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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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Consortium : Johannes Brahms

Review: This charming disc presents a comprehensive selection of Brahms's secular choral music. Through his professional activities, Brahms had a continuous interest in producing music for choirs, as well as profound insight into their capabilities. His impressive output of a cappella sacred choruses and motets makes learned and creative reference to such Baroque masters as Gabrieli, Schutz and Bach. Yet Brahms was equally adept in the traditions of the unaccompanied Romantic choral song, the Chorlied, following the lead of Schubert, Mendelssohn and Schumann, and adapting the form to his own characteristic ends. He also wrote a large number of vocal duets and quartets with piano accompaniment, including the popular Zigeunerlieder, which are testimony to his extraordinary fascination for gypsy music and its fertilizing effect on his style.

Songlist: Sechs Lieder und Romanzen, Drei Quartette, Funf Gesange, Zigeunerlieder, Dem Dunkeln Schoss der Heil'gen Erde

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6181c | 1 CD | $19.95 || Johannes Brahms


Conspirare : A Company of Voices

Review: This CD captures the exquisite sound of the choral ensemble Conspirare, as heard on a live national television broadcast. In this one-hour concert, contemporary music blends seamlessly with classical favorites, taking the listener and viewer on a journey of innovative sound, vibrant images and thought-provoking ideas.

Songlist: Sure on This Shining Night, Let the River Run, The Water is Wide, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?, Will There Really Be a "Morning"?, Light of a Clear Blue Morning, Collage, Agnus Dei, Deep River , Gabriel's Oboe, Soneto de la Noche, When I Fall in Love, What If , Requiem , 1000 Beautiful Things, Triptych, I Love You , The First of My Lovers

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9125c | 1 CD | $18.95 |


Coral del Nuevo Mundo : Dos Compositions Argentinos

Review: A great collection from the Argentinian maestro.

Songlist: Milonga del Angel, Adios Nonino, Libertango, Las Estaciones Portenas:, -Invierno Porteno, -Primavera Portena, -Verano Porteno, -Otono Porteno, Pueblito mi pueblo, Anhelo, Indianas:, -Gala del dia, -Quien fuera como el jazmin, -Chanarcito, chanarcito, -Viento Norte, -Al tribunal de tu pecho, -Una de dos

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8738c | 1 CD | $15.95 || Latin American Choral


Coral del Nuevo Mundo : Latin American Choral Music

Review: The Coro del Nuevo Mundo del Teatro Argentino de La Plata is a professional choir of sixteen singers and a pianist, percussionist and guitarist that tours extensively through Argentina, North and South America from their base in Buenos Aires, conducted by founder, composer and arranger Oscar Escalada. "Choral Music" features 11 works by South American composers. "Hanacpachap," 17th century Peruvian, is thought to be the first polyphonic music to be composed in the Americas. "Estrellita del Sur" is a lovely Peruvian waltz, "Manchai Puito" is a haunting folk song from Argentina, "Tonada y Cueca" and "La Doble" are joyful dances, and we enjoyed the upbeat "Pueblito Mi Pueblo," a warm and elegant piece for women written by Carlos Guastavino, one of Argentina's finest composers. "La Chaparrita" is a bright Venezuelan folk melody, "Se Equivoco La Paloma" tells of a dove that loses its way, "Santafecino de Veras" is a joyful Argentinian dance and "Milonguera" is an exuberant and challenging work written by Oscar. A lovely, bright, surprising collection of South American music we rarely get a chance to hear! Some light accompaniment.

Songlist: Hanacpachap, Estrellita del Sur, Manchai Puito, Tonada y Cueca, La Doble, Pueblito Mi Pueblo, Verano Porteno, La Chaparrita, Se Equivoco La Paloma, Santafecino de Veras, Milonguera

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7694c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Latin American Choral | Latin American Choral Series


Coral del Nuevo Mundo : Misa Criolla

Review: Acclaimed Argentine composer and conductor Oscar Escalada leads the Coral del Nuevo Mundo (Chorale of the New World) in this bright collection of 12 songs, some accompanied, by South American composers and arrangers. Particularly wonderful are the opening cut, "El ultimo cafe," a tango from Argentina, the upbeat "El Pinteo" from Argentina, " "O pato," a jazzy, manic bossa nova from Brasil, "Crece desde el pie" from Uruguay, and the dramatic 5-part title cut, by Ariel Ramirez of Argentina. "Misa Criolla" is an excellent, complex recording of the best in Contemporary South American choral music!

Songlist: El unltimo cafe, Juamento, Todo cambia, El pintao, O pato, Recuerdos de Ypacarai, Crece desde eel pie, Misa Criolla:, -Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei

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7693c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Latin American Choral


Coro Cervantes : Espana

Review: Coro Cervantes is the only U.K. choir dedicated to the classical music of the Iberan Peninsula and Latin America. It was founded in 1995 by Carlos Aransay, under the auspices of the Instituto Cervantes in London. Its repertoire spans a wide variety of music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the 21st Century, with a special emphasis on Romantic Music. Coro Cervantes often performs with distinguished solists and instrumentalists and contributes to the international propagation of Hispanic choral music through its performances, recordings and research. Its repertoire includes works sung in Latin, Spainsh (Castilian). Quechua (language of the Incas), Nahuatl (language of the Aztecs), Mediaeval Galician, Catalan, Basque and even in English.

Songlist: En Aranjuez con tu amor, Xivarri , Aurtxoa Sehaskan, El Vito, Al pano fino , Volar , Negra sombra , Ondi jueron? , Ton pare non te nas , El cant dels ocells, Riverana, Esta tierra , Nana, Soy de Mieres , El gavilan , Arrorro, La tarara riojana , Adios, Granada , Epitafio de Don Quijote , Balada de Mallorca

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2316c | 1 CD | $16.95 || Latin American Choral


Coro Cervantes : O Crux - Spanish Choral Music

Review: The cover of O Crux suggests a programme of Spanish choral music from the age of Victoria. But no, it's actually a series of a cappella sacred music written in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Albeniz, Granados, Manuel de Falla and Fernando Sor as we have never heard them before: caught up in the mystery of religion and drawing imaginatively, and often very audibly, on the styles of their illustrious ancestors. The first piece on the CD, a psalm from the "Office for the Dead" by Albeniz, is slow, predominantly chordal and sombre and sets the mood beautifully. One of the best pieces on the disc is the "Salve" by Ledesma, an organist from Aragon. The "Salutaris by Vives" and is almost operatic; after a soprano solo the full choir enters for the repetition of the text. The setting by Arriaga, who died aged only 20 in 1826, is much gentler - one can only wonder what the boy may have produced had he lived longer. Sor's "O Crux" has a finely melodic soprano line, and the two pieces by Eslava are simple and effective, "Bone Pastor" being a rare work here in triple time. The two pieces by Barbieri both have some highly dramatic word-painting, here rendered with precision by the choir. "L'herba de l'amor" by Granados has a nicely intonated soprano solo, (the text is sung in Catalan), leading to a gradual build up of voices. In similar vein is the build up in "Qui manducat" by de Monasterio. Vicente Goicoechea's "Christe Factus" est is highly chromatic.

Songlist: Salmo Vl del Oficio de difuntos , Salve Regina , Invocatio ad Individuam Trinitatem , Christus Factus est, O Salutaris , O Crux, Salve montserratina , O Sacrum Convivium, A solis ortus , Liberame Domine , Ave Maria , Versa est in luctum , Salve Regina , O gloriosa Virginum , O salutaris , L'herba de l'amor, Qui manducat meam carnem , Salve en el mar

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8515c | 1 CD | $15.95 || Latin American Choral


Coro de Radio Television Espanola : Antonio Jose - Obra Coral

Review: Coro de RadioTelevision Espanola, under the direction of Mariano Alfonso, is considered to be one of Spain's most accomplished choirs and here sing the a cappella works of the Burgos composer Antonio Jose. Considered to one of the finest Spanish composers of the last century his promising future was cut short when he was executed by a Falangist firing squad in 1936. These fifteen works are a pleasure to hear and an interesting addition to any choirs' repertoire.

Songlist: Himno A Castilla, Cuatro Canciones Populares Burgalesas, Tres Cantigas De Alfonso X, Cinco Castellanos

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8358c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Latin American Choral


Coro Hispano de San Francisco : Musica Criolla

Review: The Coro Hispano de San Francisco presents an exciting program including one of the most popular works of the Latin American choral repertoire, Ariel Ramirez's Musica Criolla. Since its composition, the Misa has been a showpiece for choirs around the world. In it, Ramirez has created a work at once spiritually exalting and deeply rooted in the folk idiom of his people. It's architectural simplicity, subtlety of detail, and vibrant colors make a moving experience which the Coro Hispano has lovingly and fully captured in this recording. Navidad Nuestra, a six-movement Christmas suite is a long-standing favorite with Coro Hispano's audiences. Rounding out the program is Oscar Bareilles' brilliant choral triptych Flor de Chanar -which is an ideal foil to Ramirez' masterwork. One sets the classic texts of the mass, the other deals with folk poems of love - but both drawing deeply from the rhythms and melodic modes of the people of Argentina.

Songlist: -Misa Criolla, -Navidad nuestra, , -Flor De Chanara

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7706c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Latin American Choral


Coro Hispano de San Francisco : Ramillete onsale

Review: If "Mexican Baroque" has caught your ear, this wide-ranging anthology of choral music from Mexico, Central and South America is a must; it's got Latin American Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, Romantic and folk-originate works in a rich array of textures, styles and sonorities, from chorus-orchestra down to voice-and-guitar, all performed to the nines by the nation's premiere ensemble dedicated to this repertory: Coro Hispano de San Francisco. Brilliant vocal solos and on-target instrumental work by some of the West Coast's leading names in early music combine with foot-stomping Veracruz zapateados and robust, ranchera-style singing in this sampler from a half-dozen different concert programs. Latin America's choral music is a little-known treasure that's been quietly awaiting rediscovery for decades (or centuries- depending on how far back you want to go). Leading the way in its interpretation is the Coro Hispano de San Francisco, which has been exploring and performing this repertory exclusively since its first concert in 1975. On this disc-its third CD release- the nation's premiere Hispanic chorus turns in an amazingly varied sampling of music for voices and instruments from the cathedrals of Puebla, Lima and Sevilla, the ranchos of Early California, the plazas of Veracruz, all the way to the rain-forest missions of Paraguay and the mountain villages of Nigeria.

Songlist: Te Deum in C, Fecit Potenciam, Laudate Dominum, Cantico del Alba, Gloria, Agnus Dei , Virgen Sancta, Plaza, Plaza!, Las Mananitas Guadalupanas, Los Coflades de la Estleya , Keresimesi odu de o, O Quam Suavis, Digan, Digan, El Tilingo-lingo, La Golondrina, Cuando Uno Quiere a Una, Te Quiero Porque Te Quiero, Es Bueno Darte Gracias, Senor

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7884c | 1 CD | $9.95 || Latin American Choral


Coro Nacional de Cuba : El Canto Quiere ser Luz - Songs Want to Be Light

Review: Choral music in Cuba - and, what is more, a cappella? Yes, the Coro Nacional de Cuba under its conductor Digna Guerra presents itself to the public in absolute top form: singing without vibrato, self-assuredly flawless intonation, the finest Latin American rhythms, and a choral sound full of dynamic power and absolute fascination. No wonder that the ensemble recently won the International Chamber Choir Competition with aplomb

Songlist: Babalu en La Habana Vieja, Conoces un fuego que no da calor, Vertigo de lluvia, Las casas, La rosa roja, Missa sine nomine - Gloria, Missa sine nomine - Kyrie, Para ti, Juramento, Variacion , Remanso, cancion final , Media luna, Portico, El canto quiere ser luz, Prayer, Hay quien presisa, Locuras, Son Mercedes , Buena vista (Chan Chan)

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5980c | 1 CD | $16.95 | A Cappella || Latin American Choral


Corydon Singers : Benjamin Britten

Review: In the catalogue of Britten's compositions those involving a chorus, often without instrumental or orchestral accompaniment loom large. They stretch right across his working life, beginning in 1929 and ending in the Op 95 his last completed score finished a few months before his death. The four pieces recorded here belong in the first half of that period, the earliest of them dates from 1933, the latest from 1949, perhaps his most productive period. Mathew Best, as usual, does a wonderful job bringing these works to life.

Songlist: Rejoice In The Lamb, A Wedding Anthem, Festival Te Deum, A Boy Was Born

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8671c | 1 CD | $11.95 | A Cappella || English Choral CDs | Benjamin Britten


Corydon Singers : Leonard Bernstein Chicester Psalms

Review: This recording features choral works by some of the great American composers. The Corydon Singers, led by Matthew Best sing Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms," Aaron Copland's "In the Beginning" and three motets and Samuel Barber's "Agnus Dei." The "Chichester Psalms," originally orchestrated, are accompanied by organ, harp and percussion with boy soprano Dominic Martelli. Copland's "In the Beginning" for soprano solo and unaccompanied chorus features mezzo-soprano Catherine Denley. Barber's "Agnus Dei" is a choral arrangement of his much loved "Adagio for Strings." The music on this recording is beautifully sung by a great choir.

Songlist: Chichester Palms, Psalm 108, verse 2 - Psalm 100, Psalm 23, verses 1-4, Psalm 2, verses 1-4, Psalm 23, verses 5, 6, Psalm 131, Psalm 133, verse 1, Agnus Dei , In the Beginning , Three Motets (Aaron Copland):, Help us, O Lord, Have mercy on us, O my Lord, Sing ye praises to our King

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7154c | 1 CD | $16.98 || English Choral CDs | Leonard BernsteinCopeland, Aaron


Corydon Singers : Rachmaninov Vespers

Review: The Corydon Singers' recording of Rachmaninov's Vespers is extremely moving and beautifully sung. Conducted by Matthew Best with soloists Joya Logan, alto and John Bowen, tenor, it is an outstanding version. The choir has a very warm and rich sound, especially from the basses. This piece requires an enormous range of color from the more introverted "Blagoslovi, dushe moya" to the wildly joyful "Khvalite imya Gospodi." This performance is one of the finest interpretations of this piece.

Songlist: All-Night Vigil (Vsenoshchnoe Bdenie 'Vespers' Op 37), Priidite poklonimsya (O Come let us worship), Blagoslovi, dushe moya (Bless the Lord O my soul), Blazhen muzh (Blessed in the man), Svete tikhii (O gladsome light), Nyne otpushchaeshi (Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart), Bogoroditse Devo (Hail, O Virgin Mother of God), Shestopsalmie: Slava v Vyshnikh Bogu (Hexapsalmos: Glory to God in the Highest), Khvalite imya Gospodne (The Polieley), Praise ye the name of the Lord), Blagosloven esi, Gospodi (Blessed art Thouh, O Lord), Voskresenie Khristovo (We have seen the Resurrection), Velichit dusha moya (My soul doth magnify the Lord), Slavoslovie velikoe: Slava v Vyshnikh Bogu (Great Doxology: Glory to God in the highest), Tropar: Dnes spasenie (Troparion: Today is salvation come), Tropar: Voskres iz groba (Troparion: Being risen from the tomb), Vzbrannoy voevode (O victorious leader)

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7184c | 1 CD | $16.98 | A Cappella || English Choral CDs | Sergey Rachmaninov


Corydon Singers : Tchaikovsky - Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

Review: "There is nothing like entering a church on a Saturday, standing in the semi-darkness with the scent of incense wafting through the air, lost in deep contemplation searching for an answer to those perennial questions, wherefore, when, whither and why?" These words, from one of Tchaikovsky's own letters, sum up the spirit behind the glorious Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 41. The work is steeped in the Orthodox tradition, the choral writing provides that sense of transparency and simplicity demanded by the text, and the resulting ambience is rich in the manner familiar to Western listeners from works such as Rachmaninov's Vespers. This recording also includes ten choruses to texts many of which are taken from the Liturgy. The first nine were published together in 1885, while the tenth, An angel crying, was lost shortly after its first performance in 1887 and only rediscovered thirteen years after the composer's death.

Songlist: Nine Sacred Choruses 1884/5:, Izhe kherumvimy - Cherubic Hymn in F major, Izhe kherumvimy - Cherubic Hymn in D major, Izhe kherumvimy - Cherubic Hymn in C major, Tebe poem - We praise you, Dostoyno est - Hymn to the Mother of God, Otche nash - Our Father, Blazhenni yazhe izbral - Blessed are they, Da ispravitsya - Let My Prayer, Nyne sily nebesnyya - Now the powers of Heaven, Angel vopiyashe - The angel cried, Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 41 1878:, Slava Otsu, i Synu - Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, - Priidite, poklonimsya - Come, let us worship, Izhe kherumvimy - Cherubic Hymn, Veruyu - The Creed, Milost mira - A mercy of peace, Tebe poem - We praise you, Dostoyno est - Hymn to the Mother of God, Otche nash - Our Father, Khvalite Gospoda - Praise the Lord, Blagosloven gradyy - Blessed is he who comes

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7153c | 1 CD | $16.98 | A Cappella || Russian a cappella | Tchaikovsky, Peter


Crouch End Festival Chorus : Cinema Choral Classics

Review: "Classics" is a collection of 14 songs related to movies from classic films, beginning with the powerful, moody "O Fortuna" from "Excalibur," "Prelude & Birth of Christ," from "Jesus of Nazareth," and "Agnus Dei" from "The Scarlet Letter." We have the suite from The Lion in Winter, "Ave Maria: Guarini" from "The Mission," "Funeral and Finale" from the Kirk Douglas film "The Vikings," the dramatic "Never Surrender" from "First Knight," and the ethereal ''The Abyss." "The Lord's Prayer" from "King of Kings" segues into "Riders of Doom" from "Conan the Barbarian," and the suite from "The Omen" segues into "Non Nobis Domine" from "Henry V." A surprising, eclectic, all-accompanied collection from the collaboration of London's renowned Crouch End Festival Chorus and the talented City of Prague Philharmonic.

Songlist: "O Fortuna" from Carmina Burana from Excalibur, "Prelude & Birth of Christ" from Jesus of Nazareth , "Agnus Dei" based on Adagio for Strings from The Scarlet Letter, "Never Surrender" from First Knight , The Abyss , "The Lord's Prayer" from King of Kings , "Riders of Doom" from Conan:The Barbarian , "Ave Maria: Guarini" from The Mission , "On Earth as it is in Heaven" from The Mission , Suite from The Lion in Winter , 1492: Conquest of Paradise , "Funeral & Finale" from The Vikings , Suite from The Omen , "Non Nobis Domine" from Henry V

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7787c | 1 CD | $12.98 || English Choral CDs


Dale Warland Singers : Bernstein & Britten

Review: The forty-voice choir, directed by Dale Warland, are known for their advancement of modern choral literature. This CD bookends works by Bejamin Britten and Leonard Bernstein, with several other composers - Stephen Paulus, Nancy Wertsch and Aharon Harlap among them - contributing. Britten's "Rejoice In The Lamb" (Op.30), is an exercise in contrast, with eerie chromatic dissonances and diminutive solo passages in marked relief to the organ-accompanied, florid crescendos of the chorus. Harlap's "Bat Yiftach" features a distinctive solo French horn motif, rebuked by an agitated chorus; the music from Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" were actually exerpted from work the celebrated conductor had written for an unproduced Thornton Wilder play! With organ, percussion and harp, the result has several movements and is sung in Hebrew; moments of stark beauty are shattered by portentous discord, only to be relieved by a dreamlike peace.

Songlist: Rejoyce in the Lamb, Antiphon for God the Father, Pilgrims' Hymn, Bat Yiftach (Jephthah's Daughter), Fragments from the Mass, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Agnus Dei , Chichester Psalms

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6406c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Benjamin Britten Leonard BernsteinBernstein


Dale Warland Singers : Blue Wheat

Review: The 49-strong Dale Warland Singers, directed by the renowned Dale Warland, bring us 19 beautiful traditional American songs and spirituals, recorded at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Paul, Minnesota. There is some light accompaniment on a few songs, with harp, oboe and bass. The liner notes are extensive, with histories and words for each song. All the songs are wonderful, but some of our favorites are: "Oh, Shenandoah," "Skip to my Lou," "Soldier, Soldier Won't You Marry Me?," "Red River Valley," "Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair," "Single Girl," "Buffalo Gals," "The Water Is Wide" and "Black Sheep." Another classic collection from Dale Warland!

Songlist: Oh, Shenandoah, He's Goin' Away, Skip to My Lou, Steal Away, Wayfarin' Stranger, Soldier, Soldier Won't You Marry Me?, Pretty Saro, Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier, Black is the Color, Red River Valley, Nelly Bly, My Lord, What a Mornin', Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair, Hard Times Come Again No More, Single Girl, Deep River, Buffalo Gals, The Water is Wide, Black Sheep

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Dale Warland Singers : Cathedral Classics

Review: This critically acclaimed recording includes Frank Martin's Mass, Herbert Howell's Requiem, Allegri's Miserere, and Barber's Agnus Dei

Songlist: Kyrie, Gloria1, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei , Agnus Dei , Miserere Mei, Deus , Salvator mundi, Psalm 23, Requiem aeternam (I), Psalm 121 , Requiem Aeternam (II), I Heard A Voice From Heaven

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6401c | 1 CD | $15.98 |


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Dale Warland Singers : Harvest Home: Songs From the Heart

Review: Harvest Home originated in England as a festival for "bringing in the harvest" around the autumnal equinox. The community would work together to get the harvest (usually wheat, barley, corn, and oats) in before the autumn weather closed in. This bringing of the "harvest home" would be an occasion for great rejoicing accompanied by feasting, music, and dancing. Our "Homecoming" takes its origins from this festive term. This recording is a collection of familiar spirituals, folk songs, and hymns. Exquisitely sung and beautifully recorded, this CD offers some of the most heartfelt singing we've heard in awhile. Perfect intonation, sumptuous sound, and familiar tunes - this is Dale Warland at his best. Includes "Deep River," Simple Gifts, "The Water is Wide," Beautiful River ("Shall we gather at the river") "We gather together," and many more. The booklet features full text and notes on each song. The Grammy-nominated Dale Warland Singers, during their 31 years of concerts and recordings, set the standard for excellence in American choral singing. This was recorded before the group disbanded in 2004.

Songlist: Beautiful River (Shall We Gather at the River), Simple Gifts, She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain, Peace, McKay, A la claire fontaine, Deep River, We Gather Together, Not One Sparrow is Forgotten, Cindy, Gentle Annie, We Shall Walk Through the Valley, The Water is Wide, By and By, The Old Church, Lay Me Low, The Road Home,

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7891c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella |


Dale Warland Singers : Lux Aurumque

Review: Grammy-nominated Dale Warland Singers' final concert, on May 30, 2004, concluded 31 years of concerts, tours, radio broadcasts and critically acclaimed recordings. The Singers, a 40-voice professional choir based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, were recognized as one of the world's best a cappella choral ensembles. "Lux" is a collection of popular 19th and 20th century sacred music that shows just how high Dale Warland's standards were in creating and working with his renowned group. Picking favorites from this strong program isn't easy, but certainly Gretchaninoff's "Of Thy Mystical Supper," Vytautus Miskinis's "O sacrum convivium," Chesnokov's "Salvation is Created," John Rutter's "Hymn to the Creator of Light," the title tune by Eric Whitacre, Dominic Argento's "To God" (In Memoriam M.B.), and Nikolai Golovanov's "Otche Nash." The Dale Warland Singers has long been a favorite of ours for their bright, powerful harmonies and strong direction; "Lux Aurumque" is a beautiful, appropriate swan song for this great ensemble.

Songlist: Of Thy Mystical Supper, Op. 58, No. 7, A Prayer of The Middle Ages, O Sacrum Convivium, Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing , Salvation is Created , Hymn to the Creator of Light , O Magnum Mysterium, Lux Aurumque, Ave Maria, Complete this work from Choral Concerto, We Hymn Thee, To God "In Memoriam M. B.", Otche Nash

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8621c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella |


Dale Warland Singers : Rachmaninoff Vespers

Review: Some of the most beautiful music in the world can be heard in a performance of Rachmaninoff's Vespers. Better to be described as an All-night vigil, Rachmaninoff uses Russian melodies dating from the Byzantine era. In the Eastern Church, the All-night vigil is observed before religious feasts. This piece is difficult for any non-Russian choir due to the language. The Dale Warland Singers sing with great energy and beautiful dark tones as befits the Russian style.

Songlist: Vespers:, Come, Let Us Worship, Bless the Lord, O My Soul, Blessed is the Man, Gladsome Light, Lord, Now Lettest Thou, Rejoice, O Virgin, Matins:, The Lesser Doxology, Praise the Name of the Lord, Blessed Art Thou, O Lord, Having Beheld the Resurrection of Christ, My Soul Magnifies the Lord, The Great Doxology, The Troparion "Today Salvation Has Come", The Troparion "Thou Didst Rise from the Tomb", To Thee, the Victorios Leader

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7077c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Sergey Rachmaninov


Dale Warland Singers : Reincarnations

Review: Reincarnations is a program of five American masterworks and includes one world premier recording (Tom o'Bedlam). "The Hour Glass" by Irving Fine is difficult and virtuosic cycle, written in a lyrical style just before his 12-tone experimentation. "Tom o'Bedlam" by Jacob Avshlomov is based on a text about one of the patients of the insane asylum, St. Mary of Bethlehem, in 16th century. Accompanied by oboe and percussion, this powerful piece mimics the nonsense and madness in the text. "Reincarnations" by Samuel Barber is a set of three pieces which uses James Stephen's re-writing of old Gaelic poetry and includes the absolutely gorgeous setting of "The Coolin (The Fair Haired One)." All of the works on this recording are demanding but skillfully sung by the incomparable Dale Warland Singers.

Songlist: The Hour Glass , - O know to end as to begin, - Have you seen the white lily grow, - O do not wanton with those eyes, - Against Jealousy, - Lament, - The Hour-Glass, Tom o'Bedlam , Reincarnations , - When again all these rare perfections meet, - All-circling point, - His body was an orb, - On a round ball, - Nor do I doubt, - See how the arched Earth, Psalm 90 (Charles Ives)

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7237c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Irving Fine


Dale Warland Singers : Walden Pond

Review: 1975 Pulitzer Prize in Music winner and winner of Fulbright and Guggenheim awards , Minnesota composer Dominick Argento marked his diamond jubilee in 2003 with performances of his works by the numerous musical organizations, including the Dale Warland Singers, who have commissioned him across the decades. First we have the first piece written for the group by Argento in 1981, "I Hate and I Love (Odi et Amo)," which includes percussion. Then "A Toccata of Galuppi's, a rhapsody for chamber choir, harpsichord and string quartet, with poetry by Robert Browning. The final piece, "Walden Pond," puts to music the outdoor musings of 19th century author and naturalist, Henry David Thoreau, including "The Pond," "Angling," "Observing," "Extolling" and "Walden Revisited." All songs are lightly accompanied. Extensive liner notes tell us all about the composer, the music and the group. Complex harmonies, dramatic phrasing--very few groups would attempt to perform this music; the DWS do it justice with professional elegance. Excellent!

Songlist: I Hate and I Love (Odi et Amo) (1981), I Hate and I love, Let us live, my Clodia, and let us love, Greetings, miss, with nose not small, My woman says she will be no one's, Was it a lioness from the mountains of Libya, You promise me, my dearest life, Wrethced Catullus, put an end to this madness, I hate and I love, A Toccata of Galuppi's (1989), Walden Pond (1996):, The Pond, Angling, Observing, Extolling, Walden's Revisited

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6944c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Companion Songbook Available | Dominick Argento


Danish National Radio Choir : Brahms Vol 2

Review: The best known choral piece by Brahms is his German Requiem. Since his teenage years he was involved with choral groups and continued to work with them throughout his life. He wrote numerous songs for a cappella ensembles as well as with accompaniment. The most familiar of these pieces is the Zigeunerlieder, op. 103. These Gypsy songs are usually performed by a soloist and piano, but were originally written for a quartet. This phenomenal recording by the Danish National Radio Choir highlights some of Brahms' work in the choral genre.

Songlist: Drei Gesange, Op. 42, Funf Gesange, Op. 104, Vier Gesange, Op. 17, Sechs Quartette, Op. 112, Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103

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Danish National Radio Choir : Brahms: A Cappella Vol 1

Review: The German-born Brahms (1833-1897) is considered one of the greatest Romantic composers, while the Danish National Radio Choir (Stefan Parkman, Chief Conductor) is one of the most respected European Choirs performing today. Their pure yet robust sound is a fine complement to the mastery of form that Brahms' works display. Indeed, one of the distinguishing characteristics of his style was his fascination with the contrapuntal forms so often identified with the Baroque and pre-Baroque era: canon, motet, fugue, and the variations thereof. It was accepted at that time to use a folk song or other well-known melody as the basis for the composer's own originality, which was demonstrated through his technical facility and manipulation of accepted idioms. A series of "Marienlieder" comprise a third of the recording, along with seven motets and three compositions commissioned for the Hamburg Industrial Exhibition of 1889. A recording of excellent virtue.

Songlist: Marienlieder, Op. 22:, Der englische Gruss, Marias Wallfahrt, Der jager, Ruf zur Maria, Magdalena, Marias Lob, Two Motets, Op. 29:, Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz, Two Motets, Op. 74:, Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Muhseligen?, O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf, Fest-und Gedenkspruche, Op. 109:, Unsere Vater hoften auf dich, Wenn ein starker Gewappneter, Wo ist ein so herrlich Volk , Three Motets, Op. 110:, Ich aber bin elend, Ach, arme Welt, Wenn wir in hochsten Noten sein

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Danish National Radio Choir : Kodaly - Missa Brevis

Review: Zoltan Kodaly is best known for his research of folk music and his contribution to the field of music education. A large part of his output is concentrated in the area of choral music. The four works heard on this recording come from the early third of the twentieth century. The Missa Brevis for chorus, alto, tenor, bass solos and organ, is the latest of these pieces and was expanded from his Mass for solo organ. Matrai kepek (Matra pictures) is a set of five pieces which are based on Hungarian folk songs from the Matra region ordered to form a narrative thread. Kodaly's music is dramatic with colorful writing.

Songlist: Missa brevis' (8 Movements), Jezus es a kufarok (Jesus and the traders), Este (Evening), Matrai Kepek

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Danish National Radio Choir : Pupils Of Messiaen

Review: Founded in 1932, the Danish National Radio Choir, directed by Jesper Grove Jorgensen, tours all over Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA. "Pupils" features 6 eclectic works by Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), 3 works by Karlheinz Stockhausen (b. 1928) , and 3 works by Iannis Xenakis (b. 1922). Working all his life in the church, the French composer Messiaen's "Cinq rechants" offers abrasive dissonances and monodies, and lines with a vital rhythmic energy. His pupil Stockhausen goes off in a different direction, combining religious and erotic elements. Xenakis went in still another direction, the political, writing "Nuits" for 12 voices, an appeal on behalf of political prisoners; and choral music for ancient dramas like "A Helene" and "Serment." Stockhausen's "Die Nachtigall," Armer junger Hirt" and "Agnus Dei" are lovely. Messiaen's "Modere-Presque vif," Bien modere" and "Tres vif" are particularly nice. Very different, beautifully performed choral music! Extensive liner notes with lyrics and histories of the composers.

Songlist: Cinq rechants:, i. Mondere - Presque vif, ii. Bien modere, iii. Lent, caressant, iv. res vif, v. Vif, Chore fur Doris (Helle Charlotte Pedersen soprano), Die Nachtigall, Armer junger Hirt, Agnus Dei , Choral, A Helene, Nuits, Serment

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Danish National Radio Choir : R. Strauss: A Cappella Choral Works

Review: The 75 professional singers of the DNRC are directed by Stefan Parkman, who has conducted most of Sweden's symphony orchestras and several excellent choirs. Probably the least-known of Richard Strauss's (1884-1949) major works are his compositions for unaccompanied chorus--not surprisingly, because only the most accomplished choirs are qualified to perform them. When they are performed, however, the rewards are great: 16 part harmony with antiphonal block passages alternating with intricate polyphony. Six pieces: "Der Abend Op. 34 Nr. 1," "Hymne Op. 34 Nr. 2," Deutsche Motette Op. 62," "Die Cottin im Putzzimmer," and "An den Baum Daphne," featuring the Copenhagen Boys' Choir. This is beautiful, fine, intricate stuff, with soaring harmonies and solos. Extensive liner notes with all lyrics and histories.

Songlist: Der aben op 34 nr 1, Hymne op 34 nr 2, Deutsche mottette op 62, Die gottin im putzzimmer, An den Baum Daphne

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David Fanshawe : African Sanctus

Review: Armed with a rucksack and a stereo tape recorder, David Fanshawe began a symbolic, now legendary, cross-shaped journey through Africa from 1969 to 1972, succeeding in recording music from well over 50 tribes. "Sanctus" is a highly original work in which very different cultures have been imaginatively and ingeniously fused, with the composer's love of the world, hope for the future and belief in one music--one God. There are 16 songs, with various kinds of accompaniment, from drums and percussion, lead and bass guitar and piano to organ, harp and trumpets. This is one of the most spirited, energetic CDs we have ever heard, as if the African veldt suddenly sprouted an Italian cathedral. For instance, "Crucifixus: Rain Song" combines driving drums, rain sounds, strange native percussion instruments, a soaring choral soprano solo, electric guitar, massed chorus and piano. One of our favorites, "Sanctus: Bwala Dance, Lamentation" combines chorus with powerful rhythmic drums, piano, sound effects and native voices. Other favorites are "Chants: Cattle Songs," and "The Lord's Prayer." A wonderful new composition by the composer, "Dona Nobis Pacem-A Hymn for World Peace" is included, in both short and long versions. A stunning masterwork! Recommended.

Songlist: African Sanctus, Kyrie: Call to Prayer, Gloria: Bride of the Nile, Credo: Sudanese Dances & Recitations, Love Song: Piano Solo, Et in Spiritum Sanctum, Crucifixus: Rain Song, Sanctus: Bwala Dance, Lamentation, The Lord's Prayer, Chants: Cattle Songs, Agnus Dei: War Drums, Call to Prayer: Kyrie, Finale & Gloria, Dona Nobis Pacem - A Hymn for World Peace, Et in Spiritum Sanctum, Dona Nobis Pacem (short version)

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Debrecen Kodaly Chorus : Zoltan Kodaly - Works for Mixed Choir, Vol. 3

Review: The period from 1948 to his death in 1967 was for Kodaly about reaping the fruits. He was a Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Chairman from 1946 to 1949. He received three Kossuth Awards (1948, 1952, 1957), as doctor honoris causa degrees from the universities of Oxford (1960), East Berlin (1964) and Toronto (1966) and honorary memberships from a number of academies around the world. He was made president of the International Folk Music Council in 1961 and honorary memberships from a number of academies around the world. He was made president of the International Society of Music Education in 1964. Two years before his death, in 1965, he received the Herder Prize. He travelled extensively between1960 and 1966, chairing conferences, lecturing throughout Europe in English, German, French and Italian. He lived to see his ambitious plans be accomplished. Edited by Kodaly, the first firve volumes of Magyar Nepzene Tara came out between 1950 and 1967 and at the same time daily music classes based o the Kodaly method were introduced in 120 schools. In the last twenty years of his life his compositional spirit never flagged either; he wrote masterpieces including Hymn of Zrinyi, Mohacs and Laudes organi, and completed Symphony, begun back in the Thirties and previered in 1961 under the baton of Ferenc Fricsay.

Songlist: To The Singing Youth - Varga, Adoration, Wish For Peace - Virag, The Arms Of Hungary - Vorosmarty, Mohacs - Kisfaludy, Media Vita In Morte Sumus, La Marseillaise - De L'isle, Epigraph - Jankovich, Stabat Mater - Todi, Te Deum Of Sandor Sik, Come, Holy Ghost - Batizi, Hymn Of Zrinyi, I Will Go Look For Death - MAsefield, An Ode For Music, Geneva Psalm L

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Debrecen Kodaly Chorus : Zoltan Kodaly - Works for the Mixed Choir, Vol. 1

Review: Kodaly stared composing choral works in his student years but he only became a primarily choral composer after the success of Psalmus Hungaricus, from the mid-1920s. This compilation is the first in the set of the Complete Works for Mixed Choir by Zoltan Kodaly. The CD contains, with the exceptions of a short occassional piece, the a cappella compositions of more than three decades. The composer's corrections in the manuscripts and printed scores could be adopted in this recording courtesy of Mrs. Sarolta Kodaly.

Songlist: Misere , Este / Evening, Turot Eszik A Cigany / See The Gypsies Munching Cheese, Uj Esztendot Koszonto / A Christmas Carol, Koszonto / A Birthday Greeting, Matrai Kepek / Matra Pictures, Oregek / The Aged, Akik Mindig Elkesnek / Too Late, Jezus Es A Kufarok / Jesus And The Traders, Horatii CArmen II. 10, Szekely Kereves / Transylvanian Lament, Molnar Anna / Annie Miller, Liszt Ferenchez / Ode To Liszt, A Magyarokhoz / Song Of Faith

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Debrecen Kodaly Chorus : Zoltan Kodaly - Works for the Mixed Choir, Vol. 2

Review: Even if we consider only his works for mixed choir, we can see how prolific Zoltan Kodaly was between 1937 and 1947, although this recording contains some later transcriptions as well. Corrections printed in the scores were adopted in this recording thanks to Mrs. Sarolta Kodaly.

Songlist: The Peacock - Ady, Our Father - Szedo, Hymn To The King Saint Stephen, Evening Song, Greeting On St. John's Day, Do Not Grieve - Horvath, Norwegian Girls Weores, First Communion - Szedo, The Forgotten Song Balint Balassi - Gazdag, Cohors Generosa, Advent Song, Geneva Psalm 121, Beseeching - Balassi, Song From Gomor, To The Transylvanians - Peotfi, BAttle Song - Petofi, The Hungarian Nation - Petofi, Lament - Bodrogh

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Dunedin Consort : In Chains of Gold - Byrd, Tallis

Review: Critically acclaimed, this is a recording of William Byrd's Mass for Five Voices, five part motets by Byrd and Thomas Tallis. All the works on this disk are gems of Late Renaissance composition and are beautifully recorded and sung by this young Scottish group who have become one of Scotland's leading performers of Early Music.

Songlist: Byrd Prelude In C, O Nada Lux, Laetentur Coeli , Salvator Mundi , Organ Hymn, Mass 5, Kyrie, Gloria, Plainsong, Credo, Sursome Corda, Sanctus, Benedictus, Pax Dominus, Agnes Dei, Organ Hymn, Gaudemus Omnes, O Scrum Convivium, Justorum Animae

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Dunedin Consort : The Peoples Mass

Review: Six contemporary Scottish-based composers come together in this new Mass setting performed by the award-winning Dunedin Consort. Composers Malcolm Lindsay, Christine McCombe, Tommy Fowler, John Gormley, Anthea Haddow and Rebecca Rowe were each commissioned by the Dunedin Consort to set a movement of the Latin Mass to music. Each of the six sections of the Mass is divided into three parts: a plainsong performance of the appropriate chant, the composer's liturgical setting for a cappella choir, and a secular setting based on a text of the composer's choice for a soloist from the Dunedin Consort. Polychoral pieces interweave with harp-accompanied songs in a spiritual work that achieves unity in diversity.

Songlist: Introit, Kyrie, Days of Thunder (tenor), Psalm, Gloria, The Solstice Stone (soprano), Gradual, Credo, God is (alto), Alleluia, In Praise of Saints (bass), Sanctus, Offertory, Benedictus, La Merta (soprano), Communion, Prayer (baritone), Agnus Dei, Black over Red Epilogue 2

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East Carolina University Chamber Singers : Eternal Light

Review: The 45-strong, mixed-voice ECUCS, under the baton of multiple-award-winning Daniel Bara, is the most selective of four university choral ensembles at Greenville, NC's East Carolina University. The Singers have been invited to perform at numerous ACDA conventions and toured extensively in the United States. These 14 songs, with some accompaniment by Bassoon, Clarinet and Flute, showcase the marvelous choral tone of one of America's great university choirs. Some favorites are John Rutter's Hymn to the Creator of Light," Mark G. Sirett's "Veni, Sancte Spiritus," Howard Helvey's "O quam gloriosum," Egil Hovland's 4-part "Agnus Dei," the Spirituals "I've Been in the Storm So Long" and "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen;" and Leo Sowerby's title tune. The wonderful vocals of this rich collection are enhanced by the beautiful acoustics of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Greenville.

Songlist: Hymn to the Creator of Light, O Thou Great Power in Whom I Move, Veni Sancte Spiritus , Ave Maria , Cedit, Hyems (Be Gone, Winter!), O quam gloriosum, De profundis, Agnus Dei, Qui tollis peccata mundi, Miserere nobis, Dona nobis pacem, I've Been in the Storm So Long, Nobody knows the trouble I've seen, Eternal Light

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Elmer Iseler Singers : Gloria - Sacred Choral Works

Review: The ''sound'' of the Elmer Iseler Singers, has been described as a fleeting moment of almost ineffable beauty and passion. Elmer Iseler was a man of deep faith, and he professed it in an unusual way: by fashioning a choral instrument, a highly accomplished professional group. The sacred works collected here are varied and touch upon some of the most passionate and poetic humanistic ideals. In this release, Maestro Iseler honours landmarks of the French repertoire by Durufle, Milhaud, Poulenc and Messiaen. He also features classic works from our time by his own living colleagues - Canadian composers Barrie Cabena, Harry Freedman, Ruth Watson Henderson and Syd Robinovitch.

Songlist: Quatre Motets Sur Des Themes Gregoriens , Pasumes - 114 and 115 , Messe En Sol Majeur , O Sacrum Convivium, Prayer Of St. Francis , God The Master Of The Scene , Missa Brevis , Talmud Suite

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Elmer Iseler Singers : Spirituals

Review: Internationally renowned for their expressive phrasing and luxurious tone, The Elmer Iseler Singers present sixteen traditional spirituals, including Go Down Moses, Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen, and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.

Songlist: Ain'a that Good News, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Ol' Time Religion, Mary Had A Baby, Git On Board, Go Down Moses, Listen to de Lambs, Aint' Got Time To Die, Go Tell It On The Mountain, Deep River, Poor Man Lazrus, Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen, Same Train, Lit'le David, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, Let Me Fly

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Elora Festival Singers : Arvo Part - Music for Unaccompanied Choir

Review: During the past 20 years, Arvo Part has consolidated his reputation as one of the most significant contemporary composers with a sequence of magnificent sacred choral works. Dating from between 1990 and 2001, the works on this recording exemplify Part's mature idiom at its most harmonically expressive. If Triodion represents his music at its starkest and most unadorned, Kanon Pokajanen, the composer's largest work after the 1982 St John Passion (Naxos 8.555860), is music of a dark-hued and intensely felt contemplation. Part's emotionally-charged Bogorditse Djvo, is a vibrant tribute to the Virgin Mary.

Songlist: O Jesus Son of God, Have Mercy Upon Us, O Most Holy Birth-giver of God, Save Us, O Holy Saint Nicholas, Pray to God for Us, Tribute to Caesar, Nunc Dimittis, Ode VII, I am the True Vine, The Woman with the Alabaster Box, Dopo la Vittoria, Bogoroditse Djevo

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Elora Festival Singers : Eric Whitacre Choral Music

Review: Eric Whitacre's dedication to the beauty of sound, paired with exquisite texts, results in a poetic combination that creates a unique sonic experience. These works are existential choral moments, beautifully crafted, and harmonised to express a compressed moment in time. Such sublime sonorities transcend descriptions such as 'warm', 'glistening' or 'shimmering', although these features of his choral works do suggest affinities with the sound worlds of Arvo Part or John Tavener, for instance. However, Whitacre's fluid lines and blossoming harmonies give his music its own highly personal and irresistible magic.

Songlist: Her Sacred Spirit Soars, A Boy and a Girl, Water Night, This Marriage, Luz Aurumque, Little Tree, When David Heard, Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine, I Thank You God for this Amazing Day, Sleep, Little Birds

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Elora Festival Singers : Morton Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium O Natu Lux

Review: Morten Lauridsen is America's preeminent composer of choral music. Characterized by long, arching and highly expressive lines, his works are enjoyed by performers and audiences worldwide. O nata lux, perhaps Lauridsen's most popular work, is a serene evocation of heavenly light, while the searingly intense and technically demanding Madrigali inhabit a more feverish and earthy realm. The refined Les Chansons des Roses employ a design reminiscent of the formal gardens, filled with roses, found in the grounds of the great French chateaux. The unforgettable final movement is the now-famous Dirait-on. The Mid-Winter Songs for chorus and piano are a stunning example of compositional virtuosity. O magnum mysterium, for a cappella chorus, is a setting of a Christmas text that has inspired composers from Victoria to Poulenc.

Songlist: O nata lux, Ov'e, lass', il bel viso, Quando son piu lontan, Amor, lo sento l'alma, Io piango, Luci serene e chiare, Se per havervi, oime, En une seul fleur, Contre qui, rose, De ton reve trop plein, La rose complete/ Dirait-on, Lament for Pasiphae, Like Snow, She Tells Her Love While Half Asleep, Mid-Winter Waking, Intercession in late October, O magnum mysterium

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Elysian Singers : Cantos Sagrados - Choral music of James MacMillan

Review: The Elysian Singers perform the choral works of composer, James MacMillan. MacMillan characteristically draws inspiration for his vocal works from recurring themes such as the Catholic Church and/or Scottish traditional culture. The most substantial works on this recording is Cantos Sagrados ("Sacred Songs"). MacMillan takes the poems of Latin American poets Ariel Dorfman and Ana Maria Mendosa, and combine their settings of political repression with traditional religious texts to create a powerful combination of liberation theology. The result is at times delicate, and then terrifying. The composer's intentions were to create a work both sacred and secular, being timeless yet contemporary. The Elysian Singers, under the direction of Sam Laughton, were founded in 1986. They have established a national reputation as a young and lively chamber choir, winning awards for commissioning new music.

Songlist: Divo Aloysio Sacrum, The Gallant Weaver, A Child's Prayer, Seinte Mari Moder Milde, Tremunt videntes angeli, Cantus Sagrados, Christus Vincit, So Deep

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EMO Ensemble : Of the Earth

Review: Emo Ensemble is a chamber choir, which consists of young music students and professional singers. The choir was founded at Espoo Music Institute, Finland in the autumn 2000 by its conductor, Pasi Hyokki. Three years later, it won the prize for best performance of a contemporary work at the Harald Andersen international chamber choir competition for 'Two Songs to Poems of Ann Jaderlund' composed by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Since then, the EMO Ensemble has concentrated on modern music and offering composers the services of a top-quality vocal instrument. In 2005, the choir released its first CD featuring works by leading Finnish composers like Esa-Pekka Salonen and Lotta Wennakoski. It received great reviews and was nominated for Choir CD of the Year by the Finnish Choirmasters Association. EMO Ensemble aims to be experimental, varied and innovative.

Songlist: Enkeli, Kuka Nukkuu Tuutussasi, Erlkonig, Vaggvisa, Mina nostan Vedesta, maailma Jonne Mina Tulin, Muistan Minne Paiva Painui, Mika Kannattaa Maailmassa, Ennen Vetta, Merenkavijat, Kyss min Mun, Djupt I Rummet, Jabberwocky, Ilo

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Ensemble 96 : Immortal Nystedt

Review: Nominated for two GRAMMY awards this release contains recent works by the Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt (b.1915), and was released in conjunction with his 90th birthday. Ensemble 96 is conducted by »ystein Fevang. Baerum Vokalensemble makes a guest appearance on the recording. For the last fifty years Knut Nystedt has occupied a unique position in Norway's music life. Also in the USA, Germany and Japan his works are an important part of the classical repertoire. This release offers some of his very best compositions for a cappella choir. Knut Nystedt draws his inspiration from all ages, creating his monumental choral art with a Christian perspective and wide, humanistic appeal. It is rare to find a disc of modern repertoire where all three constituent elements (the composition itself, the performance and the production) conspire to produce a work of amalgamated excellence" wrote the British magazine Choir and Organ.

Songlist: Prayers of Kierkegaard, Salve Regina, The Word Became Flesh, Nytt er Livet, Jesu Sieben Worte, Immortal Bach

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Ensemble Unicorn : I Would Gladly Sing Courtly Songs

Review: The Spanish-based Pneuma label has achieved a near-cult following among lovers of early and world music for performances that completely rethink the concept of "authentic performance." Their newest offering is an unexpected treat: the Ensemble Unicorn under the direction of Michael Posch in a program of South German music of the Middle Ages. Posch has taken a completely fresh and innovative approach to the performance of these works, seeking to broaden their appeal through dramatic and improvisatory performance, based in part on medieval poetry having been "composed" for singing and performance. The program gathers a broad selection of poetry from the Middle Ages linked to the South Tyrol, the region surrounding the Alps that was of enormous importance to the propagation of literature during the era.

Songlist: Mete din liechter schin, Si vragent, Nu alrest lebe ich mir werde, Ich sunge gerne hubschen sanc, Got vater sprach zu Abraham, Troto, Der wibe name grozer ist dan vrouwen lob, Es nahet gen der fasenacht, Verschamter munt, Fro welt, Nu kius ich, Maria unser frowe, Nieman zu fro sol prysen, Es gienc in juncfrou minneclich, Reymar, Walter, Robyn, Nithart

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Eric Ericson Chamber Choir : A Cradle Song

Review: The 28-strong mixed-voice, much-awarded Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, founded by Eric in 1945, has continually searched out new music and maintained a central position on the Swedish and international music scene. This and their pure "Nordic" sound has made them the ideal ensemble for several generations of Swedish composers, in this case Sven-David Sandstrom, whose groundbreaking 1978 piece "A Cradle Song/The Tyger" is presented here. There are 6 movements in this eclectic, spiritual work, "Hear My Prayer, O Lord," "April and Silence," "Etude No. 4 as in E Minor" (based on a strange, moody secular poem by Tobias Berggren), the title song, with text by William Blake, "A New Heaven and A New Earth," and "Agnus Dei." The extensive liner notes, in Swedish and English, have all the lyrics, and information about the composers and their sources. Breathtaking and unique material from the EECC.

Songlist: Hear My Prayer, O Lord, April and Silence, Etude No 4 as in E Minor, A Cradle Song - The Tyger, A New Heaven and A New Earth, Agnus Dei

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Eric Ericson Chamber Choir : Swedish Choral Music - Fran, Berg, Till, Back

Review: The new musical ideas emerging during the thirties and forties in the Church of Sweden came as a reaction against romantic ideals and dreamlike sound pictures. The focus of attention now turned to earlier music. Authentic performance became de rigeur, and the New Objectivity soon beccame both art form and life-style. The music which resulted seems today amazingly fresh and timeless. Eric Ericson directs his own choir in performances of choral compositions from Gottfrid Berg to Sven-Erik Back, many of which he premiered. We hear Rolf Stenholm at the 1949 organ of the Oscar Church, Stockholm.

Songlist: Three Latin Hymns: Veni creator spiritus, Three Latin Hymns: Miserere, Three Latin Hymns: Ave Maria, Huru ljuvliga aro icke dina boningar, Lar oss betanka huru fa vara dagar aro, Kyrie, Johannes sag sa klar en syn, De som med tarar sa, Se, sasom en handsbredd (Motett), Om I vanden om och aren stilla (Motett), Det brinner pa en o som heter jorden (Koral), Jag kanner dig i noden (Koral), Den stund ar vard att prisa, Ty sa alskade Gud varlden, Som sadden fornimmer Guds valbehag, Ur Adventsbon, Lov vare dig, o Jesu Krist (Koralpartita), Toccata a-moll, Psalmus vespertinus, Fantasia ostinata

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Eric Ericson Chamber Choir : Swedish Contemporary Vocal Music Vol 3

Review: The venerable, renowned 28 mixed-voice EECC brings us a collection of 6 eclectic pieces by avant-garde, contemporary Swedish composers Jan Sandstrom, Anders Hillborg, Anders Eliasson, Thomas Jennefelt and Sven David Sandstrom. Jan Sandstrom's Two Choral Poems is based on words by Harry Martinson, Hillborg's surreal, etheric piece (with an undecipherable, upside-down name) has no words, Elisson's "Breathing Room" is a fascinating, dissonant vocal smorgasbord, Jennefelt's powerful "O Domine" dramatically explores attitudes to death before becoming tranquil and reflective. And finally, Sven Sandstrom's "Etude No. 4, as in E minor" is based on a melancholy poem by Tobias Berggren that uses the waning of summer as a metaphor for similar changes in humankind. A strong, surprising, cutting edge collection from one of Europe's most versatile and innovative chamber choirs.

Songlist: Jan Sandsrom - Tva korpoem: Anrop (Harry Martinson), Jan Sandsrom - Tva japanska landskap (Harry Martinson), Anders Hillborg -, Anders Eliasson - Breathing Room (Tomas Transtromer), Thomas Jennefelt - O, Domine, Sven David Ssanstrom - Eytd Nr 4 som iE-moll (Tobias Berggren)

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Eric Ericson Chamber Choir : Treasures

Review: Previously unpublished recordings. Nominated for Swedish Grammy Award. Two poems with lyrics by Osten Sjostrand for mixed choir and Gustav Mahler's devout 16-tone polyphonic Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen. Daniel-Lesurs seven-invest Le Cantique des Cantiques shows Eric's interest in and connection to the French idiom. In Arnold Schoenberg's powerful Friede auf Erden for eight-voice mixed choir also participates Eric Ericson's other favorites Radio Choir and the School of Music Chamber Choir.

Songlist: St. Godric's Hymn, I mon waxe wod, Lenten is come, The long night, Yif ic of love can, Carol, Ye that pasen, A death , Tva dikter: F├Ârvandlignar i vintervatten, Tva dikter: Metamorfoser vid Siljan, ch bin der Welt abhanden gekommen , Den enda stunden, Dialogue, La voix du bien-aime, Le songe, Le roi Salomon, Le jardin clos, La Sulamite, Epithalame , Friede auf Erden

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Eric Ericson Chamber Choir / Swedish Radio Choir : Swedish Contemporary Vocal Music Vol 1

Review: Eric Ericson presents contemporary Swedish choral music on a CD of which a noted reviewer wrote: "It's almost too good! Two of our foremost 20th century composers are each represented by their five foremost compositions, performed by our best choir and our foremost choral conductor - and, moreover, with a quality of sound engineering both bright and beautiful."

Songlist: Laudi (Lidholm), Canto LXXXI, ...a riveder le stelle, Canzone 126 di Francesco Petrarca Op. 6 (Werle), Trees

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7831c | 1 CD | $16.95 | A Cappella || Swedish Choral Music

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