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Concordia Choir : Star Of Wonder

Review: Since 1927, the Concordia College Christmas Concert has grown from an activity of the college's music club into the famed concerts that have become a tradition in the Upper Midwest. Since 1937 the spectacle has featured a giant mural, the huge Concordia Choir and three other choirs, and the Concordia orchestra. There are beautiful photographs of the event in the extensive liner notes. 23 songs, "Venus, the Bringer of Peace," "Watchman, Tell Us Of The Night," "O How Shall I Receive Thee," "Behold A Star From Jacob Shining," "Arise, Shine, for Thy Light Has Come," "Our Father"... the list goes on and on of beautiful, soaring music, praising Christ and filling the huge hall with love and light. "Star Of Wonder" is a very special CD of a huge, amazing Christmas event.

Songlist: Venus, the Bringer of Peace, Watchman, Tell Us of the Night, O How Shall I Receive Thee?, Behold A Star from Jacob Shining, Arise, Shine, for Thy Light Has Come, Our Father, The Word Became Flesh, Mary's Song of Praise, People, Look East, We Three Kings, Rise Up, Sheperd, and Follow, I Wonder as I Wander, I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light, Silent Night, I Saw Three Ships, The Godly Stranger, Laudamus Te, Wolcum Yole, The Three Kings, Ye Were Sometimes in Darkness / Walk as Children of Light, Psalm 103, Lord of All Being, Compline

6823 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

Concordia Choir : The Choral Music of Rene Clausen

Review: Rene Clausen is one of America's leading choral composers. Discover the variety of his compositions as performed by these quality ensembles. This recording features his latest extended work "Crying For A Dream" which is based on Native American texts.

Songlist: *The Concordia Choir*, Crying For A Dream, I. Hear Me, I Will Live!, II. War Song, III. How Can You Buy The Sky?, Three Whitman Settings, I. A Noiseless Patient Spider, II. Quicksand Years, III. The Last Invocation, Tonight, Eternity Alone, Magnificat, Deep River, O Vos Omnes, Seek The Lord, *The Dale Warland Singers*, Set Me As A Seal, *Manitou Singers of St. Olaf College*, Psalm 100

6677 00 1 CD $9.95

Concordia Choir : The Lord Is My Shepherd

Review: Included in this live recording from the 78th annual Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) Christmas Concert, "The Lord is My Shepherd," inspired by Psalm 23. Over 500 musicians, including the Concordia Choir, directed by Rene Clausen, Concordia College Orchestra, Bel Canto, Chapel Choir, Kantorei, Tintinnabula and Cantabile, tell the story of Christmas in song, segued by a spoken narrative. 22 songs, from Bach's "Sheep May Safely Graze,' and Paul Manz' "E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come" to Mary Caldwell's "A Lute Caroll" and Rene Clausen's beautiful "Psalm 23." Mostly orchestrally-accompanied. Wonderful, inspirational music from a fantastic annual event!

Songlist: Sheep May Safely Graze, Shepherd Me, O God , From Shepherding of Stars, The Lord's My Shepherd , Chichester Psalms, movement II, E'en so, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come, Our Father, A Lute Caroll , Go, Pretty Child, Hacia Belen Va Un Borrrico, The Godly Stranger, Sir Chistemas, Noel , African Noel , Angels' Carol , Ukranian Bell Carol, The First Noel, Ding Dong Merrily On High , The King of Love My Shepherd Is, Psalm 23, Stay With Us, Compline

7704 00 1 CD $9.95

Concordia Choir : Today Heaven Sings

Review: Directed by the contemporary composer Rene Clausen, the Concordia Choir performs frequently, but not exclusively, modern works. This 1999 seasonal recording features several familiar holiday carols, such as Praetorius' "Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming," but its appeal is also in the opportunity to enjoy newer, refreshing pieces, such as "How Still He Rests," with it's solemn oboe accompaniment. The eerie, yet beautiful tonalities of "Go Pretty Child," with its sibilant countermelody, are an example of how the Choir's approach is both delicate and unsettling at once. "Noel Aylsyen (A Haitian Noel)" bounces between the root and fifth, urged along in a springing rhythm, punctuated by handclaps. This refined and energetic modernism is exciting and supremely musical.

Songlist: Today, Heaven Sings, The Godly Stranger, O Magnum Mysterium, Noel Ayisyen (A Haitian Noel), Shout The Glad Tidings, Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, Carol Of The Drum, A Spotless Rose, Go, Pretty Child, How Still He Rests, The Three Kings, Sweet Was The Song, The Exaltation of Christ, Advent Motet, Lost in the Night

6673 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

Concordia Choir : Today Heaven Sings 2011

Review: The 2011 Christmas Concert was the 85th annual and is one of the nation's most dramatic choral Christmas celebrations.

Songlist: Nimrod from Enigma Variations, In the Beginning, God, Thou Who Wast God, Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming, O Magnum Mysterium, A Child Is Born, Coventry Carol, The First Noel, Today Heaven Sings!, Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella, Let Our Gladness Have No End, The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy, Once In Royal David's City, Past Three A Clock, Away In A Manger, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Shout The Glad Tidings, Patapan, Our Father, It Is Well With My Soul, Compline

2631 00 1 CD $15.95

Concordia Choir : Your Heart Shall Rejoice

Review: The colorfully beautiful liner notes give us a wealth of information about the Evangelical Lutheran Church's Concordia College of Moorhead, Minnesota, their acclaimed Choir, and director/composer/arranger Rene Clausen. "Your Heart" brings us 9 songs of praise, written by Giovanni Gabrieli, William Byrd, Heinrich Schutz and J.S. Bach: "Jubilate Deo," "I Will Not Leave You Comfortless," "Sing Joyfully," Singet dem Herrn ein neves Lied," "Selig sing die Toten," "Ich bin die Auferstehung und das Leben," "Komm, Jesu, Komm," "Der Geist hilt unsrer Schwachheit auf" and "Lobet den Herrn." The classic, soaring, harmonic music takes us to a simpler place and time, a place of contemplation and worship, a place where the heart may truly rejoice!

Songlist: Jubliate Deo, I Will Not Leave You Comfortless, Sing Joyfully, Singet Deui Herriti Ein Nuese Lied, Selig Sind Die Toten, Ich Bin Die Auferstehung, Komm, Die Geist Hifit Unser Schwachheit, lobet Deti Herrti

6709 00 1 CD $15.98

Conspirare : A Company of Voices

Review: This CD captures the exquisite sound of the choral ensemble Conspirare, as heard on a live national television broadcast. In this one-hour concert, contemporary music blends seamlessly with classical favorites, taking the listener and viewer on a journey of innovative sound, vibrant images and thought-provoking ideas.

Songlist: Sure on This Shining Night, Let the River Run, The Water is Wide, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, Will There Really Be a "Morning"?, Light of a Clear Blue Morning, Collage, Agnus Dei, Deep River , Gabriel's Oboe, Soneto de la Noche, When I Fall in Love, What If , Requiem , 1000 Beautiful Things, Triptych, I Love You , The First of My Lovers

9125 00 1 CD $18.95

Conspirare : An American Romantic

Review: On their new recording Samuel Barber - An American Romantic, Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare honor the great composer with a selection of some of his finest choral works. Barber's lyrical melodies and unabashed romanticism have earned him a cherished place in the pantheon of 20th-century composers. Featured here are the beloved Agnus Dei (choral version of the famous Adagio for Strings) and other favorites such as Reincarnations and Sure on this Shining Night. The recording also presents two world premieres. Barber's Easter Chorale and the sensual, passionate the Lovers on poetry by Pablo Neruda are heard here in new versions for chamber ensemble and choir prepared especially for Conspirare by composer Robert Kyr.

Songlist: Twelfth Night, To Be Sung on the Water, The Virgin Martyrs, Let Down the Bars, O Death, The Coolin, A Stopwatch and An Ordnance Map, Sure on This Shining Night, Agnus Dei, Prelude, Body of a Woman, Little Girl, Brown Girl, In the Hot Depth of This Summer, Close Your Eyes, The Fortunate Isles, Sometimes, We Have Lost Even This Twilight, Tonight I Can Write, Cemetery of Kisses, Easter Chorale

4313 00 SACD $17.95

Conspirare : Requiem

Review: Conspirare's second studio recording, Requiem, was recorded at The Bank Music Hall in Troy, New York in October 2005, and the CD has already received rave reviews most recently the 2005 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, presented by Chorus America. The album includes Howells' and Pizzetti's Requiems and some lovely, forlorn songs. Also a requiem from Austin's Eliza Gilkyson. "This is simply gorgeous choral singing - The Choir achieves near-perfect interpretive consensus and vocal enaemble, with stiletto-sharp intonation and unearthly tonal beauty." - American Rocoed Guide. "Sublime. Conspirare's "Requiem: We are so lightly here" flies on the wings of perfection.

Songlist: Requiem, Salvatore Mundi, Psalm 23, Requiem Aeternam, Psalm 121, Requiem Aeternam, I Heard A Voice From Heaven, Three Songs Of Faith, I Will Wade Out, Hope, Faith, Life, Love, I Thank You God For Most This Amazing Day, We Remember hem, Be Music, Night, Requiem, Dies Sanctus, Agnus Dei , Libera Me, The Road Home, Requiem

7978 00 2 CDs $18.98

Conspirare : Sacred Spirit of Russia

Review: To understand and partake of the "Sacred Spirit of Russia" requires one, first and foremost, to experience the beauty and splendor of the Russian Orthodox liturgy, which has been an integral part of the Eastern Slav identity for over a thousand years. The sacred music of the "New Russian Choral School" features sublime settings of the liturgy that draw on a rich history of Orthodox chants and native traditions, creating music of unprecedented color and textural richness. Following the lead of Tchaikovsky, composers such as Kastalsky, Gretchaninov, Tchesnokov, Rachmaninov and a host of others have left US a treasure-trove of musical delights. Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare (featuring the astounding basso profundo Glenn Miller) present a glorious sampling of some of their finest works in this genre.

Songlist: The Great Doxology, Bless the Lord, O My Soul, Glory - Only Begotten Son, The Beatitudes , Come, Let Us Worship, Christmas Troparion, Today the Virgin, As Many Have Been Baptized, Cherubic Hymn , The Creed, A Mercy of Peace , Hymn to the Mother of God, Our Father, Praise the Lord from the Heavens, A Wondrous Birth, We Should Choose to Love Silence, Now the Powers of Heaven, Do Not Cast Me Off in My Old Age, Let Our Mouths Be Filled, Blessed Be the Name of the Lord, Preserve, O Lord, for Many Year, Our Father

4313 00 SACD $17.95

Conspirare : Sing Freedom!

Review: One of the seminal American musical traditions, the spiritual is dramatic, powerful, and profoundly beautiful - the bedrock for much of American music that was to follow. Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare explore here the genre's wide range of expression and its eloquence in speaking to universal aspects of the human condition.

Songlist: Motherless Child, A City Called Heaven, Soon Ah Will Be Done / I Wanna Die Easy, Soon Ah Will Be Done, Hard Trials, Hold On, Been In De Storm / Wayfaring Stranger, Oh Graveyard, Ain'-a That Good News!, Steal Away, Walk Together, Children, I Got A Home In-a Dat Rock, Lily Of The Valley, Plenty Good Room, My God Is A Rock, Freedom Song, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

5983 00 SACD $17.95 Spirituals CDs

Conspirare : Threshold of Night

Review: In the 2007 season, Conspirare captivated audiences with concerts of works by the phenomenally gifted (and award-winning) young composer Tarik O'Regan. Now the Grammy-nominated choral ensemble is set to captivate audiences across the globe with a recording of those same works by O'Regan. This is a recording worthy of attention. A single listen confirms the impression from last year's concerts that this choir and composer are exquisitely matched. Conductor Craig Hella Johnson and his company of voices have the skill to voice all the colors in O'Regan's richly varied musical palette: the densely clustered voices that pull at one another in tense dissonance here and resolve in sumptuous harmonies there, the rhythms that rocket a song along or ease it into a blissful peace. Moreover, they have a feel for the material, for its drama and intensity and the deep spiritual dimension at its foundation. O'Regan, a 30-year-old British composer now living in New York, crafts his own truly original style. Yes, this music is essentially tonal, but hardly could you characterize it as traditionally melodic. O'Regan's music layers voices with brilliant intricacy. Voices cluster seamlessly in full choir, then emerge in delicate solos. He deftly combines airy melodies with only short moments of subtle dissonance to a powerful effect.

Songlist: Had I Not Seen The Sun, The Ecstasies Above, Threshold Of Night, Tal Vez Tenemos Tiempo, Care Charminge Sleepe, Triptych 1. Threnody, Triptych 2. As We Remember Them, Triptych 3. From Heaven Distilled a Clemency, I Had No Time To Hate

8932 00 SACD $19.95

Coro Hispano de San Francisco : Ramillete

Review: If "Mexican Baroque" has caught your ear, this wide-ranging anthology of choral music from Mexico, Central and South America is a must; it's got Latin American Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, Romantic and folk-originate works in a rich array of textures, styles and sonorities, from chorus-orchestra down to voice-and-guitar, all performed to the nines by the nation's premiere ensemble dedicated to this repertory: Coro Hispano de San Francisco. Brilliant vocal solos and on-target instrumental work by some of the West Coast's leading names in early music combine with foot-stomping Veracruz zapateados and robust, ranchera-style singing in this sampler from a half-dozen different concert programs. Latin America's choral music is a little-known treasure that's been quietly awaiting rediscovery for decades (or centuries- depending on how far back you want to go). Leading the way in its interpretation is the Coro Hispano de San Francisco, which has been exploring and performing this repertory exclusively since its first concert in 1975. On this disc-its third CD release- the nation's premiere Hispanic chorus turns in an amazingly varied sampling of music for voices and instruments from the cathedrals of Puebla, Lima and Sevilla, the ranchos of Early California, the plazas of Veracruz, all the way to the rain-forest missions of Paraguay and the mountain villages of Nigeria.

Songlist: Te Deum in C, Fecit Potenciam, Laudate Dominum, Cantico del Alba, Gloria, Agnus Dei , Virgen Sancta, Plaza, Plaza!, Las Mananitas Guadalupanas, Los Coflades de la Estleya , Keresimesi odu de o, O Quam Suavis, Digan, Digan, El Tilingo-lingo, La Golondrina, Cuando Uno Quiere a Una, Te Quiero Porque Te Quiero, Es Bueno Darte Gracias, Senor

7884 00 1 CD $9.95 Latin American Choral

Counterpoint : Counterpoint Christmas

Review: The Choral Excellence Series has joined legendary choral conductor and arranger Robert De Cormier to produce a A Counterpoint Christmas -- a fanciful journey around the world during the holiday season. Selections include familiar and less-familiar melodies and carols from around the world ending with the splendid suite of Argentinean Carols, Navidad Nuestra, by Ariel Ramirez. This beautifully-produced CD will put you in the spirit of the season while presenting a unique collection of exciting Christmas music. If you are looking for something new this holiday season, a Counterpoint Christmas will be a great selection.

Songlist: Navidad Nuestra, Ritsch Ratsch Filibom, Away In A Manger, A Wealden Trio, The Souling Song, Christmas Song, Christmas In The Southwest, La Trulla, Betelehemu

6420 00 1 CD $15.95

Counterpoint : Folk Songs and Dances of a Young Nation

Review: Here they present their latest album that brings together new arrangements, ranging from traditional to contemporary, of some of the best known and loved Israeli folk-songs. Unlike European folk-songs, whose origins tend to be vague and lost in the past, most of these songs originated in the 20th century and have known composers and poets. Yet they are folk music just the same, for they live now in the oral tradition. Several generations of Jews have grown up singing them, and some songs, such as Tsena Tsena, Shalom Chaverim and, of course, Hava Nagila, have achieved mainstream recognition. The purpose of Israeli folk-songs was to inspire a new national cultural identity through which, in the words of Hinei Ma Tov, Jewish brothers and sisters from many lands would dwell together in unity. Among many Jews and Israelis throughout the world the songs evoke sentiments of pride and belonging. And despite the inner conflicts between Israelis today and the violent conflicts with its neighbors, the message of this disc is the sincere hope that the entire region may someday achieve unity and peace.

Songlist: Mayim, Los Bibilicos, Hinei Achal'la Bachalili, Rounds Of Israel, Saleinu Al Ktefeinu, Hinei Ma Tov, Ba'a Mnucha, Mi Ze Hidlik, Hana 'Ava Ba Banot, Ayi Ayil, Erev Shel Za Hav, Lo Yisa Goy, Hora Zemer Lach & Hava Na Gila, Al Har Im, Laila Laila, Shir LaShalom, Israeli Medley

8555 00 1 CD $15.95 Jewish a cappella

Crystal Children's Choir : 10 Years of Singing, Learning and Enjoying

Review: Crystal Children's Choir: 10 Years of Singing, Learning and Enjoying Founded in the SF Bay Area in 1994, and now boasting over 750 choristers of all ages, in 18 classes that rehearse weekly and perform a wide repertoire of choral music. The CCC's cultural mission is blending the best of Eastern and Western musical traditions. Crystal Choir has toured Canada, Hong Kong, Austria, Hungary and both coasts of the US. It has performed at Carnegie Hall, Davies Hall in SF, and has won many awards. The first half of the recording is 9 Eastern songs, such as "Ode to the Eight Stallions," "In a Far Away Land," "The Riddle Song," "Happy Gathering," "Life on the Railway Gang" and "Jasmine." The second half is 10 Western songs, such as "Gloria," Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee," "The Water Is Wide," "Old Joe Clerk," "Amazing Grace" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Some piano and other light accompaniment. Crystal has a bright, spirited sound that lends itself well to this material. An impressive debut CD!

Songlist: Ode To The Eight Stallions, Pastoral Song, In A Far Away Land, The Riddle Song, Happy Gathering, Waiting Through The Night, Life On The Railway Gang, Diam A Ga (Sticky Tar), Jasmine, Gloria, The Flight Of The Bumblebee Ubi Caritas Past Life Melodies Aglepta The Water Is Wide Old Joe Clerk I Will Be Earth Amazing Grace Battle Hymn Of The Republic, Ubi Caritas, Past Life Melodies, Aglepta, The Water Is Wide, Old Joe Clerk, I Will Be Earth, Amazing Grace, Battle Hymn Of The Republic

7849 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Crystal Children's Choir : Live Peformances

Review: Mixed-voice Crystal Children's Choir was founded in the San Francisco in 1994, and since then has grown into a 1,000-chorister organization. The choir's mission is to provide a complete music education for children, strive for choral excellence, and blend the best of Eastern and Western musical traditions. The choir aspires to be a cultural ambassador of children's choral music, especially in the field of Chinese folk songs and newly commissioned works and it has toured Australia, Asia, Europe, Canada and the U.S., performing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and Beijing Concert Hall. There are 17 songs here, some accompanied, some favorites are Ko Matsushita's "Ave Regina Coelorum," Zoltan Kodaly's "Hegyi Ejszakak I" (Mountain Night)," Orlando di Lasso's "Echolied," Chen Yi's "The Cataract of Mount Lu," the Chinese folk song "Waiting Through the Night," Rossini's "The Barber of Seville Overture," the traditional Spiritual "Child of God" and Harry Belafonte & Robert Freedman's "Turn the World Around. Beautiful music from the Bay Area's own CCC, one of our favorite children's choirs!

Songlist: Ave Regina Coelorum, Mountain Night, Quando Corpus, Adiemus, Echolied, Aglepta, Bonfires in the Hills, The Eight Chestnut Horses, The Cataract of Mount Lu, Water Beetle Presage, Si Pi Heng Na, Waiting Through The Night, The Barber of Seville Overture, Child of God, The Tuberose, Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal, Turn The World Around

6504 00 1 CD $15.95

Dale Warland Singers : Bernstein & Britten

Review: The forty-voice choir, directed by Dale Warland, are known for their advancement of modern choral literature. This CD bookends works by Bejamin Britten and Leonard Bernstein, with several other composers - Stephen Paulus, Nancy Wertsch and Aharon Harlap among them - contributing. Britten's "Rejoice In The Lamb" (Op.30), is an exercise in contrast, with eerie chromatic dissonances and diminutive solo passages in marked relief to the organ-accompanied, florid crescendos of the chorus. Harlap's "Bat Yiftach" features a distinctive solo French horn motif, rebuked by an agitated chorus; the music from Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" were actually exerpted from work the celebrated conductor had written for an unproduced Thornton Wilder play! With organ, percussion and harp, the result has several movements and is sung in Hebrew; moments of stark beauty are shattered by portentous discord, only to be relieved by a dreamlike peace.

Songlist: Rejoyce in the Lamb, Antiphon for God the Father, Pilgrims' Hymn, Bat Yiftach (Jephthah's Daughter), Fragments from the Mass, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Agnus Dei , Chichester Psalms

6406 00 1 CD $15.98

Dale Warland Singers : Blue Wheat

Review: The 49-strong Dale Warland Singers, directed by the renowned Dale Warland, bring us 19 beautiful traditional American songs and spirituals, recorded at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Paul, Minnesota. There is some light accompaniment on a few songs, with harp, oboe and bass. The liner notes are extensive, with histories and words for each song. All the songs are wonderful, but some of our favorites are: "Oh, Shenandoah," "Skip to my Lou," "Soldier, Soldier Won't You Marry Me?," "Red River Valley," "Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair," "Single Girl," "Buffalo Gals," "The Water Is Wide" and "Black Sheep." Another classic collection from Dale Warland!

Songlist: Oh, Shenandoah, He's Goin' Away, Skip to My Lou, Steal Away, Poor Wayfaring Stranger, Soldier, Soldier Won't You Marry Me?, Pretty Saro, Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier, Black is the Color, Red River Valley, Nelly Bly, My Lord, What a Mornin', Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair, Hard Times Come Again No More, Single Girl, Deep River, Buffalo Gals, The Water is Wide, Black Sheep

6403 00 1 CD $15.98

Dale Warland Singers : Cathedral Classics

Review: This critically acclaimed recording includes Frank Martin's Mass, Herbert Howell's Requiem, Allegri's Miserere, and Barber's Agnus Dei

Songlist: Kyrie, Gloria1, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei , Agnus Dei , Miserere Mei, Deus , Salvator mundi, Psalm 23, Requiem aeternam (I), Psalm 121 , Requiem Aeternam (II), I Heard A Voice From Heaven

6401 00 1 CD $15.98

Dale Warland Singers : Christmas Echoes Vol 2

Review: Volume II of the reissue, by popular demand, of a classic pair of Christmas CDs, long out of print, by the renowned Dale Warland Singers. 29 songs: "The Holly and the Ivy," "A Savior from on High," "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree," "On Christmas Night," "Wexford Carol," "Lullay, My Liking," "Sing We Now of Christmas," "Christmas Lullaby," "The Kings and the Shepherds," "There Is No Rose of Such Virtue," "Lullaby, Dear Jesus," "How Far Is It to Bethlehem," "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," "A Boy Was Born," "Lo! How a Rose E'er Blooming," "Manger Dance" and many more. A classic!

Songlist: The Holly and the Ivy , A Savior from on High , Jesus Christ the Apple Tree , On Christmas Night , Wexford Carol , Lullay, My Liking , Sing We Now of Christmas , Christmas Lullaby , The Kings and the Shepherds , Lullaby, Dear Jesus , How Far Is It to Bethlehem , Hark the Herald Angels Sing , It Came Upon the Midnight Clear , A Boy Was Born, Lo! How a Rose E'er Blooming , Manger Dance, Snow Had Fallen; Christ Was Born , What Cheer, Evergreen , Birthday Carol , Tyrley, Tyrlow, Away in a Manger, Ding Dong! Merrily on High , Cradle Song , The Ship Carol , A New Year Carol

6777 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

Dale Warland Singers : Dale Warland Singers Christmas

Review: The Dale Warland Singers make their debut on Gothic with a beautiful new Christmas CD, featuring imaginative>arrangements of carols from around the world. The sound is incomparable. 21 songs, from "Il est ne, le divin enfant," "The Virgin's Cradle Hymn," "Susanni" and the Swedish carol "Prepare the Way," to the Latvian carol "Ai, nama mamina," the Medieval carol "The Friendly Beasts," the Canadian "Huron Carol" and the Basque "Gabriel's Message." A special, rare Christmas gift of beautiful music from around the world.

Songlist: Il est ne, le divin enfant (he is born) (French (Schultz)), The Virgin's Cradle Hymn (Dormi, Jesu!) (Edmund Rubbra), Susanni (German (Parker/Shaw)), Prepare the Way (Swedish (Jalkeus), Fum, fum, fum! (Spanish (Mechem), Sweet Was the Song the Virgin Sang (Alf Houkom), Hark! The Herald Angel Sing (Mendelssohn (Barnett), Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine (German (Luboff), Three Nativity Carols: (Stephen Paulus), O Little Town of Bethlehem (English (Warland)), Al, nama mamina from Three Latvian Carols (Latvian (Jansons)), The Friendly Beasts (Medieval Carol (Van), Carol of the Bells (Leontovich (Wilhousky), Est ist ein Ros estsprungen (Lo, How a Rose) (Praetorious (Sandstrom)), Huron Carol ('Twas In the Moon of Wintertime) (Canadian (Warland)), Patapan from Seven Joys of Christmas (Bergundian (Mechem)), Tomorrow shall be my dancing day (John Gardner), Gabriel's Message (Basque (Paulus)), Silent Night (Gruber (Sargent))

6771 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

Dale Warland Singers : December Stillness

Review: A forty-voice chorus devoted to the performance of works by twentieth-century composers, this 1995 recording by the Dale Warland Singers is modern classical choral music at its most inspiring and proficient. Sometimes oblique, emphasizing texture over adherence to an immediately recognizable form, works such as the second track, "Izhe Xeruvimy," seem to unfold in a series of layers. The charming and delicate "The Rune Of Hospitality," with the voices gently and broadly undulating against a repetitive acoustic guitar, suggests the enigma of the universe, the expanse of the night sky.

Songlist: Long, Long Ago, Izhe xeruvimy, The Rune of Hospitality, Corpus Christi Carol, Magnificat, Khvalitye imya Gospoknye, The Oxen, Ave Maria (I. Stravinsky), Ave Maria (F. Busto), Quem Vidistis Pastores Dicite, Evensong, Little Tree

6402 00 1 CD $14.98 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

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Dale Warland Singers : Harvest Home: Songs From the Heart

Review: Harvest Home originated in England as a festival for "bringing in the harvest" around the autumnal equinox. The community would work together to get the harvest (usually wheat, barley, corn, and oats) in before the autumn weather closed in. This bringing of the "harvest home" would be an occasion for great rejoicing accompanied by feasting, music, and dancing. Our "Homecoming" takes its origins from this festive term. This recording is a collection of familiar spirituals, folk songs, and hymns. Exquisitely sung and beautifully recorded, this CD offers some of the most heartfelt singing we've heard in awhile. Perfect intonation, sumptuous sound, and familiar tunes - this is Dale Warland at his best. Includes "Deep River," Simple Gifts, "The Water is Wide," Beautiful River ("Shall we gather at the river") "We gather together," and many more. The booklet features full text and notes on each song. The Grammy-nominated Dale Warland Singers, during their 31 years of concerts and recordings, set the standard for excellence in American choral singing. This was recorded before the group disbanded in 2004.

Songlist: Beautiful River (Shall We Gather at the River), Simple Gifts, She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain, Peace, McKay, A la claire fontaine, Deep River, We Gather Together, Not One Sparrow is Forgotten, Cindy, Gentle Annie, We Shall Walk Through the Valley, The Water is Wide, By and By, The Old Church, Lay Me Low, The Road Home,

7891 00 1 CD $15.98

Dale Warland Singers : Lux Aurumque

Review: Grammy-nominated Dale Warland Singers' final concert, on May 30, 2004, concluded 31 years of concerts, tours, radio broadcasts and critically acclaimed recordings. The Singers, a 40-voice professional choir based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, were recognized as one of the world's best a cappella choral ensembles. "Lux" is a collection of popular 19th and 20th century sacred music that shows just how high Dale Warland's standards were in creating and working with his renowned group. Picking favorites from this strong program isn't easy, but certainly Gretchaninoff's "Of Thy Mystical Supper," Vytautus Miskinis's "O sacrum convivium," Chesnokov's "Salvation is Created," John Rutter's "Hymn to the Creator of Light," the title tune by Eric Whitacre, Dominic Argento's "To God" (In Memoriam M.B.), and Nikolai Golovanov's "Otche Nash." The Dale Warland Singers has long been a favorite of ours for their bright, powerful harmonies and strong direction; "Lux Aurumque" is a beautiful, appropriate swan song for this great ensemble.

Songlist: Of Thy Mystical Supper, Op. 58, No. 7, A Prayer of The Middle Ages, O Sacrum Convivium, Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing , Salvation is Created , Hymn to the Creator of Light , O Magnum Mysterium, Lux Aurumque, Ave Maria, Complete this work from Choral Concerto, We Hymn Thee, To God "In Memoriam M. B.", Otche Nash

8621 00 1 CD $15.95

Dale Warland Singers : Rachmaninoff Vespers

Review: Some of the most beautiful music in the world can be heard in a performance of Rachmaninoff's Vespers. Better to be described as an All-night vigil, Rachmaninoff uses Russian melodies dating from the Byzantine era. In the Eastern Church, the All-night vigil is observed before religious feasts. This piece is difficult for any non-Russian choir due to the language. The Dale Warland Singers sing with great energy and beautiful dark tones as befits the Russian style.

Songlist: Vespers:, Come, Let Us Worship, Bless the Lord, O My Soul, Blessed is the Man, Gladsome Light, Lord, Now Lettest Thou, Rejoice, O Virgin, Matins:, The Lesser Doxology, Praise the Name of the Lord, Blessed Art Thou, O Lord, Having Beheld the Resurrection of Christ, My Soul Magnifies the Lord, The Great Doxology, The Troparion "Today Salvation Has Come", The Troparion "Thou Didst Rise from the Tomb", To Thee, the Victorios Leader

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Dale Warland Singers : Reincarnations

Review: Reincarnations is a program of five American masterworks and includes one world premier recording (Tom o'Bedlam). "The Hour Glass" by Irving Fine is difficult and virtuosic cycle, written in a lyrical style just before his 12-tone experimentation. "Tom o'Bedlam" by Jacob Avshlomov is based on a text about one of the patients of the insane asylum, St. Mary of Bethlehem, in 16th century. Accompanied by oboe and percussion, this powerful piece mimics the nonsense and madness in the text. "Reincarnations" by Samuel Barber is a set of three pieces which uses James Stephen's re-writing of old Gaelic poetry and includes the absolutely gorgeous setting of "The Coolin (The Fair Haired One)." All of the works on this recording are demanding but skillfully sung by the incomparable Dale Warland Singers.

Songlist: The Hour Glass , - O know to end as to begin, - Have you seen the white lily grow, - O do not wanton with those eyes, - Against Jealousy, - Lament, - The Hour-Glass, Tom o'Bedlam , Reincarnations , - When again all these rare perfections meet, - All-circling point, - His body was an orb, - On a round ball, - Nor do I doubt, - See how the arched Earth, Psalm 90 (Charles Ives)

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Dale Warland Singers : Seasonsnew

Review: The Grammy-nominated Dale Warland's new album -- his first in 14 years! Dale Warland conducts the Dale Warland Singers and the Minnesota Beethoven Festival Chorale in this program of music by Argento and Persichetti.

Songlist: Flowers of Stone, Spouting Violets, Early Flowers, Is There a Flower, A Yellow Flower, The Rose is Dying, Lily Has a Rose, Sonnet Number LXIV: in memorium 9/11/01, Preludium, Good Friday: The Third Nocturn,, Tria Carmina Paschalia, Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer

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Dale Warland Singers : Walden Pond

Review: 1975 Pulitzer Prize in Music winner and winner of Fulbright and Guggenheim awards , Minnesota composer Dominick Argento marked his diamond jubilee in 2003 with performances of his works by the numerous musical organizations, including the Dale Warland Singers, who have commissioned him across the decades. First we have the first piece written for the group by Argento in 1981, "I Hate and I Love (Odi et Amo)," which includes percussion. Then "A Toccata of Galuppi's, a rhapsody for chamber choir, harpsichord and string quartet, with poetry by Robert Browning. The final piece, "Walden Pond," puts to music the outdoor musings of 19th century author and naturalist, Henry David Thoreau, including "The Pond," "Angling," "Observing," "Extolling" and "Walden Revisited." All songs are lightly accompanied. Extensive liner notes tell us all about the composer, the music and the group. Complex harmonies, dramatic phrasing--very few groups would attempt to perform this music; the DWS do it justice with professional elegance. Excellent!

Songlist: I Hate and I Love (Odi et Amo) (1981), I Hate and I love, Let us live, my Clodia, and let us love, Greetings, miss, with nose not small, My woman says she will be no one's, Was it a lioness from the mountains of Libya, You promise me, my dearest life, Wrethced Catullus, put an end to this madness, I hate and I love, A Toccata of Galuppi's (1989), Walden Pond (1996):, The Pond, Angling, Observing, Extolling, Walden's Revisited

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Ditchfield Family Singers : A Cappella Christmas

Review: Sarasota, Florida's Ditchfields, inspired by Austria's famous Von Trapps, are actually all members of one family, led by parents Stephen and Bernice, son Nathaneal and his wife Regina, daughter Stephanie, teenage sons Michael and David, and 3 little grandsons, Andrew, Christopher and Joshua. Over the past 14 years the Family has performed the popular music of the '30s, '40s and '50s, show stoppers from Broadway, and the best loved traditional standards. "A Cappella Christmas" comes from their very popular annual Christmas concerts. Thirteen of our favorite carols and hymns: "Carol of the Bells," "Good King Wenceslas," "O Come All Ye Faithful," "In the Bleak Midwinter," "The Little Drummer Boy," "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," "What Child Is This," "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" and "Silent Night." The arrangements are dramatic and powerful, yet simple and sincere. "A Cappella Christmas" will be a welcome, uplifting addition to your family's holiday celebrations.

Songlist: Carol of the Bells, Good King Wenceslas, Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, O Come All Ye Faithful, In the Bleak Midwinter, I Wonder as I Wander, The Little Drummer Boy, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, We Three Kings, What Child is This (Greensleeves), Caroling, Caroling, Sweet Little Jesus Boy, Silent Night

8737 00 1 CD $9.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

East Carolina University Chamber Singers : Eternal Light

Review: The 45-strong, mixed-voice ECUCS, under the baton of multiple-award-winning Daniel Bara, is the most selective of four university choral ensembles at Greenville, NC's East Carolina University. The Singers have been invited to perform at numerous ACDA conventions and toured extensively in the United States. These 14 songs, with some accompaniment by Bassoon, Clarinet and Flute, showcase the marvelous choral tone of one of America's great university choirs. Some favorites are John Rutter's Hymn to the Creator of Light," Mark G. Sirett's "Veni, Sancte Spiritus," Howard Helvey's "O quam gloriosum," Egil Hovland's 4-part "Agnus Dei," the Spirituals "I've Been in the Storm So Long" and "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen;" and Leo Sowerby's title tune. The wonderful vocals of this rich collection are enhanced by the beautiful acoustics of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Greenville.

Songlist: Hymn to the Creator of Light, O Thou Great Power in Whom I Move, Veni Sancte Spiritus , Ave Maria , Cedit, Hyems (Be Gone, Winter!), O quam gloriosum, De profundis, Agnus Dei, Qui tollis peccata mundi, Miserere nobis, Dona nobis pacem, I've Been in the Storm So Long, Nobody knows the trouble I've seen, Eternal Light

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Eric Whitacre : Water Night

Review: Water Night is Eric Whitacre's follow up to his Grammy Award winning album Light & Gold and features seven world premiere recordings. It includes performances by the Eric Whitacre Singers, the London Symphony Orchestra, cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and soprano Hila Plitmann.

Songlist: Alleluia, Equus, Oculi Omnium, The River Cam, Her Sacred Spirit Soars, Water Night, Goodnight Moon, When David Heard, Sleep My Child

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Eric Whitacre Singers : Light & Gold

Review: Eric Whitacre's choral music has become a worldwide musical sensation. This release presents a new collection of works conducted for the first time by the composer himself. Performed by The Eric Whitacre Singers along with guests Laudibus and The King Singers.

Songlist: Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold): Five Hebrew Love Songs, i. Temuna (A Picture) , ii. Kala Kalla (Light Bride), iii. Larov (Mostly), iv. Eyze Sheleg! (What Snow!), v. Rakut (Tenderness), The Seal Lullaby, A Boy and A Girl, Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine, Three Songs of Faith: i. I Will Wade Out, Three Songs of Faith: ii. Hope, Faith, Life, Love, Three Songs of Faith: iii. I Thank You God For This Amazing Day, The Stolen Child, Water Night, Nox Aurumque (Night and Gold), Sleep

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Esoterics : Amore

Review: Named for the acient Greek word for "nightingale," AEDONIS is The Esoterics' fledgling men's ensemble. Their debut CD entitled AMORE features compositions by Franz Schubert, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Camille Saint-Saens, and Samuel Barber. Also on this disc are Love letters, four Tatar folksongs arranged by Bern Herbolsheimer, Ngam sang duan, a Thai song arranged by Steven Sametz, as well as two new works by Donald Skirvin: Songs of the nightingale, and Yet, love endures, a cycle of four poems by Hart Crane. The final work of this disc is Eric Banks' cycle of seven sonnets that Michelangelo composed for his lover, Tomasso de' Cavalieri, entitled Sonneti d'amore.

Songlist: Calme des nuits (1882), Songs of the nightingale (2004), The sweet nightingale (2006), Gold and silver - Love letters (2005), Red or coral - Love letters (2005), White - Love letters (2005), Rosy - Love letters (2005), Solovushko (1889), Ngam sang duan (2000), Mondenschein (1826), To be sung on the water (1968), And bees of paradise - Yet, love endures (2005), Echoes - Yet, love endures (2005), A stolen hour - Yet, love endures (2005), Worn more bright - Yet, love endures (2005), And both shall row (2001), Quanta dolcezza - Sonetti d'amore (2006), Ovunche tu ti sia - Sonetti d'amore (2006), Un dolce lume - Sonetti d'amore (2006), Nodo d'amore, Quanta docezza (Ritornello) - Sonetti d'amore (2006), E vie piu la - Sonetti d'amore (2006), Non ti contenti - Sonetti d'amore (2006), O felice quel di - Sonetti d'amore (2006), Quanta docezza (Ritornello) - Sonetti d'amore (2006)

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Esoterics : Antiphonia - Masterpieces for double chorus

Review: ANTIPHONIA captures the acclaimed program that The Esoterics reprised in Seattle, Portland, Tacoma and Everett in November 1999. ANTIPHONIA consists of six choral masterpieces, each from a different nationality - Swedish and Swiss, Finnish, and French, British and American - and each with a unique rendition of antiphony (from the Greek antiphon, "singing across"). The Seattle Post-Intelligencer deemed The Esoterics' performance of ANTIPHONIA a "triumph" and a program "as difficult as any have undertaken." The journal 21st Century Music praised the sound of the group as "sublime, pure, luxuriant, velvety ... The initial phrases gave me chills; it was as if angels were singing."

Songlist: Kyrie- Messe pour double choeur, Gloria - Messe pour double choeur, Credo - Messe pour double choeur, Sanctus - Messe pour double choeur, Agnus Dei - Messe pour double choeur, Ancient Roses - Echoes from the Heart, Longing, Dreaming - Echoes from the Heart, I Remember - Echoes from the Heart, Cantico del sole, ...a riveder le stelle, Bientot - Figure humaine, Le role de femmes - Figure humaine, Aussi bas que le silence - Figure humaine, Patience - Figure humaine, Premiere marche la voix d'un autre - Figure humaine, Un loup - Figure humaine, Un feu sans tache - Figure humaine, Liberte - Figure humaine, Pseudo-yoik , Antics

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Esoterics : Barber - Collected Choral Works

Review: This recording was made in conjunction with The Esoterics' centennial concert of the same name, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the American composer Samuel Barber. This is the first recording by an American choral ensemble to feature all of Barber's works for a cappella chorus. Barber is one of the most important figures in American composition, having twice won the Pulitzer Prize. Purchase your copy of this historic recording by one of the country's premiere vocal ensembles for contemporary choral music! This recording, made in the lush acoustics of Seattle's Holy Rosary Catholic Church, is the first recording to bring together God's grandeur and Motetto on words from the book of Job, which Barber had intended to be performed as a single cycle. Also included in this recording are three choral works that are normally performed with instruments (Easter chorale, A stopwatch and an ordnance map, and Sure on this shining night). For these three pieces, the ensemble sings the instrumental parts (for brass, timpani and piano) as well as the choral parts. This recording, directed by The Esoterics' Founding Director Eric Banks, is an excellent interpretation of Barber's neo-romantic style and was engineered using binaural recording technology.

Songlist: There the wicked cease - Motetto, Call now! - Motetto, God's grandeur - Motetto, Praise him! - Motetto, Twelfth night, Easter chorale, Heaven-haven, Let down the bars, O death, The virgin martyrs, A stopwatch and an ordnance map, To be sung on the water, Mary Hynes - Reincarnations, Anthony O Daly - Reincarnations, The coolin - Reincarnations, Agnus Dei, Sure on this shining night, Happy birthday, Sam Barber

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Esoterics : Beata - Songs to the blessed virgin

Review: The Esoterics' first CD, BEATA, celebrates the Virgin Mary as a symbol of purity and devotion, as well as an inspiration for centuries of music. Comprising eighteen compositions from nearly as many countries, this recording presents unaccompanied choral music about Mary from every continent and each decade of this century. This contemporary repertoire is interspersed with strophes of the sequence, O virga ac diadema, by the renowned medieval mystic, poet, and abbess, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). BEATA was originally performed and recorded in July 1997 (after our highly acclaimed performance of the same title) in a true-to-performance style, where each piece is heard as it was performed, and no gratuitous editing occurred during the mastering process.

Songlist: Hymne a la Vierge, Ave maris stella, Hil dig, havets stjerne, I, Tota pulchra es, Maria, Canticum Mariae Virginis, I beheld her, beautiful as a dove, II, Ave Maria, cheiaa di graca, Ave Maria, cheia di graca, Magnificat, O magnum mysterium, Es ist ein Reis entsprungen, Morning-song for the Christ Child, III, Ave Maria, gratia plena, Ave Maria, gratia plena, Maria durch ein Dornwald ging, IV, Bogoroditse dyevo, raduisya, Bogoroditse dyevo, raduisya, Mater ora filium

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Esoterics : Elementia - The elements in their season

Review: ELEMENTIA, the third release from The Esoterics, is a double CD set that encompasses some of the best works from Season 2000. With more than two hours of music, ELEMENTIA features world premiere recordings by Northwest composers Donald Skirvin, Garrett Fisher, and David Asplin. Over the course of the year 2000, The Esoterics celebrated each of the four ancient elements from various vantage points, presenting the sounds and stories of different cultures - weaving music and mythology, science and sociology - to create a broader appreciation of EARTH, WATER, AIR, and FIRE. ELEMENTIA is a compilation of works from these concerts, with world premieres and 20th century classics. The repertoire spans continents and styles, with a range of new favorites and choral classics from Britten, Carter, Pizzetti, Stravinsky, Barber, and more. Kim Davenport of said of the EARTH concert performed in Tacoma, "Seldom is one treated to a choral ensemble of such skill, with stunning balance, rhythmic precision, warmth of sound, a wonderfully broad dynamic range, and impeccable diction in every language sung."

Songlist: In Nature's charm - Earth, New World/ Due composizioni corali - Earth, Il giardino di Afrodite - Earth, Piene sorgeva la luna - Earth, A foldhez - Earth, Min yndlingsdal - Earth, Friede auf Erden - Earth, Riverrun - Water, Wheel of Dreams - Water, To Be Sung on the Water / Szeroka woda- Water, A ta nasza Narew - Water, Oj, kiedy na Powislu - Water, Oj, Janie, Janie - Water, Polne roze rwala - Water, Szeroka woda - Water, Natteregn - Water, Canticum,calamitatis maritimae - Water, Autumn - Air, The Delight Song of Tsoai-talee - Air, Dance, Clarion Air - Air, Entflieht auf leichten Kahnen/ Szeged felol - Air, Szeged felol - Air , Nem porzik - Air, Angyi sutott retest... - Air, Sej haj, liba liba... - Air, Aftenroden - Air, Suglsmaastikud - Air, Anthem - Fire, Cedar Smoke and Snowflake - Fire, Twelfth Night - Fire, Nonantsin - Fire, Tuz-szivarvany - Fire, To Music - Fire, Hymn to St Cecilia

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Esoterics : Immaginosa - American inspiration and the modern madrigal

Review: The Esoterics' fifth CD, IMMAGINOSA features premieres by William Hawley and Stephen Paulus and other pieces that represent springtime song cycles on love and life. Recorded after the IMMAGINOSA concert series in May 2004, this CD features several of The Esoterics' favorite cycles. Ross Lee Finney's Spherical madrigals resonates with the exploration and creativity of the Age of Reason, and Irving Fine's artful cycle of six Ben Jonson poems - The hour glass - traverses the evolution of love during the human lifetime. The second half of IMMAGINOSA will either put spring in your step or send you off into blissful dreams. First, revel in recordings of two premiere performances: Four reveries by New York composer William Hawley, followed by a spring madrigal, Now is the gentle season, by Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus. Next, enjoy two contrasting settings of Emily Dickinson by Elliott Carter - Heart not so heavy as mine and Musicians wrestle everywhere. Finally, immerse yourself in two cycles of spectacular strophes by Sara Teasdale: The winds of May by San Francisco composer Kirke Mechem, and Donald Skirvin's Alchemy, which was commissioned by The Esoterics.

Songlist: O know to end as to begin- The hour-glass (1949), Have you seen the white lily grow? - The hour-glass (1949), O do not wanton with those eyes - The hour-glass (1949), Against jealousy - The hour-glass (1949), Lament - The hour-glass (1949), The hour-glass - The hour-glass (1949), Echo - Four reveries (1995), Remembrance - Four reveries (1995), My river runs to thee - Four reveries (1995), Meeting at night - Four reveries (1995), Heart not so heavy as mine (1938), Now is the gentle season (1978), Love is a circle - Spherical Madrigals (1947), When again all these rare perfections meet - Spherical Madrigals (1947) , All-circling point - Spherical Madrigals (1947), His body was an orb - Spherical Madrigals (1947), On a round ball - Spherical Madrigals (1947), Nor doe I doubt - Spherical Madrigals (1947), See how the Earth - Spherical Madrigals (1947), Musicians wrestle everywhere (1945), The tune - The winds of May (1965), Let it be forgotten - The winds of May (1965), Over the roofs - The winds of May (1965), I shall not care - The winds of May (1965), Song - The winds of May (1965), Living gold - Alchemy (2002), Cups of fire - Alchemy (2002) , Jewelled blaze - Alchemy (2002), O Beauty - Alchemy (2002)

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Esoterics : Mandala - Meditations on the wholeness of being

Review: From the Sanskrit word for 'circle' or 'completion,' the title of this recording refers to a wide variety of symbols that prevail throughout several spiritual traditions. In more contemporary Western society, the concept of the mandala is used to describe the personal world in which one lives: the activities and interests in which one partakes, as well as those with whom one chooses to associate. MANDALA: such an all encompassing word makes a fitting title for a recording (a CD is a circle, after all!) of choral music themed around meditations on the wholeness of being. Singing in a variety of Eastern languages, The Esoterics have given voice to meditations of several faiths and spiritual practices, including verses inspired by Sufism (by director Eric Banks), Hinduism (by Roger Nelson and Diane Thome), Taoism (by Linda Waterfall, Mark Adamo, and Stephen Paulus), and Buddhism (by John Muehleisen and Donald Skirvin). Each of these eight self-published choral meditations has been composed in the last 15 years, and seven of these were first premiered in concert by The Esoterics. With MANDALA, The Esoterics has taken another step in its mission: to create and perpetuate a cappella choral music that embraces and illuminates texts found outside the Judeo-Christian canon, and gives voice to poetry, philosophy, and spiritual writings from around the world.

Songlist: Javdani (2003), Attaining immortality (2005), All This , Guang, Supreme Virtue, And even my soul remains quiet - Meditations on Li Po (1994), I lift my eyes to watch the mountain moon - Meditations on Li Po (1994), And now the last cloud drains away - Meditations on Li Po (1994), Prologue: Clouds and Moon - Watching the Moon go down (2001), Meditations on the Moon - Watching the Moon go down (2001), Epilogue: The Moon in my heart -Watching the Moon go down (2001), I take refuge - Songs of Enlightenment (2005), Verses and mantras of compassion - Songs of Enlightenment (2005), The fleeting world - Songs of Enlightenment (2005)

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Esoterics : Notturna - Odes and airs for the ephemeral hours

Review: NOTTURNA, the title of The Esoterics' seventh CD recording, is the feminine form of the of Italian noun notturno, which refers to a musical composition that is inspired by the night, the "nocturne." A word employed by such diverse composers as Mozart, Chopin, Shostakovich, and Fine, nocturne first applied to 18th-century ensemble pieces in several movements; in the Romantic era, the nocturne evolved to its more familiar form, a single-movement work for piano. Olli Kortekangas' Three romances were performed by The Esoterics at the Harald Andersen International Choir Competition in Helsinki, Finland in September 2006. Lajos Vass Nocturne, the namesake of this recording, recounts the quiet ecstasy of Verlaine's moonlit midnight. The other four pieces on this CD were commissioned by the ensemble in 2001, and are intended to commend our celestial company of sun, moon, and stars - Asplin's Of a turning wheel turns to the ancient wisdom of the Upanishads and Vedas, Rumi, ibn Ezra, Ptolemy, and Tagore; Skirvin's ...stars to hold relies upon the star-gazing strophes of Sara Teasdale; Mantyjarvi's Kosijat echoes the folky flavor of the Finnish national epic, the Kanteletar; and Eric Banks' Celestial Wystan finds inspiration in the verses of WH Auden.

Songlist: Cherry robbers - Three Romances (1995), Green - Three Romances (1995), Old song - Three Romances (1995), A thousand rays - Of a turning wheel (2001), Walk to the well - Of a turning wheel (2001), O resplendent night - Of a turning wheel (2001), Warm - Celestial Wystan (2001), Make this night - Celestial Wystan (2001), The more loving one - Celestial Wystan (2001), Nocturne (1968), Stars - ...stars to hold (2001/2006), I know the stars - ...stars to hold (2001/2006), Winter stars - ...stars to hold (2001/2006), The starry places - ...stars to hold (2001/2006), Give me your stars to hold - ...stars to hold (2001/2006), Intro - Kosijat (2001), Aurinko - Kosijat (2001), Kuu - Kosijat (2001), Pohjantahti - Kosijat (2001)

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Esoterics : Ourania - Dreams that reach across the heavens

Review: In OURANIA: Dreams that reach across the heavens, The Esoterics features eight choral works that explore the concept of 'the heavens.' Named for the Greek muse of astronomy, OURANIA ranges in scope from the precise calculations of science, to the lavish polyphony of late Romanticism, and the angelic inspiration of Biblical imagery - offering several perspectives on how we have come to understand the sun, moon, and stars. Included in this recording are Richard Strauss' 16-part choral tone poems Zwei Gesange (Two songs) (Op 34): Der abend (The evening), Friedrich von Schiller's description of Phaebus Apollo, whose chariot draws the sun to setting; and Hymne, Friedrich Ruckert's proclamations of celestial ecstasy, in which the heavens join Jacob as he celebrates the return of his prodigal son. Also featured on this recording are two works by The Esoterics' founder Eric Banks, and these highlight the intersection between the hard science of astronomy (Banks' course of study while at Yale) with music. In his Onomata planeton, a choral intonation of the planets and moons in the solar system, the score is based entirely on the comparative mass, velocity, and period of revolution of these heavenly bodies. Banks' second piece, Tabula siderum zodiaco, draws a similar parallel between music and astronomy, as he chorally maps the 928 stars of the zodiac, by superimposing the twelve constellations of the zodiac upon the twelve key signatures of the "circle of fifths."

Songlist: Der abend , Song of Apollo (2001/2006), Triumf att finnas till (1995), Tabula siderum zodiaco (2002), Onomata planeton (2002), Hymn to the moon (2001/2006), I. Prologus - Hypostasis vel somnium Jacob (1994), II. Visio - Hypostasis vel somnium Jacob (1994), III. Promissio - Hypostasis vel somnium Jacob (1994), IV. Memoria - Hypostasis vel somnium Jacob (1994), V. Actio - Hypostasis vel somnium Jacob (1994), VI. Votum - Hypostasis vel somnium Jacob (1994), VII. Oracululm, Hymne (1897)

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Esoterics : Penitentia - Ancient petitions for mercy and peace

Review: The Esoterics is proud to present PENITENTIA, its fourth CD that features works of the Lenten liturgy by Poulenc, Pizzetti, d'Hollander, Herbolsheimer, and more. Francis Poulenc's Quatre motets pour un temps du penitence and Bern Herbolsheimer's Seven last words depict the final moments of Christ's agony. As the cloak of night descends upon this Lenten vigil, Tre composizioni corali by Italian composer Ildebrando Pizzetti and Trois nocturnes by Belgian composer Geert d'Hollander remind us that oppression often inspires the most profound spiritual contemplation. One eloquent result of such reflection was Precatio pro pace, an ancient poem by Janus Pannonius set by the Hungarian composer Miklos Paszti. Another was the unparalleled Pro pace motets of South African composer John Joubert, who designed a triptych around the poems of three medieval mystics - Scottus, Vulgarius, and Abelard - each offering a personal plea for peace: a prayer for mercy from the universal destruction of the Black Death, a lament on the day mankind invented weaponry to harm itself, and an ode that recounts Christ's Passion and Resurrection as the triumph of non-violent protest and ultimate pacifist victory.

Songlist: Cade la sera - Tre composizioni corali (1942- 1943), Ululate, quia prope est dies Domini - Tre composizioni corali (1942- 1943), Recordare, Domine - Tre composizioni corali (1942- 1943), Timor et tremor - Quatre motets pour un temps de penitence (1938-1939), Vinea mea electa - Quatre motets pour un temps de penitence (1938-1939), Tenebrae factae sunt - Quatre motets pour un temps de penitence (1938-1939), Tristis est anima mea - Quatre motets pour un temps de penitence (1938-1939), Father, forgive them - Seven last words (1998-2000), Amen dico tibi - Seven last words (1998-2000), Mulier, ecce filius tuus - Seven last words (1998-2000), Eli, lama sabatani? - Seven last words (1998-2000), I thirst - Seven last words (1998-2000), Consummatum est - Seven last words (1998-2000), Father, into thy hands - Seven last words (1998-2000), Nox et tenebrae - Trois nocturnes (1990), Caligo terrae scinditur - Trois nocturnes (1990), Sunt multa fucis - Trois nocturnes (1990), Ad Martem - Precatio pro pace (1975), Ad Dominum - Precatio pro pace (1975), Libera plebem - Pro pace motets (1955-1959), O tristia secla priora - Pro pace motets (1955-1959), Solus ad vicitmam - Pro pace motets (1955-1959)

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Esoterics : Ru'ia - Sacred visions inspired by Islam

Review: The Esoterics proudly presents RU'IA, its ninth CD recording. Titled with an Arabic word meaning "dreams" or "visions," this is the first American choral CD inspired entirely by Islamic scripture and poetry. The repertoire includes: Mombasa matatu meditation by Vancouver composer Hussein Janmohamed - a choral cityscape wherein Muslim chant emerges from the morning din of urban Kenya; Bern Herbolsheimer's Kader kic (The night of destiny) - a setting of verses by Tatar poet Gabdulla Tukai about the holiest night in Ramadan; and the Islamic-inspired Priere by Dutch composer Ton de Leeuw. The centerpiece of this recording is a 50-minute a cappella choral dreamscape by The Esoterics' founder Eric Banks entitled Twelve Qur'anic visions. In addition to studying the Qur'an, Banks researched this piece during his extensive travel to India and Indonesia over the course of two years. The resulting work unveils the essence of Muslim faith, including visions of the creation, the beauty of nature, the wisdom of the prophets, the afterlife in Hell and Paradise, the injustice of aggression, and the path to peace. Banks was strongly motivated to write and record this piece to initiate listeners in the West to one of the most prevalent yet misunderstood religions in the world.

Songlist: Priere (Prayer) (1954), Kader kic (The night of destiny) (2005), Mombasa matatu meditation (2005), I. The names of God - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007), II. The messengers of blessing - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007), III. The book of light - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007), IV. The waves of darkness - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007), V. The miracles of creation - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007), VI. The balance of the soul - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007), VII. The day of reckoning - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007), VIII. The torment of Hell - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007), IX. The rivers of paradise - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007), X. The star of justice - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007), XI. The injustice of aggression - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007), XII. The paths of peace - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007)

6011 00 1 CD $15.95

Esoterics : Sonettaria - The triumph of iambic pentameter

Review: The first of two discs funded by a grant from the NEA, The Esoterics' sixth CD, SONETTARIA, presents fourteen settings of sonnets: a choral "sonnet of sonnets." Recorded after the SONETTO concert series in May 2006, this CD features six world premiere choral settings of Michelangelo, Rossetti, and Browning by Eric Banks, Lorri Kristin Frogget, and John Muehleisen. In addition, The Esoterics sings two sonnets of Petrarch by Lars John Werle, and five sonnets of Shakespeare by Paul Crabtree, Jaakko Mantyjarvi, and Dominick Argento. To complete this disc, the ensemble performs Three nocturnes by Carlos Chavez, and is joined by guest harpists Alexis Odell and Melissa Walsh to present Robert Moran's Notturno in Weiss.

Songlist: O notte (2006), Sonnet to sleep - Three nocturnes (1942), To the moon - Three nocturnes (1942), So we'll go no more a-roving - Three nocturnes (1942), Die steinerne Familie - Notturno in Weiss (2006), In totenstiller Nacht - Notturno in Weiss (2006), Die Lilie - Notturno in Weiss (2006), I dream of you to wake (2006), Youth gone, and beauty (2006), Sonetto XXXV (1989), Sonetto CCXCII (1993), Time (1997), Sonnet LXIV (2002), O how much more - Three rose madrigals (2000), The forward violet thus I did chide - Three rose madrigals (2000) , O, never say that I was false of heart - Three rose madrigals (2000), The soul's expression (2006), Perplexed music (2006), Etternalmente vive (2006)

6014 00 1 CD $15.95

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : 'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Review: For many years Waring and his Pennsylvanians entertained America with radio and tv broadcasts, as well as stage shows and a multitude of recordings. Culled from the Waring archives, the spontaneity and energy of these live recordings comes through from the first cut. Featured are famous Pennsylvanian soloists and the incomparable Waring Glee Club on these 21 wonderful (all big band accompanied) songs of Christmas. We can't really pick favorites here. The jazzy "Jingle Bells" perhaps, or the Teen Trio's solo on "Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer" that segues into manic sound-effect silliness." Certainly the "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow Medley," Frank Davis' soulful solo on "One for the Little Bitty Baby," and Jack Best and Gordon Goodman on "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Oh, and we have to include Jane Wilson's solos on "Away In A Manger" and "Cantique De Noel" (Oh Holy Night). The bottom line is, this is great, classic entertainment by, in our opinion, the premier choral organization of all time. Christmas music just doesn't get any better than this!

Songlist: Opening: I Hear Music, Jingle Bells, Christmas Was Meant For Children, Santa Claus is Comin' To Town, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, One For The Little Bitty Baby, Medley (Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, The Sleigh, Winter Wonderland), White Christmas, The Christmas Song, 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, Medley (Adeste Fidelis, The First Noel, Carol Of The Bells), Beautiful Savior, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentleman, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Rise Up Shepard And Foller, Oh Gathering Clouds, Behold That Star, Medley Of English Carols (Suzzani, Coventry Carol, Gloucestershire Wassail), Away In A Manger, Cantique De Noel (Oh Holy Night), Silent Night/Come Unto Him, Closing Sleep

7883 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : I Hear Music

Review: This release is a "twofer" by having two classic Fred Waring stereo albums on one CD. "In Hi-Fi" (1957) and "All Through the Night" (1958) were both big sellers when there were first released and these recording clearly demonstrate why The Pennsylvanians were so popular. Lots of warm memories here!

Songlist: I Hear Music, Dry Bones, In the Still of the Night, Ol' Man River, Hit the Road to Dreamland, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Cigarette, Sweet Music and You, The Whiffenpoof Song, Hora Staccato, Lolly Too Dum Dey, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, You'll Never Walk Alone, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Sleep, Autumn Leaves, If I Had My Way, The Inch Worm, Dear Hearts and Gentle People, Anywhere I Wander, Tennessee Waltz, Greensleeves, Funiculi Funicula, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, The Unconstant Lover, Comin' Thro' the Rye, All Through the Night

4313 00 1 CD $9.95

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : Nutcracker Suite

Review: Tchaikovsky's beloved Nutcracker Suite is given a twist as performed by Fred Waring and the Pennslyvanians. Conceived by arranger Harry Simeone he combines the charming lyrics written by Jay Johnson, Frank Cunkle, Daisy Bernier and Fred Waring. The arrangement was debuted on October 27, 1947 on Waring's radio program for General Electric and recorded for Decca Records later that year. It has been delighting audiences ever since. The performance heard here was originally broadcast August 19, 1948.

Songlist: The Overture, Dance of the Sugar Plums, Trepak, Dance of the Toy Flutes, Waltz of the Flowers

4576 00 1 CD $9.98 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

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Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : Sentimental Journey

Review: Called "the man who taught America how to sing" Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians were a fixture on radio in the '40's and '50's and these 23 songs were recorded in 1949 and 1950 when at the height of their popularity. The group, including the instrumentalists, was over 50 members strong and sing beautifully some of the classic songs from the era. The arrangements were from some of the top choral arrangers in the country such as Roy Ringwold and Harry Simeone. A great trip down memory lane.

Songlist: I Hear Music, I Feel A Song Comin' On, Sentimental Journey, Here I'll Stay, Country Style, Someone to Watch Over Me, I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Japanese Sandman, Moonlight and Roses, Runnin' Wild, April Showers, The Continental, Somebody Loves Me, Ballynure Ballad, Temptation, Ain't Misbehavin, It's Only A Paper Moon, I Only Have Eyes for You, Riders in the Sky, Hit the Road to Dreamland, Roumanian Rhapsody, What Makes the Sunset, Sleep

4444 00 1 CD $14.98 Mixed Vintage CDs

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : Songs Of Freedom

Review: Songs of patriotism and inspiration were always part of Fred Waring's broadcasts and stage shows. By popular request, Songs of Freedom was compiled from recordings in their collection. Selections include John Philip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever," "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor" from Miss Liberty by Irving Berlin and "Battle Hymn Republic," which was made popular by Roy Ringwald's arrangement and won a gold record. Also included is Fred Waring's "love song for America," "My America." Waring wrote the song for his bicentennial shows in 1975.

Songlist: Pledge of Allegiance, Stars and Stripes Forever, America, The Beautiful, God Bless America, This Is My Country, No Man Is An Island, America, Where Are You?, America Our Heritage, You're A Grand Old Flag, Stars of Glory, Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, My America, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Star Spangled Banner

4574 00 1 CD $14.98 Patriotic A Cappella Music

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