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Tucson Girl's Choir : Gift of the Holidays

Review: On this recording, Tucson Girls Chorus shares music of the holiday with you. From the haunting message in "Stopping By Woods," by Vera Kistler to the rousing "A la Russe," arranged by Riegger the chorus sings a variety of new pieces and old favorites. This talented choir is sure to put you in the holiday mood.

Songlist: Winter Wonderland , Stopping By Woods, Kyrie from Missa Brevis in C Minor, Ukrainian Bell Carol , Da Pacem , On This Delightful Day , Gesu Bambino , A la Russe (The Sleigh), Ave Maria (linda Nolan), Riu, Riu, Chiu , Nieve (So Softly) , Hurry, Hurry Yonder, Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming, I'll Be Home For Christmas, What Child Is This?

7261 00 1 CD $15.98 Girls Choirs CDs

Tucson Girl's Choir : Homeward Bound

Review: On their third CD, the Tucson Girls Chorus sings favorite pieces requested by their loyal supporters. The songs are an assortment of folk songs, motets and jazz standards, with many arranged by Kirby Shaw. Selections include, "Come Let Your Hearts Be Singing," by Giovanni Glaser, "Ave Verum," by Gabriel Faure, "Here's That Rainy Day," arranged by Steve Zegree and "Cry Me A River," arranged by Shaw. This very talented choir is conducted by Margie Kersey with accompanist Helen Jones.

Songlist: Pick A Bale O Cotton (arr. Charles Terhune), Danny Boy (arr. Carl Stromen), Fair Phyllis I Saw (John Farmer, arr. Victoria Glaser), Come, Let Your Hearts Be Singing (Giovanni Gastoldi), Mexican Lullaby (Abe Tuvim & Mario Talavera), Ave Verum (Gabriel Faure), What'll I Do? (Irving Berlin, arr. Kirby Shaw), Here's That Rainy Day (Burke & Van Heusen, arr. Steve Zegree), Cry Me A River (Arthur Hamilton, arr. Kirby Shaw), American Lullaby (Gladys Rich), Neighbor's Chorus (Jacques Offenbach), A City Called Heaven (arr. Josephine Poelinitz), Hush, Somebody's Calling My Name (arr. Edwin Earle Ferguson), You Made Me Love You (McCarthy & Monaco, arr. Kirby Shaw), Homeward Bound

7259 00 1 CD $15.98 Girls Choirs CDs

Tudor Choir : An American Christmas - Shapenote Carols from New England and Appalachia

Review: The 17 mixed voices of Seattle's Tudor Choir, founded by Doug Fullington in 1993, have a focused repertoire dedicated to historically informed concerts and recordings with an emphasis on Renaissance, early American and English choral music. While putting together 1996's "The Shapenote Album," the Choir came across "An American Christmas Harp," a shapenote collection, and were inspired to record "An American Christmas. We won't go into defining shapenote, referring you to the 28-page liner notes, but we will say that it's intensely harmonic and spirited, and often includes fugues. 23 songs, some of which we know by other names, "Antioch," for instance, we know as "Joy to the World." Some favorites: "Shiloh," "Sherburne," "Emanuel, For Christmas," "Redemption, S.M.," "Anthem from Luke," "Joys Seven," "Boston, For Christmas," "Bonnie Doon," "Judea," "London," "Raymond" and "Milford." These now obscure songs were once as familiar to rural Americans as "White Christmas." Shapenote is joyous, celebratory music, fun to sing and fun to hear.

Songlist: Shepherd's Star, Shiloh, The Cherry Tree, Antioch, Sherburne, Emanuel for Christmas, Redemption S.M., Anthem for Luke, Joys Seven, Bethlehem C.M, Redemption L.M., Boston for Christmas, Bonnie Doon, Star in the East, Oxford, Judea, New Bethlehem, London, I Saw Three Ships, Raymond, Convoy, Distress, Milford

6947 00 1 CD $15.95 Shapenote Music

Tudor Choir : Fair With Her First Born

Review: The music on this recording spans many centuries, including 20th-century carols, Tudor polyphony, and chant from medieval England's Sarum rite. Producing a choral sound that is distinctly English in heritage, the Tudor Choir sings this music with intelligence and heart. Shape note music, Shaker songs, Sheppard, Tallis, and Victoria.

Songlist: Out fo your sleep , Verbum caro , The truth from above , Ave maris Stella , Gabriel's Message , Ecce Virgo Concipiet , There is no rose of such virtue, A solis ortus cardine , Eterne Laudis Lilium, Christe, Redemptor omnium , Make we jow now in this fest , Nesciens mater , In The Bleak Mid-Winter, Reges Tharsis , Bethlehem Down , Salvator mundi, Domine , The blessed Song of God

7338 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

Tudor Choir : Gentle Words: Shaker Songs

Review: The Seattle-based Tudor Choir is a professional mixed-voice choir with a flexible membership between 10 and 30 singers, founded by director Doug Fullington in 1993. They specialize in Renaissance polyphony and also sings Baroque, early American and 20th century music. "Gentle Words" is their 3rd CD. The Shakers (or United Society of Believers) originated in England in 1747. In 1770 the charismatic Ann Lee became the acknowledged leader, she and 8 others departed for America in 1774 to escape persecution. Their animated and ecstatic worship practices gave rise to their common name. The societies they formed are characterized by pacifism, gender/racial equality and an astounding industriousness and invention. These songs are part of a body of 10,000 Shaker songs. There are 28 a cappella tunes here, all following the Shaker aesthetics of beauty, simplicity and utility. "I will bow and be simple," "In Yonder Valley," "All is summer," "Love is little," "The burning day," the triumphant "Circular march," "Heavenly display," the foot-stomping "Followers of the Lamb," the joyous "Angels of heaven," "Dismission of Great I," "Gentle words," "Beautiful Valley," "Jubilee," "Cords of love" ... There is a quiet beauty and power to these songs--no wonder the Shakers have outlived all other utopian religious groups. Spirited, spiritual music sung beautifully!

Songlist: I will bow and be simple, In yonder valley, All is summer, O Lord make me pure, Love is little, The burning day, Circular march, Help me, O Lord, Heavenly display, Followers of the lamb, Come to Zion, We must be meek, Lay me low, Solemn song, Beautiful treasure, Peace, Angels of heaven, Hunger and thirst, Dismission of Great I, Revelation, Prayer for the captive, Gentle words, Beautiful valley, Jubilee, Exekiel's vision, Almighty Savior , Cords of love, I will go on my way

6819 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Choirs CDs

Tudor Choir : Requiem & Motets - Jacob Clemens non Papa

Review: The Tudor Choir adds to its critically acclaimed collection of recordings with this new CD of music by Renaissance composer Jacob Clemens non Papa (c.1515-c.1555). Clemens composed in all of the expected genres of his time. Much of his music is infused with a personal quality that differs from the generally abstract nature of much Renaissance sacred music. The music on this disc is a survey of his Latin-texted sacred polyphony, including his intimate Requiem, plus a Magnificat setting and a sampling of motets. The pieces chosen for this recording reveal texts that portray such themes as relationships, family, and remembrance and therefore demonstrate the unusual personal quality to be found in Clemens s works.

Songlist: Ecce quam bonum, Deus qui nos patrem et matrem, Requiem, Requiem aeternam, Kyrie, Absolve Domine, Offertory, Domine Jesu Christe, Sanctus and Benedictus, Agnus Dei , Communion: Lux aeterna, Continuo lacrimas, Magnificat quarti toni, Ego me diligentes diligo, Misit me pater vivens, Pater peccavi, Cum esset

7827 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Choirs CDs

Tudor Choir : Simple Gifts

Review: A follow-up to their successful CD of Shaker tunes, "Gentle Words," The Tudor Choir expands the repertoire to include other British and American music of simple character and enduring melody. The Tudor Choir's lovely shaping of phrases, impeccable intonation and unadorned, clean sound allow the words and music to become the Shaker "prayer language," to free the mind from the world, to visit the soul.

Songlist: 'Tis the Gift to be Simple, The Humble Heart, The Star Of Purity, All At Home, Simple Gifts, I am the Rose of Sharon, I Wish I Was A Child Again, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, My Shepherd Will Supply My Need, Simple Gifts, Zion's Walls, The Hills, At The Water's Edge, He That is Down Need Fear no Fall, O Taste and See, The Call, Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep, One Thing Have I Desired, The Gift to Be Simple

9022 00 1 CD $16.95

Tuskegee Institute Choir - William Dawson : Spirituals

Review: The Tuskegee (Alabama) Institute Choir, whose first singers were organized by school founder Booker T. Washington, is steeped in more than a century of pride and the richest of choral traditions. Booker insisted on the singing of African American spirituals by everyone at the weekly chapel worship services, a tradition that continues today. The Choir's most renowned director, composer and education William L. Dawson led the Choir into a new era in 1932, with their appearance at the opening of Radio City Music Hall in NYC, which would lead to performances before Presidents, radio and television audiences and worldwide prestige. There are 15 spirituals here, with innovative arrangements, powerful harmonies and solos; all sung with deep feeling and spirit. Simply the best versions we've heard of classic standards "Ezekiel Saw De Wheel," "Deep River," "There is a Balm in Gilead," "Ev'ry Time I Hear the Spirit," "Were You There," "Ain'a That Good News," "Mary Had A Baby" "King Jesus is A-Listening" and "Rockin' Jerusalem." One of the best, most authentic Gospel CDs of the year, by one of America's oldest and most respected Gospel choirs!

Songlist: Ezekiel Saw De Wheel, Deep River, I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray, There Is A Balm In Gilead, Hail Mary, I've Been 'Buked, Behold The Star, Ev'ry Time I Hear The Spirit, Were You There, I Want To Be Ready, Listen To The Lambs, Ain'a That Good News, Mary Had A Baby, King Jesus Is A'Listening, Rockin' Jerusalem

7753 00 1 CD $15.98 Spirituals CDs

UCLA Madrigal Singers : Choral Music Of 20th Century Americans

Review: The 23 mixed voices of the UCLA Madrigal Singers was directed by Donn Weiss for 25 years. In addition to regular tours throughout the Western US and Canada, the group has traveled to Australia and Hawaii, and provided vocal music for Hollywood films like "Tron." "Choral Music" is a varied collection of 23 works by 20th century American composers. Some favorites are the 4 movements of Daniel Pinkham's "Wedding Cantata," Halsey Stevens' "The Amphisbaena," the Weiss-arranged spiritual "Mumblin' Word," Williametta Spenser's moody "These Are the Days When Birds Come Back," Samuel Barber's 3-part "Reincarnations," the Anglo-American Ballad "Barbara Allen," "Spring," by Kirk Mechem, two "Selections from Dickinson Madrigals" by Roger Bourland, and two by Aaron Copland, "The Promise of Living" and "Stomp Your Foot." These are some rarely-heard, lovely, eclectic pieces by American composers, sung by a talented mixed-voice student ensemble. Some light accompaniment. Extensive liner notes with all the lyrics.

Songlist: Wedding Cantata (Daniel Pinkham):, - Rise Up, My Love, - Many Waters, - Awake! O North Wind, - Epilogue: Set Me As A Seal, A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal (Paul Chihara), The Amphisbaena (Halsey Stevens), Like as the Culver on the Bared Bough (Halsey Stevens), Mumblin' Word (Spiritual, arr. Donn Weiss), Best of Rooms - Randall Thompson, These Are the Days When the Birds Come Back (Williametta Spencer), Reincarnations (Samuel Barber):, - Mary Hynes, - Anthony O'Daly, - The Coolin, Barbara Allen (Anglo-American Ballas, arr. Donn Weiss), Let It Be Forgotten (Kirk Mechem), Spring (Kirk Mechem), Selections from Dickinson (Roger Bourland), - Lonesome Winds, - The Earth Has Many Keys, The Pasture (Randall Thompson), Nothing Gold Can Stay (Charles Benesh), Lie Lightly Gentle Earth (Paul Chihara), The Promise of Living (Aaron Copland), Stomp Your Foot (Aaron Copland)

7177 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Choirs CDs

UCLA Madrigal Singers : Hark, How The Bells

Review: The UCLA Madrigal Singers, the 22 member mixed-voice premiere chamber choir led by director/arranger Donn Weiss, brings us this "best-of" holiday album, which represents nearly 25 years of audience favorites, the best-loved Christmas songs heard at Royce Hall and at their traditional Twelfth Night concerts. We of course enjoy standards like "Angels We Have Heard on High," "Deck the Hall," "O Holy Night" and "Stille Nacht," but we particularly like more obscure music like Catherine Bennett's "Christ Child Carol," Benjamin Britten's "Christ Child Carol," the Scottish Carol "Balloo Lammy," Herbert Howells' "A Spotless Rose," the Spanish "Carol of the Birds," Daniel Pinkham's "Come Love We God," the Austrian carol "Still, Still, Still," and the Puerto Rican folksong "De Tierra Legana Venimos." The full, rich sound of the Singers makes "Bells" ring out as a very special and varied Christmas collection. Occasional light accompaniment.

Songlist: Angels We Have Heard on High, Deck the Hall, Christ Child Carol, A Boy Was Born, Baloo Lammy, Flemish Carol, A Spotless Rose, Joy to the World, In the Bleak Midwinter, Carol of the Birds, Come, Love We God, Still, Still, Still, Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella, Carol of the Bells, De Tierra Lejana Venimos, O Holy Night, Love Came Down at Christmas, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Pat-a-pan, A Christmas, Estampie Natalis, Stille Nacht

6774 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

University of Louisville Cardinal Singers : A Time To Cherish

Review: "A Time to Cherish is a lovely a cappella Christmas collection from The University of Louisville (KY), Cardinal Singers, which was founded in 1970. The 45-strong, mixed-voice ensemble has gained a reputation for excellence under Dr. Hatteburg, from International competitions in Europe, symposiums in Japan, to ACDA Conventions in the US. There are 22 finely-crafted songs here, from traditional carols like "Ding Dong! Merrily on High," "Carol of the Bells," "Angels from the Realms of Glory," "Away in a Manger," "I Saw Three Ships," "Coventry Carol," "Deck the Hall" and "Joy to the World" to less familiar material, Herbert Howells' "A Spotless Rose," Arvo Part's "Bogoroditse Djevo," Elizabeth Poston's "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree," Juris Vaivods' Ti Divam Duorgi Laiki," Frank Martin's "Sanctus," Ralph Vauhan Williams' "The Blessed Son," and the Paul Brandvik-arranged "Lulajze, Jezuniu."

Songlist: Ding Dong! Merrily On High, Ave Maria (2005), Weihnachten, op. 79 no. 1, The Infant King, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, A Spotless Rose, Bogoroditse Djevo, O Magnnum Mysterium, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, Carol of the Bells, Angels, From the Realms of Glory, Away In A Manger, Ti Divam Duorgi Laiki, I Saw Three Ships, Ave Maria (1996), Sanctus, The Blessed Son, Coventry Carol, Rocking, Dack the Halls, Lulajze, Jezuniu, Joy to the World

9036 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

University of Miami Chorale : Love Of My Soul

Review: This is a lovely program by the University of Miami Chorale. Led by Jo-Michael Scheibe the choir explores sacred and secular love. The program begins with O vos omnes by Victoria and an Ave Maria by Steven Edwards. Scheibe puts a spin on the Mass. In an Eclectic Missa Brevis he pairs two movements from Byrd's Mass for Four Voices with two movements from the Messe by Frank Martin. Some interesting pieces are the five Hebrew love songs by Eric Whitacre. They are set to poetry by Hila Plitman and accompanied by string quartet. This CD is a nice mixture of styles and is well sung.

Songlist: O vos omnes, Ave Maria, An Eclectic Missa Brevis:, - Kyrie (from the Mass for Four Voices), Gloria (from the Messe), Sanctus (from the Messe), Agnus Dei (from the Mass for Four Voices), Five Hebrew Love Songs:, - Temuna, - Kala kalla, - Larov, - Eyze Sheleg!, - Rakut, Selections from Neue Liebeslieder, op. 65, - Verzicht, o Herz, auf Retung, - Finstere Schatten der Nacht, - Ihr schwarzen Augen, ihr durft nur winken, - Rosen steckt mir an die mutter, - Vom Gebirge Well' auf Well', - Weiche Graser im Revier, - Nagen am Herzen, - Alles, alles in den Wind, - Schwarzer Walk, dein Schatten, - Nein, Geliebter, setze dich mir, - Flammenauge, dunkles Haar, - Zum Schluss: Nun, ihr Musen, genug!, Las Agachadas, Dear Sarah, The Gartan Mother's Lullaby, Two Rose Songs:, - The Lovely Rose, - Go Lovely Rose, Amor de me Alma

7176 00 1 CD $15.98

University of Miami Chorale : Voices and Light

Review: An outstanding choir, the University of Miami Chorale sings great pieces from the modern choral repertoire. Included are pieces by such composers as Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre and Rene Clausen. The dramatically moving suite "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," by Joel Hardyk is based on poems written by children imprisoned in Terezin and is for unaccompanied treble voices with oboe solo. The choir is led by Jo-Michael Scheibe and Robert Gower, piano.

Songlist: Music of Great Poets:, Lament for Pasiphae, Do To Reve Trop Plein, Water Night, Our Sacred Heritage:, - Let All the World, - Psalm 117 , - Salve Regina , O Vos Omnes, Holocaust Suite:, - Roznov Clock , - I Never Saw Another Butterfly :, - At Terezin, - The Little Mouse, - The Butterfly, - Tema , - Prayer Before Sleep , Music of the People:, - Mungu Ni Pendo, - Marianne, - J'entends le moulin , - Welsh Lullaby , - Sometimes I Fee Like a Mounin' Dove, - Ah! si mon moine voulait, - Set Me As a Seal

7174 00 1 CD $15.98

University of New Mexico Concert Choir : Fast Falls the Eventide

Review: University of New Mexico Music Professor Brad Ellingboe and the UNM Concert Choir releases "Fast Falls the Eventide," a collection of sacred and familiar songs as well as pieces specially written and arranged for the choir including, "O Esca Viatorum," a 17th century hymn. Ellingboe's original piece, "Be Music, Night," is featured. Voice faculty Jaccqueline Zander-Wall, a mezzo soprano, is featured in the classic, "What a Wonderful World." "The name of the CD comes from the second line in the song 'Abide with Me.' The CD is comprised of gentle music about evening, music and the night. The more hidden meaning is 'abide with me,' or come with me to listen to the UNM choirs," Ellingboe said.

Songlist: Amor De Mi Alma, I Saw a Stranger Yestere'en, Shenandoah , O Esca Viatorum, Water Night, There Will Be Rest, St. Michael Prayer, Abide with Me, Be Music, Night, What a Wonderful World

8856 00 1 CD $15.95

University of Texas Chamber Singers : American Choral Music

Review: This anthology brings together representative works from the mainstream of contemporary American choral music. Charles Ives's Psalm 90 evokes a mood reminiscent of congregational Sunday singing in New England. Copland's In the Beginning recalls his Fanfare for the Common Man, while Lukas Foss's Behold, I Build An House shows the stylistic influence of Copland. Vincent Persichetti's Flower Songs reveal his deep commitment to his favourite poet E.E. Cummings, and favours the women's voices. In Fern Hill, set for alto, chorus and orchestra, composer John Corigliano sings of the joys of youth.

Songlist: Flower Songs, Psalm 90, Fern Hill, Behold, I Build An House, In The Beginning

8915 00 1 CD $9.95

University of Utah Singers : A Jubilant Song

Review: This recording marks a triumphant second year for the Singers and their victorious European Tour. Recorded May 2005 in Munich, Germany, it contains most of the a cappella repertoire they performed on their tour, including Sacred American Anthems, European Motets, Marian Anthems, Commentaries on Love, Musica Latinoamericana, American Folk Music, Spirituals, and more.

Songlist: A Jubilant Song, Effortlessly Love Flows, Pilgrims' Hymn, E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come, Rytmus, Ubi Caritas, A Hymn to the Mother of God, Flos ut Rosa Floruit, Ave Maris Setlla, Psalm 117: O Praise the Lord, All Ye Nations, Exsultate Justi, Psalm 96, Odi et amo, Go, Lovely Rose, Bonjour mom Coeur, Dieu! qu'il la fait bon regarder!, Mata Del Anima Sola, Te Quiero, Muie Rndera, El Guayaboso, Water Night, Mayila, Fengyang Song, Camptown Races, My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord, Hush! Somebody's Callin' My Name, The Battle of Jericho

8875 00 1 CD $15.95

University of Utah Singers : I Thank You God for Most This Amazing Day

Review: This premiere recording documents the University of Utah Singers debut year and was recorded in Libby Gardner Concert Hall and the Assembly Hall at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. A celebration of praise, this album contains a variety of hymns, anthems and folk music from many religious and cultural traditions. Features choral music of Eric Whitacre, Gerald Finzi, Daniel Gawthrop, Rene Clausen, Moses Hogan, and more.

Songlist: My Spirit Sang All Day, The Waking, Pseudo-Yoik, Sing a Mighty Song, Prayer of St. Francis, A Prayer of the Middle Ages, Avinu Malkeinu, Mundi Renovatio, I Thank You God for Most this Amazing Day, Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine, Cloudburst, Tonight Eternity Alone, My Song in the Night, Epitaph for Moonlight, Home on the Range, Soldier, Soldier Won't You Marry Me, Peace Like a River, How Can I Keep from Singing, I Can Tell the World

8876 00 1 CD $15.95

University of Utah Singers : The Cloths of Heaven

Review: Featuring repertoire from the Singers' 2007-2008 season, "The Cloths of Heaven" is the choir's ninth release. The CD includes Anton Bruckner's classic motet "Os justi meditabitur sapientiam," Eric Whitacre's beautiful "Five Hebrew Love Songs," and the world premiere of William Hawley's "The Cloths of Heaven," which was commissioned by the choir. Choral music fans will also find spirituals, gospel music, and sacred and secular music from all over the world.

Songlist: All That Hath Life and Breath, Praise Ye the Lord!, Set Me as a Seal, The Cloths of Heaven, The Uncertainty of the Poet, Io Son La Primavera, Harvester's Song, Os justi meditabiture sapientiam, I Saw a Stranger Yeste'en, Eli, Eli!, God So Loved the World, Vamuvamba, Clementine, Dan-u-el, La nit en mer, La complainte des ames, Soir d'ete, Temuna, Kala kalla, Larov, Eyze sheleg!, Rakut, Jubilate Deo, Ave Verum Corpus, Witness, Soon and Very Soon, Hallelujah!

4240 00 1 CD $15.95

US Navy Sea Chanters : Songs of Sailor and Sea

Review: The Sea Chanters is a 17 voice chorus of the United States Navy Band who perform a wide variety of choral music from classical to Broadway musicals. Part of their repertoire which is often requested are sea chanties and songs of the sea. Originally they were organized in 1956 as an all male chorus. Female voices were added in 1980. Under the direction of Master Chief Musician Chuck Yates, the Sea Chanties perform throughout the United States. When they are in Washington they often perform at the White House and for endless notable special events, performing with the National Symphony Orchestra, at President Nixon's funeral, at Carnegie Hall, aboard the U.S.S. Constitution in Boston Harbor, and at the 4th of July Celebrations at the Washington Monument, to name a few venues. The recording begins with a traditional sound as we are presented with the well known chanty, "From Boston Harbor." Then there are six songs with piano accompaniment from the collection of nautical themes by Eric H. Thiman. "Waternight" was written by Eric Whitacre for the Dale Warland Singers using text from Octavio Paz. You will be serenaded by four of the five "English Folk Songs" arranged by R. Vaughn Williams, a Percy Grainger arrangement, songs based on the work of Robert Frost, and finally "A Prayer for the Fleet" which was written the 40th anniversary performance of the Sea Chanties. This selection of music is as beautifully sung. Go Navy!

Songlist: From Boston Harbor, You Gentlemen of England, Homeward, The Old Navy, Sacramento, Arethusa, Blow the Wind Wester, Waternight, Dark Eyed Sailor, The Springtime of the Year, Just as the Tide as was Flowing, The Lover's Ghost, I'm Seventeen Come Sunday, The Road Not Taken, A Prayer for the Fleet

6497 00 1 CD $14.98

Various Arrangers : The Instant Worship Choir Collection Vol 1 CD

Review: Every choir leader knows that Sunday comes once a week, and there's always a need for singable arrangements that can be ready in an instant. The Instant Worship Choir Collection is packed with 20 dynamic arrangements that meet the need right when you need it! Perfect for small and large choirs alike (depending upon the circumstance: "slim" Sundays, summer choir, special event choir, snow choir, during busy seasonal rehearsal times) or whenever you want an easily prepared song your choir is guaranteed to enjoy presenting.

Songlist: Because of Your Love, Healer of My Heart, How Firm a Foundation, Ten Thousand Years, Great is Your Glory, The Cross of Christ, How Can I Keep from Singing, Give Me Jesus, I'll Put on a Crown, Behold the Lamb, Arise, Grace Alone, Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens Adore Him, Jesus Died My Soul to Save, Glorious City of God, He's Always Been Faithful, Festival of Carols, When Answers Aren't Enough, I Am Thine, O Lord, Hosanna

7923 00 1 CD $15.95

Various Arrangers : The Instant Worship Choir Collection Vol 2 - CD

Review: Vibrant, choir-led Sunday morning worship can be achieved with choirs of virtually any size and with rehearsal time that may be limited to a single rehearsal! The second volume in Word's immensely popular The Instant Worship Choir Collection again features 20 exciting arrangements by some of today's most soughtafter arrangers, including Gary Rhodes, Russell Mauldin, Cliff Duren, Phillip Keveren, Daniel Semsen, Dave Williamson and Robert Sterling. The titles span every season on the church calendar and include a dynamic mix of traditional and new worship songs. This is a must-have resource for any church music library that you will surely return to again and again.

Songlist: Born In Bethlehem, Christ Is Risen, Come, People of the Risen King, For All You're Done, He Looked Beyond My Fault, He Will See Through You, Hide Away in the Love of Jesus, Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty, How Can I Thank You Enough, I've Never Got Over Gettin' Saved, In The Cross Alone I Glory, O Worship the King, Peace Be With You, Praise The Father, Praise the Son, Remembrance (The Communion Song), Somebody Died For Me, We Will Pray, When The Stars Burn Down, Whispered Prayers, Down To the River To Pray

7924 00 1 CD $15.95

Various Artists : Christiansen 125th Anniversary Concert

Review: Billed as the choral event of the Century, this CD brings together five midwestern Lutheran colleges in a concert celebrating the 125th Anniversary of F. Melius Christiansen's birth. Features Concordia Choir, Luther College Nordic Choir, St Olaf Choir, The Festival Choir and The Augberg Choir.

Songlist: Disk 1, Come, Let Us Worship, Fuerchtet Euch Nicht, From Grief To Glory, Amazing Day, Cantate Domino, Totus Tuus, Exultate Deo, Sanctus, Wake, Awake, Nu Ar En Dag Framilden, Mighty River, Mighty Fire, Praise To The Lord, Disk 2, Be Not Afraid, Lost In The Stars, Prayer Of The Children, And I Heard A Great Voice Paul Christiansen, Nun Danket Alle Gott, How Great Are Thy Wonders, Sigalagala, O Day Full Of Grace, Psalm 50 Mvmts. II & III, O Bread Of Life From Heaven, Beautiful Savior

6674 00 2 CDs $24.98

Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati : Christmas Holidays

Review: Celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, the 25-strong mixed-voice VAE, directed by Earl Rivers, is a professional choir that advocates and promotes a repertory of innovative and traditional choral music. They have twice received an ASCAP-Chorus America Award for "Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music." Light accompaniment of harp and oboe on most cuts, except for the High Renaissance a cappella tunes "Quem vidistis, pastores?" by Richard Dering, and Palestrina's "Canite tuba." 18 songs: "Fum, fum, fum!," "Three Nativity Carols" by Stephen Paulus, Wm. Dawson's spirituals "Mary Had A Baby" and "Behold The Star," John Tavener's "The Lamb," Frank Ferko's 4-part piece from "A Festival of Carols," Bror Samuelsson's "Ave Maris Stella" and Steven Sametz' "Irish Lullaby" are standouts. Extensive liner notes with all lyrics. This is a finely-arranged, beautifully-performed collection, sure to brighten your holiday season!

Songlist: Three Nativity Carols, The Holly And The Ivy, This Endris Night, Wonder Tidings, Mary Had A Baby, Welcome All Wonders, Ave Maris Stella, Go Tell It On The Mountain, The Sky Can Still Remember, Do You Know The Song That The Angels Sang, Christmas Bells, Quem vidistis, pastores?, The Lamb, Canite Tuba, The Rune Of Hospitality, Behold The Star, Irish Lullaby, We Three Kings

7816 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

VocalEssence : A Bluegrass Mass

Review: The world premiere recording of Carol Barnett and Marisha Chamberlain's bluegrass mass - a joyful affirmation of life expressed in sophisticated choral sound and jubilant bluegrass harmonies written especially for the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and bluegrass band Monroe Crossing. In addition ten American masterworks spanning the centuries, originally recorded for the national radio program Saint Paul Sunday, from Billings to Bolcom and beyond. The composers represented here display a passion for voices and what they can convey through song. Each is among the most respected in blending American song and text.

Songlist: The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, O Praise the Lord of Heaven, The Paper Reeds by the Brooks, Beneath These Alien Stars, The Day is Done, I Cannot Dance, O Lord, Sing, My Soul, His Wondrous Love, Heritage, Zuni Sunrise Song, Water Night, My Soul's Been Anchored

8743 00 1 CD $15.95 Bluegrass Harmony

Vocalessence : Behold this Heavenly Night

Review: VocalEssence and the American Composers Forum have joined forces to offer an annual contest encouraging the composition of new carols. Over the years hundreds of worthy carols have been submitted. "Behold This Heavenly Night" presents the world premiere of some of these contest-winning carols alongside outstanding arrangements of more familiar melodies. Also included is the U.S. premiere of John Rutter's new "Carol of the Magi" and a unique arrangement of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" translated into Latin by Philip Brunelle and his son Christopher.

Songlist: Ding Dong! Merrily on High, What Child, The Piping Carol, Un Nacimento, A Mother's Carol, I Wonder as I Wander, Sweet Was the Song, Night of Silence, See Amid the Winter Snow, In the Bleak Midwinter, The Shepherd and the King, Carol of the Magi, Calm on the Listening Ear, The Darkest Midnight in December, Jingle Bells, Welcome the Kin, The Virgin's Cradle Hymn, Behold the Dark and Bitter Night, It Fell Upon the High Midnight, Rudolphus Rubrinasus

6166 00 1 CD $16.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

VocalEssence : Dance Like The Wind

Review: In 1991 founder and artistic director Philip Brunelle and 24 mixed-voice VocalEssence presented "Witness," the first of an enduring series of concerts focused on the music of African American Composers. It was taken from "Witness: Six Original Compositions in a Spiritual Style," commissioned for Jubilant Sykes and VocalEssence. Visiting several area high schools while soloist Sykes was in Minneapolis for the premiere led VocalEssence to create an award-winning educational outreach program, bringing the talents of African Americans to thousands of Minnesota school students. A Woodwind Quintet and Jazz Ensemble perform with VocalEssence on the 18 pieces of "Dance Like The Wind," Undine Smith Moore's lovely "Mother to Son," "We Shall Walk Through the Valley" and "Tambourines to Glory," the title tune--William Banfield's beautiful instrumental, "My Soul Hath Found Refuge In Thee" (Psalm 91), by Evelyn Simpson-Curenton," Adolphus Hailstork's soaring "Nocturne," two selections from Billy Childs' "Piece for Stringed Orchestra" and David Baker's eclectic "Images, Shadows and Dreams: Five Vignettes." "Dance Like the Wind" is thought-provoking and moving music by eight modern, cutting-edge African American composers.

Songlist: Mother To Son , We Shall Walk Through the Valley , Lamentations: Black Folk Song Suite , An Old Black Woman, Homeless and Indistinct , Dance Like The Wind , Tambourines to Glory , My Soul Hath Found Refuge In Thee , Nocturne , Piece for String Orchestra , Images, Shadows and Dreams: Five Vignettes

7779 00 1 CD $15.98

Vocalessence : Gratitude, Gravy and Garrison

Review: Storyteller Garrison Keillor and conductor Philip Brunelle lead a harmonious celebration of all things Thanksgiving with the melodious voices of the VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers and their special guests, singer Jearlyn Steele and pianist Richard Dworsky. Along the way we learn that Thanksgiving really isn't all about the turkey - it's actually all about the pie.

Songlist: America, Comfort Ye, Let All Things Now Living, Egyptian Thanksgiving Song, Sonnet: Supper , All About Pie, I'll Be Home, More About Pie, Table Grace, The Final Word About Pie, Alleluia, Psalm, His Eye Is on the Sparrow, This Little Light of Mine

6152 00 1 CD $15.95

VocalEssence : Skyward My People Rose

Review: VocalEssence WITNESS recordings showcase the music of trailblazing African American composers - the soul of American classical music. William Grant Still's music for chorus, orchestra and organ brings the blues into the concert hall, ragtime to the ballet stage and the Old World into a new era!

Songlist: Wailing Woman, Swanee River (Old Folks At Home), And The Lynched Him On A Tree, We've Swung Him Higher, Look Dere, Oh, Sorrow, He Was Her Baby, They Took Away His Freedom, They Left Him Hanging, Miss Sally's Party, The Square Dance, Tia's Dance, Toby And Tip's Dance, The Country Dance, Miss Sally's Dance, Jim Slick's Dance, The Cake Walk Contest, Reverie, Elegy

8417 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Choirs CDs

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VocalEssence : The Songs We Sang

Review: Reflecting the shared American heritage like a patchwork quilt, this is a charming collection of folksongs performed by conductor Philip Brunelle and the 32-voice VocalEssence Ensemble Singers with guitar, harmonica, accordion, bass and piano. Whether passed along by tradition or composed by a known songwriter, all of these songs have a melody that you can hum, sing and remember! Thanks to Norman Luboff, Edwin Fissinger, Jack Halloran, and the dynamic team of Alice Parker & Robert Shaw, there are wonderful arrangements that capture the atmosphere of each in choral settings.

Songlist: O, Dear, What Can the Matter Be?, Down in the Valley, Black is the Color, Skip to My Lou, Dixie, Camptown Races, Laura Lee, Oh Susanna, Gentle Annie, Goin' to Boston, Seeing Nellie Home, The Lonesome Valley, Shenandoah, Hooray for the Cowboys, Red River Valley, Tumblin' Tumbleweed, Riders in the Sky, Cool Water

8742 00 1 CD $15.95

VocalEssence : Welcome Christmas

Review: The world premiere recording of Conrad Susa's beloved Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest, plus a delightful collection of carols from around the world, tied together by their diversity and charm. Featuring the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers with woodwinds, cello, bass, harp, guitar and percussion under the direction of conductor Philip Brunelle.

Songlist: Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest, What Sweeter Music, Sussex Carol, Sing Hallelu!, Pat-a-Pan!, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Christ Was Born on Christmas Day, O Little Town of Bethlehem, The Friendly Beasts, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, Ding, Dong, Merrily on High, 'Tis Winter Now, It came Upon the Midnight Clear, Away in a Manger, The Holly and the Ivy

8713 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

VocalEssence : What A Mighty God

Review: Philip Brunelle, founder and artistic director, leads 24 mixed-voice, MN-based VocalEssence in the "Witness" concert series-this one focused on African American spirituals and gospel music. Joining them are Moore by Four, an ensemble of Minneapolis-based jazz vocalists, and several accompanists on piano, drums and bass. 16 powerful, soulful tunes here: "Witness," "Hush, Somebody's Callin' My Name," "Death Is Gonna Lay His Cold Icy Hands On Me," the upbeat "Walk Together, Children," the powerful a cappella hymn "Were You There," the Moses Hogan-arranged "Elijah Rock," the Jester Hairston-arranged "In Dat Great Gittin' Up Mornin'," "Go Where I Send Thee," "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and the Michael Abels-arranged title tune, "What a Mighty God." This is a wonderful collection of spirituals and Gospel tunes, authentic and sung with soul and spirit by one of the best Choruses (and jazz ensembles) on the planet. Great stuff!

Songlist: Witness (Jack Halloran), Hush! Somebody's Callin' My Name (arr. Brazeal W. Dennard), Death Is Gonna Lay His Cold Icy Hands on Me (arr. Andre Thomas), Walk Together, Children (arr. William Henry Smith), Were You There? (arr. Robert Scholz), Elijah Rock (arr. Moses Hogan), This Train (arr. Sanford Moore), Jesus, Lover of My Soul (arr. Richard Smallwood), My Lord, What A Mornin' (arr. Harry T. Burleigh), Go Down, Moses (arr. Robert A. Harris), In Dat Great Gittin' Up Mornin' (arr. Jester Hairston), Crucifixion (Adolphus Hailstork), Go Where I Send Thee (arr. Andre Thomas), Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (arr. Dale Adelmann), Go, Tell It on the Mountain (arr. Sanford Moore), What A Mighty God (arr. Michael Abels)

7778 00 1 CD $15.98

VocalEssence with Garrison Keillor : Hymn to Potatoes

Review: Who knew a choir could be this funny? Garrison Keillor, Philip Brunelle and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers dish up a generous helping of Potatoes a la Schubert, run away to Europe to indulge their "Shenandoah" habit, and enlighten us on the T.U.L.I.P. doctrine. This two-CD set of the best choral skits and bits from 10 years on A Prairie Home Companion includes the often-requested "Julia" (John Lennon) and a rare choral interpretation of "Karma Chamelon" (Boy George).

Songlist: Song of the Sons of Bernie, A Word about Schubert , Ave Maria, Dutch Calvinism: The T.U.L.I.P. Doctrine , Come Live with Me and Be My Love, Brahms in Love, Two Folk Songs, The "Shenandoah" Syndrome , Julia, The Runaway Choir, Norwegian Independence , Holy Trinity Lutheran Seeks Music Director , Beulah Land , The Choral News from Lake Wobegon , Something , Spring Fever

8318 00 2 CDs $19.95

VocalEssence with Garrison Keillor : Over The River & Through the Woods

Review: On November 23, 2004, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet - Garrison Keillor, Mollie O'Brien and Robin & Linda Williams - traded musical moments with the VocalEssence Chorus and Ensemble Singers in a concert at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis. The evening seamlessly blended American folk traditions with choral masterpieces old and new, from "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" to "Now Thank We All Our God." Garrison Keillor shared his Thanksgiving memories in a hilarious yet poignant monologue. Thanks to Minnesota Public Radio, the evening was captured for posterity in this charming two-CD set.

Songlist: Will The Circle Be Unknown, Goodbye To My Uncles, Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing, We Gather Together, Walking In The Spirit, Welcome, For The Beauty Of The Earth, I Am A Pilgrim, Pursuit Of Happiness, Morning Has Broken, He's Right On Time, A Psalm, Zion's Walls, Rivers Of Babylon, O Herbst , Calling My Children, Another Psalm, Praise O Praise The Great Creator, Couldn't Keep It To MySelf, An Anthem For Thanksgiving, How Happy I Am , Thanksgiving Recollections, Thanks Be To God, El Hambo, You Don't Knock, Light From The Lighthouse, A Thanksgiving To God, For His House, Monologue, Psalm 23, How Great Thou Art, Now Thank We All Our God, Irish Heartbeat

8319 00 2 CDs $19.95

Voce : Sure on the Shining Night

Review: Composer and 2007 National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen plays piano on this CD and proclaims the album a "superb recording of my choral music and art songs . . . all brilliantly performed by Voce and the Voce Chamber Artists."

Songlist: Nocturnes: Sa Nuit d'Éte, Nocturnes: Soneto de la Noche, Nocturnes: Sure On This Shining Nigh, Nocturnes: Epilogue: Voici le soir, Cuatro Canciones: Noche, Cuatro Canciones: Despedida, Madrigali: Six 'Firesongs', When Frost Moves Fast, A Child Lay Down, And What of Love, Chanson Éloignee, Be Still, My Soul, Be Still, Lux Aeterna: Agnus Dei, Canticle - O Vos Omnes, O Magnum Mysterium, Les Chansons des Roses: Dirait-on, Les Chansons des Roses: Contre Qui, Rose

5893 00 1 CD $15.95

Voena : A Cappella America

Review: Annabelle Cruz, founder and Director of Voena, her very special 56-strong international mixed choir boys and girls, ages 7 to 15. Based in Benicia, CA, "Voena" stands for "Voices of Eve 'N Angels" Annabelle encouraged the children, with multicultural backgrounds, to celebrate their unique sound, in the hope that they would become not just a choir but a family. They took off from there, singing 2 to 4-part harmonies, growing into doing song arranging and even composing. "A Cappella America" has 18 songs, featuring some excellent solos by young choir members. Some favorites: "Sweetly the Swan Sings," written by Annabelle, "God Bless America/My Country 'Tis Of Thee," "Children of Creation," with music by Annabella, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," the South African folk song "Singabahambayo," the traditional "Greensleeves," "America the Beautiful," "The Star Spangled Banner," "Simple Gifts, Shaker Hymn," Miriam Makeba's "Pata Pata," and Mozart's "The Magic Flute." Some accompaniment by Native Flute, percussion and fiddle. We find Voena's story inspirational, and their music beautiful and fine!

Songlist: Sweetly the Swan Sings, God Bless America / My Country Tis of Thee, Children of Creation, Song of Peace, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Dark of the Moon, Singabahambayo, Kye Kye Kule, Massom Massom, Stand in the River, Wichita Stick Game, Greensleeves, America, The Beautiful, Star Spangled Banner, Simple Gifts, Shaker Hymn, This Little Light of Mine, Pata Pata, The Magic Flute

7079 00 1 CD $14.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Voena : A Cappella Christmas

Review: Annabelle Cruz, founder and Director, brings us a sweet Christmas CD by her very special international choir of boys and girls, ages 7 to 15. Annabelle encouraged them to celebrate their unique sound, and they took off from there, expanding into singing 2 to 4-part harmonies, song arranging and even composing. There are 18 songs, recorded before a live audience at St. Dominic's Church in Benicia, CA. Some are familiar, such as "Carol of the Bells," "Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella," "Gloria/Silent Night," "O Come, O Come Emmanuel, "Alleluia/Amazing Grace," "Angels We Have Heard On High" and "Ave Maria/Holy Child of God." Less familiar but equally wonderful are "Alabanza," the South African carols "Siyahamba," Tchotcholosa" and "Gabbi Gabbi," the Ladino song "Cuando El Rey Nimrod," and the traditional Appalachian and German carols "The Cherry Tree Carol" and "O Come Little Children." Some light percussion and xylophone on some songs. The collection finishes with Praetorius' "Jubilate Deo" and "In My Eyes" by 13-year-old choir member Madeleine Quandt. Another beautiful, recommended CD by VOENA!

Songlist: Carol of the Bells, Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella, Gloria / Silent Night, O Come O Come Emmanuel, Alabanza, O Come Emmanuel, Alleluia / Amazing Grace, Siyahamba, Tchotcholosa, The Cherry Tree Carol, Cuando El Rey Nimrod, Et Dodim, Gabbi Gabbi, O Come LIttle Children, Angels We Have Heard on High, Ave Maria / Holy Child of God, Jubilate Deo, In My Eyes

6915 00 1 CD $14.98 Childrens Choir Christmas

Voena : A Cappella World

Review: VOENA is a children's choir unique to the United States: children as young as six and as old as 18, multicultural in their backgrounds, living and growing up in America, blending their most natural birth given voices." This is how Annabelle Cruz, Director, describes the choir she has brought together with the hope that they become not just a choir but a family...a VOENA family. The 56-strong mixed choir bring us 26 joyous songs, beginning with their own song, "Voena Story," the marvelous "Prayer of the Children," an original with lively percussion by the Director, "Holy Spirit, Come" (she also wrote the excellent "Scat Play," "Clap Your Hands," and "One Light, One Voice," as well as arranging and writing lyrics for other tunes) and continuing with folk songs and spirituals from the Bantu African, Gaelic, Russian, Filipino, Korean, Ladino, 16th century Spanish, Eastern European Jewish, South African, African American, Hebrew, Japanese, 17th Century German, Guam and Old English traditions. Listening to this fun, spirited stuff gives you hope and inspiration--just what the doctor ordered these days! Some light percussion. Recommended.

Songlist: Prayer of the Children, Holy Spirit, Mede Brebre, Fiona's Lullaby, Birch Tree, O Sifuni Mungu, Ahrirang, Los Biblicos, Riu Riu Chiu, Haida Haida, Scat Play, Siyahamba, Nsa Ni O, Wade in the Water, We Have Come to Tell a Story, Hine Ma Tov, Et Dodim, Dodi Li, Lullaby, German Canon, Bebe, Si Jose, Cuckoo Canon, Clap Your Hands, One Light, One Voice

6854 00 1 CD $14.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Voena : Voices of Dreams -15th Anniversary

Review: Dynamic director Annabelle Marie leads her renowned children's choir, comprised of American children ages 6 to 18, representing 35 cultures in this marvelous, memorable album. Marie founded VOENA (Voices of Eve 'N Angels) in 1994 in Benicia, CA with 12 members, and the numbers soon grew. No auditions are needed to join, just a desire to sing and a willingness to work at it. Since then 150-member VOENA has become one of the country's most successful children's choirs, invited to perform in China, Italy, Greece and Mexico; performing 5 times at the White House, at Carnegie Hall, and has represented the U.S. at South Africa's Soweto Music Festival. There are 19 songs here, some of our favorites are the piano-accompanied English/Zulu song "He Lives in You," the traditional Ghana tune "Celebrate Asante," Annabelle Marie's lovely drum, guitar and piano accompanied "Voices Dream," the harp accompanied Celtic "Isle of Innisfree," the Gaelic songs "Kimberly" and "One More Day;" the guitar and violin accompanied Hebrew song "Erev Shel Shoshanim," Lennon & McCartney's "Blackbird" and "Let It Be;" "Mist and Shadow" with music by Billy Boyd and lyrics by J.R.R. Tolkein; the Macedonian tune "Tatkovina," the English/French song "I Believe in You" and so many others. Crystal clear solos, spirited harmonies, and literally the voices of angels on this joyous, inspirational, well-chosen collection. Treat yourself to this feel-good album and become an instant fan of director Marie and her wonderful choir!

Songlist: He Lives In You, Celebrate Asante, Voices Dream, Isle of Innisfree, Kinderly, Siph‚' Amandla, Erev Shel Shoshanim, Famine Song, Blackbird, Nella Fantasia, Kyrie Eleison, Mist and Shadow, I'o Mi‚'Kmaq Song, One More Day, Tatkovina, I Have a Dream, I Believe in You, Soy‚'Ishaya Lengoma, Let It Be

4266 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs

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Voena : Voices of Nations

Review: Benicia, CA's internationally acclaimed children's ensemble Voena (Voices of Eve 'n' Angels) brings us their fourth excellent CD, "Voices of Nations." These 6 to 18-year-olds have an eclectic repertoire that includes originals and arrangements of folk music from all over the world, classical, pop and sacred music, sung in more than 20 different languages. Some favorites on this joyous collection are "Sumbaie," the Macedonian folk song "Prsten Mi Padna, " the West African "Songs From Gahu," the African gem "Uyai Mose," the African American Spiritual "Wade in the Water," the rhymic South African tune "Ipharadisi," a reprise of the French song "Vois Sur Ton Chemin," a wonderful solo on the Disney standard "When You Wish Upon A Star," "Prayer of the Children," the Hebrew folk tune "Dodi Li," the ancient Persian "Massom Massom" and Miriam Makeba's "Pata Pata." Some light accompaniment and non-vocal percussion. "Voices" is another beautiful collection from talented, spirited Voena.

Songlist: Voena Story, Hotari Koi, Sumbaie, Prsten Mi Padna, Rhythm Of The Rain, Dark Of The Moon, Songs From Gahu, Uyai Mose, Wade In The Water, Ipharadisi, Wichita Stick Game, A Child Has Come, Vois Sur Ton Chemin, Einini, When You Wish Upon A Star, Prayer Of The Children, Et Dodim, Dodi Li, Massom Massom, Pata Pata

8482 00 1 CD $14.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Voena : Voices of the Seasons

Review: Voena's latest Holiday CD features a culmination of world flavors in a celebration of our cultural diversity. Hear Olivia Hurst (American Idol's season 2007 top 40 finalist), Tori Langfitt (purity to rouse the attention of Disney), Charlie Baggett (12-yr old "Josh Groban-like" sensation), & Aleza D'Agostino (daughter of world-famous Sicilian guitarist, Peppino D'Agostino). From our multiple performances for Presidents Clinton and Bush, including the 2003 & 2005 Pageants of Peace, to our Japan World Expo 2005 tour representing the United States on U.S. National Day, and the many stars gracing the stages with us, we bring the sounds of seasons past, present, and future; Seasons of wonder captured in the angelic voices of this unique and special group of children!

Songlist: When You Wish Upon A Star , Christmas Canon, Il Est Ne, African Noel, Dance For The Nations, O Holy Night, Christmas Star, Carol of the Bels, Vois Sur Ton Chemin, Al Shlosha D’varim, Ave Maria, Fum Fum Fum, A Child Is Born, Ancora Un Estante

8976 00 1 CD $9.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Voices of Ascension : Berlioz Te Deum


Songlist: Te Deum, Op. 22:, Te Deum, Tibi omnes, Dignare, Christe, Rex gloriae, Te ergo quaesumus, Judex crederis, Spoken Commentary by Dennis Keene:, Introductory comments, Te Deum commentary, Tibe omnes commentary, Dignare commentary, Christe, Rex gloriae commentary, Te ergo quaesumus commentary, Judex crederis commentary

7732 00 1 CD $15.98 Early Music CDs

Voices of Ascension : Beyond Chant: Mysteries of the Renaissance

Review: review pending

Songlist: Sicut Cervus, Ave Maria, Justorum Animae, Jesu Rex admirabilis, Exultate Deo, Exultate Justi, Jesu, Dulcis Memoria, Ave Verum Corpus, Psalm 90, Psalm 96, Hodie Christus Natus, O Maria Virgo Pia, Tu Pauperum Refugium, O Sacrum Convivium, If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments, Hosanna to the Son of David, O Quam Goriosum, Selig sind die Toten, Heu Nos Miseros, Exaltabo Te, O Sing Joyfully, O Magnum Mysterium, Laudate Nomen, Cantate Domino

7729 00 1 CD $15.98 Early Music CDs

Voices of Ascension : Can't Help Singing

Review: The voices of Ascension sing new choral arrangements of favorite Kern songs - in styles ranging from swinging Browdway (I Won't Dance; Can't Help Singing) to a timeless classical tone (All The Things You Are; Smoke Gets in Your Eyes). Dennis Keene's talented singers are accompanied variously by orchestra, harp, and string quartet, leading to some surprising moments such as a solo oboe emerging from the orchestra in a poignant Long Ago and Far Away. There is also the beautiful a cappella singing listeners have come to expect from Voices of Ascension - as in the rich 8-part version of All The Things You Are.

Songlist: Can't Forget You, All The Tings You Are, I Won't Dance, Don't Ever Leave Me, Pick Yourself Up, Make Believe, Why Was I Born Born, A Fine Romance, Can't Help Singing, They Didn't Believe Me, The Song Is You , Long Ago And Far Away, I'm Old Fashioned, You Couldn't Be Cuter, The Way You Look Tonight, Ol' Man River, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Yesterdays, Don't Ever Leave Me

8338 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Choirs CDs

Voices of Ascension : Hear My Prayer

Review: Voices of Ascension evolved from a 1989 concert series of Church of the Ascension in NYC, when Dennis Keene directed the Ascension choir in a major music festival, "Tribute to Durufle," a retrospective of the French composer that drew international attention. The following year the group incorporated separately from the church as Voices of Ascension. The number of singers in the professional ensemble varies from 20 to 40, among the finest and most skilled ensemble singers and soloists in the country. Metropolitan Opera star Hei-Kyung Hong blesses the VOA with a lyric soprano voice of uncommon beauty and warmth. 15 selections; right from the beginning Randall Thompson's soaring a cappella "Alleluia" and Mozart's "Laudate Dominum" show off the amazing soprano voice of Hei-Kyung Hong. Two by Pablo Casals, "Tota Pulchra" and "Nigra Sum," Felix Mendelsson's "Hear My Prayer" and Durufle's "Tu es Petrus" make it abundantly clear that we are in the presence of greatness. Nicolai Tolstiakov's "Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Ghospoda (Bless the Lord, O My Soul)," Tchaikovsky's "Bazheni, yazhe izbral (How blessed are they)," Charles Villiers Stanford's "Beati quorum via" and the final cut, Mendelssohn's "Happy and blessed are they" leave us in stunned silence after listening to the angels. Some organ accompaniment. Amazing!

Songlist: And I Saw a New Heaven, Alleluia , Laudate Dominum , Tota Pulchra , Nigra Sum, Hear My Prayer , I was glad when they said unto me , Tu es Petrus , Panis angelicus , Like as the Hart, Blagoslovi dushe moya, Ghospoda (Bless the Lord, O My Soul) , Blazheni, yazhe izbral (How blessed are they), Pieta, Signore, Beati quorum via , Happy and blessed are they

7558 00 1 CD $15.98

Voices of Ascension : Mysteries Beyond - In Praise of Mary

Review: "Mysteries" is a very special collection of the Keene's and the Voices of Ascension's favorite pieces from many periods and countries having to do with Mary, mother of Jesus. Two of our favorites are two of the oldest pieces on the recording, the lovely a cappella "Alma Redemptoris Mater" by Giovanni Palestrina and Tomas Luis de Victoria's classic "Ave Maria." Other favorites are Anton Bruckner's "Gradual: Os Justi," Gabriel Faure's "Tantum Ergo," which only grows more beautiful with repeated hearings, Schubert's "Die Allmacht" and "Psalm 23," Pablo Casals' "Eucaristica," Charles Gounod's "Ave Maria," and Felix Mendelssohn's "Psalm 43." Some light accompaniment by harp, piano and organ. New York City's 38-strong, mixed-voice Voices of Ascension is one of our favorite choirs recording sacred music, and "Mysteries" is an inspiring joy from the first cut to the last!

Songlist: Alma Redemptoris Mater, Gradual: Os Justi , Tantum Ergo , Ave Maria , Ave Maria , Tota Pulchra Es , Ave Maria , Die Allmacht, Ave Maria , Eucaristica , Ave Maria , Psalm 23 , Psalm 43 , Ave Maria , Cantique de Jean Racine , Ubi Caritas

7728 00 1 CD $15.98 Early Music CDs

Voices of Ascension : Prince of Music - Palestrina

Review: One of the finest (and most prolific) mixed choirs recording sacred music we have heard, NYC's exquisite Voices of Ascension turns their attention to Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina, the most famous Italian composer of his day. Laid to rest in one of the side chapels of St. Peter's in Rome at his death in 1594, the plaque on his coffin is inscribed "Prince of Music." Included here are the 6-part "Missa Papae Marcelli" and the 7th part, "Agnus Dei II," 8 "Motets and Offertories," and bonus tracks "Alma Redemptoris Mater," "Sicut cervus" and its second part, "Sitivit anima mea." The music is all a cappella, and to listen to any random movement, such as "Credo," "Sanctus," "Tue es Petrus" or "Peccantem me quotidie" is to hear the songs of angels, some of the most beautiful a cappella music ever written!

Songlist: Missa Papae Marcelli ~ Kyrie eleison, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Angus Dei I, Secundum multitudinem, Tu es Petrus, Dum complerentur, O Domine Jesu Christe, Super flumina Babilonis, Canite tuba, Rorate coeli, Peccantem me quotidie, Agnus Dei II, Alma Redemptoris Mater, Sicut cervus, Sitivit anima mea

7726 00 1 CD $15.98 Early Music CDs

Voices of Ascension : The Durufle Album

Review: Organist and Choirmaster of the Church of the Ascension Dennis Keene has dedicated a large part of his career to the music of Maurice Durufle, having conducted all of the French composer's choral works in performance. Here are Durufle's finest sacred works, the 9 soaring, dramatic movements of "Requiem, Op. 9," "Messe 'Cum Jubilo," Op. 11," and the lovely short piece, "Notre Pere." All orchestra-accompanied with some nice viola, violoncello, horn and harp solos. Vocal solos by Patricia Spence and Francois Le Roux are standouts. The Voices of Ascension is one of our favorite mixed choirs and "Album" is a wonderful collection of works by the master 20th century sacred composer.

Songlist: Introit, Kyrie, Domine Jesu Christe, Sanctus, Pie Jasu, Agnus Dei , Lux aeterna, Liberma me, In Paradisum, Kyrie, Gloria , Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei , Notre Pere

7727 00 1 CD $15.98 Early Music CDs

Voices of Ascension : Voices of Angels

Review: With this recording New York City's Voices of Ascension and Conductor Keene celebrate the 900th birthday of one of the most remarkable creative spirits of the Middle Ages, the Abbess Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). Although some musicians embellish Hildegard's single line chants with additional parts, the Voices of Ascension's approach is to present the inspired poetry and music of this mystic visionary "pure," without any contemporary additions. We are hearing, in these 14 haunting pieces, the Women of the Voices of Ascension, a mixed-voice choir on all their other excellent recordings. Soloists Kathy Theil, Michele Eaton, Alexandra Montano and Allessandra Visconti are particularly wonderful on cuts like "O virga ac diadema," "Vos Flores Rosarum," "Et Ideo," "O Pastor animarum,""Caritas Abundat," "Ave, generosa" and "O Jerusalem, aurea civitatus." All beautiful, soaring a cappella. This is simple, powerful music that touches and speaks to us across more than 8 centuries, in a way that its composer could never have imagined.

Songlist: O virga ac diadema, O viridissima virga, Vos Flores Rosarum, O Ecclesia, Columba aspexit, Et Ideo, O Euchari columba, O Pastor animarum, O clarissima mater, Caritas Abundat, O presul vere civitatis, Ave, generosa, Unde Quocumque, O lerusalem, aurea civitatis

7731 00 1 CD $15.98 Early Music CDs

Voices Of Lee : Christmas

Review: The 15-strong (9 men and 6 women) undergraduate Gospel chorus of Cleveland, Tennessee's Lee University brings us ten beautiful Christmas songs, "Joy to the World," "Tennessee Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," "Let There Be Peace On Earth," "Carol of the Bells," "A Star Was Born," "Winter Wonderland," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "Keep Christ In Christmas" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." The 15 voices have the harmonic power of a chorus, while allowing the individual voices to shine on leads and solos, and what strong, wonderful, soaring voices they are. An exceptional CD, musically and spiritually, from the talented young Voices of Lee!

Songlist: Joy To The World, Tennessee Christmas, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Let There Be Peace On Earth, Carol Of The Bells, A Star Was Born, Winter Wonderland, Have Youself A Merry Little Christmas, Keep Christ In Christmas, We Wish You A Merry Christmas

5365 00 1 CD $15.98 Gospel Christmas

Voices Of Lee : Encore

Review: Eight men and six women form the acclaimed Voices of Lee (University of Cleveland, TN), directed since their debut in 1994 by Danny Murray, apply their rich harmonic blend and top-drawer soloists to their fourth winning album. "Encore" begins with Barry Manilow's "One Voice," a jazzy, upbeat "Power in Praisin' the Lord," a striking, powerful vocal-percussion gem, "Mercy Seat," the heartfelt "Ho, Everyone Who Is Thirsty" (arranged by Derrick Johnson), a scattish, bright arrangement of "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High," the Doo-Woppy Gospel number "When God Dips His Love," the traditional hymns "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Have You Met Jesus" (both also arranged by Johnson), and a bonus track of "Mercy Seat," our personal favorite. Ten songs in total, and there's not a weak track among them. Confident solos, solid harmonies, great arrangements-"Encore" just knocked our socks off! It's one of the best Contemporary Christian albums we've heard this year.

Songlist: One Voice, Power In Praisin' The Lord, He Looked Beyond My Fault, Mercy Seat, Ho, Everyone Who Is Thirsty, Lord, I Lift Your Name On High, All That Thrills My Soul, When God Dips His Soul, The Old Rugged Cross, Have You Met Jesus

3059 00 1 CD $14.98 Contemporary Christian CDs

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