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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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Netherlands Chamber Choir : Taneyev - The Twelve Choruses, Op. 27

Review: If it is possible to compose Russian a cappella music that is at once severely contrapuntal and warmly sensual, austerely spiritual and deeply emotional, Sergey Taneyev did it in his 12 Choruses on poems by Jakov Petrovich Polonski, Op. 27. Compared with Rachmaninov's Vespers, with its massively archaic harmonies and deliberately anachronistic tone, Taneyev's Choruses are clearly products of their late romantic time and decadent imperial place. As performed by the Netherlands Chamber Choir led by T nu Kaljuste, Taneyev's Choruses sound at once robustly mystical and lucidly expressive.

Songlist: At The Grave, Evening, A Tower In Ruins, Look Such A Mist, On The Ship, Prayer, Suddenly A Music Sounded From Eternity, Prometheus, From The Clouds, Stars, Over The Mountains Two Gloomy Clouds, Those Days When Over The Drousy Sea

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8426c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Dutch Choral Music


Netherlands Chamber Choir : Vox Neerlandica 1

Review: The Renaissance period was a prolific time in the Netherlands. The area produced such composers as Giullaume Dufay, Jacob Obrecht and Orlandus Lassus to name a few. Works by these greats and more appear on Vox Neerlandica I. Spanning a 200 year period the pieces are in chronological order which allows the listener to hear the development of the styles coming from this very influential region. Directed by Paul van Nevel, the Netherlands Chamber Choir is as magnificent as ever.

Songlist: Gloria (Johannes Ciconia), Guillaume Dufay:, - Ave regina, - Alma redemptoris, Josquin des Prez:, - Tu solus qui facis mirabilia, - La deploration de Johan Okeghem, Salve Regina (Jacob Obrecht), O salutaris hostia (Pierre de la Rue), Pater Noster (Adriaan Willaert), Carole magnus eras (Jacobus Clemens non Papa), Datemi pace (Cipriano de Rore), Musiciens qui chantez (Hubert Waelrant), Suscipiant, Domine (Jacobus de Kerle), Orlandus Lassus:, - Jubilate Deo, - Io ti voria, - Tristis est anima mea, Voi bramate, ben mio (Cornelis Schuyt), Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck:, - Pseaume 90, - Laudate Dominum

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7199c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella || Dutch Choral Music


Netherlands Chamber Choir : Vox Neerlandica 2

Review: On Vox Neerlandica II, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, led by Uwe Gronostay, explores Dutch music from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These pieces come from a collection of the same name which has preserved choral music coming from the Netherlands. Though often overshadowed, the Netherlands has produced some fine music. The a cappella pieces on this recording are no exception. They are wonderfully sung by a first-rate choir who has no musical limitations.

Songlist: De nevel dekt ons , Rei van Edelingen , Auf dem See, Chanson d'automne, Hymnus de ascensione Domini, Salve Regina , Qui habitat , Wanerers Nachtlied , Wiegelied , Canamus, amici, canamus, Finnigan's wake, Les compagnons de la Marjolaine, Nu sijt willekome , Pater noster , Hemelsch Vader , Sonnet No. 43 , Priere , Als de ziele luistert , Psaume 121

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7201c | 1 CD | $15.95 || Dutch Choral Music


New London Chamber Choir : Iannis Xenakis - Choral Music

Review: In the oeuvre of many composers the vocal works are often the most personal, as if the primacy of the human voice and speech elicit an unguarded response. Xenakis' earliest works were based on a Bartokian approach to Greek folk music, which he rejected. However, his Greek origins continued to disturb him like subterranean tremors. His great love of ancient theatre, Greek philosophy and his mother tongue had to be married to a new musical language. The works on this CD all stem therefore from highly autobiographical sources. The works fall into three groups: the first intrumentalizes and orchestrates the voice stripped of text as in Nuits and Knephas; the second (Medea) is based on his beloved Classical Greek theatre with a dramatic context and text; and the third is a relatively new group, setting vocal texts where the language is left whole and undisturbed in a music which displays a limpid and strict modality

Songlist: A Colone, Nuits, Serment , Knephas , Medea

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2032c | 1 CD | $15.95 || Mediterranean a cappella


Nordic Chamber Choir : Bob Chilcott - Choral Works

Review: Born in 1955, Bob Chilcott has a fast-growing reputation as one of Britain's most popular and accessible composers of choral music. Bob Chilcott has been involved in choral music for most of his life, as a boy chorister and choral scholar at King's College, Cambridge, and as a member of the vocal group The King's Singers for twelve years. Over the past seven years he has poured his energy into the amateur choir world as a composer, conductor and choral clinician, with an emphasis on work with and for young singers. Chilcott has contributed a growing body of work to the repertoire of adult and children's choirs. As reflected in Canticles of Light, Chilcott's gifts are not limited to writing for adults, and he has gained an international reputation for his work with, and compositions for, children and young people. His song with sign language, 'Can you hear me? has become one of the most widely-performed pieces in the children's choir world and in March 2001 Chilcott himself conducted a performance sung by 2000 children at The World of Children's Choirs Festival in Vancouver, Canada. Bob Chilcott continues to be in great demand as a conductor and workshop leader worldwide. As a conductor Bob has worked extensively with choirs and festivals throughout the world. For seven years he was conductor of the 200-voice Chorus at the Royal College of Music in London. He is Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Singers, with whom he works regularly in studio recordings and concerts. He has also guest conducted the RIAS Kammerchor in Berlin, and the Elmer Iseler Singers in Toronto.

Songlist: Come buy, The flower of Cities all, London bells, Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Sept. 3, 1802, Good morrow, The Skin, The Barrel of the Drum, The Two Curved Sticks of the Drummer, Gourds and Rattles, The Gong-Gong, The Runner, Canticles of Light, My Prayer, The Sheperd's Carol, God so loved the world, For him all stars have shone, And So It Goes

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8918c | 1 CD | $15.95 || Bob Chilcott


Nordic Chamber Choir : John Rutter

Review: Conductor and composer John Rutter has worked in many facets of music, but is best known for his work in the choral realm. On this recording his work is interpreted by the Nordic Chamber Choir led by Nicol Matt. This dynamic CD shows the stylistic and subject variety found in Rutter's music. The first set of five sacred pieces includes the amazingly beautiful wedding song, "I my Best-Beloved's am," which combines sacred Latin texts with an English love poem, the jubilant "Cantate Domino" and virtuosic "Deck the hall." The set of Birthday Madrigals, written for jazz pianist George Shearing combine madrigal era texts in very jazzy settings, three of them include double-bass. The recording is rounded out with five settings of traditional songs and five childhood lyrics.

Songlist: Five sacred Pieces:, I my Best Beloved's am, Cantate Domino, Musica Dei Donum, Deck the Hall, Hymn to the Creator of Light, Birthday Madrigals:, It was a lover and his lass, Draw on, sweet night, Come live with me, My true love hath my heart, When daisies pied, Five traditional Songs:, The girl I left behind me, O waly, waly, The British Grenadiers, Golden slumbers, Dashing away with a smoothing iron, Five Childhood Lyrics:, Monday's child, The Owl and the Pussy-Cat, Windy nights, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Sing a song of sixpence

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7269c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || German Choral Music | John Rutter


Norman Luboff Choir : Songs Of The World Vol 1& 2

Review: The Norman Luboff choir is one of the great choral folk/pop groups of all time, and "Songs" is one of those great 2-LPs on one CD compilations that give you so much great music for your money. First released in 1959, these 24 (all but one song accompanied) songs embrace the music of many countries, most of which are fresh to our ears today, but nonetheless smooth, rich and beautiful. The one a cappella tune, "Dear Fatherland, Farewell," is a nostalgic winner with bass harmonies to die for. Soloists William Reeve, Betty Mulliner and William Lee amaze us and break our hearts. Some of our favorites: "Lift a Glass to Friendship" from Poland, "Pepita" from Portugal, "Bamboo Flute" from China, "Cockles and Mussels" from Ireland, "The Lonely Birch Tree" from Russia, "Valencianita" from Venezuela - all are wonderful and touching. Highly recommended!

Songlist: Volume 1:, Aupres de Ma Blonde, Carmen, Carmela, Lift A Glass to Friendship, Bamboo Flute, Pepita, Cockles and Mussels, The Lonely Birch Tree, Annie Laurie, Valencianita, Beyond the Mountains, Go To Sleep, Volume 2:, Mangwani Impulele, Greensleeves, Vigolin, Dear Fatherland, Farewell, Cherry Blossom, Coconut and Banana, Lullaby of the Shepherd, Still, Still, Still, marianna, All Through the Night, Click Go the Shears, The Fountain, Elanoy

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6868c | 1 CD | $14.98 |


Norman Luboff Choir : Ticket To The Movies

Review: Here are 19 songs, all from the movies, all arranged and conducted by Norman Luboff, A true musical eclectic, Luboff was driven to render every piece with a painstaking exactitude and an arrangement that immediately defined it as a Luboff performance. His choir toured annually from from 1963 until Luboff's death in 1987, and recorded more than 75 albums. This perfectionism is clear on every cut of every Luboff album, of which four, from 1961-65, are represented here. "All the Things You Are," "It Had to Be You," "As Time Goes By" (which Sam played again in "Casablanca," but actually was from the 1931 musical "Everybody's Welcome"), the title tunes from "My Foolish Heart," "Days of Wine and Roses," "High Noon," "On Green Dolphin Street," "An Affair to Remember," "Ruby" (from "Ruby Gentry") and "Laura," the lovely "Unchained Melody," "I'll Get By," "The Song from Moulin Rouge" ("Where is Your Heart"), and Irving Berlin's wonderful "Remember." Luboff is an American master, and his choir is one of the most powerful vocal groups of all time. Sure, all songs are gently accompanied, but the focus is on the smooth-as-maple syrup harmonies. These songs unabashedly tug at our heartstrings and push every romantic and sentimental button, and all we can say is, "highly recommended!"

Songlist: All the Things You Are, My Foolish Heart, High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me), An Affair to Remember, Darling My Darling, As Time Goes By, Days of Wine and Roses, Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo, Younger than Springtime, It's Magic, On Green Dolphin Street, It Had To Be You, Ruby, Stella By Starlight, I'll See You Again, Unchained Melody, Laura, I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You), The Song from "Moulin Rouge" (Where Is Your Heart?), Remember

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6869c | 1 CD | $15.98 |


Notre Dame Liturgical Choir : Cantate Domino - Music From the Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Review: The release, Cantate Domino (2000), is a combined effort of the University of Notre Dame Basilica choirs. It features a few of the contemporary pieces the Liturgical Choir prepared for their summer tour in Paris, including twentieth-century French composers Francis Poulenc and Pierre Villette. The thirteen voiced Basilica Schola sings Renaissance pieces by Hans Leo Hassler, Heinrich Isaac, Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. The Women's Litrugical Choir performs motets by Gabriel Faure, Franz Schubert and Charles Stanford.

Songlist: Basilica Schola:, Cantate Domino , O Esca Viatorum , Salvator Mundi, If Ye Love Me, Rorate Coeli , Ego Sum Panis Vivus , Haec Dies , Women's Liturgical Choir:, Ave Verum Corpus (Op.65, No.1) , Maria, Mater Gratiae (Op.47, No.2), Tantum Ergo (Op.65, No.2) , O Come Let Us Sing Unto the Lord , Psalm 23, My Song is Love Unknown, A Song of Peace (Op. 113, No.4), Psalm 150, Liturgical Choi:, Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord , Rise Up My Love, Tenebrae Factae Sunt, O Salutaris Hostia , Hymne a la Vierge , Psalm 46

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7268c | 1 CD | $15.98 |


Notre Dame Liturgical Choir : Exultati Deo

Review: The third compilation of the Liturgical Choir's music, Exultate Deo, features mostly a cappella music, with sets by Durufle, Palestrina, Mendelssohn, and Stanford. Highlights include Faure's tranquil "Cantique de Jean Racine"; Hoiby's contemporary organ exposition, "Let This Mind Be In You"; Palestrina's ageless "Sicut Cervus"; Mendelssohn's eight-voice German Mass segments; and Stanford's jubilant Easter anthem, "Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem."

Songlist: Hail Gladdening Light, Cantique de Jean Racine, Ubi Caritas , Tantum Ergo, Rorate Coeli , Ego Sum Panis Vivus , Kyrie , Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe, Heilig , A Hymn to the Virgin , O Sacrum Convivium, Let This Mind be in You , Justorum Animae , Coelos Ascendit Hodie

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7267c | 1 CD | $15.98 |


Notre Dame Liturgical Choir : Praise Thee, Notre Dame

Review: Praise Thee, Notre Dame, the second recording from the Liturgical Choir, features a Mass, in five movements, written for two organs and choir by nineteenth-century French composer Louis Vierne, with organists Erik Floan and Heather Martin. The remainder of this collection is a cappella, including, "Salvation is Created" by Pavel Tchesnokoff, "Ave Maria" by Igor Stravinsky "Ain'a That Good News" arranged by William Dawson and "Notre Dame Our Mother," the University of Notre Dame alma mater.

Songlist: Messe Solennelle, Op. 16 , Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei , Salvation is Created , Ave Maria , Blazhenni yazhe izbral , I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light (Kathleen Thomerson), The King of Love, Ain'a That Good News, Notre Dame, Our Mother

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7264c | 1 CD | $15.98 |


Notre Dame Liturgical Choir : Sing Unto God!

Review: Sing Unto God! encompasses the Liturgical Choir's repertoire. From the intricate Baroque motets of Viadana and Victoria to the melodic twentieth century setting of Psalm 23 by Matthews, included are choral standards such as Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" and Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus." Other pieces, seasonally themed include a song for Epiphany "Heilig" by Mendelssohn and Victoria's plaintive setting of the Lenten "O Vos Omnes." The recording ends with Parry's "I Was Glad," one of the most famous cathedral anthems ever written.

Songlist: Exultate justi, Christus factus est, Ave Maria, O Vos Omnes , Jesu, Joy of Our Desiring , The Lord is My Shepherd , And the Glory of the Lord from Messiah , Ave verum corpus, There Shall a Star , Heilig , E'en So, Lord Jesus, My Shepherd Will Supply My Need , I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me

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7266c | 1 CD | $15.98 |


Oasis Chorale : In Endless Light

Review: Another fine collection from Kinzers, PA's 33-strong, mixed-voice Oasis Chorale, whose intent is "to provide an opportunity for young people to use their God given talents in promoting this 'Oasis' in the desert of ungodly music of the day-giving a cool drink to the thirsty soul and spirit." Some favorites among these 17 songs are: Paul Tchesnokoff's "Let Thy Holy Presence," "Make a Joyful Noise Unto God," with text from Psalm 66, William Byrd and William Leighton's "Look Down, O Lord, On Me," Edward Grieg and H.A. Brorson's "God's Son Has Made Me Free," Roy Hamilton's "Lord, I Need You," Lyle Stutzman and Samuel Johnson's "Prayer for Strength," the traditional Spiritual "I'm Goin' to Sing," J. Haydn's (with text by Jane McKnight) "Praise We Sing to Thee," Frederick Lehman's "The Love of God" and M. Lowrie Hoffard & H. Millard's lovely "Abide With Me, 'Tis Eventide." Let this beautiful music open your heart to praise and worship with Oasis Chorale!

Songlist: Let Thy Holy Presence, Make a Joyful Noise, Look Down, O Lord, God's Son Has Made Me Free, Lord, I Need You, Give Me Jesus, For He Shall Give His Angels, Prayer for Strength, The King of Love, I'm Goin' To Sing, O Day Full of Grace, Praise We Sing to Thee, The Love of God, Down By the Riverside, Alleluia, Prayer, Abide With Me, 'Tis Eventide

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3051c | 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella |


Oasis Chorale : Journey - The Road Home

Review: Led by acclaimed Conductor and Director Wendell Nisley, the 34-strong, mixed-voice Oasis Chorale's mission is "to call its singers and its audiences to thoughtful worship of the true God through artistic choral music sung skillfully. "Journey, the Road Home," an a cappella album, is divided into 5 parts, the first, Songs of Delight, has "Shout, O Glory and "I Sat Down Under His Shadow" as our favorites, Part II, Songs of Distress, features "Hear My Prayer, O Lord" and "Abide with Me;" Part III, Songs of Assurance, has "Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep," the soaring "Amazing Grace" and "Close Now Thine Eyes;" Part IV, Songs of Commitment and Courage favorites are "God Be in My Head," "Day by Day" and "Walk Together, Children;" and Part V, Songs of Home winners are "Never Weather-Beaten Sail," "Goin' Home" and "Home to Thee." The Chorale is aptly named, "Journey, the Road Home" is an oasis of lovely, harmonious, inspiring a cappella songs of faith that move us and lift us up!

Songlist: Shout, O Glory - Songs of Delight, I Sat Down Under His Shadow - Songs of Delight, Praise To The Lord - Songs of Delight, Hear My Prayer, O Lord - Songs of Distress, Hear My Prayer - Songs of Distress, Abide With Me - Songs of Distress, Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep - Songs of Assurance, Take My Hand and Lead Me - Songs of Assurance, Amazing Grace - Songs of Assurance, Close Now Thine Eyes - Songs of Assurance, God Be In My Head - Songs of Commitment and Courage, Day by Day - Songs of Commitment and Courage, This Little Light of Mine - Songs of Commitment and Courage, Walk Together, Children - Songs of Commitment and Courage, Never Weather-Beaten Sail - Songs of Home, Goin' Home - Songs of Home, Home to Thee - Songs of Home

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6088c | 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella |


Oasis Chorale : Reflections

Review: The mission of Kinzers, PA's 33-strong, mixed-voice Oasis Chorale is "to call its singers and its audiences to thoughtful worship of the true God through artistic Choral music sung skillfully." The five-part, 16-song collection "Reflections, Portraits from the Life of Christ" fulfills that mission beautifully, with well-chosen, varied selections such as the Plainsong "Jesus, I Adore Thee" coupled with the traditional hymn "O Come, All Ye Faithful," Eric Whitacre's lovely "Lux Aurumque," Jester Hairston's "Mary's Little Boy Chile" and June Collin's "The Quiet Heart" in the first part, "The Beginning Scenes of the Advent." Favorites in part II, Ministry, are Rosephanye Powell's "The Word was God," Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Our Father in Heaven" and the German Chorale "Lamb of God;" and on part III, Passion, Karl Graun's "Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs" and Hans Leo Hassler's "Passion Chorale." Part IV features Lloyd Kauffman's "Lift Your Glad Voices" and Vulpius' "Jesus Our Lord Is Risen Today;" and Part V, Robert Shaw's "Set Down, Servant," Andreas Hammerschmidt's "Lift Up Your Heads," and F. Melius Christiansen's "Beautiful Savior." "Reflections" is gorgeous, moving and inspiring!

Songlist: Jesus, I Adore Thee, O Come, All Ye Faithful, Lux Aurumque, Mary's Little Boy Chile, The Quiet Heart, The Word Was God, Our Father In Heaven, My God Is A Rock, Lamb Of God, Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs, Passion Chorale, Lift Your Glad Voices, Jesus Our Lord Is Risen Today, Set Down, Servant, Lift Up Your Heads, Beautiful Savior

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6087c | 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella |


Oasis Chorale : Treasures in Heaven

Review: Conductor Wendell Nisley leads his 34 mixed-voice, Kinzers, PA-based Oasis Chorale in another lovely all-a cappella collection of 20 songs. The Chorale's desire is that "the message of our songs would be like an oasis in the desert, refreshing to the spirit and soul," and "Treasures in Heaven" is exactly that! Some of our favorites are "Sing and Rejoice," "Glory of the Lord," "If Ye Love Me," the title tune, "I Go to the Rock," "All That Hath Life & Breath," "His Footfall" (to the tune of the Folk song "Danny Boy"), "Working with Joy," "Jordan," "Abendlied" and "Alleluia," but every cut here is beautiful, uplifting and inspirational!

Songlist: Heilig, Sing and Rejoice, Glory In The Lord, God Is Seen, If Ye Love Me, Here I Am, Lord, Treasures In Heaven, I Go To The Rock, O God Our Help, Spirit of God, Descend, All That Hath Life & Breath, His Footfall, Prayer of the Children, Be Tho My Vision, Working With Joy, Jordan, Beautiful Savior, Ain'a That Good News, Abendlied, Alleluia

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3052c | 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella |


Ola Gjeilo : Winter Songs

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Songlist: The Rose, Ecce Novum, The First Nowell, Days of Beauty, Home, Across the Vast, Eternal Sky, Ave Generosa, First Snow, The Holly & the Ivy, Away in a Manger, Dawn, The Coventry Carol, Silent Night, Wintertid, The Rose II

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4007c | 1 CD | $15.95 || Ola Gjeilo


Ole Miss Choirs : Whitacre Conducts Whitacre

Review: The University of Mississippi Department of Music offers a unique opportunity to experience Eric Whitacre's music as he conducts the University of Mississippi Concert Singers, Men's Glee, Women's Glee, University Chorus, and Symphonic Band in cooperation with rehearsal conductors Bill DeJournett, Debra Spurgeon, and Donald Trott. This project was the result of a campus visit in April 2007 with Eric Whitacre including rehearsal time, a recording session, Q&A with students, and culminating in a concert for the public. This recording is a mixture of live and recording session performances.

Songlist: With a Lily in Your Hand, This Marriage, Sleep, Animal Crackers, Lux Aurumque, She Weeps Over Rahoon, Ghost Train, Cloudburst, Five Hebrew Love Songs

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9018c | 1 CD | $15.95 || Eric Whitacre


Opus 7 : From Captivity to the Holy City

Review: The disc, with selections drawn from texts for the Lenten and Easter seasons, describes the human experience as it moves from darkness to light, from enslavement to liberation, and from suffering to joy. Included are works by Parry, Ives, Stanford, and Opus 7's composer-in-residence, John Muehleisen.

Songlist: Chichester Mass, De profundis, Long Since in Egypt's pleneous land, Drop. drop slow tears, Crux fidelis, Fac me tecum, 67 Psalm, Veni, cretor spiritus, And I saw a new heaven, Coelos ascendit bodie, God is gone up, Hark, I hear the harps eternal, Never weather-beaten saile

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6821c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella |


Opus 7 : Herbolsheimer: Let Us Sing

Review: A major collection of never-before-recorded music by Northwest composer Bern Herbolsheimer, performed in the beautiful acoustical setting of St. James Cathedral in Seattle. These lyrical works are interpreted with reverence and clarity by Opus 7 vocal ensemble under the direction of Loren Ponten. Opus 7 specializes in the performance of modern and contemporary works, and their previous recordings have received national praise.

Songlist: Ave Regina, "Gloria" from St. James Mass for Peace, Let Us Sing Sweet Songs, Thanksgiving Day, 1861: One Vacant Chair, We Praise Thee O God, Blessed, Seven Last Words, Father, forgive them, Amen dico tibi, Mulier, ecce filius tuus, Eli, lama sabatani?, Sitio, Consummatum est, Father, into thy hands, O come, O come, Silly Shepherds, Stille Nacht

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6151c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella |


Orphei Drangar : Caprices with OD - Ericson/Sund

Review: In the early sixties the decade was young and people were enthusiastic about anything new. Sweden's Orphei Drangar (OD), an all male choir founded in 1853 changed the formalities of concerts, talking to the audience, allowing laughter and introducing the idea of the "Caprice" in 1962. "Caprice" means "whim" or idea, and it is intended to suggest what is improvised and playful in concerts. The general public longed for such entertainment. Things have changed radically since then, but the basic ideas, surprises, playfulness and high seriousness, craziness but with a requirement of musical quality. "Certainly the lads go astray at times," but nothing ventured, nothing gained. This CD is a "best of" these Caprice concerts, from 1964 to 1969. Unannounced guest artists were a fundamental idea. These included Sven-Bertil Taube, a small ensemble from the choir called the Olsson Quintet made a celebrated debut. Sten-Gunnar Hellstrom presented his condensed version of Swedish musical history, composer Sten Broman was released in his purple tux, and talked for a quarter of an hour about 2 songs with a duration of 3 minutes. There are 22 songs, ending with G. Wennerberg's "Slut Godnatt," an amorous lover's "Wake Up" serenade (to make sure she was not sleeping, leaving him to sing love songs uselessly to himself). All live, in Swedish and in some English, with some light accompaniment and quite a bit of audience laughter. We wish we could understand some of the jokes, but some bits, like "Dolly," "Embraceable You," "Domardansen" and "Beatlespassion" give us a pretty good idea of what's going on. Interesting concept, with some good music and funny stuff.

Songlist: "Ja, jag Kommer" (Hor I Orphei Drangar), Skargardsfrun (E. Taube . sang: Sven Bertil Taube), Kondenserade visor (S-G Hellstrom- Mossebacke Monarki sang: Sten-Gunnar Hellstrom), Till Osterland (Trad., arr. K-A. Frisk), Det stod en lind (Trad., arr. K-A Frisk), Tal (Speech) Sten Broman, Dolly (S. Broman - Falstaaff, fakir), Serenad en ovanligt kall mars samma lordag som det blev om slag I vadret (E.M. Yrgard sang: Erik Mattias Yrgard), Ibrollopsgarden (A. Soderman), Bandura (Trad., arr J.Johansson piano: Jan Johansson. Bas: Georg Riedel), Embraceable You (G. & I. Gershwin- B. Barlach sang: Sonya Hedenbratt), Domaredansen (Trad., arr O. Olsson - A. Linder. Sang: A. Linder, sang: Anders Linder), M'appari (F.v. Flowtow sang: Staffan Hjorth. Piano Sture Lunden), Beatlepassion (Beatles, arr. K-A. Frisk sang: Dorothy Irving, Christer Solen, Bengt Rundgren), Eko-visa (O. di Lasso. Text och bearbetning: K-A. Frisk Kammarkoren; Kvintetten Olsson; OD), Man Is For The Woman Made (H. Purcell - John Runge's collection sang: Christer Bladin Gitarr: Adam Taube), Dane liksom askan, systrar (J.H. Stunz - J.Jolin. Kammarkorens damer), Plocka vill jag skogsviol (Trad. - A.Slotte.), Come Sunday (Duke Ellington sang: Alice Babs piano: Ake Leven), "Extranummer" (sang: Alice Babs), Madrigal (Adam de la Halle - Schreiber, overs Ralf), Grona sma applen , Slut - Godnatt (G. Wennerberg)

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7808c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Swedish Choral Music


Orphei Drangar : Caprices with OD Vol 1 - Eric Ericson

Review: More silliness from Sweden's all-male choir Orphei Drangar (OD), yearly live concerts that were founded in 1962, the ones here taking place from 1987 to 1990, that featured "Caprices," or whims and improvisations in concerts (see review for "Capricer Med OD, Del 1964-69"). 18 songs, some in Swedish, some in English; some favorites are "Mozart's Pianokonsert nr 21," "Bluesette," "Teach Me Tiger," "Sudda, sudda," "Yuppie Rap," "At The Hop/Rock Around the Clock" and "I Could Have Danced All Night." OK, sometimes we wish we could understand Swedish and see what's happening when the audience cracks up, but there's still a lot to get a laugh from and enjoy here.

Songlist: Sveriges Flaggstang, Joakim Uti Babylon, Vem Kan Segla/Fjariln Vingad, Kolm Mul Oli Kaunist Sona, Mozarts Pianokonsert Nr 21 (med variationer), Stadshotellet, Bluesette, Balladen Om Herr Rosenbloms Speleman, Teach Me Tiger, Sudda, Sudda, Yuppie-Rap, La Vie En Rose, Kulldansen, At The Hop/Rock Around The Clock, Iltapilvia, Bedragarens Vag, Carola, I Could Have Danced All Night

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7807c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Swedish Choral Music


Oslo Filharmoniske Kor : Edvard Grieg - A Cappella

Review: Edvard Hagerup Grieg was a Norwegian composer who is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. His use and development of Norwegian folk music in his own compositions put the music of Norway in the international spectrum, as well as helping develop a national identity, much like Jean Sibelius and Antonin Dvorak did in Finland and Bohemia respectively.

Songlist: Ave, Maris Stella , Dona Nobis Pacem, No. 1. Hvad Est Du Dog Skjon (How Fair Is Thy Face), No. 2. Guds Son Har Gjort Mig Fri (God's Son Hath Set Me Free), No. 3. Jesus Kristus ER Opfaren (Jesus Christ Our Lord Is Risen), No. 4. I Himmelen (in Heaven Above), Romancer, Op. 39: No. 5. Blegnet Segnet, Sangerhilsen (Greeting to the Singers), 4 Songs: No. 4. the Late Rose, Inga Litamor (Little Inga), Jaedervise (Westerly Wind), Valgsang (Election Song), Impromptu, Noget Langsomt (Slightly Slow), I Folketone (in Folktune Style), Allegro Con Brio, Molto Andante, Allegro Molto Vivace, Allegro Moderato E Marcato

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22164c | 1 CD | $17.95 | A Cappella || Edvard Grieg


Oxford Camerata : Celestial Harmonies - Gesualdo

Review: Now enjoying cult status since her 're-discovery' 25 years ago, Hildegard von Bingen, the tenth child of an aristocratic family, entered a convent at the age of eight and spent the remainder of her eighty years as a nun as well as a mystic, the latter half as abbess of her own convent. Hildegard's great musico-poetic collection was completed around the year 1150. Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum (Symphony of the Harmony of Heavenly Revelations) is a collection of 77 songs and one music drama. The subjects of these songs are an idiosyncratic collection of individuals and groups - the pieces included on this recording are variously addressed to the Creator, the Redeemer, the Blessed Virgin Mary, St John the Evangelist, Apostles, Confessors, and Martyrs.

Songlist: O cohors milite floris, O successores fortissimi leonis, O vos imitatores excelse, O dulcis electe, O victoriosissimi triumphatores, O cruor sanguinis, O vis aeternitatis, O splendidissima gemma

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8912c | 1 CD | $9.95 || Early Music CDs | Carlo Gesualdo


Oxford Camerata : English Madrigals And Songs

Review: The Oxford Camerata was formed to meet the growing demand for choral groups specializing in Renaissance music. Now comprised of 12 mixed voices Camerata has since expanded its repertoire to include music from the medieval period to the present day. Jeremy Summerly founded the Oxford Camerata after studying music at New College, Oxford, graduating with 1st Class Honors in 1982. "English Madrigals" is divided into 4 sections, "Early Tudor Songs," ("Pastime with good company," attributed to Henry VIII, "Blow thy horn, hunter," by Wm. Cornish, and "Hey trolly lolly lo"); "Madrigals from the Golden Age" ("Draw on, sweet night" and "Weep, Weep Mine Eyes,'" by John Wilbye, Richard Carlton's "Sound Saddest Notes" and Robt. Ramsey's "Sleep, Fleshly Birth"); and "Romantic Songs and Partsongs," (Robt. Pearsall's "Lay a garland," Somerset's "The trees they do grow high," and Charles Stanford's "The Blue Bird"). Nice liner notes booklet with all the lyrics and group info. Camerata's music soars in perfect, effortless harmony!

Songlist: Pastime with good company, Blow thy horn, hunter, Ah Robin, gentle Robin, Hey Trolly Lolly Lo, Draw on, Sweet Night, Thule, the Period of Cosmography, Weep. Weep Mine Eyes, As Vesta Was, Sound Saddest Notes, Fair Phyllis, Sleep. Fleshly Birth, Mother, I will have a Husband, Lay a Garland, Rigg Fair, The Trees They do Grow High, The Blue Bird

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7343c | 1 CD | $11.98 || Madrigals CDs


Oxford Camerata : Gesualdo: Sacred Mass for Five Voices

Review: Without doubt the music written by the prince of Verona is some of the most macabre yet outlandishly fantastic music ever written. The famous unprepared chromatic side steps remain decidedly unnerving even to a devoted Second Viennese School. The effect of the chromatic spirals is often vertigo inducing but also deeply moving and ultimately awe-inspiring. This is truly sublime music by a neglected genius. The performances here are amongst the very best available of Gesualdo's music - at any price. This would be a perfect place to start exploring this bizarre but inspired musical universe.

Songlist: Illumina faciem tuam, Deus refugium et virtus, Exaudi Deus deprecationem meam, Tribulationem et dolorem, Tribularer si nescirem, Precibus et meritis beatae Mariae, O Crux benedicta, O vos omnes, Dignare me laudare te, Maria mater gratiae, Laboravi in gemitu meo, Ave dulcissima Maria, Domine ne despicias, Peccantem me quotidie, Sancti Spiritus Domine, Hei mihi Domine, Venit lumen tuum Jerusalem, Reminiscere miserationum tuarum, Ave Regina coelorum

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8752c | 1 CD | $9.95 | A Cappella || Early Music CDs | Carlo Gesualdo


Oxford Camerata : Renaissance Masterpieces

Review: It is doubtful whether any of the composers represented on this recording would have had an understanding of the term 'masterpiece' (let alone the term 'Renaissance') when applied to their own music. Similarly, it is unlikely that any of these composers would have considered themselves composers in the sense in which we now understand the word. The Renaissance musician was regarded as more craftsman than artist. Moreover, all of the music recorded here is entirely functional: it was all designed to be used within a living Latin liturgy; it had no other purpose. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it may also be in the mind of the creator, and when composer and performer seem to perceive beauty within the same gesture (although separated by hundreds of years) we may be tempted to describe a work as masterly. In the Nunc dimiltis, for instance, Josquin's anonymous imitator may lack the technical refinement of his mentor, but the product is sincere and moving. Similarly, Thomas Morley's subsequent adaptation of Rogier's Laboravi in gemitu meo evidently reflects a contemporaneous respect for this beautifully-paced motet. And while King Joao IV may have been a discerning musical patron, he was neither a prolific nor great composer; however, Crux fidelis achieves a depth of emotion that was as recognizable to J. S. Bach as it must have been to King Joao's own subjects. Byrd's Laudibus in sanctis is the only concrete example on this recording of the composer giving a particular work his own seal of approval: its position at the head of the 1591 Cantiones sacrae proves that Byrd himself regarded this motet highly, and the fact that it now enjoys unreserved critical acclaim is comforting.

Songlist: Intemerata Dei mater, Nunc dimittis, Magnificat (Octavi toni), Surrexit pastor bonus, Laboravi in gemitu meo, Ego flos campi, Si ignoras te, Lauda mater ecclesia, Vadam et circuibo, Laudibus in sanctis, Crux fidelis

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8755c | 1 CD | $9.95 | A Cappella || Early Music CDs


Oxford Camerata : Weelkes: Anthems

Review: If Weelkes stands slightly apart from his contemporaries then it is because he was perhaps the nearest the English got to a 'dare-devil'. The traits of the boldest compositions of his 1600 madrigal collection dig surprisingly deeply into the baroque psyche without ever drawing on specific 'baroque' practices: impetuosity, restlessness, a love of bold and startling symbolism, concentrated gestures, and an ambition for large structural coherence - all characteristics which would have found a natural home fifty years later. But when the madrigal soon, and ironically for Weelkes, became an anachronism he willingly turned his attention to the church, committed as he was to the bastion of counterpoint. However tempting it is to think of an innovator stifled by the conservatism of his age, the relatively experimental devices in the madrigals are surprisingly unintegral to Weelkes's musical style. He was never particularly responsive to words; as Hosanna to the son of David and Alleluia! I heard a voice display, his music is essentially driven by sonorous textures and an engagingly direct desire to set a text with the minimum of fuss.

Songlist: Hosanna to the son of David, Give ear, O Lord, All people clap your hands, What joy so true, O Lord, grant the king a long life, Lord, to thee I make my moan, All laud and praise, Lachrimae Pavan , A remembrance of my friend Thomas Morley, Passymeasures Pavan , Gloria in excelsis Deo, When David heard, Give the king thy judgements, O Lord, arise, O how amiable are thy dwellings, Most mighty and all-knowing Lord, Alleluia, I heard a voice

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8756c | 1 CD | $9.95 | A Cappella || Early Music CDs | Thomas Weelkes


Oxford Camerata : William Byrd

Review: The early 1580s marked an important change in the sacred music of William Byrd, just as they did in the history of Catholicism in England. Many of the Latin motets of the 1580s, collected in two volumes of Cantiones sacrae, set words about the Babylonian Exile, charged with penitential ecstasy. These are non-liturgical works - indeed the text of Infelix ego draws on the Bible only indirectly through the pen of savonarola. The words, written as that Catholic puritan demagogue awaited execution in Florence, reflect on his own personal guilt and the redemptive pity of God. They stimulate Byrd's wide technical resources, from two- and three-part writing to complex six-part polyphony to dramatic homophony, the whole reminiscent of the vast Marian antiphons of Christopher Tye or William Mundy. By contrast, the Mass settings are compact and controlled. They belong to a later period, when Byrd's response to his circumstances had changed from the impassioned to the practical; the Gradualia represent an attempt to set music for the entire Catholic liturgy, and the Masses may have been linked to the same project.

Songlist: Mass for Four Voices:, -Kyrie, -Gloria, -Credo, -Sanctus, -Agnus Dei, Infelix ego, Mass for Five Voices, -Kyrie, -Gloria, -Credo, -Sanctus, -Agnus Dei

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8753c | 1 CD | $9.95 | A Cappella || Early Music CDs | William Byrd


Oxford Pro Musica Singers : Deep River

Review: 'Feel the Spirit' is a set of seven arrangements of well-known spirituals, first performed in 2001. It is performed on this recording by the acclaimed jazz singer Jacqueline Dankworth in its chamber-ensemble arrangement. Harvey Brough's 'Walled Garden Suite' for soloist, choir and instrumental quartet was written for Dankworth and first performed on the occasion of the opening of the walled garden at Wingfield Arts in Suffolk. Of the two collections by Bob Chilcott on this CD, 'Fragments from his Dish' is a group of five light-hearted part-songs on the themes of food and drink. The programme concludes with 'The Making of the Drum', settings of words by Barbadian poet Edward Kamau Braithwaite, commissioned from Bob Chilcott by OPMS on the occasion of the choir's twentieth anniversary in 1997. It tells the story of the making of a traditional African drum and is heavily influenced by the style of African tribal music.

Songlist: Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho , Steal Away, I Got A Robe, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child , Ev'ry Time I Feel The Spirit, Deep River, The Argument, Red Running Rue, To Daffodils, On Himself, Grace-The Clean Platter, The Pie , Harvest In My Crift, Christmas 1666, Whines From The Wood , The Skin, The Barrel Of The Drum, The Two Curved Sticks Of The Drummer , The Gong-Gong

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8384c | 1 CD | $15.98 || English Choral CDs


Pablo Sosa : Este es el Dia

Review: This recording contains nineteen of Pablo Sosa's best church music compositions, reflecting both the folk and contemporary genres of Argentina. This recording is Sosa's legacy and inspiration to future generations of sacred music composers. Mostly written in Spanish, the songs on this recording communicate a great range of emotion through the richness of melody and allure of Latin rhythms. The folk and contemporary music of este es el Dia joyfully expresses the Gospel message with the colorful musical flavors of Argentina. The CD booklet contains singing translations of all songs.

Songlist: Gloria, Miren que bueno! , Si fui motivo de dolor Latidos de Dios, El cielo canta alegria , Hemos cubierto la tierra, Querida Abya yala , este es el dia , La bendicion del Dios de Sara , Tuyo es el reino, Alli esta Jesus, Este momento en punto, Villancico del pibe laburante , Villancico del Dios transformado , Villancico del cartonero , Yo se que se, Stranger Unknown , Cristo vive! , Vamos!

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8614c | 1 CD | $15.95 || Latin American Choral


Pacific Chorale : Nocturne

Review: This CD features a cappella works of American composers, including two pieces from luminary contemporary composer Eric Whitacre, a commission written for the Pacific Chorale by Frank Ticheli, and selections by Pacific Chorale's Artistic Director, John Alexander.

Songlist: There Will be Rest, Nocturne, The Cloths of Heaven, To Be Sung on the Water, Water Night, Cloudburst, Mass: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, This Time of Kites:, -I. Prelude, -II. The Day Burns Bright, -III. Epilogue

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8746c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella |


Pacific Mozart Ensemble : A Story Of Freedom onsale

Review: The Berkeley, CA-based PME has just been getting better and more innovative since its founding 20 years ago. This rich, powerful, live collection of 23 authentic Spirituals is their 3rd winning recording in the Primarily A Cappella catalog. Some songs are recorded at the Green Room in San Francisco, and the rest at the Oakland Museum. All of our favorites are here, with fresh new arrangements: "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel," "Ezekiel Saw de Wheel," "His Name So Sweet," "Freedom Train," the heartbreaking "Steal Away," "Do Lord, Remember Me," "Elijah Rock," "The Battle of Jericho," "Amazing Grace," "Mary Had a Baby" and many others. Every song a gem, soaring solos, great music, live performance excitement-what could be better? We loved "A Story of Freedom!"

Songlist: Lord I Want To Be A Christian, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, Ezekiel Saw De Wheel, Ain't That Good News, His Name So Sweet, Freedom Train, Steal Away, Soon And Very Soon, Deep River, Do Lord Remember Me, Great Day, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Chile, Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen , Abide With Me, Elijah Rock, I'm Gonna Sing 'til The Spirit Moves In My Heart, The Battle Of Jericho, Down By The Riverside, Who Is Dat A Yonder, Ev'ry Time I Feel The Spirit, Amazing Grace, Behold A Star, Mary Had A Baby

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Pacific Mozart Ensemble : Classics Live onsale

Review: Since its founding twenty years ago, Berkeley-based PME has grown to fill an important role in the cultural life of the Bay Area, presenting courageous and innovative programs of many works that have never been performed in concert settings. PME provides the opportunity for composers to collaborate with a professional chorus in performances of new or experimental work. In addition, PME stages live performances of works previously heard only on recordings. Founding director Richard Grant has directed the Ensemble in more than 200 concerts, and led the Ensemble on three European concert tours, presenting innovative programs from all periods and styles of music. Grant has has established a reputation for programming the current work of the most important contemporary composers, such as John Adams, Meredith Monk, David Lang and Philip Glass. But their repertoire also includes, of course, Christian sacred works by Mozart, Poulenc and Stravinsky. "Classics Live" focuses on this music. The first nine songs are a cappella, and this is a live recording. Barber's "Agnus Dei," "Ave Marias" by Biebl, Bruckner and Stravinski, Stravinski's "Pater Noster" and "Credo," Lotti's "Crucifixus," Durufle's "Tota Pulchra Es" and Poulenc's "Quatre Petites Prieres De Francois D'Assisse, No. 3." The last eight movements are parts of Durufle's moving "Requiem," accompanied by organ and cello. The soaring voices of this 64-strong mixed chorus take us to another time and space, a place of worship and angels. Truly beautiful.

Songlist: Agnus Dei , Ave Maria, Ave Maria , Pater Noster, Credo, Ave Maria, Crucifixus , Tota Pulchra Es, Quatre Petites De St. Francois d'Assise, Requiem , Introit & Kyrie, Domine Jesu, Sanctus, Pie Jesu, Agnus Dei , Lux aeterna, Linera me, In Paradisum

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6938c | 1 CD | $9.95 | A Cappella || Maurice Durufle


Paul McCartney : Ecce Cor Meum

Review: Paul McCartney has released his long awaited fourth classical album Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart), an Oratorio in four movements. The idealistic texts, also by McCartney, are meditations on goodness, spirituality, peace, and love, and are well served by the pretty, Romantic melodies; the long choral and orchestral sections flow one into the next. The Interlude (composed after the death of his wife, Linda) is simple and moving. The music builds throughout to an emotional climax and the entrance of the organ later in the work--beautifully played and handsomely recorded--is quite remarkable. This is a far more advanced work than 1991's Liverpool Oratorio: more through-composed and has many beautiful moments.

Songlist: Spiritus, Gratia, Interlude (Lament), Musica, Ecce Cor Meum

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8466c | 1 CD | $17.95 || Mixed Choirs CDs


Polyphony : At Twilight

Review: The pairing of music by Percy Grainger and Edvard Grieg at first may seem odd. In fact, though, the two composers were good friends. Grieg lauded Grainger's folk song settings as helping to create "an independent English music." The choral music of Grainger and Grieg on this CD, sung gloriously by Polyphony, was written in the early 1900's. Most of Grainger's settings are of English folk songs, though there are a few Irish and Scotch ones as well. The CD also includes a song from Grainger's native Australia (Track 18 Australian Up-Country Song). The Four Psalms by Grieg are his last completed works and are based on Norwegian church melodies. To further connect the composers, the English translations of the psalms were written by Grainger. This wonderful recording also features soloists tenor Paul Agnew and baritone David Wilson-Johnson.

Songlist: Percy Grainger:, Irish Tune from County Derry, Dollar and a Half a Day, Shenandoah, Stormy, The Gypsy's Wedding Day, Brigg Fair, Mo nighean dubh, O Mistress Mine, Edvard Grieg, Four Psalms, How Fair is Thy face, God's Son hath set me free, Jesus Christ our Lord is risen, In heav'n above, Ave, Maris Stella, Percy Grainger, Soldier, soldier, Mary Thomson, Ye banks and braes, Dalvisa, Australian Up-Country Song, Near Woodstock Town, The Sussex Mummers' Carol, A Song of Varmeland, At Twilight

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7157c | 1 CD | $12.98 | A Cappella || English Choral CDs | Percy GraingerCrieg, Edvard


Polyphony : Benjamin Britten

Review: Benjamin Britten is one of England's most revered composers of the 20th century. From operas to songs, he knew how to write for the voice. Well known for his works for children's voices, his writing for adult choirs is not as often performed. Polyphony, led by Stephen Layton, sings some of his great choral pieces. "Five Flower Songs," with texts by Herrick, Crabbe and Clare, range from the lush tones of "To Daffodils" to the harsher and stinging tones used to depict the more earthy plants described in "Marsh Flowers." Britten composed "Sacred and Profane" as a virtuoso display piece for Peter Pears' Wilbye Singers. The eight medieval lyrics are combined with difficult but exquisite harmonies to create amazing sounds.

Songlist: Five FLower Songs, A.M.D.G., A Hymn to thye Virgin, Choral Dances from 'Gloriana', Chorale after an Old French Carol, Sacred and Profane Op 91

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7158c | 1 CD | $16.98 | A Cappella || English Choral CDs | Benjamin Britten


Polyphony : Esenvalds: Passion & Resurrection

Review: The live performance last year of this major and substantial work by the young Latvian composer Esenvalds thrilled critics and audiences alike. As a new liturgical work that looks set to enter the repertoire it is comparable to Arvo Part's Passio. Eschewing the single narrative perspective that characterizes the great Passion settings of the past, the composer has assembled an interlocking mosaic of texts from the gospels, from Byzantine and Roman liturgies, and from the Old Testament. Stephen Layton's commitment to new Baltic music is well-known and he has a deep understanding of the musical language of the area - reflected by performances of great integrity and passion. This recording is particularly splendid, featuring not only the matchless Polyphony and Britten Sinfonia but also Carolyn Sampson, acclaimed for her performances of early music on Hyperion but heard here to dazzling effect, crowning the performance with her extraordinary singing.

Songlist: Passion and Resurrection, Evening, Night Prayer, A Drop In The Ocean, Legend of the Walled-in Woman, Long Road

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6184c | 1 CD | $19.95 || Latvian Choral Music | Erics Esenvalds


Polyphony : John Rutter - Gloria and other Sacred Music

Review: Gloria (a concert work, despite the use of a religious text) was commissioned by the Voices of Mel Olson in Omaha, Nebraska, who invited Rutter to direct the first performance in 1974. The words come from the second section (the Hymn of Praise) of the Ordinary of the Mass, which in the liturgy follows the 'Kyrie'. The familiar opening words are those of the angels proclaiming the birth of Jesus, as found in the second chapter of Luke's Gospel. Rutter's setting is based largely on one of the Gregorian chants with which the text is associated. He describes the three movements as 'roughly corresponding to traditional symphonic structure', the mood of the sections being respectively 'exalted, devotional and jubilant by turns'. The use of organ, brass and percussion makes for plenty of Waltonian punch in the outer movements and yet also for a hauntingly ethereal middle section. 'Delicious performances of Rutter's wonderfully approachable and finely crafted vocal writing. The sound, too, is outstanding' (Gramophone)

Songlist: Gloria I : Allegro vivace, Gloria II : Andante, Gloria III : Vivace e ritmico, Come down, O Love divine, Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace, To everything there is a season, I my Best-Beloved's am, Praise the Lord, O my soul, I will lift up mine eyes, As the bridegroom to his chosen, A Clare Benediction, The Lord is my light and my salvation, Go forth into the world, Thy perfect love, Te Deum

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7989c | 1 CD | $17.98 || English Choral CDs | John Rutter


Polyphony : John Rutter - Requiem and other Sacred Music

Review: John Rutter composed his Requiem in 1985. The work follows the precedents of Brahms and Faure in using carefully selected texts in place of much of the standard Missa Pro defunctis sequence. The resulting composition has an arch-like formal structure within which is contained some of Rutter's most haunting (and, in the case of 'The Lord is my shepherd', well known) choral music to date. Also included are two items from the Birthday madrigals collection composed in honour of the jazz pianist George Shearing, and eight further sacred works. The double-choir Hymn to the Creator of Light is a wonderful composition, far removed from the romantic style with which Rutter has sometimes been associated; 'A disc to delight all those who admire Rutter's choral writing. Full of delights and with something for everyone. Certainly a must!' (Organists' Review)

Songlist: Requiem, Requiem aeternam, Out of the deep, Pie Jesu with ROSA MANNION soprano, Sanctus, Agnus Dei , The Lord is my shepherd, Lux aeterna with ROSA MANNION soprano, Hymn to the Creator of Light, God be in my head, A Gaelic Blessing, Cantate Domino, Open thou mine eyes, A Prayer of Saint Patrick, A Choral Fanfare, Draw on, sweet night, My true love hath my heart, The Lord bless you and keep you

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7991c | 1 CD | $17.98 || English Choral CDs | John Rutter


Polyphony : Jungle Book & other choral works

Review: This reissue commemorates the 50th anniversary of Grainger's death in February 1961. Harmonium, four guitars, two mandolas, two mandolins, two ukuleles, piccolo, three clarinets, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, two alto saxophones, horn, strings, piano, baritone and choir: and that's just the scoring for one piece, the famous sea shanty Shallow Brown. Grainger's Jungle Book cycle is here recorded for the first time. The eleven contrasting movements vividly portray the sentiments of Kipling's poetry and Grainger wrote of the cycle that it was 'composed as a protest against civilization'.

Songlist: Shallow Brown , The fall of the stone , Morning song in the jungle, Night-song in the jungle, The Inuit, The beaches of Lukannon , Red Dog, The peora hunt, Hunting-song of the Seeonee pack, Tiger! Tiger!, The only son, Good-bye to love, Died for love, The power of love, The Rival Brothers, Six dukes went afishin', The sprig of thyme, Willow, willow, Recessional, Lord Maxwell's goodnight, The Three Ravens, The running of shindand, The love song of Har Dyal, My love's in Germanie

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6127c | 1 CD | $11.95 | A Cappella || English Choral CDs | Percy Grainger


Polyphony : Karl Jenkins - Motets

Review: For those who don't know this composer, and love choral music, it's high time you make his acquaintance. The music is accessible, but even saying that short-changes his art, as in my mind Jenkins transcends such thinking. If you think of a more complex and even more melodic version of someone like John Rutter you may have an inkling of the purely melodic nature of his work, but Jenkins is far more than that; while his work doesn't always reach the level of the "profound" it certainly rakes the heart over a wide gamut of emotions that will leave you sitting in your listening room with chills racing down your spine. It is highly devotional but never cloying; mystical but never obscure; and so downright sincere that even those with the most hardened of hearts will come away finding common ground that they might never have though existed. This is a great place to start for a phased-in approach to Jenkins's art.

Songlist: I'll make music , Cantate domino, Laudamus te, Benedictus, The Shepherd, Ave Maria, Ave verum corpus, Agnus Dei, Healing light, Locus iste, Pie Jesu, Exsultate, jubilate, God shall wipe away all tears, And the Mother did weep, Lullay, Peace, peace!, In paradisum, Dona nobis pacem, Nunc dimittis

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22196c | 1 CD | $17.95 | A Cappella || English Choral CDs | Companion Songbook Available | Karl Jenkins


Polyphony : Lauridsen - Lux Aeterna

Review: Stephen Layton directs his 21-mixed-voice Polyphony, which he founded in 1986 at King's College, Cambridge, in some of Morten Lauridsen's most beloved works, accompanied by the Britten Sinfonia. The 5 movements of title tune are first, and is as lovely (accompanied, of course) as we have ever heard it. "Madrigali: Six Fire Songs on Italian Renaissance Poems" follow, exuberant, spirited a cappella pieces. The recording concludes with Lauridsen's beautiful a cappella "Ave Maria," haunting, chantlike "Ubi caritas et amor" and the classic "O magnum mysterium." Lauridsen is pictured in the extensive liner notes giving his personal direction to the making of this very fine CD. The best of Lauridsen from talented Polyphony, directed by Layton, and with a wonderful Pre-Raphaelite painting of an angel on the cover-who could ask for more?

Songlist: Lux Aeterna, Madrigali: Six "Fire Songs", Ave Maria, Ubi Caritas et Amor, O Magnum Mysterium

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7786c | 1 CD | $16.98 | A Cappella || English Choral CDs | Morten Lauridsen


Polyphony : Lauridsen - Noctunes

Review: As their recording of Eric Whitacre had a chart-topping run on both sides of the Atlantic, Stephen Layton and Polyphony returned to the studio and put down a second disc devoted to the choral music of Whitacre's compatriot Morten Lauridsen. The popular cycles Mid-Winter Songs and Les chansons des roses (the final number of which, "Dirait-on," caused something of a publishing sensation on its first appearance) are joined by four premiere recordings: two early Psalm settings, and two new works written during the preparations for this recording. Performances from Layton and musicians are every bit as polished as we have come to expect. Polyphony is joined by the Britten Sinfonia for the Mid-Winter Songs, Andrew Lucas for the organ-accompanied Psalm and the composer himself on finger cymbals for Ave, dulcissima Maria. This new disc is certainly a worthy successor to the same forces' GRAMMY nominated Lux aeterna.

Songlist: Mid-Winter Songs, Les Chansons des Roses, I Will Lift up Mine Eyes, O Come, Let us Sing unto the Lord, Ave, Dulcissima Maria

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8549c | 1 CD | $18.95 || English Choral CDs | Morten Lauridsen


Polyphony : Lukaszewski - Via Crucis

Review: Stephen Layton's first disc of Lukaszewski's choral works (with The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge) was widely praised by listeners entranced by the composer's unique yet accessible musical language. For this new release Layton and Polyphony, together with the Britten Sinfonia and a team of world-class soloists, have taken on a major work which is destined to become a modern classic in the vein of Tavener's The Veil of the Temple or Part's St John Passion. Via Crucis is a dramatization of the Stations of the Cross, a musical reading of this most solemn journey that evolves through its 55-minutes in an arc of culminatory ritual power.

Songlist: Introduction, Jesus is condemned to death, Universa Turba, Jesus takes up the Cross, Jesus Falls the First Time, Jesus Meets His Blessed Mother, Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry The Cross, Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus, Jesus Falls the Second Time, The Women of Jerusalem Weep for Jesus, Jesus Falls the Third Time, Jesus is Stripped of His Clothes, Jesus is Nailed to the Cross, Jesus Dies On the Cross, Jesus is Taken Down From the Cross, Jesus is Laid in the Tomb, The Resurrection, Christus Vincit

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Polyphony : Not No Faceless Angel - Music of Gabriel Jackson

Review: Polyphony's recordings of contemporary choral music are among Hyperion's perennial bestsellers and have introduced thousands of listeners to magical new worlds of sound. On this new disc, under their inspirational director, Stephen Layton, the composer Gabriel Jackson gets the Polyphony treatment. Jackson's uniquely appealing choral works have made him one of the most familiar names in the repertoire today. His liturgical pieces are in the repertoires of many of Britain's leading cathedral and collegiate choirs and in 2003 he won the liturgical category at the inaugural British Composer Awards. His music is deeply attractive: meditative, contemplative and unashamedly spiritual.

Songlist: To Morning, Song (I gaze upon you), Cecilia Virgo, Orbis patrator optime, Ave Maria, Hymn to the Trinity (Honor, virtus et potestas), Not no faceless Angel, O sacrum convivium, Lux mortuorum, Salve regina, Salve regina 2

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9058c | 1 CD | $18.95 | A Cappella || English Choral CDs


Polyphony : Poulenc - Gloria and Motets

Review: Stephen Layton and Polyphony continue to blaze a trail as dazzling interpreters of a wide range of choral music. Here they turn to some of the most bewitching and distinctive choral works of the twentieth century. Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) imbued this well-loved music with a deep expression of his faith and unique personality. Each motet, with its own delightfully etched character, echoes the composer's study of Bach, Monteverdi, Palestrina, or Gabrieli, but remains stylistically progressive, containing Poulenc's ingenious chord progressions. The Gloria is one of his most enduringly appealing works. In some ways straightforwardly pious, it is also tinged with mischievous irreverence and a sense of rollicking enjoyment - facets which are deftly captured here by the soprano soloist Susan Gritton, Polyphony, the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, and the Britten Sinfonia, all led by Stephen Layton.

Songlist: Gloria in excelsis Deo, Laudamus te, Domine Deus, Domini Fili unigenite, Domini Deus, angus Dei, Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, Salve Regina, Timor et tremor, Vinea mea electa, Tenebrae factae sunt, Tristis est anima mea, O magnum mysterium, Quem vidistis pastores dicite, Videntes stellam, Hodie Christus natus est, Exultate Deo

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8881c | 1 CD | $18.95 || Francis Poulenc


Polyphony : Whitacre: Cloudburst and other Choral Works

Review: At the age of only 35, Eric Whitacre has already gained a reputation in the United States that many composers strive for a lifetime to achieve. The American Record Guide named his first recording one of the top ten classical albums in 1997, and the Los Angeles Times described his music as having 'electric, chilling harmonies; works of unearthly beauty and imagination'. His Water Night (included on this new recording) has become one of the most popular choral works of the last decade, and is one of the top-selling choral publications of all time. Whitacre's published works have sold well over 350,000 copies worldwide. And who better to represent an innovative young choral composer than Stephen Layton and Polyphony, award-winning exponents of twentieth-century choral music? Under Layton's directorship, Polyphony handles Whitacre's evocative and soulful music with consummate artistry; from the quiet intensity of Sleep to the breathtaking exuberance of With a lily in your hand, by way of the tender innocence of This Marriage (one of three premiere recordings on the disc), this new recording is a stunning showcase both for an up-and-coming young composer and also for the awesome talents of one of the UK's leading choirs.

Songlist: I Thank You God For Most This Amazing Day, I Hide Myself, Sleep, I Will Wade Out, Go, Lovely Rose, When David Heard, Hope, Faith, Life, Love, Cloudburst, With A Lily In Your Hand, This Marriage, Water Night, A Boy And a Girl, Her Sacred Spirit Soars, Lux Aurumque

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7969c | 1 CD | $15.95 || Eric Whitacre


Portland State University Chamber Choir : Veljo Tormis on American Shores

Review: Every recording has a story behind its genesis. In 2003 Estonian Composer Veljo Tormis heard the Portland State Chamber Choir while they were on tour in his country. Tormis was so taken with the brilliant artistry and expressive power of the ensemble he requested that Bruce Browne and his singers do a recording of his music sung in English. For almost two years the Singers, their conductor and the composer worked together on this project. Tormis was very prominent in the interpretation. He supervised the learning of the music in preparation for the Chamber Choir's appearance at the Northwest Convention of the American Choral Director's Association 2006. Veljo Tormis, On American Shores is a recording with a significance of strong integrity by both Composer and Artist. Bruce Browne is emeritus Professor of Music and Choir of the Vocal and Choral area at Portland State University. He is also Conductor Emeritus of the Portland Symphonic Choir and founder and director of the professional choir, Choral Cross-Ties. The Portland State Chamber Choir is recognized as one of the top University Chamber ensembles in the United States.

Songlist: St. John's Day Songs:, -Call to Midsummer Bonfire I, -Call to Midsummer Bonfire II, -Can't be Caught with a Gun, -Why St. John is Awaited, -St. John's Steed, -The Curse for Iron, -St. John's Song, Helletused, Three Estonian Game Songs:, -The Grindstone Game, -The Fingerbinding Game, -The Ship Game, Two Songs after Ernst Enno:, -Early Summer's Fairy Talk, -Soundlessly, Somewhere Murmuring Homeward, Three Songs from the Epic:, -Oh, My Gentle, Tender Mother, -Daughters of the Meadow Matron, -The Wave Rolls, Autumn Landscapes:, -It is Late in Summer, -Clouds are Racing, -Pale Light, -Painfully Red are the Leaves, -Wind over the Barrens, -Cold Autumn Night, -Heather, The Songster's Childhood, The Singer's Closing Words

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8744c | 1 CD | $15.95 || Estonian Choral Music | Veljo Tormis


Princeton Singers : I Have Had Singing - Choral Music of Steve Sametz

Review: Steven Sametz has been called "one of America's most respected choral composers." His compositions have been heard throughout the world at the Tnaglewood, Ravinia, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, and Santa Fe music festivals. His in time of appears on the Grammy award-winning CD by Chanticleer, Colors of Love, and his work may be heard on six other Chanticleer CDs, as well as several by The Princeton Singers. Sametz has received commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Council on the Arts, and the Santa Fe Music Festival, creating new works for Chanticleer, the Dale Warland Singers, Philadelphia Singers, Pro Arte Chamber Choir, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Connecticut Choral Artists, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the King of Thailand. Sametz is an exciting new voice in modern American choral music and a great fresh addition to choral repertoire. Includes 24 page booklet and most of the arrangements are published.

Songlist: I Have Had Singing, in time of, Magnificat, Dudaryku- A Village Scene, There Is No Rose, Gaudete! (Rejoice!), Munus (A Gift), Dulcis Amor (Sweet Love), Amo! (Madrigal) (I Love), Child of Song, Shenandoah

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9024c | 1 CD | $15.95 || Mixed Choirs CDs

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