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Musae San Francisco : Five

Review: In 2008-2009, celebrating its fifth year as one of the San Francisco Bay Area's premier women's vocal ensembles, 12-voice Musae presented its first ever Meet the Composer event, premiered works composed especially for them, hosted a grand party/fundraiser at the City Club, brought its annual December and May concerts to San Francisco, Berkeley and Tiburon, and recorded and released "five!" The ensemble describes its mission and vision as offering "a new experience of women's voices by combining musical artistry with an innovative and generous approach to performance." The 14 well-chosen cuts here begin and end with a soaring 12th Century chant by Hildegard von Bingen, "Karitas Habundat," there's Allister MacGillivray's lovely ballad "Song for the Mira," the heart-tugging Irish anthem "Danny Boy," and some wonderfully light and jazzy (and accompanied) renditions of "Mas Que Nada," "Canto de Ossanha," "Tempo de Amor" and "O Tico-Tico No Fuba." Next we have Graham Mayer's haunting, dissonant "When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be," Princess Lili'uokalani's lovely "Ahe Lau Makani," Rene Clausen's powerful "Set Me as a Seal," Brian Holmes' soaring affirmation "I Shall Keep Singing" and Ryan James Brandau's beautiful "An Irish Blessing." Musae simply touches and inspires us with their "heartfelt and adventurous music." Enjoy!

Songlist: Karitas Habundat, Song for the Mira, Danny Boy, Mas Que Nada, Canto De Ossanha, Tempo De Amor, Tutu Maramba, O Tico-Tico No Fuba, When I Have Fears That I May Cease To Be, Ahe Lau Makani, Set Me As A Seal, I Shall Keep Singing!, An Irish Blessing

2322 00 1 CD $15.95 Female Choral CDs

Musae San Francisco : From Argentina to Appalachia

Review: Fifteen-strong San Francisco-based women's vocal ensemble Musae takes its name from the classic nine muses of Greek mythology, the original "ladies of song." Since its founding in 2004 Musae has performed its diverse and accessible repertoire at venues throughout the Bay Area, and has gained a reputation for stretching the boundaries of traditional repertoire for women's voices. Performing largely without a conductor, Musae is a musical collective where each singer may sing a range of vocal parts. "From Argentina to Appalachia" is Musae's impressive debut album, which features music from North America, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. There are 11 songs here, "Selections from Como Tu," the bright, rhythmic, drum-accompanied "Mahk Jhi," "Selections from Como Tu," the soaring "Bright Morning Stars," the poignant traditional gem "Queen Jane," the lively "Las Amarillas," the heartbreaking love song "Te Quiero," the spiritual "There is a Balm in Gilead," the powerful "Salmo 150," the lovely "Duerme Negrito," the gorgeous, piano accompanied "Homeward Bound," the joyous "Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal" and finishing with the short but sweet "Coda." "Argentina to Appalachia" is simply amazing and beautiful from beginning to end!

Songlist: Selections From Como Tu, Makh Jhi, Bright Morning Stars, Queen Jane, Las Amarillas, Te Quiero, There is a Balm in Gilead, Salmo 150, Duerme Negrito, Homeward Bound, Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal

2321 00 1 CD $15.95

Musae San Francisco : Lyric Journey

Review: Eight members of Talented Bay Area 9-man a cappella ensemble wowed the sellout crowd recently at the Harmony Sweeps Regional at SF's Palace of Fine Arts, and their finely-crafted harmonies are well in evidence on the 21 songs of "Lyric Journey." Beginning with the R. Vaughn Williams-arranged "Bushes & Briars" and Michael McGlynn's "Dulaman," and finishing with three spirituals, the beautiful "Deep River," "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" and "Ride the Chariot," "Lyric" is a musical smorgasbord of tasty short, wonderfully-harmonic cuts. Favorites also include 3 songs sung in German, "In einem kuhlen Grunde," "Du, du liegst mi rim Herzen" and "Till Osterland;" the Swedish folk song "Aftonen," the Aaron Copland-arranged "The Little Horses," Daniel Gawthrop's "Sing Me To Heaven," Kirke Mecham's "Blow Ye the Trumpet," Manuel Sanchez Acosta's "Paraiso Sonado," and the joyous folk song "Vive L'Amour," arranged by Robert Shaw & Alice Parker. "Lyric Journey" is a treat from beginning to end, and all the words are there in the extensive, nicely-printed liner notes.

Songlist: Bushes & Briars, Dulaman, Linden Lea, Suo-Gan, Down Among the Dead Men, Notre Pere, Tebe poyem, In einem Kuhlen Grunde, Du, du leiegst mir im Herzen, Zure begiak, Till Osterland, Im Herbst, The Little Horses, Blow ye the Trumpet, Sing Me to Heaven, Paraiso Sonado, Na Bahia Tem..., Vive L'Amour, Deep River, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Ride The Chariot

9030 00 1 CD $9.95 Men's Choirs CDs

Musaic : Peace Be To You

Review: We had the pleasure recently of experiencing a ten-minute set by Bay Area 8-man a cappella ensemble Musaic at the Harmony Sweeps Bay Area Regional in San Francisco and are happy to hear more of their tight, joyous harmonies in this Christmas collection, "Christmas with Musaic." 17 songs, and our favorites include deeply spiritual songs like Handl's "O Magnum Mysterium," Paul Manz' "E'en So Lord Jesus, Quickly Come," Burt Hudson's lovely "Some Children See Him," Rene Clausen's "Set Me A Seal" and the haunting 13th century plainsong "Of the Father's Love Begotten;" as well as carols like "Here Comes Santa Claus," "Jingle Bells," "Christmas Song," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "Winter Wonderland," "Go Frosty Go," "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," the traditional English drinking song "Landlord Fill the Flowing Bowl" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." A fine collection from talented Musaic.

Songlist: O Magnum Mysterium, E'en so Lord Jesus, Quickly Come, Some Children See Him, Here Comes Santa Clause, Jingle Bells, Christmas Song, Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer, Santa Clause Is Comin' To Town, Wexford Carol, Winter Wonderland, Go Frosty, Go!, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Set Me as a Seal, Joy to the World, Landlord Fill the Flowering Bowl, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Of the Father's Love Begotten

9051 00 1 CD $14.95

MUSE - Cincinnati's Women's Choir : Growing Into Our Roots

Review: Fifty Six-strong MUSE is a women's choir dedicated to musical excellence and social change. Believing that diversity is strength, they are feminist women of varied ages, races and ethnicities, with a range of life experiences, political interests and musical abilities. Heterosexual, lesbian and bisexual, these are women loving women united in song, seeking out pieces composed by women, songs that enhance women's voices, and a concert experience that entertains, inspires, motivates, heals and creates a spirit of community in their audience. Some of our favorites of these 20 songs were commissioned by MUSE, Holly Near's "Foolish Notion" and "I Ain't Afraid" (with the spot-on refrain about religious fundamentalism, "I ain't afraid of your praying, I'm afraid of what you do in the name of your god"), Therese Edell's "Emma," and Sweet Honey in the Rock's Beatrice Johnson Reagon's "Greed" (from "Anybody Here"). Other favorites are "Step By Step," "Three Walking Songs," Connie Kaldor's "Mother's Prayer," Jennifer Stasack's "Wage Peace," Daniel Galay's "Mayim Maya" and "Emily Remembers" by Shirley Eikhard. Also wonderful are George Gershwin's "S'Wonderful," Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean A Thing" and Ysaye Maria Barnwell's lovely a cappella "Wanting Memories." Extensive to light accompaniment on most songs. "Growing" is a powerful, thought-provoking, inspirational CD that touches us on many levels!

Songlist: Wanting Memories, Duerme Negrito, Foolish Notion, I Ain't Afraid, Imagine My Suprise, S'Wonderful, The Summer Day, Emma, Go Down Moses, Greed, Step By Step, Three Waulking Songs, Mother's Prayer, Wage Peace, Mayim Maya, It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), Sayitshaya and Vulani Amasango, Song of the Exile, Emily Remembers, I Feel Like Going On

7788 00 1 CD $15.98 Female Choral CDs

MUSE - Cincinnati's Women's Choir : Live

Review: This CD is a collection of live recordings of Balkan chants to Appalachian songs. Four songs come from the MUSE concert honoring people of Appalachian descent (Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Mountain Song/Kentucky Woman, Carry It On). "Take Heart," "Git On Board/The Gospel Train," "Yes,You" and "We'll Understand It Better By and By" come from several of their New Spirituals concerts which feature music from the African American tradition by contemporary arrangers and composers. This 2002 recording captures MUSE's diverse concert experience.

Songlist: Will the Circle Be Unbroken , We'll Understand it Better By and By, Take Heart, Her Song Rises, Mountain Song / Kentucky Woman, Carry It On, Annie, The New Underground Railroad, Vila Moma, Polegala, Git On Board, Yes, You, Will the Circle Be Unbroken

7253 00 1 CD $15.98 Female Choral CDs

MUSE - Cincinnati's Women's Choir : Sing to the Universe Who We Are

Review: These selections are as distinct as the members of MUSE. The traditional Zulu song "Babethandaza," "Let Us Now Hold Hands," by Jennifer E. Stasack and Pat Mora, and "La Andina - Woman of the Andes," by Libby Harding and "Mountain Songs" by Holly Near are among many which are sure to become favorites. This recording reflects MUSE's commitment to a diverse, exciting repertoire, musical excellence and social change.

Songlist: Babethandaza, Change of Heart, Miss Celie's Blues, We Are, Les Sirenes, On Children, Take Back the Guns, Shir Lashalom, Let Us Now Hold Hands, Seven Principles, A Small But Fateful Victory, Simply Love, Everything Possible, To Be Strong, Wade in the Watah

7251 00 1 CD $9.95 Female Choral CDs

Musikanten : Sacred Choral Music of Robert Evett

Review: Robert Evett (1922-1975) was a highly esteemed American composer who was a major contributor to the cultural life of Washington, DC. A student of Roy Harris and Vincent Persichetti, Evett was nominated for Pulitzer prizes not only in music but also for his literary contributions: he was critic and editor for the New Republic, Atlantic Monthly and Washington Star. Evett composed in many genres, including orchestral and chamber music. His devout and personal choral pieces for the Catholic liturgy are undiscovered gems that deserve a wide hearing, not just on Sundays. The works on this disc, some a cappella, some with organ accompaniment, span music for Christmas and Lent, as well as the daily offices of Prime, Vespers and Compline. Masterfully sung by the 19 voices of Musikanten, the oldest choral chamber ensemble in the nation's capital, the music is given sublime interpretations in the warm environment of the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, MD. Conductor and founder of the group, Kerry Krebill, directs the expressive and precise performances that led Musikanten's previous CD to be nominated Choral CD of the Year by Chorus! Magazine.

Songlist: Prime, What An Attractive Thing Is Judgment, Propers for the Second Sunday in Lent, Propers for the First Mass of Christmas, Vespers, Four Marian Antiphons, Compline

6826 00 1 CD $15.98

National Catholic Youth Choir : Death and New Life

Review: The National Catholic Youth Choir sings a variety of sacred music from the Renaissance through modern periods. The theme of the 2001 season, "Death and New Life," runs through the pieces. Selections include "Ehre sei Dir Christe," by Heinrich Schutz, "Pie Jesu" and "In Paradisum," from Gabriel Faure's Requiem and "At the River," by Aaron Copland. Led by Axel Theimer, the goal of the choir is to "spread the Catholic faith through great music.

Songlist: Comments by Abbot John Klassen, O.S.B., Abbot of St. John's Abbey, Ehre sei Dir Christe (Glory to you, Christ) (Heinrich Schutz), Tenebrae Factae Sunt (Darkness Covered All) (Michael Haydn), Pie Jesu (Loving Jesus) from Requiem (Gabriel Faure), Christ lag in Todesbanden (Christ Lay in Bands of Death) (Johann Hermann Schein), Surgens Jesus (Jesus Arising) (Peter Phillips), Doxology (Kevin Vogt), Ave Maria (Bach-Gounod), We Sing With Joy (Marvin Curtis), Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life (Bryan Beaumont Hays), Blest are Those (Richard Proulx), In Paradisum (Into Paradise) from Requiem (Gabriel Faure), Sanctus from Corpus Christi Mass (Richard Proulx), At the River (Aaron Copland), Regina Caeli (O Queen of Heaven) (Francesco Suriano), Song of Triumph (Dale Grotenhuis), Holy God, We Praise Your Name (Live from final concert)

7246 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs

National Catholic Youth Choir : Doxology

Review: The National Catholic Youth Choir sings sacred masterpieces from Gregorian chant to newly-written pieces. "Doxology" was commissioned for the choir from Kevin Vogt for the 2000 premier season. It interweaves Latin doxology with English liturgical texts. Other selections include "A Maiden Most Gentle," by Andrew Carter, "Panis Angelicus," by Cesar Frank and "Tu Es Petrus," by Maurice Durufle. This highly select group of singers is conducted by Dr. Axel Theimer and accompanied by Michelle Plombon.

Songlist: Comments by Timothy Kelly, O.S.B., Abbot of St. John's Abbey, Doxology (Kevin Vogt), Ave Maria (Hail Mary) (Louis Vierne), A Maiden Most Gentle (Andrew Carter), Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen) (Franz Schubert), O Lieber Herre Gott (O Gracious Lord God) (Heinrich Schutz), Ave Verum Corpus (Hail True Body) (Camille Saint-Saens), Strengthen for Service (Healy Willan), Panis Angelicus (Heavenly Bread) (Cesar Franck), Ego Sum Panis Vivus (I Am Living Bread) (Giovanni Palestrina), Tu Es Petrus (You Are Peter) (Maurice Durufle), Give Praise and Thanks (Jane Marshall), Applause, Holy God, We Praise You Name (arr. Donald Busarow), Benedicta Sit Sancta Trinitas (Blest Be The Holy Trinity) (Gregorian Chant)

7247 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs

National Lutheran Choir : A New Song

Review: The professional choral musicians of the National Lutheran Choir, selected by auditions held each May, are drawn from a 200-mile radius of Minneapolis/St. Paul for weekly rehearsals, and they represent the various Lutheran Church colleges and universities who have provided their undergraduate musical education. They perform literature from the entire spectrum of sacred choral works, all a cappella. A New Song, conducted by Larry L. Fleming, "A New Song" is an eclectic, varied collection of sacred music not often heard or performed. Richard Feliciano's dramatic and brooding "I Will Sing to the Lord" and "My Friend Had a Vineyard" set the tone for the collection, as does Eskil Hemberg's dissonant, eclectic "Signpost I." Darius Milhard's "Psalm 150" soars and surprises, Samuel Berber's "Lamb of God," George Oldroyd's "Prayer to Jesus," Durufle's "Ubi Caritas," Mark Gresham's "Set Me a Seal" and Kenneth Jennings' "Spirit of God" are sweet and lovely; Igor Stravinski's "The Dove Descending," Edmund Rubra's "Hymne to God" and Normand Lockwood's "Inscription from the Catacombs" have hauntingly dissonant harmonies. Each of these is a difficult-to-perform, rarely-heard gem, beautifully done by one of the world's most respected Christian choirs.

Songlist: I Will Sing To The Lord , My Friend Had A Vineyard, Jerusalem, Signpost I, Sixty-Seventh Psalm, Psalm 150, Thee Will I love , Priere, Lamb Of God , Prayer To Jesus , Ubi Caritas, Whither Shall I Go , O Vos Omnes, The Dove Descending , Sprirt Of God , Set Me As A Seal, Hymn To God, Inscription From The Catacombs, Our Father

8589 00 1 CD $15.98

National Lutheran Choir : From Light to Light

Review: The 60 mixed-voice National Lutheran Choir, directed by renowned Artistic Director David Cherwien, is "dedicated to strengthening, renewing and preserving the Lutheran heritage of choral music through the highest standards of performance and literature." It performs works from the entire spectrum of sacred choral music, with and without accompaniment. Their rich, diverse repertoire ranges from early chant to new compositions and from simple folk songs to complex choral masterworks. In addition to annual concerts in and around Minneapolis, MN, the Choir tours regularly throughout the United States, commissions new works, produces high quality recordings and is heard over the Minnesota and National Public Radio broadcast networks. "From Light to Light" contains 19 tunes, some favorites are Brahms' "Let Nothing Ever Grieve Thee," Palestrina's "Sicut Cervus," Eric Whitacre's lovely "I thank you God for most this Amazing Day" and "hope, faith, life, love," the traditional Shaker song "Lay Me Low," J. Aaron McDermid's four-part title tune, "From Light to Light I-Earth, II-Fire, III-Water and IV-Wind;" the Negro Spiritual "Hold On!," Robert Hobby's "There is Sweet Music," Gerre Hancock's "Deep River" and Alfred Schnittke's "Concerto for Choir, Movement II." Beautiful a cappella music from one of America's most magnificent Choirs!

Songlist: Let Nothing Ever Grieve Thee, Sicut Cervus, I Thank You God For Most This Amazing Day, At The Round Earth's Imagined Corners, Lay Me Low (from Shaker Songs), Oculus Non Vidit, Hope, Faith, Love, McKay (from An American Thanksgiving), The Lord Bless You And Keep You, From Light To Light I - Earth , From Light To Light II - Fire, From Light To Light III - Water, From Light To Light IV - Wind, Hold On!, The Sun Has Gone Down, There Is Sweet Music, Deep River, Now All The Wood Are Sleeping, Concerto for Choir, Movement II

6120 00 1 CD $15.95

National Lutheran Choir : Heritage Vol 1 - European

Review: A wonderful collection of a cappella European sacred music sung exquisitely by this fine chorus.

Songlist: Sing We Merrily, Beati Quorum Via, Selig Sind Die Toten, Yea Though I Wander, Rejoice In the Lord, Die Mit Tranen Saen, How Great are Thy Wonders, Misericodias Domini, Ascendit Deus, Come, Holy Ghost, The Spirit Also Helpeth Us, O Lamb of God, Come, and Let Us Worship, Kyrie, Benedictus, Abendlied, Who Shall Separate Us, Nunc Dimittis

8829 00 1 CD $15.95

National Lutheran Choir : Hymns We Love To Sing

Review: Hymn CDs are among our best sellers, and this one represents a Lutheran flavor of hymn singing and arrangements that is beautifully done. With varied arrangements by conductor and organis, David Cherwien, this large choir from Minnesota has produced a CD that is guaranteed to have you singing along with hymns like "Beautiful Savior," "A Mighty Fortress," and "Abide with me."

Songlist: Praise To The Lord, If You But Trust In God To Guide You , Our Father's Love Begotten, Jesus Loves Me, Love Divine All Loves Excelling, Children Of The Heavenly Father, Now The Green Blade Rises, A Mighty Fortress, Amazing Grace, Blessed Assurance, Precious Lord, Beautiful, Built On A Rock, Abide With Me

7893 00 1 CD $15.98

National Lutheran Choir : Hymns We Love to Sing, Vol. II

Review: Artistic Director David Cherwien, conductor, organist and pianist, leads the Minneapolis, MN-based National Lutheran Choir in this live, organ and piano-accompanied collection of 13 joyous hymns. We are clearly invited to sing this triumphant music along with the Choir, as the liner notes feature the lyrics of all the songs in unusually large type; with very little about the size, history or details about the Choir or Director Cherwein. It's all about the music, about the power and faith of this great American Choir. Some favorites are "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee," "Angels We Have Heard on High," "Down in the River to Pray," "Steal Away," "Standin' in the Need of Prayer," "When Peace Like A River" and "Holy God, We Praise Your Name." A quote on the back of the liner notes says in part, "Joyful music leads us sunward. In the triumph song of life. Stars and angels sing around thee, Center of unbroken praise" "Hymns We Love to Sing, Vol. II" is by a wonderful Choir that loves to sing joyous praises to God, and they invite us to join them!

Songlist: Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, The King Of Love My Shepherd Is, Angels We Have Heard On High, Down In The River To Pray, O Sacred Head, Now Wounded, Alleluia! Christ Is Arisen, Steal Away, O Blessed Spring, Standin' In The Need Of Prayer, You Are Holy, I Want Jesus To Walk With Me, When Peace Like A River, Holy God, We Praise Your Name

6119 00 1 CD $15.95

National Lutheran Choir : I Sing Of Thy Mercies

Review: Founded in 1986 by Dr. Larry L. Fleming, and now directed by Dr. David Cherwien, the Minneapolis-based, mixed-voice NLC is comprised of professional choral musicians. "I Sing" is a limited edition CD, celebrating the Choir's 2003 West Coast Tour. Included are 9 songs, the spirituals "Ain'a That Good News" and "Tell 'em I'm Gone," the title tune, M.A. Blakireff's "Send Out Thy Light," Urmas Sisask's "Oremus," "Prayer for Peace" (by director Cherwein), Barber's "Lamb of God" and Tavener's "Song for Athene." Beautiful and inspirational.

Songlist: Ain't That Good News, I Sing of Thy Mercies, Send Out Thy Light , Tell 'em I'm Gone , Lord God, You Have Called You Servants , Oremus (XXII from Gloria Patri), Prayer for Peace , Lamb of God , Song for Athene

7139 00 1 CD $9.95

National Lutheran Choir : Pacem

Review: Prolific, talented, Minneapolis-based, mixed-voice NLC, conducted by founder Dr. Larry L. Fleming (with guest conductors Paul Brandvik and Rene Clausen), brings us a joyful collection of Christian spiritual songs on "Pacem." Included in the 22 songs are the spirituals "Ain't Got Time to Die," "O Mary, Don't You Weep," "Come Away to the Skies" and "I Got Shoes." There's a special collection of 5 narrated Biblical songs, arranged by Fleming, called "The Innocents," that include"Can you hear the voice of the children" and "I love you, my sweet children, who are gone;" lovely and moving music.

Songlist: Ain't Got Time To Die, Creation Suite, A Rose Touched by the Sun's Warm Rays , Timor Et Tremor, Sanctus , O Lord, Increase My Faith , The King of Love, I Will Not Leave You Comfortless , God Will Pour Out , The Innocents , "Can you hear the voice of the children?", "Let all the nations be gathered together", "I love you, my sweet children, who are gone", In memoriam - The children of Dunblane, Scotland, "Sorrow and sighing shall flee away", A Song , Song for Athene , Sinner, Please Don't Let This Harvest Pass , O Mary, Don't You Weep , Eternitie , Come Away to the Skies, I Got Shoes

7142 00 1 CD $15.98

National Lutheran Choir : Praise Parisienne

Review: David Cherwien directs the NLC, 2007 winner of the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, through a program of popular French choral music, joined by organist Martin Jean of Yale.

Songlist: Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Ubi Caritas, Seigneur, je vous en prie, O sacrum convivium!, O salutaris hostia, Ave Maria, Tantum ergo sacramentum, Laudate Dominum omnes gentes, O Magnum Mysterium, Tu es Petrus, Hymne a la Vierge, Toccata from Symphony No. 5

8855 00 1 CD $15.95

National Lutheran Choir : Soul

Review: "Soul" is a wonderful collection of Folk and Gospel Hymns and Spiritual Songs performed by Minneapolis/St. Paul's great professional choir. Conductor Larry L. Fleming arranges many of these tunes, and contributes one of his own compositions, the lovely, upbeat "Go and Tell John." "Three About Jesus:" "Every Time I Think About Jesus," "Give Me Jesus" and "Ride On, King Jesus" are particularly fine, as is the Paul Christiansen-arranged "My Song in the Night." The rousing spirituals "Saints Bound for Heaven" and "In That Great Getting' Up Mornin'" are marvelous. The final piece, the 9-part medley "River Suite," (piano accompanied and featuring outstanding vocalist Tom Tipton) is incredible enough by itself to gain our recommendation for "Soul." Another inspiring, finely-crafted winner from one of America's finest choirs!

Songlist: My God (Eli) , Go And Tell John - Larry L. Fleming- Larry L. Fleming, There Is A Balm Three About Jesus - Larry L. Fleming, Every Time I Think About Jesus - Larry L. Fleming, Give Me Jesus, Ride On, King Jesus, My Song In The Night, Saints Bound, My Soul - Jesus Loves Me , I Will Arise - Larry L. Fleming, Gettin' Up Mornin' , My Lord, What a Mornin', River Suite

8595 00 1 CD $15.95

National Lutheran Choir : The People's Song

Review: Minnesota's renowned, mixed-voice National Lutheran Choir, ably led by composer/arranger Fleming, begins this powerful 8-song collection with a 16-minute "Folk Hymn Suite" that features works from Spanish, Russian, Norwegian, Jewish, Irish, German, Black Spiritual, French and Swedish musical traditions, lightly accompanied. Following are several favorites, including the 14th century plainsong "Sing and Ponder," Wm. Billings' lilting "I am the Rose of Sharon," B.F. White's "The Morning Trumpet," "His Voice" and the joyous "Lord of the Dance." Beautiful and inspirational throughout!

Songlist: Folk Hymn Suite, Sing And Ponder , I Am The Rose Of Sharon , Humble Service , The Morning Trumpet, Jerusalem, My Happy Home , His Voice, Lord Of The Dance

8316 00 1 CD $15.98

National Lutheran Choir : This Night

Review: Minneapolis/St. Paul-based, world-renowned NLC brings us a bright, beautifully-wrapped Christmas gift, "This Night," their 10th excellent recording in the PAC library. This lovely collection of 18 songs, some lightly accompanied, of course includes standards like "Lo, How a Rose," "Angels We Have Heard on High," "Coventry Carol" and "Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head," but it's the lesser-known pieces that are a happy surprise. A wonderful pair by Conrad Susa, "O Bethlehem" and "On December's Frozen Ground," Mark Sedio's "Manger Carol," Johannes Eccard's "Over the Hills," David Cherwien's "Little Lamb," and Anne Kilstofte's "Children of Peace" are just a few of the songs that make "This Night" a very special recording, and a holiday favorite for years to come!

Songlist: O, Bethlehem , On December's Frozen Ground, Ave Maria, What Child , Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head, Twelfth Night, Manger Carol , T'was in the Moon of Wintertime, Over the Hills , Coventry Carol, Lux Aurumque, Lo, How a Rose , Little Lamb , A Savior from on High , Angeles We Have Heard on High, Quempas Carol, Children of Peace, Thou Wilt Keep Him Perfect Peace

8590 00 1 CD $15.98

National Lutheran Choir : Tree of Glory

Review: Minneapolis, MN-based National Lutheran Choir is comprised of professional choral musicians drawn from a 200-mile radius of Minneapolis-St. Paul, selected by auditions. Larry Fleming conducts this fine choir on "Tree" in beautiful sacred classical works like Francis Poulenc's "Vinea Mea Electa," Antonio Lotti's "Crucifixus," Frantisck Tuma's "Stabat Mater," Karl Graun's "Surely, He Has Bourne Our Griefs," Josef Rheinberger's "Dona Nobis Pacem" and the title tune by Paul J. Christiansen, who also did the arrangements for "Create In Me A Clean Heart, O God." Rene Clausen's "Peace I Leave With You" and Felix Mendelssohn's "See What Love" are also lovely. A wonderful collection by one of America's best choirs!

Songlist: Who Is This That Appeareth , Vinea Mea Electa , His Eyes Are Dim , Tree Of Glory, Crucifixus , Stabat Mater, Frantisek Turna, Christe , Ah, Holy Jesus , Surely, He Has Borne Our Greifs , LAmb Of God, Create In Me A Clen Heart O God , Dona Nobis Pacem, Rise Up My Love My Fair One, Peace I Love With You, See What Love , I See Blood Upon The Rose , Song Of Passion

8317 00 1 CD $15.98

National Lutheran Choir : We Sing With Joy

Review: For their 25th season, current NLC singers and alumni have compiled this two-disc collection of favorite works from the past years. These works were taken from 24 of the choir's recordings, beginning with tracks conducted by founder Larry Fleming, and ending with selections from Hymns We Love to Sing, Vol II, which was recorded in spring 2010.

Songlist: Sing And Ponder, Donde Hay, Holy Spirit, Psallite, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, Away In A Manger, There Is No Rose, The Glory Of The Father, I Heard A Great Voice, Out Of The Orient Crystal Skies, Wondrous Birth, O Little Town Of Bethlehem , Who Shall Separate Us, Come, Holy Ghost, Nunc Dimittis, O Light Everlasting, A Christmas Carol, Now All Poor And Humble, Prayer To Jesus, I Will Sing To The Lord, My Friend Had A Vineyard, Inscription from the Catacombs, My Lord, What a Mornin', There Is A Balm In Gilead, My Soul - Jesus Loves Me, In The Beginning Was The Word, Ubi Caritas, Blessed Are They, Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One, Ah, Holy Jesus, Sweet Was The Song, How Great Are Thy Wonders (We Sing With Joy), Pilgrim's Chorus, For God Commanded Angels, Creation Suite, I Got Shoes, Lord God, You Have Called Your Servants, Tell 'em I'm Gone, Hear Us, O Father, What Child, Lo, How A Rose, Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, I Sat Down Under His Shadow, Lamb Of God, Seigneur, je vois en prie, O Sacrum con vivium, Lord Jesus Think About Me, Go And Tell John, Everytime I Think About Jesus, Angel Proclamation, Angel Song II, O Nata Lux (from Lux Aeterna), Now All The Woods Are Sleeping, Down In The River To Pray, Standin' In The Need Of Prayer, The Lord Bless You And Keep You

6116 00 2 CDs $15.95

National Lutheran Choir : While Angels Sing

Review: A professional choir from Minnesota, the Choir perform selections from a divergent literature. This is a seasonal recording, emphasizing classical compositions, not carols, and is subtitled "The Light Is Come"; loosely defined, the theme is the birth cycle of Christ. Works by Kodaly, Clausen, Poulenc, Bach, Christiansen and others are performed, with the exception of Dave Brubeck's "Gloria," a flamenco arrangement, and the recording's wild card. Several of the tracks are accompanied, such as "This Is The Christ," but with pristine and restrained orchestrations, lovely indeed. In keeping with the CD's seraphic motif, the choir's tone color is one of brilliance and purity.

Songlist: Restoration, Morning Star, In Darkest Night, Come, Awake, I Beheld Her, Magnificat, Tota Pulchra Es, A Spotless Rose, Now, O Come, My Soul's True Light, Et Incarnatus Est, A Christmas Carol, O Magnum Mysterium, Shining Stable In The Night, Maria Sat In Cattle Stall, While Angels Sing, Gloria, Born Today, Come, Return, And On That Day, Hush, My Dear, In Dulci Jubilo, Now All Poor, This Is The Christ, O Light Everlasting

6429 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

Nebraska Children's Choir : Magnificat

Review: If you've heard this choir before, you know what to expect here: lustrous ensemble sound, crisp, clear, clean articulation, irresistible rhythmic energy, keen intonation, and impressive command of some very challenging music. In this two-disc program (35 works) we're treated to five Magnificats, all different in style--from chant and early-20th-century settings to more "modern" versions by Herbert Sumsion, Swedish composer Agneta Skold, and conductor Z. Randall Stroope--as well as a widely varied array of original and arranged works for treble voices.

Songlist: Magnifican , Hodie Christus Natus Est, Psalm 23 , Dixit Dominus , Magnificat, Ave Maria , Jubilate Deo, O Vivens Fons , In Paradisum , "Agnus Dei" from Coronation Mass , There Is No Rose , Magnificat , Agnus Dei , Lauda Sion , Ave Verum, God of Fire (To Agni) , Magnificat , Alleluia , Ave Maria , Jaakobin Pojat , Inscription of Hope , The Lord Bless You and Keep You, Missa Brevis, Kyrie, Gloria, Magnificat , "Ombra mai fu" from Serse , "O Pastorelle Addio" from Andrea Chenier , "Verdi Prati" from Alcina , "Dome Epais" from Lakme , "Witches Chorus" from Macbeth , Under the Greenwood Tree , Weep No More, Les Nymphes des Bois , The Paint Box , Trepute Martele

7076 00 1 CD $29.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Nebraska Children's Choir : The Circle of Time

Review: This compact disc was released by Bel Canto in 2001, and features colorful classical and folk songs from across the globe. All treble music. This CD showcases the many talents of this group. Selections range from classical to folk songs to 20th century avant-garde works. Conducted by Z. Randall Stroope.

Songlist: Caritas Abundat, Gaudette, Magnificat In G , Lascia Ch'io Pianga, Pueri, Concinite, In Paradidium, Aure Volanti, Ave Maria, There Is No Rose, We Rise Again, Kyrie , Agnun Dei , Laughing Song , Sympaatti , Tancnota , Altatodal , Osszegyultek , Cuatro Baladas Amarillas , In The Height Of That Mountain, The Land Was Yellow, Two Red Oxen In The Golden Field, I'm Walking Over A Sky Of Daisy, Konpira Fune Fune , In Flanders Field, Adiemus , Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit

7998 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs

New Orleans Children's Chorus : Looking Back and Looking Up

Review: "Looking Back and Looking Up" is a sumptuous, 2-CD collection by the three talented branches of the New Orleans Children's Chorus, the Youth Chorale, Chamber Ensemble and Concert Chorus, all directed by Cheryl Dupont, with piano accompaniment by Kevin Caparotta. The Chorus is delighted to celebrate their 25th season, in spite of a 4-month hiatus due to Hurricane Katrina. There are 52 selections here on the two discs, impressive not only for the number, but for the difficulty and maturity of the pieces and the quality of the performances by this veteran Chorus. Attempting to choose favorites is not easy, for instance, disk one begins with David Elliot's joyous "When I Sing," Mozart's wonderful "Laudate Dominum," and Leslie/Calvert's heartstring-tugging "Song for the Mira;" each of these is a stone winner. We absolutely enjoyed Andre Thomas' "Rockin' Jerusalem," Bela Bartok's "Don't Leave Me," Imant Raminsh's "Song of the Stars," John Rutter's "Gaelic Blessing," Jule Styne's "Never, Never Land" and Z. Randall Stroope's "Inscription of Hope." On disk 2, we find S. Hatfield's "Nkose Sikeleli/Freedom is Coming," Rupert Lang's "Spirit of the Child," Ella Fitzgerald's "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," Randall Thompson's "A Girl's Garden," Schubert's "Lebenslust," Valerie Shields' "Eliyahu Hanavi," Daniel Gawthrop's "Sing Me to Heaven" and pianist Caparotta's "May the Road Rise to Meet You." A beautiful, sublime collection from this outstanding American children's chorus!

Songlist: When I Sing, Laudate Dominum, Song for the Mira, Kyrie from Missa Brevis, Pie Jesu from Requiem, Rockin' Jerusalem, Lift Thine Eyes, Don't Leave Me, O Aula Nobilis, Cantate Domino, Good Ale, Hiney Ma Tov, Song of the Stars, Old McDoodle, Tantum Ergo, Winter Under Snow is Weary, My Heart's Friend, Noel Des Enfants, The Gift to be Simple, Gaelic Blessing, Winter Changes, Never, Never Land, Cape Breton Lullaby, When I Set Out for Lyoness, Inscription of Hope, Do I Not Love Thee, Neighbor's Chorus, The Lord Bless You and Keep You, Nkose Sikeleli/Freedom is Coming, Spirit of the Child, Ah! si mon moine voulait danser, A-Tisket, A-Tasket, The Kalanta of the New Year, I Have Had Singing, Tomorrow Shall be My Dancing Day, O Come Let Us Sing Unto the Lord, Prelude to Peace, Diary of Dickinson, A Girl's Garden, Fair Warning, With You, Lebenslust, Ereve Shel Shoshanim, J'ententds le Moulin, Land of the Silver Birch, You and the Song, Eliyahu Hanavi, Sanctus from Requiem, Sing Me to Heaven, Hamisha Asar, Dodi Li, May the Road Rise to Meet You

4244 00 2 CDs $24.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs

New Orleans Children's Chorus : Music Down In My Soul

Review: Cheryl Dupont is the Artistic Director of the three divisions of the NOCC, the Youth Chorale, Chamber Ensemble and Concert Chorus. The piano accompaniment for these 23 songs is provided by Kevin Caparotta. Some of our favorites are the title tune by the masterful Moses Hogan, Mark Patterson's "This Shall Be For Music," Bob Chilcott's "The Lily and the Rose" and "Be Simple Little Children," Cesar Franck's "Panis Angelicus, John Rutter's "Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind," Paul Basler's "Gloria from Missa Kenya," Nick Page's Thula S'Thandwa," Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and the Scottish Folk Song "Auld Lang Syne" by the combined choirs. Every cut here is wonderful, inspirational music from one of America's finest children's choruses!

Songlist: Psalm 100, Kyrie from St. Francis in the Americas, The Lily and the Rose, Metsa Telegramm, Music Down in My Soul, Praise His Holy Name, Panis Angelicus, Herbstlied , The Child, The Water of Tyne, This Shall Be for Music, Sabbath Prayer from Fiddler on the Roof, Be Simple, Little Children, Happy Land, Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind, Hey Ay, Gloria from Missa Kenya, Thula S'Thandwa, Tres Cantos Nativos dos Indios Krao, Vigil, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Auld Lang Syne, May the Road Rise to Meet You

4243 00 2 CDs $24.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs

New York Polyphony : endBeginning

Review: 'My end is my beginning, and my beginning my end' - with those words the four members of New York Polyphony end a programme which explores the themes of grief, loss and mortality. Apart from the closing paraphrase by Jackson Hill (b.1942) on Guillaume de Machaut's famous 14th century rondeau Ma fin... and two examples of plainsong, all works included on endBeginning, the ensemble's first disc on BIS, were composed by masters of the Franco-Flemish school of polyphony active in the first half of the 16th century. The music was partly used liturgically, for instance Brumel's Mass for the Dead, which incorporates the first known polyphonic setting of the text Dies irae, 'Day of Wrath' as its extensive centre piece. Similarly the Lamentations by Crecquillon, a setting which is possibly appearing on disc for the first time, would have been used in churches during Holy Week, with the destruction of Jerusalem as mourned by the prophet Jeremiah standing as a symbol of the Passion of Christ. The two Gregorian chants Libera me and In paradisum both form part of the Roman Catholic burial service, the first a prayer for the soul's delivery from eternal death and the second an evocation of the hereafter. Of a more subjective nature, the two texts Absalon fili mi ('Absalom, my son') and Tristitia obsedit me - Infelix ego ('Sadness has besieged me - Alas, wretch that I am') have moved their respective composers to settings of rare intensity. Formed in 2006, New York Polyphony is establishing a reputation as an exceptionally fine vocal chamber ensemble, and has been praised for a 'rich, natural sound that's larger and more complex than the sum of its parts'

Songlist: Missa pro defunctis; Libera me, Domine , Lamentationes Jeremae, Tristitia obsedit me - Infelix ego, Absalon fili mi; In paradisum, Ma fin est mon commencement

2077 00 SACD $18.95

New York Polyphony : Sing Thee Nowell

Review: The holiday season generally abounds with similar-sounding releases, but the year 2014 brought an unusually fresh crop including this release from the vocal quartet New York Polyphony, excellently recorded by BIS at a boychoir chapel in Princeton, New Jersey. The group follows the common procedure of including music from the Middle Ages to the present day, but they push the boundaries at each step with a distinctive sound that flirts with, but does not adopt, the textures made famous by the Swingle Singers. This has a revelatory effect in Philippe Verdelot's Gabriel Archangelus, a work that does not sound like much when dutifully sung by a cathedral choir. Many pieces are grouped by Christmas subtheme -- Annunciation, Epiphany, Advent, and Nativity -- and the program is cannily put together to show ideas refracted through the music of various periods. For many, though, the chief attraction will be the impeccably close harmonies of New York Polyphony, and that kind of sheer skill rarely coexists with such programming sophistication. An ideal gift for someone who likes a cappella, small group polyphony.

Songlist: Veni Emmanuel, Adam lay ybounden, Gabriel archangelus, Gabriel archangelus, There is no rose of swych vertu , There is no rose (based on the tune Hereford) , There is no rose, Nesciens mater, O pia virgo, Nowell: Out of your sleep, Nowell: Arise and wake, 5 Carols, Sleep Now, O Magnum Mysterium, Quem pastores laudavere, Quid petis, O Fili?, Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle, Bethlehem Down, Magi veniunt, O Little Town of Bethlehem

2224 00 SACD $19.95

New York Polyphony : Tudor City

Review: Classical vocal quartet New York Polyphony struck a chord with their 2007 Avie debut, I Sing The Birth (AV 2141). It was an Editor's Christmas Choice in BBC Music magazine, and Classic FM awarded it five stars. For their second release, the all-male foursome delivers their signature fusion of historically informed performances in a range of styles. Interspersed among sacred masterpieces of Tudor England are four new works by British-Norwegian composer Andrew Smith, adding a modern harmonic richness and complexity to the album. The result is a compelling synthesis of ancient and contemporary vocal music.

Songlist: Ave Verum Corpus, Gaude Virgo Mater Christi, Flos Regalis, Flos Regalis, O Come In One To Praise The Lord, Expend, O Lord, My Plant of Word, Surrexit Christus, Stella Caeli, Speciosa Facta Es, Audivi Vocem, Why Fum'th in Fight, To Mock Your Reign, Man Blest No Doubt, God Grant With Grace, Magnificat A 4, Magnificat A 4, In Pace

4268 00 1 CD $15.95

Norman Luboff Choir : Songs Of Christmas / Calypso Holiday

Review: Certainly one of our most unusual Christmas CD's on offer, these 1956/57 recordings are a blast of refreshment. The first 12 tracks, from "Calypso Holiday," are accompanied, sung in tribal languages as well as English, French and Spanish, and are guaranteed to cheer up anybody's holiday blues! Songs such as "Yellow Bird," "Pig Knuckles and Rice" and "Bamboo-Tamboo" are a wonderful break from the traditional carols, but lest you miss them, "Songs Of Christmas," features a series of medleys, all a cappella and arranged by Norman Luboff. The Norman Luboff Choir were quite popular in the '50's and '60's, too commercial to be considered classical, but nonetheless their renditions of the holiday chestnuts are first-rate.

Songlist: Calypso Carnival, The Proposal, Balance, Water, Yellow Bird, Dance De Limbo, Sound De Fire Alarm, Bamboo-Tamboo, Pig Knuckles And Rice, Like My Heart, Fisherman's Song, Dansez Calenda, Joy to the World / I Saw Three Ships / We Three Kings of Orient Are / O Little Town Of Bethlehem, What Child Is This? / Twelve of Christmas / Baloo Lammy, The Holly and the Ivy / A La Nanita Nana / Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine / Whence Comes This Rush of Wings, The First Nowell / Wassail, Wassail All Over the Town / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Oh Tannenbaum / O Holy Night / Coventry Carol, The Wassail Song (Here We Come A'Wassailing? / Oh Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) / Deck the Hall With Boughs of Holly / Silent Night, Holy Night

6418 00 1 CD $14.98 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

Norman Luboff Choir : Songs Of The World Vol 1& 2

Review: The Norman Luboff choir is one of the great choral folk/pop groups of all time, and "Songs" is one of those great 2-LPs on one CD compilations that give you so much great music for your money. First released in 1959, these 24 (all but one song accompanied) songs embrace the music of many countries, most of which are fresh to our ears today, but nonetheless smooth, rich and beautiful. The one a cappella tune, "Dear Fatherland, Farewell," is a nostalgic winner with bass harmonies to die for. Soloists William Reeve, Betty Mulliner and William Lee amaze us and break our hearts. Some of our favorites: "Lift a Glass to Friendship" from Poland, "Pepita" from Portugal, "Bamboo Flute" from China, "Cockles and Mussels" from Ireland, "The Lonely Birch Tree" from Russia, "Valencianita" from Venezuela - all are wonderful and touching. Highly recommended!

Songlist: Volume 1:, Aupres de Ma Blonde, Carmen, Carmela, Lift A Glass to Friendship, Bamboo Flute, Pepita, Cockles and Mussels, The Lonely Birch Tree, Annie Laurie, Valencianita, Beyond the Mountains, Go To Sleep, Volume 2:, Mangwani Impulele, Greensleeves, Vigolin, Dear Fatherland, Farewell, Cherry Blossom, Coconut and Banana, Lullaby of the Shepherd, Still, Still, Still, marianna, All Through the Night, Click Go the Shears, The Fountain, Elanoy

6868 00 1 CD $14.98

Norman Luboff Choir : Ticket To The Movies

Review: Here are 19 songs, all from the movies, all arranged and conducted by Norman Luboff, A true musical eclectic, Luboff was driven to render every piece with a painstaking exactitude and an arrangement that immediately defined it as a Luboff performance. His choir toured annually from from 1963 until Luboff's death in 1987, and recorded more than 75 albums. This perfectionism is clear on every cut of every Luboff album, of which four, from 1961-65, are represented here. "All the Things You Are," "It Had to Be You," "As Time Goes By" (which Sam played again in "Casablanca," but actually was from the 1931 musical "Everybody's Welcome"), the title tunes from "My Foolish Heart," "Days of Wine and Roses," "High Noon," "On Green Dolphin Street," "An Affair to Remember," "Ruby" (from "Ruby Gentry") and "Laura," the lovely "Unchained Melody," "I'll Get By," "The Song from Moulin Rouge" ("Where is Your Heart"), and Irving Berlin's wonderful "Remember." Luboff is an American master, and his choir is one of the most powerful vocal groups of all time. Sure, all songs are gently accompanied, but the focus is on the smooth-as-maple syrup harmonies. These songs unabashedly tug at our heartstrings and push every romantic and sentimental button, and all we can say is, "highly recommended!"

Songlist: All the Things You Are, My Foolish Heart, High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me), An Affair to Remember, Darling My Darling, As Time Goes By, Days of Wine and Roses, Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo, Younger than Springtime, It's Magic, On Green Dolphin Street, It Had To Be You, Ruby, Stella By Starlight, I'll See You Again, Unchained Melody, Laura, I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You), The Song from "Moulin Rouge" (Where Is Your Heart?), Remember

6869 00 1 CD $15.98

Northwest Boychoir : 'Tis the Season

Review: Released in November 1999, Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle's fourth Christmas album: 'Tis the Season! The repertoire for this album includes a mix of traditional sacred music and favorite popular tunes. The traditional, sacred pieces were recorded at Bastyr University's chapel (formerly St. Thomas Center) with musicians from Seattle's professional orchestra and chamber groups. The popular pieces were recorded at Triad Studios in Redmond.

Songlist: Caroling, Caroling, Come Leave Your Sheep, Tomorrow Shall Be Your Dancing Day, Deck The Halls, Personent Hodie, How Far Is It To Bethlehem, When Christ Was Born, Jingle Bell Rock, Winter Wonderland, The Christmas Song, Sleigh Ride, Christmas Time Is Here, Let It Snow, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, Jingle Bells

7919 00 1 CD $15.98 Boys Choirs CDs

Northwest Boychoir : Our Finest Gifts

Review: This splendid recording of 15 traditional Christmas songs and carols displays the impressive vocal talents of the members of the Northwest Boychoir and the young men and women of Vocalpoint! Seattle. Released in 1994, this is the third holiday album recorded and produced under the direction of Joseph Crnko with Nathaniel Papadakis. With this album, the choirs have worked to recreate the splendor and magic of their annual Festival of Lessons & Carols presentations. To capture the distinct quality of the boychoir sound, the choirs recorded on location at West Seattle's beautiful Holy Rosary Church. Every effort was taken to retain the breathtaking resonance of Holy Rosary. To add to the beauty of this recording, the choirs are accompanied by musicians from Seattle's leading orchestras and chamber groups. The result is a rich, vibrant recording that fully reveals the talents of these ensembles.

Songlist: Carol Of The Drum, Do You Hear What I Hear, Sussex Carol, Sweet Little Jesus Boy, The Birds, Carol Of The Bells, Past Three O'clock, Adam Lay Ybounden, We Three Kings, Silent Night, There Is No Rose, Christmas Lullaby, Joys Seven, O Holy Night, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

7918 00 1 CD $15.98 Boys Choirs CDs

Northwest Girlchoir : Daybreak

Review: The 190 singers of the renowned, Seattle-base Northwest Girlchoir, ages 4-18 and divided into groups named "Fresca," "Amabile," "Vivace," "Amore" and "Ensemble," bring us a strong collection of favorites from their concert performances, from 2006 to 2008. Among these 22 mostly piano-accompanied tunes are some wonderful gems, including Stephen Paulus' title tune," Benjamin Britten's "A New Year Carol" and the very funny "My True Love Gave to Me" by Fresca; Janet Gardner's "Morning" and "Jazzy St. Nick" by Amabile; Amy F. Bernon's "On Wind, On Wing" and the Bulgarian folk song "Nikolo le, Kikolcho le" by Vivace; the Hungarian-Canadian folk song "Morning Star" and Irving Berlin's "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" by Ensemble, Dede Duson's "Dawn" and R. Murray Schafer's "Snowforms" by Amore; and Z. Randall Stroope's "Omnia Sol" and Stephen Hatfield's "Living in a Holy City." A very special collection from the sweet, clear voices of NWGC!

Songlist: Daybreak, The Lake Isle of Innisfree, A New Year Carol (from Friday Afternoons), My True Love Gave to Me, Morning, El Desembre Congelat, Jazzy Old Saint Nick, Noel, Noel, On Wind, On Wing, Nikolo le, Nikolcho le, Morning Star, You are the New Day, I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, Dawn, Snowforms, Noel des enfants qui n'ont plus maisons, Choose Something Like a Star, African Celebration, Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Yo Le Canto Todo el Dia, Omnia Sol, Living in a Holy City

9016 00 1 CD $15.95 Girls Choirs CDs

Northwest Girlchoir : Heart & Soul

Review: Seattle, WA-based Northwest Girlchoir provides extraordinary music education and concert experience to 190 girls and young women ages 4-18, who hail from throughout the Puget Sound. Choristers participate in concerts, community events; regional, national and international festivals and tours, touching thousands of audience members with their artistry and critically-acclaimed choral sound. For this live recorded concert at Seattle's Meany Theatre, the ensemble was joined on the last three selections (the traditional European chant and S. African anti-apartheid song "Hope for Resolution," Sarah Hopkins' "Honour the Earth," and Oscar Peterson's "Hymn to Freedom") by over 50 NWGC alumnae and veteran accompanist Dwight Beckmeyer. There are 18 songs here, mostly accompanied by piano, a "best-of" selection from the group's concert performances. John Muehleisen's commissioned piece "Glory! (A History Lesson), Carolyn Jennings' 4-part "Cat and Mouse," the sweet "Manx Lullaby," Bob Chilcott's "Like a Singing Bird," Marta Keen's "Homeward Bound," the traditional Zambian song "Bonse Aba," the English folk song "Scarborough Fair," and the Stephen Hatfield-arranged spiritual "First to Know." A beautiful collection from this wonderful ensemble from the North country!

Songlist: Glory! (A History Lesson), Cat and Mouse, Where is Love?/Who Will Buy? (from Oliver!), Manx Lullaby, The Trolley Song, Like a Singing Bird, Give Us Hope, Homeward Bound, Mandoline, Bonse Aba, Cantate Domino, Vocalise, Scarborough Fair, Heart We Will Forget Him, First to Know, Hope for Resolution, Honour the Earth, Hymn to Freedom

9017 00 1 CD $15.95 Girls Choirs CDs

Northwest Girlchoir : Inscription of Hope

Review: Over 100 members of the Girlchoir, directed by Rebecca Rottsolk, bring together this concert of songs and simple, elegant texts that celebrate the resiliency of the human spirit against great adversity. The essence of the CD comes from the first song, the words taken from a cellar wall where Jews were hiding from the Nazis in WWII: "I believe in the sun even when it is not shining and I believe in God even when God is silent." There are 3 songs from "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," a musical memorial to the 15,000 children who passed through the town of Teresienstadt on their way to Auschwitz. 14 songs, all lightly accompanied, that touch the heart from these talented young voices!

Songlist: Inscription of Hope, Nigra Sum, Adonai Ro'i, The Butterfly, On A Sunny Evening, Birdsong, Bashana Haba'Ah, Hava Nagila, Sure on this Shining Night, Precious Lord, Take My Hand, Hymn To Freedom, African Celebration, I'm Going Up Yonder, Light One Candle

6626 00 1 CD $15.98 Girls Choirs CDs

Notre Dame Glee Club : Beautiful Rain

Review: The Notre Dame Glee Club is a music tradition that began at the University in 1915. Since 1993, Daniel Stowe has led the Glee Club in world-wide tours with great success. Today, Glee Club repertoire is not just football songs, sea shanties and the alma mater theme. In recent years, the choir has been trimmed in numbers to 55 select singers, and their repertoire now focuses upon a wider range of styles: from German art songs, American spirituals, Russian Orthodox, Baroque and Renaissance sacred music, to Barbershop harmony and folk music from nations of the world. The Glee Club's versatility is showcased in the wide variety of genres on this disc.. The musicianship of the Glee Club is all the more remarkable when considering that the Glee Club is a volunteer ensemble, operating independently from music degree programs. Recorded in spring 2007, in the finely-tuned acoustic of Leighton Concert Hall in the newly-finished DiBartolo Performing Arts Center on the campus of University of Notre Dame.

Songlist: Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain, Sweep Clean Mary, Daniel Saw the Stone, Prayer of the Children, Abendstanchen, Trinklied, Der Jager Abschied, Duh Tvoy blagiy, Slava v vishnih Bogu, Crucifixus, Domine, non sum dignus, Lamentations of Jeremaih, Down Among the Dead Men, Kpanlongo, Tancuj, Tancuj, Nicaragua, Nicaraguita, Whup! Jamboree, Tom's Gone to Hilo, Blow Ye Winds, Lowlands, Bonnie Hielan Laddie, The Elements, The Auctioneer, I Used to Call Her Baby, Who's Sorry Now? / Someday, Coney Island Baby / We All Fall

8905 00 1 CD $15.95

Notre Dame Glee Club : In Dulci Jubilo

Review: The 71-strong male voices of the NDGC presents this fine collection of Christmas musical landmarks in "the hope of reawakening that mystery and wonder" of the Christmas seasons of their childhood. A noble purpose, and beautifully realized, from the opening cut, the lovely title song, and a marvelous "Gloucestershire Wassail," Steven Sametz' "Noel," and "Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming to Handl's "O Magnum Mysterium," Monteverdi's "Hodie Christus natus est," a ringing "Riu, riu, chiu" and "Here We Come A Wassailing," this is as rich, smooth, melodic and harmonious as any Christmas collection we've heard. We particularly enjoyed the spiritual "Mary Had A Baby" and the joyous West Indian song "De Mornin' Come." One of the best of the year!

Songlist: In Dulci Jubilo - traditional, arr. R. L. Pearsall, adapted Patrick D. Quigley, Glouscestershire Wassail - traditional, arr. Patrick D. Quigley, Noel! (Canon) - Steven Sametz, There Is No Rose - anonymous 15th-century English, Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming - Michael Praetorius, Ave Maria - Franz Biebl, O Magnum Mysterium, Hodie Christus natus est - Claudio Monteverdi, Riu, riu, chiu - anonymous 16th-century Spanish, Here We Come A-Wassailing - traditional, arr. Daniel Pedtke, O Tannenbaum - traditional, arr. Shaw/Parker, Carol of the Bells - Leontovich, arr. Wihousky, Mary Had a Baby - Spiritual, arr. Dawson, Betelehemu - arr. Wendell Whalum, De Mornin' Come - West Indian Christmas Song, arr. Whalum, Jingle Bells - James Pierpont, arr. David Clark Isele, Winter Wonderland - Smith/Bernard, arr. Ed Waesche, White Christmas, The Christmas Song - Mel Torme/Robert Wells, arr. Gene Puerling, We Wish You a Merry Christmas - traditional, arr. Daniel Pedtke

7041 00 1 CD $15.98 Men's Choir Christmas

Notre Dame Glee Club : Under The Dome

Review: The a cappella, all-male, 63-strong Notre Dame Glee Club brings us a collection of sacred songs ("Regina caeli," "L'ultime di de maggio," "Beautiful Savior," "Zwei Geistliche Chore, O. 115," "O sacrum convivium"), spirituals ("Swing Down Chariot," "I'm Building Me A Home," "Deep River"), and folk tunes ("She Moved Through the Fair," "Shenandoah," "Londonderry Air"). 23 well-chosen songs, sung with youthful energy, feeling and beautifully-blended harmonies. "Under the Dome" is a sumptuous musical feast!

Songlist: Regina caeli (chant), Regina caeli (motet), L'ultimo di de maggio, Beautiful Savior, She Moved Through the Fair, Spanish Ladies, Shenandoah, You Are the New Day, Londonderry Air, Darkness on the Delta, Swing Down Chariot, I'm Building Me A Home, Deep River, Hold On!, L'amour de moy, Dulaman, Ave Maria / Zwei Geistiche Chore Op 115, Beati mortui, Periti autem, Hvalite imia Ghospodne, Op. 52, Nr. 8, Recordare, Domine II. Pars: Exaudi nos, Deus, O Sacrum Convivium, Notre Dame, Our Mother

6729 00 1 CD $14.98 Men's Choirs CDs

Notre Dame Glee Club : Vive La Compagnie

Review: The 40-strong, all-male NDGC brings us a rich, varied collection of 26 songs, ranging from the expected Notre Dame fight songs ("Irish Backs"/"On Down the Line," "You Gotta Be A Football Hero"/Touchdown Star," "Notre Dame, We Hail Thee," "Notre Dame, Our Mother" and "The Notre Dame Victory March"), Folk and Traditional tunes ("Vive l'amour," "What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor," "McNamara's Band"/Clancy Lowered the Boom"), "Loch Lomond" and "Danny Boy"), Show tunes {'Tonight," "Seventy-six Trombones") and spirituals ("The Water Is Wide," "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "Wade In the Water," "My Lord, What a Morning" and "Ain'-A That Good News"). Nicely sung, spirited a cappella selections by one of the oldest and most beloved collegiate choruses.

Songlist: Vive I'amour (American Folk Song), Irish Blacks / On Down the Line, You Gotta Be a Football Hero / Touchdown Star, Tonight, On the Banks of the Don, What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor, Suo-Gan, McNamara's Band, Loch Lomond, The Water Is Wide, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Wade In the Water, My Lord, What a Mornin', Ain'-A That Good News, If Ye Love Me, Trinklied, Nine otpushchayeshi, Spaseniye sodelal, Trouble, Sadder But Wiser, Seventy-Six Trombones, Danny Boy, Notre Dame, We Hail Thee, Notre Dame, Our Mother, The Notre Dame Victory March, Ain'-A That Good News

7814 00 1 CD $15.98

Notre Dame Liturgical Choir : Exultati Deo

Review: The third compilation of the Liturgical Choir's music, Exultate Deo, features mostly a cappella music, with sets by Durufle, Palestrina, Mendelssohn, and Stanford. Highlights include Faure's tranquil "Cantique de Jean Racine"; Hoiby's contemporary organ exposition, "Let This Mind Be In You"; Palestrina's ageless "Sicut Cervus"; Mendelssohn's eight-voice German Mass segments; and Stanford's jubilant Easter anthem, "Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem."

Songlist: Hail Gladdening Light, Cantique de Jean Racine, Ubi Caritas , Tantum Ergo, Rorate Coeli , Ego Sum Panis Vivus , Kyrie , Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe, Heilig , A Hymn to the Virgin , O Sacrum Convivium, Let This Mind be in You , Justorum Animae , Coelos Ascendit Hodie

7267 00 1 CD $15.98

Notre Dame Liturgical Choir : Praise Thee, Notre Dame

Review: Praise Thee, Notre Dame, the second recording from the Liturgical Choir, features a Mass, in five movements, written for two organs and choir by nineteenth-century French composer Louis Vierne, with organists Erik Floan and Heather Martin. The remainder of this collection is a cappella, including, "Salvation is Created" by Pavel Tchesnokoff, "Ave Maria" by Igor Stravinsky "Ain'a That Good News" arranged by William Dawson and "Notre Dame Our Mother," the University of Notre Dame alma mater.

Songlist: Messe Solennelle, Op. 16 , Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei , Salvation is Created , Ave Maria , Blazhenni yazhe izbral , I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light (Kathleen Thomerson), The King of Love, Ain'a That Good News, Notre Dame, Our Mother

7264 00 1 CD $15.98

Oasis Chorale : In Endless Light

Review: Another fine collection from Kinzers, PA's 33-strong, mixed-voice Oasis Chorale, whose intent is "to provide an opportunity for young people to use their God given talents in promoting this 'Oasis' in the desert of ungodly music of the day-giving a cool drink to the thirsty soul and spirit." Some favorites among these 17 songs are: Paul Tchesnokoff's "Let Thy Holy Presence," "Make a Joyful Noise Unto God," with text from Psalm 66, William Byrd and William Leighton's "Look Down, O Lord, On Me," Edward Grieg and H.A. Brorson's "God's Son Has Made Me Free," Roy Hamilton's "Lord, I Need You," Lyle Stutzman and Samuel Johnson's "Prayer for Strength," the traditional Spiritual "I'm Goin' to Sing," J. Haydn's (with text by Jane McKnight) "Praise We Sing to Thee," Frederick Lehman's "The Love of God" and M. Lowrie Hoffard & H. Millard's lovely "Abide With Me, 'Tis Eventide." Let this beautiful music open your heart to praise and worship with Oasis Chorale!

Songlist: Let Thy Holy Presence, Make a Joyful Noise, Look Down, O Lord, God's Son Has Made Me Free, Lord, I Need You, Give Me Jesus, For He Shall Give His Angels, Prayer for Strength, The King of Love, I'm Goin' To Sing, O Day Full of Grace, Praise We Sing to Thee, The Love of God, Down By the Riverside, Alleluia, Prayer, Abide With Me, 'Tis Eventide

3051 00 1 CD $12.95

Oasis Chorale : Journey - The Road Home

Review: Led by acclaimed Conductor and Director Wendell Nisley, the 34-strong, mixed-voice Oasis Chorale's mission is "to call its singers and its audiences to thoughtful worship of the true God through artistic choral music sung skillfully. "Journey, the Road Home," an a cappella album, is divided into 5 parts, the first, Songs of Delight, has "Shout, O Glory and "I Sat Down Under His Shadow" as our favorites, Part II, Songs of Distress, features "Hear My Prayer, O Lord" and "Abide with Me;" Part III, Songs of Assurance, has "Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep," the soaring "Amazing Grace" and "Close Now Thine Eyes;" Part IV, Songs of Commitment and Courage favorites are "God Be in My Head," "Day by Day" and "Walk Together, Children;" and Part V, Songs of Home winners are "Never Weather-Beaten Sail," "Goin' Home" and "Home to Thee." The Chorale is aptly named, "Journey, the Road Home" is an oasis of lovely, harmonious, inspiring a cappella songs of faith that move us and lift us up!

Songlist: Shout, O Glory - Songs of Delight, I Sat Down Under His Shadow - Songs of Delight, Praise To The Lord - Songs of Delight, Hear My Prayer, O Lord - Songs of Distress, Hear My Prayer - Songs of Distress, Abide With Me - Songs of Distress, Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep - Songs of Assurance, Take My Hand and Lead Me - Songs of Assurance, Amazing Grace - Songs of Assurance, Close Now Thine Eyes - Songs of Assurance, God Be In My Head - Songs of Commitment and Courage, Day by Day - Songs of Commitment and Courage, This Little Light of Mine - Songs of Commitment and Courage, Walk Together, Children - Songs of Commitment and Courage, Never Weather-Beaten Sail - Songs of Home, Goin' Home - Songs of Home, Home to Thee - Songs of Home

6088 00 1 CD $12.95

Oasis Chorale : Reflections

Review: The mission of Kinzers, PA's 33-strong, mixed-voice Oasis Chorale is "to call its singers and its audiences to thoughtful worship of the true God through artistic Choral music sung skillfully." The five-part, 16-song collection "Reflections, Portraits from the Life of Christ" fulfills that mission beautifully, with well-chosen, varied selections such as the Plainsong "Jesus, I Adore Thee" coupled with the traditional hymn "O Come, All Ye Faithful," Eric Whitacre's lovely "Lux Aurumque," Jester Hairston's "Mary's Little Boy Chile" and June Collin's "The Quiet Heart" in the first part, "The Beginning Scenes of the Advent." Favorites in part II, Ministry, are Rosephanye Powell's "The Word was God," Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Our Father in Heaven" and the German Chorale "Lamb of God;" and on part III, Passion, Karl Graun's "Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs" and Hans Leo Hassler's "Passion Chorale." Part IV features Lloyd Kauffman's "Lift Your Glad Voices" and Vulpius' "Jesus Our Lord Is Risen Today;" and Part V, Robert Shaw's "Set Down, Servant," Andreas Hammerschmidt's "Lift Up Your Heads," and F. Melius Christiansen's "Beautiful Savior." "Reflections" is gorgeous, moving and inspiring!

Songlist: Jesus, I Adore Thee, O Come, All Ye Faithful, Lux Aurumque, Mary's Little Boy Chile, The Quiet Heart, The Word Was God, Our Father In Heaven, My God Is A Rock, Lamb Of God, Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs, Passion Chorale, Lift Your Glad Voices, Jesus Our Lord Is Risen Today, Set Down, Servant, Lift Up Your Heads, Beautiful Savior

6087 00 1 CD $12.95

Oasis Chorale : Treasures in Heaven

Review: Conductor Wendell Nisley leads his 34 mixed-voice, Kinzers, PA-based Oasis Chorale in another lovely all-a cappella collection of 20 songs. The Chorale's desire is that "the message of our songs would be like an oasis in the desert, refreshing to the spirit and soul," and "Treasures in Heaven" is exactly that! Some of our favorites are "Sing and Rejoice," "Glory of the Lord," "If Ye Love Me," the title tune, "I Go to the Rock," "All That Hath Life & Breath," "His Footfall" (to the tune of the Folk song "Danny Boy"), "Working with Joy," "Jordan," "Abendlied" and "Alleluia," but every cut here is beautiful, uplifting and inspirational!

Songlist: Heilig, Sing and Rejoice, Glory In The Lord, God Is Seen, If Ye Love Me, Here I Am, Lord, Treasures In Heaven, I Go To The Rock, O God Our Help, Spirit of God, Descend, All That Hath Life & Breath, His Footfall, Prayer of the Children, Be Tho My Vision, Working With Joy, Jordan, Beautiful Savior, Ain'a That Good News, Abendlied, Alleluia

3052 00 1 CD $12.95

Ohio State University Men's Glee : Brothers in Song

Review: The Ohio State University Men's Glee Club was organized in 1875 and has created a long tradition of choral excellence. The 2006 incarnation of the group, conducted by Dr. Robert J. Ward, brings us a spirited collection of songs, mixing a cappella with accompanied material, as well as showing off the rich variety of their repertoire, from traditional tunes like "Down By The Riverside," "She Moved Through the Fair," the beautifully harmonic a cappella song "Blow the Candles Out" and "O Mistress Mine" to classical tunes like Franz Schubert's "Widerspruch," Richard Wagner's "Begluckt darf nun dich," Felix Mendelssohn's" Periti autem" and Z. Randall Stroope's "Dies Irae;" to popular music like Billy Joel's lovely "And so it goes," Michael Martin's "Send In the Clowns," and of course songs of OSU: "Carmen Ohio," "The Buckeye Battle Cry," "Campus Echoes" and "Hang on Sloopy." We also liked Sven-David Svenstrom's dramatic a cappella "Kyrie" and John Rutter's "Down By the Sally Gardens." A fine collection from one of America's oldest and most respected Collegiate groups!

Songlist: Carmen Ohio, Musica!, Kyrie , Widerspruch, Send In The Clowns, Dies Irae, "Begluckt darf nun dich", Blow the Candles Out, And So It Goes, She Moved Through the Fair, Landed, O Mistress Mine, Down By the Sally Gardens, Blagoslovi, Dushe Moya, Ghospoda, Periti Autem, Down By the Riverside, Songs of The Ohio State University:, The Buckeye Battle Cry, Campus Echoes, Hang on Sloopy

8938 00 1 CD $15.95 Men's Choirs CDs

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