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Robert Shaw : Absolute Heaven

Review: This is the second compilation recording to feature sacred choral classics conducted by Robert Shaw. The baroque era is represented by Vivaldi's Gloria and J.S. Bach's Magnificat; the classical and romantic periods include selections from Mozart's Requiem, and the Verdi and Berlioz Requiems; and the twentieth century is well-represented with selections from the Poulenc Mass in G Major, the Durufle Requiem, and Mahler's Symphony No. 8, the "Symphony of a Thousand." Operatic selections are included by composers Arrigo Boito (the "Prologue" from Mephistofele), and Pietro Mascagni (the "Regina coeli" from Cavalleria rusticana). Also contributing to the dramatic sense of contrast on this recording is the juxtapositioning of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with the ethereal, a capella sounds of the Shaw Festival Singers, who are highlighted in "Bless the Lord, O my soul," from Rachmaninoff's Vespers; and in the "Agnus Dei" from the Poulenc Mass in G Major.

Songlist: Mefistofele: Prologue, Mass In G Major: Agnus Dei, Mass In C minor, K.427: Kyrie, Christ On The Mount of Olives: Hallelujah, Vespers: Bless The Lord, O My Soul, Requiem, Op. 9: Sanctus, Te Deum, Op. 103: Te Deum Laudamus, Gloria: Et In Terra Pax, Magnificat: Suscepit Israel, Requiem, Op 48: Pie Jesu, Requiem, Libera Me, Cavalleria Rusticana: Regina Coeli, Mass No. 2 In G Major:Benedictus, Requiem Op. 5: Rex Tremendae, Symphony No. 8: Finale

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6231 00 1 CD $15.98


Robert Shaw : Faure / Durufle

Review: The Faure Requiem was begun in 1886 and finished in the first weeks of 1888. Unlike other requiems, this piece has no sense of doom or angst. It expresses no fear of death, but rather depicts the reaching for eternal happiness. Warm and comforting, this work is a rare gem in the French repertoire. Durufle's greatest known work was his Requiem written in 1947. At the time it was commissioned, Durufle was composing a suite for organ solo based on the Gregorian chants of the Mass for the Dead. It was this suite that was expanded and transformed to become the requiem. The insightful interpretation and superb performance of these requiems by Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus is unmatched. This release received a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Classical Recording.

Songlist: Faure Requiem (7 Movements), - Introit & Kyrie, - Offertory, - Sanctus, - Pie Jesu, - Agnus Dei, - Libera me, - In Paradisum, Durufle Requiem (9 Movements), - Introit, - Kyrie, - Domine Jesu Christe, - Sanctus, - Pie Jesu, - Agnus Dei, - Lux Aeterna, - Libera me, - In Paradisum

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Robert Shaw : Gloria: Music of Praise & Inspiration

Review: Showcasing works from the preeminent composers of Western classical music, such as Schubert, Vivaldi and Bach, this recording is a compilation drawn from Robert Shaw's vast canon. Mr. Shaw, who recently died, was one of the most famous and recognized choral directors of modern day, and his association with the Atlanta Symphony and Chorus was a prolific one. These accompanied selections, on sacred and religious themes, are grand, dramatic and ornate. One of the most affecting is Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis: Gloria," which captures the intense emotion that heralded the beginning of the Romantic era.

Songlist: Gloria In Excelsis, Mass In B Minor: Sanctus, Messiah: And Suddenly Their Was The Angel-Glory To God, The Creation: Awake The Harp, Mass No. 2 In G Major: Gloria, Missa Solemnis: Gloria, Requim: Sanctus, Heavenly Light, Te Deum: Aeterna Fac, Vespers: Slava V Vyshnikh Bogu (Glory To God In The Highest), Requiem: Sanctus, Mass In G Major: Gloria, Alleluia, Mass: Sanctus, Magnificat

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Robert Shaw : Grand & Glorious - Great Operatic Choruses

Review: Robert Shaw leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in some of opera's most beloved choruses. This assortment ranges from the immensely popular "Va pensiero" from Nabucco to the tragic end of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Other selections include "Regina Coeli" from Cavalleria Rusticana and the "Anvil Chorus" from Il Trovatore. These choruses provide comic relief, enhance the plot or give voice to the desire for freedom. With guest soloists, soprano Christine Brewer, tenor Karl Dent and bass Kevin Maynor, this incredible chorus gives first rate performances of the grand and glorious from the stage.

Songlist: Happy We! from Acis and Galatea (Handel), When I am Laid in Earth; With Drooping Wings, from Dido and Aeneas (Purcell), Zhivi i zdravstvui, Coronation Scene, from Boris Godunov (Moussorgskv), Les voice, from Carmen (Bizet), O wlche Lust! Prisoners' Chorus, from Fidelio (Beethoven), Wach'auf! from Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Wagner), Treulich gefuhrt, Bridal Chorus, from Lohengrin (Wagner), Begluckt' darf nun dich, Pilgrims' Chorus, from Tannhauser (Wagner), Freudig begrussen wir, Entrance of the Guests, from Tannhauser (Wagner), Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie, Anvil Chorus, from Il Trovatore (Verdi), Que interminabile andirivieni! Servants' Chorus, from Don Pasquale (Donizetti), Zitti, Zitti, Conspirators' Chorus, from Rigoletto (Verdi), Va, Pensiero, Chorus of Hebrew Slaves, from Nabucco (Verdi), Regina Coeli, from Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni)

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Robert Shaw : Great Choral Classics

Review: There is an abundance of great choral music in the world. This compilation by Robert Shaw leading the Atlanta Symphony and Choruses is some of the best, from the opening movement of J.S. Bach's Magnificat to the "Intaberna quando sumus" from Orff's Carmina Burana. These pieces are triumphant and glorious and as always beautifully performed by this highly acclaimed group of musicians. It is hard to pick the favorites among the best, but this is a good place to start.

Songlist: "Gloria all'Egitto" from Aida , "Agnus Dei" from Requiem , "Magnificat anima mea" from Magnificat , "In taberna quando sumus" from Carmina burana, II. (Psalm 23-Psalm 2:1-4) from Chichester Psalms , Laudamus Te, "Kyrie" from Mass No. 2 in G Major , "Tui Nati vulnerati" from Stabat Mater, "Te Deum" from Four Sacred Pieces, "Sing to God" from The Creation , "Osanna in excelsis" from Mass in B Minor, "Cum Sancto Spiritu" from Gloria , "Selig sind die Toten" from Ein deutsches Requiem

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Robert Shaw : Power and Majesty

Review: Robert Shaw's awards shelf had to be expanded to make room for the National Medal of Arts from Pres. Reagan, Musician of theYear by Musical America, the Theodore Thomas Award of the Conductor's Guild, a Gold Record, Britain's Gramophone Award, 13 Grammys, four ASCAP awards, the list goes on and on. Shaw began directing the Fred Waring Glee Club to radio fame, then his Collegiate Chorale, finally moving on to the Robert Shaw Chorale, whose tours and recordings brought him worldwide fame. He became music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 1967. "The Power" combines the orchestral power (as in heavily accompanied) of the Symphony with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers to do justice to 17 monumental pieces by such heavies as Verdi, Durufle, Orff, Mozart, Borodin, Bach, Handel, Berlioz, Faure, Haydn and Rachmaninoff. Remember the drama and power of the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah?" It's here, and there's 16 others like it. Amazing!

Songlist: Dies irae (Giuseppe Verdi), Tuba Mirium, Pie Jesu (Maurice Durufle), O Fortuna (Carl Orff), Dies irae (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), Rex tremendae, Confutatis, Lacrimosa, Polovtsian Dances (Alexander Borodin), Missa: Kyrie eleison (Johann Sebastian Bach), Hallelujah Chorus (George Frideric Handel), The Shepherds Farewell (Hector Berlioz), Sanctus (Gabriel Faure), The Heavens are Telling (Franz Joseph Haydn), "Va, pensiero" (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) (Verdi), Nyne Otpushchayeshi (Sergei Rachmaninoff), Dies irae (Berlioz)

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Robert Shaw : The Many Moods Of Christmas

Review: We don't need to recount Robert Shaw's credentials as a group leader and director of the Fred Waring Glee Club and The Robert Shaw Chorale, or his list of awards, Grammys, ASCAPs, etc. over his 50+ year career, do we? Good. So, if you were director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and recording a Christmas CD, what kind would it be? Powerful, monumental and classic of course! We have 18 mostly traditional carols here, "Good Christian Men, Rejoice," "Silent Night," "Patapan," "Fum Fum Fum," "March of the Kings," "Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella," "Angels We Have Heard On High," "The First Nowell," "I Saw Three Ships," "Deck The Halls," etc., along with the Latin hymn "O Sanctissima," Wesley-Mendelssohn's "Hark!," and Bach's "Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light." All arrangements are by Robert Russell Bennett. Majestic, triumphant Christmas music!

Songlist: Traditional: Good Christian Men, Rejoice, Mohr-Gruber: Silent Night, Traditional: Patapan, Traditional: O Come, All Ye Faithful, Latin Hymn: O Sanctissima, Watts-Handel: Joy To the World, Traditional: Away in A Manger, Traditional: Fum Fum Fum, Traditional: March of the Kings, Traditional: What Child Is This?, Wesley-Mendelssohn: Hark!, The Herald Angels Sing, Traditional: Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella, Traditional: Angels We Have Heard On High, J.S. Bach: Break Forth, O Beauteous Heav'nly Light, Tradtional; The First Nowell, Redner-Brooks: O Little Town of Bethlehem, Traditional: I Saw Three Ships, Traditional: Deck the Halls

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6519 00 1 CD $9.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


Robert Shaw - The Atlanta Chorus : Christmas with Robert Shaw

Review: Now available for the first time on CD, this is a reissue of the 1975 double LP and is a wonderful lasting testimony to the fabulous choral excellence of Mr. Shaw. This was a very successful release and was popular at the time but has been unavailable for many years. You will certainly feel the total majesty of one of America's finest choirs in this classic Christmas recording.

Songlist: O Come, O Come Emmanuel , And There Were Shepherds , Break Forth, Gloria in Excelsis, Et In Terra Pax, Allegro non Molto, Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming , There is a Rose in Flower, Dormi Jesu, Farandole, Jesus Shepherd My Beginning , Lully, Lullay Thou Little Tiny Child, The Shepherds' Farewell to the Holy Family, Adeste Fideles, Dona Nobis Pacem, Hallelujah

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8945 00 1 CD $9.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


Robert Shaw Chamber Singers : Angels On High

Review: The more modern and esoteric of Shaw's Christmas recordings, featuring the "Ceremony Of Carols," a modern suite by Benjamin Britten, comprising 11 tracks, and highlighting two soloists and harp. The contemporary composer, Morten Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium" is also included; its simple and graceful melody floats ethereally by. Biebl's "Ave Maria," with its distinctive major/minor tension, Praetorius' "Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming," and Howell's "Sing Lullaby" are other gems, most of which are arranged by Shaw and Alice Parker. The sprightly "Allon, Gay Bergeres" and "While By My Sheep" suggest caroling from door-to-door, the crisp crunch of snow underfoot and rosy-cheeked smiles for all!

Songlist: O Come, Emmanuel, Alleluia, The First Nowell, The Carol Of The Birds, Allon, Gay Bergeres, A Hymn To The Virgin, O Magnum Mysterium, Rejoice and Sing, from "Christmas Oratorio", Ave Maria, What Is This Lovely Fragrance?, Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming, Sing Lullaby, While By My Sheep, Break Forth, O Wondrous Heavenly Light, from "Christmas Oratorio", Heavenly Light, Adeste Fideles, Ceremony Of Carols

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6233 00 1 CD $9.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


Robert Shaw Chamber Singers : Schubert, Songs For Male Chorus

Review: In addition to his many solo songs, Franz Schubert wrote about one hundred male quartets and choruses. These part songs, like their solo counterparts, use texts by the great poets, like Goethe and Schiller, and have equally beautiful melodies. The popularity of these pieces was due to the development of music making by the middle class. Small public concerts, given in taverns or peoples homes, were places that the songs would be performed. Schubert was often requested to compose these part-songs for the occasions. Among the all male songs is the gem "Standchen" which is scored for alto and male chorus with piano accompaniment. The men of the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers perform these rarely heard pieces with great beauty and lyricism. The songs on this CD are a cappella, with a few having guitar or piano accompaniment.

Songlist: Die Nacht, Die Nachtigall, Wehmuth, Der Gondelfahrer, Mondenschein, Nachthelle, Das Dorfchen, Die Einsiedelei, Sehnsucht, Grab Und Mond, Fruhlingsgesang, Liebe, Widerspruch, An Den Fruhling, La Pastorella, Standchen, Der Entfernten

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6226 00 1 CD $15.95 Men's Choirs CDs


Robert Shaw Chamber Singers : Songs Of Angels

Review: Twenty-nine carols arranged by Robert Shaw and Alice Parker, and sung by the forty-nine member Robert Shaw Chamber Singers. Many English, but some French, Spanish, Italian, German and the occasional American carol are included. In broad terms, carols were popular songs, and the original definition referred to a type of dance; remember, too, that Christmas was an adaptation of various pagan celebrations, an influence that can certainly be discerned in carols such as "Masters In This Hall," the sprightly rhythms of which are not meant to be listened to sitting down. Robert Shaw's various classical vocal ensembles are considered to be some of the finest in the world, and under his direction, earned many Grammy's and international acclaim.

Songlist: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, Angels We Have Heard on High , O Come, O Come Emmanuel, How Unto Bethlehem?, The Boar's Head Carol, O Tannenbaum, Masters in This Hall, My Dancing Day, Away in a Manger, Good Christian Men, Rejoice, The Holly and the Ivy, Good King Wenceslas, Wassail Song, Bring a Torch, Jeannete, Isabella, Fum, Fum, Fum, Mary Had a Baby, Hacia Belen va un borrico, Christ Was Born on Christmas Day, March of the Kings, Coventry Carol, Deck the Halls, The Cherry Tree Carol, We Three Kings of Orient Are, Touro-louro-louro!, So Blest a Sight, I Saw Three Ships, What Child Is This?, Susanni, In the Bleak Midwinter

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6227 00 1 CD $9.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


Robert Shaw Chorale : A Festival of Carols

Review: The remastered A Festival of Carols by the Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra, originally recorded in 1957 and 1963, is a timeless classic. It includes four of Robert Russell Bennett's medleys and beautiful a cappella versions of holiday favorites many of which are by Robert Shaw and Alice Parker. Selections include, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," "My Dancing Day" and "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming." This CD will keep your spirits up all season long.

Songlist: Medley - Good Christian Men, Rejoice; Silent Night; Patapan; O Come, All Ye Faithful, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, Shepard's Carol, Go, Tell It On The Mountain, Medley - O Sanctissima; Joy To The World; Away In A Manger; Fum, Fum, Fum; March Of The Kings, I Wonder As I Wander, We Three Kings, My Dancing Day, Medley - What Child Is This?; Hark! The Herald Angles Sing; Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella; Angles We Have Heard On High, Coventry Carol, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming, Carol Of The Bells, Medley - Break Forth, O Beauteous Heaventy Light; The First Nowell; O Little Town Of Bethlehem; I Saw Three Ships; Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly

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6661 00 1 CD $9.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


Robert Shaw Chorale : Battle Cry of Freedom

Review: A classic recording remastered. In arrangements by Robert Russell Bennett, the Robert Shaw Chorale sings patriotic favorites with the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra. Selections include a medley from the Civil War of songs from both North and South, a medley from the Revolutionary War and a Service Songs Medley. A great recording with or without fireworks.

Songlist: The Battle Hymn Of The Republic, America, America, The Beautiful, Columbia, The Gem Of The Ocean, God Bless America, Revolutionary War Medley, Civil War Medley, Service Songs Medley, The Star-Spangled Banner

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6669 00 1 CD $11.95 Patriotic A Cappella Music


Robert Shaw Chorale : Handel: The Great Choruses From Messiah

Review: We hardly need to mention Robert Shaw's credentials as a group leader and director of the Fred Waring Glee Club, the RS Festival Singers, RS Chorale and RS Chamber Singers, his Grammys and ASCAPS and his 50-plus year legendary career in music. This is a digitally remastered reissue of a classic lp of one of some of the most beloved music of all time, the Great Choruses from Handel's Messiah. The piece is given to us in 17 parts, from "And the Glory of the Lord" and the famous "For Unto Us a Child Is Born" to "Their Sound Is Gone Out Into All Lands," "Hallelujah" and finishing with "Worthy Is The Lamb That Was Slain." Of course this CD is orchestrally accompanied, with harpsichord and organ, throughout. As with all the CDs associated with Robert Shaw that we carry in our catalog, "Great Choruses" is a powerful, wonderfully performed work of art!

Songlist: And the Glory of the Lord, And He Shall Purify, For Unto Us A Child Is Born, Glory to God, His Yoke Is Easy, Behold the Lamb of God, Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs, And with His Stripes We Are Healed, All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray, He Trusted in God, Lift Up Your Heads, Oh Ye Gates, Let All the Angels of God Worship Him, The Lord Gave the Word, Their Sound Is Gone Out Into All Lands, Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder, Hallelujah, Since by Man Came Death, O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?, But Thanks Be to God, Worthy Is the Lamb That Was Slain

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Robert Shaw Chorale : Songs Of Faith and Inspiration

Review: The legendary Robert Shaw conducts sacred songs on this remastered recording from 1964. The Robert Shaw Chorale with orchestra and organ sing such selections as the triumphant "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," the spiritual "Were You There?," arranged by Alice Parker and both the Shubert and Bach-Gounod "Ave Maria." The orchestral arrangements were done by Robert Russell Bennett. This is a classic!

Songlist: A Mighty Fortress is Our God, Ave Maria, The Lost Chord, Panis Angelicus, Nearer, My God, To Thee, The Holy City, Ave Maria, Kol Nidre, Were You There?, Sleepers, Wake

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Robert Shaw Chorus : Britten: War Requiem

Review: Only a conductor of Robert Shaw's experience could hope to shed new light on a score the composer himself had so convincingly presented on record. Shaw finds a meditative gentleness in the music that is new and touching, and imparts a distant, sad feeling to the climaxes that deepens their ambivalence. The solo singing is on a par with that of Britten's recording--the diction is in fact better--and the choral singing is suffused with Shaw's unique magic. Telarc's digital recording is a bona fide sonic spectacular.

Songlist: Requiem Aeternam , Dies Irae , Offertorium , Sanctus , Agnus Dei , Libera Me

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Robert Shaw Chorus : Choral Masterpieces

Review: A "Greatest Hits" collection of some of the Chorus's most popular pieces.

Songlist: Hallelujah, Ave Verum Corpus , Kyrie Eleison, The Shepherds, Lift Thine Eyes to the Mountains , Dona Nobis Pacem , Hallelujah , Sanctus, Bogoroditse Devo, Wie Lieblich Sind Deine Wohnungen , The Heavens Are Telling, Rex Tremendae

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Robert Shaw Chorus : Dvorak: Stabat Mater

Review: The late Robert Shaw, who died in January 1999, had a long and fruitful relationship with Telarc, spanning twenty years and producing 41 recordings, eleven of which have won Grammy Awards. The current recording is the final one to be made by the conductor. Included on the second disc is a spoken interview of Shaw made by National Public Radio's Martin Goldsmith, host of "Performance Today." The interview was made in November 1998, just after the recording sessions for the Dvorak Stabat Mater, and features Shaw discussing his career, this work, and the state of the choral art. Portions of the interview were originally broadcast over NPR on April 2, 1999. The Stabat Mater was written by Dvorak in direct response to personal and private grief when he began the work, in 1876, he and his wife had recently lost a baby daughter, who had lived only two days. Other work intervened requiring the composer to set the Stabat Mater aside, but he soon resumed it in 1877 after losing two more children in quick succession-a baby daughter to accidental poisoning, and his three-year-old son to smallpox. The work was premiered in Prague in 1880, by which time Dvorak had risen from obscurity and poverty to become an internationally known composer. In 1883, the London premiere of the Stabat Mater met with such success that Dvorak was invited to come to England to conduct the work. He did so, conducting an enormous orchestra and chorus in the Royal Albert Hall in 1884.

Songlist: Stabat Mater Dolorosa , Quis est homo, qui non fleret , Eja, Mater, Fons amoris, Fac, ut ardeat cor meum , Tui Nati vulernati , Fac me vere tecum flere , Virgo virginum praeclara , Fac, ut portem Christi mortem , Inflammatus et accensus, Quando corpus morietur , Robert Shaw Discusses Dvorak's Stabat Mater with Martin Goldsmith

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Robert Shaw Chorus : Schubert: Mass No. 2 & Mass No. 6

Review: From America's greatest choral conductor, Robert Shaw, and his superbly trained Atlanta forces comes a recording of two settings of the Latin mass by Franz Schubert. Shaw and the Telarc recording team have won numerous Grammy Awards, they continue that tradition of excellence with Schubert: Mass No. 2 & Mass No. 6. In all, Schubert wrote six Masses over a period stretching from his school days to the end of his life. All but the last were written for specific performances in local churches, and all are practical works reflecting Viennese performance customs of the time. Mass No. 2 in G major was composed in 1815, when Schubert was 18 and just embarking on a teaching career. Simple and tuneful, it is a small-scaled work for chamber choir accompanied only by strings and organ. Soprano, tenor, and bass soloists contribute to the intimate beauty of the choral writing. The Mass must have gladdened the heart of his teacher, Antonio Salieri, who praised Schubert's first Mass with the words, "Franz, you are my pupil and you are going to do me proud." The product of a remarkable surge of music Schubert wrote in his final year, Mass No. 6 in E-flat major lay unperformed until a year after his death. It is basically a choral mass, as its five soloists (soprano, mezzo, two tenors, and bass) are used sparingly. The festive orchestra includes strings, timpani, and full winds except for tuba and flute. Its overall shape and construction follow traditional practice-more so than his preceding setting in A-flat. In harmonic language and details of text setting, however, we encounter a different Schubert, a Romantic who produced telling dramatic effect through his use of frankly pictorial writing and daring chromatic digressions.

Songlist: Mass No. 2, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnes Dei, Mass No. 6, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnes Dei

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Robert Shaw Chorus : Verdi: Requiem

Review: Having given his lifetime experience and mastery to the great repertory of the choral literature, Robert Shaw addresses one of the greatest challenges of all-Verdi's greatest choral masterwork, the Requiem. Combining a succession of thrilling solo arias, duets and ensembles with some of the most inspiring writing for chorus, the great Italian master produced a unique tribute to the memory of one whom he regarded as a virtual saint: poet and novelist Alexander Manzoni. Balancing the devotional with the theatrical requires the utmost care, but care must also be taken to involve the listener in a continually unfolding drama. Robert Shaw, his expert singers, chorus, and orchestra, have achieved this. But there is more to offer on this superb album. Shaw has set down his interpretation of some of the best-known choruses from five of Verdi's major works - Macbeth, Don Carlo, Otello, Aida and especially, the well-loved Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco.

Songlist: Disc One:, Requiem & Kyrie, Dies irae, 1. Dies irae, 2. Tuba mirum, 3. Mors stupebit, 4. Liber scriptus, 5. Quid sum miser, 6. Rex tremendae, 7. Recordare, 8. Ingemisco, 9. Confutatis, 10. Lacrimosa, Offertory, Sanctus, Disc Two:, Agnus Dei , Lux aeterna, Libera me, 1. Libera me, 2. Dies irae, 3. Requiem aeternam, 4. Libera me, Operatic Choruses:, "Spuntato ecco" from Don Carlos, "Patria oppressa!" from Macbeth, "Fuoco di gioia" from Otello, "Va pensiero" from Nabucco, "Gloria all'Egitto" from Aida

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Robert Shaw Festival Singers : A Cappella

Review: Since his death in 1999, Robert Shaw continues to be revered by American choral directors and music lovers, and his recorded interpretations are regarded as the gold standard among all those available. His numerous Grammy Awards attest to the regard in which he was held by his fellow musicians. This collection of seventeen choral selections are in recognition of Shaw's stellar body of work and were recorded during his last decade. These tracks are considered the best of the best, exquisite examples of the deep spiritual rapport Shaw achieved with unaccompanied choruses. One piece, the Verdi "Ave Maria," is performed by his 200-voice Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus in one of their rare opportunities to engage in a cappella singing. The remaining sixteen tracks were recorded by the smaller ensembles he formed in his final years-the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, who performed and recorded at his summer choral festivals in the south of France, and the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, which brought together the best of his Atlanta voices for concerts and recordings during the winter months.

Songlist: O Vos Omnes, A New Commandment , Vinea Mea Electa , Videntes Stellam , Dieu! Quil La Fait Bon Regarder!, Waldesnacht, Abendstandchen , Heavenly Light , Svete Tikhyi , Vzbrannoy Boyevode , Ride On, King Jesus, Sometimes I Feel Like A Moaning Dove , Same Train, In A Garden Shady, Ave Maria, Magnificat , Kyrie

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Robert Shaw Festival Singers : Appear & Inspire

Review: The great contribution of Robert Shaw to choral music has brought the listener to expect that nearly any recording or live performance under Shaw's direction will be thoroughly stunning, refreshing and performed with remarkable musical insight. On Appear and Inspire, Robert Shaw and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers give exactly this kind of performance of Argento's "I Hate and I Love", Debussy's "Trois Chansons", Poulenc's "Un Soir de Neige", Badings "Trois Chansons Bretonnes", Britten's "Hymn to St. Cecilia" and Ravel's "Trois Chansons."

Songlist: Hymn To St. Cecilia, Op. 27, Hymn To St. Cecilia, Op. 27, Hymn To St. Cecilia, Op. 27, Dieu! Qu'il La Fait Bon Regarder!, Quant J'ai Ouy Le Tabourin, Yver, Vous N'estes Qu'un Villain, Nicolette, Trois Beaux Oiseaux Du Paradis, Ronde, Un Soir De Neige, La Nuit En Mer, La Complainte Des Ames, Soir D'ete, I Hate And I Love

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Robert Shaw Festival Singers : Evocation of the Spirit

Review: This CD is a newly recorded collection of the most accessible, spiritually enlightening, and uplifting music of our time -- brilliantly interpreted by Robert Shaw and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers. It features Barber's Agnus Dei, a vocal arrangement by the composer of the hauntingly beautiful Adagio For Strings.

Songlist: Totus Tuus, Op. 60, Magnificat, I. Kyrie, II. Gloria, III. Credo, IV. Sanctus, Agnus Dei , Agnus Dei , Friede Auf Erden

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Robert Shaw Festival Singers : Liebeslieder Waltzes

Review: Led by master conductor and composer Robert Shaw, the RS Festival Singers perform 40 of Brahm's songs, lightly piano-accompanied and under three headings: "Lebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52, Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 65, and Sieben Abendlieder. The large, extensive liner notes have all the lyrics. We particularly liked "Liebeslieder-Walzer" cuts 1, 5, 6, 11, and 14, "Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer Op. 65, cuts19, 21, 23, 26, 30 and 31, and "Sieben Abendlieder" cuts 34, 37, 38 and 40. As with all Robert Shaw CDs, this one is elegantly arranged, beautifully sung and perfectly directed-great material, wonderfully performed!

Songlist: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52, Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 65, Sieben Abendlieder

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Robert Shaw Festival Singers : O Magnum Mysterium

Review: The final years of Robert Shaw's life saw a return to his devotion to unaccompanied vocal music. Many will remember the Robert Shaw Chorale which was so popular in the 1950s and into the '60s. For two decades ending with his official retirement in 1989, Robert Shaw was the conductor and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. During that period most of his choral work was for orchestra and chorus. Yet even before his retirement he had established the Robert Shaw Choral Institute which devoted it's efforts to furthering choral arts through conductor training, workshops and performances. Through the establishment of its summer festivals beginning in 1989, participants who were selected by audition came to the Quercy district of south-central France for two weeks of instruction and intensive rehearsal, culminating in a week of performances in the wonderful medieval churches of the region. Many of the recordings on this release were obtained by Telarc during the momentary summer existence of the Robert Shaw Festival Singers. In the winters Robert Shaw created the Chamber Singers to further the practice of choral music. From both these groups has been assembled a group of recordings which reflect the deeply spiritual nature of the founder. Several of them have never been released before. You will find classical works by Tallis, Poulenc, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, and others in addition to several gospels sung by some of the most beautiful voices of the time. This is glorious full choral splendor!

Songlist: If Ye Love Me, A New Commandment, O Vos Omnes, O Magnum Mysterium, O Magnum Mysterium, O Magnum Mysterium, Praise The Name of The Lord, Der Entfernten, American Hymns and Spirituals : Wondrous Love, Amazing Grace, Sometimes I feel Like a Moanin' Dove, Totus Tuus, OP. 60

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Robert Shaw Festival Singers : Poulenc

Review: One of the members of Les Six, a group of avante garde French composers, Francis Poulenc was one of the twentieth century's most notable composers of sacred choral music. Much of this dynamic music is gentle with a mystic sense of simplicity. There are often passages with a rocking alternation of chords with false harmonic relations. Selections from this wonderful recording by then Robert Shaw Festival Singers include the Mass in G major, Four Short Prayers of Saint Francis as well as motets for Christmas and Penitence. The music of Poulenc is must for any collection.

Songlist: Mass In G Major, Quatre Motets Pour le Temps de Noel:, Quatre Motets Pour Un Temps de Penitence:, Quatre Petites De St. Francois d'Assise

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Robert Shaw Festival Singers : Rachmaninoff Vespers

Review: Vespers is a musical setting for a night-long service celebrated in Russian monasteries and Russian orthodox churches. Written at the height of Rachmaninoff's compositional powers, the Vespers setting is considered to be the finest of his sacred works. This lush and beautiful composition for unaccompanied voices, in an eloquent performance by Robert Shaw and his talented festival chorus, is captured dramatically by Telarc in the spacious acoustic of the Church of St. Pierre, Gramat, France. This recording won a Grammy award in 1990.

Songlist: Priidite, Poklonimsya-Come, Let Us Worship, Blagoslovi, Dushe Moya-Bless The Lord, O My soul, Blazhen Muzh-Blessed Be The Man, Svete Tikhyi-O Serene Light, Nyne Otpushchayeshi-Now Let Thy Servant Depart, Bogoroditsye Devo, Raduisya-Rejoice O Virgin, Slava V Vyshnikh Bogu-Glory To God In The Highest, Khvalite Imya Gospondene-Praise The Name Of The Lord, Blagosloven Yesi, Gospodi-Blessed Art Thou, O Lord, Voskreseniye Khristove Videvshe-Having Seen the Resurrection Of The Lord, Velichit Dusha Moya Gospoda-My Soul Magnifies The Lord, Slava V Vyshnikh Bogu-Glory To God In The Highest, Dnes Spaseniye Miru Byst-Troparia Of The Day Of Salvation, Voskres Iz Groba-Christ Is Risen From The Grave-Troparia Of The Resurrection, Vzbrannoy Voyevode-Thanksgiving To The Mother Of God

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Robert Shaw/Atlanta Symphony : Barber/Bartok/Williams

Review: Barber's Prayers of Kierkegaard was commissioned by the Koussevitsky Foundation in 1942, but the composer did not complete the work until January, 1954. It is a setting, in the form of a single-movement cantata, of four prayers by the Danish theologian and philosopher Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855). Robert Shaw gave the American premiere of Bartok's Cantata Profana at Carnegie Hall in 1952. For this recording, he has used a refined version of the English translation of the text he made for that premiere performance. Vaughan Williams's Dona Nobis Pacem was intended as a warning of the threat of war in Europe in the mid-1930s. The texts are taken from the poetry of Walt Whitman, the Bible, the Latin Mass, and from a speech made in the British House of Commons during the Crimean War in the 1850s by John Bright.

Songlist: O Thou Who Art Unchangeable, Lord Jesus Christ, Who Suffered All Life Long, Father In Heaven, Well We Know That It Is Thou, Father In Heaven! Hold Not Our Sins Up Against Us, Part I, Part II, Part III, Agnus Dei , Beat! Beat! Drums!, Reconciliation, Dirge For Two Veterans, Angel Of Death, O Man Greatly Beloved

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Rockefeller Chapel Choir : 20th Century German Sacred Music

Review: German church music goes back to Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. Luther's love of music has influenced German composers for centuries. In the 20th century, this was no exception. The composers chosen for this recording all use Luther's chorale melodies, though with newer harmonies which lend themselves to fresher musical and textual expression. This recording includes motets by Hugo Distler and Johann Nepomuk David. All of the works are beautifully sung by the Rockefeller Chapel Choir.

Songlist: Pater Noster, Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Opus 12. No. 1), O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf (Opus 21, Pt. 2, No. 3), Lo! How a E'er Blooming (from the Christmas Story), Es ist das Heil uns Kommen her (Opus 6, Pt. 2, No. 2), Furwahr, er trug unsere Krankheit (Opus 12, No. 9), Deutsche Messe:, Das Kyrie, Das Credo, Das Agnus Dei, Das Gloria, Das Sanctus, Victimae paschali Laudes (Opus 35, No. 1), Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist, Veni Creator Spiritus

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Rockefeller Chapel Choir : Lamentations & Exultation

Review: The two extremes in sacred music are lamenting and praising. In their take on the subjects, the Rockefeller Chapel Choir, led by Randi Von Ellefson, chose pieces from the Renaissance and the 20th century. There are several settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah including that of Palestrina and di Lasso. There is a lovely Easter Anthem by William Billings as well as beautiful psalm settings by Stanley Hoffman. On this CD the choir alternates lamentation with exultation. Daniel Pinkham's striking "Here Repose, O Broken Body" provides quiet and thoughtful ending to an emotionally varied recording.

Songlist: The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee, De Lamentatione Jeremiae Prophitae, Sabbato Sancto, Lectio I , Christus Factus Est , Lamentation Secunda Tertii Diei (Elegia Quarta, 1-7), Easter Anthem , David Mourns for Absalom , Psalm 23 , Psalm 121 , Give Thanks Unto the Lord, Lamentations, Passion Music , Here Repose, O Broken Body

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Rollo Dilworth : Good News

Review: Rollo A. Dilworth is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at the North Park University School of Music in Chicago, Illinois. He also serves as director of the Music Institute of Chicago Children's Choir. In 2003, the University awarded Dilworth with the prestigious Zenos Hawkinson Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University, and a Master of Education Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he studied composition and choral music with Robert Ray. He received the Doctor of Music degree in conducting performance at Northwestern University where he studied conducting and composition with Robert A. Harris. This excellent recording features his arrangements of African American spirituals and original gospel selections. Recommended.

Songlist: No Rocks-A-Cryin', Keep On Travelin', Take Me to The Water, Ain't A That Good News, Jeramiah's Fire!, Swingin' Sweet Chariot, I Want Jesus To Walk With Me, How Can I Keep From Singing, Witness for My Lord, De Gospel Train, Soon and Very Soon, Walk In Jerusalem, Ain't A That Good News (instrumental)

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Saint Mary's College Women's Choir : Across The Bar..

Review: On the leading edge of the choral art, The Saint Mary's College Women's Choir, under the leadership of conductor Dr Nancy Menk, have assembled a program featuring fine new music from many of the most talked-about new choral composers. American composers William Hawley, Michael Sitton, Frank Ferko and Gwyneth Walker, and Finnish composer Jaakko Mantyjarvi, are just some of the names we'll be hearing about in fine choral music for this generation and the next. The works of these composers, as well as some classics, are assembled and presented here by one of the finest collegiate women's choirs in the U.S.

Songlist: Ave Maria, Song of Ezekiel, Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Salut Printemps, Regina Caeli, Alma Redemptoris Master, Standchen, Opus 135, Esto Les Digo, Ave Regina Coelorum, O salutaris Hostia, Bright Morning Stars are Rising, Balestard, Alley Cat Love Song, Music Down in my soul, Crossing the Bar, The Bells of Saint Mary's

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Saint Mary's College Women's Choir : Anima Mea!

Review: Pride of South Bend, Indiana's Saint Mary's College, this talented 35-voice choir commissions performs and publishes new works for women's voices (The Saint Mary's College Choral Series, published by earthsongs). Touring nationally to acclaim, "Anima" is the group's third excellent recording. 17 songs, Randal Stroope's "Magnificat," Imant Raminsh's "In The Beginning," Wm. Hawley's "Salve Regina," Paul Carey's "When I Bring You Colour'd Toys" and two by Gwyneth Walker, "Walk That Valley" and "So Many Angels!" are particularly wonderful. We also enjoyed a beautifully arranged "Over the Rainbow" and the group's trademark "The Bells of Saint Mary's." Some light accompaniment, and a nice liner notes booklet with information about the group and the songs. Lovely!

Songlist: Magnificat, O Sacrum Convivium, In the Beginning, Artsa Alinu, Sursum Corda, Mass No. 6 for Treble Voices, Salve Regina, Sanctus, Over the Rainbow, The Road Home, When I Bring to You Colour'd Toys, Walk That Valley, So Many Angels!, The Bells of Saint Mary's

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Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys : A Cappella II

Review: This disc, featuring a variety of sacred works by 20th-century composers and arrangers, fully measures up to this revered choir's reputation for first-rate singing and for being what can only be described as America's finest English cathedral choir. Everything from the bright, prominent treble tone to the enunciation and inflection--even the choir's vestments--comes from the long-established Anglican tradition, and under the careful tutelage of director Gerre Hancock these choristers have nothing to apologize for, either in technique or in musicianly command of the repertoire. The repertoire includes several traditional favorites--Stanford's Latin motets, for example--along with works closely associated with Saint Thomas, including choir-member Anthony Piccolo's beautiful anthem Heaven and Heart, T. Tertius Noble's Go to Dark Gethsemane, and Hancock's own arrangement of the Spiritual Deep River. Along the way we encounter the intensely overwrought and way-too-long Magnificat by Alan Gray and the tedious-and-fussy Vox dicentis by Edward Naylor. Stanford's gorgeous but extremely tricky motets provide many moments of listening pleasure but also reveal their challenges as the choir trebles struggle with intonational control in several places, especially in the somewhat cumbersome and awkwardly written eight-part Coelos ascendit hodie (no choir sings this piece well) and in the opening and closing bars of Beati quorum via.

Songlist: Eternal Light - Sowerby, Go To The Gethsemane - Noble, A Setting Of Collect - Parker, Heaven And Heart - Piccolo, Draw Us In The Spirit's Tether - Ossewaarde, Three Motets - Stanford, Magnificat - Gray, Nunc Dimittis - Wood, "Tis The Day Of Resurrection - Wood, Vox Dicentis: Clama - Naylor, Sonate En Ut Mineur - Gui;mant, Deep River , The Good News, Ezeckiel Saw De Wheel

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Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys : Most Sacred Banquet

Review: Considered by major critics both here and abroad to be the outstanding choral ensemble of the Anglican musical tradition in the US today. The 12 men, who are professional singers, and 18 boys, who are students at NYC's St. Thomas Choir School, one of 4 such schools in the world. Included here are 14 songs, some accompanied by the massive St. Thomas Church organ. There are single pieces by Poulenc ("Exultate Deo"), Messiaen ("O sacrum convivium), and Cesar Franck's "Psalm 150;" 4 tunes by Maurice Durufle, and 5 tunes by Jean Langlais, ("Kyrie," "Gloria," "Sanctus," "Benedictus" and "Agnus Dei").

Songlist: Exultate Deo, O Sacrum Convivium, Psalm 150, Quatre Motets on Gregorian Themes, Op. 10, Ubi caritas, Tota pulchra es, Tu es Petrus, Tantum ergo, Petite rapsodie improvisee, Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei

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Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys : Rejoice In The Lamb - Benjamin Britten

Review: The 29 men and boys of New York City's renowned Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys present the choral music of British composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). Included are "Te Deum in C Major," "A Hymn of St. Columba," "Jubilate Deo in C," "Hymn to St. Cecilia, Op 27," "Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria," "Hymn to St. Peter" and the 7 movements of "Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30." Britten's compositions are brilliant, eclectic and difficult to perform, but they are handled beautifully and seemingly effortlessly by the Choir. There is some organ accompaniment. A fine collection of the works of a British master composer, by one of America's great all-male choirs.

Songlist: Te Deum in C Major, A hymn of St. Columba, Jubilate Deo in C, Hymn to St. Cecilia, Op. 27, Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria, Hymn to St. Peter, Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30

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Salt Lake Children's Choir : A Day In Spring

Review: Founded in 1979, The 35-strong mixed-voice SLCC has come to be regarded as one of the finest ensembles of its kind in the country, and is known at home and abroad for its artistry and its inspiring, angelic sound. Founder/director Ralph B. Woodward leads these talented children through 24 lovely (piano accompanied) pieces, from Grieg's "Greeting" and "De Norske Fjelde," " Brahms' "My Heart Is In Bloom" and "Song of the Skylark," Schumann's "In The Open Air" and "Moonlit Night," and Franz' "The Rose Sighed," to Scottish folk tunes "Ca' The Yowes" and "Sweet Woodlark," French folk tune "Il Pleut, Bergere" and Slovakian folk tune "Zalet' Sokol," the sweet voices and perfectly chosen material take us to a wonderful place. The ensemble concludes with "Air," "Little Lamb," Psalm Twenty-Three," "Evening Prayer" and "A Day In Spring," by which time we're ready for our story and to be tucked in to bed. Lovely and recommended.

Songlist: Greeting (E. Grieg), My Heart Is In Bloom (J. Brahms), To Music (FR. Schubert), In the Open Air (R. Schuman), Greeting (F. Mendelssohn), Song of the Skylark (J. Brahms), The Rose Sighed (R. Franz), Moonlit Night (R. Schumann), De Norske Fjelde (E. Grieg), Ca' the Yowes (Scotland), Follow Me Down to Carlow (Ireland), Il Pleut, Bergere (France), Zalet' Sokol (Slovakia), Tehcho nad Richkuyu (Ukraine), Reverie, The Waltz, Heigh Ho, Alleluia, Air, Little Lamb, Psalm Twenty-Three, Evening Prayer, A Day in Spring

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San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble : Guadalupe Virgen de los Indios

Review: The Virgin Of Guadalupe (Mexico), according to the account, appeared in a vision in 1531, and inspired many compositions in her honor, fusing the indigenous American and colonial Spanish musics of the period. Though many of the tracks on this CD are accompanied by the traditional instruments of the culture (pre-Columbian flutes, Mexican percussion) the excellence of the seven voices of SAVAE (featured on National Public Radio) makes this a worthy addition to our catalog. The works of Tomas Pascual are featured, as well as Franco and Valeriano; some, such as "Aufer A Nobis Iniquitates," are typical of the vocal polyphony of sixteenth century motets; others, such as "Hoi Nace La Nueba Estiella," are homophonic, with folk dance rhythms and simple tunes. A beautiful recording of great merit.

Songlist: abrase el reyna del cielo, mananitas a la virgen de guadalupe, dios es ya nacido, aquestando tonceria, aufer a nobis iniquitates, nican mopohua, virgen madre de dios, o virgen maria, al prodigio mayor, de la sagrada mari/ forcado de amor, juantzin, juan diegotzin, bay magalhi/ magalhi, dulce consuelo/ de nepa tepatzin, hoi nace la nueba estiella, tepeyacac, in il huicac cihuapille, y technepa sacramento dios, ma xiccaqui

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San Francisco Boys Chorus : Sings Faure Requiem and Messager

Review: The San Francisco Boys Chorus under the leadership of Artistic Director, Ian Robertson, is pleased to announce the release of its latest CD, The San Francisco Boys Chorus sings Faure and Messager, featuring Gabriel Faure's moving Requiem Op. 48 and the Messe des Pecheurs de Villerville, a charming work jointly composed by Faure and this fellow Frenchman, Andre Messager.

Songlist: Introit and Kyrie, Offertory , Sanctus, Pie Jesu, Agnus Dei, Libera Me, In Paradisum, Kyrie (Messager) , Gloria, Sanctus, O Salutaris, Agnus Dei, Ave Maria Op. post , Benedictus, Maria Mater Gratiae Op. 47, Pie Jesu from Requiem

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San Francisco Boys Chorus : Sings Vivaldi: Gloria and Magnificat

Review: The San Francisco Boys Chorus is proud to announce the release of their CD recording, The San Francisco Boys Chorus Sings Vivaldi: Gloria and Magnificat, the latest in a series of new releases featuring Maestro Ian Robertson leading the San Francisco Boys Chorus and Orchestra and leading Bay Area soloists. These works represent Vivaldi's most famous choral pieces and are outstandingly popular. Their wonderfully sunny nature, with their distinctive melodies and rhythms, is characteristic of all Vivaldi's music, giving it an immediate and universal appeal.

Songlist: Gloria In Excelsis Deo - Gloria In D major, RV 589 , Et In Terra Pax - Gloria In D major, RV 589 , Laudamus Te - Gloria In D major, RV 589 , Gratias Agimus Tibi and Propter Magnam - Gloria In D major, RV 589 Gloria , Domine Deus - Gloria In D major, RV 589 , Domine, Fili Unigenite - Gloria In D major, RV 589 , Domine Deus, Agnus Dei - Gloria In D major, RV 589 , Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi - Gloria In D major, RV 589 , Qui Sedes Ad Dexteram Patris - Gloria In D major, RV 589 , Quoniam Tu Solus Sanctus - Gloria In D major, RV 589 , Cum Sancto Spiritu - Gloria In D major, RV 589 , Magnificat - Magnificat In G minor, RV 610, Et Exultavit - Magnificat In G minor, RV 610, Et Misericordia - Magnificat In G minor, RV 610, Fecit Potentiam - Magnificat In G minor, RV 610, Deposuit Potentes - Magnificat In G minor, RV 610, Esurientes Implevit Bonis - Magnificat In G minor, RV 610, Suscepit Israel - Magnificat In G minor, RV 610, Sicut Locutus - Magnificat In G minor, RV 610, Gloria Patri - Magnificat In G minor, RV 610

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San Francisco Boys Chorus : We're On Our Way

Review: The SF Boys Chorus, founded as a resource for the San Francisco Opera in 1948, has developed into one of America's foremost musical and educational institutions for singing boys. Over the years the chorus has regularly provided boys for choruses and solos for the SF Opera, Symphony, Ballet and the Carmel Bach Festival. Officially named "SF's Singing Ambassadors to the World," the chorus has performed in Carnegie Hall and toured in Europe, Russia, Japan, Korea, Italy and Australia. "We're On Our Way" has 16 songs, particularly nice are the 6 movements of Mozart's "Missa Brevis in C, K.220," and his "Laudate Dominum," Cesar Franck's "Panis Angelicus," Henry Purcell's "Sound the Trumpet," Schubert's "Ave Maria," F. Coppola's sweet "Little Moon," and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Pie Jesu from 'Requiem." All piano, organ or orchestrally (by the SF Boys Chorus Orchestra) accompanied. Truly lovely!

Songlist: Missa Brevis in C, K. 220, Laudate Dominum, Fanfare: Gloria in Excelsis Deo , Panis Angelicus, Sound The Trumpet , Ave maria , Psalm 23: The Lord's My Shepherd , Little Moon , May The Words , Pie Jesu from "Requiem" , Psalm, 92: Break Forth, O Israel

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San Francisco Chamber Singers : Freed From Words

Review: San Francisco-based composer Mark Winges writes music that is both familiar and strange; speaking to our oldest human qualities, beyond words... It embraces the versatility of the human voice: screams, whispers, whistling, muffled garbles, throat singing, speaking, and lyrical singing are all bound together into a tapestry of living, liquid a cappella sound. Think of the mind-blowing choral works of Penderecki, Messiaen, Takemitsu, or Ligeti's brooding score to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Winges' latest CD, Freed from Words expresses the abstract and the specific: Magic Strings places the listener in the swarthy world of a witch's sabbath; The Oh of Moon and Piano illustrates the moon and piano caught up in celestial dance; Haiku Settings unfold pithy sonic snapshots; Freed from Words uses phonemes and other pre-lingual vocal sounds. Composer in residence for the virtuosic San Francisco chamber singers, (three- time winners of ASCAP's "Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music") Winges seamlessly blends a wide variety of influences into an evocative choral world. Conductor Robert Geary (recently given the "Outstanding Conductorial Achievement" award at the International Children's and Youth Choir Festival) insures that all the singers involved, from children to adult, make the vocal gymnastics sound effortless. This recording will transport anyone with a love of choral music and an open ear.

Songlist: Magic Strings, Haiku Settings - Three Sets, Freed From Words, The Moon - Welcome, Wishes Night, The Oh of Moon and Piano

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San Francisco Choral Artists : Music Among Friends

Review: The SFCA has been delighting Bay Area audiences since 1985 with their perfectly-balanced blend of 24 voices, fresh and unusual song selection and elegant presentation of choral classics and new music by contemporary composers. Magen Solomon has been Music Director of the group since 1995, and she also directs the Oakland Symphony Chorus. "Music Among Friends" celebrates the ties of this chamber ensemble with the "lively community of local composers who have generously shared their wonderful music with us." 16 of these 22 works, chosen from live performances of the last 5 years, are by Bay Area composers, many are world premieres and several others have never been commercially recorded. Some of our favorites are a pair by Russell Burnham, "The Dance" and "Sonnet 4: O You Tender Ones," Paul Chihara's "Lie Lightly, Gentle Earth," Allen Shearer's dissonant gem "The Marriage," John Kelley's poignant "When You Are Old," Paul Crabtree's "First and Last Kiss," Wm. Hawley's soaring "Vita de la mia vita," Robert Starey's surprising, powerful "It Is an Easy Thing," Kirke Mechem's beautiful "Loveliest of Trees," Halsey Stevens' "Go, Lovely Rose," Conrad Susa's "The Gallant One" and "The Kings of the Deck" and the lovely hymn, "In the Valley." There is occasional accompaniment, but mostly wonderful a cappella harmonies from this polished, talented ensemble. We loved every cut of "Music Among Friends!"

Songlist: The Dance, Salve Regina , Charm Me Asleep, Sonnet 4: O You Tender Ones , Lolas Epitaph , Lie Lightly Gentle Earth, Sound Of The Sea , The Marriage, Vita De La Mia Vita, When You Are Old, First And Last Kiss , It Is An Easy Thing, A Critical Success, Go Lovely Rose , Lovliest Of Trees, The Gallant One, The Kings Of The Deck , Landscape, O Little Town, In The Valley , Awit Sa Panginoon , The Coventry Carol

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San Francisco Choral Artists : So Gracious Is The Time - An American Christmas

Review: A Christmas collection that attempts to narrow the gap between the music most performed (that written before 1900) and the vibrant work of living, working composers. "So gracious" the aptly-named Choral Artists combined beloved classics, fresh and original arrangements of traditional melodies, and some of their favorite (and previously unrecorded) works of Bay Area Composers. Favorites are Laurie Lee's powerful "Twelfth Night," Fenno Heath's flawless arrangements of "I Wonder as I Wander" and "What Child is This?," Herbert Bielawa's "Sweet Was the Song," William Billings' lilting, joyous "A Virgin Unspotted," "Ave Maria" and "Silent Night," both arranged by David Conte, Roger Nixon's 3-part "Wonders of Christmas" particularly "Christmas Greeting," Wm. Dawson's fine spiritual "Hail Mary!," John Stephenson's powerful "Milford" and Ruth Thornhill's "Snowfall," arranged by Gene Puerling. The eclectic and engaging "So gracious" touches, surprises and delights us with every song!

Songlist: Twelfth Night, I Wonder As I Wander , What Child Is This , Sweet Was The Song , In The Bleak Midwinter, A Virgin Upspotted, Sanctus , Almighty Father, Ave Maria , Glory To God In The Highest, Ave Maria , Virga Jesse Flourit , O Magnum Mysterium, Ave Maria, Wonders Of Christmas, Milford, Sherburne, Hail Mary , Deck The Halls, Snowfall , Silent Night

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San Francisco Choral Artists : Star of Wonder - Music For The Season

Review: Founded in 1984, Director Hooper and the well-chosen, balanced 24 voices immediately displayed a fresh and elegant sound, using on this first Christmas recording, for example, as wide a palette of moods, colors, rhythms and textures as possible. So although we've heard practically all of these tunes before, the bright arrangements and surprising accompaniment (harp, flute, organ and "The Ringmasters" bellringers) adds to our appreciation of this 21-song collection. Favorites are a Stephen Paulus-arranged "We Three Kings," Heinrich Schutz' beautiful "Cantate Domino," Tomas Luis de Victoria's "Gloria from Missa O Magnum Mysterium," Praetorius' "Gaudete Omnes," Roger Nixon's a cappella "Green Growth the Holly," Kirke Mecham's lovely "Christmas Carol," Francis Poulenc's "O Magnum Mysterium," Anton Bruckner's soaring, angelic "Virga Jesse" and ""Noel Nouvelet" and "Deck the Hall," both arranged by our friend Ken Malucelli. "Star is a special treat, to be kept in a safe place, so that it can be savored and enjoyed with the coming of the holidays!

Songlist: Silent Night, Nativity Carol, We Three Kings Of Orient Are, Come Dear Children, Cantate Domino, Gloria, Gaudette Omnes, Caroling Caroling, The Nativity, Green Growth The Holly, Christmas Carol, Sir Christemas, Interlude From Ceremony Of Carols, Lo How A rose E'Er Blooming, O Magnum Mysterium, Virga Jesse, We'll Dress The House, What Child Is This, Noel Nouvelet, O Come All Ye Faithful, Deck The Hall

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San Francisco Girls Chorus : A San Francisco Christmas

Review: The 11 to 16 years old, 41-strong San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducted by Sharon J. Paul, was founded in 1978 and has established an international reputation through appearances at concerts,festivals and competitions, and radio programs such as NPR. Dwight Okamura accompanies on piano and Sarah Voynow on harp. "A San Francisco Christmas" features Britten's "A Ceremony Of Carols, Op. 28," "Personent Hodie," arranged by John Rutter, "Joy To The World," "Away In A Manger," "Good King Wenceslas," "Dime el Camino," "Ave Maria," "More I Cannot Wish You," and "Silent Night." The angelic voices of these young women soar as if in a cathedral, singing difficult classical music effortlessly and perfectly. A triumph!

Songlist: Procession, Wolcum Yole, There Is No Rose, That Yonge Child, Balulalow, As Dew In Aprille, This Little Babe, Interlude, In Freezing Winter Night, Spring Carol, Deo Gracias, Recession, Personent Hodie, Joy To The World, Away In A Manager, Good King Wenceslas, Dime El Camino, Ave Maria, More I Cannot Wish You, Silent Night

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San Francisco Girls Chorus : Crossroads

Review: Founded in 1978, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, for girls 11-16, conducted by Sharon J. Paul, has established an international reputation through appearances at concerts,festivals and competitions, and radio programs such as NPR. Technically, this CD is by Chorissima, the 41-strong acclaimed concert and touring ensemble of the SFGC. This is a powerful, impressive, internationally-flavored CD of 17 songs most lightly accompanied, from David Brunner's "Yo Le Canto Todo El Dia," and Pablo Casals' "Nigra Sum," to the Mexican folk song "Las Amarillas." The beautiful, extensive liner notes have all the words. Marvelous!

Songlist: Yo Le Canto Todo El Dia, Nigra Sum, Como Tu, Schlof Main Kind, Heaven Bound Train, Deep River, J'entend Le Moulin, My Lagan Love, Bellbird, Rainbird, Niska Banja, Taivas On Sininen, Picking The Seedpods Of Lotus, The Cataract Of Mount Lu, Queen Jane, Sachaki, Sachaki, Las Amarillas

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San Francisco Girls Chorus : Heaven and Earth

Review: The music on this two disc set is some of the greatest sacred and secular repertoire ever written for treble voices, selected to showcase the talents of the young members of the San Francisco Girls Chorus. The first disc, "Heaven," contains sacred music both accompanied and a cappella. Two of our favorites are mini-masterworks, Benjamin Britten's lovely "Missa Brevis in D," for voices and organ, and Francis Poulenc's mysterious "Litanies a la vierge noire." Disc II, "Earth," focuses on secular music to capture human qualities such as sorrow, joy, humor and hope. The centerpieces of the disc are three new commissions by Gabriela Lena Frank, Augusta Read Thomas and Dwight Nakamura. Frank's beautiful settings of two Peruvian poems, Thomas' elegant use of E.E. Cummings' poetry and Nakamura's jazzy take on Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies" are all very special. Conductor Susan McMane directs this renowned chorus in 24 beautiful tunes. A wonderfully packaged set with extensive liner notes would make a memorable, timeless holiday gift to your family and to others on your list!

Songlist: Psalm 150, Ave Verum, Missa Brevis In D, Toccata from Suite Pour L'orgue, Glory to God for This Transient Life, Litanies a la virge noire, Ave Maria, Ave Verum Corpus, Ave Maria, Ave Maria, I Dream a World, I Cannot Dance O Lord, The Water of Tyne, Two Mountain Songs, Two E.E. Cummings Songs, I Got Rhythm, National Weather Forcast, Blue Skies, Over the Rainbow

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San Francisco Girls Chorus : I Never Saw Another Butterfly

Review: The San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducted by Sharon J. Paul, was founded in 1978. The 11 to 16 years old, 45-strong chorus has established an international reputation through appearances at concerts, festivals and competitions, and radio programs such as NPR. Subtitled "Songs Of The 20th Century," is from 20th century composers such as Charles Davidson, who put the poetry and artwork of young Holocaust victims into "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," the first 9 songs of this CD. Then come works by Grau, Pablo Casals, Ernst Krenek, Virgil Thompson, Arne Mellnas, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Judith Shatin and Laszlo Halmos, all sung by the girls' beautiful soprano voices. Dwight Okamura accompanies on piano and Todd Manley on percussion.

Songlist: It All Depends On How You Look At It , Man Proposes, God Disposes, Terezin, The Butterfly, The Garden, The Little Mouse On A Sunny Evening, Yes, That's The Way Things Are, Birdsong, Como Tu, Nigra Sum, In Paradisum, Seven Songs From The Medea Of Euripides, Aglepta, "Suite" De Lorca, The Wendigo, Tavaszi Kantata

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San Francisco Girls Chorus : Music From The Venetian Ospedali

Review: The 11 to 16 years old members of San Francisco Girls Chorus, led by conductor Sharon J. Paul, have established an international reputation, since their founding in 1978, through appearances at concerts,festivals and competitions, and radio programs such as NPR. This is actually Chorissima, the 41-member concert and touring ensemble of the Chorus, and this is a tour-de-force CD of 17th century Italian sacred music. The angelic voices perform 32 classic, soaring songs by such composers as Vivaldi, Porta, Porpora and Brusa. Accompanied by various strings, oboe, trumpet and organ. Beautiful!

Songlist: GLORIA IN D MAJOR, RV 589 (c. 1716) ANTONIO VIVALDI, Gloria In Excelsis Deo, Et In Terra PaxHominibus, Laudamus Te, Gratias Agimus Tibi, Domine Deus, Rex Coelestis, Domine Fili Unigenite, Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi, Qui Sedes Ad Dexteram Patris, Quoniam Tu Solus Sanctus, Cum Sancto Spritu, PANGE LINGUA NO.2 , Pange Lingua Gloriosi, In Supremae Nacte Coenae, Tantum Ergo Sacramentum, MAGNIFICANT, Magnificant Anima Mea Dominum, Et Exultavit, Et Misericordia, Fecit Potentiam, Gloria Patri, Sicut Erat In Principio, MISSA PRO DEFUNCTIS, Introitus: Requiem, Kyrie: Maestoso, Christe: Andantino, Kyrie: Capella, Sequentia : Dies Irae, Mors Stupebit, Judex Ergo um Sedebit, Quid Sum Mister Tunc Dicturus, Rex Tremendae Majestatis, Sanctus, Adoramus Te, Agnus Dei

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