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Manitou Singers of St. Olaf College : Repertoire For Women's Voices Vol 5

Review: The Manitou Singers are 100 first-year students at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN; who have been ably led in renditions of beautiful treble choral literature by Conductor Sigrid Johnson. "Repertoire for Women's Voices: Vol. 5" is part of a series of recordings of new material by the ensemble, in this case 19 songs. Religious material is plentiful here with cuts like Felix Mendelssohn's "Children Blessed of the Lord," Ruth Henderson's "Cantate Domino," Daniel Gawthrop's "Sing Me to Heaven," David L. Brunner's "Jubilate Deo," Katie Moran Bart's "Blessing" and Ron Nelson's "Jehovah, Hear Our Prayer." But the lovely high voices also lend themselves well to secular tunes like David Sargent's "Mirth," Neal Pfeifer's "Lilacs and Rain" and Imant Raminsh's "Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One.

Songlist: Children Blessed Of The Lord, Magnificat, Cantate Domino, Mirth, He's Gone Away, Duerme Negrito, Lilacs and Rain, Regina Coeli, Alleluia, Lux Aeterna from Missa , Sing Me To Heaven, Jubilate Deo , Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One, Choose Something Like A Star, Barter, Blessing, I Will Sing With The Spirit, Jehovah, Hear Our Prayer, Set Me As A Seal

6092 00 1 CD $15.95 Girls Choirs CDs

Manitou Singers of St. Olaf College : Repertoire For Women's Voices Vol 6

Review: One of the most popular music ensembles at Northfield, MN's St. Olaf College is the 100-strong Manitou Singers, comprised of 100 first year women's voices. Manitou sings at the opening worship service of the college; at daily chapel and church services, the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival, its own Spring concert and others. Their repertoire includes the sacred, the secular and even popular ballads. On "Repertoire for Women's Voices, Vol. 6," well-respected Director Sigrid Johnson leads Manitou's clear, soaring voices in 18 beautiful, mostly piano-accompanied songs; some favorites are Gyorgy Orban's 4-part "Mass #6," a pair by David M. Childs, "I Am Not Yours" and "She Walks In Beauty;" a pair by Joan Szymko, "The Peace of Wild Things" and "I Dream A World;" Z. Randall Stroope's "Dies Irae;" Michael Cleveland's "Come to Me" among many others. A delicate, lovely collection from this young, talented group!

Songlist: Mass No. 6, Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Benedictus, Agnus De, Sicilian Lullaby, The Peace of Wild Things, Las Amarillas, Little Star, I am Not Yours, Exsultate, Jubilate, Ubi Caritas, Dies Ira, She Walks in Beauty, Little David Play on Your Harp, Come to Me, Yo Le Canto Todo El Dia, The White Rose/, I Dream a World

9803 00 1 CD $15.95 Female Choral CDs

Manitou Singers of St. Olaf College : Repertoire For Women's Voices Vol 7

Review: "Repertoire for Women's Voices, Vol. 7" continues an impressive series from Northfield, MN's St. Olaf College's youngest vocal ensemble, formed of 100 first year women singers. Facing the daunting task of creating a world-class group from 100 new singers every year, Sigrid Johnson comes through every time, each "Repertoire" a soaring, poised, impressive winner! A few favorites from this 19 song, mostly lightly piano accompanied collection would be a pair by David P. Rossow, "Agnus Dei" and "Sanctus;" a pair of Spirituals, the Moses Hogan-arranged "Music Down In My Soul" and "Go Down Moses," arranged by Mark Hayes; 3 "Songs of Innocence" by Karl Korte; Robert Sieving's "She Sat and Sang" and many others. Beautiful, well-chosen songlist, and wonderful young, soaring voices-don't miss this one!

Songlist: O Frondens Virga, Kyrie, Sanctus, I Lift My Eyes/, Today, This Spring, Homeland, Music Down In My Soul, Echo, Alleluia Brasileira , Come, All Musicians, Come, Agnus Dei, Sanctus, She Sat and Sang, Music, the Spirit of Life, Piping Down the Valleys, A Cradle Song, Spring, Here, Go Down Moses

9804 00 1 CD $15.95 Female Choral CDs

Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine Choir : Hail Holy Queen

Review: From Latin classics of Jacobus Gallus and Cesar Franck to the Russian a cappella romanticism of Pavel Chenokov, to Handel, Durufle and Wilby as well as fresh and original pop choral a cappella arrangements of "Ave Maria" and "Danny Boy", the Choir of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in Orlando sets a new standard for musical diversity in Catholic Church liturgical repertoire. The Shrine Choir is the resident professional choir-in-residence at Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine and was formed to minister to the many thousands of tourists who travel to Central Florida's Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, and other attractions. The Choir's members come from all parts of the United States, and all have extensive choral experience. Dr. William Picher, director of the Shrine Choir, is an accomplished organist, trumpeter, conductor, composer and arranger. Three of his compositions appear of this CD, displaying a fresh harmonic approach to vocal writing.

Songlist: Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above, Alleluia! In Your Resurrection, He Shall Feed His Flock, Panis Angelicus, Lord of the Dance, Ave Maria for solo voice and piano, Ave Verum Corpus, Ave Maria for Tremble Choir, Angel Vopiyashe, Awake the Trumpets' Lofty Sound from "Samson", Ubi Caritas, If Ye Love Me, Mary's Lullaby, When I Survey the Wonderous Cross, Danny Boy, How Great Thou Art

8731 00 1 CD $15.95

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Melodia Women's Choir : Songs From The Heart

Review: A fresh voice on the New York Choral scene, the 32-voice Melodia Women's Choir was founded by Executive Director Jenny Clarke in 2003. The ensemble explores and performs rarely-heard music for women's voices in many different styles, nurturing emerging women composers through commissions, residencies and performances. Directed by Cynthia Powell, founding conductor, Melodia has performed 18 full evening performances, at Symphony Space, Merkin Concert Hall, Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola and many other venues. "Songs from the Heart" is a live recording of a performance at Merkin in May of 2010, featuring 23 classical songs from the romantic period and some contemporary selections, such as the 4-part "Vier Lieder aus dem Jungbrunnen" by Johannes Brahms, the 5-part "Partsongs" by Robert Schumann, "Lied mit Chor from Midsummer Night's Dream" by Felix Mendelssohn and "Angel from Six Choruses, Op. 15" by Serge Rachmaninoff, many of them piano accompanied. This is a lovely, impressive collection by Melodia, a fast-rising ensemble on New York's vibrant choral scene!

Songlist: Num Stehn Die Rosen, Op. 44, No. 7, Die Berge Sind Spitz, Op. 44, No. 8, Am Wildbach Die Weiden, Op. 44, No. 9, Und Gehst Du Uber Den Kirchhoff, Op. 44, No. 10, Klosterfraulein, Op. 69, No. 3- Partsong, Der Bleicherin Nachtlied, Op. 91, No. 5, Der Wasserman , Op. 91, No. 3, In Meeres Mitten, Op. 91, No. 6, Spruch, Op. 114, No. 3, In Stiller Nacht, Works for Piano- Arabesque, Op. 18; Scherzo No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 14, Lied Mit Chor from Midsummer Night's Dream, Wenn Ich In Dein Augen Sehe, Aus Meinen Tranen Sprieben Viel Bluhende Blumen Hervor, Im Wunderschonen Monat Mai, The Blue Bird, Angel from Six Choruses, Op. 15, On A Faded Violet, O My Love, Leave Me Not!, Oglum (My Son), Aksham Mahnisi (Twilight Song), Arzular (Dreams), An Die Musik, Op. 88, No. 4

6068 00 1 CD $15.95

Melodia Women's Choir : Twilight in the Garden of Dreams

Review: "Twilight" is another beautiful, recording of a live concert with a classical, romantic theme by Melodia Women's Choir of New York City. Since its founding in 2003 by Executive Director Jenny Clark and Conductor Cynthia Powell, 32-strong Melodia's reputation and stature on the NYC Choral scene has been steadily rising. There are 21 songs here, some accompanied by piano and strings. Some of our favorites are Gustav Holst's "Seven Partsongs for Female Voices and Strings," "Three Partsongs" by Peter Warlock, Timothy Luby's "When I Am Dead, My Dearest," and four by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, the partsongs "Abschied" (Farewell) and "Winterseufzer" (Winter Sigh), and "Adagio ma non troppo" and "Allegretto," of the two-part "String Quartet in E-flat." Most of these songs are new to us, and all are exquisitely performed. "Twilight" is a wonderful collection by one of NYC's finest women's Choral ensembles!

Songlist: Say, Who Is This?, O Love I Complain, When First We Met, Sorrow and Joy, Angels Spirits of Sleep, Love On My Heart, When Icicles Hang By The Wall, The Bayley Beareth the Bell Away-Three Partsongs, Lullaby - Three Partsongs, Mourn No Moe - Three Partsongs, Lauliku Lapsepoli , Hajnal Csillag (Morning Star), On Suuri Sun Rantas Autius (How Lonely Are Your Shores), Abschied (Farewell), Winterseufzer (Winter Sigh), Adagio ma non troppo , Allegretto, Echo, When I Am Dead, My Dearest, Vesi Vasy Lumen Alle (Water Under Snow is Weary), Memorial Rag

6067 00 1 CD $15.95 Female Choral CDs

Melodious Accord - Alice Parker : Listen, Lord

Review: Alice Parker and Melodious Accord dig deep into the rich history of the black tradition. This recording contains a cantata, two suites and eight spirituals in choral settings by Parker. Interspersed between the suites and cantata are sets of spiritual arrangements. "I want Jesus to walk with me" is especially beautiful. The title piece "Listen Lord," a cantata for solo contralto, chorus and jazz combo, uses the text of the opening prayer in James Weldon Johnson's God's Trombones in combination with two spirituals. This jazzy-blues set features contralto Pamela Warrick-Smith. The first suite, "Dem Bells," was composed for choir and handbells. The first and last movements are light almost-rags with a slow somber movement in the middle. The performance on the recording uses piano. The last set, "Street Corner Spirituals," is a suite combining fragments of spirituals for chorus, and an informal street corner band of trumpet, drums and keyboard. These catchy tunes and varied rhythms make a fun toe-tapping piece. This CD is a great example of Alice Parker's unique view on the black spiritual as a melodic resource.

Songlist: Three Spirituals:, - When Jesus Comes, - Tell 'em I'm Gone, - You Can Tell the World, Listen, Lord:, - This Morning, - I, It May Be, - This Man of God, - When I've Done, Two Spirituals:, - I Want Jesus to Walk With Me, - He's Got the Whole World, A Suite: Dem Bells:, - Mary and Martha Have Just Gone 'long, - Please Don't Let This Harvest Pass, - I'm A-Rollin', Three Spirituals:, - God Loves All His Many People, - Welcome Table, - Father's Got a Home, A Suite: Street Corner Spirituals, - Come and Go with Me, - Blow Yo' Gospel Trumpet, - Can't You Hear, - Holy, Holy, - Let the Church Roll On, - Glory, Hallelujah

7149 00 1 CD $15.98

Melodious Accord - Alice Parker : O Sing The Glories

Review: Renowned composer and arranger Alice Parker has compiled a collection of her most beloved commissioned works. Presented here in four suites and performed by The Musicians of Melodious Accord, Parker sweeps us away on a roller coaster of symphonic movement. This group of choral anthems written over the last 25 years celebrates, reflects, and exalts the praises of our Lord. Music collection in preparation.

Songlist: God of Grace and God of Laughter, A Mountain Psalm, Come, O Come , Easterdays, In All My Vast Concerns with Thee, Ye Followers of the Prince of Peace, Bright Morning Stars, The Promised Land, Now Brethren, Though We Part, Rejoice, the Lord Is King, For the Fruit of All Creation, O Sing the Glories, Destructive Sword, God Is Love, Lord, Enthron, In Heav'nly Speldor, Look unto Abraham, Know That the Lord Is God

7783 00 1 CD $15.98

Melodious Accord - Alice Parker : Sweet Manna

Review: The 17 varied early American songs of praise found in songbooks published between 1790 and 1830 in "Sweet Manna" give us a glimpse of the musical life of the early settlers and the changing modes of Christian worship as the country developed. The rich variety of lyrics and tunes include cheerful gathering songs like "My God, the Spring of All My Joy;" slow, reflective moods as in "Deep Distress and Troubled Thoughts;" sprightly dances: "When Some Kind Shepherd from His Fold;" and joyous marches: "My Soul, Triumphant in the Lord." Fuguing tunes like "How Pleased and Blessed Was I" and "Through Every Age, Eternal God" release their energies; while more modal melodies like "Return, O God of Love, Return" shed a quiet grace. The mixed a cappella voices of MMA are strong and soaring, and these powerful songs are sung with spirit and feeling, and it is easy to imagine being in the congregations where they were first sung, joining in wonderful choruses of praise.

Songlist: Almighty Maker, God, My Thoughts, That Often Mount the Skies, When Some Kind Shepherd from His Fold, Ye Boundless Realms of Joy, How Pleased and Blessed Was I, From Deep Distress and Troubled Thoughts, What Is Our God, or What His Name, My Soul, Triumphant in the Lord, To God, in Whom I Trust, Hear Me, O Lord, nor Hide Thy Face, My Soul, the Great Creator Praise, How Short and Hasty Is Our Life, How Soft the Words My Savior Speaks, Through Every Age, Eternal God, Return, O God of Love, Return, My God! The Spring of All My Joys, Brethren, We Have Met to Worship

6867 00 1 CD $15.98 Shapenote Music

Melodious Accord - Alice Parker : Take Me To The Water

Review: The Musicians of Melodious Accord are a 16-voice professional chorus in New York City, offering recordings and concerts of many styles. Their conductor, Alice Parker, is internationally known as a composer, arranger, conductor and teacher, with a passion for true folksongs. "Take Me to the Water" is the command, request and plea (founded on John 4:14) made by those who seek the "well of water springing up into everlasting life." It serves as a unifying phrase for the powerful African-American spiritual songs in this collection, which come from the mid-19th century and earlier, from such sources as "Slave Songs," published in NY in 1867. 13 a cappella songs, sung with tremendous feeling, strength and sweetness by the MMA, from "I Know the Lord," "Come On Up to Bright Glory" and "Hush! Hush!" to "Free at Last," the title tune, and "Who'll Be a Witness." "Take Me" is a beautiful, inspirational collection!

Songlist: I Know the Lord, Stayed on Jesus, Come On Up to Bright Glory, Don't Be Weary, Traveler, Hush! Hush!, We WIll March Through the Valley, He Is King of Kings, Let Us Break Bread Together, Is There Anybody Here, Free At Last, Take Me to the Water, Cert'nly, Lord, Who'll Be A Witness

6866 00 1 CD $9.95

Memphis Boychoir : Our Dancing Day

Review: Founded in 1988 and 89, Memphis' Boychoir and Chamber Choir have recorded a number of CDs that have earned them international acclaim. "Dancing Day" is a Christmas CD, about half accompanied by strings, drum, tambourine, flute and brass. Familiar tunes like John Rutter's "Shepherd's Pipe Carol," Britten's "A Shepherd's Carol," Praetorius' "Psallite Unigenito," "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night," and the traditional French carol "Ding Dong! Merrily On High!"; and lesser known ones like Mathias' "Sir Christemas," Belcher's "Lutebook Lullabye," and Waters' "I Sing of a Maiden" create an impressive mix. This is a generous, beautifully performed Christmas CD!

Songlist: Psallite Unigenito , Once in royal David's city (Irby) , A Carol of Adoration , Shepherd's Pipe Carol , A Shepherd's Carol, While Shepherd's Watched Their Flocks by Night (Winchester Old) , Ding Dong! Merrily on High! , Cradle Song of the Infant Jesus , Christmas Cantata (Sinfonia Sacra) Movement III , Sleep, Holy Child, I Sing of a Maiden That is Mateless, Nova! nova! , Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child Opus 25b , Sir Christemas , Adam lay ybounden , A Child is Born in Bethlehem , There is no Rose of such Virtue , O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles) , In the Bleak Midwinter , Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Op 75, No 2

7042 00 1 CD $15.98 Childrens Choir Christmas

Men of Melodious Accord : My Love and I

Review: Boston's Alice Parker, composer, conductor and teacher was first known for her arrangements and collaboration with the late Robert Shaw. She has built an international reputation composing, researching folk music and performing. In 1985 she formed Melodious Accord, a 16-voice professional chorus. "My Love and I" features the men of this group, singing 24 traditional folk songs from America, England and Scotland, France, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Ireland and Sea Shanties. Some favorites: "Darling Nellie Gray," "Aura Lee," "When Love is Kind," "A-Roving," "Stodole Pumpa," "Al Olivo," "Has Sorrow Thy Young Days Shaded," "A Ballynure Ballad" and "To Ladies' Eyes." This is well-chosen music from another era, sometimes poignant and heart-tugging, sometimes rousing; always powerful. A generous collection, sung with tremendous feeling by Alice Parker's hand-picked men! All a cappella, nice liner notes with the complete lyrics.

Songlist: America:, Seeing Nellie Home, Stars of the Summer Night, Darling Nellie Gray, England and Scotland:, Passing By, Turn Ye to Me, When Love is Kind, Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, Sea Shanties:, Haul Away, Joe, Lowlands, A-Roving, France, Czech Republic, Germany:, L'Amour e Moy, Stodole Pumpa, Treue Liebe, Du, du liegst mir im Herzen, Spain:, La Tarara, Adois, Catedral de Burgos, Al Olivo, Ireland:, Has Sorrow Thy Young Days Shaded, A Ballynure Ballad, Down by the Sally Gardens, To Ladies' Eyes, America:, Aura Lee, My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean, Vive L'Amour

6943 00 1 CD $15.98

Men Of Shaw : Sea Shanties

Review: Recorded in 1960, under the direction of one of the foremost conductors of the modern age - Shaw's resume includes collaborations with Arturo Toscanini - "Sea Shanties" is not merely a period piece. The 16 shanties, arranged by Robert Shaw and his frequent associate, Alice Parker, are stirring and invigorating, as was indeed their purpose, as many of them supplied the rhythmic accompaniment for hard manual labor. Slower tasks required a commensurate meter: "Shenandoah" and "Lowlands" are typical examples. Finally, in their down time, sailors would sing for entertainment, often recalling exotic ports-of-call, and romanticizing their adventures ("Swansea Town," "Santy Anna"). Four songs have acoustic guitar.

Songlist: Blow the Man Down, Bound for the Rio Grande, Lowlands, Whup! Jamboree, Tom's Gone to Hilo, A-Roving, Good-bye, Fare Ye Well, What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor, The Shaver, Stormalong, John, Swansea Town , Haul Away, Joe, Shenandoah, Santy Anna, The Drummer and the Cook, Spanish Ladies

6417 00 1 CD $9.95 Sea Chanties

Men of the Musicians of Melodious Accord : And Glory Shone

Review: Hymns and Carols for the Christmas season all composed or arranged by Alice Parker. Includes favorites such as Touro-louro-louro, In the Bleak Midwinter, The Friendly Beasts, Silent Night, and more. Introduces While Shepherds Watched, The Little Cradle, Sweet Coming, In Bethlehem, Magnificat, We Sing, and others. Performed by The Musicians of Melodious Accord conducted by Alice Parker.

Songlist: While Shepherds Watched, Sweet Coming, Let Our Gladness Banish Sadness, The Little Cradle, Touro-Iouro-Iouro, Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes, In the Bleak Midwinter, Il Est N, Magnificat, We Sing, Ya Viene la Vieja, La Virgen Lava Pa Ales, Hacia Bel N Va Un Borrico, In Bethlehem, I Saw a Stable, Shrill Chanticleer, My Dancing Day, Silent Night, The Friendly Beasts, We Wish You a Merry Christmas

2225 00 1 CD $19.95

Michigan State Children's Choir : A Classic Christmas

Review: The MSU Children's Choir program began in 1993 with the founding of the MSU Community Music School. The program now has 145 singers representing 23 different school districts and communities. The Choir has been honored to perform at the 2002 6th World Symposium on Choral Music as the representative of the US, and at numerous conventions of the ACDA. Mary Alice Stollak directs the talented Choir in 12 exquisite (mostly organ accompanied) Christmas carols and a pair of sacred pieces, Bach's sublime "Ave Maria" and "Alleluia." There's some rarely heard French carols, "Manger Carol" and "Oh, Leave Your Sheep," English and Irish traditional carols, "Wexford Carol" and "Sussex Carol," and traditional German, "Still, Still, Still;" in additional to "Joy to the World," "Silent Night" and others. The Choir has a sweet, bright sound that makes "A Classic Christmas" a very special album.

Songlist: Joy To The World, Manger Carol, Ave Maria, Wexford Carol, Oh, Leave Your Sheep, Silent Night, Ding Dong! Merrily On High, Alleluia, Sussex Carol, Angels We Have Heard On High, Still, Still, Still, O Come, All Ye Faithful

7924 00 1 CD $15.98 Childrens Choir Christmas

Michigan State Children's Choir : Songs From The Heart

Review: Mary Alice Stollak was the 2001 recipient of ACDA-MI's Maynard Klein Award for Lifetime Achievement and Dedication to the Choral Art, and recordings by her MSUCC show us why. 18 feel-good, lightly accompanied tunes. The songlist includes lesser-known pieces like Imant Raminsh's "My Heart's Friend" and "Song of the Stars," Rollo Dilworth's "Jordan's Angels" and "Marchin' to Freedom," Lee Kesselman's "Eiliyahu Hanavi," Brian Holmes' "Roger Bobo Plays the Tuba" and John Burge's "Epilogue from Simple Songs." Spirituals like "Deep River" and "My Lord What a Morning" segue into Stephen Foster's "Some Folks Do" and "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair," and Ronald Newman and Sonny Wilkinson's "Billy and Ming Do the Bebop Thing." A fun, beautifully sung collection!

Songlist: My Hearts Friend, Marchin' To Freedom, Eilyahu Hanavi, Auld Lang Syne, Some Folks Do, Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair, Let All The World In Every Coner Sing, Hope, Jordan's Angels, For Elizabeth: Gold, Frank, Innocence, And Mirth, Ach! Synku Synku, Deep River, Epilogue From Simple Songs, Song Of The Stars, Roger Bobo Plays The Tuba, Hist whist (e.e. cummings), Billy And Ming Do The Bebop Thing, My Lord, What A Morning

7923 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Michigan State Children's Choir : Songs of Sorrow, Songs of Hope

Review: The MSUCC, open to children in grades 4 through 9, has performed at many ACDA conventions and as guest artists with the Lansing, Rochester and MSU Symphonies. Choir founder Stollak directs them in a pair of dramatic works, Robert Jager's 6-movement "I Dream of Peace," from the 1993 book, "I Dream of Peace, Images of War by Children of the Former Yugoslavia," and Marjan Helms' "Terezin Lieder," a choral setting of poetry from "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," written by children interred at Terezin concentration camp. A touching, poignant, thought-provoking collection from a poised and talented children's choir

Songlist: Terezin Lieder, Tears, On A Sunny Evening, To Olga, I Dream Of Peace, Prelude "As If Nothing Happened", I Am Speaking To You, War Is The Saddest Word, In My Dreams, Testimony, If I Were President, I Dream Of Peace, Ave Maria

7921 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Michigan State Children's Choir : What Sweeter Music

Review: "Music" is an excellent collection of Christmas Songs by Conductor and Founder Stollak's sweet-singing MSUCC, all lightly piano (and sometimes flute) accompanied. Classics like "I Saw Three Ships," "Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella," "Wassail Song," "Pat-a-Pan," "Ding Dong, Merrily on High" and "White Christmas" segue nicely into lesser-known tunes like Paul Carey's "A Cradle Song," Nancy Cobb's "Hodie," and Eleanor Daley's title tune. John Rutter's "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day," Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" and Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song" are icing on a very tasty Christmas cake!

Songlist: I Saw Three Ships, Bring A Torch, Jeannette, Isabella, A Cradle Song, La Bonne Nouvelle, Wassail Song, Hodie, Cantate Domino, Pat-A-Pan, Ding Dong! Merrily On High, What Sweeter Music, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, White Christmas, The Christmas Song, On Christmas Morn

7922 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Millikin University Choirs : From The Heart

Review: The choir is an auditioned mixed ensemble of 36-42 voices. The choir was created in 2000 for the study, performance, and recording of "gems" from the standard choral repertoire. This CD is a sampling of the repertoire the choir has performed over the last five years. Chamber Chorale is one of two touring choirs at Millikin. The group conducts an annual tour of the Midwest in January with occasional travel to other parts of the country. The Chorale, together with five other traditional choirs forms the core of the Millikin choral program - a program with over 300 singers, 3 vocal jazz groups, two early music consorts, and a plethora of student-created ensembles.

Songlist: Alleluia, Silent Devotion and Response, Magnificat, Ave Maria, Pilgrims Hymn, Caritas, There Is No Rose, Witness, Set Me As A Seal, Six Dickinson Miniatures - Heart, we will forget him!, Six Dickinson Miniatures - I took my power in my hand, Six Dickinson Miniatures - I died for beauty , Come to Me, My Love, O Shenandoah, Light Hearted Lovers, Wade in the Water, If Music be the Food of Love, Peace I Leave with You

6072 00 1 CD $14.95

Millikin University Choirs : Hearts All Whole

Review: This beautifully recorded studio album from Millikin's flagship mixed choir covers a stunning diversity of moods and landscapes. The challenging program and virtuosic performance make for a compelling and rewarding listening experience.

Songlist: A Choral Fanfare, Cantus Gloriosus, Kyrie (from Mass in G Minor), O Lord God, Lucis Creator Optime, Sanctus (from Mass in E Major), Christus Vincit, Praise to the Lord, Verbum Caro Factum Est, Sure On This Shining Night, See Dat Babe, Idumea, Till Minne, Wade in de Water, Abide With Me

6069 00 1 CD $9.95

Millikin University Choirs : On Tour

Review: Millikin University Choir tour performances have a special atmosphere, one that is difficult to duplicate in a recording session. A spirited performance is certainly evident in this CD. Prepare yourself to travel with the University Choir as they offer a unique glimpse into their most recent tour on CD. Recordings of "Praise to the Lord", "Sleep", and "Ubi Caritas" highlight this University Choir album, directed by Dr. Brad Holmes. Happy traveling.

Songlist: Christus est natus, Prayer of the Middle Ages, Salvator Mundi, Sanctus (from Mass), Evening Song (Opus 69, No.3), Ihr aber seid nicht Fleishlich (from BWV 227), Ubi Caritas , Praise to the Lord, Sleep, Pseudo-Yoik , Steal Away, Noel, In Dat Great Getting' Up Mornin', Song In the Night

6070 00 1 CD $14.95

Millikin University Choirs : Vespers 2009 - This Wondrous Day...This Shining Night

Review: Another great addition to a decades-long holiday tradition at Millikin University, this recording captures the spirit and unique listening experience of the annual Vespers choral concert. Celebrate the season with this diverse collection of Christmas music performed by these various (and wonderful!) choral ensembles.

Songlist: Hodie Christus Natus Est, Hodie, Kyrie, Dona Nobis Pacem, Lo How A Rose, Canticle Of Mary, Verbum Caro Factum Est, Gloria, Hail, Gladdening Light, Spaseniye Sodelal, Sure On This Shining Night, Hodie, Christus Vincit, Ring Out Wild Bells, See Dat Babe, All My Heart This Night Rejoices, Cantemos A Maria, And Suddenly, A Christmas Fantasy

6074 00 1 CD $15.95

Millikin University Choirs : Vespers 2010 - Shout The Good News

Review: Join us as we enter a new decade of Vespers with the 2010 concert. Open up your hearts as the Millikin University choral departments "Shout the Good News." This year's program contains calm music that carries a quiet certainty, which will warm your hearts.

Songlist: Fanfare For Joy, Climb To The Top Of The Highest Mountain, Gloria, Te Lucis Ante Terminum, Seek The Lord, Tota Pulchra Es, Ave Maria, Suo Gan, There Is No Rose, El Rorro, Jubilate Deo, Hail Christmas Day, Jubilate Deo, O Magnum Mysterium, Christmas Comes Anew, The First Noel, One Small Child/ We Three Kings, Go Tell It On The Mountain, Joy To The World

6073 00 1 CD $14.95

Milwaukee Children's Choir : Christmas Suite

Review: This festive suite by acclaimed composer Mark Brymer is scored in a Holiday Pops style for orchestra, choir and soloist. This 30-minute work is divided into nine sections, each titled for a letter in the word C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S. This performance by the Milwaukee Children's Choir features mezzo-soprano Christine Thomas and is accompanied by the Indianapolis Recording Orchestra. This is a charming piece which weaves together holiday favorites with newly composed songs. It is a fresh new work which will delight this season.

Songlist: It Must Be Christmas, Hark! Hear the Children Sing, Rejoice! Rejoice! , I Hear the Bells, Snow!, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Merry, Merry Christmas, Angels We Have Heard On High, Savior!

7296 00 1 CD $15.98 Childrens Choir Christmas

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Milwaukee Children's Choir : Mid-Winter Night's Dream

Review: Good cheer comes from the Milwaukee Children's Choir on this recording of Christmas music. This album features Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols as sung by the Cantorei Choir, led by Emily Crocker and accompanied by harpist Stephen Hartman. This is one of the great Christmas pieces for treble voices. The CD also contains performances by the Concert Choir and Prelude Choir and includes pieces by Emily Crocker: "In dulci jubilo" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Wonderful performances by all.

Songlist: Cantorei Choir:, Good Cheer, Cantate, Carol of the Bells, Concert Choir and Prelude Choir:, Orion , The Birch Tree , Antiphonal Gloria, In dulci jubilo, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Cantorei Choir:, In dulci jubilo , Ask the Moon , Path to the Moon, The Sleigh (a la Russe) , Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day , A Ceremony of Carols, Hodie, Wolcum Yole, There Is No Rose, That Tonge Child, Balulalow , As Dew in Aprille, This Little Babe, Interlude, Spring Carol, Adam Lay Ybounden, Hodie

7297 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Milwaukee Children's Choir : Winter's Night

Review: This is wonderful program of holiday music from the Milwaukee Children's Choir. The recording features performances by the Cantorei Choir with additional selections by the Concert Choir, Youth Chorale and Prelude Choir. Conducted by Emily Crocker, the Cantorei Choir sings selections from Henry Purcell's Come Ye Sons of Art and John Rutter's suite, Dancing Day, with Stephen Hartman on harp. These spirited performances will bring joy to your holiday season.

Songlist: Winter's Night , Old Fox Wassail , Chrissimas Day , The Boar's Head Carol , Winter Holiday, Al Shlosha D'Varim , S'vivon , Come Ye Sons of Art, Come Ye Sons of Art, Strike the Viol, Sound the Trumpet , Laudate Pueri Dominum , Dancing Day, Prelude, Angelus and virginem, A Virgin Most Pure, Personent Hodie, Interlude, There Is No Rose, Coventry Carol, Dancing Day

7294 00 1 CD $15.98 Childrens Choir Christmas

Milwaukee Choral Artists : Sky-Born Music

Review: It is traditional during an anniversary year that a performing ensemble commissions a piece of music in commemoration of that milestone. Milwaukee Choral Artists went a step further by inviting ten composers to write new works for the ensemble - one for each of its ten years. Founded in 1998 as a chamber ensemble comprising professional solo singers, the Milwaukee Choral Artists is one of only a handful of professional women's vocal ensembles in the country. With its signature lush sound, MCA brings a distinctive and varied repertoire of choral and vocal masterworks to audiences throughout the region.

Songlist: Padmapani, Potter's Clay , A Prayer for Peace, Lake Song, Sigh No More, Ladies! , Three Emily Dickinson Song, - Heart, We Will Forget Him!, - Going to Him!, - Wild Nights! , Sky-Born Music, Soft Voices, Sweet Violets, & Rose Leaves, Nahuatl Hymn to the All-Mother , Wade in the Water, The Message

6150 00 1 CD $15.95

Minnesota Boychoir : 35th Anniversary

Review: The 35th Anniversary Concert of the Minnesota Boychoir was recorded in Benson Great Hall in St. Paul and includes a wide variety of music sung by the Concert Choir, Training Choir and Alumni Choir. The songs range from world folk songs to pieces by Brahms, Britten and even Billy Joel. The twenty six tracks display a breadth of repertoire, interesting arrangements and performed by one of the nation's top boychoirs.

Songlist: Musiken Klang, Ave Maria, Le Sommeil De L'Enfant Jesus, Agnus Dei (from Missa Brevis), Let the Nations Sing, Innoria, Land of the Silver Birch, Nodle Kangbyon, Al Shlosha D'Varim, Gloria Tibi (from Mass), Go Where I Send Thee!, Lone Dog, There Was a Man of Newington, Some One, Bumblebee, Summer Song, Blustery Day, The Longest Time, We Shall Not Give Up the Fight, Old King Cole, Pala Pala, A-Tisket, A-Tasket, I Give You Thanks, Never Tell Thy Love, He Never Failed Me Yet, Blessing

7196 00 1 CD $9.95 Boys Choirs CDs

Minnesota Boychoir : Forty and Fine

Review: Composed of four ensembles and including members of diverse faiths, races, social and economic backgrounds, the Minnesota Boychoir boasts over 100 members, representing the Twin Cities and over 25 suburbs. "Forty & Fine" refers to the year of the group's founding, 1962, to the date of this recording, 2002. Included are 19 of the MB's favorite and most-requested songs. Plenty of (piano-accompanied) religious and spiritual songs are here, "Festival Sanctus," "The Storm is Passing Over," the lovely "Quando Corpus Morietur & Amen," "Rise Up, O Men of God," "Steal Away," "Zion's Walls," "Freedom Come," "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" and many others. Secular tunes like "Loch Lomond," Michael McGlynn's "Dulaman," John David's wonderful a cappella "You are the New Day" and Ysaye M. Barnwell's haunting "Wanting Memories" are other favorites. In fact, every one of these songs touches and moves us-a truly beautiful collection!

Songlist: Festival Sanctus, Pie Jesu, The Strom Is Passing Over, The Gift To Be Simple, Rise Up, O Men Of God, Steal Away, Yo Le Canto Todo El Dia, Quando Corpus Morietur & Amen, Wind, You Are The New Day, Wanting Memories, Zion's Walls, Freedom Come, Lux Aeterna, The Lord Bless You And Keep You, Loch Lomond, Dulaman, Worthy To Be Praised, If Music Be The Food Of Love

8580 00 1 CD $15.95 Boys Choirs CDs

Minnesota Boychoir : How Can I Keep From Singing

Review: How Can I Keep From Singing features the Allegro Choir of the Minnesota Boychoir. This group of tenors and basses was formed in 1997 as a graduate program of the Boychoir. They sing sacred and folk song arrangements as well as some lighter pieces with arrangements by Kirby Shaw, Andrea Klause, John C. Philips and others. Lanell Lightfoot is the featured soloist for "I Love the Lord."

Songlist: Exultate justi in Domino, Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Ghospoda , Goin' Up to Glory , I Love the Lord , Media Vita , Listen to the Sounds in Heaven , Song of Peace , Prayer of the Children , Jingle Bells, Exultate Justi in Domino , Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel), La Carolina , Fergus an' Molly , Two Folk Songs for Male Voices , Down by the Sally Gardens, The Miller of Dee, What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor , How Can I Keep from Singing

7192 00 1 CD $15.98 Boys Choirs CDs

Minnesota Boychoir : Impart

Review: The oldest boychoir in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area (founded in 1962), The Minnesota Boychoir's reputation for excellence has led to invitations local and national music conventions, touring Broadway companies, orchestras, operas and symphonies. They have toured in 10 states and on five continents. "Impart" is a piano-accompanied collection of 16 sacred and religious songs, beginning with Jeffrey LaValley's "Holy, Holy, Holy" and Vivaldi's "Et Exultavit" and "Esurientes" from "Vivaldi for Treble Voices." Rollo Dilworth's "Jordan's Angels," "Sherri Porterfield's "Laudate Dominum," Antonio Lotti's short-but-lovely a cappella "Cum Sancto Spiritu," Gabriel Faure's "Sanctus" and "Cantique de Jean Racine," Julie Knowles' "Let the Nations Sing," Bach's "Der Herr Segne Euch," Keith Hampton's "True Light" and the title song by Stephen Paulus are some favorites, but in fact every cut is beautifully chosen and performed. A deep, confident, impressive recording by one of our favorite boychoirs.

Songlist: Holy Holy Holy, Et Exultavit, Esurientes , Esurientes , Jordan's Angels, Cum Sancto Spiritu, Laudate Dominum , City Called Heaven , Sanctus , O Sifuni Mungu , Cantique De Jean Racine , Ozi VeZimrat Yah, Let The NAtions Sing, Der Herr Segne Euch , One By One , True Light , Impart

8585 00 1 CD $15.95 Boys Choirs CDs

Minnesota Boychoir : Look To This Day

Review: The first and oldest choir in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, the Minnesota Boychoir brings us a spirited, exuberant collection of 17 songs, beginning with the inspirational title tune by Bob Chilcott and three selections from Karl Jenkins' "Songs of Sanctuary," "Adiemus," "Kayama" and "Hymn." The Serbian Gypsy Dance "Niska Banja," the Canadian Indian folk song "Land of the Silver Birch," Susan Brumfield's "The Wind," Eleanor Daley's "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," the Spanish folk song "Vive la Quince Brigada," and Allister MacGillivray's "Away from the Roll of the Sea" are particularly fine. But although there's some light accompaniment, there are no weak cuts here. Another winner from one of our favorite ensembles, the talented Minnesota Boychoir!

Songlist: Look To This Day, Adiemus, Hymn From Songs Of Sanctuary , Niska Banja , O Colored Earth, Land Of The Silver Birch , Reel a'Bouche , The Wind - Susan Brumfield, J'entend Le Moulin , The Lake Of The Isle Of Innisfree , Mi Yitneni Of Who Will Give Me Wings, Vive La Quince Brigada, Away From The Roll Of The Sea , I Cannot Count The Stars, The Violet, Come Travel With Me

8579 00 1 CD $15.98 Boys Choirs CDs

Minnesota Boychoir : Rise Up Singing

Review: Rise Up Singing, features the combined choirs of the Minnesota Boychoir. This release includes sacred, classical, secular, folk and contemporary choral music. The gospel selection "He Has the Power" features guest soloist Lanell Lightfoot. A nice mixture of material from Kodaly's "See The Gypsies", Stephen Foster's "Gentle Annie", Mary Goetz's "When Children Sing" and a lovely medley called "South African Suite".

Songlist: Al HaNissim , Agnus Dei , He Has the Power! , Gentle Annie , Emperor Waltz , Weep No More, See the Gipsies , When Children Sing , A-Tisket, A-Tasket , The Pasture from "Where the Earth Meets the Sky" , Sing Me to Heaven, I Hear America Singing , South African Suite:, Singabhambayo , Sivela Kwazulu, Freedom is Coming , Siyahamba (ed. Anders Nyberg), The Star Spangled Banner

7193 00 1 CD $9.95 Boys Choirs CDs

Minnesota Boychoir : Until We Meet Again

Review: Until We Meet Again, by the Minnesota Boychoir, contains folk songs from around the world, including many from South Africa. Also included are several hymns such as "And Did Those Feet in Ancient Time" and Beautiful Savoir. This highly regarded group is led by Mark Johnson.

Songlist: Siyahamba, Thuma Mina, Niska Banja, Bashana Haba-A, from Three Hungarian Folk Songs:, The Handsome Butcher, The Old Woman, Freedom is Coming, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Non Nobis, Domine, Da Pacem Domine, And Did Those Feet in Ancient Time, Sound the Trumpet, Al HaNissim, Revelations, Beautiful Savior, Haleluya!Pelo Tsa Rona, I Hear America Singing, Who Can Sail, O Sifuni Mungu, Blessing

7194 00 1 CD $9.95 Boys Choirs CDs

Minnesota Boychoir : We Rise Again

Review: Mark S. Johnson directs his renowned 87-member Minnesota Boychoir in a strong, varied 10-song program that includes some Christian music, "Consecrate the Place and Day" form Lloyd Plautsch's "Triptych," the title tune by Leon Dubinsky, and the spiritual "Ride the Chariot;" some nice folk tunes including "Three Madrigals" by Emma Lou Diemer, the lovely "Danny Boy" and "Londonderry Air", and the Israeli Folk song "Erev Shel Shoshanim (Evening of Roses"), Keith Hampton's "True Light" and more. There is some piano accompaniment. "We Rise" is another beautiful collection by one of our favorite Boychoirs!

Songlist: Consecrate The Place And Day, Three Madrigals, Erev Shel Shoshanim, Ride The Chariot, Tres Cantos Nativos Dos Indios Krao, Danny Boy, Congori Shango, True Light , We Rise Again , Until We Meet Again

8622 00 1 CD $15.95 Childrens Choir Christmas

Minnesota Boychoir : When the Snow Lay Round About

Review: Mark S. Johnson leads his internationally renowned, 117-strong Boychoir in this beautifully performed, piano and organ-accompanied Christmas CD. 12 songs, from familiar tunes like Carole Stephens' "Gloria," John Rutter's "Angels' Carol," the exciting "The Sleigh," "Jingle Bells," Kurt Bestor's "Prayer of the Children" and "Good King Wenceslas;" and less familiar (but no less enjoyable) tunes like Joseph Martin's "Winter Song," Richard Soto's "Cuncti simus," "Hope for Resolution (A Song for Mandela and DeKlerk)," the lively "Dance and Turn from Six Folksongs" and John Phillips' "Listen to the Sounds in Heaven." The rich harmonies and spirited, joyous singing from these talented boys and young men are sure to add to your holiday enjoyment!

Songlist: Gloria , Winter Song , Angels' Carol, Cuncti Simus , A La Russe , Water Under Snow Is Weary , Hope For Resolution A Song For Mandela And DeKlerk, Jingle Bells , Prayer Of The Children, Dance And Turn , Listen To The Sounds In Heaven, Good King Wenceslas

8615 00 1 CD $15.98 Childrens Choir Christmas

Minnesota Boychoir : Winter Wonderland

Review: Building their excellent reputation since 1962, the Minnesota Boychoir applies their rich, youthful sound to 11 piano-accompanied Christmas standards. Favorites such as "Winter Wonderland," "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," a rich a cappella arrangement of "I Saw Three Ships," "Riu, Riu, Chiu" and "Once in Royal David's City" are here, as well as more unexpected gifts: Keith Hampton's spiritual medley "True Light," Bob Chilcott's lovely "Mid-winter," John Rutter's "Candlelight Carol," Carolyn Jennings' "Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain" and the rhythmic gem, "African Carol." "Wonderland" is exactly that, a sweet gift to all from Minnesota's talented Boychoir.

Songlist: Winter Wonderland, It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, I Saw Three Ships, True Light, Mid-Winter, Riu, Riu, Chiu, Candlelight Carol, African Noel, Climb To The Top Of The Highest Mountain, Once In A Royal David's City, Christmas Time is Here

8582 00 1 CD $15.95 Childrens Choir Christmas

Minnesota Choral Artists : Mid-Winter Songs - Lauridsen

Review: Since their founding in 2004, The Singers has premiered and commissioned nearly forty new works, debuting pieces by such composers as Stephen Paulus, Eleanor Daly and Craig Carnahan, as well as three composers-in-residence, Abbie Betinis, Jocelyn Hagen and Joshua Shank. Founding Artistic Director and Conductor Matthew Culloton has an impressive resume, including being a member, Music Advisor, Assistant Conductor and Bass Section Leader of the Dale Warland Singers. "Mid-Winter Songs" is a 21-song collection of the works of Morten Lauridsen, including the 5-song "Les Chansons des Roses," "Three Psalms," "Four Madrigals on Renaissance Texts," five "Mid-Winter Songs" and four "Nocturnes," some are piano accompanied. We have always loved Lauridsen, and enjoyed every cut of the album, as well as reading the extensive liner notes, which contain all the lyrics and some very interesting notes by Morten about his music.

Songlist: En Une Seule Fleur- Les Chansons Des Roses, Contre Qui, Rose- Les Chansons Des Roses, De Ton Reve Trop Plein- Les Chansons Des Roses, La Rose Complete- Les Chansons Des Roses, Dirait-on- Les Chansons Des Roses, O Come Let Us Sing Unto The Lord - Three Psalms, I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes - Three Psalms, Psalm 29 - Three Psalms, To One That Desired To Know My Mistris - Four Madrigals On Renaissance Texts, Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount- Four Madrigals On Renaissance Texts, To My Mistris, I Burning In Love- Four Madrigals On Renaissance Texts, Mediocritie In Love Rejected - Four Madrigals On Renaissance Texts, Lament For Pasiphae - Mid-Winter Songs, Like Snow - Mid-Winter Songs, She Tells Her Love While Half Asleep - Mid-Winter Songs, Mid-Winter Waking - Mid-Winter Songs, Intercession In Late October - Mid-Winter Songs, Sa Nuit d'Ete - Nocturnes, Soneto de la Noche - Nocturnes, Sure On This Shining Night, Epilogue: Voici le soir

6045 00 1 CD $15.95

Minnesota Choral Artists : Shout the Glad Tidings!

Review: "Shout the Glad Tidings" is a beautiful, sumptuous Christmas album by Minnesota-based "The Singers," led by founding Artistic Director and Conductor Matthew Culloton. The 25 songs include traditional carols like "Once in Royal David's City," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella," "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming," "Go Tell it on the Mountain" and "Angels We Have Heard on High;" and lesser known but equally lovely works like "Of the Father's Love Begotten," Morten Lauridsen's "O Nat Lux," William Walker's "The Babe of Bethlehem," "El Rorro" (The Babe), Ned Rorem's title tune, Arvo Part's "Bogoroditse Dyevo," Jack M. Jarrett's "Go, Pretty Child," and Culloton's nice piece, "God's Mother Be." The 40-strong, mixed-voice Singers are drawn from all around the state of Minnesota, and some songs have light accompaniment. We loved this varied, finely-crafted collection and bet that you will too!

Songlist: Once In Royal David's City, O Little Town Of Bethlehem , A Spotless Rose , Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella, Of The Father's Love Begotten, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Away In A Manger, O Nata Lux (from Lux Aeterna) , Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming, Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen, Variations from Opus 10, The Babe Of Bethlehem, El Rorro (The Babe), Shout The Glad Tidings, Go Tell It On The Mountain, People Look East, Bogoroditse Dyevo, Go, Pretty Child, God's Mother Be, Angel's We Have Heard On High

6048 00 1 CD $15.95

Minnesota Choral Artists : Splendid Jewel

Review: Talented and renowned founding Artistic Director and Conductor Matthew Culloton founded The 40-strong, mixed-voice Singers in 2004, and since then they have proven their dedication to the work of contemporary composers by premiering and commissioning nearly 40 new works by such names as Eleanor Daly, Craig Carnahan and Stephen Paulus. Paulus, one of our favorite composers, is the focus of "Splendid Jewel," which features 14 of the composer's pieces. Ten songs are World Premiere recordings, "Arise My Love," "Alleluia," "God's World," "The Spring and the Fall," "Kin to Sorrow," "Afternoon on a Hill," "Calming the Storm," "All Things are Passing," "Hymn to the Eternal Flame" and "The Day is Done." Beautiful and moving new Stephen Paulus pieces from the talented Singers!

Songlist: Pilgrims' Hymn, Arise, My Love, Allelluia, The Old Church, Splendid Jewel, God's World, The Spring and The Fall, Kin To Sorrow, Afternoon On A Hill, Calming The Storm, All Things Are Passing, Hymn To The Eternal Flame, The Road Home, The Day Is Done

6047 00 1 CD $15.95

Minnesota Choral Artists : Wanting Memories

Review: Renowned founding Director and Conductor Matthew Culloton has led his 40-strong, mixed-voice ensemble through five years of remarkable live performances in their native Minnesota and other concert venues, and "Wanting Memories," (the song itself written and composed by Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock) is a "best of" album of work since the group's founding in 2004. Other favorites among these 17 pieces are J. Aaron McDonald's "Te lucis ante terminum," "Three Motets, Op. 37" by Charles Villiers Stanford, Abbie Betinis' "To the Evening Star," a pair by Gerald Finzi, "My Spirit Sang All Day" and "I Have Loved Flowers that Fade," Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo," Rodgers & Hart's "My Romance," Stephen Schwartz' "For Good" (from Wicked) and Dubin/Warren's "Lullaby of Broadway." A beautiful and fun collection from The Singers, one of the midwest's great Choral ensembles!

Songlist: Wanting Memories , Hymne a St. Martin, Te Lucis Ante Terminum , Justorum Animae - Three Motets, Op. 37, Coelos Ascendit Hodie - Three Motets, Op. 37, Beati quorum via - Three Motets, Op. 37, Kyrie from Thanksgiving Mass, To The Evening Star, Orange-Mounts of More Soft Ascent, My Spirit Sang All Day , I Have Loved Flowers that Fade, The Gift to be Simple, Amazing Grace, Mood Indigo, My Romance, For Good from Wicked, Lullaby of Broadway

6046 00 1 CD $15.95

Mirinesse : Debut

Review: Seattle's 50-strong, auditioned, committed Marinese Women's Choir has earned a reputation for excellence spreading far beyond their Puget Sound region. "Debut" is a live-in-concert recording from 2007 in Seattle. Of the 21 lovely selections, some favorites are Niccola Porpora's 6-part, strings-accompanied "Magnificat," Eric Whitacre's "Five Hebrew Love Songs" (based on poems by Hila Plitmann), Daniel Gwthrop's a cappella "Sing Me to Heaven," Bern Herbolsheimer's surprising, dissonant a cappella "Magpie," Ysaye M. Barnwell's joyous a cappella "Breaths," the Czech folksong "Ach! Synku Synku," the Balkan folksong "Nickolo le, Nikolcho le," "Ruggero Leoncavallo's "Mattinata," and Thomas Moore's "Quick! We Have but a Second." An impressive, finely-crafted debut collection from the Mirinese Women's Choir!

Songlist: Magnificat anima mea, Et exultavit, Et misericordia, Fecit potentiam, Gloria Patri, Sicut erat, Temmuna, Kala kalla, Larov, Eyze sheleg!, Rakut, Sing Me To Heaven, Crossing the Bar, Magpie - poem, Magpie, Breaths, Vivos Voco, Ach! Synku Synku, Nikolo le, Nikolcho le, Mattinata, Quick! We Have but a Second

9019 00 1 CD $15.95 Female Choral CDs

Mirinesse : Hope Sings Eternal

Review: Co-Conductors Beth Ann Bonnecroy and Rebecca Rottsolk specialize in healthy singing and development of singers' personal vocal technique, and this contributes to the free, beautiful sound their choirs achieve. Seattle's Mirinesse Women's Choir, founded in 2006, has thrilled audiences in and around northwest Washington with the lovely sound of healthy, classically-trained women's voices, singing a challenging and diverse repertoire of historic and contemporary tunes from around the world. "Hope Sings Eternal" is the fourth excellent CD by Mirinesse, an auditioned group of women, ages 21 to 70, who were honored to perform at ACDA Conventions in Oklahoma City and Seattle, and at the 2012 Elektra Women's Tapestry Festival in 2012. There is a generous collection of 16 cuts here, some favorites are Eleanor Daly's "A Hymn for St. Cecilia," the traditional "Peace Like a River," Jaakko Mantyjarvi's lively "Pseudo-Yoik Lite," Nicola Porpora's "Lauda Jerusalem," "Chant for Great Compassion" by Abbie Betinis, Antonio Sacchini's sweet, violin-accompanied "Te Dum Laudamus, mvt 3," Eric Whitacre's violin-accompanied "She Weeps Over Rahoon," Joan Szymko's "The Peace of Wild Things," David Sasso's flute and piano-accompanied "Night" and a live cut, the clarinet and piano-accompanied Yiddish Folksong "Ale Brider." Most of the songs are lightly accompanied by piano and/or other instruments. "Hope Sings Eternal" is a feel-good, soaring collection of perfectly sung tunes, and like us, we think you'll love Mirinesse!

Songlist: A Hymn for St. Cecilia, Da Pacem, Peace Like a River, Ritmo, Pseudo-Yoik Lite, Lauda Jerusalem, Tundra , A Witness to Majesty, Chant for Great Compassion, Heleluyan, Te Deum Laudamus, Magnificat, She Weeps Over Rahoon, The Peace of Wild Things, Night , Ale Brider

2697 00 1 CD $9.95

Mirinesse : Sing Creation's Music

Review: Delighting audiences in Seattle and around northwest Washington since 2006 with the beautiful sound of classically-trained women's voices singing a diverse repertoire of historic and contemporary music, the Mirinese Women's Choir brings us another excellent live recording of 18 songs. Favorites are Gyorgy Orban's 4-part, piano-accompanied "Mass No. 6," H. Hollanders' a cappella "Exultate, justi, in Domino," Stephen Paulus' "Sing Creation's Music On," Claude Debussy's lovely "Beau Soir," Bob Chilcott's "Skye Boat Song" and "White Waves on the Water" (these last four are piano-accompanied, as are most songs on the album), Sarah Hopkins' "Honour the Earth as Your Mother," the spiritual "Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down" and Rene Clausen's "Set Me As A Seal." A powerful collection from this talented, wonderfully-directed ensemble!

Songlist: Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus/Benedictus, Agnus dei, Exultate, justi, in Domino, Sing Creation's Music On, Night, Les Berceaux, Beau Soir, Ay bord de l'eau, Skye Boat Song, White Waves on the Water, The Sea Witch, Honour the Earth as Your Mother, La Flor de la Miel, Noche de Lluvia, Ain't No GraveCan Hold My Body Down, Set Me As A Seal

9020 00 1 CD $15.95 Female Choral CDs

Mirinesse : Sudden Light

Review: Since their founding in 2006, Mininess Women's Choir has been thrilling audiences in Seattle and around northwest Washington with the soaring, beautiful sound of classically-trained adult women's voices. They are an auditioned group of women, ages 21-70 who joyfully share their love of music, and strive, under the able direction of conductors Rottsolk and Bonnecroy, to attain the highest level of musicianship, artistry and individual vocal ability. There are 17 tunes here, some favorites are Haydn's "Laudate pueri Dominum," the traditional spiritual "Deep River," Z. Randall Stroope's "Psalm 23," Valerie Shields' 3-part "The Evening Star," the title tune by Donna Gartman Schultz, Richard Nance's "Set Me As a Seal," a pair by John Muelheisen, "Spring Night" and "Joy;" the Shaker Song "Love is Little," the traditional "Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal" and Aaron Copland's "Zion's Walls." There are several accompanied tunes here, but the focus and emphasis is on the lovely, high voices of Mirinesse. "Sudden Light" is a wonderful, not-to-be-missed collection from one of our favorite women's ensembles!

Songlist: Laudate pueri Dominum, Agnus dei from Missa Kenya, Deep River, Psalm 23, The Evening Star: Awed by Her Splendor, The Evening Star: Tonight I've Watched the Moon, The Evening Star, Prayer of a Woman, Sudden Light, Set Me As a Seal, Sprint Night, Joy, The Lake Isle of Innisfree, Love Is Little, Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal, No Time, Zion's Walls

6189 00 1 CD $15.95 Female Choral CDs

Mississippi Children's Choir : A New Creation

Review: This is the choir's second album which met with great success when first released when it sold nearly 100,000 copies, but it also showcased a new artist, 14-year old Bryan Wilson. Bryan's anointed lead on His Eye is On the Sparrow for the choir led to his first solo album also on Malaco. As a result, both the choir and Bryan captured the 1996-97 Stellar nominations in the same category for Children's Performance of the Year.

Songlist: Come On Children, The Good Samaritan, His Eye Is On The Sparrow, It's Me O Lord, Inside Out, I Love You Jesus, The Caterpillar's Song, Let's Change The World

8441 00 1 CD $16.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Mississippi Children's Choir : Children Of The King

Review: Jackson Mississippi-based Mississippi Children's Choir has it all-a rocking band that could back up Earth, Wind and Fire or Jimmy Cliff as needed, an appreciative live audience, great new (Contemporary Christian) songs, and youthful joy, energy and spirituality. 8 songs: "Come On Children," the reggae song "The Good Samaritan," "His Eye Is On The Sparrow," "It's Me, O Lord," "Inside Out," "I Love You Jesus," "The Caterpillar's Song," and "Let's Change The World." "A New Creation" is about celebration, dancing in the aisles and the love of Jesus-highly recommended!

Songlist: God Made Me, The Shepherd Song, Twelve Gates, There Is Hope, Blessed Is The One, Child of the King, Thank You Lord, All These Blessings

6734 00 1 CD $16.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Mississippi Children's Choir : When God's Children Get Together

Review: Based at Anderson United Methodist Methodist Church in Jackson, MS, the Mississippi Children's Choir, with hot soloist Steven Johnson, accompanied by a rocking band, wastes little time getting down on the spiritual "House of the Lord." This CD brings us 11 (accompanied) tunes, many we haven't heard before: "All We Have," "I'm Blessed," "Anointing," "Whiter Than Snow," "The Shepherd Song," "Things Go Better With Christ," "Remember Me," "Joy of My Salvation," "Throne of Mercy," and "O Come Let Us Adore Him (The Little Boy and His Boat)." "When God's Children" has all the spiritual joy and youthful energy you can imagine, the kind that brings you up out of the pew to dance in the aisles and sing along. Wonderful children's art in the liner notes. This is the real thing and highly recommended!

Songlist: House of the Lord, All We Have, I'm Blessed, Anointing, Whiter than Snow, The Shepherd Song, Things Go Better With Christ, Remember Me, Joy of my Salvation, Throne of Mercy, O Come Let Us Adore Him (The Little Boy and his Boat)

6733 00 1 CD $16.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Mormon Tabernacle Choir : American Folk Hymns and Spirituals

Review: Fresh on the heels of Praise to the Man comes a work years in the making. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing: American Folk Hymns and Spirituals is a stunning work of artistry featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square. This collection showcases the world-class arrangements of Mack Wilberg (recently appointed as Music Director of the Choir), who has long had a passion for the music and melodies of the common man as passed down from one generation to the next. This new CD is destined to become a classic embraced by fans the world over. Featured guest performers include Alex Boye, Peggy Caan, Cheri Hancock, Mike Christiansen, and the Wasatch & District Pipe Band.

Songlist: Saints Bound For Heaven, My Song In The Night, We'll Shout And Give Him Glory, His Voice As The Sound, How Bright Is The Day, Death Shall Not Destroy My Comfort, My God, My Portion, And My Love, Bound For The Promised Land, I Want Jesus To Walk With Me, Old Time Religion, The Battle Of Jericho, Deep River, Down To The River To Pray, Rock-A-My Soul In The Bosom Of Abraham, Softly And Tenderly , Amazing Grace, Come, Thou Fount Of Every Blessing

6051 00 1 CD $15.95

Mormon Tabernacle Choir : Around The World

Review: The massive, magnificent, prolific Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs with the Eugene Ormandy-conducted Philadelphia Orchestra on some of the most stirring music ever written, beginning with the "Star-Spangled Banner" (actually, the first time we remember hearing the second verse), Britain's anthem "Land of Hope and Glory," Irving Berlin's "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor," Scandinavia's "O Great Lone Hills" (Finlandia), Israel's "Hatikva," Canada's "The Maple Leaf Forever," Sweden's folk melody "How Great Thou Art" (where the choir is joined by The Vocal Majority!!), the Latin American classics "La Bamba," Cielito Lindo" and "Estrellita," Germany's "I'd Enter Your Garden" and "The Fiddler," Norway's "How Fair Is Thy Face," Tolstoy's Russian anthem "After The Storm," "What Perfume This? O Shepherds Say!" from France, Italy's "Song of the Bagpipers," Austria's "As Lately We Watched," and Denmark's "See the Radiant Sky Above" are particularly wonderful. 24 inspiring, beautiful songs by one of the oldest, most well-known choirs in the world!

Songlist: The Star Spangled Banner, Land of Hope and Glory , Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor , Hatikva , The Maple Leave Forever, How Great Thou Art (Swedish Folk Melody), An Irish Love Song , Loch Lomond, Annie Laurie, The Ash-Grove, La Bamba, Cielito Lindo, Estrellita, I'd Enter Your Garden, The Fiddler, How Sad Flow the Streams, Waters Ripple and Flow, How Fair Is Thy Face Scandinavia, After the Storm (Russia), What Perfume This? O Shepherds Say!, Song of the Bagpipers, As Lately We Watched, See the Radiant Sky Above

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