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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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Camerata Chamber Choir : Poul Ruders - Works for A Cappella Choir

Review: Formed in 1965, award-winning mixed choir Camerata has been one of the most prolific chamber choirs in Denmark. Apart from traditional a cappella concerts of several works by Danish composers, the Choir has performed such symphonic works as Mozart's "Requiem" and Handel's "Messiah." Contemporary (b. 1949) composer Poul Ruders includes in his musical universe medieval, renaissance and baroque eras, rock music, American minimalism and modernism in a direct, vibrant, almost music-video-like style. The first movement, 24 minutes long, "Stabat Mater," is a dramatic, surprising piece that combines 10-part harmony with some samples of "out-of-tune piano, organ and percussion." Then we have 3 motets, done mostly in the sacred medieval and renaissance styles: "Preghiera semplice," "Caritas nunquam exidit" and "Psalm 86." The last piece, 17 minutes long, the Medieval Danish folksong "Queen Dagmar's Death," is a somber-toned requiem with some unbelievable soprano solos from Choir members. "Poul Ruders" is an impressive, very different choral CD of works by a brilliant composer.

Songlist: Stabat Mater, Three Motets:, Preghiera semplice, Caritas nunquam exidit, Psalm 86, The Death of Queen Dagmar

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6930c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Danish Choral Music | Poul Ruders


Camerata Singers : Works of Randall Thompson and Libby Larsen

Review: The Stony Brook (NY) Camerata Singers have sung at prestigious music festivals such as the Utrecht Early Music Festival and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival in California. Their 30 mixed voices represent a cross-section of Stony Brook University, and they sing music from all periods, early to modern. While the major works of Randall Thompson (1899-1984) and Libby Larsen (b. 1950) are well-known, this CD offers a unique opportunity to hear some of their smaller works for unaccompanied chorus, and to compare these two American composers separated by half a century. 16 songs: first Thompson's "Antiphon" (1970), then 7 movements of "Mass of the Holy Spirit" (1955), followed by three striking "Sweet and Sour Nursery Rhymes" by Larsen, "There Was a Little Girl", "Little Boy Blue" and "Try, Try Again" (all 3 accompanied by French Horn). Then two by Thompson, "Glory to God in the Highest" (1958) and "Fare Well" (1973) are followed by the complex, dissonant "Bind Me, I Can Still Sing" and "Adrift! A Little Boat Adrift!" by Larsen, and the final cut is Thompson's "The Lark in the Morn" (1938). An interesting contrast of two composers, both brilliant, each with a totally different focus.

Songlist: Mass of the Holy Spirit:, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Hosanna, Agnus Dei , Sweet and Sour Nursery Rhymes:, There Was A Little Girl, Little Boy Blue, Try, Try Again, Glory to God in the Highest, Fare Well, Bind Me, Adrift! A Little Boat Adrift!, The lark in the Morn

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7532c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Randall Thompson Libby Larsen


Camerata Vocal Group : My Angel

Review: The Camerata Vocal Group comprises eight professional musicians, seven singers and a sound engineer. All are graduates of higher schools of music in Belarus and Russia. Their repertoire includes pieces belonging to different genres, from classical to jazz, oftentimes interwoven with each other, giving birth to totally new and uncommon combinations. The core of "Angel" is Slavic folklore, but each piece is a work of experimental and quite amazing vocal art. Concert tours in the Soviet Union, Switzerland, Poland, Turkey, Austria and the U.S. have gained them fans from all music traditions. Eight stunning pieces: "Near The Grove," the soaring "Falcon," the title tune (with a marvelous vocal "horn section"), the classical/jazzy "My Little Eye-Brows," "Autumn Night," "Segudilia," "Bulgarian Fantasy" and "Christmas." Absolutely lovely, with harmonies and vocal effects that must be heard to be believed. Camerata is one of the best in the world, however we wish to define or categorize them!

Songlist: Near the Grove, Falcon, My Angel, My LIttle Eye-brows, Autumn Night, Segudilia, Bulgarian Fantasy, Christmas

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4547c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella || Vocal Jazz CDs


Cappella Alamire : Music of The Modes

Review: Early Music (UK) proclaimed, "This is a feast indeed." Ockeghem created music of incomparable spiritual purity and technical perfection. These three masses clearly identify one of the three greatest masters of the Flemish High Renaissance. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Capella Alamire was formed for the purpose of exploring the repertoire of the Renaissance. The Capella is a 13-voice ensemble, whose members include musicians both amateur and professional.

Songlist: Missa Sine nomine a 5, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Missa Cuiusvis toni a 4, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei , Missa Fors seulement a 5, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo

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6575c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Early Music CDs | Johannes Ockeghem


Cappella Alamire : The Early Josquin

Review: Audio magazine (USA) called this "an utterly delightful disc." Unusual melodies, surprising harmonies, unexpected uses of word painting and other expressive techniques, great craft and clarity of purpose distinguish these works, believed to have been written during Josquin's mysterious early years. Includes several world premiere recordings.

Songlist: Magnificat, Missa L'ami baudechon, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei , Credo Sine nomine, Credo Sine nomine (canonic), Credo De tous biens playne

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6574c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Early Music CDs | Josquin Desprez


Cardinall's Musick : Tallis - Gaude Gloriosa : 00  1 CD : Andrew Carwood : Thomas Tallis : 67548

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Cardinall's Musick : Tallis - Gaude Gloriosa

Review: This new Hyperion recording celebrates the 500th anniversary of the birth of England's first superstar composer, Thomas Tallis, and welcomes the signing to the label of The Cardinall's Musick and Andrew Carwood. Over the group's fifteen-year history, The Cardinall's Musick has built an enviable reputation for excellence. Some twenty recordings on the ASV Gaudeamus label have seen accolades from around the world, including a Gramophone Award and a Diapason d'Or, while in the concert hall and workshop the group has consistently displayed innovation and a freshness of approach, whether tackling contemporary works (many of them commissions) or sharing the fruits of years of research into the music of the English Renaissance. On their debut recording for Hyperion, The Cardinall's Musick turns to the period of its namesake, Cardinal Wolsey, and specifi cally to the music of Thomas Tallis. Gaude gloriosa takes center stage. One of a series of monumental and extended motets (each lasting getting on for twenty minutes), this should be regarded as the summation of the genre - whereas Tallis's earlier attempts such as Salve intemerata or Ave Dei Patris fi lia can seem to ramble somewhat, in Gaude gloriosa we find a sure-footed and eloquent response to an unusual text in honor of the Virgin Mary, and a work which takes singer and listener alike into a world of unremitting fervor. Other works on this recording include the famous Loquebantur variis linguis and O nata lux settings, the five-voice Latin Magnificat and Nunc dimittis. Of special note is the Suscipe quaeso Domine - where a particularly gloomy text (thought to have been written to mark England's reconciliation with Rome on the accession of Mary Tudor) elicits from Tallis some truly extraordinary and rhetorical effects including harmonic shifts which are every bit as shocking today as they must have been at the work's first performance in 1554. Future plans for The Cardinall's Musick on Hyperion include the completion of their on-going series encompassing the complete Latin church music of William Byrd.

Songlist: Jesu Salvator Saeculi, Gaude Gloriosa, Sermone Blando Angelus, Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis, Derelinquat Impius, Loquebantur Variis Linguis, Suscipe Quaeso Domine, O Nata Lux

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8339c | 1 CD | $16.98 | A Cappella || Early Music CDs | Thomas Tallis


CardinallÕs Musick : Allegri: Miserere & the Music of Rome

Review: The Cardinall's Musick finished 2010 in a blaze of glory with their Gramophone Recording of the Year award for the last volume of their Byrd Edition. Only the second time in thirty years that an Early Music recording has received this prestigious accolade, it is a fitting tribute to the soaring artistry of the group and their director, Andrew Carwood. Their eagerly-awaited next disc features music from late sixteenth-century Rome and ranges from Allegri's Miserere, surely the best-known and best-loved work of this period, to a rarely-performed or recorded oddity. Seven Roman musicians came together (or were brought together) to write a Mass-setting where they each contributed different sections. The resulting work, the twelve-voice Missa Cantantibus organis, is a tribute both to Cecilia (the patron saint of music) and to Palestrina. The seven composers each take themes found in Palestrina's motet of the same name and use them as the starting point for their new compositions. Palestrina himself is among the seven, with Giovanni Andrea Dragoni, Ruggiero Giovannelli, Curzio Mancini, Prospero Santini, Francesco Soriano and Annibale Stabile being the other six. All seven composers were prominent maestri in Rome and most appear to have had contact with Palestrina either as choristers or pupils.

Songlist: Salve regina, Kyrie eleison (Missa Cantatibus organis), Christie eleison, Kyrie eleison, Gloria, Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Qui tollis peccata mundi, Credo, Crucifixus, Et ascendit in caelum, Et in Spiritum Sanctum, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, De lamentatione Jeremiae prophetae, Miserere mei, Deus, Incipit lamentatio Jeremiae prophetae, Cantantibus organis, Gustate et videte

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6173c | 1 CD | $18.95 || Early Music CDs


Chamber Choir of Europe : O Magnum Mysterium

Review: Considered to be one of America's foremost contemporary composers Morten Lauridsen is a master of writing choral music that is harmonically lush, contrapuntally interesting, melodically memorable, and gratifying to sing. This disc brings together four of his most popular works, which include three cycles -- Les Chansons des Roses, Lux Aeterna, Madrigali -- as well as his setting of O Magnum Mysterium. The Chamber Choir of Europe, conducted by Nicol Matt, sings with warmth and a secure tone. Matt conducts with sensitivity, giving the music plenty of room to breathe, with tempos generally on the relaxed side. The choir is particularly effective in the moving and densely chromatic a cappella O Magnum Mysterium. Lux Aeterna is heard in its version with organ, played by Jorg Halubek, rather than with instrumental accompaniment. The composer provides sensitive accompaniment on the piano in "Dirait-on," the final (and only accompanied) song in Les Chansons des Roses. The sound is warm and intimate. While the performances fall short of being sublime, this CD would be a good introduction to the variety of Lauridsen's work for anyone interested in accessible and gratifying new choral music.

Songlist: Les Chansons Des Roses, Lux Aeterna, Madrigali, O Magnum Mysterium

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8513c | 1 CD | $17.95 || German Choral Music | Morten Lauridsen


Chicago A Cappella : Eclectric

Review: Chicago a cappella's sparkling new studio recording features an exciting collection of beloved music from the ensemble's first decade. Recorded at Chicago's WFMT Studios by Grammy-nominated engineer Christopher Willis, Eclectric includes brilliant new choral works, familiar favorites, and vocal jazz.

Songlist: Danse, ikke grate na, El Hambo, Prayers of Steel, Pleasure, The West Lake, Waltz for Debby, Sanctus, Fragments from his Dish, Contre qui, rose, The Nearness of You, The Fall, Constant Craving, Shenandoah

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7926c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Mixed Choirs CDs


Choir of All Saints Church, Beverly Hills : Be Still, My Soul

Review: A stunning program of contemplative sacred texts set to some of the most beautiful singing we've heard. Slow, focussed intensity creates a strong emotional response from many listeners. The Martin piece alone is worth the price of admission. With premiere recordings of new anthems by Craig Phillips and Roland Martin, this CD is also the first recording of the widely admired Choir of All Saints, Beverly Hills, under its new director, Dale Adelmann. The Choir specializes in music of the Anglican cathedral and American Episcopal choral traditions and is equally at home singing the great masters of the European Continent.

Songlist: Be Still, My Soul, Greater love hath no man, We walk by faith, Jesus, so lowly, Catique de Jean Racine, And he shall reign as King, The Risen Sun, I sat down under his shadow, Transfiguration, The Altar, Geistliches Lied, Steal away, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, A Repeating Alleluia

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8674c | 1 CD | $16.95 |


Choir of Clare College : Carols From Clare

Review: When you have one of England's premiere choirs being directed by one of England's foremost director while singing some of the finest traditional carols then you most certainly have yourself a wonderful holiday recording. Noted baritone Simon Vaughn is featured and many of the songs are accompanied by the Clare College Orchestra.

Songlist: Shepherd's Pipe Carol, Infant holy, infant lowly, Angel Tidings, Quelle est cette odeur agreable, Once in Royal David's City, Il est ne le divin enfant, I saw three ships, In dulci jubilo, Nativity Carol, Quem pastores laudavere, Rocking, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Here we come a-wassailing, The Coming of our King, O come, O come, Immanuel, The Infant King, Sheperds'Noel, Noel nouvelet, O little town of Bethlehem, Gabriel's Message, Sans Day Carol, Stille Nacht, Flemish Carol, Past three a clock

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8469c | 1 CD | $14.98 || Men's Choir Christmas


Choir of Clare College : John Rutter - Mass of the Children

Review: Bringing together the voices of adults and children, Rutter's Mass of the Children is scored for mixed choir, soprano and baritone soloists, orchestra, and the irresistible charm of a children's choir. Rutter's skilful writing for these forces together with his sensitive interweaving of both the Latin Mass texts and Thomas Ken's renowned morning and evening hymns for Winchester College, gives the whole work the framework of a complete day, from waking to sleeping. This has resulted in one of his finest and most moving works to date.

Songlist: Mass of the Children, Shadows, Wedding Canticle

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8631c | 1 CD | $9.95 || English Choral CDs | John Rutter


Choir of Clare College : John Rutter - Requiem

Review: Rutter's Requiem, from 1985, is wildly popular among modern choirs, audiences, and record shoppers. It is offered here in the world premiere recording of its chamber version, making what is considered a concert piece more suitable for liturgical purposes or intimate venues. This, along with many of his other works, has a direct, uncluttered, almost folksy air to it, while hardly ever lapsing into banality. Just when you begin to think, "Ah, I've heard this kind of stuff before", up Rutter comes with some ingenious device or harmonic twist that grabs even the most jaded ear. And he knows how to hold such a comparatively larger-scale composition together, too. This is one of Rutter's finest and most convincing works. It consoles, implores, worships, affirms, reassures, and mystifies-everything that a good requiem is supposed to do. Instrumental accompaniment (single flute, oboe, cello, harp, and timpani, plus percussion) is spare, but expert and tasteful. Rutter has a long and fruitful history with the Clare College Choir, having led them himself in quite a few outstanding recordings. They perform here with their usual depth, sensitivity, technical finesse, and bright, clear sound.

Songlist: Requiem Aeternam Out Of The Deep, Pie Jesu, Sanctus, Agnus Dei , The Lord Is My Shepard, Lux aeterna, Advent Anthem, Anthem, Musicca Dei Donum, Two Blessings

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8461c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella || Mixed Choir Christmas CDs | John Rutter


Choir of Clare College : Lamentations

Review: This recording brings together music composed in a variety of contrasting yet complementary forms, from Gregorian chant to more elaborate, polyphonic music, set to words that explore the rawest human emotions, death, sin and repentance. The death of a loved one is a particularly distressing experience, and over the centuries composers have channeled their grief into their most moving and emotional works. In the 1850s Brahms composed the German Requiem after he lost his mother, and Faurˇ's Requiem was also composed after his mother died. Britten produced the imposingly bleak and Mahlerian Sinfonia da Requiem after the death of his parents. In this recording, the grief of Mary, the mother of Christ, is portrayed in Palestrina's masterful setting of the Stabat Mater, composed for Pope Gregory XIV. Another moving portrayal of grief is Weelkes's intimate depiction of the pain of David upon learning of his son Absalom's death, When David heard. Allegri's Miserere concerns the belief in a higher power and the submission to it. Set to Psalm 51, the work was recognized by its composer and the Vatican as being of such beauty that its publishing was forbidden. No score was to leave the Papal Chapel. The child Mozart was famously shown the score, and he copied it from memory in the 1770s and in effect released this remarkable work to the wider world.

Songlist: Stabat mater, motet for 8 voices, Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), How Are the Mighty Fallen, When David heard (O my son Absalom),, Lamentations (of Jeremiah), O vos omnes, Nymphes des bois/Requiem aeternam/Deploration de la Mort de Jehan Ockeghem, O vos omnes, Super flumina Babylonis, Absalon, Fili Mi, Civitas sancti tui (also anthem 'Bow Thine ear, O Lord'), When David Heard That Absalom Was Slain,, Vox in Rama

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6195c | 1 CD | $9.95 || English Choral CDs


Choir of Clare College : Purcell Choral Works

Review: The choral works of Henry Purcell (1659 -95) are sung here with near perfection under the direction of Timothy Brown.

Songlist: Te Deum, Jubilate Deo, My Beloved Spake, O God, Thou Art My God, Lord, How Long Wilt Thou Be Angry, Remember Not, Lord Our Offences, Here My Prayer Oh Lord, Thou Knowest Lord, Funeral March , Man That Is Born Of Women, In The MIdst Of Life, Canzona

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8435c | 1 CD | $15.95 || English Choral CDs | Henry Purcell


Choir of Clare College : Ralph Vaughan Williams: Folk Songs of the Four Seasons

Review: Both the Folk Songs of the Four Seasons and this arrangement of In Windsor Forest are world premiere recordings. The Folk Songs of the Four Seasons is a substantial work by Vaughan Williams, over 40 minutes long, for women's chorus and orchestra. It is the most significant of his works never to have been recorded in any format. The Folk Songs of the Four Seasons was commissioned by the Women's Institute and first performed in 1950. The work has a Prologue and four sections: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. The coupling is the rare arrangement for women's voices, by Guthrie Foote and Vaughan Williams, of the Cantata In Windsor Forest based on choruses from the opera Sir John in Love. This new Albion recording is issued to mark the 90th birthday of Sir David Willcocks on 30 December, 2009. Sir David is world famous for his recordings for EMI and for his work at King's College, Cambridge and the Bach Choir. For Sir David to record another major Vaughan Williams disc at the age of almost 90 is remarkable in itself and will ensure national and international interest in this recording.

Songlist: Prologue. To the Ploughboy, Spring. Early in the Spring, Spring. The Lark in the Morning , Spring. May Song , Summer. Summer is a-coming in / The Cuckoo, Summer. The Sprig of Thyme , Summer. The Sheep Shearing , Summer. The Green Meadow , Autumn. John Barleycorn , Autumn. The Unquiet Grave , Autumn. An Acre of Land, Winter. Children's Christmas Song, Winter. Wassail Song, Winter. In Bethlehem City, Winter. God Bless the Master , The Conspiracy (Sigh no more, ladies), Falstaff and the Fairies (Round about in a fair ring-a), Wedding Chorus (See the Chariot at hand) , Epilogue (Whether men do laugh or weep)

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6172c | 1 CD | $19.95 || English Choral CDs | Ralph Vaughan Williams


Choir of Clare College : Reflection

Review: Reflection celebrates 500 years of music-making in the English Parish Church. Over the centuries, on a daily basis, music has played an enormous role in enhancing the experience of Christian worship. The legacy is a vast body of music in many different styles to be enjoyed by Christians and non-Christians alike. Reflection focuses on those works of great beauty which provide spiritual nourishment and a place of sanctuary from today's busy lives. Reflection features familiar composers such as Byrd, Tallis, Bach, Mozart and Elgar giving over an hour's music to soothe the soul.

Songlist: Ave verum Corpus, In pace in idipsum, Come, Holy Ghost, O nata lux de lumine, Ave verum, Lord for thy tender mercies sake, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, Ave Maria for 5 voices , O Saviour of the World , Jesus decus angelicum, Thou know'st, Lord, If ye love me, O Taste and See, Ave verum corpus, Panis angelicus, O Vos Omnes, Give alms of thy goods, Never Weather-Beaten Sail for voice, Momento, homo (O Lord, give ear)

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6525c | 1 CD | $9.95 |


Choir of Ormond College : Barber: Choral Music

Review: Setting texts for chorus or solo songs occupied Samuel Barber throughout his creative life. In particular he sought out English and Irish writers, many of whose melancholic and nostalgic texts aptly matched his own musically romantic persuasion. A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map is a disturbing setting of a poem by Stephen Spender describing the death of a soldier in the Spanish Civil War, during which the poet had spent time in Spain. The elegiac and now extraordinarily popular Adagio for Strings is heard in the composer's own choral version, Agnus Dei, to words from the Latin Mass. God's Grandeur is one of Barber's most ambitious and advanced unaccompanied settings

Songlist: A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15, Under The Willow Tree (from Vanessa), Twelfth Night, Op. 42, No. 2, To be Sung on the Water, Op. 42, No. 2, The Monk and His Cat, Agnus Dei, Reincarnations, Op. 16, The Virgin Martyrs, Op. 8, No. 1, Let Down the Bars, O Death, Op. 8, No. 2, Heaven-haven, Op. 13, No. 1, Sure on This Shining Night, Op. 13, No. 3, Chorale for Ascension day (Easter Chorale), Two Choruses from Antony and Cleopatra, Op. 40, God's Grandeur

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8916c | 1 CD | $9.95 || Samuel Barber


Choir of S. Krivobokov : Along The Street

Review: The unfortunate limitation of people only slightly familiar with Russian folk songs to assume that the male choir or chorus is the only vocal vehicle, can now have their horizons expanded with this mixed choir directed by S. Krivobokov. Recorded live at Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, you will have the glory of hearing some of the finest voices in all of Russia. You will be regaled with a smattering of familiar tunes in the robust male vocal tradition such as "The Wild Steppe" and "Dense Unknown Taiga" on which the women's voices will be relegated to creating the sweetness which typically tenor's provided in the all male ensembles. However you will also find women's voices in leads of unparalleled beauty and at other times the lead is shared by men and women duets before the entire chorus is brought into the songs to create the robust fullness that is unique to Russian music. If you have only one recording of Russian Folk Songs in your library, let it be this one!

Songlist: The WIld Steppe, In Dark Woods, Dense Unknown Taiga, A Handbell, I wish I Hadn't Known You, My Love, Evening Bells, Along the Street, It's Foggy, Do Pass Over, Storm, A Girl In the Pine-Forest, Twelve Robbers, In the Smithy, Steppe Around, Not the Wind Bends the Branch, Don't Reproach Me, Kalinka

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6597c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Russian a cappella


Choir of the Moscow Patriarchate : Russian Folk Songs

Review: The Patriarchal Choir, Moscow was formed in 1983, and consists of professional singers, both men and women. The choir take part in the services of the Moscow Church of the Resurrection, basing its work on old Russian choral tradition, from the 17th century to works of bortnyansky, Rachmaninov and others. The Choir began touring abroad in 1987. "Folk Songs" features 17 a cappella songs; some of our favorites are "Down the River Mother Volga," "In The dark forest," "The bell tolls," "O, the sweet night," "Do not reproach me, do not blame," "The troika-mail is running," "Along the river" and "Dark Eyes." There is tremendous depth of feeling here; wonderful solos supported by solid background harmonies. A powerful and moving CD!

Songlist: Down the River Mother Volga, O the steppes, In the dark forest, The bell tolls, Snow fall in the street, Steppes, only steppes all around, O, the sweet night, Do not reproach me, do not blame, The troika-mail is running, Fade, fade, The legend of the twelve highwaymen, The young man has flown like a bird, Evening bell, Guelder rode, Neighbour, Along the river, Dark eyes

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6923c | 1 CD | $11.95 | A Cappella || Russian a cappella


Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge : Baltic Exchange

Review: With choral music at the heart of the musical life of the Baltics it is not surprising that the medium has been a central preoccupation for many of their composers. A degree of isolation from international trends in new music (frequently turning into outright proscription) meant that the centre of gravity for composers in the west of the Soviet Union was very different from that of their colleagues beyond the Iron Curtain. And while there is certainly no such thing as a pan-Baltic style-this recording offers only a glimpse of the choral riches to be found in these three tiny countries-all the composers on the disc share a number of characteristics: a sure-footed handling of choral orchestration, lucidity of texture, a pragmatic use of 'avant-garde' effects (shorn of their ideological baggage), a fondness for cluster-chords and diatonically saturated harmony, and the frequent use of ostinatos. Stephen Layton has single-handedly brought many of these composers to the attention of audiences and choirs in the West-and through his sensitive and inspirational direction, has won many fans for this repertoire. Together with his brilliant young choir, who sing this repertoire with 'passion and purity', he is the ideal guide to this beautiful and enchanting music.

Songlist: Missa Rigensis, Kyrie eleison, Gloria, Gloria. Domine Deus, Gloria. Quoniam tu solus sanctus , Credo in unum Deum, Credo in unum Deum. Deum de Deo, Credo in unum Deum. Crucifixus, Credo in Spiritum Sanctum, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Vakars (Evening), Lugsana (Prayer), Debess (Heaven), Benedicto, Angelis suis Deus, Laudibus in sanctis, Pater noster

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6187c | 1 CD | $18.95 || Ugis Praulins


Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge : Beyond All Mortal Dreams onsale

Review: On Beyond All Mortal Dreams, Stephen Layton and his acclaimed Trinity College Choir perform a magnificent selection of American a cappella choral works. The recording is a showcase of little-known American composers unearthed by Layton during his travels. These distinctive and luminous compositions illustrate the context in which better-known composers such as Lauridsen and Whitacre - already championed by Layton - learned their craft. The choir is in perfect voice here, and their purity of tone, flawless intonation and depth of feeling are truly exceptional. This wonderful disc is a must for all choral music fans.

Songlist: Tonight eternity alone , O admirable commercium , O sacrum convivium , O vos omnes , Sanctus, O vis aeiternitatis , Caritas abundat , O virtus sapientiae, Lux aeterna, Fair in face , I beheld her, beautiful as a dove, Rise up, my love, my fair one , How they so softly rest, The day is done, Pilgrims' Hymn , Hymn to the Eternal Flame , Mosella, Te vigilans oculis, Phoenix

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5985c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella || English Choral CDs


Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge : Choral Music of Edward Elgar

Review: Richard Marlow's final recording as director of the Trinity College choir (Cambridge, England)! The choral works of Edward Elgar are gems of the English Romantic tradition. Under the direction of Marlow, the choir of Trinity College was the first mixed choir in a Cambridge college. As an adult mixed choir, they have the distinctive, clear English sound we admire, but with the power that only mature voices can produce. Highly recommended!

Songlist: Give Unto the Lord, Ave vernum, Ave Maria, Ave maris stella, Light out of darkness, Intende voci orationis meae, Good Morrow, Te Deum, Benedictus, I sing the Birth, Doubt not, Fear not, Light of the world, They are at rest, Great is the Lord (Psalm 48)

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8995c | 1 CD | $16.95 || Mixed Choirs CDs | Edward Elgar


Choirs of Brigham Young University : The Road Home

Review: Featured on this collection of 16 songs related to journeys, roads and the home that all travelers seek are the BYU Singers, Men's Chorus, Women's Chorus and Concert Choir, individually and in complete or partial combination. Some of these songs relate to faith, some to family; all are lovely and tug seriously at our heartstrings! "Songs My Mother Taught Me," "Home I'll Be," Michael Dennis Browne's "Homeward Bound" and "Pilgrim's Hymn," the a cappella "O Home Beloved," "Goin' Home," "None Other Lamb," "My Journey Home," "A Child's Prayer," "Wayfaring Stranger," "O God, Our Help in Ages Past"... this is all wonderful, feel-good music sung by some of the best choral ensembles we've heard. Most songs are lightly accompanied.

Songlist: Homeward Bound, The West Wind, The Road Home, Home I'll Be, My Heavenly Father Loves Me, O Home Beloved, Wayfaring Stranger, My Journey Home, Songs My Mother Taught Me, A Child's Prayer, Goin Home, None Other Lamb, Pilgrims' Hymn, O God, Our Help in Ages Past, Pilgrim Song, Abide With Me; 'Tis Eventide

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7689c | 1 CD | $15.98 |


Choirs of The Basilica of the Sacred Heart : Ave Maria - Music in honor of The Blessed Virgin Mary

Review: The choirs on this CD participate in Sunday Mass at Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of University of Notre Dame. Sunday Mass from the Basilica is broadcast on the Hallmark cable tv channel. A reverent program of chant, alternating with hymns and anthems.

Songlist: Immaculate Mary - Lourdes Hymn, Regina Coeli Laetare - Orlando Di Lasso, Salve Regina - Poulenc, Hymne A La Vierge - Villette, I Beheld Her Beautiful As A Dove - Willan, Fair In Face - Willan, Magnificat - Jerusalem, Alma Redemptoris Mater - Plainchant Mode V, Alma Redemptoris Mater Op. 171 - Rheinberger, Regina Coeli Laetare - Plainchant Mode VI, Regina Coeli Laetare Op. 171 - Rheinberger, Ave Regina Coelorum - Plainchant Mode VI, Ave Regina Coelorum - Op.171 Rheinberger, Salve Regina - Plainchant Mode V, Salve Regina Op. 171 - Rheinberger, Sing Of Mary - Pleading Savior, Ave Maria - Robert Parsons, Stabat Mater - Palestrina, Ave Maria T.L. de Victoria, Notre Dame Our Mother - Casasanta, Hail Holy Queen - Salve Regina Coeltium

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Choral Arts Northwest : Cathedral Anthems

Review: This recording represents forty years of Peter Hallock's work. While organist and choirmaster of St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle, he composed an impressive array of original choral works in the Anglican tradition, including both large and small-scale works for choir, with and without instruments. Often dissonant and difficult, many of these works are recorded here for the first time. The CD opens with the triumphant anthem "Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem" for choir, organ, brass and percussion. Led by Richard Sparks, Choral Arts Northwest gives glorious performances of Hallock's stunning music.

Songlist: Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem, Show Us Your Mercy, O Lord, Dominus Regnavit, There Is a Stream, The Song of Moses, Exsultate Deo, Phoenix, Gloria in Excelsis Deo, Qui Tollis, Quoniam, Commit Your Way to the Lord, Behold, the Eye of the Lord, Whom Should We Love Like Thee

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Choral Arts Northwest : Mornings Like This

Review: The "Pure Sound" of Choral Arts under their new director, Robert Bode presents several world premiere recordings, including The Dream Keeper, a piece in four movements, each featuring a different text from Langston Hughes. Other pieces feature the poetry of Dylan Thomas, Walt Whitman and the conductor. In the recording they explore "Mornings," not just the actual beginning of the day, but also more metaphorical associations, such as renewal, childhood, and beginnngs. There are some very familiar things on this CD, including the spiritual "My Lord, What a Mornin'" and the American hymn "Shall We Gather at the River?" The CD also features 5 previously unrecorded pieces, including "The Dream Keeper" by William Averitt and the first recording of the version for chorus and piano of John Corigliano's "Fern Hill."

Songlist: My Lord What A Mornin', Sunrise, The Waking, Fern Hill, Dawn, A Child's Prayer, In Dreams, The Dream Keeper, Dream Variations, As I Grew Older, Song, Will there really be a morning, Beautiful River

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Choral Arts Northwest : The Light Of Stars - Randall Thompson

Review: 30-strong, mixed-voice, Seattle-based Choral Arts (formerly Choral Arts Northwest), founded by artistic director Richard Sparks, is one of the outstanding chamber choirs in the United States. Focusing primarily on romantic and contemporary music, the choir's repertoire has ranged from Renaissance music to contemporary Swedish works. Randall Thompson achieved iconic status for choral works like "Frostiana" and the hugely popular anthem "Alleluia" in the middle part of the 20th century. Included here are 14 pieces, some favorites: the world premiere recordings of "Antiphon" and "Five Love Songs," "The Last Invocation" (based on words by Walt Whitman), the previously mentioned "Alleluia," "Vitas hinnuleo," and the title tune (based on words by Longfellow). Some light accompaniment. Beautiful, romantic music performed by one of America's finest choirs!

Songlist: The Best of Rooms (Robert Herrick), Two Herbert Settings (George Herbert):, - Antiphon, - Bitter-sweet, The Last Invocation (Walk Whitman), Odes of Horace:, - Montium custos (book 3, 22), - Vitas hinnuleo (book 1, 23), - O fons Bandusiae (book 3, 13), - Felices ter (final verse of book 1, 13), Alleluia, Five Love Songs:, - The Light of the Stars (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), - The Passenger (Mark Anthony DeWolfse Howe), - Two Worlds (Edmund Waller), - Siciliano (Philip H. Rhinelander), - The Happy Shore (Edmund Spenser)

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Choral Arts of Chattanooga : Days of Blue and Gray

Review: A rousing collection of patriotic songs from the times of the Civil War with an emphasis on songs from the south. Philip Rice directs the Chorus with great verve and panache as they sing the songs of Stephen Foster among others with stellar arrangements by Robert Shaw and John Rutter. This recording's historical aspects adds to its charm and will be sure to stir the hearts of true sons and daughters of the great southern states.

Songlist: Dixie, He's Gone Away, Goober Peas, Shenandoah, Beautiful Dreamer, Steal Away, Sourwood Mountain, Gentle Annie, Black Sheep, Aura Lea, Oh Susanna, My Old Kentucky Home, Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Battle Hymn Of The Republic

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Choral Cross-Ties : Lauridsen - The Complete Choral Cycles

Review: Choral Cross-Ties, a mixed 24-singer chorus directed by Bruce Browne who founded the group in 1985, bring us 3 choral cycles by composer Morten Lauridsen, "Mid-Winter Songs," on poems by Robert Graves; "Madrigali: Six Fire-Songs," on Italian Renaissance poems; and "Les Chansons Des Roses," on poems by Rainer Maria Rilke. Reading the beautiful poetry which inspired Lauridsen in the extensive liner notes, the Graves in English, the Madrigali in Italian and the Chansons in French (all with translations), adds to our appreciation and feeling for the music. Lightly accompanied on piano, "The Complete Choral Cycles" is an extensive, demanding work made to look easy by a wonderfully versatile chorus.

Songlist: Lament for Pasiphae, Like Snow, She Tells Her Love While Half Asleep, Mid-Winter Waking, Intercession in Late October, Ov'e, Lass', Il Bel Viso, Quando Son Piu Lontan, Amor, Io Sento L'alma, Io Piango, Luci Serene E Chiare, Se Per Havervi, Oime, En Une Seule Fleur, Contre Qui, Rose, De Ton Reve Trop Plein, La Rose Complete, Dirait-On

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Christ Church Cathedral Choir : Egon Wellesz

Review: A Catholic convert from Judaism, Egon Wellesz composed a significant amount of sacred music including five masses, two of which--the first and the last--feature on this disc. Wellesz's operas of the 1920s contain a significant amount of virtuoso choral writing, and this quality carries over into his church music, although on the whole they are written in a simpler, more traditionally tonal idiom.

Songlist: Mass in F Op. 51, I Sing of a Maiden, Offertorium in Ascensione Domini, Missa Brevis, To Sleep Op. 94

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Clerks' Group : Dufay

Review: This is the third disc recorded by The Clerks' Group for their Signum Records trilogy. The series explores repertoire in the medieval period and culminates with a selection of works by Guillaume Dufay, found in one of the great anthologies of 15th century music: the manuscript Bologna, Civico Museo Bibliografico Musicale, MS Q15 (or "Q15" as it is known by its friends).The Q15 manuscript contains examples of almost every conceivable musical genre of the period by a vast array of composers. The Clerks' Group has chosen to perform works by a single composer, but still the variety of forms and styles on offer is bewildering. Guillaume Dufay was a composer who witnessed and contributed to most of the revolutionary changes to occur in music composition in the 15th century. The album includes some of the earlier works so often neglected from Dufay's repertoire, and goes on to explore compositions that demonstrate this revolutionary genius. Some compositional techniques celebrated by The Clerks' Group's performance include the playful exchange of Dufay's song-like melodies between the vocal lines; and the use of mensural canon, where the same melody is sung by all voices but at slightly different speeds. These are just a few examples of the radical nature of Dufay's music as demonstrated on this recording. The Clerks' Group brings immense diversity to the music and its performance. Their refreshing approach displays sincere empathy and passion for this astonishing repertory.

Songlist: Vasilissa, ergo gaude, Kyrie Fons bonitatis, O beate Sebastiane, Gloria (Bol. Q15 no. 107), O gemma, lux et speculum, Credo (Bol. Q15 no. 108), Supremum est mortalibus, Sanctus & Benedictus (Bol. Q15 no. 104), Inclita stella maris, Agnus Dei (Bol. Q15 no. 105), Gloria "Spiritus et alme", O sancte Sebastiane

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Clerks' Group : Guillaume de Machaut and Music from the Ivrea Codex

Review: The Clerks' Group is a highly sophisticated ensemble of young singers whose immaculately polished performances show Machaut's extraordinary lyrical gift - even in the genre of the motet, so often thought of as abstract and unapproachable. Edward Wickham clearly views Machaut as a medieval romantic, drawing out the finely wrought lines and wallowing in the luscious sonorities of his music; and the effect is enhanced by a resonant acoustic, though the recorded sound is somewhat over-glossy. Each singer has a naturally light, straight-toned voice and can effortlessly flat over the vocal lines like 'a feather on the breath of God'. The highlights of this disc are three motets by Machaut based on love songs in performances which sound every bit as poetic and expressive as 18th-century Lieder; and the rapturous Marian motet Felix virgo / Inviolata genitrix, in which the group's intimately veiled sound is especially apt. Alongside the Machaut works are a handful of anonymous motets from the Ivrea Codex, a major 14th-century source containing some fine compositions, if never quite matching Machaut's genius. With the caveat that a few motets go a long way, this is a truly haunting collection.

Songlist: Sanctus: Sanans fragilia , Kyrie , Gloria: Et versus homo , Dame/Fins cuers doulz, Trop plus est bele/Biayte paree de valour , Lasse!/Se j'aim mon loyal ami , Credo, Tu qui gregem/Plange, regni respublica , Christe qui lux/Veni creator spiritus , Felix virgo/Inviolata genitrix , Amours/Faus samblant , Post missarum sollempnia/Postmisse modulamina , Sanctus, Clap, clap / Sus Robin, Qui es promesse / Ha! Fortune, Martyrum / Diligenter inquiramus

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Clerks' Group : Ockeghem Requiem

Review: Here is the climactic fourth release in the Ockeghem series of which two volumes have been final Gramophone Award Nominations.The Requiem is specially released to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Ockeghem's death. This extraordinarily moving work is coupled with the first CD recording of the beautiful Missa Fors Seulement, reflecting the fluid and diverse style of his late masterpieces.

Songlist: Missa Fors Seulement: Kyrie, Gloria, Cedo, Fors Seulement, Fors Seulement, Du tout Plongiet/ fors Seulement, Requiem: Introitus, Kyrie, Graduale, Tactus, Offertorium

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Collegium Vocale : J S Bach - Mit Friend and Freud

Review: The theme of death and dying was one of the favourite themes of Bach and his contemporaries in their cantatas - that "musical theology" which was held in such high esteem in deeply Lutheran Northern Germany. Composed between 1723 and 1725, the three cantatas on this record treat the subject from different angles: the expectation of a "marvellous dawn", the final departure in peace and joy, and the vanity of earthly existence. There is "no consolation on earth", but only in heaven - what other composer, what other artist succeeded in expressing this consolation with such depth, or with such obviousness as Bach?

Songlist: Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben, Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, Warum betrubst du dich, mein Herz

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Concordia Choir : Beauty in the World onsale

Review: Conductor Rene Clausen is very well known to us for the work he has done with Moorhead MN's Concordia Choir, as Artistic Director of the Emmy-winning Concordia Christmas Concerts, and for over 100 of his own compositions for choirs at all levels. "Beauty in the World" features 13 songs, from the powerful Swahili folk tune "Wana Baraka," Ysaye M. Barnwell's lovely, haunting "Wanting Memories" the powerful Folk song "Dulaman" and the accompanied Irish Folk song "The Little Beggarman" to the accompanied, Clausen-arranged Civil War camp song "Tenting on the Old Campground," the powerful percussion-accompanied Kitana Folk song "Noel," Herbert Mahelona's lovely "No Ka Beauty O Hohokohau," Juris Karlsons' "Rotala" and the F. Melius Christiansen-arranged "Praise to the Lord," each of these songs is a choral masterwork, a vocal symphony if you will. The Choir has deep, powerful harmonies, soaring leads and tremendous feeling and spirit. Don't miss this collection!

Songlist: Wana Baraka, Wanting Memories, Dulaman, The Little Beggarman, John Saw Duh Numbuh, When Jesus Wept, Tenting On The Old Campground, Noel, No Ka Beauty O Honokohau, The King of Love, Danny Boy, Rotala, Praise to the Lord

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Concordia Choir : Come To The Living Water onsale

Review: The Concordia Christmas Concert has always sought to illuminate through music, art and the spoken word the rich tapestry of parable, theology, and the story that is the interaction of God and humankind that is found in the Holy Bible. Throughout Biblical history, Christ is referred to as the living water. "Come to the Living Water" is about the image of Christ and the coming of Christ into this barren and thirsty world. Concordia's world-renowned musical groups and ensembles, The Concordia Choir, The Concordia College Orchestra, The Concordia Chapel Choir, Mannerchor and Cantabile, and Bel Canto, bring us this magnificent annual live narrated Christmas event in 26 parts. The title cut, "Come to the Living Water," is a dramatic, powerful depiction of the creation of earth, followed by "The Heavens Are Telling of the Glory of God" and the hymn "All Creatures of our God and King." The story of Christ's birth is told with traditional carols like "Ave Maria," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "Silent Night," "What Child," "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly," and "I Saw Three Ships," but also included are less familiar pieces like Philipp Nicolai's lovely a cappella piece, "Wake, Awake," Rene Clausen's "Calm On The Listening Ear of Night," Eleanor Daly's "Sunny Bank," the Swedish carol "When Christmas Morn is Dawning," and Knut Nystedt's "Cry Out and Shout." Mostly orchestrally accompanied, the joyous "Come to the Living Water" is the next best thing to being at this wonderful event!

Songlist: Fantasia on "Une Jeune Pucelle", Come to the Living Water, The Heavens Are Telling the Glory of God, All Creatures of Our God and King, This is my Father's World, Wake, Awake, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Calm, on the Listening Ear of Night, Lirum Lirum, Sunny Bank, Silent Nigt, What Child, As Lately We Watched, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, Sing We Now, When Christmas Morn is Dawning, Still, Still, Still, I saw Three Ships, Gaudete, Go Tell It on The Mountain, Hodie Christus Natus Est, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Cry Out and Shout, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Compline

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Concordia Choir : Echoes

Review: For more than 80 years, The CC of Concordia (Lutheran) College, Moorhead, MN has continued to affirm its reputation as one of the nation's finest a cappella choirs. The choir has performed in nearly every major music hall, including Carnegie Hall. Conducted since 1986 by Rene Clausen , who also wrote the lovely "Ubi Caritas," the group perfectly performs 12 songs on the aptly-titled "Echoes," mostly sacred songs like "La Lumiere," Tavener's "Song for Athene" and "Village Wedding." This CD also features "Water Night," "Cloudburst" and "Little Birds" by popular composer Eric Whitacre as well as the gorgeous "O Magnum Mysterium" by Morten Lauridsen. Just beautiful!

Songlist: MLK , La Lumiere, Song for Athene , Village Wedding , Ubi Caritas, O Sacrum Convivium, Water Night , Cloudburst , Little Birds , O Magnum Mysterium, Noel Ayisyen (A Haitian Noel) , The Mission: Our Father )

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Concordia Choir : Endless Your Grace

Review: Renowned conductor/arranger (since 1986) of the Concordia Choir Rene Clausen's firm touch is clear on every note of "Endless Your Grace." For more than 80 years The mixed voice Concordia Choir has affirmed its reputation as one of nation's finest a cappella choirs. 16 wonderfully arranged songs are included in this inspirational, feel-good recording. The Moses Hogan-arranged "Ezekiel Saw De Wheel," "What A Wonderful World," "Come and Taste," "Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord," "Gracious Spirit," "This Little Light," the rousing spiritual "Ain't Got Time to Die," "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel," "Give Me Jesus" and "My God, How Wonderful Thou Art" are favorites, but "Endless" is an impressive, spirited treat throughout!

Songlist: Ezekiel Saw De Wheel, What A Wonderful World , Come and Taste, His Voice , Black Is The Color of My True Love's Hair , Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord, Gracious Spirit, This Little Light, There Is A Balm in Gilead, Ain't Got Time To Die, Pilgrim's Hymn , Wondrous Love, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel? , Give Me Jesus , My God, How Wonderful Thou Art, Beautiful Savior

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Concordia Choir : Evocations

Review: Pride of Moorhead MN's Concordia College for more than 80 years, the renowned, prolific Concordia Choir has been consistently adding beautiful CDs to the best choral recordings in the PAC catalog, 21 titles to date. Well-known composer/arranger Rene Clausen has been conducting the group for over 20 years. "Evocations" features 20 sacred selections, favorites are Eric Whitacre's "Lux Aurumque," David Childs' unpublished "Purge Me From My Sin," Paul Christiansen's "Vidi Aquam," Knut Nystedt's "Be Not Afraid," Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Come, Let Us Worship" and "Bless the Lord, O My Soul," Felix Mendelssohn's "Psalm 2," and "Psalm 50, Movement 2 and 3," by former Choir director F. Melius Christiansen. Beautiful, soaring music from one of the great choirs of all time!

Songlist: Lux Aurumque, Purge Me From My Sin, Bow Down Thine Ear, Vidi Auqam, Be Not Afraid, Our Father, Come, Let Us Worship, Bless The Lord, O My Soul, Abendlied, Psalm 2, Psalm 50, Movement 2, Psalm 50, Movement 3

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Concordia Choir : Faire is the Heaven

Review: F. Melius Christiansen founded the 65-strong mixed voice Concordia Choir at Moorhead, MN's Concordia College in 1911, then led the choir until handing it over to his son Paul in 1937. Rene Clausen has been conductor of the Choir for more than 20 years, and is also a well-known composer and arranger, having written over 100 commissioned compositions. This veteran, prolific choir boasts over 22 finely-crafted CDs and DVDs in the Singers.com catalog and has long been one of our favorites and best-sellers. The rich, angelic, soaring sound of the Concordia choir is beautifully evident on each of these 10 cuts. Some of our favorites are the title tune, by William H. Harris, Frank Martin's lovely "Agnus Dei," four songs by Eric Whitacre, "When David Heard," "Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine," "I Thank You God for most this amazing day," "This Marriage" and "With a Lilly in Your Hand;"and two versions of "Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming," Hugo Distler's soaring take on it and Jan Sanderson's haunting, surprising carol. Several of these (all a cappella) pieces are difficult and eclectic, but the Choir handles them all easily. Enjoy this remarkable collection by one of America's greatest choirs!

Songlist: Faire Is The Heaven, Agnus Dei, Psalm 43, When David Heard, Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming, Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming, Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine, I Thank You God For Most This Amazing Day, This Marriage, With A Lily In Your Hand

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Concordia Choir : Fifty Years with Paul Christiansen

Review: Continuing the tradition of his father, F. Melius Christiansen, who founded the St. Olaf Choir of Northfield, MN, Paul J. Christiansen took over the direction of the Concordia Choir in 1937, and made choir members used to working hard, work even harder. Still, 400 students would compete for the 60 to 65 places in the Choir, and the annual tours became more extensive and acclaimed. The Choir's participation in the annual Concordia Christmas Concerts, seen, with their huge murals, by over 20,000 people a year in the midwest, added to their reputation of excellence. There are two discs here, a collection of the Choir's finest performances. Of the 19 songs on Disc 1, some favorites: "Kyrie Eleison," "Who With Grieving Soweth," "Ascendit Deus," "This Is My Father's World," "Mexican Christmas Procession," "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," the folk song "Cindy" and the spiritual "Set Down Servant." Of the 15 songs on Disc 2, our favorites: "Pilgrim's Chorus" from Tannhauser, "Born Today!," "My Song In The Night," "He's The Lily Of The Valley," "Lift Up Your Heads," "Ezekiel Saw De Wheel" and finally, F. Melius' own song, that concluded every concert, the lovely "Beautiful Savior." A tribute to a remarkable man, who directed and molded an exceptional Choir, one of the best of all time! Some rare piano accompaniment, beautiful, liner notes booklet with the history of Paul J. and the Choir.

Songlist: Te Spirit Also Helpeth us, Kyrie Eleison, Who With Grieving Soweth, Ascendit Deus, O Savior Throw the Heavens Wide (op. 72, no. 2), Brothers, This Is My Father's World, The King of Love, Prayers of Steel, Easter Carol, Winds Through the Olive Trees, All My Heart, Mexican Christmas Procession, Song of Mary (from the Spanish of Vega), Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, The Angels Rolled the Stone Away, Cindy, Set Down Servant, Sing Ye to the Lord, Pilgrim's Chorus (from Tannhauser), Born Today! (Hodie Christus Natus Est), Tristis Est Anima Mea, My Song In the Night, Stabat Mater, The Last Spring, Prelude for Voices, He's the Lily of the Valley, Lift Up Your Heads, Mary Sat Spinning, and more

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Concordia Choir : Folk Songs, Spirituals & Hymns

Review: This top-selling recording contains all of the favorites! It includes a refreshing combination of accessible choral music for the enthusiast and the church choir member.

Songlist: Las Agachadas , This Little Light of Mine , Shenandoah , Hark, I Hear The Harps Eternal , I Got Shoes, All My Trials, John Saw Duh Numbah, Set Down Servant, Abide With Me, Lamb of God, Lost in the Night, Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying, O Day Full of Grace, Beautiful Savior

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Concordia Choir : In The New Moon

Review: This recording features John Taverner's "Song for Athene," as performed at the funeral of Princess Diana of Wales. Also, Rene Clausen's "In Pace," written in memory of the Holocaust victims. This is the ultimate collection of etheral and daunting 20th Century masterpieces.

Songlist: Exultate Deo, Agnus Dei , Sanctus, O Tod, Wie Bitter Bist Du, Singet Dem Herrn, Totus Tuus, Song For Athene, In Pace,

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Concordia Choir : Memorial

Review: Memorial is a composition for mixed chorus, orchestra and baritone solo, based on subject material which reflets the horrific events of September 11th, 2001, in New York City. Though presented as one continuous movement, the composition follows a program that comprises of four sub-sections - Semptember Morning, The Attack, Prayers and Petitions. Conducted by its composer and director of the Concordia Choir, Rene Clausen, this beautiful piece of music will touch your heart in a way that only music can. The musical texture presents a poignant cascade of emotion that is amplified by the awesome peformance by the Concordia Choir and their Baritone soloist, Peter Halverson (A Concordia College Music Faculty member). On this CD, there is also an exceptional performance of Samuel Barber's instrumental piece, "Adagio for Strings," performed by the Concordia College Orchestra.

Songlist: Adagio for Strings , Memorial

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Concordia Choir : My Soul's Delight

Review: Spanning a diverse range of choral literature, this acclaimed Minnesota choir has once again produced a pristine recording. Directed by Rene Clausen, the mixed group performs spirituals ("Ain't Got Time To Die"), and folk songs ("Little Potato"), in addition to the expected arrangements of composers such as F. Melius Christiansen ("Praise To The Lord"), whose Scandinavian heritage is part of an acknowledged hegemony in the choral world. Other highlights include the "Noel Ayisyen (A Haitian Noel)" with it's perfect fifth harmonic background, and the droning "Past Life Melodies," which uses a judicious dissonance to craft an otherworldly deja vu. Blissful.

Songlist: my song in the night, create in me a clean heart, oh, yes!, joshua fit the battle of jericho, ain't got time to die, little potato, two american folk songs, sourwood mountain, black sheep, the best of rooms, past life melodies, noel avisyen, witness, pilgrim's chorus, praise to the lord, softly and tenderly

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Concordia Choir : Savior of the Nations

Review: Dr. Rene Clausen conducts The Concordia Choir; Bruce Houglum directs The Concordia Orchestra, Michael Smith The Concordia Chapel Choir, Mannerchor and Cantabile, and Dr. Charlette Moe, Bel Canto in this wonderful Christmas Concert from 2008 at Moorhead, Minnesota's Concordia College. At the nationally renowned Concordia School of Music, students can participate in 17 music organizations. There are 25 cuts here, some all instrumental, like Rene Clausen's Fantasia on "The King Shall Come," some accompanied, like "Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers;" and some a cappella, like "Celebration Collage, Heleluyan, Glory to God, Glory in the Highest, Alleluia." There are some traditional carols such as "Silent Night" and Ding Dong! Merrily on High," and some lovely, less-familiar tunes like Carolyn Jennings' "Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain," Daniel Nelson's "That Yonge Child," Eleanor Daly's "What Sweeter Music," Eric Whitacre's "Lux Arumque," "Noel" (sung in traditional Kituban dialect), and the German carol, "Kling, Glockchen, Kling!" "Savior of the Nations-Come" is a magnificent collection of well-chosen, beautifully-performed Christmas music that will surprise and delight you!

Songlist: Opening, Sua Gan, Fantasia on "The King Shall Come", Celebration Collage, Let All the Nations Be Gathered Together, Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers, Circle Dance, Our Father, People, Look East, Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain, That Yonge Child, What Sweeter Music, A La Nanita Nana, Lux Arumque, Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah, Silent Night, Noel, Hodie, Chirstus Natus Est, Kling, Glockchen, Kling!, The Carol of the Dance, Ding, Dong! Merrily on High, And God Shall Wipe Away All Tears, Pie Jesu, Psalm 150, Compline

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Concordia Choir : The Choral Music of Rene Clausen onsale

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

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

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Concordia Choir : The Lord Is My Shepherd onsale

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

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

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Concordia Choir : Your Heart Shall Rejoice

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

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

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