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Ohio State University Men's Glee : We Sing

Review: One of the oldest and most respected Collegiate men's choruses, the 2007 version of the Ohio State University Men's Glee Club presents a lovely and difficult collection of beautifully arranged harmonic gems, directed by Dr. Robert J. Ward. Many of these 17 songs are accompanied, but our favorites include the a cappella tunes, Stevan St. Mokranjac's "Tebe poyem," "Take a Chance on Me," Bruce Sled's surprising "Jin-ga-lye-ah,"the a cappella "Leave It!," Healy Willan's exquisite "Kyrie," form "Missa Brevis," an a cappella rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing," Eric Lane Barnes' very funny, live a cappella "Lambscapes," and the still-loved a cappella chestnut, "Wimoweh." We also enjoyed the "Songs of OSU medley, as will the many thousands of OSU alumni who will want to hear these spirited songs of Columbus. A pair by Franz Schubert, "Der Gondelfahrer" and "La Pastorella" and Robert Cundick's lovely "The West Wind" round out our list of favorites. Good, entertaining Collegiate stuff from the Midwest!

Songlist: Sea Fever, Der Gondelfahrer, Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now, Tebe Poyem, The Stars Are With the Voyager, La Pastorella, Take A Chance On Me, Terminus, Maybe I'm Amazed, Jin-ga-lye-ah, The West Wind, Leave It!, Missa Brevis, Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing, Lambscapes, Wimoweh, Songs of the Ohio State University:, The Buckeye Battle Cry, Capus Echoes, Carmen Ohio, Hang on Sloopy

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8939 00 1 CD $15.95 Men's Choirs CDs


Ohio State University Women's Glee : Here's To Song

Review: Founded in 1903, the OSU Women's Glee Club is one of the oldest and most respected women's Collegiate groups in America. These 19 songs start off nicely with a pair of a cappella tunes, the lovely "Alleluia" by William Boyce, and Jacques Arcadelt's joyous "Sing On this Festive Day," Bach's lightly accompanied "Dominus Deus," and three by Gwyneth Walker, "Mornings Innocent,"" "Love is a Rain of Diamonds" and "I will be earth." Thomas Morely's "Fire, fire my heart" and a pair of spirituals by Michael Neaum, "I got a robe" and "Didn't it rain" are also on our list of favorites. The Glee Club has a pure, harmonic soprano sound that's easy on the ears, and every cut on "Here's to Song" is a winner!

Songlist: Alleluia, Sing on this Festive Day, Come, Ye Makers of Song, Dominus Deus, How Merrily We Live, Psalm 100, Rise Up, My Love, Nigra Sum, The Snow, Mornings Innocent, Love is a Rain of Diamonds, I Will be Earth, Fire, Fire My Heart, Hotaru Koi (Ho, Firefly), Aunu, Aunu Balti Kajas, Song for the Mira, I Got A Robe, Didn't It Rain, Here's To Song

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8940 00 1 CD $15.95 Female Choral CDs


Ole Miss Choirs : Whitacre Conducts Whitacre

Review: The University of Mississippi Department of Music offers a unique opportunity to experience Eric Whitacre's music as he conducts the University of Mississippi Concert Singers, Men's Glee, Women's Glee, University Chorus, and Symphonic Band in cooperation with rehearsal conductors Bill DeJournett, Debra Spurgeon, and Donald Trott. This project was the result of a campus visit in April 2007 with Eric Whitacre including rehearsal time, a recording session, Q&A with students, and culminating in a concert for the public. This recording is a mixture of live and recording session performances.

Songlist: With a Lily in Your Hand, This Marriage, Sleep, Animal Crackers, Lux Aurumque, She Weeps Over Rahoon, Ghost Train, Cloudburst, Five Hebrew Love Songs

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9018 00 1 CD $15.95


Opus 7 : From Captivity to the Holy City

Review: The disc, with selections drawn from texts for the Lenten and Easter seasons, describes the human experience as it moves from darkness to light, from enslavement to liberation, and from suffering to joy. Included are works by Parry, Ives, Stanford, and Opus 7's composer-in-residence, John Muehleisen.

Songlist: Chichester Mass, De profundis, Long Since in Egypt's pleneous land, Drop. drop slow tears, Crux fidelis, Fac me tecum, 67 Psalm, Veni, cretor spiritus, And I saw a new heaven, Coelos ascendit bodie, God is gone up, Hark, I hear the harps eternal, Never weather-beaten saile

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6821 00 1 CD $15.98


Opus 7 : Herbolsheimer: Let Us Sing

Review: A major collection of never-before-recorded music by Northwest composer Bern Herbolsheimer, performed in the beautiful acoustical setting of St. James Cathedral in Seattle. These lyrical works are interpreted with reverence and clarity by Opus 7 vocal ensemble under the direction of Loren Ponten. Opus 7 specializes in the performance of modern and contemporary works, and their previous recordings have received national praise.

Songlist: Ave Regina, "Gloria" from St. James Mass for Peace, Let Us Sing Sweet Songs, Thanksgiving Day, 1861: One Vacant Chair, We Praise Thee O God, Blessed, Seven Last Words, Father, forgive them, Amen dico tibi, Mulier, ecce filius tuus, Eli, lama sabatani?, Sitio, Consummatum est, Father, into thy hands, O come, O come, Silly Shepherds, Stille Nacht

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6151 00 1 CD $15.95


Pacific Boychoir : Benjamin Britten

Review: The most accomplished choristers of Oakland, California's highly-regarded Pacific Boychoir Academy are the Troubadors, who join with The Pacific Collegium, a professional chamber ensemble that combines exceptional vocalists and instrumentalists, to perform three of Benjamin Britten's favorite Christmas pieces. The dramatic, powerful 12-part "A Ceremony of Carols" was written in the middle of WWII, the simple and fetching "Hymn to the Virgin" has been a Christmas favorite since he wrote it while ill in bed at age 16; and the 7-part "A Boy Was Born," was a student exercise by Britten published in 1934 that deals with the nature of innocence and childhood in the Nativity story. Led by director Kevin Fox, the Troubadors handle this eclectic, often difficult material beautifully, and the Collegium, directed by Christopher Kula, adds strong instrumentals and vocals to the mix. This is a lovely, very different kind of Christmas collection of pieces by a master composer.

Songlist: Procession, Wolcum Yole, There Is No Rose, That Yonge Child, Balulalow, As Dew In Aprile, This Little Babe, Interlude, In Freezing Winter Night, Spring Carol, Deo Gracias, Recession, A Hymn To The Virgin, A Boy Was Born , Lullay Jesu, Herod, Jesu As Thou Art Our Saviour, The Three Kings, In The Bleak Mid-Winter, Noel

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8546 00 1 CD $15.98 Boys Choirs CDs


Pacific Boychoir : Cantate

Review: This wonderful CD features the Troubadors of the Pacific Boychoir singing works by J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, Isaac Posch and Felix Mendelssohn. In this ambitious project, the chorus sings Bach's Cantata BWV 150, Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich. With a small orchestra and the addition of tenors and basses, the choir performs this piece similarly to how it would have been done in Bach's time. The soprano solo "Doch bin und bleibe ich vergnugt" is skillfully sung by Julian Abelskamp. The rest of the recording is equally well performed and features motets by Mozart, Posch and Mendelssohn.

Songlist: Cantata BWV 150 (JS Bach 1685-1750):, I. Sinfonia, II. Chorus: "Nach dir,Herr, verlanget mich", III. Aria S: "Doch bin und bleibe ich vergnugt", IV. Chorus: "Leite mich in deiner Warheit", V. Trio ATB: "Zedern mussen von den Winden", VI. Chorus: "Meine Augen sehen stets zu dem Herrn", VII. Ciaconna. Chorus: "Meine Tage in dem Leiden", Sub tuum praesidium (WA Mozart 1756-1791), Ergo interest / Quaere superna (WA Mozart 1756-1791), Cantate Domino (Isaac Posch c.1585-1622/23), Mein glaubiges Herze from Cantata 68 (JS Bach), Surrexit pastor bonus (Felix Mendelssohn 1809-1847), I. Surrexit pastor bonus, II. Tulerunt Dominum, III. Surrexit Christus (Alto), IV. Surrexit Christus (Chorus)

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7298 00 1 CD $15.98 Boys Choirs CDs


Pacific Boychoir : Johann Sebastian Bach

Review: In addition to the B-Minor Mass, Bach wrote four other masses. These "Lutheran" masses are from Bach's time at the Thomasschule in Leipzig. The Pacific Boychoir Academy, the only choir school on America's West Coast, has recorded two of these masses with boy sopranos and altos and an orchestra of Early Music specialists led by Kati Kyme.

Songlist: Kyrie, Gloria, Gratias, Domine Fili, Qui tollis, Cum Sancto Spiritu, Kyrie, Gloria, Gratias, Domine Deus, Quoniam, Cum Sancto Spiritu

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8859 00 1 CD $15.95 Boys Choirs CDs


Pacific Boychoir : Live Down Under

Review: In July 2001, the Pacific Boychoir embarked on an international tour to New Zealand and Australia. This CD contains pieces performed on those programs. Their repertoire includes a variety of challenging music from sacred masterpieces to spirituals to original compositions. Selections include "Nigra Sum," by Pablo Casals, the world premier recording of the "Gloria," by member Gabriel Fanelli as well as several of the "Old American Songs," by Aaron Copland. The choir is led by Kevin Fox and accompanied by Marcia Roy.

Songlist: Nigra Sum (P Casals), Laudamus Te (A Vivaldi), Gloria (G Fanelli), Cujus Animam Gementem (GB Pergolesi), Ellens Swelter Gesang (F Schubert / J Brahms), Trio from the Magic Flute (WA Mozart), The Little Horses (A Copland), Simple Gifts (A Copland), I Bought Me A Cat (A Copland), Long Time Ago (A Copland), Ching-a-Ring Chaw (A Copland), Weep No More (D Childs), Call Me Irresponsible (S Cahn, J van Heusen), I've Got You Under My Skin, I Should Care (S Cahn, A Stordahl, P Weston), Johnny One Note (R Rodgers & L Hart), Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (arr. R de Cormier), Go Down, Moses (arr. M Hayes)

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7262 00 1 CD $15.98 Boys Choirs CDs


Pacific Boychoir : That Promised Land

Review: The elite Troubadors of Oakland's Pacific Boychoir Academy are joined by Continuum, a group of former boy choristers whose voices have changed, and soloist Jonathon Hampton, to sing this strong collection of 19 African-American spirituals, directed by Kevin Fox. Favorites are "Ain't Got Time to Die," "City Called Heaven," "Precious Lord" and "Wade in the Water," all of which features Hampton's smooth countertenor; "Over Yonder," which features soloist Jacob Wilson; "Deep River," "The Battle of Jericho" and "Hear My Prayer." There is some light accompaniment. The soloists contrast nicely with the Troubadors' sweet, high background vocals, particularly Hampton's rich leads. A special, beautifully performed collection!

Songlist: I Open My Mouth, Little David, Play On Your Harp, All My Trials, Take My Mother Home, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, Witness, There Is A Balm In Gilead, Ain't Got Time To Die, Precious Lord, I Stood On The River Of Jordan, Deep River, City Called Heaven, Over Yonder, The Storm Is Passing Over, Wade In The Water, Ain't That Good News, Praise His Holy Name, The Battle Of Jericho, Hear My Prayer

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8545 00 1 CD $15.98 Boys Choirs CDs


Pacific Chorale : Christmas Time Is Here

Review: Pacific Chorale is one of America's great choirs. Internationally recognized for exceptional artistic expression, stimulating American-focused programming, and influential education programs. This is a treasured collection of some of Pacific Chorale's most requested Christmas gems. Classic seasonal pieces are heard alongside all-time favorite carols. Under the inspired guidance of Artistic Director John Alexander, Pacific Chorale has infused an Old World art form with California's hallmark innovation and cultural independence.

Songlist: A Carol Fantasy , Angels We Have Heard On High, The First Noel , Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming, Once In Royal David's City, Jesus Christ The Apple Tree, Ave Maria, The Lamb , I Wonder As I Wander , Sing We Now Of Christmas , Carol Of The Drum , Three Little Carols , Carol Of The Bells , Here We Come A-Caroling, Jingle Bells , HAve Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Silent Night , A New Year Carol , Christmas Time Is Here

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8403 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


Pacific Chorale : Nocturne

Review: This CD features a cappella works of American composers, including two pieces from luminary contemporary composer Eric Whitacre, a commission written for the Pacific Chorale by Frank Ticheli, and selections by Pacific Chorale's Artistic Director, John Alexander.

Songlist: There Will be Rest, Nocturne, The Cloths of Heaven, To Be Sung on the Water, Water Night, Cloudburst, Mass: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, This Time of Kites:, -I. Prelude, -II. The Day Burns Bright, -III. Epilogue

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8746 00 1 CD $15.95


Pacific International Chidren's Choir Festival : Fifth Anniversary Collection

Review: Since its debut in 1998, the Pacific International Children's Choir Festival has established itself as one of the finest events of its kind in the US. This is a double CD set, featuring a collection of performances fom festival years 1998 through 2001 on Disc 1 and highlights from PICCFEST 2002 on Disc 2. There are 19 live, accompanied, wonderful, spirited songs on Disc 1, by some of the best children's choirs we've heard: from "Panis Angelicus," by the Phoenix Boys Choir and "Jabberwocky," by the Seattle Children's Chorus, to "On suuri sun rantas autius" by the Surrey Children's Choir and "It Don't Mean a Thing" by the Youth Choir of Central Oregon--it's all pure, sweet stuff. Disc 2, from 2002, features 13 live cuts by 13 different groups, from Indianapolis Children's Choir Kantorei, Northwest Girlchoir Vivace Choir and Pacific Chorale Children's Chorus to the Piedmont Choirs Concert Choir, the Portland Symphonic Girlchoir (one of our favorites), and Young Voices of Colorado--there's not a bad cut here. This is a real feel-good CD on many levels. Though all accompanied, the focus is on the voices of the children, which are incredible! Recommended.

Songlist: PICCFEST 1998, Panis Angelicus (Phoenix Boys Choir), Beauty of the Trees (Coastal Sound Music Academy), I's the B'y (Die Meistersinger Children's Chorus), 1998 Festival Chorus:, Laudamus Te, Mayim, Mayim, Children, Go When I Send Thee, PICCFEST 1999, Niska Banja (Campbell River Children's Choir), Jabberwocky (Seattle Children's Choir), 1999 Festival Chorus:, Ave Verum Corpus, Lord, Bow Thine Ear, Alleluia, The Lord Bless You and Keep You, PICCFEST 2000, On suuri sun rantas autius (Surrey Children's Choir), Duet - Cantata No. 9 (Temple University Children's Choir), 2000 Festival Chorus:, Laudate Dominum, PICCFEST 2001, 2001 Festival Chorus:, Bist Du Bei Mir, For In His Own Hand, It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), PICCFEST 2002, Untraveled Worlds (Alaska Children's Choir), Weep No More (Oregone Festival Chois Forza), Rise Up My Love (Seattle Children's Chorus), Magnificat (Seattle Children's Chorus), Psalm of Life (Seattle Children's Chorus), Festival Chorus:, Ode to Music, The World is Full of Poetry, As the Moon, Domine Deus, Laudate Pueri, Psalm 92, Inscription of Hope, Thou My Everlasting Portion

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6916 00 2 CDs $19.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Pacific Mozart Ensemble : A Story Of Freedom

Review: The Berkeley, CA-based PME has just been getting better and more innovative since its founding 20 years ago. This rich, powerful, live collection of 23 authentic Spirituals is their 3rd winning recording in the Primarily A Cappella catalog. Some songs are recorded at the Green Room in San Francisco, and the rest at the Oakland Museum. All of our favorites are here, with fresh new arrangements: "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel," "Ezekiel Saw de Wheel," "His Name So Sweet," "Freedom Train," the heartbreaking "Steal Away," "Do Lord, Remember Me," "Elijah Rock," "The Battle of Jericho," "Amazing Grace," "Mary Had a Baby" and many others. Every song a gem, soaring solos, great music, live performance excitement-what could be better? We loved "A Story of Freedom!"

Songlist: Lord I Want To Be A Christian, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, Ezekiel Saw De Wheel, Ain't That Good News, His Name So Sweet, Freedom Train, Steal Away, Soon And Very Soon, Deep River, Do Lord Remember Me, Great Day, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Chile, Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen , Abide With Me, Elijah Rock, I'm Gonna Sing 'til The Spirit Moves In My Heart, The Battle Of Jericho, Down By The Riverside, Who Is Dat A Yonder, Ev'ry Time I Feel The Spirit, Amazing Grace, Behold A Star, Mary Had A Baby

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8630 00 1 CD $9.95


Pacific Mozart Ensemble : Bernstein's Mass

Review: PME recorded Bernstein's Mass with Kent Nagano and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin. The recording received a Grammy nomination in 2005 for Best Choral Performance. The work calls for a "Street Chorus" that is able to perform such American musical styles as jazz, blues and rock. Since PME has long been known for being able to do the crossover between "classical" and other forms, Nagano decided that for his recording PME had to be hired and brought to Berlin. Over forty singers went for a week of recording sessions and concerts. In addition to singing the choral parts, PME supplied twenty soloists. Also heard on the recording is the Rundfunkchor Berlin and the Staats- und Domchor Berlin, with whom we share the nomination. The Mass was commissioned in 1971 by Jacqueline Kennedy for the opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Ours is the first recording of the piece since the original was conducted by Bernstein.

Songlist: Antiphon: "Kyrie eleison", Hymn and Psalm: A simple song, Responsory: "Alleluia", Prefatory Prayers, Thrice - Triple Canon: Dominus vobiscum, In nomine Patris, Prayer for the Congregation, Epiphany, Confiteor, Trope: "I don't know", Trope: "Easy", Meditation No. 1, Gloria tibi, Gloria in excelsis, Trope: "Half of the People", Trope: "Thank you", Meditation No. 2, Epistle "The Word of Lord", Gospel-Sermon "God said", Credo in unum Deum, Trope: "Non Credo", Trope: "Hurry", World Without End, Trope: "I Believe in God", Meditation No. 3 (De profundis, part 1), Offertory (De profundis, part 2), "Our father...", Trope: "I Go On", Sanctus "Holy! Holy! Holy!...", Agnus Dei, Fraction "Things Get Broken", Pax: Communion "Secret Songs"

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8710 00 2 SACDs $39.95


Pacific Mozart Ensemble : Classics Live

Review: Since its founding twenty years ago, Berkeley-based PME has grown to fill an important role in the cultural life of the Bay Area, presenting courageous and innovative programs of many works that have never been performed in concert settings. PME provides the opportunity for composers to collaborate with a professional chorus in performances of new or experimental work. In addition, PME stages live performances of works previously heard only on recordings. Founding director Richard Grant has directed the Ensemble in more than 200 concerts, and led the Ensemble on three European concert tours, presenting innovative programs from all periods and styles of music. Grant has has established a reputation for programming the current work of the most important contemporary composers, such as John Adams, Meredith Monk, David Lang and Philip Glass. But their repertoire also includes, of course, Christian sacred works by Mozart, Poulenc and Stravinsky. "Classics Live" focuses on this music. The first nine songs are a cappella, and this is a live recording. Barber's "Agnus Dei," "Ave Marias" by Biebl, Bruckner and Stravinski, Stravinski's "Pater Noster" and "Credo," Lotti's "Crucifixus," Durufle's "Tota Pulchra Es" and Poulenc's "Quatre Petites Prieres De Francois D'Assisse, No. 3." The last eight movements are parts of Durufle's moving "Requiem," accompanied by organ and cello. The soaring voices of this 64-strong mixed chorus take us to another time and space, a place of worship and angels. Truly beautiful.

Songlist: Agnus Dei , Ave Maria, Ave Maria , Pater Noster, Credo, Ave Maria, Crucifixus , Tota Pulchra Es, Quatre Petites De St. Francois d'Assise, Requiem , Introit & Kyrie, Domine Jesu, Sanctus, Pie Jesu, Agnus Dei , Lux aeterna, Linera me, In Paradisum

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6938 00 1 CD $9.95


Peninsula Women's Chorus : Alleluia Psallat

Review: Highlights include the Pastoral Symphony by Handel, Caritas abundat by Hildegard von Bingen, selections from Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, Bach's In dulci jubilo arranged for piano and performed by Josephine Gandolfi, and several pieces from Seven Joys of Christmas by Kirke Mechem.

Songlist: Caritas Abundat, Alleluia Psallat, There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue, Gaudete!, Nay, Ivy, Nay, Pastoral Symphony, The Lorde That Lay In Asse Stalle, Haill! Quene Of Heven, Nowell In Bethlehem, In The Bleak Midwinter , Processional, Wolcum Yole, There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue, This Little Babe, Interlude, Spring Carol, Deo Gracias, Recessional, The Wassail Song, Gloucestershire Wassail, In Dulci Jublio, The Joy Of Love:This Is The Truth, The Joy Of Bells: Din Don!, The Joy Of Mary: Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine, The Joy Of Children: Patapan, The Joy Of Dance: Fum, Fum, Fum!, The Joy Of Song: God Bless The Master Of This House, Nowel Syng We Bothe Al and Some

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6579 00 1 CD $15.98 Female Choral CDs


Peninsula Women's Chorus : Carols and Lullabies

Review: The 61-strong Peninsula Women's Chorus was established in 1966, and has been under the direction of Dr. Patricia Hennings since 1975, and the Christmas CD "Carols" is their fourth CD. The first 10 songs are a marvelous group called "Carols and Lullabies, Christmas in the Southwest" by Conrad Susa. A friend of Susa's showed him a collection of traditional Spanish carols he had sung as a boy in Arizona, and Susa put them together to form a narrative. combining homey, artful simplicity with Renaissance music, Songs like "Alegria" and the Andalusian song "Chiquirriquitin," with their lilting, dancing marimbas, and the lovely "A La Nanita Nana," are the gems of the CD. The second half of the CD takes us more in the direction of the sacred (Karai's "Hodie Christus natus est" and Missa Brevis' "Kyrie," "Sanctus" and "Agnus Dei"). Throw in "The Carol of the Rose," "Alleluia" and others, and you have a surprising, delightful Christmas CD!

Songlist: Oh, mi Belen!, El Desembre Congelat, Alegria, A la Nanita Nan, Las Posadas, Campana sobre Campana, En Belen Tocan a Fuefgo, El Noi de la Mare, Chiquirriquitin, El Rorro, Hodie Christus natus est, Missa Brevis, -Kyrie, -Sanctus, -Agnus Dei , Two selections from The Place of the Blest, -The Carol of the Rose, -Alleliuia, O Regem coeli, Christmas Intrada

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6842 00 1 CD $15.98 A Cappella Lullabies


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Peninsula Women's Chorus : Earth Tones

Review: The sound of wind and water, the Sierra Nevada mountain range-late PWC artistic director Patricia Farris Hennings had a love for these things, and envisioned producing a CD of 20th century music that would transport the listener and inspire the soul. That CD is Earthtones, a musical journey through both nature and spirituality. Opening with Libby Larsen's soaring "Psalm 121," commissioned by the Palo Alto, CA-based PWC, Gwyneth Walker's "I Thank You God," Hildegar von Bingen's beautiful "O viridissima virga," Ramona Luengen's joyous "Celebremus," H. Garrett Phillips' dramatic "Odysseus and the Sirens," Lojze Lebic's rhythmic "Urok," the fast-moving "Mouth Music," the traditional South African song "Nginani Na," and the lovely folk song "Shenandoah." 13 songs, some with light accompaniment and percussion. The PWC is one of our favorite women's choruses, and the perfectly recorded "Earthtones" is a wonderful tribute to their beloved director from 1975 to her passing in 2001.

Songlist: Psalm 121 , I Thank You God , O viridissima virga, O viridissima virga , Celebremus, Odysseus and the Sirens, Viriditas, I Just Lightning , Urok , Mouth Music , Tjak! , Nginani Na , Shenandoah

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7213 00 1 CD $15.98 Female Choral CDs


Peninsula Women's Chorus : Nature Pictures

Review: On this recording, the PWC celebrates a close relationship with prominent Estonian composer, Veljo Tormis. Influenced by his deep conviction that ancient song traditions reflect a close connection to nature, the prolific Tormis gives us the four seasons in 36 miniatures of intense choral imagery in his evocative song cycles, Looduspildid (Nature Pictures). We are proud to present the first American recording of this cycle! This eclectic recording continues the theme with Karl Korte's "Spring", Chen Yi's "Looking at the Sea" and Samuel Barber's "To be Sung on the Water." Also included are Edward Elgar's "The Snow" and Kenneth Leslie's lovely "Cape Breton Lullaby," a PWC favorite.

Songlist: Day Break, On Hilissuvi (It is Late Summer) -Sugismaastikud (Autumn Landscapes), Ule Taeva Jooksevad Pilved ( Clouds Are Racing) -Sugismaastikud (Autumn Landscapes), Kahvatu (Pale Light) -Sugismaastikud (Autumn Landscapes), Valusalt Punased Lehed (Painfully Red Are The Leaves) -Sugismaastikud (Autumn Landscapes), Tuul Konnumaa Kohal ( Wind Over the Barrens) -Sugismaastikud (Autumn Landscapes), Kulm Sugisoo (Cold Autumn Night) -Sugismaastikud (Autumn Landscapes), Kanarbik (Heather) -Sugismaastikud (Autumn Landscapes), The Snow , In Meeres Mitten, Talvehommik (Winter Morning) -Talvemustrid (Winter Patterns), Kulm (Cold) -Talvemustrid (Winter Patterns), Tuisk (Blizzard) -Talvemustrid (Winter Patterns), Virmalised (Northern Lights) -Talvemustrid (Winter Patterns), Spring , Miniwanka, Looking at the Sea, Kevadtuul (Spring Wind) - Kevadkillud (Spring Sketches), Lehtivad Pungad ( Flowering Blossoms) - Kevadkillud (Spring Sketches), Ohtune Taevas (Evening Sky) - Kevadkillud (Spring Sketches), Toominga All (Under the Bird-Cherry Tree) - Kevadkillud (Spring Sketches), Kollane Leek (Yellow Flame) - Kevadkillud (Spring Sketches), Hiliskevad (In Late Spring) - Kevadkillud (Spring Sketches), La Ruisseau, To Be Sung On The Water, Pauailm (Dry Weather) - Suvemotiivid (Summer Motifs), Aike (Thunderstorm) - Suvemotiivid (Summer Motifs), Suveoo (Summer Night) - Suvemotiivid (Summer Motifs), Cape Breton Lullaby

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6095 00 1 CD $9.95 Female Choral CDs


Peninsula Women's Chorus : Songs Of The Spirit

Review: Music strengthens your inner-self, whether in times of joy or sorrow. Songs of Spirit features music from the documentary Song of Survival. This music is from the collection of vocal orchestral pieces which were sung by Dutch, English and American women in a Japanese prison camp during World War II. Among the pieces sung were, "Largo" from the New World Symphony by Dvorak, the "Pastoral Symphony" from Handel's Messiah and the steadfast "Captive's Hymn" written in 1942 by one of the music's arrangers Margaret Dryburgh. These pieces were first performed by the Peninsula Women's Chorus for the documentary "Song of Survival" and featured in the movie Paradise Road. Also featured is the song cycle "Indian Singing," based on poetry by Gail Tremblay, composed by Ron Jeffers. This piece was written specifically for the Peninsula Women's Chorus. This CD contains some very powerful music

Songlist: Examine Me, Ave Maria, Largo, Minuet in G, First Movement, Pastoral Symphony, Raindrop Prelude, Londondderry Air, Captive's Hymn, Whitman "Credo", Snowforms / Indian Singing, In Dreams, We Wake the Day, Sehia:rak I-IV, Here Is Holiness, Shenandoah

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6577 00 1 CD $15.98 Female Choral CDs


Peninsula Women's Chorus : Treasures

Review: Established in 1966, the 73-strong PWC has been ably led since 1975 by renowned Director Patricia Hennings, Director of Choral Activities at Skyline College. The group has performed at numerous ACDA conventions, toured internationally and appeared on NPR and television both here and abroad. Josephine Gandolfi supplies gentle accompaniment, placing the focus on the angelic voices of the group. The group's repertoire includes contemporary sacred music like Agneta Skold's "Gloria," Hakan Olsson's "Da Pacem," David Conte's "Hosanna," Libby Larsen's "Who Cannot Weep, Come Learn of Me," Michael Cleveland's "Pie Jesu," Brian Holmes' Christmas carol "Good Cheer, and Nancy Telfer's lovely "The Blue Eye of God." Also included are de Victoria's 16th century sacred song, "Domaine, Non Sum Dignus," Gustav Holst's 19th century masterpiece, "Hymn to the Waters," Knut Nystedt's "Shells" and "Suoni," and finally, "In Praise of Music," written by David Conte to celebrate the PWC's 25th anniversary. "Treasures" is exactly that, soaring, beautiful and uplifting!

Songlist: Gloria , Domine, Non Sum Dignus, Da Pacem , Hosanna, Who Cannot Weep, Come Learn By Me , Pie Jesu , Hymn to the Waters , Good Cheer , Shells , The Blue Eye of God , Suoni, In Praise of Music

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6841 00 1 CD $15.98 Female Choral CDs


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Peninsula Women's Chorus : Winter Patterns

Review: The 60-voice Palo Alto, CA-based PWC is known for adventurous programming, seeking out music written especially for women, and frequently commissioning new works. "Winter Patterns" is a Christmas collection of sacred works such as Chesnokov's "Dostoyno yest" (It is truly fitting) and "Svete tihiy" (Gladsome Light), Daniel Pinkham's 3-part "Christmas Cantata," Rebecca Clarke's "Ave Maria," Charles Griffin's "Agnus Dei," Poulenc's "Litanies a la Vierge Noire" and Veljo Tormis' 4-part "Talvemustrid" (Winter Patterns). There are also carols, Franz Gruber's "Silent Night," and the lesser-known "Salvator Mundi, A Carol Sequence" by William Mathias, which includes "Make we Merry," "Mirabile Mysterium," "Susanni," "Lullay" and "Welcome, Yule." "Patterns" is a rare and beautiful collection of sacred music from one of the world's best women's choral ensembles. Some accompaniment.

Songlist: Dostoyna Yest , Svete Tihiy , Christmas Cantata , O Vivens Fons , Ave Maria , TalveMustrid , Ave Maria , Airecillos De Belen , Agnus Dei , Litanies A La Vierge Noire, Suite De Lorca , A Carol Sequence

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Phoenix Bach Choir : A Southwest Christmas

Review: The Phoenix Bach Choir four years ago premiered Milagros de Navidad, a Christmas cycle for choir as a way of marking the holiday season in a Southwestern accent. In this recording, the choir has made Milagros the lead item in a superbly produced and packaged yuletide CD from an emerging Arizona label, Soundset. Jon Washburn conducts the ensemble of Frank Koonce, guitar; Mark Sunkett, percussion; and the choir with select soloists. In this sonically clean and vibrant recording, Milagros is a compendium of yuletide songs lovingly sung in Spanish and English, with running commentary from guitarist Koonce. Robert Tree Cody, on Native American Flute (the instrument of choice this season, it seems), is also heard here, in Washburn's own Noel Sing We, a kind of American Indian-haunted holiday landscape.

Songlist: Milagros de Navidad, Los Reyes de Oriente , Angels we have heard on high , A la nanita nana (Lullaby), Alla en el portal (Away in a manger) , Noche de paz (Silent night) , Fum fum fum , Noel Sing We, Magnificat secundi toni, Lo, how a rose e're blooming, The Star, I wonder as I wander, How brightly shines the morning star, Rise up, shepherd, an' follow, Weihnachtslieder

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Phoenix Bach Choir : Eternal Rest

Review: Finnish composer Jaakko Mantyjarvi (b. 1963) writes some of today's more innovative choral music. It's not only creatively interesting but it also maintains the qualities of tonal/harmonic accessibility and text-centered immediacy that allows it to register with a broad spectrum of listeners. His collections of Shakespeare Songs, More Shakespeare Songs, and No More Shakespeare Songs show a composer at once in love with his subject and fully in tune with his audience - and one clearly in possession of a sense of humor! On this recording we hear a profoundly serious work, in memory of the victims of a terrible Baltic Sea tragedy in September, 1994, in which the luxury ferry Estonia sank in a storm, killing 852 passengers. Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae incorporates elements of Psalm 107 ("They that go down to the sea in ships...") with news accounts of the disaster (taken from a Latin-language Finnish radio broadcast), employing dramatic, rich-textured choral utterances (including the whispered prayers of the opening and closing bars) along with chant-inspired passages and an occasional folk-song-like melody, all of which culminates in an extended passage of beautiful and often surprising harmonies, ideally defining the text at the end of the Psalm: "He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still..." This is a moving and memorable work, one that these choirs perform with care and confidence under Charles Bruffy's artful direction. Frank Martin's Mass for double choir has been recorded many times--and mostly very well--and this is another fine rendition of a work that seems to register its "classic" credentials more impressively every time you hear it. Rene Clausen's In pace, cut from the same vibrant-colored harmonic cloth as the Ticheli, is another work that deserves repertoire status, and again, Bruffy's singers perfectly capture its nuances of texture and dynamics and give full measure to the big sonorities. The complementary acoustics of Camelback Bible Church in Paradise Valley, Arizona, expertly recorded for this hybrid SACD, complete a program that should have strong appeal to all choral music fans.

Songlist: Cabticum Calamitatus Maritimae, There Will Be Rest , In Pace, Messe Pour Double Choeur

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Phoenix Bach Choir : Shakespeare In Song

Review: Founded in 1958 as the Bach and Madrigal Society, the Choir originally focused on Renaissance and baroque period music, but today is equally dedicated to the creation and performance of new music. They are conducted by Charles Bruffy, one of the most highly respected choral conductors in the US. The CD features 23 songs, beginning with 7 cuts from Matthew Harris' "Shakespeare Songs," and 5 "Songs of Ariel from Shakespeare's 'The Tempest.' Steven Sametz' lovely "When He Shall Die," Jaakko Mantyjarvi's "Four Shakespeare Songs," Nils Lindberg's minor-key "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day," Dominick Argento's "Sonnet No. LXIV," Alan Murray's "O mistress mine," and the CD finishes strong with Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Three Shakespeare Songs." The Choir beautifully takes us into the drama, moodiness, pathos, romance and celebration of these songs, most of which are new to our ears. A worthy project, and a winning CD for Bruffy and his talented Phoenix Bach Choir! Extensive, colorful liner notes.

Songlist: Shakespeare Songs , The Tempest , When He Shall Die , Four Shakespeae Songs , Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? , Sonnet No. LXIV , O mistress mine!, Three Shakespeare Songs

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Phoenix Bach Choir / Kansas City Chorale : Grechaninov - Passion Week

Review: The Grechaninov 'Passion Week' is a setting of thirteen pieces with texts in Church Slavonic meant to be sung individually over the period of Passion Week, the days leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. The Russian Orthodox Church has a tradition of morning and evening services during Passion Week when the passion week's events are recalled almost in 'real time.' The music itself is generally slow, meditative, largely monophonic and almost trance-like. One notices that the usual number of singers in these two choirs has been supplemented by several additional basses, no surprise considering the long legato lines required of that section. Their low C's and even B's resound like the tolling of great bells throughout the work. One could almost surmise, if one didn't know, that this was the singing of a Russian choir, so noted for their deep basses, except that the blending and rounding of the choral tone is so very much more subtle than is generally heard from Russian choruses. The work is entirely a cappella and there are occasional soprano, tenor and baritone solos which consist mostly of chants sung against the main body of massed sound.

Songlist: Behold, the Bridegroom, I see Thy bridal chamber, In Thy Kingdom, Gladsome Light, Let my prayer be set forth, Now the powers of heaven, At Thy mystical supper, The wise thief, Thou who clothest Thyself, The Lord is God... The noble Joseph, Weep not for me, O Mother, As many of you... Arise, O God, Let all mortal flesh

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Phoenix Bach Choir / Kansas City Chorale : Rheinberger

Review: 'The massed forces of the Phoenix Bach Choir and Kansas City Chorale 'make a formidable choral machine' (BBC Music Magazine) and the choirs under the baton of Charles Bruffy here present a collection of unaccompanied sacred choral works by Josef Rheinberger. The disc includes the only available recordings of his Oster-Hymne for double chorus and Four Six-part Motets, op.133. The Oster-Hymne is a setting of two ancient Easter texts, particularly the famous sequence Victimae paschali laudes. During his lifetime, Rheinberger was lauded as a talented performer, prolific composer and masterful teacher. He observed that his primary consideration in music 'is that it shall be beautiful; music that does not sound beautiful has no attraction for me'.

Songlist: Oster-Hymne, Op. 134 for Eight Voices (Double Choir) for Church and Concert, Vier sechsstimmige Motetten, Op. 133 for Church and Concert, Mass, Op. 109 in E flat major for Double Choir, Drei geistliche Gesange, Op. 69 for Mixed Choir

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Phoenix Boys Choir : Let Freedom Sing

Review: Winner of a Grammy for Best Choral Performance, The Phoenix Boy Choir sings its patriotism through its performance. They carry this message of freedom and hope through this collection of patriotic choral music. A celebration of America through the exaltation of song and lyric The timbre of this ensemble breathes new life into the already colorful repertoire, and offers the listener new musical perspectives and possibilities.

Songlist: America, The Beautiful, This Is My Country , God Bless America , Alexander's Ragtime Band , Working on the Railroad , Gentle Annie , The Water Is Wide, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Hymn to Freedom , My Lord What A Morning , How Can I Keep From Singing , When the Saints Go Marching In , Battle Hymn of the Republic, George M. Cohan Patriotic Fantasy , Star Spangled Banner

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Phoenix Boys Choir : Missa Criolla

Review: Since 1948, the Phoenix Boys Choir has provided a top-quality music education for boys 7-14 and spirited entertainment for audiences around the world. Concert tours throughout the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and the Orient have won the group a reputation as one of the world's outstanding boy choirs. In 2001 the Choir won a Grammy for Best Choral Performance for its recording of Penderecki's Credo with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Helmuth Rilling. "Miso" features the powerful "Misa Criolla" and 10 more inspired, sacred and traditional songs from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Peru. Some favorites (some accompanied by the band Khenany from Sonora) are the familiar tunes "El Condor Pasa," "Escondido," "Cielito Linda," "Eu e voce" from Brazil, the five parts of the title tune," the a cappella sacred songs "Hosanna, Filii David," "Una Hora," "Judas Mercator" and "Laudi Alla Vergine Maria." "Misa" is a joy, the bright sounds of the boys' voices working equally well with Khenany's salsa-flavored folk tunes as with the soaring sacred music!

Songlist: El Condor Pasa, Escondido, Pueblito, Mi Pueblo, Cielito Lindo, Eu E Voce, Misa Criolla:, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei , Hosanna Filii David , Una Hora, Judas Mercator, O Sacrum Convivium, Laudi Alla Vergine Maria

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Phoenix Choir : Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary

Review: 'Choral singing just doesn't get much better than this. When it comes to purity of tone, daunting precision and superfine blend, Charles Bruffy's remarkable Phoenix Chorale have it all - and then some!' - Gramophone Magazine. Praise indeed for this multiple Grammy nominated recording. Unified by its Marian idea, the program mixed classic British and contemporary American pieces in a novel way, and it provides an excellent window for the world on the vigorous tradition of a cappella choral music that has evolved independently of academic trends and their strictures. All the music here exploits, to a greater or lesser degree, the acoustic effects possible with an a cappella chorus in a large space, and Chandos, turning its engineers loose in an Arizona desert megachurch called the Camelback Bible Church, achieves spectacular results. The standout is perhaps the final four-movement Electa, by Kansas City composer Jean Belmont Ford, with its intense passages of overlap between a solo soprano tone and the choir and its haunting use of solo timpani and bass drum, the only instruments heard anywhere on the disc. Both the Ford work and the Two Marian Pieces by Spanish-born Javier Busto are world premieres, and both are likely to be eagerly adopted by other choirs. The singers shine equally in the subtle dissonances of the first of Busto's pieces and in the tricky artlessness of Benjamin Britten's A Hymn to the Virgin. This is a triumph of engineering, of choral singing, and of conducting on the part of Charles Bruffy, a protege of fabled American choral conductor Robert Shaw, who, like his mentor, has achieved impressive, sensuously irresistible results in a city without a deeply ingrained tradition of classical singing. Booket notes are in English, French, and German.

Songlist: Splendid Jewel, A Hymn to the Virgin, Ave, Regina, Ave, Maria, Regina Caeli, A Spotless Rose, Ave, Maris Stella, Ave, Maria, Fair in Face, I Beheld Her, Beautiful as a Dove, Rise up, My Love, My Fair One, De Profundis, Asperges me, Domine/Credo, Ave, Dulcissima Maria, Magnificat anima mea

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Phoenix Chorale : Northern Lights - Choral Works of Ola Gjeilo

Review: The Grammy-award-winning Phoenix Chorale explores the magnetic music of New York-based, Norwegian-born composer Ola Gjeilo, Northern Lights contains five world premiere recordings and three choral pieces which were either commissioned, composed, or dedicated to the Phoenix Chorale. When he first heard Gjeilo's Ubi caritas, Charles Bruffy was instantly hooked, finding the music refreshing and magnetic. Bruffy brought Gjeilo's music to the Chorale and its audiences, and the response was immediate. Soon after, Gjeilo was invited to be the Chorale's first Composer-in-Residence. Phoenix, a setting of the Agnus Dei, is dedicated to Charles Bruffy and the Phoenix Chorale in honour of its fiftieth anniversary. When Gjeilo first visited the choir in Arizona, he had never been to the desert before, and the 'quiet beauty and barrenness of the landscape' moved him deeply. He describes Phoenix as 'symphonic in nature... one of those pieces where the text is very much the servant of the music, not the other way around'. In contrast, Northern Lights takes its inspiration from Gjeilo's homeland, Norway, and the 'terrible beauty' of the natural phenomenon that may be observed there. The music reflects the powerful and electric quality of the northern lights, which must have seemed both mesmerising and terrifying to people in the past when no one knew what they were, and superstition prevailed.

Songlist: The Ground , Serenity, Ubi caritas, Northern Lights, Dark Night of the Soul, The Spheres, Tota pulchra es, Prelude, Phoenix, Unicornis captivatur, Evening Prayer

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Portland State University Chamber Choir : Veljo Tormis on American Shores

Review: Every recording has a story behind its genesis. In 2003 Estonian Composer Veljo Tormis heard the Portland State Chamber Choir while they were on tour in his country. Tormis was so taken with the brilliant artistry and expressive power of the ensemble he requested that Bruce Browne and his singers do a recording of his music sung in English. For almost two years the Singers, their conductor and the composer worked together on this project. Tormis was very prominent in the interpretation. He supervised the learning of the music in preparation for the Chamber Choir's appearance at the Northwest Convention of the American Choral Director's Association 2006. Veljo Tormis, On American Shores is a recording with a significance of strong integrity by both Composer and Artist. Bruce Browne is emeritus Professor of Music and Choir of the Vocal and Choral area at Portland State University. He is also Conductor Emeritus of the Portland Symphonic Choir and founder and director of the professional choir, Choral Cross-Ties. The Portland State Chamber Choir is recognized as one of the top University Chamber ensembles in the United States.

Songlist: St. John's Day Songs:, -Call to Midsummer Bonfire I, -Call to Midsummer Bonfire II, -Can't be Caught with a Gun, -Why St. John is Awaited, -St. John's Steed, -The Curse for Iron, -St. John's Song, Helletused, Three Estonian Game Songs:, -The Grindstone Game, -The Fingerbinding Game, -The Ship Game, Two Songs after Ernst Enno:, -Early Summer's Fairy Talk, -Soundlessly, Somewhere Murmuring Homeward, Three Songs from the Epic:, -Oh, My Gentle, Tender Mother, -Daughters of the Meadow Matron, -The Wave Rolls, Autumn Landscapes:, -It is Late in Summer, -Clouds are Racing, -Pale Light, -Painfully Red are the Leaves, -Wind over the Barrens, -Cold Autumn Night, -Heather, The Songster's Childhood, The Singer's Closing Words

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Portland Symphonic Girlchoir : Girlchoir Favorites

Review: Now entering its third decade, ably led by Co-Conductors Roberta Q. Jackson and Debra R. Burgess, the award-winning PSG is taking its place among the finest children's choral ensembles in the country. Over 1,000 young women ages 5 to 18, who love to sing, have come together through the years to create the distinct voice of the Portland Symphonic Girlchoir, and the 100+-strong ensemble joins the 33-strong, "20th Anniversary Alums & Mums Choir" for 17 piano-accompanied, selected live cuts, recorded from 2008 to 2010. Favorites are a pair by Duke Ellington," "It Don't Mean A Thing" and "Mood Indigo," Charles Collins' "Mary Had A Little Blues," Bill Perison's "Naughty Four O'Clocks," "Gershwin for Girls," Moses Hogan's "Ride On, King Jesus," Charles Collins' "The Star," Stephen Hatfield's "Living In a Holy City," "Deep Peace, a Gaelic Blessing" and David Brunner's "A Song to End All Wars." We love the sweet, spirited sound of the Portland Symphonic Girlchoir, one of the best in the world!

Songlist: Give Us Hope, Music Is Indeed, It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), Mood Indigo, Mary Had A Little Blues, Naughty Four O'Clocks, Gershwin For Girls, Birth Of The Blues, Bye Bye Blackbird, Living In A Holy City, Ride On, King Jesus, My Lord, What A Morning, The Storm Is Passing Over, Deep Peace, A Gaelic Blessing, The Star, She Shall Have Music, A Song To End All Wars

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Portland Symphonic Girlchoir : Just For The Joy Of It

Review: Roberta Q. Jackson directs the over 100 strong PSG, accompanied by the Portland Youth Philharmonic. This is a Christmas CD, and there are 21 songs in celebration of Christmas, from sacred (Galuppi's "Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110) Movements, I, II, II") to pop (Elliot's "Jingle Bell Swing"). There are actually 2 choirs here, the Premier Choir of over 100 voices, and the Debut Choir of about 90, and when they sing together on something like "Silver Bells," it's pretty impressive. An excellent Christmas CD, for yourself to enjoy every Christmas, or to give to a loved one.

Songlist: Shepherd's Pipe Carol, Cantique de Jean Racine, Dixit Dominus, Children Blessed of the Lord, This Little Babe, Chose Something Like a Star, Ding Dong Merrily on High, el Desembre Congelat, Il Est Ne, Angels We Have Heard on High, Hope for Resolution, Donkey Carol, Hine Ma Tov, Sleigh Ride, Jingle Bell Swing, I'll Be HOme For Christmas, Heavenly Aeroplane, Winter Wonderland, The Christmas Song, Silver Bells, O Holy Night

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Portland Symphonic Girlchoir : Stars That Sing

Review: Co-Conductors Roberta Q. Jackson and Debra R. Burgess have led the 168-strong PSG to its current status as one of the finest children's choirs in the US, widely acclaimed by composers, conductors and audiences. Composed of five ensembles, all of whom benefit from Jackson and Burgess' unique collaborative approach to artistry and teaching; the PSG was awarded the prestigious ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming, and the conductors continue to commission new works for PSG ensembles each season. They also created "Music in the Making," an annual Girlchoir event, hosting guest composers, conductors and area school and community choirs. "Stars" is a wonderful collection of 19 lightly accompanied live performances from 2005-2007 by the 5 ensembles, individually and combined. Some favorites are the soaring, dramatic "Kayama & Ademus" (from Songs of Sanctuary by Karl Jenkins), the Stephen Hatfield-commissioned a cappella spiritual "First to Know," Bob Chilcott's "Benedictus" (from A Little Jazz Mass), Lee Kesselman's "Hwayana yaMwari" (Agnus Dei from Shona Mass), Eleanor Dale's "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," Mozart's "Papageno, Papagena Duet" (from the Magic Flute), Irving Berlin's "I Love a Piano," the lovely folk song "Away From the Roll of the Sea," James Rankin's "Fare Thee Well, Love" and the final cut, Keith Hampton's "Praise His Holy Name." From beginning to end, the aptly named "Stars that sing..." is a beautiful recording that touches and moves us!

Songlist: Kayama &Adiemus, Song of the Stars, First to Know, Sanctus, Benedictus, Hwayana yaMwari, Einini, Castle of Dromore, The Lake Isle of Innisfree, Who But I?, Papageno, Papagena Duet, Hopi, Hop, Une Poule Blanche, I Love A Piano, Bye Bye Blackbird, Away From the Roll of the Sea, Camino Caminante, Fare Thee Well, Love, Praise His Holy Name

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Portland Symphonic Girlchoir : We're Going Places

Review: This live 2-CD set features the four Girlchoirs, the Premier Choir, Intermezzo Choir, Debut Choir and Encore Singers in 24 pieces on the first CD, and 14 on the 2nd CD. All pieces are accompanied, by piano, organ, percussion, string quartet and by other instruments. Ably conducted by Roberta Jackson and Debra Burgess, The last 7 selections on the first CD are a "best of" from the Girlchoir's founding in 1989 to 2004 and include a pair of commissioned songs, "Deep Peace, A Gaelic Blessing" and "Spero" (Hope), both written by PSG alumnus Amy C. Burgess. 7 of the pieces on the first CD are sacred Christian pieces, such as Bach's "Christe Eleison from Mass in B Minor" and Rupert Long's "Sanctus from Mass For Many Nations." The Moses-Hogan arranged spiritual "Ride on King Jesus" and his "Music Down In My Soul," Steven Hatfield's "Over the Hills," Gwenyth Walker's "How Can I Keep From Singing" and Lee Kesselman's commission, "Tsvey Taybelekh" (The Two Doves), are particularly fine. Also fine are four movements from Benjamin Britten's "The Little Sweep" from "Lets Make an Opera." A generous, finely-crafted collection from the talented Portland Symphonic Girlchoir.

Songlist: Sing Dem Herrn, Behold Man, O Regem Caeli, Praise Him!, Salvation Is Created, Laudamus, E'en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come, God Is My Rock, The Tabernacle Of God Is With, Heaven, The Creation, Ride The Chariot, Selections From The Student Prince, Song For Today, She Is My Slender Small Love, Let No Man Despise Thy Youth, Polly Von, Widerspruch, The Long Day Closes, From Boston Harbor, Blue World, Fiddler's Fare, Kiss The Girl, Red Head

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Princeton Singers : Christmas with

Review: One of America's finest choral ensembles, the Princeton Singers offer us a collection of Christmas medieval through modern. Intertwining traditions from all over the world, this collection has carols from America, Germany, Ireland and the Ukraine; works from Brazil and Italy; as well as compositions which borrow traditions. This album features pieces such as Franz Beibl's beloved "Ave Maria," "Canite tuba" by Palestrina and the American hymn "Wondrous Love," arranged by Sametz. This diverse celebration of Christmas will surely bring you joy.

Songlist: Chace No. 3 (Sametz), O nata lux (Tallis), Canite Tuba in Sion (Palestrina), Two Medieval Lyrics (Sametz), There is No Rose of Such Virtue, Gaudete!, Ave Maria (Biebl), Del Nacimiento (Sametz), Noel! (Sametz), Irish Lullaby for the Christ Child (Aametz), Oy Koliada, Koliadnitsia (Kozytsky), A Christmas Carol (Ives, arr. Echols), Ago Lona (Nobre), Ave Maria (Mcintryre), Weihnachtsmotette (Becker), Lo How a Rose/Los Pastores (Sametz), Ofrecimiento De Los Pastores-A La Ru, Vamos Todos a Belen, Cuando Por El Oriente, La Leventada De Bartolo, Ofrecimiento De Los Pastores, Wondrous Love (Samtz)

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Princeton Singers : I Have Had Singing - Choral Music of Steve Sametz

Review: Steven Sametz has been called "one of America's most respected choral composers." His compositions have been heard throughout the world at the Tnaglewood, Ravinia, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, and Santa Fe music festivals. His in time of appears on the Grammy award-winning CD by Chanticleer, Colors of Love, and his work may be heard on six other Chanticleer CDs, as well as several by The Princeton Singers. Sametz has received commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Council on the Arts, and the Santa Fe Music Festival, creating new works for Chanticleer, the Dale Warland Singers, Philadelphia Singers, Pro Arte Chamber Choir, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Connecticut Choral Artists, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the King of Thailand. Sametz is an exciting new voice in modern American choral music and a great fresh addition to choral repertoire. Includes 24 page booklet and most of the arrangements are published.

Songlist: I Have Had Singing, in time of, Magnificat, Dudaryku- A Village Scene, There Is No Rose, Gaudete! (Rejoice!), Munus (A Gift), Dulcis Amor (Sweet Love), Amo! (Madrigal) (I Love), Child of Song, Shenandoah

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Princeton Singers : In The Midst of Life

Review: The music on this recording is a juxtaposition of joyous and somber. The album begins and ends with music by Gerald Finzi and features two Requiem settings by Henry Walford Davies and Herbert Howells. The setting by Davies, which is "in memory of those fallen in the war," begins with a beautiful soprano solo. The Requiems are set using texts from the Book of Common Prayer. The majority of the music on this recording is by twentieth century British composers, which is the focus of this group. The notable exception is Samuel Barber's Reincarnations. This superb choir is conducted by founder John Bertalot.

Songlist: Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice, A Short Requiem in D Major, Requiem , Jesu, Grant Me This I Pray , Reincarnations, Opus 16 , My Spirit Sang All Day

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Princeton Singers : Old New Borrowed Blues

Review: Steven Sametz wears multiple hats on this recording of his work by the Princeton Singers. All of the pieces on this album were arranged by Sametz and it includes the premier of his work "Dudaryku - A Village Scene" which depicts life in a nineteenth century Ukrainian village. This piece features guest artists Chanticleer. The recording is an assortment of folksongs from around the world, American standards and American folk and gospel songs. The choir adapts beautifully to the variety diverse cultures and musical styles on this recording.

Songlist: Ne Sedi, Djemo, Kas Tie Tadi, Paidu li Vwihdul ja, Dudaryku - A Village Scene, Ngam sang duan, La Villanella, Kein Feuer, Kein Kodle, Do I Love You?, We are in Love, Losing my Mind, Blue Skies, Shenandoah, Follow Jesus

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Princeton Singers : Reincarnations

Review: Reincarnations was recorded during the choir's first season under the direction of Steven Sametz. The repertoire explores a series of connections between the old and the new. It opens with Samuel Barber's Reincarnations, with texts by James Stephens which focus on different facets of love. Sametz has three pieces showcased on this recording: "On the Death of a Friend," "Magnificat" and "in time of ." Sametz's "Magnificat" is juxtaposed by that if Villiers Stanford, both featuring the resident choir of the American Boychoir School. Other pairings are two very different settings of the joyful text "Exultate Deo" by Palestrina and Poulenc. This is a very nice recording marking the beginning of a new era for this wonderful choir.

Songlist: Reincarnations , Come haro donque , Chi chili chi , Death Hath Deprived Me of My Dearest Friend , Magnificat in G , Magnificat , Exultate Deo , Exultate Deo , Babylone , Due cori di Michelangelo Buonarroti, In time of

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Pro Arte Singers - Paul Hillier : Traditional & Modern Carols

Review: This CD is an assortment of Christmas songs from England and America from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries. Many of the songs are American shape-note and Shaker hymns as well as Appalachian folk songs. Some of the more familiar tunes include the "Coventry Carol: Lully, lulla, thow little tyne child," "I wonder as I wander" by John Jacob Niles and Emily Poston's sweet version of "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree." These songs are all beautifully sung by the Pro Arte Singers with the University of Indiana Children's Chamber Choir, led by Paul Hillier. This is a wonderful recording of rarely heard gems.

Songlist: This Is Jesus' Birthday, Give good gifts to one another, Remember, O thou man, Ecce, quod natura, As I out rode this enderes night (Coventry Shepherds' Carol), Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child (Coventry Carol), Nowell, nowell: Dieu vous garde, Swete was the song the Virgine soong, Arise, arise ye mortals all, Hail happy morn, I wonder as I wander, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, The darkest midnight, To Bethlehem did they go, Shiloh, Joys Seven, I sing of a maiden, The Babe of Bethlehem, Hail the memorable morn, Sweetest music softly stealing, The Kentucky Wassail Song, To all the good children, a happy New Year

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Ragazzi Boys Chorus : A Holiday Collection

Review: "A Holiday Collection" combines traditional favorites like "God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen," "Silent Night" and "Angels We Have Heard on High" and sacred music like Mozart's "Laudate Dominum," Brahms' "Ave Maria," Dietrich Buxtehude's "Cantate Domino," and Vivaldi's "Laudamus Te," with contemporary originals like Martin Shaw's "Fanfare for Christmas Day," David Urrows' "Verbum Patris Hodie," Henryk Gorecki's "Totus Tuus Opus 60" and Daniel Pinkham's "Evergreen." Piano or organ accompaniment on most cuts. This is a soaring, lovely Christmas CD by the pride of San Mateo, CA, the Peninsula Boy's Chorus!

Songlist: Laudate Dominum, Pueri Concinite, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, Ave maria, Opus 12, Verbum Patris Hodie, Cantate Domino, Laudamus Te, Fanfare for Christmas Day, Totus Tuus, opus 60, Silent Night, Evergreen, Angels We Have Heard On High

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Ragazzi Boys Chorus : Canciones de Alabanza

Review: The 50 boy singers of San Mateo, CA's Ragazzi are conducted by Joyce Keil in this wonderful and diverse collection of songs of praise. From the solemn 14th-century pilgrim song ("Stella Splendens") and the wonderful Renaissance motet ("Salve Regina") to the folk rhythms of the "Misa Criolla" and the wild instrumental colors of the modern "Estampie Natalis," these songs all celebrate the birth of Jesus, and his mother. Taking on the hard work of learning these difficult pieces, the young singers skipped and danced out of the studio after perfecting a song. Other favorites are the 5 movements of Giacomo Perti's "Magnificat A 4," and Thomas Luis de Victoria's "O Sacrum Convivium." There is some accompaniment by organ, piccolo, strings, recorder, bass and percussion. A joyful, touching effort by talented Ragazzi.

Songlist: Estampie N atalis, Stella Spelndens, Salve Regina, Salve Regina, Magnificat A 4:, Maginificat, Et misericordia, Fecit potentiam, Recordatus, Sicut locutus est, O Sacrum Convivium, Misa Criolla:, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei

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Ragazzi Boys Chorus : Good News

Review: Since its founding in San Mateo, CA in1987, Ragazzi, The Peninsula Boys Chorus has grown to be one of the largest and most successful boy choirs in the San Francisco Bay area. Under the direction of Musical Director and and Co-founder, Joyce Keil, the chorus has toured Canada, Russia and Eastern Europe. "Good News" is live recordings from concerts given in the 1995 and 1996 seasons. The 20 songs are in 3 categories: sacred repertory, such as Cesar Franck's "Panis Angelicus," Bach's "Ave Maria," Gabriel Faure's "Sanctus (from Requiem)," and Elizabeth Poston's "Jesus Christ, the apple tree;" solos, duets and trios, like Antonio Caldera's "Alma del core," Handel's "Ombra mai fu," and Bach's "Wir eilen (from Cantata 78);" and secular repertory, Bedrich Smetana's "Ma Hvezda," the Serbian folk song "Niska Banja," Zoltan Kodaly's "Evening Song," the Slovak folk song "To ta Hel' pa," the Greek folk song, "The Kalanta of the New Year," and the spiritual "Ain-a that good news." Piano, flute and percussion accompaniment on some cuts. A beautiful collection by the talented boys of Ragazzi!

Songlist: Panis Angelicus, O gracious light, Ave maria , Ave verum, Sanctus , Der Herr ist Gross, Jesus Christ, the apple tree, Alma del core, Danza, danza fanciulla gentile , Lasst Lautenspiel und Becherklang, Ombra mai fu, Wir eilen , Ma Hvezda , Water under snow is weary , Niska Banja , Evening Song , To ta Hel' pa , The Kalanta of the New Year, Ain-a that good news, What a Wonderful World

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Ragazzi Boys Chorus : Magnificat - My Spirit Rejoices

Review: Recorded at George Lucas's Skywalker Sound, the music Ragazzi Boy's Chorus to perform on this CD serves to set the scene for the United State premiere of Magnificat, by Canadian Composer Rupert Lang. The texts of the other works they sing on this recording also mix traditional Marian and Nativity music with music celebrating life through various human experiences.

Songlist: Kyrie, Ave Maria, Bist Du Bei Mir , Der Herr Segne Euch, Ave Maria, Psalm 23 , Inscription Of Hope , To The Ploughboy , Bethelemu , Balulalow , This Little Babe, Magnificat , Recitative, Mary's Song , Magnificat, Quia Fecit, Suscepit Potentiam, Gloria

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8320 00 1 CD $9.95 Boys Choirs CDs


ReGeneration : Christmas In Velvet Vol 1& 2

Review: 1991 release by Derric Johnson, esteemed director of the Voices of Liberty. Many of the arrangements are also his, and can be recognized by their dramatic codas and lofty soprano range. There are many familiar carols, such as 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,' 'O Come All Ye Faithful' and 'Little Drummer Boy,' just to name a few - 26 tracks in all. With that kind of variety, there is something for everyone: 'Sweet Little Jesus Boy,' a spiritual; 'Calypso Noel,' with that island rhythm; 'Pat-A-Pan,' in the French classical vein. 'Gesu Bambino' is one of the prettiest songs, a distinctive melody, coupled with an easy waltz tempo.

Songlist: Do You Hear What I Hear?, A Starry Night, Calypso Noel, Sweet Little Jesus Boy, Pat-A-Pan, Sing Allelulia/ In Excelsis Deo, I Wonder As I Wander, Christmas, Gesu Bambino, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, The Little Bitty Baby/ Wonderful Counselor, It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, O Holy Night, Go Tell It On The Mountain, White Christmas, Fum Fum Fum, While Shepards Watched, The First Noel, O Come All Ye Faithful, What A Merry Little Christmas Tree, The Birthday Of A King, Winter Wonderland, Little Drummer Boy, French Chorale Of Praise, Away In A Manger, We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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3252 00 1 CD $4.95 Gospel Christmas


ReGeneration : Christmas In Velvet Vol 3 & 4

Review: Follow-up to previous release by the Regeneration troupe. As on Volume I and II, Derric Johnson's voice-orchestra performs sensational arrangements of carols such as 'Joy To The World,' 'Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town' and 'Deck The Halls.' Particularly lovely is 'Carol Of The Russian Children/The Sleigh,' popularized by the Singers Unlimited.

Songlist: Joy To The World, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Carol Of The Russian Children/ The Sleigh, Go Where I Send Thee, Silent Night, Let It Snow!, Jingle Bells, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Hanukkah, The Christmas Song/ Chestnuts Roasting, Rejoice With Exceeding Great Joy, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, Carol Of The Bells, Silver Bells, Christmas In The Air, Deck The Halls, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Some Children See Him

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3253 00 1 CD $14.95 Gospel Christmas


ReGeneration : Hymns In Velvet

Review: Velvet: a rich fabric. The harmonies of Regeneration: sumptuous, angelic outpourings of rejoicing, of which velvet is a most fitting adjective. Carrying on in the mode established by the best-selling "Christmas In Velvet" volumes one and two, the fourteen traditionals and hymns contained here (ten of which were released a few years ago in a now out-of-print recording entitled"Pure Silk"), are inspiring not only because of their thematic content of praise, but because of the arranging of Derric Johnson, the group's director. To study a Derric Johnson arrangement is to contemplate the canon of a master. Key to his style is his seamless blending of classical choral and jazz idioms that are fresh, yet easy to assimilate. What could be more uplifting than the gloriously ascending intervals of "More Than Wonderful," ending in an epic high note? The serene and resonant "Holy Ground" is set against a backdrop of plush oohs and aahs. The countermelodic texture of "Just As I Am" is engaging but never excessive. The men and women of Regeneration (some of whom moonlight as Walt Disney World's "Voices of Liberty"), could not be more pristine in their performance. Their control, phrasing and interpretation is textbook perfect. All in all, "Hymns in Velvet" is an exercise of pure enjoyment.

Songlist: Great Is Thy Faithfulness, Jesus, Lover of my Soul, Just a Little Talk With Jesus, Spirit of God, I Must Tell Jesus, A Mighty Fortress , I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked, O Love That Will Not Let Me Go, Just As I Am, It Is Well With My Soul, Go Down Moses, Holy Ground, Jesus Is His Name, More Than Wonderful

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5340 00 1 CD $14.98 Contemporary Christian CDs

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