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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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Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers : Come Close To Me

Review: Dr. P. Bradley Logan, Director of Choral Activities at Bemidji State University, Lake Bemidji, MN, conducts the venerable (founded in 1937) Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers in "Come Close to Me," their eighth excellent, finely-crafted album in our Singers.com catalog. Favorites among the 20 selections are David Cerwien's lovely "Gloria in Excelsis Deo, Jakob Handl's "O Admirabile Commercium," Antonio Lotti's "Crucifixus," a pair by Z. Randall Stroope, "I Am Not Yours" and "Winter," Eric Whitacre's "Sleep," a pair by Morten Lauridsen, "Soneto de la Noche" and "Sure On This Shining Night" (both from "Nocturnes"), Eric Barnum's "Jenny Kiss'd Me," Musikanten's "Three Kyrie's " and Aaron McDermid's "Come Sing Me to Heaven," and three by the Chamber Singers, "As Long Ago, "As Once We Met" and "Summer Days Are Here," all by Daniel Gawthrop." There is some piano accompaniment. All these songs were recorded at live performances by these talented groups. Treat yourself to this beautiful, inspirational music from some of our favorite Collegiate ensembles!

Songlist: Gloria In Excelcis Deo, O Admirabile Commercium, Crucifixus, Deutsches Magnificat, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, I Am Not Yours, Winter, Sleep, Soneto de la Noche, Sure on This Shining Night, Jenny Kiss'd Me, Elegy on Water, Witness, Deep River, Set Down Servant, Three Kyries, Come Sing To Me Of Heaven, As Long Ago, As Once We Met, Summer Days Are Gone

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2766c | 1 CD | $15.95 |


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Review: Pride of Bemidji, Minnesota, home of Bemidji State University, the 65-strong, mixed-voice Bemidji Choir, the men's chorus Musikanten and the elite 14-16 strong Chamber Singers brings us their 7th beautiful recording, directed by Professor of Music P. Bradley Logan. Founded in 1937 by Carl O. Thompson, the ensemble has toured extensively and gained a national and international reputation for excellence. Most of these 22 selections, 14 by the Choir, 2 by Musikanten and 6 by the Chamber Singers, are sacred tunes like John Beck's "Gloria," Orlando Gibbons' "Hosanna to the Son of David," Georg Schumann's soaring "Herr, wie lang," Edwin Fissinger's spiritual "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel," and the traditional "Mary Had a Baby." "Die Rose stand im Tau" and "Dulaman" by Musikanten and Tchaikovsky's "The Crown of Roses," Robert Young's "Herself is a Rose Who Bore the Rose," and John Joubert's "There is No Rose of Such Virtue" by the Chamber Singers are all favorites. Another fine collection by one of America's best choirs.

Songlist: Gloria, Hosanna to the Son of David, Es mussen sich freuen und frohlich, Te Lucis Ante Terminum, Herr, wie lang, Caritas et Amor, Sing a New Song, Sing a Mighty Song, VoiceDance, Die Nachtigal, Lerchengesang, Ae Fond Kiss, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?, Mary Had a Baby, Die Rose stand im tau, Dulaman, Mother, I will Have a Husband, Fly Not So Swift, My Dear, The Crown of Roses, Herself a Rose Who Bore the Rose, There is No Rose of Such Virtue, Hark! Hark What News the Angels Bring

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8889c | 1 CD | $9.95 |


Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers : Love Like Spring

Review: Founded in 1937 by Carl O. Thompson, the 41-strong, mixed-voice Choir, comprised of undergraduate students at Bemidji (MN) State University, has earned an international reputation for excellence. Touring internationally every three years, representing the US in international choral festivals like "The Europa Cantat," the Choir regularly appears at local and national ACDA conventions. Included on "Love like Spring" are 16 cuts by the whole Choir, and 5 by the Choir's elite Chamber Singers. Particularly nice are Palestrina's "Alma Redemptoris Mater," Robert Kreutz' powerful, surprising "Spring Grass," "Silent, O Moyle," and four "Songs of Innocence" by Earl George, "Piping Down the Valleys Wild," "The Shepherd," "Infant Joy" and "Laughing Song." By the Chamber Singers, we really liked Thomas Morley's "Shoot False Love, I Care Not" and "April Is In My Mistress' Face," and the harmonious "Of the Father's Love Begotten." "Love like Spring" is a joy from start to finish!

Songlist: Alma Redemptoris Mater , Gloria in Excelsis Deo, O Magnum Mysterium, Spring Grass, Thoughts on Love: , Love and Time, Love and Age, Lux Aurumque, Och jungfrun hon gar I ringen , Panis Angelicus , Silent, O Moyle , Songs of Innocence:, Piping Down the Valleys Wild, The Shepherd, Infant Joy, Laughing Song, Shall I Compare Thee, Tonight Eternity Alone, If Music Be the Food of Love, Chamber Singers:, Shoot False Love, I Care Not (, April Is In My Mistress' Face, Io mi son giovinetta , Of the Father's Love Begotten, She Walks In Beauty

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Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers : O Light of Light

Review: The 42-strong, mixed voice Bemidji (MN) Choir, founded in 1937, has a well-deserved reputation for excellence. Comprised of undergraduate students at Bemidji State University, and directed by Dr. P. Bradley Logan, the choir has represented the U.S. in international choral festivals, toured extensively and appeared at numerous ACDA national and regional conventions. "O Light of Light" features the Choir and two elite groups within it, the Men's Chorus, who sing Paul Brandvik's "Shall I Compare Thee To a Summer's Day" and "Your Love Surrounds Me" by Andrew Miller, and the Chamber Singers have 6 pieces, including Edwin Fissnger's "Adoro Te Devote," two by Wm. Hawley, "Vita de la Mia Vita" and "Ore, Fermate Il Volo," and Eric Barnum's "She Walks In Beauty." 26 songs in total, all a cappella. Some favorites are the four "Quatre Motets Sur Des Themes Gregoriens," by Durufle, the title cut, by David White, Moses Hogan's "This Little Light of Mine," Jean Berger's "Glory Be To God," Eric Whitacre's lovely "I Will Wade Out," the traditional songs "Little Potato" and "Honor, Honor" and the Wm. Dawson-arranged spiritual "Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit." A varied and beautiful collection of sacred and traditional Christian music from the spirited and talented collegiate singers of the Bemidji Choir!

Songlist: Miaabile Mysterium, Anima Christi, Ubi caritas, Tota pulchra es, Tu es Petrus, Tantum ergo, Lux Aeterna, O Light of Light, This Little Light of Mine, Glory Be To God, The Call, Psalm 67, I Will Wade Out, -Mary hynes, -The Coolin, Amor De Mi Alma, Little Potato, Honor! Honor!, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, Shall I Compare Thee To a Summer's Day?, Your Love Surrounds Me, Adoro Te Devote, Every Bush New Springing, Vita de la Mia Vita, Ore, Fermate II Volo, She Walks in Beauty, Duerme Negrito

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7752c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella |


Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers : There's Room For All onsale

Review: "There's Room For All is another stellar collection of classic Christian inspirational songs, with a handful of nice secular selections, from Dr. P. Bradley Logan's Bemidji Choir, Women's Chorus, Musikanten and Chamber Singers, from Minnesota's Bemidji State University. Favorite religious tunes are Jacob Handl's "O Magnum Mysterium," Palestrina's "Alma Redemptoris Mater," Roland Martin's "Ave Maria: O Auctrix Vitae," Joshua Nice's "Peace I Leave With You," the traditional "By and By," the Chamber Singers' Exultate Deo" and Jesse Padgett's spiritual "Plenty Good Room." Secular favorites are Kenneth Neufeld's 3 selections from "Twelfth Night," "O Mistress Mine," "Come Away Death" and "I Am Gone, Sir;" Women's Chorus's "Remember," by Donna Schultz, Musikanten's "Ward the Pirate" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the Chamber Singers' "This Marriage," by Eric Whitacre. There's not a weak cut in "There's Room For All," so enjoy this wonderful collection from the shores of Lake Bemidji with confidence!

Songlist: O Magnum Mysterium, Alma Redemptoris Mater, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Ave Maria: O Auctrix Vitae, Warum ist das Licht gegeben, Unicornis Captivatur, A Spotless Rose, Songs from Twelfth Night, No Man Is An Island, Peace I Leave With You, By and By, Plenty Good Room, Remember, Du, du liegst mir im Herzen, Ward the Pirate, Beati Mortui, Exultate Deo, They Are At Rest, This Marriage, Everything I Own

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2767c | 1 CD | $9.95 |


Bemidji Choir, Chamber Singers, and MusiKanten : A Diamond Glint on Snow onsale

Review: Dr. Logan directs Bemidji, MN's Bemidji State U's Bemidji Choir, Chamber Singers and MusiKanten in this lovely Winter/Christmas collection. Beginning with 16 selections by the Choir, including Andrea Gabrieli's "Magnificat," Thomas Weelkes' "When David Heard," the 3-part "Nocturnes" by Hildor Lundvvik, Edwin Fissinger's 4-part "Prairie Scenes," Eric Whitacre's "A Boy and a Girl" and Benjamin Britten's "A Hymn to the Virgin;" "Snow" continues with 3 pieces by MusiKanten, Tomas Luis de Victoria's "Judas, Mercator Pessimus," Lauridsen's "Dirait on" and Biebl's "Ave Maria;" and concludes with 6 selections by the Chamber Singers, including Wm. Hawley's "Siepe, Che Gli Orti Vaghi" and "Dolcissimi Colori," David Conte's "Ave Maria" and Orlando di Lasso's "Bonjour, mon Coeur." The beautiful, highly-trained voices easily handle this difficult, sometimes eclectic material. "A Diamond Glint on Snow" is a very special collection of sacred and secular music from the longstanding, excellent tradition (founded in 1937) of the Bemidji Choir, Chamber Singers and MusiKanten.

Songlist: Magnificat, When David Heard, Ave Maria Op. No. 6, Nocturnes, Flowering Almond Tree, Quiet Rain, Early Spring, In Rememberance, Praire Scenes, Passing Of Winter, Dakota Dawn, A Winter Night, Prairie Winds, Musikanten, Judas Mercator Pesimus, Dirait On, Ave Maria, Chamber Singers, Siepe Che Gli Orti Vaghi, Dolcissime Colori, O Sonno, Ave Maria, Bonjour Mon Coeur, La La La Je Ne L'ose Dire, In Remembrance, A Boy and a Girl, A Hymn to the Virgin, O Whistle and I'll Come to Ye, Witness

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8315c | 1 CD | $9.95 | A Cappella |


Bob Chilcott : Making Waves

Review: A recording of works by the world renowned choral composer Bob Chilcott. Bob has been involved in choral music for most of his life and since he became a professional composer in 1997 he has had over 100 works published by Oxford University Press. He was hailed by Gramophone magazine as "one of the finest choral composers at work in Britain today." This CD includes tracks with The Sirens, an ensemble of young professional women's voices specially created for this recording. Also featuring are a jazz trio with Alexander Hawkins on piano, Michael Chilcott on bass and Dereck Scurll on drums. The works included here reflect the strong support and interest that Bob's vocal music generates, with commissions from a wide variety of choral societies, children & youth choirs and professional choruses.

Songlist: Circles Of Motion, Like A Rainbow, All Things Pass, Making Waves, The Lily and the Rose, So Fair and Bright, Catch a Falling Star, Swansong 1, Like a Singing Bird, Swansong 2, All for Love of One, Bring Me the Sunset in a Cup, Awake, My Soul, This Day, The Bright Field, O Lord, Support us all the Day Long, Kyrie Eleison, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei

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9002c | 1 CD | $17.95 || Mixed Choirs CDs | Bob Chilcott


Brazeal Dennard Chorale : Remembering, Discovering, Preserving

Review: The story of the Fisk Jubilee Singers is one of the most inspiring in all of American Music. In 1872 a history of their struggle, triumph, and music finally saw print. They sang the songs which were handed down to them by their slave ancestors. The songs expressed profound religious beliefs, an unshakable faith, relief from the suffering of slavery, and the optimism for a better world to come. In truth they were a major contributing tributary to the musical stream which diverged into gospel and blues. This beautiful recording recreates and shares with us some of that body of work which is so important to American music. It is meant to document and present to posterity some of the most powerful music ever sung.

Songlist: Oh, That Bleeding Lamb, I'll Never Turn Back, Listen to the Lambs, In Bright Mansions Above, Is a Light Shining, Heavenly Union, An' I Cry, O Holy Lord, Ain'A That Good News, Lily of the Valley, Gonna Journey Away, Any How, There's a Lit'l Wheel, O the Rocks and the Mountains, I'm Gonna Sing the Spirit, Elijah Rock

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6576c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Spirituals CDs


BYU Concert Choir : All Creatures Of Our God & King

Review: Organized in 1984 under the direction of Mack Wilberg, the 90-voice BYUCC is one of two highly select mixed choral ensembles that continue a long choral singing tradition at the University. The group has appeared in concert at national ACDA and MTNA conventions and with the Utah Symphony. On "All Creatures" the group's full, rich, flawless sound is featured on a collection of 12 symphonically accompanied, mostly traditional Christian hymns and songs of praise. The title tune, "The Lord Is My Shepherd," John Gardner's "Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning," "Be Still My Soul" and "Jesus, Once of Humble Birth" are particularly fine. Mack Wilberg's skills as an arranger are evident on four songs, and his own compositions, "Jesu, the Very Thought Is Sweet," and "Fantasia on Early Latter-day Saint Hymns," are wonderful. Extensive liner notes with all lyrics. An impressive, inspirational CD!

Songlist: All Creatures of Our God and king, The Lord is My Shepherd, Jesu, The Very Thought Is Sweet, Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning, God Is Seen, My Shepherd Will Supply My Need, All Things Bright and Beautiful, Jesus, Once of Humble Birth, Be Still, My Soul, Death Shall Not Destroy my Comfort, Abide With Me, 'Tis Eventide, Fantasia on Early Latter-day Saint Hymns

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7512c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella |


BYU Concert Choir : Beautiful River

Review: Rosalind Hall, director of both the oft-showcased mixed-voice BYU Concert Choir and the popular Men's Chorus, leads the Choir in their 2nd recording, their debut the excellent "All Creatures of Our God and King." 18 songs, some favorites are the title tune, Moses Hogan's dynamic arrangement of "I Gotta Home Ina Dat Rock," 5 a cappella Shaker Songs, "Come to Zion," "Love is Little," "Dismission of Great I," "We Must Be Meek," and "Lay Me Low;" "Five Hebrew Love Songs," the Robert Shaw-arranged "I Will Arise" and the haunting "Irish Blessing." Some light accompaniment. "Beautiful River" proves to us that the BYUCC is ready to take its place as one of the best mixed choirs in the world!

Songlist: Beautiful River, I Gotta Home Ina Dat Rock, Be Still My Soul, Five Shaker Songs, Come To Zion, Love Is Little, Dismission Of Great I, We Must Be Meek, Lay Me Low, There Is A Balm In Gilead, Five Hebrew Love Songs, God So Loved The World, I Will Arise, The Covert Of His Wings, Irish Blessing

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7952c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella |


BYU Singers : Eric Whitacre - Complete A Cappella Works

Review: A big seller at the recent ACDA Convention, "Eric Whitacre" is a stunning collection of songs composed in the classical style of Monteverdi, Debussy and Prokofiev, but with inspiration from such groups as the Beatles, Sting, Queen, Madonna and Peter Gabriel. His choice of texts also reflects a broad range of poets - Octavio Paz, Ogden Nash, James Joyce, e.e. cummings and Emily Dickenson, religious poets being conspicuous in their absence, although "three songs of faith" are included here. The mixed-voice Brigham Young U. Singers do justice to Whitacre's difficult, eclectic, wonderful, soaring compositions. 12 songs, "Water Night," the three songs of faith: "I Will Wade Out," "Hope, Faith, Life, Love," "I Thank You God for most this Amazing Day," "Cloudburst", "Sleep," "I Hide Myself," "With a Lily in Your Hand," "Go Lovely Rose," "When David Heard," "Lux aurumque" and "Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine." "Beautiful" is an inadequate word to describe Whitacre's work and the BYU Singers' interpretation of it. "Amazing" works much better! Recommended.

Songlist: Water Night, Three Songs of Faith:, I Will Wade Out, Hope, Faith, Life, Love, I Thank You God For Most This Amazing Day, Cloudburst, Sleep, Three Flower Songs:, I Hide Myself, With A Lily In Your Hand, Go, Lovely Rose, When David Heard, Lux Aurumque, Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machines

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6844c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella || Eric Whitacre


BYU Singers : Eric Whitacre 2 : 00  1 CD : Ronald Staheli : Eric Whitacre

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Review: In 1999 the BYU Singers, conducted by Ronald Staheli, performed two Whitacre pieces - "When David Heard" and "Water Night" - as part of their solo premier at New York's Carnegie Hall. The success of the BYU Singers: Live at Carnegie Hall recording, demand for more Whitacre music, and the fruitful partnership between the composer and BYU Singers led to Whitacre's request for the group to record his complete a cappella works in 2001. As a result of the enormous response to that album, the Singers are pleased to release a companion volume, Eric Whitacre 2. This CD was recorded in the spring of 2008, is essentially volume two of Eric Whitacre: The Complete A Cappella Works. That recording, released by the BYU Singers, continues to be one of the best-selling choral CDs worldwide. This recording includes some of Whitacre's compositions for accompanied choir, but is mostly his a cappella pieces written since 2001. The varied nature of these pieces in this second compilation led to the Singers' collaboration with the BYU Concert Choir, conducted by Rosalind Hall, and the BYU Women's Chorus, conducted at the time by David Thomas. A very highly recommended release!

Songlist: Little Birds, A Boy And A Girl, This Marriage, Her Sacred Spirit Soars, Tmuna, Larov, Eyze sheleg, Rakut, She Weeps Over Rahoon, Little Tree, The Panther, The Cow, The Firefly

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8680c | 1 CD | $4.95 | A Cappella || Mixed Choirs CDs | Eric Whitacre


BYU Singers : I Believe This Is Jesus

Review: This recording continues the intent of the Singers' two earlier CDs, "We Sing of Christ" and "Songs of the Soul," adding another dimension in expressions of love and faith for Jesus Christ in their interpretations of African-American spirituals. There are 21 classic Spirituals here, the title tune, "Were You There" (sung in concert with the BYU Concert Choir and Men's Chorus), Adolphus Hailstork's "Crucifixion," "By and By," "Ain't Got Time to Die," "See What the End Is Gonna Be" (an original by founder/conductor/arranger Ronald Staheli), Moses Hogan's "I Got a Home in-a dat Rock" "Elijah Rock," Didn't My Lord Daniel Deliver" and "The Battle of Jericho," "Shut de Do'," "Let Me Fly" and "Ain't that News." But there's not a weak cut on this recording- "I Believe" is upbeat, joyous stuff, one of our favorite recordings by a great chorus!

Songlist: I Believe This Is Jesus, Go, Tell It On The Mountain, Were You There, Crucifixion, By and By, Steal Away, Ain't Got Time To Die, See What the End Is Gonna Be, I got a Home in-a dat Rock, Shut de Do', Let me Fly, Rock-a My Soul, Witness, Black Sheep, Little Innocent Lamb, Wade in the Water, Elijah Rock, Is a Light Shinin' in the Heavens, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, Ain't that News, The Battle of Jericho

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7514c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella |


BYU Singers : My Redeemer Lives

Review: In 2003 the veteran, prolific BYU Singers were preparing for a concert tour of Ukraine when war in the Middle East caused its cancellation. They shifted their energies to this new recording, their 4th on the Tantara label, which includes two Ukrainian choral treasures, Dimitri Bortnyansky's "Cherubic Hymn" and Konstantin Shvedov's "To Thee We Sing (Tebe Poyem)." Some other favorites are the title tune, "His Eye Is on the Sparrow," Robert Starer's soaring "Give Thanks unto the Lord," the energetic "Praise the Name of the Lord (Laudate Nomen)," the hymn "Nearer My God to Thee," and Hofford/Millard's sweet "Abide with Me; 'Tis Eventide." Some light piano accompaniment. A beautiful, deeply-felt collection!

Songlist: My Redeemer Lives , His Eye Is on the Sparrow , Mine Arm Is Lengthened out , Sweet is the Work , Give Thanks unto the Lord , How Great Thou Art , Praise the Name of the Lord , I Stand All Amazed , The Eyes of All Hope in Thee, O Lord , Cherubic Hymn , To Thee We Sing , Nearer My God to Thee , Ubi caritas, Abide with Me; Tis Eventide

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7509c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella |


BYU Singers : Songs Of The Soul

Review: Founder/arranger Ronald Staheli directs his 47-strong mixed choir in some lovely, rarely-performed Christian choral pieces by such master composers as Eric Whitacre (the 14 _-minute "When David Heard That Absalom Was Slain," and "Water Night"), Morten Lauridsen ("O nata lux,"), Edward Elgar ("Light Eternal (Lux aeterna)"), and John Tanner/Jean Sibelius' ("I Love The Lord"). 13 songs, with some light piano and organ accompaniment. A couple of other favorites: Reynolds/Greene/Belafonte's inspirational "Turn Around," Mary Ann Morton/Alfred Durham's "Sweet Is The Peace," and the final cut, "Give Me Jesus." Another winning recording from this veteran choir.

Songlist: I Love The Lord, Behold the Wounds in Jesus' Hands, O Nata Lux, Light Eternal (Lux aeterna), When David Heard, I Know that My Redeemer Lives , Bring Forth my Zion , Turn Around , Hold On, A'Soalin' , Water Night , Sweet Is the Peace , Give Me Jesus

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7513c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Collegiate A Cappella


BYU Singers : The Peace of Christ onsale

Review: The Peace of Christ, envisioned as a follow-up to BYU Singers' first CD, We Sing of Christ, uses a wonderful mixture of new arrangements of hymns and anthems to speak directly to the depths of our hearts and souls. Join Ronald Staheli and the BYU Singers as they use music to express the peace that is offered to all of us by Christ.

Songlist: Where Can I Turn For Peace/ Grant Us Thy Peace, O Peace Of Christ, Love Divine, I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say, Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me, O Heart Subdued With Grieving, Nearer My God To Thee, My Heavenly Father Loves Me, Ave Verum Corpus, Jesus Christ, The Apple Tree, O Sing A Song Of Bethlehem , Lord, Accept Our True Devotion, Morning Has Broken, Come, Thou Fount Of Every Blessing, Abide With Me

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6077c | 1 CD | $1.95 | A Cappella |


BYU Singers : The Pilgrim's Journey Home

Review: Each of us has cherished memories of home; as we continue in life, we seek places and situations that bring the same feelings of comfort, strength and reassurance. This CD contains music that reflects our journey towards that sense of home, and the support we give others in their own pilgrimages. In this collection of inspirational folk hymns and songs, the BYU Singers, Concert Choir, Women's Chorus and Men's Chorus join with the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra in beautiful performances of inspiring music. This CD includes several songs not heard on the TV broadcasts.

Songlist: Pilgrim Song, Lead, Kindly Light, Homeward Bound, Pilgrim's Chorus, from Tannhauser, Saints Bound For Heaven, The Promised Land, Ain't That News, Have I Done Any Good?, Goin' Home, Pilgrims on a Journey, Whither Goest Thou, Pilgrim Stranger?, Shenandoah, Hallelujah, My Little Mountain Home, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, I Feel Like I'm On My Journey Home, Come, Come Ye Saints

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BYU Singers : We Sing Of Christ

Review: First formed in 1984 by conductor and arranger Ronald Staheli, the BYU Singers are a small, select choir of singer/musicians. "We Sing Of Christ" is a wonderful collection of traditional English and Christian hymns and folk songs. 16 Songs, some favorites are "More Holiness Give Me," "Come, We That Love The Lord," "The Morning Breaks," the inspirational "How Great Thou Art," "Awake, Ye Saints of God, Awake," "How Can I Keep From Singing," the rousing "The Promised Land" and the sweet "Come Unto Him." There is some light to heavy accompaniment.

Songlist: More Holiness Give Me, Come, We That Love the Lord, Carthage: June 27, 1844/A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief, The Wintry Day Descending to Its Close, The Morning Breaks, Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee, How Great Thou Art, Awake, Ye Saints of God, Awake, If You Could Hie to Kolob, This Is the Christ, How Can I Keep From Singing, The Promised Land, Peace Like a River, Come, Come, Ye Saints, I Stand All Amazed, Come Unto Him

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BYU Singers / University of Miami Chorale : Music of Eric Whitacre

Review: This CD begins with a 3-part, eclectic, dramatic, rich-in-special-effects all-instrumental piece by Eric Whitacre, the "Ghost Train Trilogy," about a supernatural machine that roars through the western US, played by the Rutgers Wind Ensemble. Following that is "GAWD$ILLA EATS LAS VEGAS," a piece Whitacre wanted to write that was "really out there," that includes amazing, all-instrumental dramatic West Side Story and Gershwin samples. A sweet piece by the Rutgers Wind Ensemble follows, "Rak Hahatchala," featuring soprano Hila Plitmann. Then we have the University of Miami Chorale perform Whitacre's beautiful "little tree," (accompanied) with text by e.e. cummings, and two lovely Whitacre pieces by the BYU Singers, "Water Night" and "Cloudburst," both with text by Octavio Paz. These last two a cappella pieces are difficult, eclectic, soaring and lovely. Eric Whitacre is a surprising composer who takes many chances in his work, which is why listening to "The Music of Eric Whitacre" never fails to delight and challenge us.

Songlist: Ghost Train Trilogy, GawdSilla Eats Las Vegas!, Rak HaHatchala, Little Tree , Water Night, Cloudburst

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7791c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Eric Whitacre


Cabinet Shuffle : In Cambridge... Again!

Review: British mixed sextet (2 women, 4 men) Cabinet Shuffle has been singing top-drawer a cappella in many of the classiest venues in England, for a Who's Who of corporate and professional clients. With clean, tight harmonies and sweet leads reminiscent of the Swingles and Manhattan Transfer, and a varied repertoire from Bach to the Beatles and Josquin to Jazz, the Shuffle are crowd-pleasers extraordinaire! Their recordings (their first, the excellent "It Don't Mean A Thing," "Cambridge" is #2) are equally crisp, elegant and entertaining. Beginning with two winners, "New York" and the heart-tugger "Loch Lomond," we are then treated to a vocal feast: the traditional Italian tune "Bella Calou," Billy Joel's "And So It Goes" and "The Longest Time," Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me," Harold Arlen's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Bring Him Home," John Denver's "Perhaps Love," and Lerner and Loewe's "I Could Have Danced All Night" are all delightful. It's all good, and we think that this talented group is ready for a much wider audience and some larger venues, especially over here "across the pond!"

Songlist: New York , Loch Lomond, The Three Ravens, Malaguena, Bella Caiou, Le Baylere, And So It Goes, Pavane, A Nightinsgale Sang In Berkeley Square, Someone To Watch Over Me, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, I Won't Send Roses, I Dreamed A Dream, Bring Him Home, I Could Have Danced All Night, The Longest Time, Chansom d'Amour, Perhaps Love, If You Leave Me Now, Come FLy With Me

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4666c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Vocal Jazz CDs


Calmus Ensemble : One More Song

Review: This release by the Leipzig-based Calmus Ensemble follows on the ensemble's recent tour of the US and features remarkable a cappella arrangements of more than a century of popular songs made popular by artists from the Comedian Harmonists to Queen, plus three original songs composed for the Calmus Ensemble by Fredo Jung, including their signature encore Rondo.

Songlist: Wenn ich Vergnugt Bin, Muss Ich Singen, Wohlgefuhl, Bongo Bong, Lullabye / Good Night My Angel, One More Night, Son of a Preacherman, Bring Back that Leroy Brown, Barbara, Wochenend und Sonnenschein, Fragile, Summertime, Kiss from a Rose, Got to Get You Into My Life, Ich Hab Ka Lust, Rondo

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Cambridge Singers : A Cappella

Review: In the first paragraph of the 32-page liner notes to "A Cappella" we learn that "a cappella," translated from the Italian, means "in the style of the chapel," probably a reference to the Sistine Chapel in Rome, where a tradition of unaccompanied singing has gone on since the Renaissance. Although the meaning of the term has since expanded to include unaccompanied secular music, it's clear that the Cambridge Singers hold to the original meaning, as none of the music on this CD would sound out of place under the Sistine's famous ceiling. Directed by the renowned John Rutter, the CS bring us the finest sacred music, first 11 songs from England and Germany, then 14 songs from France, all written in the 19th and 20th centuries. We have Britten's "Hymn to St. Cecilia," four songs from Brahms' "Vier Lieder aus dem Jungbrunnen," five songs from Schuman's "Vier doppelchorige Gesange, Op. 141," R.L. Pearsall's "Lay a Garland," Frederick Delius' "The Splendour Falls on Castle Walls," Ravel's "Trois Chansons," Debussy's "Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orleans," and eight songs from "Chansons Francaises." As most of the lyrics are in German or French, it's nice to have the extensive liner notes with all the words and translations. Beautiful music, angelically sung!

Songlist: Hymn To St. Cecilia, Nun Stehn Die Rosen In Blute, Die Berfe Sind Spitz, Am Wildbachen Die Weiden , Und Gehst Du Uber Den Kirchhof, An Die Sterne, Ungewisses Licht, Zuversicht, Talismane, Lay A Garland, The Splendour Falls On Castle Walls, Nicolette, Trois Beaux Oiseaux Du Paradis, Ronde, Dieu! Qu'il La Fait A Bon Regarder, Quant J'ai Ouy Le Tabourin, Yver, Vous N'estes Qu'un Villain, Magoton Va T'a L'iau, La Belle Se Sied Au Pied De La Tour, Pilons I'orge, Clic, Clac, Dansez Sabots, C'est La Petit' Fill' Du Prince, La Belle Si Nous Etions , Ah! Mon Beau Laboureur, Les Tisserands

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Cambridge Singers : A Song In Season

Review: Song In Season is a major collection of new choral music by John Rutter, featuring a host of previously unrecorded works in glittering performances by the Cambridge Singers and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conducted by the composer, John Rutter: A Song in Season ranges across the church's year, incorporating music for Christmas, Epiphany, Pentecost, Easter and Harvest. The first album of new anthems and canticles by Rutter since his landmark 2002 recording of the Mass of the Children, this beautifully-packaged release promises to delight both seasoned Rutter followers and new listeners.

Songlist: Wells Jubilate, Look to the Day, To Every Thing There is a Season, Carol of the Magi, O Lord, Thou Hast Searched Me Out, Most Gorious Lord of Life, Look at the World, Veni Sancte Spiritus, Lord, Thou Hast Been our Refuge, I Am With You Always, The King of Blis, Winchester Te Deum

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Cambridge Singers : Be Thou My Vision

Review: 21 favorite Rutter anthems, taken from classic Cambridge recordings. The talented, prolific (29 excellent CDs in the Primarily A Cappella catalog) 33-strong, mixed-voice Cambridge Singers were founded by John Rutter after he gave up his position as Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge in 1979, to allow himself more time for composition. Here are 21 of Rutter's finest Christian anthems, culled from the many fine recordings by the Singers. The title tune, "Open thou mine eyes," the lovely "Wings of the morning," the triumphant "O be joyful in the Lord," "All things bright and beautiful," "As the bridegroom to his chosen," the soaring "Loving Shepherd of thy sheep," "O clap your hands," "Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace," "God be in my head," "Thy perfect love" - these are all joyful, positive songs of worship and celebration, the best of everything we love about John Rutter and his Singers. Some accompaniment. "Be Thou My Vision" is a winning, inspirational collection!

Songlist: Be thou my vision, Open thou mine eyes, I will sing with the spirit, A Gaelic Blessing, Wings of the morning, O be joyful in the Lord, All things bright and beautiful, I will lift up mine eyes, As the bridegroom to his chosen, A Prayer of Saint Patrick, Loving Shepherd of thy sheep, Look at the world, O clap your hands, The Lord is my light and my salvation, Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace, I believe in springtime, God Be in My Head, A Clare Benediction, For the beauty of the earth, Thy perfect love, The Lord bless you and keep you

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Cambridge Singers : Brother Sun, Sister Moon

Review: A ruined English abbey silhouetted against a setting sun and a rising full moon graces the cover of "Brother Sun, Sister Moon." The extensive liner notes point out how much more in touch with the natural rhythms of day and night were the builders of the abbey, and the writers of the sacred Christian music of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, in comparison to life in the 21st century. John Rutter directs the 30-member Cambridge Singers in Gregorian chants and polyphonic sacred music by such composers as William Byrd, John Taverner, Palestrina, Scheidt, Sheppard, Durufle and Robert Whyte, divided into two groups: "Music of the Morning Rite" and "Music of the Evening Rite." Meditative and uplifting!

Songlist: Alleluia, Haec Dies, Easter Sequence, Dum Transisset Sabbatum, Sanctus, Exsultate Deo, Easter Acclamations, Surrexit Cristus Hodie, Before The Ending Of The Day, In Pace, Into Thy Hands, O Lord, Ubi Caritas, Keep Me As The Apple Of An Eye And Nunc Dimittis, O Christ, Who Art The Light And Day, We Will Lay Us Down In Peace/ Libera Nos, Salva Nos

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Cambridge Singers : Byrd: Motets and Anthems

Review: This recording presents a selection of fifteen of the 150 or so Latin motets and three of the dozens of English anthems that, between them, form the greater part of the life's work of William Byrd (1543-1623), the greatest English composer of his era. The chosen motets and anthems represent just some of the many facets of Byrd's sacred music, now recognized after three centuries of neglect as among the most glorious every written for choir.

Songlist: Sing Joyfully, Turn our captivity , Praise our Lord, all ye Gentiles, Emendemus in Melius, Siderum Rector , Plorans plorabit , Visita, quaesumus Domine, Attollite portas, Laudibus in Sanctis, Gaudeamus omnes , Ave Verum Corpus, Veni, Sancte Spiritus, Christus resurgens , Solve iubente Deo, O Magnum Mysterium, Non vos relinquam, O quam suavis, Justorum animae

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Cambridge Singers : Collection

Review: The programme of music on this album is chosen from eight Collegium recordings, illustrating something of the range and scope of the choir's work, which is deliberately not restricted to any one period or style. Sacred and secular, historic and contemporary, a cappella and accompanied music have all found a place in the Cambridge Singers' growing discography, and several recordings feature music by John Rutter. Guest artists the King's Singers join forces with narrator Richard Baker and the City of London Sinfonia under the baton of Richard Hickox for an extract from John Rutter's musical fable based on The Wind in the Willows, which has been performed at many King's Singers concerts; and the City of London Sinfonia are heard on their own in the Waltz movement from another Rutter piece, the Suite Antique for flute, harpsichord and strings.

Songlist: Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orleans (Claude Debussy):

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Cambridge Singers : Faire Is The Heaven

Review: The 28 mixed young voices of the Cambridge Singers bring us a remastered recording (originally recorded in 1982) of unaccompanied English church music from the 16th to 20th centuries, designed to be sung in a building with acoustics that allow its characteristic sonority to be heard in its full splendor-in this case the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral, built in 1350. There are 23 motets and anthems here, from 4 periods in history, "Music of the Latin Rite," "Music of the Reformation," "Music of the Restoration" and "The Anglican Revival and the 20th century." Extensive, complete liner notes. Acclaimed director John Rutter was not sure if the marvelous sound of the Singers in the Chapel could be reproduced, but was gratified to find that it could. Marvelous soaring, angelic sacred music from an unequaled, ancient acoustic!

Songlist: 1) Music Of The Latin Rite, Ave Maria, Loquebantur Variis Linguis, Miserere Mei, Haec Dies, Ave Verum Corpus, 2) Music Of The Reformatiion, If Ye Love Me, Hide Not Lhou Thy Face, Lord, For Thy Tender Mercy's Sake, O Clap Your Hands, Bow Thine Ear, Hosanna To The Son Of David, 3) Music Of The Restoration, Lord, How Long Will Thou Be Angry, Thou Knowest, Lord, Hear My Prayer, O Lord, 4) The Anglican Revival And The Twentieth Century, Beati Quorum Via, This Joyful Eastertide, Sing Lullaby, A Spotless Rose, What Cheer?, O Taste And See, A Hym To The Virgin, Jesus Christ The Apple Tree, Faire Is The Heaven

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Cambridge Singers : Fancies

Review: The 'fancies' that give this album its title are the fleeting ideas, dreams and whims that flit like Will-o'-the-wisps through the imagination of every artist. I have always thought that they were captured to perfection by the Elizabethan poets and by their collaborators, the madrigal composers such as Weelkes, Wilbye and Morely; and, looking back now on the music heard on this recording, I realize how much of it was inspired by the madrigalian spirit. Fancies was written in 1971 for the Richard Hickox Singers and Orchestra (the orchestra was later renamed the City of London Sinfonia, who play on this recording). The first performance was given in London, repeated shortly afterwards at an open-air concert one lovely summer's evening by the River Thames in rural Berkshire, a perfect setting for it. The Suite Antique, dating from 1979, also has a Berkshire association: I was asked to write it for the Cookham Festival, to be peformed by Duke Dobing and the London Baroque Soloists at a concert in Cookham Parish Church. Bach's Fifth Brandenburg Concerto was on the programme, so I decided to write for the same combination of instruments, and to pay musical homage to the forms and styles of Bach's day. - John Rutter

Songlist: Fancies, Tell me where is fancy bred, There is a garen in her face, The urchins' dance, Riddle song, Midnight's bell, The bellman's song, Suite Antique, Prelude, Ostinato, Aria, Waltz, Chanson, Rondeau, Five Childhood Lyrics, Monday's child, The Owl and the Pussy-Cat, Windy nights, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Sing a song of sixpence, When Icicles Hang , Icicles, Winter nights, Good ale, Blow, blow, thou winter wind, Winter wakeneth all my care, Hay, ay

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Cambridge Singers : Faure - Sacred Music

Review: Tis is a re-release at mid-price of John Rutter's Gramophone Award-winning 1984 recording of Faure's Requiem. The first-ever performance on disc of the work in its intimate original version - famously re-discovered by Rutter in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris after a century of neglect - it remains one of the timeless jewels in the crown of the Collegium catologue. Hailed on release as 'the Faure Requiem of the future' (Music Week), Rutter's performance with the Cambridge Singers and members of the City of London Sinfonia has transformed the way in which we view one of the great works of European sacred music, and remains definitive.

Songlist: Requiem: Introit et Kyrie, Offertoire, Sanctus, Pie Jesu, Agnus Dei, Libera me, In paradisum, Ave verum Corpus, Tantum ergo, Ave Maria, Maria, Mater gratiae, Cantique de Jean Racine, Messe Basse: Kyrie eleison, Messe Basse: Sanctus, Messe Basse: Benedictus, Messe Basse: Agnus Dei

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Review: Strong, stirring spirituals and tuneful, jazz-flavored settings of Shakespeare's timeless lyrics are the mouth-watering ingredients of the Cambridge Singers' eagerly-awaited new album Feel the Spirit. John Rutter has written vivid new arrangements of seven well-loved American spirituals for choir, with soloist Melanie and the BBC Concert Orchestra joining with the Cambridge Singers for this world premiere recording. Another notable 'first' is jazz legend George Shearing's captivating new cycle of Shakespeare settings, Songs and Sonnets. Those who associate George Shearing with instrumental jazz (and of course with his immortal Lullaby of Birdland) will be astonished and delighted at the youthful charm and skillful word-setting of this 81-year old master's choral writing. The final touch of sparkle is added by Proms favorite Wayne Marshall's piano, with Malcolm Creese on bass. To complete the album, John Rutter's own Birthday Madrigals - written in 1995 to celebrate George Shearing's 75th birthday - also receives their premiere recording.

Songlist: Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho, Steel Away, I Got A Robe, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, Ev'ry Time I Feel The Spirit, Deep River, When The Saints Go Marching In, Live With Me And Be My Love, When The Daffodils Begen To Peer, It Was A Lover And His Lass, Spring, Who Is Silvia, Fie On Sinful Fantasy, Hey, Ho, The Wind And The Rain, The Heavenly Aeroplane, Lord Of The Dance, It Was A Lover And His Lass, Draw On Sweet Night, Come Live With Me , My True Love Hath My Heart, When Daisies Pied, Skylark

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Cambridge Singers : Flora Gave Me Fairest Flowers onsale

Review: The sixteenth-century madrigal was an Italian form. The term 'madrigal' was loosely applied to a wide variety of music, but generally denoted a polyphonic setting for four or more voices of an amorous or pastoral text which was closely depicted in the music. Thomas Morely transplanted the form into England in the 1590s; this marked the beginning of the brief but brilliant flowering of the English madrigal. Between the 1590s and the early 1620s, twenty composers published a total of 36 books of madrigals, after which the form virtually disappeared. Some of these composers, such as Morely and Weelkes, followed the Italian model closely; others, such as Byrd and Gibbons, mostly stayed with the simpler English form of the consort song, where the tune remains in one voice, word-painting is not used, and strophic form is preferred to the continuous structure of the madrigal proper. Among the twenty-one items selected for this recording there are examples of several types of piece, ranging from true Italianate madrigals such as Too much I once lamented, via more popular 'balletts' such as Fyer, fyer!, to the simple part-songs like A little pretty bonny lass. The variety, imagination, and inspired blending of poetry and music characteristic of the best of the 'English Madrigal School' afford a particular kind of delight in performance, shared equally by singer and listener.

Songlist: Hark, all ye lovely saints above , Though Amaryllis dance in green, Round about in a fair ring , Adieu, ye city-prisoning towers , Flora gave me fairest flowers , Sweet Suffolk owl , As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending , Lullabye , This sweet and merry month of May , Now is the month of maying , A little pretty bonny lass , Fyer, fyer! , Too much I once lamented , My bonny lass she smileth , Ha ha! This world doth pass , Quick, quick, away, dispatch! , Dainty fine bird , Come again! Sweet love doth now invite , Mother, I Will have a husband , Draw on, sweet night , Sleep, fleshly birth, Weep, weep, mine eyes , Death hath deprived me , The silver swan , Adieu, sweet Amaryllis

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Cambridge Singers : Gloria

Review: The music heard on this recording represents a cross-section of the sacred choral pieces I have written over a period of some twelve years. Two paramount considerations have shaped it: first, the performers and occasions it was commissioned for, and second, the texts (which I always choose with great deliberation). Gloria, the most substantial piece, was written as a concert work. The Latin text, drawn from the Ordinary of the Mass, is a centuries-old challenge to the composer: exalted, devotional and jubilant by turns. My setting, which is based mainly on one of the Gregorian chants associated with the text, divides into three movements roughly corresponding with traditional symphonic structure. The other pieces are all anthems, primarily intended for use in the context of a church service. They range in difficulty from very simple to fairly challenging, though it was my hope in writing them that none would be beyond the reach of a capable church choir. Although the accompaniments were originally for organ (or, in the case of For the beauty of the earth and All things bright and beautiful, for piano), I enjoyed scoring them for orchestra and prefer them in this form. The three unaccompanied pieces, however, (God be in my head, Open thou mine eyes, and A prayer of Saint Patrick) reflect my love of the a cappella medium.

Songlist: First Movement: Allegro vivace , Second Movement: Andante, Third Movement: Vivace e ritmico , O clap your hands , All things bright and beautiful, The Lord is my shepherd, A Gaelic Blessing, For the beauty of the earth, Praise ye the Lord, God be in my head, Open thou mine eyes, A prayer of Saint Patrick, The Lord bless you and keep you

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Cambridge Singers : Hail Queen Of Heaven

Review: This CD of sacred music dedicated to the Virgin Mary was appropriately recorded in the unique acoustic of the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral(built in 1350) in 1991 by the 28-strong mixed Cambridge Singers. Mary was the object of particularly intense devotion in the early Christian church from 1291 to the 20th century, as these 21 beautiful motets and songs will attest. The liner notes are fine, detailed and extensive. They are divided into 4 parts, "Advent to Candlemas," "Candlemas to Holy Week," "Easter to the Sunday after Pentecost" and Trinity to Advent." The amazing sound of the Singers soars up into the timeless acoustic of the Lady Chapel, and we can only close our eyes and be amazed.

Songlist: Part 1: Advent To Christmas, Alma Redemptoris Candlemas, Ave Virgo Sanctissima, There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue, Ave Maria, Ave Virgo Gloriosa, Part 2: Candlemas To Holy Week, Ave Regina Caelorum, Stabat Mater, Ave Maria, Laudi Alla Vergine Maria, Ave Maria, Dostoino Yest, Part 3: Easter To The Sunday After Pentecost, Regina Caeli Laetare, Regina Caeli, Hail! Blessed Virgin Mary, Hymne A La Vierge, Magnificat, Part 4: Trinity To Advent, Salve Regina , Alleluia. Ave Maria, Vidi Seciosam, Ave Maria, Ave Maria

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Cambridge Singers : Hail, Gladdening Light

Review: John Rutter directs the 28-strong Cambridge Singers in the inspiring setting of the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral, gathering together 23 examples of English sacred a cappella choral music drawn from several centuries. Some pieces, such as the Taverner "Christe Jesu, pastor bone," or the Howells' "Nunc dimittis," were written for the Catholic liturgy; most of the English anthems were for the Anglican rite; but such pieces as Tomkins' "When David heard," Morley's "Nolo mortem peccatoris" and Amner's "Come, let's rejoice" were probably intended for domestic performance. In all cases, the beauty of the music transcends ancient politics and the years themselves, as it always must!

Songlist: Rejoice In The Lord, Remember Not, Lord, Our Offences, Come, Let's Rejoice, When David Heard, I Sat Down Under His Shadow, These Are They That Follow The Lamb, Christe Jesu, Pastor Bone, O Beatum Et Sacrosanctum Diem, Nunc Dimittis, O Vos Omnes, Factum Est Silentium , Justorum Animae, Hail, Gladdening Light, A Hymn To The Mother Of God, Hymn For The Dormition Of The Mother Of God, They Are At Rest, A Litany, Nolo Mortem Peccatoris, O Nata Lux, Loving Sheperd Of Thy Sheep, The Lord's Prayer, In Manus Tuas, Bring Us, O Lord God

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Cambridge Singers : Images Of Christ

Review: Generations of composers have created a remarkable body of choral literature, inspired by the events in the life of Christ. John Rutter directs the 29-strong Cambridge Singers in a cappella renditions of some of the most beautiful works from this body, divided into five groups. In the first group, "The Coming of Christ," we have pieces by E.C. Bairstow, da Palestrina and Handl, as well as a Sarum chant, "Veni, Redemptor gentium." In the second group, "Words of Christ," we find pieces by Heinrich Schutz, P.I. Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky. In the third group, "The Passion of Christ," we have works by Anton Bruckner, da Palestrina, T.L. de Victoria, Pablo Casals and Antonio Lotti. In the fourth group, "Resurrection and Ascension," there are pieces by Peter Phillips, da Palestrina and William Bird. And in the fifth group, "Christ in the Eucharist," we have works by T.L. de Victoria, Richard Dering, Samuel Barber, Olivier Messiaen and a lovely Gregorian chant, "Pange Lingua." The 24-page liner notes contain all words and translations. Let us find an imaginary place in the cathedral and hear the soaring praises to the remarkable man for whom it was built!

Songlist: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Veni, Redemptor Gentium, Hodie Christus Natus Est, Omnes De Saba Venient, Ich Bin ein Rechter Weinstock, The Crown Of Roses, Vo Tsarstvii Tvoyem (The Beatitudes), Pater Noster, Christus Factus Est, Good Friday, Reproaches (Improperia), Eram Quasi Agnus, O Vos Omnes, Crucifixus (For Eight Voices), Surgens Jesus, Ascendo Ad Patrem, Viri Galilaei, Jesu, Dulcis Memoria, Ave Verum Corpus, Pange Lingua, Agnus Dei , O Sacrum Convivium

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Cambridge Singers : Magnificat / Requiem

Review: This specially-priced CD includes John Rutter's two most often-performed, larger choral works, previously on two separate recordings. The recording represents two sides of Rutter's choral style - the gentle and introspective Requiem, the bright and joyful Magnificat. Requiem was written in 1985, when Rutter was moved by a personal bereavement. Rutter describes it as "a meditation on themes of life and death using a personal compilation of texts.' Magnificat, written in 1990, premiered in Carnegie Hall. "In countries such as Spain, Mexico and Puerto Rico," writes Rutter, "feast days of the Virgin are joyous opportunities for people to take to the streets and celebrate with singing, dancing and processions. These images of outdoor celebration were, I think, somewhere in my mind as I wrote...." - John Rutter

Songlist: Requiem, - Requiem aeternam, - Pie Jesu, - Sanctus, Agnus Dei , - The Lord is my shepherd, - Lux aeterna, Magnificat, - Magnificat anima mea, - Of a Rose, a lovely Rose, - Quia fecit mihi magna, - Et misericordia, - Fecit potentiam, - Esurientes, - Gloria

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Cambridge Singers : Mass Of The Children

Review: Written in late 2002, in time for a Carnegie Hall performance, performed here by the renowned Cambridge Singers, Cantate Youth Choir and London Sinfonia, and conducted by the composer, the five movements of Rutter's "Mass," are a delight. Following are the lovely "Look at the World," "To every thing there is a season," the joyous "Wings of the Morning" and "A Clare Benediction." Then we have the uplifting "I will sing with the spirit," the flute-accompanied Musica Dei donum," "I my Best-Beloved's am," and finally "Come down, O Love divine." This is beautifully-performed music that fills us with joy and hope, the hope of the children.

Songlist: Mass of the Children:, -Kyrie, -Gloria, -Sanctus and Bendictus, Agnus Dei , -Finale, Look at the world, To every thing there is a season, Wings of the morning, A Clare Benediction, I will sing with the spirit, Music Dei donum, I my Best-Beloved's am, Come down, O Love Divine

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Cambridge Singers : Old English Madrigals & Folk Songs

Review: Fa la la, a cornucopia of your favorite Madrigals! John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers sing English madrigals and folk songs. As entertainment for public occasions and a relief from boredom, the English madrigal comes in a wide variety of styles from dramatic to silly. This recording includes lighter pieces such as "Now is the Month of Maying" and "My Bonnie Lass She Smileth" by Thomas Morley, the somber "Silver Swan" by Orlando Gibbons and the comical "Fair Phyllis" by John Farmer. In addition, the program includes folk song arrangements by Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughn Williams. A classic recording.

Songlist: Come Away, Sweet Love , Weep, O Mine Eyes , Fair Phyllis I Saw , Now Is the Month of Maying , Fairwell, Dear Love , April Is In My Mistress' Face , Draw On, Sweet Night , Sing We At Pleasure , My Bonny Lass She Smileth , The Silver Swan , Mother, I Will Have A Husband , Dainty Fine Bird , As Vesta Was from Latmos Hill Descending , I Love My Love , My Sweetheart's Like Venus , Bushes and Briars, The Turtle Dove , The Three Ravens, Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron, O Waly, Waly, Greensleeves

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Cambridge Singers : Poulenc Sacred Music

Review: Francis Poulenc's interest in choral music began in the early 1920's. During his study with the composer Koechlin, he harmonized Bach chorale melodies. This work had a distinct influence on him. It was not until the 1930's that he began to write for the choral medium more seriously. Poulenc wrote many pieces for accompanied and unaccompanied choir. His astonishing music has very twentieth century sounds but is heavily influenced by earlier styles. The "Quatre motets pour un temps de penitence" have a very dark and dramatic intensity much like the pieces of Victoria, who Poulenc often thought about while writing them. The Cambridge Singers have recorded many of his great choral works. This album includes the "Gloria" for soprano solo, mixed choir and orchestra, "Litanies a la Vierge Noire" for female voices, strings and timpani and many of his unaccompanied motets.

Songlist: Gloria:, Gloria, Laudamus Te, Domine Deus, -Domine Fili unigenite, Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, Salve Regina, Ave Verum Corpus, Exultate Deo, Litanies a la Vierge Noire, Quatre Motets Pour Un Temps de Penitence:, Timor et tremor, Vinea mea electa, Tenebrae factae sunt, Tristis est anima mea, Quatre Motets Pour le Temps de Noel:, O Magnum Mysterium, Quem vidistis pastores dicite, Videntes stellam, Hodie Christus natus est

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Cambridge Singers : Sea Change

Review: Choral fans will be very excited about the meeting of two of the most versatile musical minds of their generation, Rutter and Bennett in a CD that is Gramophone Magazine's Editor's Choice for May 2005 and on many lists for Choral disc of the year. The title work, "Sea Change," set to texts by Shakespeare, Andrew Marvell and Edmund Spenser, is 4 pieces, sometimes Britten-esque, dramatic, swirling, agitated, emotional, dissonant and always interesting. "A Farewell to Arms," written for the ensemble VocalEssence for a cappella choir and solo cello, are poignant poems of an old soldier's recollection of war. "A Good-Night " is a lovely motet written in memory of Linda McCartney. The last 8 tracks feature some of Bennett's most accessible works, which happen to be Christmas songs. "There is no rose," "Out of your sleep," "That younge child," "Sweet was the song," "Susanni," "Lullay mine liking" and "What sweeter music" are simply beautiful. The Cambridge Singers, directed by Rutter, are perfect, handling this difficult material with ease. "Sea Change" is a rare, very special recording!

Songlist: The Isle Is Full of Noises, The Bermudas, The Waves Come Rolling, Full Fathom Five, A Farewell To Arms, A Good-Night, Verses, Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei , There Is No Rose, Out of Your Sleep, That Younge Child, Sweet Was the Song, Susanni, Lullay Mine Liking, What Sweeter Music, Puer Nobis

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Cambridge Singers : Sing, Ye Heavens

Review: Directed by John Rutter, this recording takes as its grand objective a collection of "hymns for all time." Drawn from the Anglican tradition without apology, many of these 21 compositions are accompanied, by anything from a single harp to the London Sinfonia Brass, though there are some a cappella chants. There is nothing stiff or abstract about these arrangements, however. The Cambridge mixed ensemble breathes a vitality into each note, and folk hymns such as "Be Thou My Vision" couldn't be lovelier. Those listeners who grew up singing these hymns in church will be especially fond of "Sing, Ye Heavens," but anyone can enjoy the purity of the sound of the Cambridge Singers.

Songlist: O God, Our Help In Ages Past, The King Of Love My Shepherd Is, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, Veni, Creator Spiritus, Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending, Love Divie, All Loves Excelling, Pange Lingua, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Vexilla Regis, Drop, Drop, Slow Tears, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Christ the Lord is Risen Today, Be Thou My Vision, All Things Bright and Beautiful, Morning Has Broken, Amazing Grace, We Plough the Fields and Scatter, Glory to Thee, My God, This Night, The Day Though Gavest, Lord, Is Ended, Eternal God, Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

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Cambridge Singers : Stanford and Howells Sacred Music

Review: This recording is a choral tribute to the sacred music of two visionary composers who, among their other achievements, made distinctive, lasting and much-cherished contributions to the musical repertory of the English Church. There are many links between Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) and Herbert Howells (1892-1983), the most obvious being that from 1912 to 1916 Howells was one of Stanford's many composition students at the Royal College of Music in London, where Howells was himself later to teach composition for over fifty years. Both men were outstanding teachers, Stanford in particular being virtually father to a whole generation of British composers, including Vaughn Williams, Holst, Bridge, Butterworth, Bliss, Ireland and Gurney. With the exception of the Howells Requiem and the two sacred part-songs, the music heard on this recording was intended for use in the church, in the context of the Anglican liturgy. As such, much of it is familiar and well-loved within Anglican circles but all too little-known elsewhere. It deserves to be more widely appreciated on its own considerable merits.- John Rutter

Songlist: Magnificat in G, Magnificat, Magnificat in B flat, Nunc Dimittis in B flat, O for a closer walk, Like as the Hart, The fear of the Lord, Requiem, Salvator mundi, Psalm 2, Requiem aeternam, Psalm 121, I Heard A Voice From Heaven, When Mary thro' the garden went, Long, long ago, Te Deum in C, All My Hope on God is founded

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7024c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || English Choral CDs | Herbert Howells


Cambridge Singers : Stillness and Sweet Harmony

Review: This tranquil program is a selection of pieces from classic Cambridge Singers recordings. From Gregorian chant through the twentieth century this CD includes Allegri's "Miserere," "Draw on Sweet Night" by John Wilbye, "Tantum Ergo" by Gabriel Faure and "What Sweeter Music" by John Rutter. Most of these pieces are a cappella, with the others being accompanied by the City of London Sinfonia. This recording is a great addition to a peaceful moment.

Songlist: Adoro Te Devote, Pie Jesu, Visita, Quaesumus Domine, Draw On, Sweet Night, O Can Ye Sew Cushions, The Silver Swan, Down By The Sally Gardens, In Manus Tuas, Miserere, Tantum Ergo, Justorum Animae, O Quam Suavis, Laudi Alla Vergine Maria, Alma Redemptoris Mater, What Sweeter Music

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Cambridge Singers : Te Deum

Review: Ever since my musical life began, church music has played a significant and cherished part in it: first as a boy soprano in my school chapel choir, then as a teenage organist, much later as director of the chapel choir at Clare College, Cambridge, and most recently as conductor of the Cambridge Singers, whose recordings and recitals often include sacred music. Given this background, it is almost inevitable that among my compositions there should be a fair amount of church music, most of which has been written in response to commissions and invitations. All of the pieces heard on this recording were primarily intended for use in the context of a church service or festival, originally accompanied (with the exception of the two hymn arrangements with brass fanfares) just by organ or piano. However, I also scored the accompaniments for orchestra, and hope they may find use in this more colorful form. John Rutter

Songlist: Te Deum, Be thou my vision, I believe in springtime, Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace, O be joyful in the Lord, All creatures of our God and King, A choral fanfare, As the bridegroom to his chosen, Christ the Lord is risen again, Thy perfect love, The Lord is my light and my salvation, Go forth into the world in peace, Now thank we all our God

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7021c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || English Choral CDs


Cambridge Singers : The John Rutter Collection

Review: The music on "Collection" embraces both Rutter's sacred and a little of his secular work, most of it commissioned by choirs for specific occasions. "Shepherd's Pipe Carol" (1966) is the earliest piece; "Angels' carol" (1988) and "What Sweeter Music," (written in 1988 for the King's College Choir), are lovely carols. "For the Beauty of the Earth" (1980), "All things bright and beautiful" (1983), "Open Thou Mine Eyes" (1980), A choral fanfare," (1989), "A Prayer of St. Patrick," (1983), "O be joyful in the Lord," (1984), and "A Gaelic Blessing" were all commissioned by American Choirs. Two longer and more ambitious festival anthems, "Behold, the tabernacle of God" and the lovely "O praise the Lord of heaven," are favorites. Secular songs "My true love hath my heart" and "Sing a song of sixpence" exist harmoniously with excepts from Rutter's larger works, "Out of the deep," "Pie Jesu" and "The Lord is my shepherd." Rutter's work never fails to touch us, no matter if sung by any number of childrens' choirs, or by a powerful, veteran ensemble like the Cambridge Singers, whose a cappella cuts, "Open Thou Mine Eyes," "My true love hath my heart," "A choral fanfare," "A prayer for St. Patrick," "Mathew, Mark, Luke and John" and "Sing a Song of Sixpence" are standouts. Accompaniment, understated to heavy and dramatic, is provided by the City of London Sinfonia. A remarkable collection of 22 songs by one of the great composers, conducted by the master himself!

Songlist: For The Beauty Of The Earth, The Lord Is My Shepard, All Things Bright And Beautiful, Shepard's Pipe Carol, The Lord Bless You And Keep You, Open Thou Mine Eyes, My True Love Hath My Heart, Esurients, Gloria Patri, Out Of The Deep, Pie Jesu, What Sweeter Music, A Choral Fanfare, A Prayer Of St. Patrick, O Be Joyful In The Lord, Behold, The Tabernacle Of God, O Praise The Lord Of Heaven, A Gaelic Blessing, Angel's Carol, Matthew, Mark, Luke, And John, Sing A Song Of Sixpence, Go Forth Into The World Of Peace

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7993c | 1 CD | $15.98 || English Choral CDs | John Rutter


Cambridge Singers : The Lark in the Clear Air

Review: The Cambridge Singers, directed by John Rutter, bring us English choral music (all a cappella), folk-songs, airs and ballads, from the composers Elgar, Stanford, Delius, Grainger, Vaughan Williams, Holst and Britten. These lovely songs, with names like Delius' "To be sung of a summer night on the water," Williams' "The cloud-capped towers," and Britten's "The succession of the four sweet months," tells us all we need to know about these songs. Soaring, sweet and delightful!

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6672c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || English Choral CDs


Cambridge Singers : The Sacred Flame

Review: A new recording by John Rutter and his Cambridge Singers is always welcome, and this one features 20 works drawn from the sacred choral repertoire of the Renaissance and Baroque. Most of these are motets and many are familiar (Palestrina's Sicut cervus and Exsultate Deo, Gabrieli's Jubilate Deo, Lassus' Timor et tremor, Josquin's Ave Maria) and all are included in Rutter's published anthology, European Sacred Music (Oxford). As Rutter states, the program's theme is to focus on the "wealth of sacred music...created in continental Europe out of the ferment of the age of Reformation", and while Rutter has chosen primarily works resulting from the "extraordinary flowering" of musical activity in the Catholic church during this period, we also are treated to a motet by Bach (O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht BWV 118/231, often mis-classified as a cantata), a Magnificat (presumably) by Buxtehude, and a psalm (100) by Schutz.

Songlist: Jubilate Deo, Beatus Vir, Christe, Adoramus te, Cantate Domino, Sicut Cervus, Exsultate Deo, Christus Factus Est, O Vos Omnes, Timor Et Tremor, Ave Verum Corpus, Laudate Dominum, Magnificat, Jesu, Dulcis Memoria, O Vos Omnes, Crux Fidelis, Ave Maria, Dixit Maria, Psalm 100, Selig Sind Die Toten, O Jesu Christ, Meins Lebens Licht

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9055c | 1 CD | $16.95 || English Choral CDs


Cambridge Singers : The Sprig of Thyme

Review: "For children growing up in postwar England as I did, traditional songs still form a common musical currency. These songs brought me delight and pleasure then, and they still do now, though pleasure has become tinged with nostalgia because, for the most part, they are forgotten and gone from our lives, perhaps forever. This album is an affectionate tribute to their composers and poets; a few were renowned, most were obscure or unknown, but the songs they created were famous, and I remember them fondly." - John Rutter

Songlist: The Bold Grenadier, The Keel Row, The Willow Tree, The Sprig Of Thyme, Down By The Sally Gardens, The Cuckoo, I Know Where I'm Going, Willow Song, O Can You Sew Cushions, The Miller Of Dee, Afton Water, The Girl I Left Behind Me, O Waly, Waly, The British Grenadiers, Golden Slumbers, Dashing Away With The Smoothing, The Lark In The Clear Air, She's Like The Swallow, Searching For The Lambs, The Dark Eyed Sailor, The Spring Time Of The Year, Just As The Tide Was Flowing, The Lover' Ghost, Wassail Song, She Moved Through The Fair

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7972c | 1 CD | $11.98 || Mixed Choirs CDs


Cambridge Singers : There is Sweet Music

Review: The Cambridge Singers, directed by John Rutter, bring us English choral music (all a cappella), folk-songs, airs and ballads, from the composers Elgar, Stanford, Delius, Grainger, Vaughan Williams, Holst and Britten. These lovely songs, with names like Delius' "To be sung of a summer night on the water," Williams' "The cloud-capped towers," and Britten's "The succession of the four sweet months," tells us all we need to know about these songs. Soaring, sweet and delightful!

Songlist: The Bluebird, To Be Sung A Summer Night On The Water I, To Be Sung A Summer Night On The Water II, There Is Sweet Music, My Love Dwelt In A Northern Land, Full Fathom Five, The Cloud-Capp'd Towers, Over Hill, Over Dale, The Sailor And Young Nancy, Brigg Fair, Londonderry Air, The Three Ravens, My Sweetheart's Like Venus, The Oak And The Ash, Quick! We Have But A Second, To Daffodils, The Succession Of The Four Sweet Months, Marsh Flowers, The Evening Primrose, Ballad Of Green Broom

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7106c | 1 CD | $12.98 || English Choral CDs

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