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Mixed Voice Choral Recordings

We have over the many years been able to collect some of the best mixed-voice choir CD recordings from around the world. Many of the CD recordings are not available thru the usual distributors and in many cases we are the sole distributor of the titles.

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Stile Antico : Music For Compline

Review: For their spectacular debut recording, the exciting young British early-music vocal group Stile Antico presents a program of English Renaissance music associated with the office of Compline (absorbed by the Anglican Church into Evensong), the service that ends the monastic liturgical day. A who's-who of 16th-century British composers, including Thomas Tallis, William Byrd and John Sheppard, are represented here by hymns, antiphons, responsories, motets and psalms-the occasion not only for music of intimacy, elegance and reflection, but for flights of breathtaking canonic and contrapuntal invention and harmonic daring.

Songlist: Libera Nos I & II - Shepard, Salva Nos, Domine - Plainchant, Christe, Qui Lux Es Et Dies - Byrd, In Pace In Idipsum - Shepard, In Manus Tuas - Tallis, Jesu Salvator Saeculi Verbum - Shepard, In Manus Tuas I - Shepard, In Manus Tuas II & III - Shepard, Miserere Nostri Domine - Plainchant, Miserere Nostri Domine - Tallis, Miserere Mihi Domine - Byrd, In Pace In Idipsum - Tallis, Christe Qui Lux Es Et Dies - White, Veni, Domine - Plainchant, Nunc Dimittis - Byrd, Te Lucis Ante Terminum - Tallis, Gaude, Virgo Mater Christi - Aston

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8539c | 1 CD | $17.95 | A Cappella || Early Music CDs


Stile Antico : Song of Songs

Review: The beautiful and often erotic poetry of the Song of Songs found some of its most sumptuous settings in the motets of Palestrina, Lassus, Victoria and other Continental 16th-century masters. Sung here by Britain's "brightest new stars" of Renaissance polyphony, the singers of Stile Antico, these staples of the choral repertory have never before sounded so vital or texturally rich.

Songlist: Ego Flos Campi, Osculetur Me, Antiphon: Dum Esset Rex, Surge, Propera Amica Mea, Quam Pulchra Es, Antiphon: Nigra Sum, Veni, Dilecte Mi, Vadam Et Circuibo, Alleluia: Tota Pulchra Es, Ego Flos Campi, Nigra Sum, Antiphon: Laeva Eius, Hortus Conclusus, Nigra Sum, Antiphon: Speciosa Facta es, Veni, Dilecte Mi, Trahe Me Post Te, Antiphon: Iam Hiems Transiit, Vidi Speciosam

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9023c | 1 CD | $18.95 | A Cappella || Early Music CDs


Sveshknikov Choir and Volga Choir : Folk Songs Of Old Russia

Review: The Volga Choir and the Sveshknikov Choir are two of the large (a hundred or more voices) vocal ensembles who are famous not only in Russia, where they tour extensively, but increasingly in musical centers of the Western world. Their extensive repertory of folk songs tell of shared work, the courage of folk heroes, communal joy at births, marriages and harvests, wretchedness because of conscription or war. 16 powerful, deep-bassed songs, some favorites: "Evening Bells," "The Broad and Rolling Steppe," the lovely "Do Not Blame Me," "The Pear Tree," "Between Steep Banks," "The Drake Went Courting," "Aliona," "Snowfall" and "Do Not Revive Memories of the Past." Some light accompaniment with accordion, harmonica and other instruments. These are songs of deep feeling and strength with some amazing solos and powerful harmonies. "Folk Song" is an authentic Russian treat!

Songlist: Evening Bells, From a Distant Land, The Broad and Rolling Steppe, Alone I Stand on the Road, At the Blacksmiths, Do Not Blame Me, The Pear Tree, Samara Town, Between Steep Banks, Down the Volga River, The Drake Went Courting, Aliona, Singing in the Choir, Snowfall, The Lonely Accordian, Do Not Revive Memories of the Past

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6926c | 1 CD | $9.95 | A Cappella || Russian a cappella


Swedish Radio Choir : Alfred Schnittke / Henryk Gorecki

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Songlist: Requiem Aeternam, Kyrie, Dies Irae, Tuba Mirum, Rex remedae, Recordare, Lacrimosa, Domine Jesu Christe, Hostias, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei , Credo, Requiem Aeternam, Henryk Gorecki: Miserere

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7098c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Swedish Choral Music | Henryk Gorecki


Swedish Radio Choir : Visions and Non Thoughts

Review: The Swedish Radio Choir comprises 32 professional singers. Since Eric Ericson took over in the 1950s, it has become one of the world's most outstanding choirs - a universal tool of voices capable of delivering the sweetest a cappella tones or of performing an oratorio with enormous power and elasticity. The collective leaves room for each individual form of expression, creating a sound that is unique in the world of choral music. Being one of the world's foremost choirs entails collaborating with the very cream of choirmasters and musicians. On this recording they join with Swedish choirmaster marvel Ragnar Bohlin, leader of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus since 2007, and world-leading trombonist Christian Lindberg - featured here as both soloist and composer. Together they perform In Time of Pestilence, the evocative choral work by American composer and Pulitzer Prize winner Ned Rorem; Visions and Non Thoughts and Vid sista udden by Christian Lindberg for trombone, recitator and mixed choir; Fallandet by Thomas Jennefelt; Lighten mine eyes by Bo Hansson; and muo:aa:yiy::oum, Anders Hillborg's phonetic study in sound. This is the premiere recording on CD of these compositions by Lindberg, Jennefelt and Hansson.

Songlist: Adieu, Farewell Earth's Bliss, Rich Men, Trust not in Wealth, Beauty is But a Flower, Strength Stoops Unto the Grave, With With his Wantonness, Haste Therefore Each Degree, Visions and Non Thoughts, Fallandet, Vid Sista Udden, Lighten Mine Eyes, muocaaeyiywcoum

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2771c | 1 CD | $15.95 || Swedish Choral Music


Swedish Radio Choir : Voices Of Nature

Review: This uniquely named work has moments of wondrous luminosity, particularly in its second and fourth movements. The second, which has a hypnotic slow lilt to it, even evokes the sensuality of the Poulenc Gloria (closing section), a most unlikely kinship. There are many inspiring moments and many memorable textures, and any worries the composer may have had about Western performers' response to this music would have been quickly dispelled by Tonu Kaljuste and the outstanding Swedish Radio Choir. Their technical assurance is so great that one can easily admire their powerful identification with the music, while Kaljuste clearly has a superb ear for texture, balancing convincingly Schnittke's often densely complex choral writing. The wordless Voices of Nature is a short relatively simple work for ten women's voices and vibraphone. Its coolness, however, makes a welcome foil to the intensity of the Concerto. Then follow three works by Estonian Arvo Part, and many listeners may experience some surprise at the cheerful, almost humorous nature of Dopo la Vittoria. The title means After the Victory, the text telling the story of how Ambrose, Bishop of Milan in the 4th century, composed the hymn Te Deum and sang it with St. Augustine when baptising him. It is a blithe work, with a wonderfully solemn 'Amen' just near the end, before the good-humoured music returns to round the work off.

Songlist: Concerto For Choir, Voice of Nature, Dopo La Vittoria, Bogorodiste Djevo, I Am The True Vine

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8649c | 1 CD | $16.95 || Swedish Choral Music


Swedish Voices Chamber Choir : Swedish Rhapsody

Review: A generous collection of 26 finely-crafted folk, spiritual and traditional songs, with some light accompaniment, all sung in Swedish, by the acclaimed mixed-voice Swedish Voices Chamber Choir. Some favorites: "Uti ar hage (Out in the Meadows)," "Och jungfrun hon gar I dansen (The Maiden dancing in the Ring)," "Si god afton och god kvall (Evening Greeting Song)," "Tre korvisor (Three Choral Ballads)," ""Lustwins wijsa (Lustwin's Ballad)," "Sommarmarsch fran Osterbotten (Summer March from Osterbotten)," "Brusala," and the soulful "Sverige (Sweden)". There are a few all-instrumental songs here, but largely amazingly beautiful choral music from Sweden's finest! Nicely designed liner notes with info about the music.

Songlist: Stjarntandningen (The Star Lighting), Psaltare och lyra (Psaltery and Harp), Aftonen (Eventide), Swensk rapsodi (Swedish Rhapsody), Gladjens blomster (The Flowers of Delight), Uti var hage (Out in the Meadows), Och jungfrun hon gar I dansen (The Maiden Dancing in the Ring), Gammal sangpolska (Old Singing Polska), Vi salde vara hemman (Emigrant Song), Si god afton och god kvall (Evening Greeting Song), Varmlandsvisan (Thou lovely Varmland), Pingst (Whitsuntide), September, I Seaillets have (In The Pleasure Garden of the Seraglio), Havde jeg, o havde jeg en Datterson, o ja (Now If I Had a Grandson), Kung Liljekonvalje (King Lily-of-the-Valley), Idyll, Humoresk (Humoreque), Vaggsang (Lullaby), Polska, Lustwins wijsa (Lustwin's Ballad, Sommarmarsch fran Osterbotten (Summer March from Osterbotten), Sommarspalm (Summer Psalm), Forvarskvall (An Evening Early in the Spring), Brusala, Sverige (Sweden)

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7354c | 1 CD | $16.98 | A Cappella || Swedish Choral Music


Swingle Singers : Sinfonia NPS

Review: Eclectic, surprising composer Luciano Berio, born in 1925, wrote "Sinfonia," for eight voices and orchestra as a surreal, often dissonant interplay between voices and instruments in six parts, "I-", "II-O King," "III"-In ruhig fliessender Bewegung," "IV-", "V-" (Regis Pasquier, violin solo, New Swingle Singers, conducted by Ward Swingle, and "Eindrucke." A strange and powerful collection by the eclectic Berio, beautifully performed by the interaction of choral and instrumental giants.

Songlist: I -, II - O King, III - In ruhig fliessender Bewegung, IV -, V - (Featuring New Swingle Singers; conductor: Ward Swingle), Ein Drucke

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7977c | 1 CD | $15.98 |


SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble : Elliot Carter - Choral Works

Review: Last year, in celebration of Elliot Carter's 100th birthday, the thoroughbred of choral ensembles performed and recorded a program of the great man's complete works for choir - a cappella, men's voices, and accompanied. Now, for the first time, a thoroughly modern recording of Carter's complete works for choir is available - and in performances that will serve as the template for all future ensembles. Once again, the SWR Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Marcus Creed has distinguished itself as one of the most adventurous and capable choirs performing in the world today!

Songlist: Tarentella, Let's Be Gray, Emblems: Maryland, Virginia, Caroline, Emblems: When it is All Over, Emblems: By the Great River, Heart Not So Heavy as Mine, Musicians Wrestle Everywhere, To Music, The Defense of Corinth, Harvest Home

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4272c | 1 CD | $17.95 || German Choral Music | Elliot Carter


SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble : French Choral Music

Review: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Andre Jolivet each wrote one composition for unaccompanied chorus. Olivier Messiaen produced two. His 1937 motet "O Sacrum Convivium" brings the mystifying sound of his organ works into the vocal medium, and 1948's "Cinq Rechants" has an esthetic all its own. Never before had anyone composed so radically for chorus. Andre Jolivet's 1953 "Epithalame" is similarly groundbreaking. The renowned composer and director Rupert Huber leads talented, 37-strong mixed-voice SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart in this difficult, striking material. Here are 3 pieces by Debussy (our favorite: ), 3 by Maurice Ravel (our favorite: "Ronde,") 5 by Messiaen (Niokhama palalan souki), 3 by Jolivet (Au son de sa lyre, Allegro maestoso"), and one by Chausson, "Ballata pour quatour vocal op. 29." Unlike any choral music we've ever heard-stunning!

Songlist: Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orleans, Dieu! qu'il l'a fait bon regarder!, Quant j'ay ouy le tabourin, Yver, vous n'estes qu'un villain, Trois Chansons, Nicollete, Trois beaux oiseuax du paradis, Ronde, Cinq Rechants, Hayo kapri tama, Ma premiere fois terre, Ma robe d'amour, Nikohama palalan(e) souki, Mayoma kali, Epithalame, Ouvrons les portes de l'amour, Moderato, Fille du souffle, Allegro semplice, Au son de sa lyre, Allegro maestoso, Ballata pour quatuor vocal op. 29 (1896/1897)

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6974c | 1 CD | $14.98 || Mixed Choirs CDs


SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble : Gioacchino Rossini

Review: The Petite Petite Messe solennelle is one of Rossini's last large-scale works. Even though a late work, and a religious work at that, Rossini manages to bring his sparkling wit and operatic flair to the proceedings. The present recording is the first CD recording of the original version for four voices accompanied by two pianos and harmonium. Rupert Huber and the SWR Vocal ensemble Stuttgart perform with style and commitment bringing their enthusiasm for "New Music" to this rediscovered masterwork.

Songlist: Kyrie, Gloria, Gloria in Excelcis Deo, Gratias agimus tibi, Domine Deus, Qui Tollis, Quoniam, Cum Sanctus Spiritu, Credo, Credo in unum Deum, Crucifixus, Et Resurrexit, Preludoio Religioso, Sanctus, O Salutaris Hostia, Agnus Dei

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7839c | 1 CD | $15.98 || German Choral Music | Gioachino Rossini


SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble : Gyorgy Kurtag - Complete Choral Works

Review: Rare recordings of the music of this popular contemporary composer. Amazing choral virtuosity from the SWR Vocal Ensemble and director Marcus Creed. Gyorgy Kurtag was long overshadowed by his fellow Hungarian Gyorgy Ligeti, but in recent years his music has become far better known. Kurtag was the teacher of the renowned pianists Andras Schiff and Zoltan Kocsis at the Liszt Academy in Budapest.

Songlist: Omaggio a Luigi Nono op. 16, Eight Choruses to Poems by Dezo Tandori op. 23, Songs of Despair and Sorrow op. 18

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8853c | 1 CD | $18.95 | A Cappella || Gyorgy Kurtag


SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble : Luigi Nono

Review: Few composers have exercised as vigorous a political conscience as did the late Luigi Nono. Beginning his career as a dedicated 12-tone composer (and Schoenberg's son-in-law), Nono consciously sought to revolutionize both music and society in his large output. Significantly, many of Nono's compositions were highly expressive and individualistic settings of texts from authors as diverse as Nietzsche and Latino Labor Leader, Caesar Chavez, to the anonymous inscriptions of political prisoners. The miracle of Nono's music is the tremendous beauty and intensity he was able to forge using such disparate material. The compositions on this disc, masterfully performed by Rupert Huber and the Vokalensemble Stuttgart, are definitive readings of some of the most difficult choral music EVER composed. And yet, despite all the avant garde techniques, the sonic impact of these scores has the otherworldly beauty of Gregorian chant. Make no mistake; this is an essential recording of music by one of the 20th century's greatest composers!

Songlist: Da Un Diario Italiano , Cori Di Didone , Das Atmende Klarsein

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7841c | 1 CD | $15.98 || German Choral Music


SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble : Rachmaninov Vespers

Review: Rachmaninov's passionate setting of the Russian "All Night Vigil" is to the Eastern Orthodox liturgy what Bach's B Minor Mass is to the West. Consulting Rachmaninov's manuscripts and correspondence, and working with Russian language and cultural specialists, the virtuoso SWR Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Marcus Creed, has drawn upon every artistic source available to make this new recording of Rachmaninov's transcendent Vespers.

Songlist: Vespers ("All Night Vigil"), Op. 37

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7838c | 1 CD | $15.98 || German Choral Music | Sergey Rachmaninov


SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble : Schumann, Robert - Romances and Ballads

Review: Robert Schumann's a cappella choral works have established themselves on the concert stage far less than those of Mendelssohn or Brahms. He himself, however, accorded them a much higher position among his works, writing that they were composed "with true passion," and that nothing of their kind existed. The 37 mixed voices of SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart show us exactly what he was talking about. Here we have "Romances and Ballads I, II, III and IV, five songs in each, and op. 69 and op. 91, six tunes in each, for a total of 32 cuts. These are impassioned, romantic vocal gems. Some favorites: "Schon Rohtraut," "Ungewitter," "Schnitter Tod," "Im Walde," "Der Schmid," "Der Sanger," "Romanze vom Gansebuben," "Brautgesang," "Tamburin" and "Jager Wohlgemuth." Masterful compositions by Schumann, wonderful, spirited interpretations by SWRVS. Recommended!

Songlist: Romances and Ballads I op. 67, Romances and Ballads II op. 75, Romances and Ballads III op. 145, Romances and Ballads IV op. 146, Romances and Ballads op. 69, Romances and Ballads op. 91

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7018c | 1 CD | $15.98 || German Choral Music | Robert Schumann


Tallis Scholars : Allegri Miserere

Review: The Allegri Miserere, probably the most famous piece of this period is usually coupled with other well known pieces. This recording has the advantage of including a couple of less-known, but stunning works (okay, the Palestrina is quite popular, but even so...). As usual, the Tallis Scholars give a polished performance. Altogether, it's a great recording,

Songlist: Miserere, Vox Patris caelestis, Missa Papae Marcelli, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus & Benedictus, Agnus Dei I & II

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7209c | 1 CD | $16.98 || Early Music CDs


Tallis Scholars : English Madrigals

Review: To celebrate their 25th anniversary, sacred music specialists the Tallis Scholars re-released on their own Gimell label a disc that has been a cipher in their catalog for a long time, English Madrigals, recorded in 1982 for EMI's Classics for Pleasure imprint and unavailable for so long as to be virtually forgotten. It is heartening to see the list of singers active under Peter Philips' direction in that bygone era -- Emily van Evera, Margaret Philpot, Michael Chance, and Andrew King among them -- all names unknown in 1982 that have figured very prominently in the early music boom soon to follow. As the original Classics for Pleasure LP, though digitally recorded, ran short by twenty-first century standards, Gimell has expanded it through including the odd pieces used to fill out an early release, Tomkins: The Great Service. As one comes to expect from the Tallis Scholars in music of a more serious kind, the performances of the English Madrigals are terrific; in the notes, Philips states that their ultimate single-mindedness might have slackened somewhat "if there hadn't been so much first-rate sacred music to explore."

Songlist: Hark, All Ye Lovely Saints, Hark, Alleluia, Phyllis, I Fain Would Die Now, Cruel Madame, Ah Dear Heart, Draw On Sweet Night, All Creatures Now, Sleep, Fleshly Birth, Carters, Now Cast Down, Woe Is Me, Though Amaryllis Dance, The Silver Swan, When David Heard, Then David Mourned , Almighty God, The Fountain Of All Wisdom , Woe Is Me, Be Strong And Of A Good Courage, O Sing Unto The Lord A New Song, O God, The Proud Are Risen Against Me

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8936c | 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella || Madrigals CDs


Tallis Scholars : Essential Tallis Scholars

Review: One of the most noted groups in the world of Renaissance music, the Tallis Scholars bring us a compilation of their work from 1980-1998. "The Essential Talllis Scholars," a two CD set, gives us an introduction to the vast amounts of music from this period and their discography. Disc 1 contains motets by such composers as Palestrina, Josquin and Lassus. The opening piece is the incomparably gorgeous "Miserere" by Allegri, which should be in everybody's library. Disc 2 is comprised of works by English composers, such as Tallis and includes Byrd's "Mass for 5 Voices." If you are new to the works of the Tallis Scholars or to the world of Renaissance music, this is a great place to start.

Songlist: Meserere, Ave Maria for double choir, Sicut lilium I, Praeter rerum seriem, Pater peccavi, Ego flos campi, Tota pulchra es, Descendi in hortum meum, Alma redemptoris mater, Salve regina, Ave regina caelorum, Gloria from Missa Et ecce terrae motus , Media vita , In manus tuas, O nata lux, Audivi vocem, Exaudiat te Dominus, Ah, Robin, Salve regina, Mass for 5 Voices

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7151c | 1 CD | $17.98 | A Cappella || Early Music CDs


Tallis Scholars : Josquin

Review: This recording presents the only two Masses by Josquin which are entirely based on canons; a single melody stated in different voice-parts at different times so that it overlaps with itself. To write this kind of music may sound academic to the modern mind: who is interested in mathematical scaffolding which most people can't hear? But Josquin was interested in it - as were many later composers from Bach to Brahms to Webern - and I knew that, like every composer of genius, he would relish the challenge. -Peter Phillips

Songlist: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus & Benedictus, Agnus Dei I, II & III, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus & Benedictus, Agnus Dei I, II & III, Sanctus & Benedictus, Agnus Dei I, II & III

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8904c | 1 CD | $16.95 || Early Music CDs | Josquin Desprez


Tallis Scholars : Lamenta

Review: Haunting performances by the Tallis Scholars of music reflecting the dark and anguished emotions of Holy Week. As Easter music, this CD is a perfect addition to the St Matthew and St John Passions. - "Turning to the Tallis Scholars is a reminder of how supremely good Peter Phillips and his singers really are. It is like the move from an ordinary family car to a high-octane Ferrari, a magnificently honed machine in which every component functions superbly." (Gramophone)

Songlist: Lamentations I, Lamentations I , Lamentations II, Lamentations , Lamentations (5vv), Lamentations For Holy Saturday (Lesson 3, 6vv)

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6543c | 1 CD | $16.98 | A Cappella || Early Music CDs


Tallis Scholars : Palestrina Masses - Missa Benedicta es

Review: The reputation of a composer of Palestrina's enormous output is necessarily based on a selection of his work. Since there have been no recordings, no offprints, no very accessible discussions of the Missa Benedicta es, it has been impossible for the work to become widely admired. It shows a side of Palestrina's writing which is not fully recognized: his indebtedness to Josquin. In addition, apart from its remarkable music, it has an important place in musical history. If ever it was thought necessary to prove that Palestrina early in his life gained much from coming under the influence of the great Franco-Flemish composers, this resplendent parody mass shows how important they were to him and how he could turn their idiom to his own ends. 25 years ago, Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars made their debut with this recording. To celebrate this milestone, Gimell offers this limited-edition budget priced reissue.

Songlist: Plainchant: Benedicta es , Benedicta es, Missa Benedicta es, Kyrie , Gloria, Credo, Sanctus & Benedictus, Agnus Dei I & II, Missa Nasce la gioja mia, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus & Benedictus, Agnus Dei I & II

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8334c | 1 CD | $9.95 || Early Music CDs | Giovanni Palestrina


Tallis Scholars : Thomas Tallis - Spem In Alium

Review: "Spem in alium" is one of the most remarkable pieces ever written. This forty-voice motet for eight five-part choirs has carefully constructed counterpoint in alternation with striking homophony. No one is certain of the reasons that led Tallis to write something so bold. The large number of choirs creates an amazing stereo-effect and, therefore, is often sung surrounding the audience. The remaining motets on this recording are no less astounding. His merits as a composer must be remembered, as he remained court composer, despite being Catholic, under the rule of Elizabeth I. As usual, the Tallis Scholars lend sheer beauty and clarity to this phenomenal music.

Songlist: Spem in alium, Sancte Deus, Salvator mundi, salva nos I, Salvator mundi, salva nos II, Gaude gloriosa, Miserere nostri, Loquebantur variis linguis

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7156c | 1 CD | $16.98 | A Cappella || Early Music CDs | Thomas Tallis


Tapiola Chamber Choir : Penderecki

Review: Avant-garde composer Krzysztof Penderecki, born in Poland in 1933, returned to more traditional musical forms by the early 1960s. The orchestration and scoring in his large vocal works is often highly adventurous, using dramatic devices such as shouting and speaking to great effect. The world-renowned Finnish Tapiola Chamber Choir performs 9 pieces of this dramatically beautiful sacred music: "Stabat Mater," "Two Choruses from the Passion According to St. Luke," "Sicut locutus est from Magnificat," "Agnus Dei," "Song of the Cherubim," "Veni creator," "Benedicamus Domino," and "Benedictus." Striking sacred choral works, made even more so by the clear, bell-like voices of the world-famous Tapiola Choir.

Songlist: Stabat Mater, Two Choruses from the Passion according to St. Luke , -Miserere, -In Pulverem Mortis, Sicut Locutus est from Magnificat, Agnus Dei , Song ofthe Cherubim, Veni Creator, Benedicamus Domino, Benedictus

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6829c | 1 CD | $12.98 | A Cappella || Finnish Choral Music | Krzysztof Penderecki 


Taylor Festival Choir : This Is Thy Hour O Soul

Review: In our contemporary, frenetic society, the innate spirituality of our common existence is all-too-often overlooked. This is Thy Hour, O Soulfocuses on that spirituality with modern musical settings of texts both contemporary and ancient, Western and Eastern, sacred and secular, theological and philosophical. Called by critic Lindsay Koob a "rising star in the national choral scene," Taylor's choirs have been described as sounding "more musical than would seem possible," (Charleston Post and Courier) and have received numerous plaudits from critics and choral specialists for their technical proficiency, musicalty and beautiful sound production.

Songlist: On Meditation, A Clear Midnight, Magnificat, Nunc dimittis, The Last Invocation, The Unknown Region, To All, To Each, Festival Te Deum, Sing Ye Praises to Our King, Salmo 150, Water Night, Cloudburst, Prayer to the Father of Heaven, Ave Maria

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9026c | 1 CD | $15.95 |


Tenebrae : Figure Humaine

Review: Francis Poulenc is now considered to be among the most important composers of choral music of the 20th Century. Yet his early career reveals no trace of the dazzling and idiosyncratic unaccompanied choral textures so abundantly produced in the second half of his life. This new collection of Poulencās choral works is centered on his masterwork, the Figure Humaine. Even though it is only 20 minutes in length, the work is a supreme test of stamina, technical agility, range, aural skill and musicianship. The professional chamber choir Tenebrae (directed by former Kingās Singer Nigel Short) are more than capable of tackling this repertoire, and this disc promises to provide a new benchmark in interpretations of the work.

Songlist: Mass in G, Mass in G (part 2), Mass in G (part 3), Mass in G (part 4), Mass in G (part 5), Litanies a la Veirge Noire, Salve Regina, Un soir de neige, Figure Humaine, Quatre petites prieres de Saint Francois d'Assise

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2327c | 1 CD | $16.95 | A Cappella || English Choral CDs


Tenebrae : Mother and Child

Review: This release takes its title from a new work written especially for the choir by Sir John Tavener. Mother and Child has a unique and personal history inspired- by one of the Tenebrae members' children. Playing in the garden, Samual McCosh and his mother Susan caught the eye of a visiting friend, poet Brian Keeble. The picture of mother and child in close union with one another so enchanted him that he began to write a poem based on that image. The resulting poem caught the attention of Sir John Tavener who, on reading it decided to set it to music and to dedicate it to Tenebrae. In its short existence, Tenebrae has made a considerable impact on the musical world with fresh and vital re-interpretations of classic works in the choral repertoire. On this recording, innovatory and lesser-known repertoire is drawn from contemporary sources. Alongside Mother and Child, this release features four further world-premiere recordings by composers Francis Pott, Alexander L'Estrange and Jeremy Filsell. Within this individual collection of choral music, which also includes works by Jonathan Dove, Richard Rodney Bennett and Giles Swayne, Tenebrae continues to chart out a new territory, which is rapidly establishing it as one of the most exciting choirs of our time.

Songlist: Seek him that maketh the seven stars, The souls of the righteous, Magnificat, Mother and Child, Lute-book lullaby, O be joyful in the Lord, The seasons of his mercies, My song is love unknown

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7031c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Mixed Choirs CDs


Tenebrae : Path of Miracles - Joby Talbot

Review: Path of Miracles, for a cappella choir, was commissioned by Tenebrae from Joby Talbot and premiered last year. The work is based on the most enduring route of Catholic pilgrimage - the great Pilgramage to Santiago. The four movements of Path of Miracles are titled with the names of the four main staging posts of the 'Camino Frances': I Roncesvalles; II Burgos; III Leon; IV Santiago. The 'Camino Frances' s the central axis of a network of pilgrimage routes to Santiago. Talbot's music has been performed by, amongst others, the London Sinfonietta, The BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Brunel Ensemble, Evelyn Glennie and The Duke Quartet. In addition, Talbot also writes for the big and small screen. Credits include, The League of Gentlemen and The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy.Tenebrae, founded and directed by former King's Singer Nigel Short, is a professional vocal ensemble, whose motto is passion and precision. Tenebrae has built an impressive reputation for innovative and memorable performances throughout the UK and Europe.

Songlist: Roncesvalles, Burgos, Leon, Santiago

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8351c | 1 CD | $13.98 | A Cappella || English Choral CDs


Tenebrae : Paul Mealor - A Tender Light

Review: The sublime new album from the star composer of the Royal Wedding. Performed by the Tenebrae Choir and also features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra the album includes the moving A Spotless Rose and Ubi Caritas, performed at the Royal Wedding. "Paul Mealor has a deep connection with our choral heritage yet his works have immediacy and modernity. He has the rare gift of being able to create joyous melody within music that is both sincere and profound. This is an album with hints of Celtic mystery, moments of great solemnity, splendiferous singing and above all sumptuous tunes." - Gareth Malone - Choir Master and BAFTA Award-winning BBC Presenter of The Choir

Songlist: Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal, Lady, When I Behold The Roses Sprouting, Upon A Bank, A Spotless Rose, She Walks In Beauty, O Vos Omnes, Stabat Mater, Salvator Mundi: Greater Love, Locus Iste, Ave Maria, Ubi Caritas

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2602c | 1 CD | $23.95 || Companion Songbook Available | Paul Mealor


Tenebrae : Prayers For Mankind

Review: Prayers for Mankind celebrates the life and writings of Father Alexander Men, a Russian Orthodox Christian priest who, whilst being little known outside of his home country during his lifetime, has come to be hailed as a saint and martyr by thousands all over the world. 2010 marks the anniversary of what would have been his 85th Birthday, as well as 20 years since his brutal assassination on the way to a Sunday morning service. Following years of religious suppression under the communist regime, Father Alexander Men emerged as a leading Christian and humanitarian figure in Russia, through radio and TV broadcasts and his prolific written works. These prayers, set by Russian composer Alexander Levine, capture the beauty and humanity of Men's view of the world, and is brought vividly to life by Nigel Short's professional chamber choir Tenebrae.

Songlist: Morning Prayer, A Prayer for Unity, A Prayer for Humanity, I Love You, Lord, A Prayer for the Gift of Wisdom and Love, A Prayer for the Disciples of Christ

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2393c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella || English Choral CDs


Tenebrae : Rachmaninoff Vespers - All Night Vigil

Review: The roots of the Russian Orthodox Church are traceable back into the Third Century A.D. Whilst Western forms of Christianity continued to evolve, the Orthodox tradition has been preserved largely intact since the 11th Century, despite persecution of the Church under an intolerant Communist regime in Russia. The music of the Russian Orthodox Church features vocal chants, the oldest of which is known as znamenny (from the Slavonic znamia meaning "sign"). The melody of this chant is extremely simple, and whilst other composers added their characteristic harmonic effects, Rachmaninoff consciously preserved the modal purity of the original in his setting of the Vespers. The all-night vigil is celebrated on the eve of the main feasts of the Orthodox Church. Originally it lasted all night and consisted of three separate services to celebrate the beauty of the setting sun, and to reflect on the spiritual light of Christ as the new light of the coming day and the eternal light of heaven. Rachmaninoff's setting of the vigil was written in 1915, in the middle of the First World War. He has used authentic znamenny chant in seven movements, with two movements employing Greek chants. "Even in my dreams I could not have imagined that I would write such a work" Rachmaninoff told the singers at the first performance in March 1915. The work is dedicated to the scholar Stephan Vasilevitch Smolensky who introduced Rachmaninoff to the repertoire of the church, however the composer's inspiration was as much politically motivated as spiritually - the composition was a powerful affirmation of nationalism during the war.

Songlist: Come, Let us Worship, Bless the Lord, O My Soul, Blessed Is The Man, Gladsome Light, Lord, Now Lettest Thou, Rejoice O Virgin, The Six Psalms, 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, Today Salvation has Come, Tho Didst Rise From the Town, To Thee, the Victorious leader, We Praise Thee

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7035c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Sergey Rachmaninov


Tenebrae : Requiem Mass 1605

Review: Tomas Luis de Victoria s requiem mass for six voices, written in 1603 and published in 1605, is a masterpiece. It is one of a handful of large-scale works which enjoys mainstream appeal in the 21st century. For many, it represents what Renaaissance polyphony is, what it sounds and feels like, and how expressive it can be. The disc also features two well-known works by Victoria s contemporary Alonso Lobo. The performance comes from the renowned professional chamber choir Tenebra, led by Nigel Short, following their recent BBC Music Magazine nominated recording of Francis Poulen s Figure Humaine.

Songlist: Lesson: Taedet anima mea, Introit: Requiem aeternam , Kyrie, Gradual: Requiem aeternam, Offertory: Domine, Jesu Christe, Sanctus & Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Communion: Lux aeterna, Motet: Versa est in luctum, Responsory: Libera me, Domine, Lamentations Ieremiae Prophetae

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5981c | 1 CD | $16.95 | A Cappella || English Choral CDs | Tomas Luis de Victoria


Tenebrae : Songs of Farewell

Review: Following a string of five-star reviews for their previous discs of 20th-century French choral music the professional chamber-choir Tenebrae go from strength to strength with this new recording of British partsongs and choral music - centered on Hubert Parry's Songs of Farewell. Composed towards the end of Parry's life, the Songs of Farewell have taken on something of an epithetical interpretation; they are almost a musical summation of his compositional life, reflecting Parry's love of English renaissance madrigals and partsongs as much as the influence on his work from German composers like Brahms - made more complicated as these works were composed as the country (and its music) fell out of favour at the start of the Great War. This disc also includes works by Tavener, Sullivan and Vaughn Williams.

Songlist: The Evening-Watch Op.43 No.1, A Good-Night, Take him, earth, for cherishing, Funeral Ikos, Songs of Farewell, My soul, there is a country, I know my soul hath power to know all things, Never weather-beaten sail, There is an old belief, At the round earth's imagined corners, Lord, let me know mine end, They are at rest, The Turtle Dove, The long day closes, Rest, Bring us, O Lord God

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2022c | 1 CD | $16.95 | A Cappella || Hubert Parry


The Choral Project : Americana

Review: This recording is a collection of folk songs and spirituals from America. The first three pieces are from Kirke Mechem's American Madrigals and are based on well known folk tunes. Other pieces include "I Can Tell the World," arranged by Moses Hogan, "How Can I Keep From Singing," arranged by Ronald Staheli and "America the Beautiful," arranged by Buryl Red. Led by Daniel Hughs, these songs and more are beautifully sung by the San Jose Choral Project.

Songlist: Kansas Boys, He's Gone Away , New York Girls, Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair , At the River ), Simple Gifts , I Can Tell the World, How Can I Keep from Singing , Let Us Break Bread Together, Polly-Wolly-Doodle, Amazing Grace, Shenandoah, Wade in de Water , Down in the Valley , Cindy , America, The Beautiful

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7186c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Mixed Choirs CDs


The Choral Project : One is the All

Review: Founded by Daniel Hughes in 1996, the 46-strong, mixed-voice Choral Project has gained an excellent reputation for performing high-level choral literature in concerts, interfaith services and choral festivals and invitationals in Northern California and across the country. This is the San Jose, CA-based ensemble's 5th CD, including the critically acclaimed "Water and Light," featuring the music of Eric Whitacre. 17 songs, beginning with Stephen Swartz' soaring "Keramos" and the Ward Swingle-arranged "De Puta y Taco," "One is the All" impressively progresses through a varied and eclectic songlist. Roberto Valera's joyous "Quisiera," the brooding, dissonant "War Song," the lovely "So we'll go no more a roving," Charles Stanford's soaring "The Bluebird," Harry Belafonte's dynamic "Turn the World Around," Joan Szymcko's "It Takes A Village," Jaako Mantyjarvi's spirited "El Hambo," and Joshua Shank's dramatic "Musica animam tangens" are favorites. The poise and vocal maturity of the ensemble, a beautifully arranged and selected songlist and strong direction by Hughes add up to another very special CD from the Choral Project!

Songlist: Keramos , De Punta y Taco , Dieu! Qu'il La Fait Bon Regarder! , Quisiera , War Song , So We'll Go No More A-roving , Come To Me My Love, The Bluebird , Fair & True , Turn The World Around, It Takes A Village , The Garten Mother's Lullaby , El Hambo , Famine Song , Let Evening Come , Musica Animam Tangens , Ubi Caritas

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8255c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Mixed Choirs CDs


The Choral Project : Tell The World

Review: Founded in 1996 by acclaimed Artistic Director and Conductor Daniel Hughes, the 43-strong, San Francisco Bay Area-based Choral Project has won numerous awards in California and internationally, released seven excellent albums and received rave reviews. Their vision is "To heal our world through music and words;" their mission "to connect one another through choral theater, education and musical excellence." "Tell the World" has 17 live cuts, some of them accompanied by keyboards, piano, bass, drums and percussion. Particularly fine are the a cappella Spiritual "Ezekiel Saw de Wheel," "Deep River," "My God is Good/Angels of the Earth" medley, the a cappella Spirituals "I Can Tell the World" and "On the Battlefield for My Lord" and "All My Trials;" "Witness," "Stand By Me," "Wade in de Water," "The Battle of Jericho" and "Worthy to Be Praised." "Tell the World" is everything we were hoping to hear, powerful, spirited, inspirational music from one of our favorite ensembles, The Choral Project!

Songlist: Ezekiel Saw De Wheel , Blow Ye The Trumpet, 23rd Psalm, Deep River , My God Is Good/Angels Of The Earth, I Can Tell The World, On The Battlefield For My Lord, All My Trials, My Soul's Been Anchored, Witness, Ain'-a That Good News, Stand By Me, We Let It Be, Wade In De Water, God Is All There Is, The Battle Of Jericho, Worthy To Be Praised

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6149c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella || Spirituals CDs


The Choral Project : Water and Light

Review: Founded in 1996, the 40-strong, mixed-voice Choral Project, ably led by Artistic Director and Conductor Daniel Hughes, has performed throughout California in concerts, interfaith services and choral festivals, as well as nationally and internationally in Costa Rica and Mexico. Included here are seven selections by master composer Eric Whitacre, "Five Hebrew Love Songs," "Cloudburst," "I thank you God for most this amazing day," "She Weeps Over Rahoon," "Little Birds," "Water Night" and "Sleep." Then we have "Agnus Dei" by Edward Elgar/David Giardiniere, Tavener's "Hymn to the Mother of God," Ticheli's "There will be rest," "Ave Maria" by Giancarlo Aquilanti, Rene Clausen's "Tonight Eternity Alone" and Lauridsen's "O magnum mysterium." Some light accompaniment with strings, piano and percussion. Difficult, intricate harmonies, effortlessly performed by this talented ensemble.

Songlist: Five Hebrew Love Songs (with string quartet), Cloudburst (with piano and percussion) , I Thank You God For Most This Amazing Day, She Weeps Over Rahoon, Little Birds (with piano) , Water Night , Sleep , Agnus Dei , Hymn to the Mother of God , There will be rest , Ave Maria , Tonight eternity alone, O Magnum Mysterium

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The Chrysostomos Chamber Choir : Panihida

Review: This recording will be enjoyed by listeners who are interested in new Orthodox music being composed around the world. Young Finnish composer Mikko Sidoroff's (b. 1985) setting of the Orthodox Memorial Service (Panikhida) is beautifully sung by the Chrysostomos Chamber Choir, conducted by the composer. As for the work itself, similar to Pavel Chesnokov's Panihida, opus 39, it seems to be more appropriate for a concert performance than a church service, although portions of it can certainly be sung in a liturgical context. More importantly, it captures a recognizably "Orthodox" musical spirit, which it seeks to express through new and original musical means. The booklet provides information in English and in Finnish about the service, the composer, and the performers, as well as the text translation.

Songlist: O Come, let us worship, Psalm 91, Great Litany, Troparia, Blessed art Thou, O Lord, Kathisma, Refrain of the Canon, Third Canticle of the Canon, Kathisma and Theotokion, Sixth Canticle of the Canon, Kontakion, Ikos, Refrain of the Canon and 9th Ode, Troparia after the Litany, Closing Prayers and Blessing, Eternal memory

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3183c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella || Finnish Choral Music


The Musica Choir : Boy or Girl?

Review: Kostiainen conducts Kostiainen" discs was released in 2003. The Musica Choir recorded Kostiainen's suites for a mixed choir, partially based on Ingrian folklore lyrics (The Bridegroom's Arrival Songs 1- II and Mary's Story), some texts for the works are selected from the national epic Kalevala (The Tracing of Frost). On the disc there are also some humour Kostiainen likes to cultivate in his works i.e. The Satirical Suite to the lyrics by Lauri Viita.

Songlist: Greeting at the cross-roads, Boy or girl?, Mari's berries, Mari spoiled by the soldiers, What was it that me created?, Mourning for her birth, Greeting at the cross-roads, The groom's entourage sets off for the bridal manor, The groom's entourage arrives at the closed gate of the bridal manor, The groom will not alight until he has been greeted, The groom's entourage salutes the bride's home and asks after the bride, As the groom removes his gear, a choir of maidens salutes him and his entourage, The choir of maidens continues, asking how and by what way the groom's entourage found the bridal manor, The groom's entourage replies that they came along the Lord's highway, following the smell of beer from the bridal manor, The women in the groom's entourage tell the spokesman to purchase the groom the seat of honour at the table, The women sing a song of thanksgiving as the groom sits down at table, The choir of maidens wonders at what took the groom so long, The groom's spokesman, defending the groom, says the groom has visited his father's grave that morning, The Leader, The Service, The Wise, The Office, The Moral, The Collaboboration, The Tree of Knowledge, The Compasion, The Roundelay, Pakko, boy of wicked lineage, Would have frozen Ahti also, You have more than you can do, and more

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3177c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella || Finnish Choral Music


The Musica Choir : I've Got a Sweetheart

Review: The Musica Choir recorded the 3rd part of Kostiainen conducts Kostiainen" series, I've Got a Sweetheart, in the year 2000. On disc you can hear among others the best known folklore based works for the mixed choir, such as the title song and the arrangement for choir of the Ostrobthnian folk song "Veret tuli mun silimihini" (I Got Tears in These Eyes of Mine). In addition there is maybe the most often performed piece of work by Kostiainen "Jaakobin (isot) pojat" (The (Grown-up) Sons of Jacob) and some new works composed into Kalevala texts. SULASOL (The Finnish Association of Choirs) and The Finnish Association of Choirmasters selected this disc as "A Choir Disc of The Year 2000". The Musica Choir had the honor to be the first choir receiving this award to outside the Capital City of Finland.

Songlist: Mull on heila ihana, Lankoiseni, lintuiseni, Ellos nyt hyva isoni, Siita paivan kiinni saapi, Yo alinomainen, Hiilella piirretyt puut, Rikasmies ja aarreaitta, Unberuhmter Ort, An meinen altesten Sohn, Viatonten valssi, Jaakobin isot pojat, Veret tuli mun silimihini, Hyvaa iltaa kultaseni

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3176c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella || Finnish Choral Music


The Musica Choir : Oh Lord, Please Take my Hand

Review: On March 2007 was released the disc "Oh Lord, please take my hand" where the Musica Choir recorded Pekka Kostieinen's choral arrangements of the well known and also not so well known Finnish psalms and spiritual hymns. Psalm arr.s at the same time are a minor cross section about the career of the composer, the oldest are from 60s and the latest from 2000-tale. This is the 5th disc of the series "Kostiainen conducts Kostiainen"

Songlist: Guardian Angel, Now through the wilderness, This blessed summertime, Abide, my soul, by the will of the Lord, Whence shall I seek refuge?, Be prepared, people of the Lord, Hosanna, He cometh, The King on high, A star once in the sky, Rise up, ye vales and valleys, When you, oh Lord, are with me, A treasure beyond compare, Behold the Lamb of God, A path leads from the garden to Golgotha, Come all and behold, You rose from your grave, I praise and thank Thee, When our defence is in God, I bring you from your angels, Thanks be to Thee, Oh God, Awake, tardy souls, May your hand, oh Lord, protect, A stronghold safe, The coming of Christ, Before Thee, Jesus, once again, Evening has fallen, Creator, The traveller's thoughts return, The ways we once all travel, My kantele

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3178c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella || Finnish Choral Music


The Musica Choir : Regina Angelorum

Review: This excellent recording features the most important church music Kostiainen composed for a cappella choir and here sung by The Musica Choir. The title work Regina Angelorum is one of best known work for the female choir by Kostiainen. Kostiainen was awarded the "Goldene Stimmgabel" prize of the European Association of Choirmasters in the year 1995.

Songlist: Kyrie, Gloria, In Deo salutare meum, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Ave Maria, Regina angelorum, Laudate pueri, Te Deum

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3174c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella || Finnish Choral Music


Theatre of Voices : Arvo Part - A Tribute

Review: In celebration of composer Arvo Part's 70th birthday on September 11th, Harmonia Mundi offers this special selection of recordings, conducted by his long-time collaborator and biographer Paul Hillier. Of special note is the first release of Hillier's reading of Dopo la vittoria. Previously released recordings are taken from Hillier's two highly acclaimed recordings of the music of Arvo Part. His first CD, De Profundis, has remained a bestseller since its debut in March 1997. I Am The True Vine, his second Part disc, illustrated Hillier's unique affinity for the deep spiritual mysteries of Part's music, and his ability to illuminate them in ways no other performer can match. The collaborative relationship between Hillier and Estonian composer Part dates back to the early 1980s, when as director of the Hilliard Ensemble, he was among the first to present Part's music to the West.

Songlist: Dopo La Vittoria, The Woman With The Alabaster Box, Berliner Messe, Kyrie, Gloria, First Alleluia Verse, Second Alleluia Verse, Veni Sancte Spiritus, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei , Solfeggio, Magnificat, Bogoroditese Djevo, I Am The True Wine, Which Was The Son Of...

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Theatre of Voices : Part - I Am The True Vine

Review: Contemporary troubador Paul Hillier has been one of the key players behind introducing Arvo Part's music to Western audiences, first through recordings with the Hilliard Ensemble and later through his magnificently innovative group Theatre of Voices. I Am the True Vine continues the collaboration by bringing together some truly vintage Part compositions from the '90s. Although it exists on disc in a more elaborate version for choir and strings, the 1990 Berlin Mass was originally written for just four solo voices and organ. Part later revised the score, returning to that original sonority, which is the version offered here. The consummate preparation of the Theatre of Voices, in which every line is lovingly unfurled, the whole building into a memorable aural sculpture, only heightens a listener's admiration for Part's ability to make the seemingly simple profound. We also hear the composer in a more overtly joyful mood than usual in the short first selection, while the title track--a setting of a text from the Gospel of John and one of three world premiere recordings here--is a marvelously organic example of word painting (representing Part's choral virtuosity even when it comes to setting English text).

Songlist: Bogoroditse dyevo (Hail Mary), I Am the True Vine, Kanon Pokajanen, The Woman with the Alabaster Box, Tribute to Caesar, Berliner Messe

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7868c | 1 CD | $17.95 || Arvo Part


Trinity Choir : Sounds of Light

Review: A program of classic choral works from the 16th to the 20th century, from Byrd to Tavener, this recording also includes new settings of familiar texts, such as "This little light of mine" and "God so loved the World." Boston's Trinity Choir is a critically acclaimed ensemble that has been hailed as "one of North America's treasures".

Songlist: Ubi Caritas et Amor, The Key , Salmo 150 , God so loved the world , This little light of mine , Komm, heil'ger Geist, Mi'kmaq Honour Song , Ave verum corpus , I love the Lord, Litanei, The Beatitudes, Souls of the Righteous, Ave verum corpus, O brother man, As one who has slept, When David Heard, From the End of the Earth

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Tudor Choir : Gentle Words: Shaker Songs

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

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

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6819c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Mixed Choirs CDs


Tudor Choir : Requiem & Motets - Jacob Clemens non Papa

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

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

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7827c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Mixed Choirs CDs


Tudor Choir : Simple Gifts

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

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

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Tuskegee Institute Choir - William Dawson : Spirituals

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

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

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7753c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Spirituals CDs | William L. Dawson


UCLA Madrigal Singers : Choral Music Of 20th Century Americans

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

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

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7177c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Mixed Choirs CDs


University of Alberta Madrigal Singers : The Passing of The Year

Review: While the centrepiece of this recording is the rich and diverse soundscape of the title track (by British composer Jonathan Dove), the award-winning ''Mads'' have crafted yet another showcase of choral tradition and variety.

Songlist: God Is Gone Up, Op. 27, No. 2, Magnificat, Hail, Gladdening Light, Geistliches Lied, Op. 30, Der Mensch Lebt Und Bestehet Nur Eine Kleine Zeit (Op. 138, No. 1), Nachtlied (op. 138, no. 3), Ave Maria, Op. 23, No. 2, Let Not My Love Be Called Idolatry, Invocation, The Narrow Bud Opens Her Beauties To The Sun, Answer July, Hot Sun, Cool Fire, Ah, Sun-Flower!, Adieu! Farewell Earth's Bliss!, Ring Out, Wild Bells

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9035c | 1 CD | $15.95 || Mixed Choirs CDs

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