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San Francisco Girls Chorus : Voices of Hope and Peace

Review: Beginning in 2004 with their desire to record "Anne Frank, A Living Voice," written for Chorissima's 25th Anniversary, "Voices" is the result of their search for work by women writers like Frank, who were longing for change in their situations. Joan Szymko's powerful "Vivos Voco" and "Nada Te Turbe" (with text by St. Teresa of Avila (1515-82), "A Hope Carol," and "Echo," which feature wonderful poems by Christina Rossetti (1830-94), and "I Shall Keep Singing," with text by Emily Dickinson, are fine examples. Libby Larsen's "The Womanly Song of God" and "Sing Me to Heaven," with text by Jane Griner, lead us into the lovely, haunting 7-part "Anne Frank, A Living Voice," which touches and moves us on many levels. "Hebrew Rounds for Peace" is an apt choice for the final tune. Light accompaniment throughout, and extensive, colorful liner notes. "Voices" is another beautiful, powerful, well-chosen collection by Susan McMane's talented San Francisco Girls Chorus.

Songlist: Vivios Voco, A Hope Carol, Echo, Nada Te Turbe , I Shall Keep Singing , The Womanly Song Of God, Sing Me To Heaven, Anne Frank: A Living Voice, Hebrew Rounds For Peace

8553 00 1 CD $15.95 Girls Choirs CDs

San Francisco Symphony Chorus - John Adams : Harmonium

Review: Premiered 19 years ago, Harmonium served notice that America would be able to claim another major composer as its own before history closed the books on the 20th century. Only ten years later, at the debut of The Death of Klinghoffer, John Adams was already a figure of international renown, having been commissioned for new pieces by a formidable number of performing arts institutions throughout the world. These two works - both written to texts, and numbering among the composer's deepest and most emotionally affecting compositions - are bookends to a decade of meteoric ascendence for this Bay Area figure.

Songlist: Negative Love, Because I Could Not Stop For Death, Wild Nights, Chorus of the Exiled Palestinians, Chorus of the Exiled Jews, Ocean Chorus, Night Chorus, Chorus of the Hager and the Angel, Desert Chorus, Day Chorus

8849 00 1 CD $15.95

Santa Fe Desert Chorale : A Celebration of Hispanic Music

Review: A study of the evolution of musical style in Hispanic churches in the New World reveals a remarkable melding of a number of cultures. Spanish colonists carried the musical traditions of the European Renaissance to the native people of the Americas, and, through time and circumstance, these traditions merged in the American Southwest to create a musical genre with a rich historical grounding. A treasury of sacred works by the finest composers from Spain and the New World - from the Renaissance majesty of Morales and Victoria to the Misa Criolla, one of the 20th century's most beloved choral works. This is the program that was performed for a tour of Northern New Mexico historic churches during the summer of 2005.

Songlist: Misa Criolla - Ariel Ramirez, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Die, Two Aztec Songs to the Virgin (Don Hernando Franco), Santa Maria yn ilhuicac, Dios itlaconantzine, Sancta Maria, succurre miseris - (Cristobal de Morales), Alleluia! Dic nobis Maria - (Francisco Lopez Capillas), Sanctus and Hosanna - (Francisco Guerrero), In Annuntiatione Benissimae Mariae - (Tomas Luis de Victoria), Egregie Doctor - (Antonio de Salazar/Manuel de Sumaya), Sol-fa de Pedro - (Manuel de Sumaya), In manus tuas - (Sebastian de Vivanco), Sa qui turo zente pleta - (Anonymous)

8540 00 1 CD $15.95 Latin American Choral

Santa Fe Desert Chorale : Christmas in Santa Fe

Review: Recorded live at Santa Fe's Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis, the Chorale's latest CD inlcudes beloved carols from around the world, the majestic O Holy Night, John Rutter's lilting Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Steven Heitzeg's charming setting of the e.e. cummings poem, little tree, and much more beautiful music of the season. Christmas in Santa Fe is colored by the Mexican influence. Little lanterns adorn some of the adobe buildings and the candlelight processions known as posadas wend thru the town. The program of 20 separate selections was recorded live during two nights' performances at a Winter Festival last year in the historic Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis. The intent was to capture some of the inspiration and job of this time of the year.

Songlist: Seven Joys of Christmas, Christmas Lullaby, Lullay, This Little Babe, What Sweeter Music, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Good King Wenceslas, Joy to the World, Little Tree, Alegria, Hiney Mah Tov, Duermete, Nino Lindo, O Holy Night, Allelia, Dies Sanctificatus

8474 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

Santa Fe Desert Chorale : First Day

Review: Recorded live and in studio session, the works on this recording include choral settings commissioned from four American composers for the 2006 and 2007 summer seasons, in addition to folk music, sacred settings, and significant poetry. The first two tracks were recorded in August 2006 and the remaining works are drawn from the 2007 25th Anniversary summer season. The Desert Chorale is proud to give voice to these exhilarating new and recent works from composers John David Earnest, Z. Randall Stroope, Kirke Mechem, Judith Cloud, Bradley Ellingboe and Emile Desamours.

Songlist: The First Day, The Conversion of Saul, The World Is Too Much With Us, Michelangelo: Ad Caelum Scalas - Words from an Artist's Palette, Leonardo da Vinci: La funzione dei muscoli - Words from an Artist's Palette, Salvador Dali: Dejad que mis enemigos - Words from an Artist's Palette, Camille Pissarro: Benis sont-ils - Words from an Artist's Palette, Georgia O'Keeffe: I Hate Flowers - Words from an Artist's Palette, He Wishes for the Clouds of Heaven, There is Sweet Music, How Sweet the Moonlight Sleeps, Paiute Lullaby , Spell Against Sorrow, A Salutaris Hostia, On Suuri Sun Rantas Autius, Alelouya

6139 00 1 CD $14.95

Santa Fe Desert Chorale : Glorious Voices, Sacred Spaces

Review: Glorious Voices, Sacred Spaces, their great cathedral programming, opened the Chorale's 26th consecutive season with a program that celebrates life and remembers death. This program consists of literature that ranges from the 16th century through the late 20th century. The selections on this program are some of the most celebrated works in the choral repertoire and were chosen to stir the heart and lift the soul. Conducted by Simon Carrington at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis with 24 singers

Songlist: Die Deutsche Liturgie, Missa Papae Marcelli, At The Round Earth's Imagined Corners (from Six Songs of Farewell), Schaffe In Mir, Gott (op. 29, No. 2), O Sacrum Convivium, Take Him Earth for Cherishing , Song for Athene

6135 00 1 CD $14.95

Santa Fe Desert Chorale : Hail Cecilia

Review: "Hail Cecilia" was recorded live during Summer Festival 2009 in the beautiful acoustics of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Loretto Chapel and Santuario de Guadalupe by the 23-strong, mixed-voice Santa Fe, NM's Santa Fe Desert Chorale, directed by highly-respected Conductor Joshus Habermann. The program explores the myriad expressions of humanity's concept of the divine, from ancient Irish melodies and Haitian blessings to Scandinavian calls to the spirit of the wind. Some favorites are Benjamin Britten's "Hymn to St. Cecilia," Michael McGlynn's powerful, percussion-accompanied "Christus Resurgens," Sydney Guillaume's "Dominus Vobiscum," Ralph Vaughan-Williams' "Full Fathom Five," Jaako Mantyjarvi's "Lullaby," Matthew Harris's "It Was a Lover and his Lass" and "O Mistress Mine," and Francisco Guerrero's "Todo Quanto Pudo Dar." The SFDC has an angelic sound and handles difficult, eclectic material with ease and grace. The extensive liner notes contain all the lyrics. "Hail Cecilia" is a surprising, powerful and beautiful collection!

Songlist: Nine Sili Nebesniya , Christus Resurgens, Hynm To St. Cecilia , Seigneur, Je Vous en Prie - From Four Little Prayers of St. Francis, Dominus Vobiscum - From Four Little Prayers of St. Francis, Full Fathom Five - from Three Shakespeare Songs, Over Hill, Over Dale - from Three Shakespeare Songs, Lullaby - From Four Shakespeare Songs, Double, Double, Toil and Trouble - From Four Shakespeare Songs, It Was A Lover And His Lass - From Shakespeare Songs, O Mistress Mine - From Shakespeare Songs, When Daffodils Begin To Peer - From Shakespeare Songs, Jesu Dulcis Memoria - From Shakespeare Songs, Todo Quanto Pudo Dar - From Canciones y Villanescas Espirituales , Decidme Fuente Clara - From Canciones y Villanescas Espirituales , Se Equivoco la Paloma - From Canciones y Villanescas Espirituales , Ja Vem A Primavera - From Canciones y Villanescas Espirituales , Son Mercedes - From Canciones y Villanescas Espirituales , Son De La Loma - From Canciones y Villanescas Espirituales

6130 00 1 CD $14.95

Santa Fe Desert Chorale : Harmony of the Heavens

Review: 21 works from the summer festival that span a wide range of choral styles - from the early Renaissance to the Russian masters to Be Music, Night, the beautiful new work by New Mexico composer Bradley Ellingboe. Also includes the seldom-heard arrangement of Randall Thompson's Alleluia for women only.

Songlist: Kyrie, Ave Maria, Elegit eum Dominus, Ich lasse dich nicht, Richte mich, Gott, A Hymn to God the Father - from Five Motets for Unaccompanied Choir, Op. 37, Lord, When the Sense of Thy Sweet Grace, Salvator Mundi, Requiem Aeternam from Requiem, Angel Vopiyashe, S nami Bog, Voskres iz Groba, Vzbrannoy voyevode from Vespers, Op. 37, The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee, Alleluia, La Lluvia, Be Music, Night, Come Away to the Skies - Three American Hymns , The Hebrew Children - Three American Hymns , Wondrous Love - Three American Hymns , I Can Tell The World

6140 00 1 CD $14.95

Santa Fe Desert Chorale : Passion

Review: Throughout history, the singing voice has been a vehicle for the expression of intense emotion. In Passion, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale performs a cappella settings that reflect the heart of human existence: passion for God, country, love and life itself. Although this recording of repertoire selected from the Chorale's 2005 summer season is focused on music of the 20th and 21st centuries, it encompasses a wide variety of harmonic rhythmic and stylistic elements.

Songlist: Laetentur Coeli, O Nata Lux, Chorale, Ave Maris Stella, Ye Shall Go Out With , Mary Speaks , Salve Regina , Soneto de la Noche, A Boy And A Girl , La Rosa, Puncha Puncha, Kpanlongo , Reggel, Beautiful River , My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord, Demos Gracias Al Senor Golijov, The Lark, Overture To Candide

7979 00 1 CD $15.98

Santa Fe Desert Chorale : Vespers

Review: Over the last 25 years, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale has earned a reputation for artistic excellence as well as adventurous and widely varied programming, and this recording of the final performances of the 2007 summer season continues in that tradition! This limited edition CD captures the Desert Chorale presenting monumental works by Gregorio Allegri and Sergei Rachmaninoff live at the Cathedral Basilica St. Francis in Santa Fe on August 10 and 11, 2007. In addition, 32 Desert Chorale alumni singers - including members of the 1983 inaugural season - joined this season's choir in presenting Miserere, mei Deus. This recording is dedicated to the memory of Arthur "Mack" Wright, a wonderful friend and enthusiastic admirer of the Chorale's "glorious music." It is made possible by a generous gift from Mary Wright.

Songlist: Miserere mei, Deus, Priidite, poklonimsia, Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Ghospoda, Blazhen muzh, Svete tihiy, Nine otpushschayeshi, Bogoroditse Devo, Maloye Slavosloviye, Hvalite imia Ghospodi, Blagosloven Yesi, Ghospodi, Voskreseniye Hristovo Videvshe, Velichit dusha moya Ghospoda, Slavosloviye velikoye, Dnes spaseniye, Voskres iz groba, Vzbrannoy voyevode

6138 00 1 CD $14.95

Santa Fe Desert Chorale : Viva La Festividad!

Review: Viva La Festividad! In the 17th and 18th centuries Latin America was alive with the musical idioms of indigenous America, Africa and Europe. On this disk we happily include the rollicking rhythms of African-influenced folk carols, naive hymns of faith from the pen of a Native American, and the sophisticated polyphony and counterpoint of Latin American composers schooled in the European tradition. Conducted by our founder, Lawrence Bandfield at the Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe, NM

Songlist: "Eso Rigor E Repente", "Desvelado Dueno Mio", "Sa Qui Turo", Missa "Ave Regina Coelorum" - Part I, Missa "Ave Regina Coelorum" - Part II, Missa "Ave Regina Coelorum" - Part III, Missa "Ave Regina Coelorum"- Part IV, "Oigan, Escuchen, Atiendan", Circumdederunt Me Dolores Mortis, "Dios Itlaconantzine", "Sancta Maria Yn Ilhuicac" , "Los Coflades De La Estleya", Misa A 5,

6170 00 1 CD $14.95 Latin American Choral

Santa Fe Women's Ensemble : A Celebration of Song

Review: "A Celebration of Song" is the 13- to 14-voice SFWE's fourth CD under the direction of Dr. Linda Raney, released in honor of their 30th Anniversary Season. Featured are live pieces from Christmas and Spring Offering concerts from 2007 to 2010, including songs performed in Tuscany and Umbria during their 2008 tour of Italy. The repertoire varies from contemporary and commissioned works to folk songs and carols. There are 21 cuts here, and some of our favorites are commissioned works like Samuel Gordon's "As I Lay Upon a Night" and "Gaude virgo gratiosa," Kinley Lange's "Esto Les Digo" and Linda Rice Beck's "Gloria in Excelsis Deo;" Bob Chilcott's "Sanctus from A Little Jazz Mass," the Korean folk/work song "K'wae-jina Ching-ching Nah-neh," Eleanor Daley's "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," Kenneth Jennings' "Willows by the Water Side," and traditional songs "Rouse Good Folk" and "Watching at Night," arranged by Katherine Davis. There is some light piano and flute accompaniment. A beautiful live collection from the talented Santa Fe Women's Ensemble!

Songlist: Laudate Dominum Omnes Gentes, Dona Nobis Pacem, As I Lay Upon a Night, Antiphon, Gaude Virgo Gratiosa, On the Eve of the Wedding, Esto Les Digo, He Came Down, Sanctus from A Little Jazz Mass, Benedictus from A Little Jazz Mass, K'wae-jina Ching-ching Nah-neh, The Lake Isle of Innisfree, Willows by the Water Side, Echoes of Assisi, Ding Dong Merrily On High, How Far Is It To Bethlehem?, Rouse Good Folk, Watching At Night, Gloria In Excelsis Deo, In Dulci Jubilo, O Magnum Mysterium

6103 00 1 CD $9.95 Female Choral CDs

Santa Fe Women's Ensemble : Glad Tidings

Review: This second CD is a collection of the group's favorite holiday music. It features one of their commissioned pieces "With This Child" by Michael Maudlin as well as "Ceremony of Carols" by Benjamin Britten. This collection includes both the familiar and unusual in a multitude of tonal colors from women's voices accompanied by harp, flute and saxophone. This fine group celebrates the beauty and diversity of music for women's voices.

Songlist: Adam Lay I-bounden - Katherine Dienes, Dormi Jesu - Jonathan D. Green, Shchedrick - arr. M. Leontovich, With This Child, I. Holy Mother, II. O Child, May We Know You, III. Now the Star, IV. Dream of Darkness, V. Song of Light, Ave Maria - Elanor Daley, Ceremony of Carols - Benjamon Britten, Wolcum Yole!, There Is No Rose, That Yonge Child, Balulalow, As Dew in Aprille, This Little Babe, Interlude, In Freezing Winter Night, Spring Carol, Adam Lay I-Bounden , Night Yoik - Frode Fjelheim, In the Bleak Mid-Winter - Peter Williams, There Is No Rose - Z. Randall Stroope

7304 00 1 CD $15.98 Female Choral Christmas CDs

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Santa Fe Women's Ensemble : Music Is Our Joy

Review: Santa Fe Women's Ensemble has been singing together for New Mexico audiences since 1981, and has performed all its Christmas concerts in the acoustically magnificent Loretta Chapel in Santa Fe. The 14-voice group performs seldom-heard and challenging music from all periods, and has commissioned 22 new works. The pieces on this Christmas album are from Christmas and Spring Offering concerts from 2003 to 2005. Dr. Linda Raney has directed the SFWE since 1988 and is director of music and organist at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe. There are 24 songs, some lightly accompanied, in this generous, eclectic collection. Jim Leininger's soaring "Deo Gracias," Karl Henning's "Alleluia in D," William Byrd's "Non Nobis, Domaine," Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's "What Can Lambkins Do," Daniel Gawthrop's dissonant "There Is Sweet Music," Pavel Chesnokov's "Otche nash" and Stuart McIntosh's "Baloo Baleerie" are lovely, rarely-heard, unexpected selections for a Christmas album, but they work. Michael Larkin's "Ave Maria," "Carol of the Drum," Palestrina's "Hodie Christus Natus Est," "Four Noels," "Il est ne, le divin Enfant," "Polish Christmas Carols" and Handl's "O magnum mysterium" are more familiar and no less enjoyable. "When the Savior Christ is born," "He is sleeping in a manger," "Sleep Thou, my Jewel," Keith Christopher's "Beyond Winter," Naomi Stephan's "Hodie" and Uzee Brown Jr.'s "Oh, the Savior's Comin, Hallelu" are all relatively new to us, lovely and fine. A beautiful, impressive, eclectic holiday collection from one of New Mexico's finest women's ensembles!

Songlist: Deo Gracias, 'Tis a Gift, Alleluia in D, Non Nobis, Domine, What Can Lambkins Do?, There Is Sweet Music, Kdyby tu Nic Nebylo, Otche nash, Baloo Baleerie, Ave Maria, Carol of the Drum, Hodie Christus Natus Est, Four Noels, Venez divin Messie, Il Es Ne le Divin Enfant, Dans Cette Etable, On ne Craint Plus Dans l'Univers, Polish Christmas Carols, When the Saviour Christ is Born, He is Sleeping in a Manger, Sleep, Thou, My Jewel, Hodie, Beyond Winter, Magnificat, O Magnum Mysterium, Oh, the Savior's Comin, Hallelu

5786 00 1 CD $9.95 Female Choral CDs

Santa Fe Women's Ensemble : Voices Of Light

Review: This first CD by the Santa Fe Women's Ensemble focuses on music written about women. It specifically centers on the Virgin Mary, exploring her emotional maternal side and her spiritual transcendent aspects. The recording features six settings of the Ave Maria and includes that of Franz Biebl, Claudio Monteverdi and Gustav Holst. Also featured is a setting of the Stabat Mater by Dean Kerr Roush. The piece commissioned by the ensemble is for women's voices and solo cello.

Songlist: Lobt Gott, ihr christen alle gleich - Hugo Distler, Ave Maria settings by, Franz biebl, Daniel Pinkham, Ab American Trappestine, Claudio Monteverdi, Zoltan Kodaly, Gustav Holst, O Vos omnes - Tomas Luis de Victoria, Stabat Mater - Dean Kerr Roush, Salve Regina - Plainchant, Sea Visions - Daniel Gawthrop, Dawn, The Sea Bishop, Night, Barbara Allen - arr. Katherine Davis

7303 00 1 CD $15.98 Female Choral CDs

Seattle Children's Chorus : A Candlelight Christmas

Review: Founder and artistic director of the SCC Kris Mason directs her talented charges in a lovely, sumptuous holiday collection, "A Candlelight Christmas." Approximately 200 choristers are enrolled in the Chorus, which offers choral training on several different levels. These 16 live songs are performed by the Training Chorus ("O Come Little Children," "Once in Royal David's City," "Dormi, Dormi"); the Intermediate Chorus ("Little Red Bird," "Riu, Riu Chiu," "The Little Drummer Boy"); the Chamber Singers ("Hodie, Christus natus est," Clean as the Wind," "Rocking" and "Sussex Carol"), and the Combined Choruses ("Candlelight Carol," "Hallelu!," "The Lord Bless You and Keep You"). The other 13 songs are performed by the Performing Chorus. Some favorites are "A Ceremony of Carols," "Procession," "There is no Rose," "That yonge Child," "Balulalow," "This little Babe," "In Freezing Winter Night" and "Deo Gracias." What could be better than listening to the sweet voices of finely-trained young singers to celebrate the birth of the Christ child?

Songlist: A Ceremony of Carols, O Come, Little Children, Once in Royal David's City, Dormi, Dormi, Hodie, Christus natus est, Clean as the Wind, Rocking, Sussex Carol, Little Red Bird, Riu, Riu Chiu, The Little Drummer Boy, Christmas Lullaby, Song of the Crib, Candlelight Carol, Hallelu, The Lord Bless You and Keep You

8977 00 1 CD $15.95 Childrens Choir Christmas

Seattle Children's Chorus : A Young Poet Sings

Review: Founded in 1989 by artistic director Kris Mason, the 200 choristers of the SCC are formed, in a nurturing Christian environment, into four progressive choirs. The Training Chorus is for 7 to 9 year olds, the Intermediate choir welcomes young musicians ready to develop part-singing and more advanced vocal skills. The Performing Chorus, formed of 12-18 year-olds, performs in various venues locally and across the country and the world. The newest level is a mixed voice chamber choir, a sophisticated means for SCC's oldest singers to transition to college music programs. 22 songs, all recorded live, beginning with 5 songs by the Performing Chorus: "Domine Deus," "Weep No More," "Rise Up, My Love," "Ask the Moon" and "The World Is Full of Poetry. Six songs by the Chamber Singers, including the dramatic "The Word Was God," "Dirge for Two Veterans," the Ugandan Praise Song "Palapanda," the spiritual "Goin' Up to Glory," and "O My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose." A nice cut by the Young Women's Chorus, " TheWater of Tyne," and the Intermediate Chorus's very nice " The Lord is My Shepherd," "The Poet Sings" and "The Drinking Gourd," are followed by the Training Chorus's sweet "Where Go the Boats, "Wind on the Hill" and "Little Talk." The choruses perform in various combinations, leading up to the lovely final cut, the Combined Choruses' "The Lord Bless You and Keep You." All songs are lightly accompanied. "A Young Poet" is a beautiful collection from Seattle's outstanding choral program for children!

Songlist: Performing Chorus:, Domine Deus, Weep No More, Rise Up, my Love, Ask the Moon, The World is Full of Poetry, Chamber Singers:, The Word Was God, Love's Philosophy, Dirge for Two Vetereans, Young Women's Chorus:, The Water of Tyne, Intermediate Chorus:, The Lord's My Shepherd, The Poet Sings, The Drinking Gourd, Chamber Singers:, Palapanda, Goin' up to Glory, O My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose, Training Chorus:, Where Go the Boats, Wind on the Hill, Little Talk, Intermediate & Training Choruses:, One Small Voice, Rise Up in Festive Song, A Psalm of Life, Combined Choruses:, The Lord Bless You and Keep You

7714 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Seattle Children's Chorus : How Can I Keep From Singing?

Review: A 22 song "best of" collection from this top-notch children's choir spanning the years since their formation in 1989 by artistic director Kris Mason. Approximately 200 choristers ages 7 - 20 benefit from the program's vocal and choral training offered in four progressive choirs. The wide repertoire of the chorus is well represented with selections of classical, historic, sacred, folk and world pieces.

Songlist: Ecco Mormorar L'onda, Dome Epais, Path To The Moon, Can You Hear Me, Marienwurmchen, Ubi Caritas Et Amor, Caelos Ascendit Hodie, Niska Banja, Shake The Papaya Down, Metsa Telegramm, Achat Shoalti, Ezekiel Saw De Wheel, Soldier Soldier Won't You Marry Me, Shady Grove, Loch Lomond, No Time

8666 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Seattle Children's Chorus : Seasons of Song

Review: Founded in 1989 by artistic director Kris Mason, the Seattle Children's Chorus brings us the choral sounds of 200 boys and girls, in four levels of choirs, raised in song. "Seasons of Song" is a wonderful holiday collection of 22 songs from the SCC's most beautiful live performances, many of them lightly piano and flute accompanied. The voices of the beginning younger children (Brio) shine on tunes such as "All That Is Good," "Une Poule Blanche" and Colligan's "Now I Walk In Beauty." The intermediate chorus, Intermezzo, shows their stuff on Nalan's "Al Shlosha D'Varim," Chilcott's "Sing You Now" and "Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella;" and the advanced groups, Arioso and Camerata, easily handle more difficult, eclectic pieces like Pfautsch's "Consecrate the Place and Day," "Kyrie-Sanctus Benedictus from Mass No. 6" by Orban, the joyous a cappella "Sithi Jabula" by Nyberg, Nordqvist's "Wonderful Peace," Fissinger's "Make We Joy," Whitacre's "Lux Arumque" and Bach's "Prepare to Receive Him." These pieces are intermixed with more standard carols like "Ding Dong! Merrily on High," "Deck The Halls" and "The Little Drummer Boy" like treats in a holiday basket. "Seasons of Song" is a beautiful gift of sweet voices!

Songlist: Consecrate The Place And Day, Kyrie-Sanctus-Benedictus From Mass no. 6, All That Is Good, Sithi Jabula, Les Berceaux, Dirait-on, Une Poule Blanche, The Colorado Trail, Al Shlosha D'varim, Now I Walk In Beauty, Sing You Now, Wonderful Peace, Make We Joy, Prepare to Recieve Him, Christmastide, Kling, Glockchen Kling!, Deck The Halls, Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella, Ding Dong! Merrily on High, The Little Drummer Boy, Lux Arumque, Sunny Bank

8864 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Seattle Children's Chorus : Songs From the Heart

Review: The Seattle Children's Chorus was founded in 1988 by artistic director Kris Mason; whose purpose was to promote a high level of vocal and choral training for young musicians in the Seattle area. The approximately 175 choristers perform formal concerts throughout the year, and the Performing Chorus has toured annually throughout the Northwest, Canada and the West Coast. Other tours have taken them to Britain, and they have appeared at Carnegie Hall. These 21 songs mostly feature the Performing Chorus, with the exception of "The Little Birch Tree," "Simple Gifts" and "This Old Man," which features the Advanced Ensemble, who also sing "All That Hath Life and Breath Praise Ye the Lord." Some other favorites are "Festival Sanctus," "Bist du bei mir," "The Father's Love," "Who Can Sail," "Jabberwocky," the poignant "In Flanders Fields," "Psalm 100," "Agnus Dei," "Dance With Me," "Kalinka" and "The Rhythm of Life." There is light piano accompaniment on most tunes, but the soaring, innocent voices of the children are what "Songs from the Heart" is all about. Beautiful and moving, from first cut to the last!

Songlist: Festival Sanctus, Over My Head, Bist du bei mir, Duet From Cantata #15, The Father's Love, Who Can Sail, Jabberwocky, In Flanders Fields, Cantate Domino, The Little Birch Tree, Simple Gifts, This Old Man, Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree, All That Hath Life and Breath Praise Ye the Lord, Psalm 100, Art Thou Troubled, Agnus Dei, Dance With Me, Kalinka, The Storm is Passing Over, The Rhythm of Life

8978 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Seattle Children's Chorus : Voices Of Christmas Past

Review: 200 young voices raised in harmony, committed to musical excellence in rehearsals, performances, at festivals and on tour all over the globe-this is what the SCC is all about. "Voices" is a best-of Christmas collection of 20 songs, recorded from 2001 to 2004, by the elite smaller groups within the Chorus, Arioso, Intermezza, Camerata, and the combined Choruses. Favorites, hard to pick, are the sweet "Petit Enfant" and the lilting "Noel Nouvelet" by Arioso, "Ho Ro Ho Ro," "Arise Now, You Shepherds" and "Christmas Time is Here" by Intermezzo, Camerata's "O Magnum Mysterium," "Betelehemu" and the nice medley "Christmas Pudding," and "The Lamb" and "Hodie Christus Natus Est" by the combined Choirs. There is something wonderfully right and appropriate about a talented children's choir singing classic Christmas music! All tracks are lightly accompanied.

Songlist: Arioso:, Magnificat, Petit Enfant, Noel Nouvelet, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Intermezzo:, He Shall Feed His Flock, How Far is it to Bethelem?, Ho Ro Ho Ro, Arise Now, You Shepherds, Christmas Time is Here, Combined Choruses:, The Lamb, Arioso:, Come, Dear Children, Ziemas svetki sabraukusi, Gloria from Mass No. 6, Camerata:, Gloria, O Magnum Mysterium, Betelehemu, Christmas Pudding, Gloria, Combined Choruses, Hodie Christus Natus Est, The Lord Bless You and Keep You

7716 00 1 CD $15.98 Childrens Choir Christmas

Seattle Girls' Choir : Cantate 2000

Review: "Cantate 2000" is the third CD done by the SGC with Jackson Berkey, a talented composer and pianist, who also contributed beautiful digital photography and art direction to the stunning liner notes. There are 11 songs in three groupings, "Cantate 2000," "Prime Voci A Cappella" (the two unaccompanied songs on the CD), and "Voices From the Earth." All are impressive on many levels. The two very interesting written pieces in the liner notes by Berkey and Wright add to our appreciation for the music.

Songlist: Cantate 2000, The Cat's Meows, Resonet in Lauibus, Interlude, Super Flumina Babylonis, Terra Aliena, Cantate Domino, Prime Voci A Cappella, Ave dulcimissa Maria, Ascendit Deus, Voices from the Earth, Evening, Blindergarten, Autumn Comes To Woman, In A French Mountain Village

6615 00 1 CD $15.98 Girls Choirs CDs

Seattle Girls' Choir : Meets Jackson Berkey

Review: Composer Jackson Berkey was in San Antonio in 1993 at the National Convention for the American Choral Directors Association when he was blown away by the sound of the Seattle Girls' Choir. He was inspired to create a treble arrangement for one of his new pieces, "God Be In My Head," sent it to director Jerome Wright, and a beautiful relationship began. "God Be In My Head" is the only a cappella tune on the CD, the other 14 are beautifully accompanied by a variety of instruments, from harp and piano to string orchestra, handbells, synthesizer and whip snap. Included are 2 excellent suites by Berkey, "South Dakota Shadows Suite," 4 songs; and "Thoughts and Remembrances," also 4 songs. The girls in the chorus (25 are listed in the liner notes, but over 60 on their first CD) are indeed cause for Mr. Berkey's enthusiasm-this is CD is beautiful and impressive. The liner notes are first class and extensive.

Songlist: Gloria in excelsis Deo!, God Be in My Head, South Dakota Shadows Suite, Indian Summer, Evening Shadows, Boxing with Snowflakes, Requiem for a Pioneer Woman, Sacramento Sis-Joe, Little Fire, Song of Solomon, Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus, Still, Still Night, Thoughts and Remembrances, Isaiah, View Me, Lord, A Work of Thine, 6Pence, Balm in Gilead

6612 00 1 CD $15.98 Girls Choirs CDs

Seattle Girls' Choir : Mosaic

Review: Seattle is well-known for the vibrancy of its homegrown music. Seattle Girls' Choir's newest CD, 'Mosaic' adds to the richness of the region's musical heritage. 'Mosaic' blends sacred and secular pieces sung in the soaring treble choral style for which the choir is famous. The CD has been released in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Seattle Girls' Choir. 'Mosaic' is a compilation of the choir's all-time favorite classical vocal music that has been sung on tours and at music festivals spanning the United States to some of the great cathedrals of Europe. Some great sacred pieces included are 'Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One,' 'The Song of Solomon,' and the always stirring double choir 'Ave Maria,' by Gustav Holst. Memorable secular pieces included are 'Vier Gesange' by Brahms and Randall Thompson's moving 'Choose Something Like a Star.' Also, another fine recording included is Jackson Berkey's 'Nunc Dimittis.' Berkey's outstanding treble music served as the inspiration for two previous Seattle Girls' Choir CDs. This is an excellent collection of music, for anyone who appreciates beautiful treble choir music!

Songlist: The Pelican, Ave Verum , Zapad Slunce , Suscepit Israel , Wie Lieblich Sind Deine Wohnungen , Ave Maria , Laudi Alla Vergine Maria, Bow Down Thine Ear , Rise Up My Love My Fair One, Nunc Dimittis, Vier Gesange, Suo-Gan, Choose Something Like A Star

8633 00 1 CD $15.95 Girls Choirs CDs

Seattle Girls' Choir : Seattle Holiday

Review: Seattle's traditional "Christmas Ship" on the cover, the award-winning Seattle Girls' Choir, 25 songs, director Jerome Wright, and the beginning of the Choir's collaboration with Jackson Berkey; what more could we ask for Christmas? The CD is mostly accompanied, on piano by Elaine Koga, but Berkey's "God Be In My Head" is a cappella. The liner notes are lovely and extensive, the songs are marvelously done-great work, girls!

Songlist: The Angels and the Shepherds, Sir Christmas, Personent Hodie, Ceremony of Carols, Opus 28, Light the Legend, A Feast of Lights, Carol of the Bells, Ukrainian Carol, Il est ne le divin enfant, Shchedryk, Ukrainian Carol, Wassail Song, Regina Coeli, Opues 37, No. 3, Mary Speaks, God Be In My Head, A Merry Christmas

6611 00 1 CD $15.98 Childrens Choir Christmas

Seattle Pro Musica : Alnight by the Rose

Review: Featuring Morten Lauridsen's stunning Madrigali: Six Firesongs on Italian Renaissance Poetry and pieces by Italian Renaissance composers Claudio Monteverdi and Carlo Gesualdo. The works of Monteverdi and Gesualdo inspired Lauridsen to write his Madrigali. Also includes Arvo Part's beautiful Magnificat and Karen P. Thomas' Medieval Lyrics, as well as works by Hildegard von Bingen, Frank Ferko and Guillaume Dufay.

Songlist: Ave Regina caelorum, Gedeanis area, O cruor sanguinis, O successores, O verbum Patris, O splendidissima gemma, Laus Trinitati, Magnificat, Medieval Lyrics , To Mistress Margaret Hussey, Alright by the Rose, Dolcissima miaw vita, Si, ch'io vorrei morire , Madrigali: Six "Fire Songs" , Ov'e, Lass', Il Bel Viso, Quando Son Piu Lontan, Amor, io sento l'amlma, Lo piango, Luci Serene E Chiare, Se Per Havervi, Oi

7529 00 1 CD $9.95

Seattle Pro Musica : Rachmaninov

Review: From 1880 to 1917 was a renaissance in Russian choral music, a great outpouring of sacred compositions by major composers such as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Chesnokov and Kastalsky. While Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943) only wrote a few choral works, they are among the crowning achievements of Russian choral music. "Vsenoshchnoye Bdeniye Op. 37 (Vespers)" encompasses a wealth of moods and emotion, ranging from meditative introspection to praise and proclamation. The 76-strong, award-winning Seattle Pro Musica is the perfect ensemble for this material, dramatically powerful on a piece like "Priidite, poklonimsya," (Come Let Us Worship), sweetly meditative on songs like "Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Gospoda" and "Shestopsalmiye: Slava v vyshnikh bogu" (The Six Psalms: Glory Be to God in the Highest), filled with wonder on "Tropar: Dnes spasneniye" (The Troparion: Thou didst Rise from the Tomb), and joyfully triumphant on "Vzbrannoy voyevode" (To Thee, the Victorious Leader). Truly wonderful, rarely-heard sacred music from one of great composers of all time.

Songlist: Priidite, polonimsya (Come, Let Us Worship), Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Gospoda (Bless the Lord, O My Soul), Blazhen muzh (Blessed is the Man), Svete tikhyi (Gladsome Light), Nyne otpushchayeshi (Lord, Now Lettest Thou Thy Servant Depart), Bogoroditse Devo (Rejoice, O Virgin), Shestopsalmiye: Slava v vyshnikh Bogu (The Six Psalms: Glory to God in the Highest), Khvalite imya Gospodne (Praise the Name of the Lord), Blagosloven yesi, Gospodi (Blessed Art Thou, O Lord), Voskreseniye Khristovo videvshe (Having Beheld the Resurrection of Christ), Velichit dusha moya Gospoda (My Soul Magnifies the Lord), Slavosloviye velikoye (The Great Doxology: Glory to God in the Highest, Tropar: Dnes spaseniye (The Troparion: Today Salvation Has Come), Tropar: Voskres iz groba (The Troparion: Thou didst Rise from the Tomb), Vzbrannoy voyevode (To Thee, the Victorious leader)

7556 00 1 CD $9.95

Seattle Pro Musica : Weihnachten - A German Christmas

Review: This large (76 mixed voices) award-winning (ASCAP Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music) brings us a sumptuous collection of sacred Christmas music by composers from the 16th century (Praetorius, Philipp Nicolai, Heinrich Schutz), to the 19th century (Brahms, Mendelssohn, Bruckner, Franz Gruber's "Stille Nacht") to the 20th century (the seven movements of Hugo Distler's "Chorale Motets from Die Weihnachtsgeschichte," Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria"). Biebl's "Ave Maria." A timeless piece like Praetorius' "In dulci jubilo," with its beautiful, ringing harmonies, soars and amazes as it did when first performed four hundred years ago!

Songlist: Resonet in Laudibus, Puer natus in Bethlehem, Wie Schon leuchtet der Morgernstern (Nicolai), Wie Schon leuchtet der Morgernstern (Praetorius), Wachet auf (Nicolai), Wachet auf (Praetorius), In Dulci Jubilo (Berlin Codex), In Dulci Jubilo (Praetorius), Deutsches Magnificat, Der Englische Gruss, Marias Kirchgang, Der jager, Ave maria, Wihnachten, Am Neujahrstage, Im Advent, Ave maria, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, Das Roslein, das ich meine, Meine Seele erhebt Gott, den herren, Das Blumelein so kleine, Die hirten zu der Stunden, Lob, her sei Gott, dem Vater, Si subgeb wir all Amen, Stille Nacht

7557 00 1 CD $15.98 German Choral Music

Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir : All Things Bright and Beautiful

Review: The Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir is based in Harrisonburg, Virginia, nestled between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. Founded by Eastern Mennonite University's Julia J. White in 1991, the choir has grown from 37 to over 200 members in grades K-12, coming from throughout the Shenandoah Valley, in four early elementary classes and three performing choirs. The once a week rehearsals include instruction in vocal production and diction, Kodaly-based solfege instruction and exposure to excellent choral literature. These 18 lightly-accompanied (by piano and organ) songs include five by the Concert Choir 2005-2006, 5 by the Preparatory and Treble Choirs, and 8 by the Concert Choir 2006-2007. Some favorites are J.S. Bach's "Duet from Cantata No. 15," the 16th Century German choral melody "To Music," Jeanne and Robert Gilmore's joyous "Ton The," the lilting American Folk Song "Here Rattler, Here!," Henry Purcell's lovely "Sound the Trumpet," John Rutter's inspiring title tune, and E. Markham Lee's heartwarming "Arcady." The SVCC has a bright, sweet, clear sound, perfect diction, and the song selection works with the joy and spirit of the singers. Treat yourself to "All Things" and enjoy!

Songlist: Duet from Cantata No. 15 , Kyrie eleison from Messe Basse , I'm Nobody! Who Are You? from Two Nobody Songs, Mr. Nobody from Two Nobody Songs, To Music, Ton The, Badgers and Hedgehogs (Benedicte No. 4) from Bless the Lord, Butterflies and Moths (Benedicte No. 7) from Bless the Lord, Ever Loving Shepherd, Here Rattler, Here!, Sound the Trumpet, Bist du bei mir, Lake Isle of Innesfree , All Things Bright and Beautiful, Sahayta, Aready, Prayer, A-Tisket A-Tasket

6081 00 1 CD $15.95

Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir : It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Review: Founder and Artistic Director Julia J. White leads her 200-strong, 3-choir SVCC, pride of Harrisonburg, PA, in this feel-good, generous Holiday album. The 19 well-chosen tunes are lightly accompanied by guest instrumentalists, playing flute, piano, organ, percussion and bass. Seven songs are by the Concert Choir of 2007-08, four songs by the Preparatory and Treble Choirs, and eight songs are by the Concert Choir of 2008-09. Our favorites are Eleanor Daly's "What Sweeter Music," the West Indian Spiritual "The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy," Baruch J. Cohon's "Hanerot Halalu" (Song for Hanukah), Bob Chilcott's "The Child," Rogers & Hammerstein's "My Favorite Things," Domenico Scarlatti's "We Will Sing for Joy," Purcell's "Celebrate this Happy, Holy Day," the traditional song "Jingle Bell Swing," John Rutter's "Carol of the Children," the South African Christmas anthem "Come Colors Rise," the traditional "Sunny Bank" and the final cut, the title tune. The spirited, angelic young voices of the SVCC in harmony and the lovely selection of Christmas songs from all over the world-it's a combination that will make a great holiday gift for you and your loved ones!

Songlist: Hope for Resolution, A Song for Mandela and de Klerk, What Sweeter Music, The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy, Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind, Hanerot Halalu, The Child, My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music, We Will Sing for Joy, Celebrate This Happy, Holy Day, Christmas Comin', Jingle Bell Swing, Cuncti Simus, On This Day, Earth Shall Ring, Carol of the Children, Come Colours Rise, Sunny Bank, Here We Come A-Wassailing, Go Where I Send Thee!, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

6080 00 1 CD $15.95 Childrens Choir Christmas

Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir : Shenandoah

Review: "Shenandoah" is the SVCC's ninth recording since its founding by Artistic Director Julia J. White, and it represents highlights of the 220-strong, 3-choir ensemble from its 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. Included are 8 lightly-accompanied selections from the Concert Choir of 2003-04, 5 selections from the Preparatory and Treble Choirs, and 8 songs from the Concert Choir of 2004-5, for a total of 21 songs. Some of our favorites are J.S. Bach's "Wir eilen, mit schwachen doch," the beautiful Swahili Lullabye/Prayer "Allunde, Alluia," Charles E. Ives' "The Circus Band," the traditional spiritual "Hand Me Down My Silver Trumpet," the Chinese Folk song "Chinese Fisherman's Song," the Calypso song "Shake the Papaya Down," the sea chantey title tune, the traditional Hawaiian song "'Ullili E" and James Papoulis' lovely "Can You Hear." Wonderful harmonies, a bright, clear, spirited sound and a well-chosen songlist all add up to another enjoyable, feel-good album from a great childrens' choir, the SVCC!

Songlist: Wir Eilen Mit Schwachen Doch Emsigen Schritten, The Wind, Dance To Your Daddie, Inscription Of Hope, Allunde Alluia, The Song That Nature Sings, The Circus BAnd, Glory To Thee My God This Night, Give Ear Unto Thee, Shenandoah, Little Wheel, My Hearts In The Highlands, Ulili E, A Psalm Of Life, Can Your Hear, Praise To The Lord, the Almighty

8613 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir : Songs From The Heart

Review: Another wonderful collection from 200-strong, 3-choir SVCC, pride of Harrisonburg, PA, directed by founder Julia J. White. Some very hard to pick favorites among these 19 feel-good, lightly accompanied songs are: George and Ira Gershwin's "Clap Yo' Hands," the early American melody "Amazing Grace," Dave Mallet's lovely round "The Garden Song," Stephen Foster's "The Merry Heart," the German folk song "Marienwurmchen" (Ladybug), Vijay Singh's lively "Song for a Pirate Child," the Traditional Torres Straight Island song "Sesere Eeye" and David L. Brunner's beautiful "Jubilate Deo." The SVCC's bright, clear, spirited sound is as fine as any children's choir in the world, and every song is delightful!

Songlist: Clap Yo' Hands, Amazing Grace, The Garden Song, Tai Yang Chu Lai La, Give Ear Unto Me, The Merry Heart, Tsuki/ Firefly, Marienwurmchen (Ladybug), Allunde, Alluia, Linstead Market, Song for a Pirate Child, Jerusalem, The Turtle Dove, Old Dan Tucker, Under the Greenwood Tree, Song for the Mira, Sesere Eeye, Praise His Holy Name, Jubilate Deo

6079 00 1 CD $15.95

Singing Sergeants : Caroling

Review: Caroling is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years as a joyful part of the winter holiday season. Since the Eisenhower administration, the Singing Sergeants have been caroling at the White House each December for guests from around the country and throughout the world. In the spirit of that tradition, this album contains some of the group's favorites, including songs that tell the Christmas story, celebrate the Hannukah tradition, and inspire hope, peace and joy. All of the songs are performed in the a cappella tradition. Caroling, directed by Captain Chad A. Steffey, is dedicated to all of the men and women of the United States Air Force who are away from home during the holiday season.

Songlist: Fum, Fum, Fum, O Tannenbaum, S'vivon, Somerset Wassail, Adam Lay Ybounden, Ya Viene la Vieja, The Lute Carol, Carol of the Bells, Away in a Manger, The Holly and the Ivy, Go, Tell it on the Mountain, Still, Still, Still, Up! Good Christian Folk and Listen, There is a Flower, Ave Maria, Silent Night, Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, A Merry Christmas, Alleluia

9801 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

Singing Statesmen : A Testament

Review: The Singing Statesmen celebrated their 40th Anniversary Season in 2005-6 as one of the premier university male choruses in the US. Founder Morris D. Hayes sought to create an outstanding choral ensemble for male voices and directed the choir from 1966 to 1988, followed by Bruce G. McInnes from 1988 to 1990, and Gary R. Schwartzhoff from 1991 to the present. The Statesmen have performed to appreciate audiences at ACDA Conventions, and on five International Concert Tours, including one to Rio de Janieiro, Brazil in 2005. These 16 songs appropriately begin with "The Star Spangled Banner" and J.A. Parks' "O Home Beloved," Randall Thompson's 4 part "The Testament of Freedom," Franz Biebl's "Pater Noster," Benjamin Britten's "The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard," Z. Randall Stroope's "Dies Irae," Lee Hoiby's a cappella "Private First Class Jesse Givens," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," a pair of African-American Folksongs, "The Morning Trumpet" and "Poor Man Lazrus" and "By the Sword"/"Sons of Dixie" by Frank Wildhorn/Tom Anderson. You will surely enjoy the wonderful, rich harmonies and powerful lyrics from this spirited, renowned veteran Collegiate ensemble! There is some piano accompaniment.

Songlist: The Star-Spangled Banner, O Home Beloved, Behold Man, The Testament of Freedom I. The God Who Gave Us Life, II. We Have Counted the Cost, III. We Fight Not For Glory, IV. I Shall Not Die Without A Hope, Pater Noster, The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard, Weepe Not, Dies Irae, Private First Class Jesse Givens, Battle Hymn of the Republic, The Morning Trumpet, Poor Man Lazrus, By the Sword/ Sons of Dixie

9048 00 1 CD $15.95 Men's Choirs CDs

Sistrum : Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn

Review: Lansing, MI's award-winning, 30-strong women's chorus Sistrum's vision is "to provide a musical haven where women may find their voices and enjoy the camaraderie offered by the Sistrum community." They further endeavor "to create a choral instrument by which our members can use their voices to raise beautiful music and powerful energy." This CD was inspired by Sistrum's first commissioned work, the 3-part "Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn," with words by Kris Radish and music by Jenni Brandon. There are 15 songs here, a World tour, if you will, beginning with the piano-accompanied French tune "Ah! Si mon moine voulait danser," a lighthearted piece about a girl trying to get a monk to dance with her by bribing him with material possessions; two chants; with roots in the Celtic pagan culture, "Full Moonlight Dance" and "Everything She Touches;" "Koowu" is directly translated as "strength" and incorporates Middle Eastern scales; Stephen Hatfield's "Camino Caminante" is inspired by the swirling mix of cultures in Miami; and the lightly percussioned, Tamil-based "Odi Odi" urges us to look internally for inspiration and empowerment. Randi Driscoll's powerful "What Matters," the traditional Spiritual "Balm in Gilead," Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow," the 3-part, piano-accompanied title tune, and "Still I Rise," an ode to survival regardless of the challenge or obstacle, complete our list of favorites. "Dancing" is a beautiful, inspirational collection from talented Sistrum!

Songlist: Ah! Si mon moine voulait danser, Full Moonlight Dance , Everything She Touches, Koowu , My Love Walks in Velvet, Both Page and Pen, Camino Caminante, Odi Odi , What Matters , Balm in Gilead , Over the Rainbow , The Dark Line , Morning Prayer, Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn , Still I Rise

5974 00 1 CD $3.95 Female Choral CDs

Sixteen : Barber - Agnus Dei

Review: This collection of American choral music spanning the 20th century features familiar and less well-known composers, from the lyrical traditionalism of Barber by way of Bernstein and Copland to the counterpoint, rhythmic verve and neo-classicism of Irving Fine. The disc finishes with the dreamily haunting Acrostic Song from Final Alice by David del Tredici.

Songlist: Agnus Dei , O Know To End As To Begin, Have You Seen The White Lily Grow?, O Do Not Wanton With Those Eyes, Against Jealousy, Lament, The Hour-Glass, Clapping Music, Spring Song, Court Song, Soldier's Song, Prelude, Benedictus, Sanctus', Requiem, Gloria, Help Us, O Lord, Thou, O Jehovah, Abideth Forever, Have Mercy On Us, O My Lord, Sing Ye Praises To Our King, Mary Hynes, Anthony O Daly, The Coolin, Acrostic Song From "Final Alice"

7908 00 1 CD $16.95

Sound Circle : Sound Circle

Review: Twenty-one women gather to experience the joy of making music together and to share that joy with their audiences, performing songs in a multiplicity of styles (with elements of classical, world and folk, though strictly speaking, Sound Circle is none of these). Featuring composers such as Ysaye Maria Barnwell and Holly Near (but also original works commissioned specifically for the group), the ensemble has fashioned a full-spectrum, transparently textured recording that can be minimalist or celebratory in turn, though always congruent in its musicality. Artistic Director Sue Coffee's staunch credentials ensure Sound Circle's unmistakable grounding in the traditions of Western harmony, while providing the setting for the group's highly personal expression.

Songlist: Fly Me Away, Sun Won't Stop, Golden Apples Of The Sun, Full Woman, Ave Maria, Stone Circles, Would You Harbor Me?, Mother Moon, Wanting Memories, Keep The Fire, Love Comes Again, How Do You Feel?, Shooting Star, Something Inside So Strong, Dona Nobis Pacem, I Sound Circle

2992 00 1 CD $15.98 Female Choral CDs

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Sound Circle : Stick Around

Review: "Stick Around" is Jonestown, CO-based Sound Circle's second CD, their first, the well-received "Sound Circle," was released in 1998. There are 22 women in this women's a cappella ensemble, five each of Sopranos 1 and 2, and six each of Altos 1 and 2. The exquisite liner notes, with a Colorado mountain scene on the cover, contain the words to these 18 beautiful, life-affirming songs: "Eagle Song," "We A...," "Calling All Angels," Alanis Morissette's "You Learn," Billy Joel's "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)," Cindy Lauper's "Time After Time," "Ka-chinka-cha," "Bliss Mantra (Poem)," "Bliss Mantra (song)," "Clangor, Clamor, Clapperclaw," "Sondra Met A Koala," "That's Alright," "what i want," "Mother, It is Night," "Come Into Our Circle" (which could be SC's theme song), "Another Train," "Weathering" and "Stick Around." On the back cover of the CD is a photo of the smiling, glowing faces of the group together under a pine tree, as if inviting us to join them in song. Deep feelings for humanity and the earth, gratitude for life and love of music come through clearly on "Stick Around," a very special CD!

Songlist: Eagle Song, We Are..., Calling All Angels, You Learn, Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel), Time After Time, Ka-chinka-cha (improv), Bliss Mantra (poem), Bliss Mantra (song), Clangor, Clamor, Clapperclaw, Sondra Met a Koala (improv), That's Alright, What I Want, Mother, It Is Night, Come Into Our Circle, Another Train, Weathering (improv), Stick Around

6738 00 1 CD $15.98 Female Choral CDs

South Bay Children's Choir : In The Beginning

Review: The South Bay Childrens Choir is based at El Camino College in the Los Angeles area of Southern California and is under the artistic direction of Diane Simons. Co-founded in 1996 by the late Dr. Jane Hardester and Diane Simons, the choir produced their first CD, "In the Beginning - 1998 to 2005", featuring the Bel Canto singers, known for their impeccable intonation, blend, and expressiveness. The repertoire includes classical favorites such as "Dome Epais" by Delibes and a riveting performance of Britten's "This Little Babe", as well as many exciting folksong settings, including 'Sail Away" by Malcolm Dalgleish, performed a capella. The title song "In the Beginning" by Imant Raminsh shows off the choir in its early years, and the 2005 premier performance of "Platanos" by Edward Cansino demonstrates their later maturity as singers. There are three pieces, (Missa Brevis, It Was a Lover and His Lass and Till Morning) by composer-in-residence B. Wayne Bisbee.

Songlist: Sail Away, Skye Boat Song, It Was a Lover and His Lass, Platanos, Psalm 23, This Little Babe, Nigra Sum, Dome Epais, Dance to Your Daddie, J'entends Le Moulin, Missa Brevis, Till Morning, In the Beginning

8870 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Southern California Children's Chorus : Simple Gifts

Review: The Concert Chorus of the Southern California Children's Chorus gives a very joyous performance. Simple Gifts contains mostly sacred pieces for treble voices. The chorus sings early pieces by Praetorius and Banchieri as well as 20th century pieces by Zoltan Kodaly. The title piece by Aaron Copland is arranged by director Lori Loftus. Many pieces are a cappella and the others are accompanied by David Lomakin. The pieces chosen have many solos featuring some of the group's talented singers.

Songlist: Jubilate Deo (Adriano Banchieri), Sing dem Herrn (Michael Praetorius), Musika, dein ganz ganz leiblich Kunst (Johann Jeep), Art Thou Troubled? (George Frederic Handel), A Pentatonic Alleluia (Ross Whitney), Psalm 150 (Zoltan Kodaly), Salmo (Ernami Aguiar), Kyrie (James McCray), Psalm 100 (Rene Clausen), Nigra Sum (Pablo Casals), Simple Gifts (Aaron Copland, arr: Lori Loftus), Bay Dooka (Nancy Telfer), S'Vivon (Traditional Hevrew Song, arr: Betty Bertaux), Al Shlosha D'Varim (Allen E. Naplan, arr: David Fischer), Niska Banja (Nick Page), One Hand, One Heart (Leonard Berstein, arr: David Fischer), America, The Beautiful, I'm Goin' Up a Yonder (Walter Hawkins, arr: Martin Sirvatka), I Am Your Child (Marty Panzer & Barry Manilow), Go Where I Send Thee! (A Gospel Spiritual, arr: Paul Caldwell & Sean Ivory), May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

7221 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Southern California Children's Chorus : Simple Gifts (Holiday Concert)

Review: The SCCC, founded by artistic director Lori Loftus, involves 200 choristers in a sequential choral program consisting of 6 choirs. The 65 mixed-voice Concert Chorus, under Lori's leadership, is rapidly becoming the leading children's chorus in Southern California. 21 songs, the first 11, all arranged by Lori, are religious and sacred music, with the exception of the traditional title tune, arranged by Aaron Copeland. Banchieri's "Jubilate Deo," Praetorius' "Sing dem Herrn," Handel's "Art Thou Troubled," Zoltan Kodaly's "Psalm 150," James McCray's "Kyrie," and Rene Clausen's joyous "Psalm 100" are favorites in this group. The traditional Hebrew song "S'Vivon," the upbeat folk tune "Niska Banja," Leonard Bernstein's "One Hand, One Heart," Walter Hawkins' "I'm Goin' Up a Yonder," the spiritual "Go Where I Send Thee!," and the traditional "May the Road Rise Up to Meet You" are other favorites. Piano accompaniment on some songs. Excellent song selection and the spirited harmonies of talented youthful choristers-"Simple" is truly a gift!

Songlist: The Joy of Bells: Din Don! Merrily on High, All Ye Who Music Love, Petite Mass: Gloria, Carol of the Bells, Cum Sancto Spiritu, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Hiney Mah Tov, Dravidian Dithyramb, My Shepherd Will Supply My Needs, Patapan, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, The Lord Bless You and Keep You, Must Be Santa, Kindle the Hanukkah Lights, Parents, White Christmas

7712 00 1 CD $15.98 Childrens Choir Christmas

Spivey Hall Children's Choir : Christmas with the Spivey Hall Children's Choir

Review: Some great arrangements of holiday classics by this top notch children's choir. Britten's "Ceremony Of Carols" is a stand out as is Rutter's "Angels' Carol" with the beautiful Bob Chilcott's "Mid-Winter".

Songlist: Shepherd's Pipe Carol , Stars Are for Those Who Lift Their Eyes , Water Under Snow is Weary , Donkey Carol , The Birds , Mid-winter, Angels' Carol , Noel des Enfants qui n'ont plus de maison , Go Where I Send Thee!, A Ceremony of Carols, - 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

7161 00 1 CD $15.98 Childrens Choir Christmas

Spivey Hall Children's Choir : Homeland

Review: Dr. Martha Shaw is the founding director of the 47-strong Spivey Hall Children's Choir. Under her direction, the choir, noted for its artistry and mature vocal sound, has been featured in performances at regional, state and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. Accompanied on piano by assistant director Judy Kerlin Mason, "Homeland" is presented as "a collection of music featuring works of contemporary composers of the Americas." Some of our favorites are David Brunner's "Jubilate Deo" and "The World is Full of Poetry" from Earthsongs, Francisco Nunez' "Gloria" and "Credo" from Misa Pequena, Ron Nelson's "Ask the Moon," and the familiar "Shenandoah," "The Turtle Dove," "Georgia on My Mind," "Amazing Grace" and "May the Road Rise to Meet You," but every track is wonderful. All songs are accompanied by piano, organ and/or a variety of woodwinds, horns and percussion. Let the soaring voices of SHCC lift your spirits and calm your soul.

Songlist: Jubilate Deo, The World is Full of Poetry from Earthsongs, Gloria from Misa Pequena, Credo from Misa Pequena, Day Break, Salve Regina, Ask the Moon from Three Settings of the Moon, Shenandoah, Homeland, The Star, Think On These Things, Song for the Mira, The Turtle Dove, Three Ways To Vacuum Your House -II, Over the Rainbow, Life Has Loveliness to Sell, Inscription of Hope, Georgia On My Mind, Amazing Grace from Over the Hills, May the Road Rise to Meet You

6858 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs

St Charles Singers : Christmas In St Charles

Review: Proclaimed by to be "one of North America's outstanding choirs," the St. Charles Singers offer a bounty of Christmas music from Europe and America in arrangements by John Rutter, David Wilcocks and Robert Shaw and Alice Parker. It includes favorites such as "Angels We Have Heard on High," "Jingle Bells" and Rutter's charming "Donkey Carol." One of the less familiar pieces is a very lively setting by Arvo Part of the Slavonic Ave Maria, "Bogoroditse Djevo." Joining the choir on this CD are members of the Metropolis Chamber Orchestra and guitarist Goran Ivanovic. This is a wonderful collection for the Christmas season.

Songlist: Sans Day Carol, Away in a Manger, Nativity Carol, Quittez, Pasteurs, I Sing of a Maiden, Bogoroditse Djevo, I Wonder As I wander, Angels We have heard on High, For Unto Us a Child Is Born, While Stars Their Vigil Keep, Spanish Lullaby, Masters in This Hall, Christmas night, Little Road to Bethlehem, Donkey Carol, Jingle Bells, Ding Dong Merrily on High, El Noy de la Mare, Still, Still, Still

7287 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

St Charles Singers : I Know Where I'm Going

Review: Rarely heard works by English composer/conductor John Rutter are highlighted on this highly acclaimed disc by the St. Charles Singers. Fancies is a cycle of choral settings with small orchestra which uses texts from the 15th and 16th centuries including Shakespeare and Thomas Campion. This performance is only the second recording of this charming piece. Other Rutter pieces include, "The Keel Row," "Black Sheep," "Down By the Sally Garden" and "I Know Where I'm Goin'." All of the Rutter arrangements are accompanied by soloists from the Metropolis Chamber Orchestra. The remainder of the recording is an assortment of American and British folk song arrangements. "Flower of Beauty," is especially beautiful. This recording includes some great singing from a fine American choir.

Songlist: Tell Me Where is Fancy Breed, There Is a Garden in Her Face, The Urchins' Dance, Riddle Song, Midnight's Bell, The Bellman's Song, Flower of Beauty, The Keel Row, The Turtle Dove, Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair, Lamorna, Black Sheep, Down By The Sally Gardens, He's Gone Away, Swansea Town, The Oak and The Ash , Early One Morning, I Know Where I'm Going, Londonderry Air, Shenandoah

7286 00 1 CD $15.98

St. John's Boys' Choir : Clear Voices

Review: The organization of the St. John's Boys' choir of central Minnesota consists of several divisions, including "Stile Antico," which performs sacred music of the Renaissance," The Recorder Ensemble, The Training Choir, The Junior Varsity Choir focuses on the musical development of the boys in the 5th and 6th grades, and The Concert Choir is the principal touring division. "Clear Voices" features 15 mostly lightly accompanied, mostly sacred songs: Joseph M. Martin's "A Festive Call to Praise," Haydn's lovely "Kyrie and Gloria," di Lasso's "Hodie," Ralph Williams' "My Master Hath a Garden," "For Unto Us A Child is Born," from Handel's "Messiah," Brian Kay's "Gaudette," the spirituals "Hush, Somebody's Callin' My Name," "Great Getting' Up Mornin'," Rutter's "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" and others. What's Clear? That the sweet, high voices of the boys are the perfect complement to this fine, well-chosen material.

Songlist: A Festive Call to Praise , Kyrie and Gloria , Hodie , My Master Hath a Garden , For Unto Us A Child Is Born from "Messiah" , Gaudete , The Nightengale , Allez Souspirs , Hollis Berrie, Elijah Rock , Hush! Somebody's Callin' My Name, Great Getting Up Morning , She Shall Have Music , O, Colored Earth , The Lord Bless You and Keep You

7134 00 1 CD $15.98 Boys Choirs CDs

St. John's Boys' Choir : The Promise of Living

Review: The St. John's Boys' Choir has been delighting audiences from their base in central Minnesota, throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Canada and England since their founding in 1981. Consisting of several divisions, including the Recorder Ensemble, Training Choir, Junior Varsity Choir and Concert Choir, the Choir seeks to teach music literacy to the boys, who come from many parts of Minnesota. "The Promise of Living" commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the Choir, and is a compilation of live performances and recording sessions from 2001-05, and includes the Alumni Choir. 16 songs, all lightly accompanied: Aaron Copland's "Zion's Walls" and the title tune, Karl Jenkins' lovely "Adieamus," Morten Lauridsen's "Dirait-on," Brant Adams' "Exsultate justi in Domino," "Ave Marias" by Franz Biebl and Zoltan Kodaly, Pablo Casals' "Nigra Sum," the American Folk Song "Dance, Boatman, Dance," and Douglas E. Wagner's "Bright is the Ring of Words" are some favorites. You may count us among the SJBC's many delighted audiences!

Songlist: Zion's Walls, Adieamus, Ave Maria, Dirait On, Salve Regina, Exsultate justi in Domino, Ave Maria, Prayer of the Children, Ave Maria, Tota pulchra es, Yo Le Canto Todo El Dia, Nigra Sum, Dance Boatman, Dance, Songs Eternity, Bright is the Ring of Words, The Promise of Living

8651 00 1 CD $15.95 Boys Choirs CDs

St. Louis African Chorus : AENaO

Review: The 16 mixed voices of The St. Louis African Chorus bring us the US premier of a cappella pieces (sometimes with the accompaniment of African drums of various kinds) written by composer Ikoli Harcourt-Whyte. These spiritual songs are accompanied by various narrators who tell the story of this deeply religious Christian man who found God while overcoming 34 years of suffering as a leper. 14 songs, some examples are "Chebe Mo Nna" (Guide Me Father), "Onyinye Chuku" (God's Gift), "Tikuenu Jehova" (Praise Jehova), "Obu Chuku" (It Is God), and "Kp' Ekpere" (Pray). This is a moving, inspirational story of a very special man, perfectly accompanied by his wonderful music!

Songlist: Chebe Mo Nna (Guide me, Father), Chebe Mo Nna (Guide me, Father), Onyinye Chuku (God's Gift), Okwu Nkasi Obi (Comforting words), Ihe Ndia Di Njo (This thing is bad), Tikuenu Jehova (Praise Jehova), Nw' Oge Nta (In a little while), Obu Chuku (It is God), Obu Chuku (continued), Atulegwu (Fear not), Otuto Nke Chuku (Praise belongs to God), Otuto Nke Chuku (continued), Kp'Ekpere (Pray), Chebe Mo Nna (Guide Me, Father)

7143 00 1 CD $14.98 African Choral Music

St. Louis Children's Choir : 25th Anniversary Celebration

Review: The 25th Anniversary Celebration Concert was recorded on May 18th, 2003 at Powell Symphony Hall. It included all 15 ensembles of the St. Louis Children's Choirs, plus a special choir of 90 alumni from across the United States. The Choirs were started in 1978 by Diance Finley whose vision established the artistic and professional foundation for the Choirs. Today, The St. Louis Children's Choirs include approximately 550 young people in 1st through 12th grades who come from over 275 schools throughout the greater St. Louis area.

Songlist: Come Ye Makers Of Song, Salut Printempts, How Can I Keep From Singing, Ah! Si Mon Moine Voulait Danser, Sing Creations Music On, Mbiri Kuna Mwari , This Shall Be For Music , Bist Du Bei Mir, Shiru, We Rise Again , Glory To God , I See The Morning Breaking , Edelweiss, I Bought Me A Cat , We Are The Children, God Bless America , Keep Your Lamps, The Cloths Of Heaven, Steam Heat- Alber - K Shaw, Shenandoah - Alber, Music Down In My Soul - Moses Hogan, At The River , Roger Bobo PLays The Tuba , Homeland , O Music, I'm Goin' Up The Ladder , The Storm Is Passing Over , I Am But A Small Voice, Here's To Song, We Gather Here Together

8348 00 2 CDs $19.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs

St. Louis Children's Choir : Holiday Highlights 2000-2003

Review: This collection of holiday highlights was copiled from live recordings of Holiday Concerts at Powell Symphony Hall from 2000-2003. Selections can be heard performed by the various subdivisions of the SLCC. Represented in this collection are the Advanced Touring "Concert Choir," the Advanced Intermediate "Choristers," the Intermediate "Chorale," the Preparatory Choir "Music Makers," the Beginning level "Children's Choir," and the select SATB "Chamber Singers." The performers range in age from about 6 to 18, and during the three year span of the recordings, likely transcended their original rank.

Songlist: Magnificat, Deck The Halls , What Sweeter Music, Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy, Be Simple Little Children, Ose Shalom, Solstice, Sing For Hanukkah , The Angel Gabriel , On Christmas Night, Still, Still, Still , Bring A Torch Jeanette, Isabella, Sh'ma Yisrael , Away In A Manger, It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, For The Beauty Of The Earth, Mary's Little Boy Child , One Fine Hour , Living In A Holy City, Shiru , Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day , Happy Chanuka , Velvet Shoes, A-Wassailing , Chissimas Day , Feed My Lambs , Some Children See Him, One Candle Lights The Way, Riu Riu Chiu , Ein Keloheinu , Jubilate Deo , Hanerot Halalu , A Clare Benediction , Auld Lang Syne , We Gather Here Together

8345 00 2 CDs $19.95 Childrens Choir Christmas

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