by Director of Choruses Norman Mackenzie and recorded at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, the large scale and fine acoustics make it an ideal choral recording.

Songlist: O Sacrum Convivium, Song for Athene, Mass in G Minor, Sanctus-Benedictus, Motets on Gregorian Themes, Ubi caritas, Tota pulchra est, Tu es Petrus, Tantum ergo, Help Us, O Lord, Thou, O Jehovah, abideth forever, Have mercy on Us, O My Lord, Sing Ye Praises to Our King, O Sacrum Convivium

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Atlanta Symphony Chorus - Robert Shaw Festival Singers : Elegy

Review: This recording presents a poignant compilations disc of songs, laments, chants, and single movements from large sacred works-all conducted by the late Robert Shaw-that evoke peace, reflection and remembrance. All of the thirteen tracks in this beautiful collection are taken from a wide variety of previously released recordings made for Telarc by the late Robert Shaw, the Dean of American choral conductors. The featured compositions include single movements from large works for chorus and orchestra (such as the Requiems of Mozart, Faure, and Durufle) as well as works for unaccompanied voices (such as the "Ave Maria" from Quattro Pezzi Sacri by Verdi.) The recording opens with the serene sounds of Gregorian chant: six verses of the Stabat Mater dolorosa, followed by the "Fac ut ardeat" movement from the Stabat Mater by Poulenc. Secular works featured on Elegy include Beethoven's Elegiac Song; the Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) by Brahms; a movement from Hindemith's poignant When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd; and the "Bois muertri" from Poulenc's Un soir de neige (Night of Snow). The recording closes, fittingly, with Schoenberg's eloquent a cappella choral work, Friede auf Erden (Peace on Earth).

Songlist: Gregorian Chant: Stabat Mater Dolorosa, Stabat Mater, Ave Verum Corpus, RequiemIV, Requiem Op. 48 , Requiem Op. 9 , Mass In G Major, Quattro Pezzi Sacri , Un Soir De Neige , Elegiac Song , When Lilacs Last In The Moonlight Dooryard Bloom'd, Schicksalslied, Friede Auf Erden

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Atlanta Symphony Chorus / Mormon Tabernacle Choir : Sacred

Review: Telarc Records delves into its vault of treasured Robert Shaw recordings to re-release music that is cherished by choral enthusiasts worldwide. The Shaw catalog is near and dear to the heart of Robert Woods, president of Telarc, who handles the late conductor's legacy with great reverence. "Sacred" brings together works performed by not only Shaw and the amazing Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, but also the legendary Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Both choral entities have garnered numerous GRAMMY Awards for Telarc.

Songlist: Ubi caritas from Four Gregorian Moets, Op. 10, Lu, aetmerna from Requiem, Op. 9 , Sanctus from Requiem, Op. 9 , O Magnum Mysterium, Ave verum corpus, K.618, Kyie from Mass No. 2, D.167 in G major, How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place , Lift Thine Eyes to the Mountains from Elijah , He Watching Over Isreal from Elijah, Make me to weep lovingly with you , Take Time To Be Holy, Abide with Me; 'Tis Eventide, Rejoice, O Virgin (Bogoroditsye Devo, Raduisya) from Vespers (All-Night Vigil) - , Pie Jesu from Requiem, Op. 48 , Fount of Every Blessing (excerpt), Sanctus from Requiem, Op. 5

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Atlanta Symphony Chorus and Men's Chorus : Sibelius - Kullervo

Review: Kullervo, the five-movement narrative symphony composed by Jean Sibelius at the age of 25 was based on a story from the Kalevala, the mythic history of the ancient Finns, and from the moment of its 1892 premiere in Helsinki - conducted by Sibelius - Kullervo, became a symbol of Finnish nationalism, and the composer became a national hero. The 80-minute work, performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the men from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, with baritone Nathan Gunn and mezzo-soprano Charlotte Hellekant, was conducted by ASO Music Director Robert Spano and recorded at the Woodruff Arts Center .

Songlist: Introduction, Kullervo's Youth, Kullervo's And His Sister, Kullervo Goes To Battle, Kullervo's Death

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus : Vaughn Williams - A Sea Symphony

Review: This recording presents a poignant compilations disc of songs, laments, chants, and single movements from large sacred works-all conducted by the late Robert Shaw-that evoke peace, reflection and remembrance. All of the thirteen tracks in this beautiful collection are taken from a wide variety of previously released recordings made for Telarc by the late Robert Shaw, the Dean of American choral conductors. The featured compositions include single movements from large works for chorus and orchestra (such as the Requiems of Mozart, Faure, and Durufle) as well as works for unaccompanied voices (such as the "Ave Maria" from Quattro Pezzi Sacri by Verdi.) The recording opens with the serene sounds of Gregorian chant: six verses of the Stabat Mater dolorosa, followed by the "Fac ut ardeat" movement from the Stabat Mater by Poulenc. Secular works featured on Elegy include Beethoven's Elegiac Song; the Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) by Brahms; a movement from Hindemith's poignant When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd; and the "Bois muertri" from Poulenc's Un soir de neige (Night of Snow). The recording closes, fittingly, with Schoenberg's eloquent a cappella choral work, Friede auf Erden (Peace on Earth).

Songlist: A Song for All Seas, All Ships, On the Beach at Night, Alone, Scherzo: The Waves, The Explorers

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Aurora Chorus : Full Circle

Review: Since Portland OR's Aurora Chorus-women in harmony for peace, was founded by David York in 1992, it has provided both novice and experienced singers the opportunity to transform a love of singing into an outstanding ensemble experience. Aurora welcomes singers at all skill levels, without competitive auditions, and maintains a membership of over 100 singers. Led by director and composer Joan Symko (Aurora has premiered over 30 of her compositions and arrangements), the ensemble produces two major concerts, and performs at several community outreach events every year. Singer, songwriter and performing/recording artist Betsy Rose joins the group in the 19 songs on "Full Circle." Some favorites are Betsy's "Open Up and Let Her Through," "A Circle of Women Singing" and "Welcome to the Circle," Joan's "The Summer Day" and "I AM," the Shaker tune "Come Pretty Love," Diane Benjamin's "Somebody," Cris Williamson's "Sister," David York's "Aurora" and Beatrice Johnson Reagon's "Well, Enough Said About That!" There is some light accompaniment of piano, cello, violin, flute, bazouki, hand drums and percussion. All the cuts are beautiful, deeply-felt pieces that touch and move us-come join Aurora's joyous 10th Anniversary celebration!

Songlist: Open Up and Let Her Through, Come Pretty Love, The Summer Day, I Am, Woman Am I, Welcome To The Circle, Somebody, Sister, Miriam, Against the Wind, Aurora, Yo Le Canto Todo El Dia, Take Heart, How Can I Keep From Singing, Prayer For The Warriors, Well Enough Said About That!, Listening , Coloring Outside The Lines, A Circle Of Woman Singing

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Aurora Chorus : Solstice

Review: "Solstice!" is a live recording of a very special concert recorded on the winter's solstice, December 21, 2003. The women of Aurora , which means "new dawn," take us "deep into the heart of winter" and back into the light-a powerful journey into the land of the soul. The 100-strong women's chorus, founded in 1992 by David York and led by director and prolific composer Joan Symko since 1994, has created a new tradition of presenting truly inclusive holiday concerts that nurture and delight their audiences. There are 22 songs here, the first 16 from the "Solstice!" concert, and the final 6 "Winter Favorites," which are bonus tracks from past winter concerts. Favorites are Linda Hirschhorn's "Solstice/Chanukah Chant," Rick Hamouris' "We Are a Circle," Anne Bearheart's "Solstice Chant," Susan Osborn's "Take Back the Night," David York's "Solstice," Charlie Murphy's "Light is Returning," Dar Williams' "The Christians and the Pagans," the traditional South African tune "We've Got the Power," Betsy Rose's "Carry It Home," Judy Fjell's "In the Winter," Claudia Schmidt's "Rock that Sucker," Peter Schickele (PDQ Bach)'s "Good King Kong Looked Out," and (Peter, Paul & Mary's) Peter Yarrow's classic "Light One Candle." There is some light accompaniment of piano, guitar, flute, percussion and rhythm ensemble. These are all powerful tunes that move and inspire us-perfect for helping us in the transition from the dark of winter into the light!

Songlist: Solstice/ Chanukah Chant, We Are A Circle, Benedicta Es, Lady of the Season's Laughter, Solstice Chant, Take Back The Night, Solstice, Kore Evohe, In Dulci Jubilo/ Pentatonic Alleluia, Light Is Returning, The Longest Night, The Christians and The Pagans, This Little Light of Mine, Return Again, We've Got The Power, Carry It Home, Red And Green, In The Winter, Rock That Sucker, Good King Kong Looked Out, Light One Candle, Auld Lang Syne

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Bach Children's Chorus : Here's To Song

Review: The first recording from this fine chorus displays great virtuosity as they perform some of their favorite songs.

Songlist: All Things Bright and Beautiful, Verbliches Standchen, Where Go the Boats, Here's to Song, Mi'kmaw Honor Song, Winter Store, O Lovely Peace , Ask the Moon, Magic Store, Schmucht das Frohe Fest mit Maien, Song for the Mira, And God Shall Wipe Away All Tears, Arcady, A la rurru nino, Pick a Bale of Cotton, The Water of Tyne, We Will Sing for Joy, Bashana Haba'a, Each Child, A Tree Toad, Rise Again

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Bach Children's Chorus : Look To This Day

Review: The Toronto, Canada-based Bach Children's Chorus and Bach Chamber Youth Choir, led by founder and Artistic Director Linda Beaupre, bring us this nice collection of live performances from 1991 to 2006, with performances under guest conductors Elmer Iseler and Jean Ashworth Bartle, and guest pianist Ruth Watson Henderson. The beautiful, extensive liner notes booklet contains a history of the group from their founding in 1987, and many photographs of the almost 200 children involved in four choirs. There are 21 songs by different groups and configurations of the choir, such as "Like as a Father" by the Massed Choirs, the spirituals "Ain't That News" and "Go Down Moses" by Choir III, "Behold the Beauty of the Lord" by the Bach Chamber Youth Choir, "My Shadow" by Choir I, "When the Tide Goes Out" and "Down By The Riverside" by Massed Choirs with Guest Dads. There's some magical material we're hearing for the first time, "The Piper and the Chiming Pea," "I'm A Train," "Raking Song," "The Bold Hunter" and others. Some light accompaniment. "Look to this Day" is a very enjoyable and upbeat collection.

Songlist: To Music, Antiphonal Alleluia, Like As A Father, Akakomborerwa , Children Blessed Of The Lord, Ain't That News, And God Shall Wipe Away All The Tears, Kneel Always', Ma Navu, Go Down Moses, Praise The Lord, God's Glories Show, Set Me As A Seal, Behold The Beauty Of The Lord, Seeds Grow To Plants, The Piper And The Chiming Pea, I Want Two Wings, My Shadow, Hand Me Down My Silver Trumpet, The Bold Hunter, A Jubilant Song, Vagabond Song, O Lord Of Life, Ching-a-Ring Chaw, Pecos Bill, Tutira Mai Nga Iwi, Have You Seen A Rainbow, P'tit Galop Colinda, When The Tide Goes Out, Ngana And So It Goes, Skye Boat Song, I'm A Train, Come, Live And Be Merry, La Lluvia

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Bach Children's Chorus : The Dream Ship

Review: Founded in Toronto in 1987, the Bach Children's Chorus is made up of 190 children and youth from throughout the greater Toronto region. It performs three full concerts per season and appears as a guest choir in many Toronto events. "The Dream Ship" is the sixth CD to be released by the BCC, directed by award-winning Founder and Artistic Director Linda Beaupre. There are 22 lovely, all accompanied tunes here, and many favorites, performed by parts of the BCC and the Bach Chamber Youth Choir, separately and together: Malcolm Dalglish's "Sail Away," Eleanor Daley's soaring title tune, John Rutter's "For the Beauty of the Earth," John Berger's "Oh! Spring (The Caterpillar)," the Spiritual "If I Got My Ticket," the Kentucky folk song "Bright Morning Star," the Chain gang song "Rainbow Round my Shoulder," "Careers Medley," Mary Lynn Lightfoot's "A Jubilant Song," Stewart Stott's "Music in My Mother's House," Z. Randall Stroope's "Inscription of Hope" and Oscar Peterson's "Hymn to Freedom." The Choir has a sweet, soaring sound that fits perfectly with the upbeat, innocent, inspirational material. Take a ride on "The Dream Ship," and enjoy!

Songlist: Sail Away, The Dream Ship, For The Beauty Of The Earth, Consider the Tiny Ant, Oh! Spring (Caterpillar), Leisure, If I Got My Ticket, Bright Morning Star, Music Comes, The Spinning Wheel, Rainbow Round My Shoulder, Gentle Mary Laid Her Child, Heaven Somewhere, Careers Medley, - When I Am Big, - Carpenter, Carpenter, - The Clown, - The Doctor, - Some Day, A Goblin Went A-Hiking, A Jubilant Song, Roads Go Ever On, I'm On My Way, Music In My Mother's House, Agnus Dei, Inscription of Hope, Hymn to Freedom

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