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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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Voices of Ascension : Song of the Stars

Review: A rich musical heritage and vibrant contemporary culture intersect in Catalunya in north-eastern Spain. Granados's long-lost masterpiece Song of the Stars is comparable to a virtuoso piano concerto with chorus and organ rather than orchestra, gloriously combining Romantic-Modernista poetry with post-Wagnerian harmonies. The internationally famous cellist Pau Casals also composed a small body of very beautiful music, including the deeply spiritual choral works on this disc. Morera's The Nightingale and Blancafort's Love Song are evocative of their Catalan texts, while Oltra's Echo and Prelude explore themes of memory and hope through images of nature.

Songlist: Rosarium Beate Birginis Mariae, Recordare, Virgo Mater, Salve Regina, Nigra Sum, El Rossinyol, Romanza, Ave Maria, Escena Religiosa, Cant D'amour, Eco, Preludio, Cant de les Estrelles

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4225c | 1 CD | $9.95 |

Voices of Ascension : The Durufle Album

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

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

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7727c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Early Music CDs | Maurice Durufle

Voices of Ascension : Voices of Angels

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

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

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7731c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Early Music CDs | Hildegard von Bingen

Voices Of Lee : Encore

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

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

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3059c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella || Contemporary Christian CDs | Companion Songbook Available

Voices Of Lee : Heartfelt

Review: Cleveland, Tennessee's Lee University boasts one of the finest 14-voice mixed Contemporary Christian choruses we've heard, the Voices of Lee, directed by Danny Murray. Songs include 'I Will Follow Christ,' 'Lift Him Up,' Derric Johnson's 'I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked' and 'Battle Hymn,' 'Let There Be Peace On Earth,' 'Keep Believing,' 'There's Not A Crown Without A Cross' and 'Jesus, What A Wonderful Child.' The 14 voices give the harmonic power of a chorus while still allowing the brilliance of individual voices to be highlighted-and amazing, strong, vibrant, soaring voices they are. An inspirational, exceptional CD both spiritually and musically!

Songlist: I Will Follow Christ, Lift Him Up, I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked, Battle Hymn, Let There Be Peace On Earth, Keep Believing, There's Not A Crown Without a Cross, Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child

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5334c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella || Contemporary Christian CDs

Voices Of Lee : In God's Hands

Review: The 18 mixed voices of Cleveland, TN-based Lee University's Voices of Lee, directed by Danny Murray, have a lush musical style noted for its excellence in harmony, spirit and performance. Since their debut in 1994, this Contemporary Christian a cappella group has delighted audiences worldwide with a repertoire of high-energy patriotic numbers, and heartfelt gospel favorites. "In God's Hands" is their fifth excellent CD. Nine songs: a beautifully arranged version of "How Great Thou Art," "More Than Wonderful," "Golden Stair," the dramatic "Jesus, The One and Only," the lovely title tune (light piano accompaniment), the inspirational "Dream On," the prophetic "Midnight Cry," and "He Giveth More Grace." Soaring solos, powerful harmonies and message - it adds up to another winner for Voices of Lee. Recommended.

Songlist: How Great Thou Art, More Than Wonderful, Golden Stair, Give Me Jesus, Jesus, The One and Only, In God'S Hands, Dream On, Midnight Cry, He Giveth More Grace

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2822c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella || Contemporary Christian CDs

Voices Of Lee : Themes of America

Review: A great patriotic set of songs from this top-notch Christian a cappella choir from Tennessee. The exquisite harmonies and quality of voices of The Voices of Lee is particularly suited for songs of this nature as their sound is both rousing and inspirational without being overpowering. We recommend this recording highly.

Songlist: This Land is Your Land, America, The Beautiful, Armed Forces Medley, Where the Stars and Stripes and Eagle Fly, Strike Up the Band, Rocky Top, God Bless the USA, Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Let There Be Peace On Earth, The Star Spangled Banner

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8362c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella || Patriotic A Cappella

Volti : Since When Has The Bright Moon Existed?

Review: This set of world premiere recordings showcases the stunning talent of Chinese-American composer Kui Dong. The grandeur of "Shui Diao Ge Tou and Song" is performed brilliantly by San Francisco's adventurous choir Volti, led fearlessly by conductor Robert Geary, who also presents the heartfelt "Let Frogs and Crickets Carry It On" with the Piedmont Children's Choir. The recording is rounded off by a stark set of piano works and the unlikely pairing of the Melody of China ensemble with the Del Sol String Quartet.

Songlist: Shui Diao Ge Tou and Song, Miniature V, Miniature VI, Miniature VII, Let Frogs and Crickets Carry It On, Spring (Re-Mastered), Summer, Autumn, Winter

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6167c | 1 CD | $15.95 |

Volti : Turn The Page

Review: Volti, San Francisco's 20-voice professional chamber choir, has achieved national recognition as pioneers in new vocal music: they are the first and only chorus to have won ASCAP/Chorus America's Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music Award six times. This disc shows what the buzz is all about, with works by eight contemporary American composers, five of them commissioned and premiered by Volti, under its founder and artistic director Robert Geary. Opening the disc is the first recording of all four movements of Aaron Jay Kernis' stunning and hypnotic Ecstatic Meditations, named by the National Endowment for the Arts as an American Masterpiece of Choral Music. Also featured is the first recording of a major new work by Volti's resident composer Mark Winges, Open the Book of What Happened (2005). Other never-before-recorded Volti commissions include Kurt Rohde's Endless, a six-part setting of luminous, elliptical poetry by Jakob Stein (2007); Gabriela Lena Frank's startling, rhythmic Ccollanan Maria!, a multicultural mix of traditional Catholic imagery with ancient Incan ritual (2004); two of Stacy Garrop's Sonnets of Beauty and Music, part of her project to set 23 sonnets of Edna St. Vincent Millay (2006); and Eric Moe's O the Flesh is Hot but the Heart is Cold (2005) - about which all we can say is that any piece of music based on a poem titled "Baked Alaska: a Theory of" just begs to be tasted

Songlist: Ecstatic Meditations, Endless, Collanan Maria, Metaphor, O the Flesh is Hot But the Heart is Cold, Open the Book of What Happened, Sonnets of Beauty and Music, Two Motets

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2320c | 1 CD | $16.95 | A Cappella |

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Review: The fourth from the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed mixed quintet (3 men, two women) Voz en Punto, and it's as spirited and juicy as we have come to expect from Voz. Beginning with the title tune and "La Negra," "Copitas'" song selection concentrates on the group's forte, crazy, silly, manic, romantic Mexican songs, some accompanied by a string ensemble. Our favorites of course are the a cappella numbers, like "La Bruja," "No Volvere," and "El Sinaloense." Voz en Punto's sound is as crisp and clean as they come, and they get into some marvelously fast Mexican "scat" singing that boggles the mind. "Copitas is big, fat, south of the border fun from beginning to end. Enjoy!

Songlist: Copitas De Mezcal, Lampara Sin Luz, La Negra, El Gavilancillo, La Bruja, La Malaguena, Cien Anos, No Volvere, Cucurrucucu, El Sin Aloense, Cielto Lindo

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8467c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Latin American Choral

Voz en Punto : Del Tingo al Tango

Review: In Mexican slang, "del tingo al tango" means to go "from pillar to post" without stopping, a phrase that seems to sum up mixed quintet Voz en Punto's career in many ways. From its founding by director Jose Galvan in 1990, the ensemble has focused its artistic energy on the colorful arena of Mexican culture, from Mexican colonial polyphony from the 16th and 17th centuries to songs in native tongues and/or with African influences, up to the folklore and music of living Mexican concert composers. The group has also presented programs of European composers, including motets and madrigals, Latin-American bossa novas and tangos, and negro spirituals. To quote the group's press notes, audiences become "Ecstatic," "On Fire" or "Delirious." "Del Tingo" is a 16-song smorgasbord of the group's repertoire, beginning with the spirited Mexican "La Negra" and the French "Margot labourez les vignes," the Brazilian "Rosa Amarela" and the German "Tanzen und Springen;" and country-hopping into England's "Come Again," Cuba's "Mama Ines," Japan's "Ue wo muite," Italy's "Amor Vittorioso" and the US spiritual "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." Brazil's "Samba de uma nota so," Spain's "Chacona," Finland's Satumaa Tango" and Glenn Miller's "In The Mood ...Voz continually amazes us with their spirited versatility. Listen to this multilingual a cappella gem and become an instant Voz en Punto fan!

Songlist: La Negra, Margot labourez les vignes, Rosa Amarela, Tanzen und Springen, Te quiero, Come again, Mama Ines, Ue wo muite, Amor Vittorioso, Puchicas caray, Swing low, sweet charriot, Samba de uma nota so, Chacona, Honor y Gloria, Satumaa Tango, In the mood

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7774c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Latin American Choral

Voz en Punto : Mexico A Capella

Review: Self-described "Trailblazers" in Mexican music, mixed quintet Voz en Punto, winners of international awards for their versatility and ability to interpret music from the cultures of many countries, had to start somewhere, and "Mexico A Capella" is it, their first commercial recording. "Mexico" represents the impassioned fusion of two of the group's great loves: Mexico and choral singing. The CD topped as #1 seller on the Mexican classical charts, and 4 of the CD's singles, "Tilingolingo," "Male Betulia," "Jucheti Consuelito" and the Swingles-influenced "El Rascapatate" won the 2nd Tribune of Mexican Music and were chosen to represent Mexico in the 10th Tribune of Latin-American and Caribbean music. 15 songs, all in Spanish, favorites besides the 4 singles are the manic "Cucurumbe," the romantic "Besame Mucho," the crazed, Swinglish "Que Rico Mambo," the rhythmic gem "Tete," and the jazzy "Que Bonita Es Mi Tierra." "Mexico" created an a cappella sensation in Mexico, and it's easy to hear why. Great arrangements, hot, spirited vocals, fine song selection, dynamic live performances-it adds up to the kind of stardom that changes the popular culture of a nation!

Songlist: Introduccion, En Mexico, ElTilingolingo, Male Betulia, Jucheti Consuelito, Como Mexico No Hay Dos, Cucurumbe, Las Chiapanecas, El Rascapetate, Besame Mucho, Te Extrano, El Andariego, Que Rico Mambo, Tete, Nereidas, Que Bonita Es Mi Tierra

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7772c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Latin American Choral

Wells Cathedral Choir : Burgon: Choral Music

Review: British composer Geoffrey Burgon has managed to carve out a career as a composer without becoming pigeonholed into a particular genre or musical style. He is perhaps best known for his scores for Monty Python's Life of Brian, and BBC's Brideshead Revisited, and an excerpt from his score for the film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy appeared on Britain's Top Ten pop charts. He is equally at home writing for voice and chorus, and a significant part of his catalog is devoted to choral music, some of which is collected on this CD. Burgon's graceful and idiomatic choral writing makes use of contemporary harmonies, but his musical language is basically tonal, rooted in centuries of liturgical tradition; as the program notes aptly describe it, it "manages to sound both timeless and strikingly modern." "At the round earth's imagined corners," using a text by John Donne, and his setting of the Nunc Dimittis are particularly effective in their conjuring of mystery and complex emotion using very simple musical means. The Wells Cathedral Choir, a men and girls choir, conducted by Matthew Owens and accompanied by organist David Bednall, gives unaffected and direct performances, singing with pure and rapt tone. The soloists, members of the Choir, are of variable quality. Hyperion's sound is spacious, but not too resonant to obscure the comprehensibility of the texts.

Songlist: At The Round Earth's Imagined Corners, The Assumption, Short Mass, Of Flowers and Emeralds Sheen, Magnificat, Nunc dimittis, As The Angels Stood, Apple Blossom, The Corpus Christi Carol, The Song of the Creatures, Death Be Not Proud, Come Let Us Pity Not the Dead, Te Deum, Nunc dimmittis

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9009c | 1 CD | $18.95 || English Choral CDs | Geoffrey Burgon

Western Wind : An Almost A Cappella Songbook

Review: The members of Western Wind, four men and two women, share an incredible depth of experience and scholarship. Combine that a musical sensitivity that embraces almost any genre, and the result is a "musical history tour." Beginning with the medieval, the group includes Rennaissance polyphony, African-American spirituals and Duke Ellington swing on their journey. "Dolcissimo Uscignolo" and "L'Amfiparnaso" border on the operatic. Philip Glass' "Vessels" (Glass is a contemporary composer of some repute) takes as a central concept a repetitive series of intervals, minor second, major second, minor third, though not in that order, juxtaposed against an arpeggiated scale or repeated tone, conveying a marvelous sense of energy, upward movement and growth. Fifties doo-wop takes a turn with "Sh'boom, Life Could Be A Dream," though the vocal style is much too refined to resemble the original version(s). Four tracks have minimal accompaniment.

Songlist: Introduction:, O Western Wind, Medieval:, Sumer is Icumen In, Flos Regalis, Se d'Amer Me Repentoie, Irme Quiero Madre, Renaissance:, Ay Luna, Miraculous Love's Wounding, L'Amfiparnaso, Act I, Scene I, Dolcissimo Uscignolo, Contemporary:, Vessels, Zango, Mexico Fellaheen, Spirituals:, Amazing Grace / The Promised Land, I Believe This Is Jesus, Folk, Pop, & Jazz, I'm too Tired to Tell You That I Love You, 'Round Midnight, I'm Beginning to See the Light, It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), Sh'boom, Life Could Be a Dream, Canary in a Coal Mine, Wimowen, That Lonesome Road

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2238c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella |

Western Wind : The Chanukkah Story

Review: Twenty-five tracks narrated by Theodore Bikel, who explains and describes much of the tradition associated with each composition, this frequently and beautifully accompanied CD reflects the "diverse and multi-national nature of the Jewish experience." The detailed liner notes further elaborate on Jewish history and the CD's content, which encompasses Sephardic songs, folk melodies, European nineteenth-century classical, and more. "Maoz Tzur" (Rock Of Ages in English), is a German synagogue melody with an arrangement from 1720 by the Italian, Marcello. The Western Wind, a mixed sextet, has a refined and cultured tone, and each piece is performed with a quiet dignity.

Songlist: Chanukkah, Oy Chanukkah, Mi Ze Y'Malel, Hayo Haya, Mi YMalel, Al Hanissim, Maoz Tzur, Maoz Tzur, Lo B'chayil, Psalm 30, Los Siete Hijos De Hanna, Hanerot Hallalu, O Ir Kleyne Likhtelekh, Boruch Ate, Zingt Der Tate, Tzindt on Likhtelekh, Mi Ze Hidlik, Akht Kleyne Brider, Lichvod Hachanukkah, Kemach Min Hasak, Hazermos Una Merenda, Quita'l Tas, Ocho Kandelikas, Gut Yon-Tef, Aykh Kinder (We Come to You Children), S'Vivon, Drey Zikh, Dreydele, I Have A Little Dreydle

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2240c | 1 CD | $14.98 || Jewish a cappella

Western Wind : The Happy Journey onsale

Review: A Delightful and moving compendium of early American song including Shaker Songs, New England Anthems' Folk-hymns and Fuging-Tunes by rough-hewn Yankee tunesmiths Billings, Ingalls, Jenks and Wood. Also featured are Southern Spirituals, both black and white, including the first published version of Amazing Grace (called New Britain) and the first piece of published music written by an American woman, The Promised Land by Miss M Durham.

Songlist: Shaker Songs, The Happy Journey, Now My Dear Companions, Funeral Hymn, Who Will Bow and Bend Like A Willow, From the Moon, New England Anthems, Folk-Hymns and Plain Tunes, Honor to the Hills, Brevity, Sorrow's Tear, Decay, Columbia, Lamentation, Evening Hymn, Complainer, Euroclydon, an Anthem, Southern Spirituals (Black and White), Wake Up, Musgrove, The Bower of Prayer, Weeping Mary , The Angels Done Bowed Down, Calvary, Sinner, Please Don't Let This Harvest Pass, Wondrous Love, New Britain

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6623c | 1 CD | $9.95 | A Cappella |

Westminster Cathedral Choir : Masterpieces of Mexican Polyphony

Review: One of England's top choirs, directed by James O"Donnell, have recorded here excellent examples of the most interesting choral works to come from the fascinating music of 16th and 17th century Mexico. Pailla's work for double choir along with many peices for 4 voices makes for fine examples of the period.

Songlist: Salve Regina , Versicle and Response: Deus in adiutorium , Psalm for None: Mirabilia testimonium, Lamentation for Maundy Thursday, Alleluia: Die nobis, Maria , Magnificat Quarti Toni , Salve Regina , O Sacrum Convivium

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8107c | 1 CD | $18.98 || Latin American Choral

Westminster Cathedral Choir : Portuguese Polyphony

Review: 'Delectable though this music is, it needs performers who can do it justice, and James O'Donnell and his choir do that and then some. Whether depicting a soul thirsting for the Lord's rest, or giving thanks for salvation, the smooth trebles soar into the rafters of Westminster. This is a CD that brings the listener one step closer to heaven' (BBC Online)

Songlist: Non mortui, Sitivit anima mea, Muiler quae erat, Tulerunt lapides, Nos autem glriari, Responsory I, Lectio II, Responsory II, Lectio III, Panis angelicus, Hodie nobis, O magnum mysterium, Beata viscera Mariae, Ave Maria, Magnificat, Sanctissimi quinque martires, Alma redemptoris mater

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8999c | 1 CD | $13.95 || Early Music CDs

Westminster Choir : Favorite Hymns and Anthems

Review: Westminster Choir College is a center for music studies in Princeton, NJ, with a four-year music college and graduate school which prepares men and women for careers as music leaders. The 40 mixed-voice Westminster Choir, part of the 200-voice Symphonic Choir, is internationally renowned, as is Joseph Flummerfelt, who besides being choral activities director at the College, is Chorus Master of the NY Philharmonic. 20 songs, all organ accompanied, but the focus is on the perfect, soaring voices. "When In Our Music God Is Glorified," "Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones," "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah," "Let All The World In Every Corner Sing," Randall Thompson's "The Last Words of David," "Holy, Holy, Holy," "All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night" and "Old Hundredth Psalm Tune" are favorites, reveling in the magnificence of this powerful, traditional church music!

Songlist: When In Our Music God Is Glorified, O How Amiable (Ralph Vaughan Williams), How Lovely are the Messengers (Felix Mendelssohn), Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones, Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Dwelling-Place (Ronald Arnatt), Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah, My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (arr. Virgil Thomson), For All the Saints, Like as the Hart, Let All the World in Every Corner Sing, The King of Love My Shepherd Is, How Firm a Foundation, Lord Make Me An Instrument (David Stanley York), The Last Words of David (Randall Thompson), Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart, Holy, Holy, Holy, Be Thou My Vision, Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven, All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night, Old Hundredth Psalm Tune (arr. R. Vaughan Williams)

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6913c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella |

Westminster Choir : Singing For Pleasure

Review: Director and conductor of The 37 mixed-voice Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ since 1971, Joseph Flummerfelt has made the Choir synonymous with musical excellence, working with eminent conductors and performing with the world's major orchestras. "Singing for Pleasure" is all about Brahms, and has 23 pieces, 9 movements of "Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52, the 3 sweet a cappella movements of "Deutsche Volkslieder," 5 movements of "Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103," "O Heiland, Reiss Die Himmel Auf, Op. 74, No. 2," Four Quartets, and Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 65." Most songs are piano-accompanied. The Westminster is the perfect choir for this music, with the strength and passion for a dramatic piece like "No. 5 Braunner Bursche fuhrt zum Tanze," and the perfect harmonic pitch for pieces like "In stiller Nacht" and "No. 7 Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn." A lovely collection of lesser-known works by the master composer.

Songlist: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52:, No. 8 Wenn so lind dein Auge mir, No. 9 Am Donaustrande, No. 10 O wie sanft die Quelle, No. 11 Nein, es ist nicht auszukommen, No. 12 Schlosser auf, und mache Schlosser, No. 13 Vogelein durchrauscht die Luft, No. 14 Sieh, wie ist die Welle klar, No. 15 Nachtigall, sie sigt so schon, No. 16 Ein dunkeler Schacht ist Liebe, Deutsche Volkslieder:, Abschliedeslied, In stiller Nacht, Die Wollust in den Malen, Ziguenerlieder, Op. 103:, No. 5 Braunner Bursche fuhrt zum Tanze, No. 6 Roslein dreie in der Reihe, No. 7 Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn, No. 8 Horch, der Wind klang in den Zweigen, No. 9 Weit und breit schaut niemand mich an, O Heiland, Reiss Die Himmel Auf, Op. 74 No. 2, Four Quartets:, An die heimat, Op. 64, No. 1, Der Abend, Op. 64. No. 2, Spatherbst, Op. 92, No. 2, Abendlied, Op. 92, No. 3, Neue Liebeslieder-Walkzer, Op. 65:, No. 15 Zum Schluss

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7561c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Brahms

William Appling Singers : Shall We Gather

Review: Most of the hymns on this recording were written in the 19th century or before, when Americans in general thought more about God than they do today. The hymns and spirituals on this recording are among the great discoveries faith has made about itself, through words and music that now belong to us all. For a period of about 250 years, from the arrival of the Puritans to nearly the end of the 19th century, the most pervasive musical form in America was the hymn. While Protestant hymns and Negro spirituals were certainly the predominant hymnody in America throughout this time, other denominational hymns were written and sung as well. The first hymnal for the Jewish congregation in Charleston, South Carolina was compiled in 1843 and the Shakers have given us some of the most beautiful and interesting religious songs that have been written in America. This recording was made at a live concert at Christ & St. Stephen's Church in New York City. Beautifully sung by the William Appling Singers, this recording will satisfy both the Americana scholar, the music lover and those of faith.

Songlist: Liberty Hall, Rise, Shine, for Thy Light Is A-Coming, Welwyn, Pisgah, Poor Rosy, I've Just Come from the Fountain, Let Us Cheer the Weary Traveler, Nettleton, Wondrous Love, Gospel Train, Shining Shore, More Love, In Mercy, Lord, Beautiful River, Some of These Days, The Old Ship of Zion, St Peter, Missionary Chant, Inching Along, Watchman, Hurry On, My Weary Soul, Morning Trumpet, He's a Mighty Good Leader, Hold On, Resignation, We Shall Walk Through the Valley

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6853c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella |

Winchester Cathedral Choir : Lux Aeterna

Review: David Hill conducts Winchester Cathedral Choir in a programme of sacred works. Settings by John Tavener include "Song for Athene", movingly sung at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, and "As one who has slept", written for Winchester Cathedral in 1996. Arvo Part's "Magnificat" is serene and deceptively simple, while an earlier and no less anxious and questioning age is represented by contemplative settings from Thomas Tallis and Victoria. Well recorded, a low price and all a cappella.

Songlist: Agnus Dei , Dominus illuminatio , Hail, gladdening light , Ave verum , Nunc Dimittis , As one who has slept , Tota puchra es, op.10 no.2 , Ubi caritas, op.10 no.1 , O nata luc de lumine, Magnificat, Song for Athene , Tantum ergo, op.10 no.4 , T es Petrus, op.10 no.3 , O Sacrum Convivium, Salve Regina , Exultate Deo

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7056c | 1 CD | $13.98 | A Cappella || English Choral CDs

World Voices : A Cultural Odyssey

Review: Another fine collection by prolific World Voices, whose mission is "celebrating global cultures and creating community through choral music." Renowned founder Dr. Erickson directs the 40-strong, mixed-voice ensemble in 22 selections from all over the world, favorites include folk tunes "Home on the Range," "The Blue Tail Fly" and "Old Black Joe" from the US, Native American songs "This We Know" and "In Dreams" by Ron Jeffers; the Welsh tune "Ffa La Ba Lam," the Irish "The Gartan Mother's Lullaby" and the Scotch song "I'll Ay Call In By Yon Town." Others are Kenya's "Ning Wendete," Ecuador's "Wawaki," Israel's "Bashana Haba'ah," Korea's "Ahrirang," Iceland's "Visur Vatnsenda-Rosu" and Sweden's "Domaredansen." Some light (authentic to the culture) accompaniment. A beautiful, varied collection from World Voices.

Songlist: Ffa La Ba Lam, The Garten Mother's Lullaby, I'll Ay Call In By Yon Town, Lasciatemi Morire, Chiu Chiu, Wake Up, Ning Wendete, O Mio Babbino Caro, Stomp Your Feet, Home On The Range, The Blue Tail Fly, Old Black Joe, This We Know, Wawaki, In Dreams, Veniki, Bashana Haba'ah, Simona MiDimona, Ahrirang, Tom Fiddler, Visur Vatnsenda-Rosu, Domaredansen

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8364c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Mixed Choirs CDs

World Voices : A Global Palette

Review: Dr. Karle Erickson, Artistic Director and Conductor, formed World Voices in 1996, first of 25 mixed voice singers who had sung previously with him. That number has now grown to an ensemble of voices and instruments of 40 singers, ages 21 to 75. The instrumentalists are chosen because of their association to the specific culture that is the focus of that concert. "Global Palette" is a smorgasbord of 17 tunes from different countries, beginning with 3 Russian tunes, "Kalinka," Gretchaninoff's "Our Father" and Rachmaninoff's "O Come, Let Us Worship." A pair of Israeli songs, "Zum Gali-Dance the Hora!" and Josef Hadar's "Erev Shel Shoshanim," the Japanese children's song "Hotaru Koi," the Mohawk dance song "Innoria" and a nice 7-song medley of "American Indian Songs" by Kenneth Jennings follow. Cuccini's "Ave Maria" and Scarlatti's "Exultate Deo" from Italy, "Ave Maria" by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa Lobos, and the vibrant "Gloria from Misa Criolla" by Ariel Ramirez of Argentina are very fine, as is "Chile Lindo" by Clara Solvera. 4 beautifully done American folk tunes close the program, Stephen Foster's "Old Folks at Home" and "Cindy" are standouts. Some light accompaniment. A fine, varied collection by talented World Voices.

Songlist: Kalinka, Our Father, O Come, Let Us Worship , Zum Gali, Erev Shel Shoshanim, Hotaru Koi , Innoria , American Indian Songs, Ave Maria, Exulte Deo , Ave Maria, Gloria, Chile Lindo , Shenandoah, I've Been Working On The Working On The Railroad, Old Folks At Home, Cindy

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World Voices : Celebrating Global Cultures

Review: Founder Karle Erickson directs his 40-strong, mixed-voice World Voices in this collection of 20 powerful songs. The songs are in 3 groups, 5 African-American Spirituals, especially "John Saw Duh Numbuh," "Wade in the Water" and "I've Been 'Buked;" 11 Eastern European tunes, especially "Quis Potest Dicere" by Zdenek Lukas, the lilting "Prsi, prsi," the lovely "Annie, My Sweetheart" and the dramatic "Tambur;" and four African songs, particularly Abraham Adzenyah's harmonic "Wonfa Nyem," Boniface Mganga's "Vamuvamba" and the rhythmic "Zungo." Some accompaniment and percussion, all authentic to the music. We enjoyed every cut of this collection!

Songlist: John Saw Duh Numbuh, Wade In The Water, He Never Failed Me Yet, I've Been Buked, Praise His Holy Name, Bizakodo, Quis Potest Dicere, Ave Verum Corpus, Cantate Domino, Prayer Of The Children, Prsi Prsi, Good Night Beloved, Martin's Homecoming, Annie, My Sweetheart, Za Tou Nasi Storolickou, Tambur , Wonfa Nyem, Vamuvamba, Zungo, Praise The Lord

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World Voices : Hope For Our Time

Review: Your spirit will be lifted by this choral and instrumental blend of songs that celebrates the single divine spirit of God. Giving praise and thanks, expressing the joy of faith through the musical genres of classical, gospel and folk traditions found in the diverse cultures, languages and religions of the world.

Songlist: Our Father, Santo, Offer Unto God (Psalm 50), Sicut Cervus, Exultate Deo, Somebody's Prayin', Avinu Malkeinu, Wake Me Up, Lord, Goin' Up to Glory, Quis Potest Dicere, The Gift to be Simple, God of Peace and Love (Yarabba Ssalam), Salmo 150, Death is Gonna Lay His Cold Icy Hands, Cantate Domino, Regeneration (Part 3 of "Celestial Spring"), I've Been 'Buked, Webster (An American Thanksgiving), Heleluyan, Ya Ba Bom

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World Voices : Mosaic

Review: "Mosaic" is the premiere CD release by Dr. Erickson's talented, 40 mixed-voice World Voices, who seek to "enhance the awareness and deepen the meaning of the cultural, spiritual and religious roots of music from around the world" with their music. A noble purpose indeed, and these 20 songs, from the folk and religious traditions of Asia, Russia, Israel, the Nordic countries, the Caribbean and the United States, joyously fulfill it. Favorites include the Caribbean tunes "Congori Shango" Larry Farrow's wonderful "Jamaican Market Place," "La Paloma Se Fue" and the Cuban folk song "Tumbando Cana." The Russian folk tune "Veniki," the lovely Chinese tune "Pengyou, Ting!," the Nordic folk songs "A Maiden Is In A Ring" and "A Sailor's Greeting," the American spiritual "Goin' Up to Glory" and the Hebrew "Ya Ba Bom (There Shall Be Peace)" are particularly fine. An impressive debut CD by World Voices. Some light accompaniment.

Songlist: Congori Shango, Nigra Sum, Jamaican Market Place, La Paloma Se Fue, All My Trials, TumBando Cana, Our Father, Veniki, Ahrirang, Pengyou Ting, God's Son Has Made Me Free, Ave Maris Stella, A Maiden Is In A Ring, Tjuv Och Tjuv, A Sailor's Greeting, Somebody's Prayin', Goin' Up To Glory, Grace , Avinu Malkeinu, Ya Ba Boom

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Yale Schola Cantorium - Simon Carrington : Bertali - Missa Ressurectionis

Review: According to a note on the cover of the original manuscript, which survives in the Castle Archives at Kromeriz in the Czech Republic, Bertali's Missa Resurrectionis was performed in Vienna, seat of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I, on Easter Sunday 1666. The Missa Resurrectionis is one of several dozen settings by Bertali that include all five sections of the Common of the Mass: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus & Benedictus, and Agnus Dei. This was by no means always the case - various religious feasts required only a Missa brevis (Kyrie and Gloria only), while others also included a setting of the Credo. Two motets by the North German singer-composer Christian Geist (1670-1711) set suitable Easter texts: Resurrexi et adhuc tecum sum is the Introit for Easter Sunday, while Surrexit pastor bonus comes from the Matins service for Easter Monday. Directed by former King's Singer Simon Carrington this is a most fascinating recording.

Songlist: Kyrie, Toccata in C, Gloria, Alleluia; Surrexit pastor bonus, Sonata Petri et Pauli, Credo, Resurrexi et adhuc tecum sum, Sonata a 3, Sanctus, Benedictus, Sonata a 7, Sonata a 3, Agnus Dei

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8675c | 1 CD | $15.95 || Early Music CDs

Muungano National Choir, Kenya : Missa Luba

Review: In the early 1960's there arrived a recording of the Congolese Mass, Missa Luba which amazed and delighted western audiences. The Muungano National Choir is the latest to bring us a beautiful version of this work. Additionally we are the recipients of another ten Kenyan folk melodies all of which have spiritual messages. Boniface Mganga conducts this internationally acclaimed choir in one of the most beautiful and moving recordings of the Missa Luba ever to come to our shores.You will find that the arrangement of these African melodies came about because of the desire to praise the Lord with heart and soul in a familiar musical style. Drums are an integrated part of the songs and the strong rhythm they provide support the dancing of the singers while performing, allowing an outpouring of body, mind, and spirit...a complete form of worship. Thus it is that you will find most of this recording to be accompanied by percussive elements which merely enhances the real flavor of a fabulous performance. Newly released with an additional DVD of a movie directed by Anthony Howard of the choir performing interspersed with footage as the members of the choir introduce viewers to their native villages and surronding countryside.

Songlist: Misa Criolla:, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Misa Luba:, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Misa Flamenca:, DVD - Misa Luba

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6548c | 1 CD 7 DVD | $19.95 || African Choral Music

Chris and Carole Beatty : Ultimate Choir Warm Ups Vol 1

Review: Ultimate Choir Warm-Ups are systematic, fun, challenging and easy to use exercises for individuals and groups of any kind. From rock to Bach and everything in between, all styles of music and singing get better when youre warmed up. The fully orchestrated accompaniments lead the studio singers and YOU through dozens of fun and challenging exercises in eight different styles of music. They range in style from the traditional classical to pop, jazz, Latin, and Gospel. And they vary in arrangements from unison to two, three and four parts, all clearly demonstrated by the studio singers. This allows individuals as well as groups to work on blend, harmonizing and tuning while you warm-up, workout and prepare to sing. Larry - 318-564-8311

Songlist: Intro, General, Diction, Ear Training, Rhythm, Blend, Breathing, Agility, Style, Staccati, Surprises

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6243c | 1 CD Vocal Warm Up Exercises | $16.98 || Choral Warm-Ups

Cambridge Singers : Lighten Our Darkness: Music for the Close of Day

Review: The service of Compline is the last of the seven daily services observed in monastic communities, taking place immediately before bedtime. This CD gathers together 18 of the many lovely a cappella choral motets, mainly from the Renaissance period, which were written to adorn the evening worship of the church. Composers featured include William Byrd, Orlando de Lassus, John Sheppard and others. In some traditions it became the custom to include a Motet of the Virgin Mary within Compline. Here we have four examples by de Victoria and a beautiful Ave Maria by Rachmaninov. The Cambridge Singers, directed by John Rutter, sing as well as ever and the clear and cool acoustic of the Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral make it the perfect setting for Compline. In addition there is a 22 minute bonus disc in which the Office of Compline, sung in English with its traditional chants, is given in its entirety with John Harte as Reader and Simon Wall as Precentor.

Songlist: In Pace, Libera Nos, Salva Nos, Justorum Animae , Pastor Noster , O Lord, The Maker Of All Thing , Visita, Quaesumus Domine, Abendlied , O Christ Who Art The Light And Day , O Gladsome Light , Te Lucis Ante Terminum , Alma Redemptoris Mater , Ave Regina Caelorum , Regina Caeli Laetare , Ave Maria , Bogoroditsye Dyevo , In Manus Tuas , In Manus Tuas

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8399c | 2 CDs | $15.95 | A Cappella || Early Music CDs

Cambridge Singers : Treasures of English Church Music

Review: Whether you have a couple dozen albums of English choral music or whether you're looking for an introduction to English choral music, this two CD collection is a must. This is all unaccompanied music, sung in a cathedral chapel acoustically suited for such music. The first disc has four primary sections: Music of the Latin Rite; Music of the Reformation; Music of the Restoration; and Anglican Revival and the twentieth century. The most famous composers in English music history -- Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons -- combine with later masters such as Purcell, Stanford, Howells, Walton, Britten and Vaughan Williams to form a truly masterful collection. On the second disc, there are six Latin motets, set by composers such as Taverner, Howells, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Philips and Dering. Anthens and Introits include notables Tomkins and Purcell, and lesser-known composers such as Amner, Bairstow and Goss. Hymns span the range from old to modern, including a hymn by John Rutter himself. The disc ends with three prayer settings, including one by the underappreciated John Sheppard, and another from William Harris, whose hymn serves as the title to the companion disc. These anthems and hymns show a powerful range of music, yet show a consistent tone also that makes it rather distinctive of the music of the English church. The group's power and grace is second to none, particularly when singing this kind of music in a place such as Ely Cathedral, arguably the most natural of settings possible.

Songlist: Ave Maria, Loquebantur variis linguis, Miserere mei, Haec dies, Ave verum corpus, If ye love me, Hide not thou thy face, Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake, O clap your hands, Bow thine ear, Hosanna to the Son of David, Lord, how long wilt thou be angry, Tho knowest, lord, Hear my prayer, O Lord, Beati quorum via, This joyful Eastertide, Sing Lullaby, A Spotless Rose, What cheer?, O taste and see, A Hymn to the Virgin, Jesus Christ the apple tree, Faire is the heaven, Rejoice in the Lord, Remember not, Lord, our offences, Come, let's rejoice, When David heard, I say down under his shadow, These are they that follow the Lamb, Christe Jesu, pastor bone, and more

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Choir of Clare College : Sweelinck - Cantiones Sacrae

Review: Famous for his keyboard works Sweelinck was also a skilled composer for voices as well, and composed over 250 works for voice (chansons, madrigals, motets and Psalms). Some of Sweelinck's innovations were of profound musical importance, including the fugue-he was the first to write an organ fugue which began simply, with one subject, successively adding texture and complexity until a final climax and resolution, an idea which was perfected at the end of the Baroque era by Bach. This is a world premiere recording of the complete Latin Motets, including the Christmas motet Hodie Christus natus est.

Songlist: Gaudete Omnes, Ecce Virgo Concipet, Magnificat, Hodie Christus Natus Est, Angelius Ad Pastores Ait, Ab Oriente, In Illo Tempore, Hodie Beata Virgo Mariae, Regina Coeli, Omnes, Timor Domini, Non Omnis, Lusti Autem, Baeti Pauperes, Ecce Nunc Benedicte, Euge Serve Bone, Petite Et Accipietis, Vide Homo, Videte MAnus Meas, O Quam Beata Lancea, VEnire Exsultemus Domino, Ubi Duo Vel tres, O Scrum Convivium, Ecce Prandium, In Te Domine Speravi, Tanto Tempore, Viri Galilaei, CAntate Domino, Qui Vult enire Post Me, Diligam Te Domine, and more

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8421c | 2 CDs | $24.98 || Mixed Choirs CDs | Jan Sweelinck

Concordia Choir : F. Melius Christiansen 135th Anniversary Concert

Review: Four cameras were used capture this concert of five Minnesota choirs celebrating the legacy of F. Melius Christiansen. Stunning audio and video make this concert DVD a must-have item for your library. One camera was mounted in the shell allowing you to view the conductors from the singer's point of view. Norway-born Frederick Melius Christiansen arrived in the Midwest in 1888 and immediately began establishing his career as a master musician. Accepting an appointment as music director of the fledgling music program at St. Olaf College in Minneapolis, as founder and leader of the St. Olaf Choir from 1911-41, he established a legacy of excellence, which still influences a cappella performances of choirs throughout the country. The Augsburg Choir, Concordia Choir, Concordia U. Christus Chorus, Gustavus Choir, St. Olaf Choir and The Anniversary Festival Choir celebrate the anniversary of F. Melius' birth in 1871 on two beautifully-recorded, powerful choral CDs, 16 pieces on the first and 10 on the second. Our favorites, of course, are "Lost in the Night," "In Dulci Jubilo," "Wake, Awake" and "Praise to the Lord," all arranged by the "Music Master of the Midwest," in addition to "Psalm 50" and "Beautiful Savior," composed by F. Melius. Wonderful!

Songlist: Fest Und Gedenspruche, Lost In The Night, Congori Shango, Stay With US , Canticle Of Praise, Psalm 43, Vidi Aquam, Oculi Ominum In Te Sperant Domine Scutz , Com Away To The Skies , Nun Danket Alle Gott , Make We Joy , In Ducli Jubilo , Living Peace / Heiwa No Kiseki, E'en So, Lord Jesus, LAudate Dominum , Hope In god , The Lightener Of The Stars , I Will Be With You , Wake Awake, Venite Populi , Alleluia , This Little Light Of Mine , Praise To The Lord , Beautiful Saviour

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Conspirare : Requiem

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

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

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Eric Ericson Chamber Choir : Khoros - Music For Choir A Cappella

Review: Born in 1921, the composer Ingvar Lidholm is the doyen of Swedish music. We recently released three CDs as a survey of his orchestral works, and now the time has come for this two-disc set of his music for choir a cappella. Containing the absolute majority of Lidholm's works in this genre, this release is also a documentation of the unique collaboration between the composer and the renowned choral conductor Eric Ericson. Most of these works, starting with Laudi from 1947, were actually written for the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, an ensemble which has been described as 'the Mercedes of the choral world' and which is used by conductors such as Muti, Abbado and Levine for concerts and recordings. With the EECC as his instrument, Lidholm has created a choral style which is both virtuosic and expressive while ofet exploring moral issues, for instance in The Persians, a setting a scene from Aeschylus's tragedy, which in Lidholm's opinion deals with 'the curse of power-mad leaders throughout history, not least in our own time.' Texts from or about classical antiquity have often provided Lidholm with inspiration, for instance in Greek Gravestone and Two Greek Epigrams. Another major source of material has been the Swedish playwright August Strindberg: 'demented and deranged in many ways, a fantastic inspiration'. Lidholm has used texts by Strindberg in various works on this disc, such as the extracts from the opera 'A Dreamplay', in which the choir has an important musical function. These recordings, made between February 2003 and April 2005 with the composer taking an active part, might be considered the climax of almost 60 years of collaboration between two great makers of music: Eric Ericson and Ingvar Lidholm. (2 CDs)

Songlist: Laudi (1947) for mixed chorus, The Pillar of Time (Tidens pelare), The Sea (Havet), Breaking Up (Uppbrott), Afterwards (Efterat), Tre Visor, Canto LXXXI, The Persians, Libera me, Motto, Two Greek Epigrams, Greek Gravestone, Three Strindberg Songs, A Dream Play, ...a riveder de stelle

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Gloriae Dei Cantores : Mozart - Rare Choral Works

Review: The year 2006 marked a major musical anniversary with the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The world has enjoyed the genius of Mozart through his symphonies, operas, chamber and piano music. In addition, his Requiem, left incomplete at his death, remains one of the most beloved of sacred choral works. Gloriae Dei Cantores presents a rare look at a side of Mozart that is not so well known: his contribution to music for the Church. Included in this recording are two rarely heard major works of great beauty and invention: Davide Penitente K. 469 and the Litaniae de venerabili altaris Sacramento K. 243. Also included are a further litany, several motets, and two of the famous church sonatas for small orchestra and organ, giving a rounded picture of Mozart, the sacred musician. Mozart: Rare Choral Works will be a profound experience for the classical music lover and for those who are interested in the sacred side of one of the best-loved composers of all time.

Songlist: Veni Sancte Spiritus, Del Pari Infeconda, Terribile d'aspetto, Misericordias Domini, Church Sonata, Kyrie, Panis Vivus, Verbum caro factum, Hostia Sancta, Tremendum , Dulcissimum Convivium, Pignus, Angus Dei, Venite Populi, DISC TWO, Regina coeli, Quia quem meruisti, Ora pro nobis, Alleluia, Kyrie, Sancta Maria, Salus infirmorum, Regina Angelorum, Angus Dei, Church Sonata, Coro: Alzai le flebili voci al Signor, Coro: Cantiam le glorie, Aria: Lungi le cure ingrate, Duetto: Sorgi, o Signore, Aria: A te, fra tanti affanni, and more

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8570c | 2 CDs | $26.95 || Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Groupe Vocal de France : Poulenc - Sacred and Secular Choral Works

Review: A great two CD collection from the acclaimed French ensemble as directed by John Alldis.

Songlist: Exultate Deo, Litanies a la Vierge Noire, Quatre Motets Pour Un Temps de Penitence:, Salve Regina, Laudes de Saint Antoine de Padoue, Ave Verum Corpus, Quatre Motets Pour le Temps de Noel:, Sept Chansons, Figure humaine, Chansons francaises, Un Soir De Neige, Chanson a boire

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7527c | 2 CDs | $14.95 || Francis Poulenc

Mormon Tabernacle Choir : The Essential Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Review: Once called America's Choir by Ronald Reagan this choir must certainly be considered amongst the very best in the country and this compilation by Sony Records features 40 of their classic recordings. With performances featuring Eugene Ormandy, Jerold Ottley, Richard Condie, and others, songs include: "Loch Lomand," "Ave Maria," "Londonderry Air," "Born Free" and more on this fabulous 2 CD collection.

Songlist: Disc 1: The Sound Of Music, Oh What A Beautiful Mornin, Born Free, He's Got The Whole World In His Hands, Going Home, All Through The Night, Londonderry Air, Seventy-Six Trombones, Art Thou With Me, Simple Gifts, Battle Hymn Of The Republic, The Lord's Prayer, Bless This House, Ave Maria, Medley From Pinocchio, The Impossible Dream, The Quest, Over The Rainbow, Medley from Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, Somewhere, Oklahoma!, You'll Never Walk Alone, Disc 2: Anvil Chorus, Heavenly Father!, When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again, Holy Art Thou, Loch Lomond, None But The Lonely Heart, The Lost Chord, and more

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Moses Hogan Singers : Choral Series 2002

Review: This is a double CD featuring 39 stirring arrangements of traditional African-American spirituals by renowned pianist, conductor and arranger Moses Hogan, a leading force in preserving and promoting this incredible music. Picking our favorites is no easy task-all the cuts are beautifully and uniquely arranged, and performed with spirit and style: "Plenty Good Room," "Oh, Mary Don't You Weep, Don't You Mourn," "No Hidin' Place," "Walk Together Children," "The Lily of the Valley," "Any How," "The Battle of Jericho," "Wade In The Water," "The Chariot's Comin'," "Great Day," "Elijah Rock," "Who Built The Ark," "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "Jesus Lay Your Head In the Window," "Go Down Moses" and "His Light Still Shines." A brilliant, moving collection!

Songlist: Ezekiel Saw De Wheel, Plenty Good Room, Oh Mary Don't You Weep, Don't You Mourn, Do, Lord, Remember Me, No Hidin' Place, Surely He Died On Calvary, Walk Together Children, My Lord, What A Morning, Go Tell It On The Mountain, The Lilly Of The Valley, Any How, Fix Me, Jesus, My Good Lord's Done Been Here, The Battle Of Jericho, I'm Gonna Sing Till The Spirit Moves In My Heart, Wade In The Water, I Got A Home In-A Dat Rock, I Got A Robe, I Can Tell The World, Good News, The Charoit's Commin, Great day, Abide With Me, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, Hear My Prayer, Elijah Rock, De Blin' Man Stood On De Road n' Cried, Glory, Glory, Glory To The New Born King, Ride On King Jesus, We Shall Walk Thru The Valley In Peace, and more

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6706c | 2 CDs | $22.98 || Spirituals CDs

National Lutheran Choir : We Sing With Joy

Review: For their 25th season, current NLC singers and alumni have compiled this two-disc collection of favorite works from the past years. These works were taken from 24 of the choir's recordings, beginning with tracks conducted by founder Larry Fleming, and ending with selections from Hymns We Love to Sing, Vol II, which was recorded in spring 2010.

Songlist: Sing And Ponder, Donde Hay, Holy Spirit, Psallite, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, Away In A Manger, There Is No Rose, The Glory Of The Father, I Heard A Great Voice, Out Of The Orient Crystal Skies, Wondrous Birth, O Little Town Of Bethlehem , Who Shall Separate Us, Come, Holy Ghost, Nunc Dimittis, O Light Everlasting, A Christmas Carol, Now All Poor And Humble, Prayer To Jesus, I Will Sing To The Lord, My Friend Had A Vineyard, Inscription from the Catacombs, My Lord, What A Mornin', There Is A Balm In Gilead, My Soul - Jesus Loves Me, In The Beginning Was The Word, Ubi Caritas, Blessed Are They, Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One, Ah, Holy Jesus, and more

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Quink Vocal Ensemble : Gioacchino Rossini

Review: Rossini's "Little Solemn Mass, " which the composer famously called "neither little, nor more than intermittently solemn," was nevertheless a great success at its premiere in Paris on March 14, 1864, by which time the famous opera composer was already long "retired," though he continued to write in non-operatic genres. Rossini was 71 when he wrote it, and it was to be his last large composition. The other small songs and piano pieces he created were published under the ironic title of Peches de vieillesse - "Sins of My Old Age." The first version was scored for two pianos, harmonium, and twelve voices and did not yet include the "O Salutaris" for soprano solo which was added later.Within three years Rossini had responded to requests for an orchestration; this version for large ensemble was not given until after the composer's death, at the Theatre Italien in Paris, on February 24, 1869. The Quink Vocal Ensemble is one of the best vocal groups in the world. Their repertoire includes a cappella works ranging from the early Renaissance to contemporary music. Quink has toured the U.S. at least once a year since 1985 and recorded many albums for Telarc.

Songlist: Kyrie, Gloria, Laudamus Te, Gratias, Domine Deus, Qui Tollis, Quoniam, Cum Sancto Spiritu, Credo Crucixus, Et Resurrexit, Et Vitam VEnturi, Prelude Relgieux, Ritournelle, Sanctus Benedictus, O Salutaris, Agnus Dei , Prelude Religieux

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8402c | 2 CDs | $28.95 || Dutch Choral Music | Gioachino Rossini

Robert Shaw Chorus : Britten: War Requiem

Review: Only a conductor of Robert Shaw's experience could hope to shed new light on a score the composer himself had so convincingly presented on record. Shaw finds a meditative gentleness in the music that is new and touching, and imparts a distant, sad feeling to the climaxes that deepens their ambivalence. The solo singing is on a par with that of Britten's recording--the diction is in fact better--and the choral singing is suffused with Shaw's unique magic. Telarc's digital recording is a bona fide sonic spectacular.

Songlist: Requiem Aeternam , Dies Irae , Offertorium , Sanctus , Agnus Dei , Libera Me

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Robert Shaw Chorus : Verdi: Requiem

Review: Having given his lifetime experience and mastery to the great repertory of the choral literature, Robert Shaw addresses one of the greatest challenges of all-Verdi's greatest choral masterwork, the Requiem. Combining a succession of thrilling solo arias, duets and ensembles with some of the most inspiring writing for chorus, the great Italian master produced a unique tribute to the memory of one whom he regarded as a virtual saint: poet and novelist Alexander Manzoni. Balancing the devotional with the theatrical requires the utmost care, but care must also be taken to involve the listener in a continually unfolding drama. Robert Shaw, his expert singers, chorus, and orchestra, have achieved this. But there is more to offer on this superb album. Shaw has set down his interpretation of some of the best-known choruses from five of Verdi's major works - Macbeth, Don Carlo, Otello, Aida and especially, the well-loved Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco.

Songlist: Disc One:, Requiem & Kyrie, Dies irae, 1. Dies irae, 2. Tuba mirum, 3. Mors stupebit, 4. Liber scriptus, 5. Quid sum miser, 6. Rex tremendae, 7. Recordare, 8. Ingemisco, 9. Confutatis, 10. Lacrimosa, Offertory, Sanctus, Disc Two:, Agnus Dei , Lux aeterna, Libera me, 1. Libera me, 2. Dies irae, 3. Requiem aeternam, 4. Libera me, Operatic Choruses:, "Spuntato ecco" from Don Carlos, "Patria oppressa!" from Macbeth, "Fuoco di gioia" from Otello, "Va pensiero" from Nabucco, "Gloria all'Egitto" from Aida

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7535c | 2 CDs | $15.98 || Giuseppe Verdi

Santa Fe Desert Chorale : Live From Loretto Chapel

Review: The Santa Fe Desert Chorale offers a brilliant two CD set with selections recorded at the historic Loretto Chapel, during the 2006 Santa Fe Summer Festival. Using two small ensembles, under the baton of artistic director Linda Mack, the chorale offers An American Hallelujah featuring songs of faith, joy and praise. The second disc called Romance is lead by assistant Matthew Tresler and offers a sublime view of the trials and tribulations of love, from Brahms to Lennon and McCartney.

Songlist: "Es Rigor E Repente", "Desvelado Dueno Mio", "Sa Qui Turo", Missa "Ave Regina Coelorum" (tracks 4-7), "Oigan, Escuchen, Atiendan", Circumdederunt Me Dolores Mortis, "Dios Itlaconantzine", "Sancta Maria yn Ilhuicac", "Los Coflades De La Estleya", Misa a 5, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Sixteen : Sounds Sublime - The Essential Collection

Review: Some of the most celebrated recordings from Harry Christophers and his award-winning ensemble, in a beautiful 2-CD digipak set. Equally appealing to fans of The Sixteen as well as listeners who are unfamiliar with the group, this set provides a definitive collection of familiar classics and lesser-known treasures.

Songlist: Magnificat anima mea Dominum, Sel. from Mass in B minor, Chorales from Cantatas Nos. 147 & 50, Ave verum corpus, Laudate Dominum , Spem in alium, Man that is born of a woman, Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts, Zadok the Priest, "I will sing unto the Lord" & "Moses and the children of Israel" from Israel in Egypt, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba , Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah, "Let the bright seraphim" from Samson , Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen , Crucifixus, A Hymn to the Mother of God , The Lamb, Chorus from "The Lark" , Spring Song, "Pie Jesu" from Requiem, A Hymn to Saint Columba, Advance Democracy, Miserere, Kyrie from Missa Papae Marcelli , Deus in Adiutorium , Agnus Dei , Gloria in Excelsis Deo from Gloria

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St. Olaf Choir : Choral Masterworks Vol. 3

Review: A collection of re-mastered archival recordings of the St. Olaf Choir from 1970-1990 under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Jennings

Songlist: Jubilate Deo, The Lord's Prayer, Come, Jesus, Come, Psalm 2, Op. 78, No. 1, O Sacrum Convivium, De Profundis, Op. 50b, Psalm 116 (114), Op. 10, Hymn to St. Cecilia, Walk as Children of the Light, An Apostrophe to the Heavenly Hosts, I Gondolieri (The Gondoliers), La Passeggiata (The Excursion), Cantate Domino, O Jesu Christe, I Will Not Leave You Comfortless, Cantata No. 150, Hymne, Op. 34, No. 2, O Love So Brief (From Grief to Glory: II) , Psalm 90, September, Rimfrosten (Frost), Song of Cherubim (Izhe Xeruvimy), Brazilian Psalm, Ubi caritas

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St. Olaf Choir : Choral Masterworks Vol. 4

Review: J.S. Bach Mass in B minor conducted by Kenneth Jennings, performed by the St. Olaf Choir and members of the St. Olaf Orchestra. May 26, 1972, St. Olaf College. Soloists: Cora Scholz, Marie Sathrum, Janis Hardy, Lloyd Hanson, Burr McWilliams.

Songlist: Kyrie, Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison, Gloria, Gloria, Et in terra pax, Laudamus te, Gratias agimus tibi, Domine Deus / Qui tollis peccata mundi, Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, Quoniam tu solus sanctus / Cum Sancto Spiritu, Symbolum Nicenum, Credo, Credo in unum / Deo Patrem omnipotentem, Et in unum Dominum, Et incarnatus est, Crucifixus, Et resurrexit, Et in Spiritum sanctum Dominum, Confiteor / Et expecto, Osanna, Benedictus,, Agnus Dei, et Dona Nobis Pacem, Osanna in excelsis, Benedictus, Osanna in excelsis, Agnus Dei, Dona nobis pacem

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St. Olaf Choir : Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing onsale

Review: What a milestone! This was the 100th annual Christmas Festival Concert at this venerated institution. This CD is from the PBS television special that broadcasts nationally and has become quite the Holiday tradition in many homes across the country. A magnificent way to get into the festive mood.

Songlist: Adagio "Nimrod" (Enigma Variations), As the Dark Awaits the Dawnz, Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers, Te Deum laudamus, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, Twas in the Moon of Wintertime, O Day Full of Grace, Deepest Heart, A Hymn of the Nativity, God's Word is Our Great Heritage, O Come, All Ye Faithful, Shepherd's Pipe Carol, Today the Virgin, Infant Holy , This Little Babe, Christ the Apple Tree , The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy, Noel, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing , Ring Gladsome Bells , Lullaby on Christmas Eve , Psalm 50 (Movement III), Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres , Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart, Stay With Us (Captive and Free), Beautiful Savior

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St. Olaf Choir : Repertoire for Mixed Voices Vol. II

Review: For nearly a century the 75-voice a cappella St. Olaf Choir, long regarded as one of the finest college a cappella choirs in the United States, has maintained its original purpose--study and preparation of choral literature for public performance. Recorded live in St. Olaf's Boe Memorial Chapel between 2001 and 2008, "Repertoire for Mixed Voices" is a generous, impressive 2-CD set, with 11 songs on each disc, is a powerful, joyous, sometimes accompanied collection of sacred Christian music. Some favorites are Lassus' "Jubilate Deo," Byrd's "Ave Verum Corpus," a pair by Bach, "Singet dem Herrn" and "Lobet den Herrn," three by Kenneth Jennings, "The Call," "Prayer" and "Antiphon." On Disc 2 we especially liked G. Randall Stroope's "Conversion of Saul," Tacach's "The Darkling Thrush," Miskinis' "Lucis Creator Optime," "Tankuj Tankuij," Susa's "The Shepherds Sing," Guastavino's "Arroz con leche" and many others. This is a remarkable, inspirational collection that shows of the clear, soaring sound and rich harmonies of the St. Olaf Choir, one of the best in the United States!

Songlist: Jubilate Deo, Ave Verum Corpus, Elohim Hashivenu, Singet dem Herrn, Lobet den Herrn, Agnus Dei, Light's Glittering Morn, The Call: Spiritual Song 1, Prayer: Spiritual Song 2, Antiphon: Spiritual Song 3, The Shepherds Sing, Ave Verum Corpus, Conversions of Saul, Lucis Creator Optime, Musicks Empire, The Darling Thrush, Tancuj Tancuj, Duerme Negrito, What A Wonderful World, Arroz con Leche, Abide With Me, Let Everything That Hath Breath

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2370c | 2 CDs | $24.95 |

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