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Chanticleer : Tavener - Lamentations & Praises

Review: John Tavener's 2000 composition, "Lamentations and Praises," a liturgical drama scored for male voices "singing in the Orthodox Byzantine style," flute, bass trombone, string quartet and a number of eclectic percussion instruments such as tubular bells, a Byzantine monastery bell, and very large Tibetan temple bowl. This is a profoundly religious work on the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Christ, written for the 12 voices of acclaimed Chanticleer, the only full-time classical vocal ensemble in the US. The beautiful and extensive liner notes take us through the 13 sections, or ikons, and explain in English what the singers are saying and what it means. Deeply meditative and beautiful!

Songlist: Golgotha: The Descent Of The Cross, Stasis 1 , Wherewithal Shall A Young Man, Thrinos , Epitaphios~Procession 1: From Golgotha To The Annointing Stone, The Descent From The Cross II, Stasis II , Let Now Your Mercy..., Your Hands Have Made Me..., Thrinos, Epitaphios~Procession II: To The Tomb Entrance , The Descent From The Cross III , Stasis III , Princes Have Persecuted Me..., I Awaited Lord Your Salvation..., Look Upon Me And Have Mercy..., Thrinos , Procession Into Hades (Into The Tomb), Resurrection In Hades

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6708 00 1 CD $15.98


Chanticleer : The Siren's Call

Review: The seductive and irresistible songs of the sirens - sometimes fateful, sometimes fatal - fill Chanticleer's 35th anniversary opener. Renowned Chinese composer Chen Yi sounds the call in her own inimitable language, and celebrated Irish composer Michael McGlynn channels the undeniable connection of Ireland and the sea that surrounds it. Other works by Bates, Gabrieli, Palestrina, Gesualdo, and more. The recording features Vince Peterson's arrangement of Temptation, written by Tom Waits.

Songlist: Quand'havra fine amore, Ave maris stella, Luci serene e chiare, O dolorosa gioia, En douleur et tristesse, I laid me down to slumber, Yea, Cast Me from Heights of the Mountains, I Hear the Siren's Call, Die Lorelei, Canticum calamitatis maritimae, Amhran na Gaoithe, Hinbarra, Sohran Bushi, Temptation, Somebody To Love

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2690 00 1 CD $15.95 Men's Choirs CDs


Chanticleer : Virgin of Guadalupe

Review: The sequel to Chanticleer's best-selling and critically acclaimed Mexican Baroque recording, with more recently discovered choral masterpieces by Mexico City Cathedral's chapel master, Ignacio de Jerusalem. This recording brings to life one of the most monumental and elaborate choral works of the New World. Chanticleer is joined by Chanticleer Sinfonia, conducted by Joseph Jennings.

Songlist: Matins para Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe - Ignacio De Jerusalem

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6549 00 1 CD $15.98 Latin American Choral


Chanticleer : Where the Sun Will Never Go Down

Review: Director Joseph Jennings arranged most of the songs on this recording. Chanticleer apply their magnificent voices to the African-American sacred music tradition of spirituals, jubilees, hymns and chants. The idea of a concert style performance of these songs was pioneered at the end of the Civil War by the Fisk Jubilee Singers.Because of the exacting concert standard which Chanticleer applies the music, their performance is very much in that tradition. Under Mr. Jennings direction the group sings very familiar tunes, "Old Time Religion," "Deep River," "All Night, All Day" (you have to hear the soaring soprano on this one!), "Good News" and "Steal Away" to name just a smattering. We also like the voluminous notes which Mr. Jennings writes to accompany the music, for his point of view and information are illuminating.

Songlist: Old Time Religion, Deep River, Jesus Come By Here, All Night, All Day, We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace, Where the Sun Will Never Go Down, Ain't That Good News, Good News, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Over Yonder, I Got Shoes, Steal Away, I've Been 'Buked, Lord I Want to be a Christian, Am I a Soldier of the Cross, Twelve Gates to the City

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6309 00 1 CD $15.98 Men's Choirs CDs


Chanticleer : With A Poets Eye

Review: A collection of works showcasing modern American composers-many of whom are relative unknowns - "Poet's Eye" is refined, luxurious, even abstract, and, as the name implies, also serves to expose a variety of poets as well. Many of the compositions were commissioned specifically for Chanticleer, and they most definitely reflect a modern sensibility. "Dusk," by Allen Shearer, connotes the movement of the earth and sky, imbued with tranquility and friction in equal measure. "Mushrooms," is a tumble of mournful declarations. Hawley's "Seven Madrigals" (two of which are included here) are modern madrigals, weaving strands of the classical with contemporary inflections. Rorem, using the Whitman's Civil War diary "Specimen Days" as his source, offers a minimalist reduction, sometimes monophonic, consistently somber and disturbing. A CD of depth and power.

Songlist: The Uncertainty of the Poet, Rodin's Muse , The Badminton Game , Coming From Evening Church , The Merry-go-Round at Night, How Few of Life's Days and Hours, I Have Noticed Through Most of the Hospitals , Tonight as I Was Trying to Keep Cool , No Sooner Had Our Men Surrendered , Noon , Dusk , Mushrooms , Vita de la Mia Vita , Io Son la Primavera , Ave Maria , !Oh Llama de Amor Viva!,

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6314 00 1 CD $15.98 Men's Choirs CDs


Chanticleer : Wondrous Love - A World Folk Song Collection

Review: Whatever the thematic material, Chanticleer's approach is the most erudite; indeed, their analysis of each song's history and composition meets the highest critical standard. It is this absolute musical integrity that then informs the quality of the performance. On "Wondrous Love," a cache of international folk songs, sung a cappella, is the basis for this meticulous study. Folk songs, by definition, are "for the people"; Chanticleer maintains this focus while also seizing the opportunity to enrich the original arrangements with new complexity and depth, as heard on "Arirang," a Korean song utilizing the pentatonic scale with elements of western harmony, or "La Petenera," which begins with a soloist and then gradually incorporates twelve voices into an ever-expanding confluence of countermelody. A Robert Shaw/Alice Parker arrangement graces the fifteenth-century French tune, "L'Amour De Moy."

Songlist: Dulaman - Ireland, Fengyang Ge - China, Nelly Bly - United States, Oy, Polna, Polna Korobushka - Russia, Brigg Fair - England, El Manisero - Cuba, Molihua - China, Die Vogelhochzeit - Germany, Wondrous Love - United States, Na Bahia Tem - Brazil, La Villanella - Italy, Loch Lomond - Scotland, Domaredansen - Sweden, Arirang - Korea, La Vasija De Barro - Ecuador, South Australia - Australia, La Petenera - Mexico, Sakura, Sakura - Japan, Or'Cha Bamidbar - Israel, Diu Diu Deng - Taiwan, L'Amour De Moy - France, Sohran Bushi - Japan, An American Folk Medley - United States

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6318 00 1 CD $15.98 Men's Choirs CDs


Chautauqua Children's Chorale : Children of Light

Review: The Chautauqua Children's Chorale was formed in 1988, by Nancy A. Krestic and Dr. Donald P. Lang. It was formed with the mission to promote excellence in singing and musical growth, and give a different dimension to the choral experience for children. The Chorale is made up of two choirs of children ages 8 to 17: Junior Chorale and Concert Chorale. There are approximately 85 singers in Chorale. Both choirs perform a wide variety of music, including sacred, classical, secular choral music and contemporary music written for unchanged voices and the concert stage. Periodically the Chorale has commissioned choral works written specifically for them.

Songlist: Children of Light, Salmo 150, Adiemus, Skylark and Nightingale, Goodnight, Seed to Sow, The Lord Bless You and Keep You, Procession, Wolcum Yole!, There is no Rose, That Yonge Child , Balulalow, As Dew in April, This little Babe, Interlude, In Freezing Winter Night, Spring Carol, Deo Gracias, Recessional, Sing Alleluia, In the Bleak Midwinter, Sing We Now of Christmas, Carol of the Field Mice, December's Rose, Walking in the Air, Carol of the Cuckoo, Peace Carol

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8886 00 1 CD $14.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Cherokee National Youth Choir : Building One Fire

Review: Building One Fire opens with a narrative by Silverbird of a speech written by Chadwick "Corntassel" Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, and segues into beautiful gospel songs, some delivered a cappella in Cherokee and English, and others with instrumental. Midway through the CD, the group delivers a unique Cherokee rendition of the universal favorite, "I'll Fly Away." The live recordings are prefaced by a spoken word introduction by McGee-Geneva, and the CD concludes with a poignant reading by Silverbird of "The Future of the Cherokee Nation," which was written by Redbird Smith, in 1918. The Cherokee National Youth Choir has made another great musical statement that will promote Cherokee language and culture, and further their role as "Ambassadors" for the Cherokee Nation.

Songlist: The Cherokee Legacy, I Di Tsa Le Ga, Alleluia, Jesus My All, Meeting of the Christians, Hymn #36, I'll Fly Away, Hymn #2: Introduction to the Public Worship, Guide Me Jehovah, Introduction to Live Performances, America, The Star Spangled Banner, The Future of the Cherokee Nation

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7217 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Cherokee National Youth Choir : Jesus Is Born Today

Review: In the spirit of the true meaning of the Cherokee Christmas holiday, the Cherokee National Youth Choir delivers a CD of traditional and original songs of worship and celebration, entitled Jesus is Born Today (which is a translation from Cherokee, of the word Christmas). The album features powerful performances in the beauty of the Cherokee language. The CD opens with wonderful interpretations of "Silent Night" and "Angels We Have Heard on High," before moving into the title track "Jesus is Born Today," which was written by Parker and Janice Ballou. They are also joined by well respected Cherokee elder, Reverend Leroy Backwater in a narrative of "Grandfather's Christmas Story." The project soars with full choir productions and in selections by smaller groupings of choir members, accompanied by musical producer, Jeffrey Gray Parker.

Songlist: Silent Night, Joy to the World`, Angels We Have Heard On High, Jesus is Born Today, O Holy Night, Away in a Manger, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, What Child is This, Birth of a Savior, Grandfather's Christmas Story

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7242 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Cherokee National Youth Choir : Precious Memories

Review: "Precious Memories is a collection of songs intended to provide comfort in those trying times of our lives," states Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. "It will provide remembrance of precious times and give us confidence to face future adversity and change. Under the direction of Mary Kay Henderson, the Cherokee National Youth Choir has fine-tuned their already superior vocal technical skills, and has made an all a cappella album that is certain to win even more fans. Precious Memories was recorded live at the Cherokee Nation Council Chambers, and from the title track opener, the warmth of a live performance draws in the listener. "Beautiful Home (Heavenly Home)" features a wonderful call-and-response interplay between the choir members, while "Sweet Hour of Prayer" and "How Beautiful Heaven Must Be" each demonstrate the choir's solidarity in close vocal harmony. "Beulah Land" is a plaintive somber hymn, and even if one does not speak the language, you will be moved by the beauty of the sound and reverence of the message.

Songlist: Precious Memories, Beautiful Home, Sweet Hour of Prayer, How Beautiful Heaven Must Be, Beulah Land, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, In the Sweet By and By, It is Well With My Soul, One Drop of Blood, Amazing Grace, Orphan Child

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9136 00 1 CD $9.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Cherokee National Youth Choir : Voices of The Creator's Children

Review: Voices of The Creator's Children, by the Cherokee National Children's Choir featuring two-time GRAMMY winner Rita Coolidge (who is of Cherokee descent) combines traditional Cherokee gospel music, and original compositions, sung both in Cherokee and English. Coolidge is spotlighted on four of the songs on the album, including the featured radio track, "On the Road Where They Cried," a song about the Trail of Tears that was created especially for the project, and was co-written by Geneva, Ballou and Parker. Other songs feature solo vocal performances by various members of the choir, and there is a spoken word piece delivered by Cherokee storyteller and musician, Choogie Kingfisher, which is used as an introduction to "Orphan Child." The 13-song compact disc concludes with a bonus track, which is a stirring rendition of "Amazing Grace," sung a cappella in Cherokee, by Coolidge.

Songlist: Amazing Grace, God's Children, On the Road Where They Cried, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, Canaan's Land, Intro to Orphan Child, Orphan Child, Sunday School Song, One Drop of Blood, North Wind, Beautiful Home, Evening Song, Amazing Grace

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7243 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Chicago A Cappella : Christmas A Cappella

Review: Chicago a cappella returns with a sparkling selection of seasonal songs by contemporary composers and arrangers, including seven world premieres. Works include two lively African settings (in African languages) of the biblical passage "For unto us a child is born," delightful treatments of traditional French and French-Canadian carols, a unique Danish take on the Christmas story, distinctive works by leading American composers including Stephen Paulus (Splendid Jewel) and Gwyneth Walker (The Christ-child's Lullaby), and James Clemens's brilliant, jazz-inflected arrangement, Jingle a cappella, centered around a wild fugue in 7/8 time! The disc also presents two pieces based on Hebrew texts: Aleih Neiri, a Hanukkah song by Yemen-born Jewish composer Chaim Parchi, and multiple award-winning young composer Stacy Garrop's poignant prayer for peace, Lo Yisa Goy. In a season brimming with holiday music, Chicago a cappella's new CD stands apart as a jewel of imaginative programming and passionate performances that please the ear and penetrate the heart.

Songlist: Amuworo ayi otu nwa, What Sweet Music, II est Ne, le Divin Enfant, The Huron Carol, I Wonder As I Wonder, Splendid Jewel, Lo Yisa Goy, Who Is The Baby?, The Christ-child's Lullaby, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Noel nouvelet, Prayer of the Venerable Bede, En stjerne er sat, Hodie, Nyathi onyuol, Aleih Neiri, Jingle a cappella, O Lux Beatissima

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8942 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


Chicago A Cappella : Eclectric

Review: Chicago a cappella's sparkling new studio recording features an exciting collection of beloved music from the ensemble's first decade. Recorded at Chicago's WFMT Studios by Grammy-nominated engineer Christopher Willis, Eclectric includes brilliant new choral works, familiar favorites, and vocal jazz.

Songlist: Danse, ikke grate na, El Hambo, Prayers of Steel, Pleasure, The West Lake, Waltz for Debby, Sanctus, Fragments from his Dish, Contre qui, rose, The Nearness of You, The Fall, Constant Craving, Shenandoah

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7926 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Choirs CDs


Chicago Children's Choir : 40 Years Of Harmony

Review: Christopher Moore founded the Chicago Children's Choir in 1956, and this CD is a compilation of the best of their recordings over their 40-year history. There are 27 songs here, ranging from traditional spirituals like "Behold That Star," and "Mamelani," a traditional Zulu song, to Haydn's "Magnificat," Gabriel Faure's "Sanctus" and "Mi Go Zatvorile," a Macedonian song. The material is all over the globe, but the quality and enthusiasm of the various incarnations of the CCC remain high thoughout.

Songlist: Now Let Us Sing, Sound the Trumpet, Cantate Domino, Magnificat, On Saint's Day in Chigisakh, Froschquartett, Yo las noches, Prende la vela, Marching to Pretoria, Liyashizwa, Mamelani, Mi Go Zatvorile, Niska Banja, Behold that Star, Mary Had a Baby, Mi Y'Malel, Sh'ma Koleynu, Atsay Zaytim, Sanctus Canon, Sanctus (from Requiem), Sanctus (from Mass), Sanctus (from Missa Luba), Great Day, I've Been 'Buked, Soon Ah Will Be Done

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6614 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Chicago Children's Choir : Do You Hear The People Sing?

Review: "Do You Hear The People Sing" was recorded at the CCC's four and a half week tour of South Africa in the summer of 1996. The 44 choir members, of many races, perform spirituals, gospel songs, African, Columbian and Korean songs, "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess, and a medley of West Side Story tunes. The excitement of these live performances shines through, as does the spirit and talent of these young voices.

Songlist: Deo Dicamus Gratias, Bells, Wanting Memories, Mamelani, Unonkal, Nodle Kangbyon, Prende la Vela, Plink, Plank, Plunk, Stomp Your Foot, Summertime, West Side Story Medley, Do You Hear the People Sing?, Elijah Rock, He Never Failed Me Yet, When the Saints Go Marching In

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6613 00 1 CD $14.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Chicago Children's Choir : Live From Vienna

Review: The multiracial and multicultural Chicago Children's Choir has been changing the lives of children through musical excellence since 1956, and this is a live CD from the World Choral Festivals Vienna 2001. There are 12 songs here, ranging from traditional spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan, "Great Day," "Battle of Jericho" and "My Soul's Been Anchored In The Lord," and South African folk songs "Njenge Bhadhi" and "Ke Nali Moona" to Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean A Thing" and Tobias Fox's "Shabach." All songs are accompanied, mostly by piano and drums. A great performance by an exceptional choir!

Songlist: Trosterin Musik, Salmo 150, Great Day, Battle of Jericho, My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord, Las Amarillas, Njenge Bhadi, Ke Nali Moona, One World, It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), The Gods Love Nubia, Shabach

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6736 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Chicago Children's Choir : Open Up Your Heart

Review: "Open Up Your Heart" begins with a South African song of welcome, "Vela Vela," "Shosholoza" and "Iindonga Zajericho" were taught to the Choir while in South Africa in 1996. "Toyi Toyi and Ke Nale Monna" were brought back from South Africa by group member Mollie Stone and have become part of the Choir's core repertoire. "Prelude" and "Hanuman's Heart," composed by Jai Uttal as part of the musical "Sita Ram" he was commissioned to write for the CCC, is based on the timeless Indian epic, the Ramayana. "Tatkovina" (Macedonian) and Svadba (Bulgarian) and world folksongs. Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "I Need You to Survive" underline a fundamental element of the Choir's mission: not only do we need to love and respect each other, we are also responsible for what happens to every person in the world. Renowned Artistic Director Josephine Lee directs the award-winning 3 part (Chamber, Men's Chorus and Treble) CCC in this powerful, impressive collection. Some light drums and accompaniment, orchestral on "Hanuman's Heart" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water." We really like this choir, and enjoyed every cut on "Open Up Your Heart!"

Songlist: Veia Veia, I Need You To Survive, Prelude, Hanuman's Heart, The Pasture, Tatkovina, Ke Nale Monna, Svadba, Iindonga Zajericho, Shocholoza, Bridge Over Troubled Water

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7806 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Chicago Children's Choir : Sita Ram

Review: Based On The Ancient Eastern Epic, Ramayana, The Chicago CHildren's Choir commissioned Sita Ram in 2002 through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. An original world musical Sita Ram details the the powerful love that is created when the two elements Sita and Rama come together. And the peace that is possible through love.

Songlist: The Reign Of avana (Ravana and The She Demons), The Gods Have A Plan (Rishis, The God's Rama, Chorus), Rama Meets Sita (Rama, Sita), Shiva's Bow (Janaka Rama Sita The Gods Chorus), Surpanaka's Tango (Surpanka's She Demons), Let Me Be Sky (Rama Sita The Gods), Be With You (Rama), Funkey Monkey (Monkey #1), Yemanja (Hanuman), Let Me Burn (Rama Sita), Prelude (Hanumen), Hanuman's Heart

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8331 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Chicago Children's Choir : Songs of the Human Spirit

Review: Exuberant singing comes from the Chicago Children's Choir on songs of the human spirit. This live recording features Faure's Requiem and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with piano accompaniment by Russell Stern. A cappella songs include a very spirited arrangement by Moses Hogan of The Battle of Jericho, Sizohamba, a South African Xhosa song and Svadba, a Bulgarian Wedding song featuring the treble voices. The tenors and basses are featured on the John Coates Jr. arrangement of He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother. The program closes with Gods Love Nubia from the musical "Aida."

Songlist: Requiem, Op. 48:, - Introit and Kyrie, - Offertory, - Sanctus, - Pie Jesu , Agnus Dei , - Libera Me, - In Paradisum, Chichester Psalms: Psalm 108 vs. 2 & Psalm 100, entire, The Battle of Jericho, Sizohamba, Svadba, He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, Gods Love Nubia (from the musical "Aida")

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6959 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Chicago Children's Choir : Songs Of The Season

Review: "The Chicago Children's Choir is a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization, shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical excellence." This is how the directors and teachers of the CCC describe themselves and what they are trying to do, and it warms our hearts on many levels. In the very brief liner notes is a picture of the large, red-jacketed choir of beautiful, intently singing children. Inside the 15 live Christmas songs are listed: "Gesu Bambino," Sing Joyfully," "This Christmastide," "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day," "Christmas Song," "Riu, Riu Ciu," "Vehavta," "Hacia Belen va un borrico," "Appletree Wassail," "I Want the Star," "Christmas Lights," "A Take Six Christmas," "Snow," "White Christmas" and "Go Tell It on the Mountain." Josephine Lee, Artistic Director, is there in very small type. That's it-we learn from their website that the group began in 1956, the dream of the late Rev. Christopher Moore, that grew from a handful of kids in the First Unitarian Church to 3,000 kids in 61 in-school choruses, 5 after-school neighborhood choirs and this 125-voice Concert Choir. The music, the message and, of course, the children are the emphasis and the gift. Some light accompaniment.

Songlist: Processional, Gesu Bambino, Sing Joyfully , This Christmastide , Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Christmas Song, Riu Riu Chiu , Vehavta , Hacia Belen ca un borrio, Appletree Wassail , I Want the Star, Christmas Lights , A Take Six Christmas, Snow , White Christmas, Go Tell it on the Mountain

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6958 00 1 CD $14.98 Childrens Choir Christmas


Chicago Children's Choir : Songs on the Road to Freedom

Review: Chicago Children's Choir honors their roots in the Civil Rights Movement with a new recording, Songs on the Road to Freedom. Much of the music comes directly from the movement while other songs are written recently, including "We Need A Word" composed by a 16-year-old member of Chicago Children's Choir. Also featured is the anti-apartheid music of South Africa, where people similarly struggled for freedom and justice.

Songlist: Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round, MLK, The Battle of Jericho, Precious Lord, Birmingham Sunday, Murder on the Road In Alabama, Run Children Run, Freedom Train, When Love Wins The Day, Strange Fruit , Ballad of Harry T. Moore, We Need A Word, Nkosi Somandla, Ilndonga Zajericho, Shosholoza, A Prayin' Spirit, We Shall Overcome, Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round (Reprise)

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9060 00 1 CD $16.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Chicago Children's Choir : Spring Gala Concert

Review: Founded in 1956, the Chicago Children's Choir is a multiracial, multicultural music education organization that strives to change the future by bringing musical excellence into the lives of children. "Spring Gala Concert" is a 2-CD set with 11 pieces on Disc 1 and 10 on Disc 2. All orchestrally accompanied, included are sacred songs like Van Dijk's "Bells," Schubert's "Mass in G," "Kyrie," "Gloria," "Credo," Sanctus Benedictus" and "Agnus Dei;" traditional spirituals like "My Lord What A Morning" and "My Soul's Been Anchored," two Native American songs, a Yiddish Lullaby, a South African folk song and two songs from "Aida" by Elton John and Tim Rice, "Dress Is My Strongest Suit" and "Gods Love Nubia." A beautiful album from a very special concert!

Songlist: Disc 1:, Bells, Mass in G:, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus et Benedictus, Agnus Dei , The Coolin (The Fair Haired One), Sizohamba, Prende la vea, Rojinkes Mit Mandlen, Solda wa Milo, Disc 2:, The Native American Songs:, Ancient Mother, The Earth is Our Mother, My Lord What A Morning, Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?, Las Amarillas, Loves Me Like A Rock, Tuxedo Junction, Dress is My Strongest Suit, Gods Love Nubia, My Soul's Been Anchored, Now Let Us Sing

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6737 00 2 CDs $19.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Children's Chorus of Washington : 2002 - 2003 Season

Review: This live recording of the Concert Chorus from Children's Chorus of Washington, led by Joan Gregoryk with accompanist Donald Cotton, features pieces from the 2002 holiday and 2003 spring concerts. Selections include "Personent Hodie," arranged by Rutter, "The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy," arranged by Emerson, "Salut Printemps," by Debussy, "My Heart's in the Highlands," by Bisbee and "O Sapo," by Hatfield. Several pieces from the Holiday concert are accompanied by brass choir. The choir also sings five numbers in combination with the treble chorus.

Songlist: Holiday Concert:(Combined Concert and Treble Choruses:), God Bless the Master (Concert Chorus:), Personet Hodie, Sussex Carol , Ave Maria, Lullaby (from the Cantata "Hodie") (Williams), Schlof Main Kind , Light the Legend , The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy (Spiritual / (Combined Concert and Treble Choruses:), An Irving Berlin Christmas , An American Anthem(Combined Concert and Treble Choruses:), Salut Printemps (Concert Chorus:), Der Neugierge, Blagoslovi Dushe Moya (Bless the Lord, O My Soul), My Heart's in the Highlands , Las Amarillas , When I Was in My Prime , For Elizabeth: Gold, Frank Innocence and Mirth , Let Wildness Sing , Can You Hear? , O Sapo, (Combined Concert and Treble Choruses:), Here's To Song, An American Anthem

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7257 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Children's Chorus of Washington : 2003 - 2004 Season

Review: The continued success of the Children's Chorus of Washington has brought us yet another wonderful CD featuring their Concert Chorus and Treble Chorus, under the direction of founder, Joan Gregoryk. This CD includes recordings of both their Holiday and Spring Concerts. You are sure to smile when you listen to these children sing.

Songlist: Psalm 150 , Hatikva (The hope), Hava Nageela, What Sweeter Music, Ding Dong! Merrily On High, Zither Carol, Far Away in Bethlehem Town, Hark! The Herald Angel Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful, The Christmas Song, Domine Fili unigenite, Gloria, Et In Terra pax, Laudamus Te, Domine Deus, Quoniam tu solus Sanctus, Cum Sancto Spiritu, The Lord Is My Shepherd, Give Praise With joyful Song, Suo Gan, Opening Chorus from "the Bartered Bride", Ride On, King Jesus, Run Children Run

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7572 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Children's Chorus of Washington : 2004 - 05 Season

Review: Now in its 9th season, the CCW, 130 singers ages 9-17 in 2 performing ensembles, the Concert Chorus and Treble Chorus is among the finest choral ensembles in the country and has appeared with symphonies like the National Symphony Orchestra and National Philharmonic, and has toured extensively in the US and Europe. All accompanied, "2004-2005 Season" has 19 cuts, beginning with a live Holiday Concert by the Concert Chorus, the Christmas medley "Salvator Mundi," the spirited "Ma Navu" and "Mayim, Mayim," and the joyous "Christmas natus hodie;" the Chamber Ensemble's "Up! Good Christian Folk, and Listen" and the combined Choruses' "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." Cuts 9-19 are a live Spring Concert of "The Nightingale," an orchestrally-accompanied Choral Opera for Young Voices, based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Robert Tudor, baritone, Robert Baker, tenor and Katherine Caughlan, soprano have some nice solos in this dramatic, romantic tale. Very professional, impressive material from the CCW, founded so recently by the talented Ms. Gregoryk.

Songlist: Salvator Mundi, O Holy Night, Ma Navu, Mayim, Mayim, Sure On This Shining Night, Christus Hodie, Up! God Christian Folk, and Listen, It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, The Nightingale

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7968 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Children's Chorus of Washington : 2005 - 2006 10th Anniversary Season

Review: Founder and Artistic Director Joan Gregoryk leads her 81-strong chorus of young men and women in an impressive collection beginning with 12 songs from a 2005 Holiday Concert, and 8 songs from their 2006 Spring Concert. Featured are the Treble Chorus, Chamber Ensemble, Concert Chorus and Alumni Chorus, singly and in combination. Some favorites are John Rutter's "Star Carol," "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day" and "Jesus Child," "!El Cielo, Cant Alegria," "Sleigh Ride," "Cantate Domino," the lovely "Child With the Starry Crayon," two "Scenes from the Magic Flute" by Mozart, and Stephen Hatfield's "La Lluvia" and "Run, Children, Run." There is light to heavy accompaniment on most songs. This is all beautiful and moving music from this excellent Chorus.

Songlist: This Is The Truth, Salmo 159, El Cielo Canta Alegria, Ave Maria, Cantate Domino, Yism'chu Hashamayim, Away In A Manger, Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant, Star Carol, Jesus Child, Tomorrow Should Be My Dancing Day, Sleigh Ride, Non Nobis Domine, Child With The Starry Crayon, The Magic Flute, La Lluvia, Ojos Azules, Jabula Jesu, Run Children Run

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Children's Chorus of Washington : 2005 - 2006 Season - Treble Chorus

Review: The Treble Chorus of the Children's Chorus of Washington which features 64 voices of children ages 9-17, brings us this nice collection of 22 songs from their 2005 Holiday Concert and 2006 Spring Concert, with Stephen Hatfield as guest composer/conductor. Favorites are "This is the Truth," Daley's "Sweet Was the Song the Virgin Sang," "Torah Orah," "Sh'Ma Yisrael," "Jingle Bell Swing," Handel' "Hallelujah Chorus" from Messiah, the title tune, Mozart's "Laudate Dominum," Stephen Hatfield's "Foggy Birthday Shuffle," and the spiritual "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho." There is light to heavy accompaniment on most tunes. "Where the Music" is a beautiful, entertaining collection from these talented young singers.

Songlist: This Is The Truth, I Saw Three Ships, Sweet Was The Song The Virgin Sang, Torah Orah, Sh'Ma Yisrael, A New Year Carol, Angels We Have Heard On High, Jingle Bell Swing, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Al Shlosha D'Varim, O Come All Ye Faithful, Hallelujah Chorus, Sleigh Ride, Where The Music Comes From, Un Moto Gi Gioja, Laudate Dominum, Flower Drum Song, Takeda No Komoriuta, The World Is Full Of Poetry, Foggy Birthday Shuffle, Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho, Run Children Run

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Children's Chorus of Washington : Concert Chorus 2006 - 2007

Review: The CCW is recognized as one of the finest children's choral ensembles in the country, and comprises four performing ensembles, Treble Chorus, Bel Canto Chorus, Chamber Chorus and the 72-strong Concert Chorus. In all, 170 young mixed-voice singers, ages 9-17, who hail from many different communities in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, are members of the four choruses. The Chorus is directed by highly acclaimed and awarded (including Outstanding Arts Educator in the U.S.) Founder and Artistic Director Joan Gregoryk. Favorites among the 23 mostly accompanied songs are Brunner's "Jubilate Deo," Palestrina's "Salve Regina," Reger's "Maria Wiegenlied," Chilcott's "Hey! Now," Leavitt's "Ose Shalom," Hairston's "Mary's Little Boy Child," the world premier of Barnwell's "Discovered," Copland's "I Bought Me A Cat" and "Ching-Ring Chaw;" and the combined choruses with legendary Sweet Honey in the Rock, singing Barnwell's "Wanting Memories" and "We Are," Kahlil's "Fulani Chant" and Johnson Reagon's "Ella's Song." A wonderful collection from one of America's great children's choral ensembles

Songlist: Gaudete, Jubilate Deo, Salve Regina, Sussex Carol, There Is No Rose, Maria Wiegenlied ( The Virgin's Slumber Song), Deck the Halls in 7/8, Hey! Now, Ose Shalom, Mary's Little Boy Child, Silver Bells, Gloria Tibi from "Mass", St. Leopold Mass - Kyrie, St. Leopold Mass - Gloria, Discovered (World Premiere) , Praise His Holy Name, Old American Songs- I Bought Me A Cat, Old American Songs- Simple Gifts, Old American Songs- Ching-Ring Chaw, Wanting Memories, Fulani Chant, We Are, Ella's Song

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Children's Chorus of Washington : Sing Joyfully - Holiday Concert Highlights 2001-2005

Review: Founder and Conductor Joan Gregoryk's singers bring us another impressive, lightly accompanied Christmas collection. Especially fine are Benjamin Britten's 4-part "Ceremony of Carols, John Rutter's "Jesus Child," the Rutter-arranged "Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant" and "Personent Hodie;" standards "O Holy Night," "Away in a Manger," "Sussex Carol" and "O Come All ye Faithful;" audience sing-along "Al Shlosha d'Varim," "This is the Truth" (sung by the combined Concert and Treble Choruses) and many others. Simply beautiful!

Songlist: Make We Merry, Ceremony Of Carols, Lullabye, Jesus Child, O Holy Night, Light The Legend, What Sweeter Music, The Virgin Had A Baby Boy, Hatikva, Jubilate Deo, Away In A Manger, Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant, Personent Hodie, Sussex Carol, El Cielo Canta Alegria, This Is The Truth, Al Shlosha D'Varim , O Come All Ye Faithful

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Children's Chorus of Washington : Sounds Of Christmas

Review: Under the direction of founder, Joan Gregoryk, these children shine once again. With beautiful pieces by John Rutter, Benjamin Britten, Bob Chilcott and G.F. Handel, to name a few, you are sure to fall into the Christmas spirit after listening to this beautiful music. This CD represents selections from the past five years of the Children's Chorus of Washington's December Holiday Concerts, and is surely not to be missed!

Songlist: Ding Dong, Merrily On High, Still Still, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Angel's Carol, The Snow, Angels We Have Heard on High, Two Old World Carols, A la Nanita Nana, Le Sommeil de I'enfant Jesus, Shepherd's Pipe Carol, Mary had a Baby, Go Where I Send Thee, Mid Winter, This Little Babe, Never A Child As He, Star Carol, Donkey Carol, Hallelujah Chorus from "Messiah", Sleigh Ride

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Children's Chorus of Washington : Treble Chorus 2006 - 2007

Review: Renowned and awarded Founder & Artistic Director Joan Gregoryk leads two parts of her Children's Chorus of Washington (DC), the mixed-voice, 9-17 years old singers of the Treble Chorus and Bel Canto Chorus in a live, accompanied collection of songs from their 2006-2007 Season of concert performances. There are 26 songs, well chosen for the high ranges of these young singers. Favorites are the traditional "Gaudete," Burt's "Caroling, Caroling," Walters' "The Cuckoo Carol," the Jewish Folk Song "Mi Ze Hidlik," the traditional tunes "Noel Nouvelet" and "O Christmas Tree," Wu's "Bethlehem Today," Debussy's "Noel des enfants," Thomas's "Walk in the Light," Bernstein's "Gloria Tibi from Mass," J.S. Bach's "Bist du bei mir," and "Wir eilen mit sprachen;" Brunner's "The World is Full of Poetry" and Copland's "Simple Gifts." A lovely, "feel good" collection from the talented Treble and Bel Canto Choruses of the Children's Chorus of Washington!

Songlist: Gaudete , Caroling, Caroling, Praise Ye the Lord of Hosts, The Cuckoo Carol, Mi Ze Hidlik, Hine Ma Tov, Noel Nouvelet, O Christmas Tree, Bethlehem Today, Hanukkah, Light of Lights, O La Nanita Nana, Noel des enfants, The Cherry Tree Carol, Psalm 23, Walk in the Light, Silver Bells, Gloria Tibi from "Mass", Bist du bei mir, Faywood School Songs / Stars, Winds, Colinda, Wir eilen mit sprachen, The World is Full of Poetry, Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans, Old American Songs- I Bought Me A Cat, Old American Songs- Simple Gifts, Old American Songs- Ching-Ring Chaw

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Choir of All Saints Church, Beverly Hills : Be Still, My Soul

Review: A stunning program of contemplative sacred texts set to some of the most beautiful singing we've heard. Slow, focussed intensity creates a strong emotional response from many listeners. The Martin piece alone is worth the price of admission. With premiere recordings of new anthems by Craig Phillips and Roland Martin, this CD is also the first recording of the widely admired Choir of All Saints, Beverly Hills, under its new director, Dale Adelmann. The Choir specializes in music of the Anglican cathedral and American Episcopal choral traditions and is equally at home singing the great masters of the European Continent.

Songlist: Be Still, My Soul, Greater love hath no man, We walk by faith, Jesus, so lowly, Catique de Jean Racine, And he shall reign as King, The Risen Sun, I sat down under his shadow, Transfiguration, The Altar, Geistliches Lied, Steal away, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, A Repeating Alleluia

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Choir of King's College, Cambridge : Great Choral Classics

Review: Directed by Sir David Willcocks, The Choir of King's College, Cambridge was founded in 1441 by Henry VI, who wanted the daily services in his chapel to be provided with music, and stipulated that the college should be responsible for the education of the choristers. This is a 2-CD set featuring a selection of the Choir's most renowned recordings. CD 1 includes Gregorio Allegri's "Miserere," Palestrina's "Stabet Mater," Tallis' "Spem in allium," Wm. Byrd's "Ave Verum Corpus" and the 12 movements of Vivaldi's "Gloria in D Major, RV 589." CD 2 has Orlando Gibbons' "This is the record of John," the 11 movements of Bach's "Jesu, priceless treasure," and 12 Coronation Anthems by Handel, "Zadok the Priest," "My heart is inditing," "Let thy hand be strengthened" and "The King shall rejoice." This collection is a triumph, as soaring and angelically beautiful as you can imagine, performed by a choir whose excellence has remained focused and constant through the changing centuries. Some accompaniment.

Songlist: Miserere, Stabat Mater , Spem in alium - Sancte Deus , Ave verum corpus, Gloria in D major, RV 589 , This is the record of John , Jesu, priceless treasure , Coronation Anthems , Zadok the Priest, My heart is inditing, Let thy hand be strengthened, The King shall rejoice

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Choir of Ormond College : Barber: Choral Music

Review: Setting texts for chorus or solo songs occupied Samuel Barber throughout his creative life. In particular he sought out English and Irish writers, many of whose melancholic and nostalgic texts aptly matched his own musically romantic persuasion. A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map is a disturbing setting of a poem by Stephen Spender describing the death of a soldier in the Spanish Civil War, during which the poet had spent time in Spain. The elegiac and now extraordinarily popular Adagio for Strings is heard in the composer's own choral version, Agnus Dei, to words from the Latin Mass. God's Grandeur is one of Barber's most ambitious and advanced unaccompanied settings

Songlist: A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15, Under The Willow Tree (from Vanessa), Twelfth Night, Op. 42, No. 2, To be Sung on the Water, Op. 42, No. 2, The Monk and His Cat, Agnus Dei, Reincarnations, Op. 16, The Virgin Martyrs, Op. 8, No. 1, Let Down the Bars, O Death, Op. 8, No. 2, Heaven-haven, Op. 13, No. 1, Sure on This Shining Night, Op. 13, No. 3, Chorale for Ascension day (Easter Chorale), Two Choruses from Antony and Cleopatra, Op. 40, God's Grandeur

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Choirs of Brigham Young University : The Road Home

Review: Featured on this collection of 16 songs related to journeys, roads and the home that all travelers seek are the BYU Singers, Men's Chorus, Women's Chorus and Concert Choir, individually and in complete or partial combination. Some of these songs relate to faith, some to family; all are lovely and tug seriously at our heartstrings! "Songs My Mother Taught Me," "Home I'll Be," Michael Dennis Browne's "Homeward Bound" and "Pilgrim's Hymn," the a cappella "O Home Beloved," "Goin' Home," "None Other Lamb," "My Journey Home," "A Child's Prayer," "Wayfaring Stranger," "O God, Our Help in Ages Past"... this is all wonderful, feel-good music sung by some of the best choral ensembles we've heard. Most songs are lightly accompanied.

Songlist: Homeward Bound, The West Wind, The Road Home, Home I'll Be, My Heavenly Father Loves Me, O Home Beloved, Wayfaring Stranger, My Journey Home, Songs My Mother Taught Me, A Child's Prayer, Goin Home, None Other Lamb, Pilgrims' Hymn, O God, Our Help in Ages Past, Pilgrim Song, Abide With Me; 'Tis Eventide

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Choirs of The Basilica of the Sacred Heart : Ave Maria - Music in honor of The Blessed Virgin Mary

Review: The choirs on this CD participate in Sunday Mass at Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of University of Notre Dame. Sunday Mass from the Basilica is broadcast on the Hallmark cable tv channel. A reverent program of chant, alternating with hymns and anthems.

Songlist: Immaculate Mary - Lourdes Hymn, Regina Coeli Laetare - Orlando Di Lasso, Salve Regina - Poulenc, Hymne A La Vierge - Villette, I Beheld Her Beautiful As A Dove - Willan, Fair In Face - Willan, Magnificat - Jerusalem, Alma Redemptoris Mater - Plainchant Mode V, Alma Redemptoris Mater Op. 171 - Rheinberger, Regina Coeli Laetare - Plainchant Mode VI, Regina Coeli Laetare Op. 171 - Rheinberger, Ave Regina Coelorum - Plainchant Mode VI, Ave Regina Coelorum - Op.171 Rheinberger, Salve Regina - Plainchant Mode V, Salve Regina Op. 171 - Rheinberger, Sing Of Mary - Pleading Savior, Ave Maria - Robert Parsons, Stabat Mater - Palestrina, Ave Maria T.L. de Victoria, Notre Dame Our Mother - Casasanta, Hail Holy Queen - Salve Regina Coeltium

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Choral Arts Northwest : Cathedral Anthems

Review: This recording represents forty years of Peter Hallock's work. While organist and choirmaster of St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle, he composed an impressive array of original choral works in the Anglican tradition, including both large and small-scale works for choir, with and without instruments. Often dissonant and difficult, many of these works are recorded here for the first time. The CD opens with the triumphant anthem "Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem" for choir, organ, brass and percussion. Led by Richard Sparks, Choral Arts Northwest gives glorious performances of Hallock's stunning music.

Songlist: Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem, Show Us Your Mercy, O Lord, Dominus Regnavit, There Is a Stream, The Song of Moses, Exsultate Deo, Phoenix, Gloria in Excelsis Deo, Qui Tollis, Quoniam, Commit Your Way to the Lord, Behold, the Eye of the Lord, Whom Should We Love Like Thee

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Choral Arts Northwest : Mornings Like This

Review: The "Pure Sound" of Choral Arts under their new director, Robert Bode presents several world premiere recordings, including The Dream Keeper, a piece in four movements, each featuring a different text from Langston Hughes. Other pieces feature the poetry of Dylan Thomas, Walt Whitman and the conductor. In the recording they explore "Mornings," not just the actual beginning of the day, but also more metaphorical associations, such as renewal, childhood, and beginnngs. There are some very familiar things on this CD, including the spiritual "My Lord, What a Mornin'" and the American hymn "Shall We Gather at the River?" The CD also features 5 previously unrecorded pieces, including "The Dream Keeper" by William Averitt and the first recording of the version for chorus and piano of John Corigliano's "Fern Hill."

Songlist: My Lord What A Mornin', Sunrise, The Waking, Fern Hill, Dawn, A Child's Prayer, In Dreams, The Dream Keeper, Dream Variations, As I Grew Older, Song, Will there really be a morning, Beautiful River

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Choral Arts Northwest : The Light Of Stars - Randall Thompson

Review: 30-strong, mixed-voice, Seattle-based Choral Arts (formerly Choral Arts Northwest), founded by artistic director Richard Sparks, is one of the outstanding chamber choirs in the United States. Focusing primarily on romantic and contemporary music, the choir's repertoire has ranged from Renaissance music to contemporary Swedish works. Randall Thompson achieved iconic status for choral works like "Frostiana" and the hugely popular anthem "Alleluia" in the middle part of the 20th century. Included here are 14 pieces, some favorites: the world premiere recordings of "Antiphon" and "Five Love Songs," "The Last Invocation" (based on words by Walt Whitman), the previously mentioned "Alleluia," "Vitas hinnuleo," and the title tune (based on words by Longfellow). Some light accompaniment. Beautiful, romantic music performed by one of America's finest choirs!

Songlist: The Best of Rooms (Robert Herrick), Two Herbert Settings (George Herbert):, - Antiphon, - Bitter-sweet, The Last Invocation (Walk Whitman), Odes of Horace:, - Montium custos (book 3, 22), - Vitas hinnuleo (book 1, 23), - O fons Bandusiae (book 3, 13), - Felices ter (final verse of book 1, 13), Alleluia, Five Love Songs:, - The Light of the Stars (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), - The Passenger (Mark Anthony DeWolfse Howe), - Two Worlds (Edmund Waller), - Siciliano (Philip H. Rhinelander), - The Happy Shore (Edmund Spenser)

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Bring a Torch

Choral Arts of Chattanooga : A Christmas Portrait

Review: Under the direction of Philip Rice this top-notch choir has accrued critical acclaim and as the only professional chorus in Tennessee has developed a series of highly successful performance seasons. This collection of Christmas music has a very special bonus as it features the world premiere of Dave Brubeck's arrangement of "We Three Kings" which is the icing on the cake of the fine recording. The recording was well produced and engineered and along with extensive color liner notes makes for a great holiday package.

Songlist: O Magnum Mysterium, E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come, Ave Maria, Deck The Halls, There Shall A Star Come Out Of Jacob, Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella, Ave Maria, The Angels And Shepherds, Coventry Carol, My Dancing Day, Ding Dong Merrily On High, Lirum Lirum, Fum Fum Fum, Infant Holy Infant Lowly, We Three Kings

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Choral Arts of Chattanooga : Days of Blue and Gray

Review: A rousing collection of patriotic songs from the times of the Civil War with an emphasis on songs from the south. Philip Rice directs the Chorus with great verve and panache as they sing the songs of Stephen Foster among others with stellar arrangements by Robert Shaw and John Rutter. This recording's historical aspects adds to its charm and will be sure to stir the hearts of true sons and daughters of the great southern states.

Songlist: Dixie, He's Gone Away, Goober Peas, Shenandoah, Beautiful Dreamer, Steal Away, Sourwood Mountain, Gentle Annie, Black Sheep, Aura Lea, Oh Susanna, My Old Kentucky Home, Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Battle Hymn Of The Republic

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Choral Cross-Ties : Lauridsen - The Complete Choral Cycles

Review: Choral Cross-Ties, a mixed 24-singer chorus directed by Bruce Browne who founded the group in 1985, bring us 3 choral cycles by composer Morten Lauridsen, "Mid-Winter Songs," on poems by Robert Graves; "Madrigali: Six Fire-Songs," on Italian Renaissance poems; and "Les Chansons Des Roses," on poems by Rainer Maria Rilke. Reading the beautiful poetry which inspired Lauridsen in the extensive liner notes, the Graves in English, the Madrigali in Italian and the Chansons in French (all with translations), adds to our appreciation and feeling for the music. Lightly accompanied on piano, "The Complete Choral Cycles" is an extensive, demanding work made to look easy by a wonderfully versatile chorus.

Songlist: Lament for Pasiphae, Like Snow, She Tells Her Love While Half Asleep, Mid-Winter Waking, Intercession in Late October, Ov'e, Lass', Il Bel Viso, Quando Son Piu Lontan, Amor, Io Sento L'alma, Io Piango, Luci Serene E Chiare, Se Per Havervi, Oime, En Une Seule Fleur, Contre Qui, Rose, De Ton Reve Trop Plein, La Rose Complete, Dirait-On

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Chorus Angelicus : Christmas Angelicus

Review: This CD is a lovely assortment of familiar Christmas carols. The opening carol, "Once in Royal David's City" with soloist Maribeth Diggle is especially nice as voices are gradually added until the full choir is singing. Most pieces are a cappella with a few accompanied by organ. Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus are both directed by Paul Halley. The combination of the children's and adult choirs creates a beautiful sound. This is a delightful treat for Christmas.

Songlist: Once In Royal David's City, Torches, Jesus Christ The Apple Tree, Joys Seven, Huron Carol, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, The First Nowell, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Nativity Carol, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Lo, How A Rose E'Er Blooming, Personent Hodie, There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue, O Come, All Ye Faithful, I Sing Of A Maiden, Sussex Carol, In The Bleak Mid-Winter, Sir Christmas, Hark The Herald Angels Sing

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Chorus Angelicus : Untraveled Worlds

Review: The well-known children's choir Chorus Angelicus (the Angelic Choir), founded in 1991 by three-time Grammy Award-winning composer, Paul Halley, is administered by the unique and inspiring choral organization, Torrington, CT's Joyful Noise. They transform the lives of 90 children from more than 15 towns in Northwest Connecticut and the Berkshires. The 45 mixed-voice Chorus members, ages 8-15, travel twice weekly to receive training in the art of singing, reading and understanding music and music theory, and adhere to a rigorous schedule of rehearsals and concerts. "Untraveled Worlds" is a musical world tour, beginning with the US and a Halley original, the title tune, and later we hear another Halley original, "God Be Merciful Unto Us." England's "Drop, Drop Slow Tears," Finland's "Who Can Sail," Russia's "Gladsome Light," South Africa's "Mbiri Kuna Mwari" and Scotland's "The Grey Selchie" are particularly nice, as is Serbia's lilting "Niska Banja." Ireland's "The Song of Wandering Aengus," Lithuania's "Nepusk, vejeli" and Canada's heart-tugging folk tune "Away From the Roll of the Sea" round out the collection of 20 songs. Through hard work and dedication these young singers learn to blend their voices to create the unique sound that is Chorus Angelicus, one of the best children's choruses in the world! Some light accompaniment.

Songlist: Untraveled Worlds, Drop, Drop Slow Tears, Who Can Sail?, Gladsome Light, Mbiri Kuna Mwari, Ave Maria, The Grey Selchie, Pie Jesu, The Cherubic Hymn, Improperium, The Song of Wandering Aengus, Niska Banja, Nepusk, vejeli, God Be Merciful Unto Us, Misa Pequena Suite, Away from the Roll of the Sea

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Chorus Angelicus : What Child Is This?

Review: Paul Halley's renowned choirs Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus pair up for another spectacular offering. The choirs sing with precision and clarity while incorporating a warmth and immediacy to the performance of each song. What Child Is This? comprises a selection of the new, adventurous, and less familiar sacred Christmas repertoire, much of it performed in recent years in the choirs' annual Christmas Angelicus concert series (now in its sixteenth season and broadcast annually by National Public Radio.) More than half the arrangements on the CD are Halley's work, which adds a refreshing, new sound to this mix of Christmas music. Halley's arrangements and compositions, written for these choirs and previously unrecorded, deliver the adventurous harmonies and captivating lyricism for which he is celebrated.

Songlist: What Child is This?, Angelus ad Virginem, Angelus ad Virginem, Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head, O Leave Your Sheep, The Blessed Son of God, I Saw Three Ships, O Magnum Mysterium, Agnus Dei, The First Nowell, Bogoroditse Devo, Tis Winter Now, Good King Wenceslas, A Nativity, The Holy Boy, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Lullaby My Jesus, Beannact Leat, Infinite Light, Go Tell It On The Mountain, Watts' Cradle Hymn

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Chorus Angelicus : Wondrous Love

Review: Paul Halley directs his acclaimed choirs in spirited performances his choral works of with organ and brass accompaniment, from the popular suite Love Songs for Springtime, and the magnificent setting of the Appalachian hymn Wondrous Love.

Songlist: Love Songs for Springtime, The Maypole, The Bailiff's Daughter, Soldier, Won't You Marry Me?, The Despairing Lover, The Lover's Arithmetic, Gloria In Excelsis Deo, Christe Qui Lux Es Et Dies, Jesu, The Very THough of Thee, Verbum Caro Factum Est, What Stood Will Stand, Wondrous Love

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Cincinnati Boychoir : 40 Years

Review: 40 Years" is the 4th CD by the present incarnation of the 32-strong Boychoir, which has a yearly six-concert subscription series in Cincinnati, plus many outreach performances that include appearances with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Boys Choir, Honolulu Symphony and many others. 17 songs, all accompanied by organ and piano. Some favorites are Johann Strauss' "On the Beautiful Blue Danube," Johann Roman's "Jubilate Deo," Simon Lindley's "Ave Maria," the lively Argentinian song "Escondido," the lovely "Hamabe No Uta" by Narita and Kitamura, the spiritual "Go Where I Send Thee," the Irish air "Danny Boy," Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria," "The King of Love," a traditional Irish hymn, "Amazing Grace," and a beautiful "Best of Walt Disney" medley. All accompanied of course, but wonderful arrangements and the sweet, clear voices of the boys make each cover seem new.

Songlist: On The Beautiful Blue Danube, Jubilate Deo, Ave Maria, Alleluia, The Lord Has A Child, Escondido, Hamabe No Uta, Go Where I Send Thee, No Rocks a-Cryin', Danny Boy, O Perfect Love, Panis Angelicus, Ave Maria, The King Of Love, Amazing Grace, Deep River, Best Of Walt Disneys

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Cincinnati Boychoir : America Sings

Review: Founded in 1965, the Cincinnati Boychoir presents its own concert series and performs 40 times a year for symphonies, television, community organizations, churches, weddings, clubs and retirement homes. "America Sings" features 18 songs, some accompanied by piano, flute and organ. Our favorites are the spirituals "Great Day!," "Run to Jesus," "Deep River" and "I Hear a Voice Callin' for Me," "Variations on America" and "I Hear America Singing." Others are Irving Berlin's "God Bless America," "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever." James Dana's "My Tent Beside the Oregon," "When Can I Read My Title Clear" and the American folk tune "My Shepherd Will Supply My Need" are also very fine. Another stellar collection by one of our favorite boychoirs!

Songlist: Great Day, How Can I Keep From Singing, E Hii Lei E, Amazing Grace, Run To Jesus, Holy Manna , Come Thou Fount, When I Can Read My Title Clear, Star Trek Next Generation Theme , Deep River , My Shepard Will Supply My Need , My Tent Beside The Oregon , I Hear A Voice A-Callin', Variations On America , God Bless America , I Hear America Singing , Battle Hymn Of The Republic, Stars and Stripes Forever

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Cincinnati Boychoir : Gift Vol 2

Review: Founded in 1965, the Cincinnati Boychoir is divided into three groups; the Training Choir, Resident Choir, and the elite Touring Choir. Their Christmas CD, "Gift," is exactly that! Beginning with Josef Rheinburger's "Messe in A, Op. 125 and Benjamin Britten's 12-part "Ceremony of Carols," we proceed to 5 Christmas Carols, including "Joy to the World," the Sicilian hymn "O Sanctissima," and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." Then we have 4 "Holiday Songs with the Resident Choir," "Riu, Riu, Chiu," "Children's Song of the Nativity," "Nino Querido" and "Ding, Dong, Merrily on High; followed by 6 "Holiday Favorites," which include the German tune "Kling, Clockchen," "The Little Drummer Boy," "Toyland" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." All songs are accompanied by piano, harp and other instruments. As Christmas is about one special child, we particularly love beautiful Christmas music sung by a fine, well-directed children's choir like the Cincinnati Boychoir - it's a Gift!

Songlist: Messe in A, Op. 125, Gloria, A Ceremony of Carols , Processional, Wolcum, Yule!, There Is No Rose, That Yonge Child, Balulalow, As Dew in Aprille, The Little Babe, Interlude, Spring Carol, Deo Gracias, Recessional, Christmas Carols:, Joy the the World , O Sanctissima , Hark, the Herald Angels Sing , O come, All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, Holiday Songs with the Resident Choir, Riu, Riu, Chiu, Children's Song of the Nativity , Nino Querido , Ding, Dong, Merrily On High , Holiday Favorites, Kling, Glockchen, The Little Drummer Boy , Toyland , We Need a Little Christmas , The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Pola/Wyle/Ades), We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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Cincinnati Boychoir : Music From Seven Continents Vol 1

Review: Randall Wolfe directs the popular Cincinnati (Ohio) Boychoir, who recently had two members accepted to tour Japan and the US with the prestigious Vienna Boys Choir's Haydnchor. "Seven Continents" is a lively collection of tunes from Africa (the African folksong "Siyahamba"), South America ("Tinga Layo," West Indies folksong), Asia ("A Crying Bird," Taiwanese folksong), Europe (Johann Strauss, Jr.'s "Tritsch Tratsch Polka"), Australia (the well-known folksong "Kookaburra"), and North America (Mary Earl's "Beautiful Ohio" and "When My Baby Smiles at Me"). 14 songs in all, all lightly piano accompanied. A fun, spirited collection from the Cincinnati Boychoir!

Songlist: Antarctica:, Antarctica, Africa:, Siyahamba, South America:, Tinga Layo, Voce Gosta, Asia:, Study Is Good, A Crying Bird, The Toke, Suliram, Europe:, Tritsch Tratsch Polka, Australia:, Kookaburra, North America, Song of Ohio, Beautiful Ohio, When My Baby Smiles at Me, Is Everybody Happy Now?

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