Womens Choral Christmas Recordings

As the true connoisseur knows, like with any other genre of music, all-female Christmas recordings have a unique and lovely sound to them that is a delight to hear. With 20+ recordings from small and large ensembles around the globe, we’ve got a little bit of every style of Xmas music, ranging from sacred medieval pieces and modern carols to performances of the transcribed arrangements from a Japanese internment camp’s choir. Some of these ensembles are “grown-up,” while others are college based. The Women’s Choral Christmas Recordings section is another one of our holidays-in-a-CD-case collections; have a seat, pop in a CD, take a listen, and relive holidays-past!

Anonymous 4: The Cherry Tree

Prophetarum presignata
Nowel syng we bothe al and som
Alma redemptoris mater
The Shepherd's Star
Newell- Tydings Trew
Mervele noght Iosep
Synge we to this mery cumpane
Qui creavit celum
A Virgin Unspotted
Now may we syngyn Carol
Lullay my child - This ender nithgt
Star in the Eastn
Veni redemptor genicum
The Cherry Tree Carol
Salve mater misericordie
Hail mary ful of grace

Back in the studio after a four year haitus, Anonymous 4 returns with The Cherry Tree — an instant holiday music classic featuring medieval English carols and Anglo-American spiritual songs. It is the eighteenth original recording for the renowned vocal ensemble and their first since 2006’s Gloryland, which debuted at number three on the Billboard classical chart. Anonymous 4 has been a perennial presence on Billboard’s Top Classical Albums chart and hit number one with their folk-inspired American Angels in 2004. The Cherry Tree is named after the miracle ballad of Joseph and Mary, the earliest text of which survives from a Coventry Play from around 1400. The ‘Cherry Tree’ story persisted in many forms, making its way into medieval British carols of the mid-15th century and into British and American traditional ballads. In it, Joseph doubts the divine origin of Mary’s pregnancy only to hear Jesus speak from within Mary’s womb, causing a cherry tree to bend its branches and offer his mother its fruit.

2366 CD $17.95

Anonymous 4: On Yoolis Night

Hodie Christus natus est
O nobilis nativitasÓ/ÓO mira deiÓ/ÓOdecus virgineumÓ/ÓAppruit
Lux de luce
Alleluya: A nywe werke
Verbum supernun prodiens
Balaam de quo vaticianas
Ave Maria
Gabriel, fram heven-king
Lullay: I saw a swete semly syght
Prolis eterne genitorÓ/ÓPsallat mater gracie
Vox clara, ecce, intonat
De supernis sedibus
Qmnes de Saba
Puellare gremium
Lullay, lullay: Als I lay on Yoolis night
Tria sunt munera
Orto sole sereneÓ/ÓOrigo viriÓ/ÓVirga Iesse
Peperit virgo
Ecce quod natura
A solis ortus cardine
Ther is no rose of swych vertu
Videntes stellam
Owt of your slepe aryse

The four female members of Anonymous 4 are dedicated to the preservation of Gregorian chant from medieval times, and this holiday selection of English plainchant, songs, motets and carols are all derived from this period. As one might expect, the texts are often sacred in nature, to be performed during religious rites and devotions, such as Advent (hymn, "Vox Clara, Ecce, intonat"). Carols often use the multiple verse and refrain format, that was a typical form ("Ther Is No Rose Of Swych Vertu," and others). Much more could be said about the historical and musical context of these works - and is, in the extensive liner notes - but this background, though fascinating, is not necessary to simply appreciate the supple grace and open sound of these gentle voices, which is more than enough.

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6218 CD $15.98

Anonymous 4: Wolcum Yule

Andrew Lawrence-King's virtuoso harp joins the voices of Anonymous 4 in a wealth of Yuletide music, favourite and rare, from the British Isles. Juxtaposing pagan and Christian traditions, the programme interweaves English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh ballads and carols with well-loved pieces by John Tavener (The Lamb), Benjamin Britten, and a newly commissioned work by Peter Maxwell Davies. Andrew Lawrence-King adds special colour playing a variety of instruments: psaltery, Baroque harp, and a remarkable Irish "Queen Mary" harp which sounds as if it contains its own peal of heavenly bells.\

Listen to "A God and Yet A Man" in Real Audio.

6951 CD $15.98

Anonymous 4: Legends of St Nicholas

1999 recording, celebrating the legend of St. Nicholas ("Jolly St Nick," or "Santa Claus"); as with most folk heroes, the actual biography of Nicholas, born in Turkey somewhere around 300 A.D., is much removed from present day interpretation. The New-York based classical women's quartet Anonymous 4, whose focus is medieval chant and polyphony, enliven these motets, hymns and conductus (medieval setting of Latin text) with an attention to historical realism that brings them very much to life. As the function of these chants was in the context of Catholic liturgy, they are by definition, an embodiment of all that is divine; neither rhythmically or harmonically complex, their appeal is their quiet beauty and distinctive texture.

6521 CD $15.98

Anonymous 4: Christmas Music from Medieval Hungary

Ruth Cunningham, Marsha Genensky, Susan Hellauer and Johanna Maria Rose are the acclaimed, prolific a cappella group, Anonymous 4, and the beautiful polyphonic music in this CD almost didn1t make it to us because of the invasion of Hungary by the Turks in 1541. The iconoclastic Turks destroyed artworks in all forms, including liturgical manuscripts. Fortunately some of the manuscripts were copied or carried away by fleeing monks, nuns and clerics. These plainchants are remarkably consistent, part of a major effort towards liturgical and musical uniformity. Ethereal, hauntingly beautiful, one can close one's eyes and be in the cathedral where the choir sent this perfect, sacred music heavenward-as prayerful, meditative and joyful for the singers as for the worshippers. 20 sublime pieces.

6663 CD $11.98
6218 CD $15.98

Bella Voce: Christmas Joy

The Sussex Carol - Corin T. Overland
Masters in This Hall - Valerie Shields
Wexford Carol - Dawn O. Willis
O My Dear Heart - Elanor Daley
Tomorrow Shall be My Dancing Day - John Rutter
A La Nanita Nana - Michael Braz
Mary Had A Baby - Robert DeCormier
Jehovah Hallelujah - Robert DeCormier
Glory and Honor to the Newborn King - David Conte
Christmas Intrada - Elanor Daley
What Sweeter Music - Robert DeCormier
La Virgen Lava Panales - George L. Mabry
The Moon of Wintertime - Benjamin Britten
This Little Babe - Gwyneth Walker
Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head - Richard Osborne
I Wonder as I Wander - Bradley Ellingboe
A la Ru, A la Me - Steben Rickards
Angels Did Sing - Johannes Brahms
Magnificat - Z. Randall Stroope

Pride of Vermont since their founding by the renowned Dr. Willis, the 40-strong Bella Voce Women's Chorus brings us a bright, ringing Christmas album of 20 songs, some of them familiar and beloved, like "The Sussex Carol," "Wexford Carol," John Rutter's "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day," "A La Nanita Nana," the spirituals "Mary Had A Baby" and "Glory and Honor to the Newborn King;" "Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head," "I Wonder As I Wander," the Christmas medley "Christmas Intrada," Benjamin Britten's "This Little Babe" and Brahms' "Ave Maria." and many of them less familiar to us, like "Masters in this Hall," "O My Dear Heart," Eleanor Daley's "What Sweeter Music," "La Virgen Lava Panales," "The Moon of Wintertime," "A la Ru, A la Me" and Steven Rickards' "Angels Did Sing." Most songs have some light to heavy accompaniment, and the lovely, extensive liner notes have all the lyrics.

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4236 CD $15.95

Bulgarian Voices: Angels Christmas

Rozhdestveni kambani (Christmas bells) - Petar Liondev
Koledna nosht (Christmas night) - Petar Liondev
Koledna pesen (Christmas song) - Gentcho Gentchev
Momata s chudna riza (The lass with a spended dress) - Georgy Petkov
Divnitza (Wonderful star) - Gerogy Petkov
Koledna zvezda (Christmas star) - Stefan Dragostinov
Bogorodize Devo (Holy Virgin) - Orthodox / arr. Priest Kiril Popov
Sveti Petar (Saint Peter) - Petar Liondev
Hei pastiri (Hey, shepherds) - trad. Arr. Georgy Petkov
La Notte Di Natale (Christmas night) - Silvio Pedrotti/ arr. Ivan Spassov
Vitleemska zvezda (Ihr Kinderlein, kommet) - arr. Alexander Josiffov
Koledna prilazka (A Christmas tale) - Georgy Petkov
Tiha nosht, svjata nosht (Silent night, Holy night) - Franz Gruber / arr. Alexander Josiffov
Rozhdestvo Hristovo (Christmas) - Dobri Hristov / arr. Georgy Petkov

Singing is an important tradition in Bulgaria, especially at Christmas, whether at church or caroling in people's homes. There is a unique sonority specific to Christmas within the incredibly rich musical palette. This recording contains Bulgarian folk carols, Orthodox Church music and more familiar Christmas tunes, such as "Silent Night." The simple melodies and sincere lyrics of these songs will bring joy and peace to your Christmas celebration.

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7291 CD $15.98

Elektra Women's Choir: Chez Nous

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
Star Song - Edward Henderson
Joys Seven Traditional English - James Laster
Procession - A Ceremony of Carols - Benjamin Britten
Wolcum Yole! - A Ceremony of Carols
There is no Rose - A Ceremony of Carols
That yonge child - A Ceremony of Carols
Balulalow - A Ceremony of Carols
As dew in Aprillle - A Ceremony of Carols
This little Babe - A Ceremony of Carols
Interlude - A Ceremony of Carols
In Freezing Winter Night - A Ceremony of Carols
Spring Carol - A Ceremony of Carols
Adam lay i-bounden - A Ceremony of Carols
Recession - A Ceremony of Carols
Da Pacem - Jeffrey Enns
Yorkshire Wassail - Stephen Smith
December Robert Buckley
Three in White: a suite of songs about snow - Stephen Smith
Night of Silence

Diane Loomer, C.M. and Morna Edmundson, Artistic Director, co-founded the Elektra Women's Choir in 1987, giving it a mandate to lead and inspire in the choral art form through the creation, exploration and celebration of women's repertoire. Adding to a long tradition of honors and awards, Elektra once again won first place in the women's voices category of the 2010 NNational Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs. The choir's many recordings are best sellers in the Singers.com catalog, and are in demand all over the world—the choir is also proud to offer ongoing programs that train and encourage young singers, conductors and composers. They have commissioned and premiered over 60 new works, many of which have become standards of women's choral literature. "Chez Nous" (French for "Our House") is a gorgeous Christmas collection of 20 songs, featuring such favorites as Michael Praetorius' "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming," Edward Henderson's lovely "Star Song," Benjamin Britten's wonderful 12-song "A Ceremony of Carols," Jeffrey Enns' "Da Pacem," Robert Buckley's "December," and "Night of Silence" by Daniel Kantor. All of these songs are lightly accompanied by piano, but the focus is on the sweet, angelic leads, harmonies and rounds by the perfectly trained and led voices of Elektra. Simply beautiful!

Listen to Yorkshire Wassail in Real Audio

6021 CD $15.95

Elektra Women's Choir: Child Of Grace

Adam Lay Ybounden
O My Dear Heat
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
What Sweeter Music
Carol for the Animals
I Sing of a Maiden
Mary's Song
How Far Is It To Bethlehem?
In the Bleak Midwinter
Sir Christemas:
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy
The Huron Carol
I Saw Three Ships

The 57-strong, Vancouver, BC-based Elektra is now regarded as a leader in the classical women's choir movement worldwide. Seeking out music written specifically for women and frequently commissioning new works, the singers are selected by audition--and share an enthusiasm for challenging repertoire. "Child of Grace," a Christmas CD, is the group's 5th, and contains 21 songs, some with light accompaniment, piano and drums. This is a stunningly lovely collection of beautiful, little-known carols and Christmas songs, like Eleanor Daley's "What Sweeter Music" and "I Sing of a Maiden," and Knut Nystedt's "Mary's Song." There's a joyous group of 8 songs by Derick Holman called "Sir Christemas." Songs we've heard many times like "I Saw Three Ships," "How Far Is It to Bethlehem" and Malcolm Edwards' "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day" are the exceptions. Each song is a gem!

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6862 CD $15.98

Elektra Women's Choir: A Ceremony Of Carols

Wolcum Yole!
There is no Rose
That yonge child
As dew in Aprille
This little Babe
In Freezing Winter Night
Spring Carol
Deo Gracias
Amoroso Pastorcillo
Al Nino Jesus
La Nana
Angelus and Virginem
A virgin most pure
Personent Hodie
There is no rose
Coventry Carol
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

In our opinion, probably the top womenÕs choir performing today (this of course is a matter of some debate) is the Elektra WomenÕs Choir, and as proof we offer their latest, "A Ceremony Of Carols," a brilliant CD of choral Christmas classics. First we have 12 cuts from Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols." Then three selections from Paul CsonkaÕs "Concierto de Natividad," Then John Rutter's "Dancing Day, Parts I and II," eight songs. Featured is Rita Costanzi on harp. Just settle back in your easy chair with a Christmas toddy, put this on the stereo and let the beautiful music take you to a Christmas of another time and place.

6602 CD $15.98

Malle Babbe Women's Choir: Sing Choir of Angels

wohlauf, wir heben nit singen an - anon
ave rigina caelorum - dufay
gaillarde - susato/ o du frohliche - christmas traditional
sonate aus weibnachtskantate - lubeck / der englische grub - brahms/ sonate aus weibnachtskantate - lubeck
mohr: stille nacht - gruber
gloria in excelsis deo - traditional/ jodler-andacht - traditional/ leise rieselt der schnee - christmas traditional
gaillarde - sasato/ o kerstnacht - D. sweelinck/ gaillarde - susato
sainte nuit - gruber
gaude virgo mater christi - anonymous 14th c.
ecce maria - m. praetorius
ronde - susato/ kommet, ihr hirten - christmas traditonal/ ronde - susato
stille nacht - gruber
salve regina - palestrina
regina caeli - brahms
ave maria - kodaly
maria durch ein dornwald ging - christmas traditional
ave maria - holst
ave maria - arcadelt
nonnenchor - j. strauss jr., benatzky
dona nobis pacem - anon
ave maria - von bruck
es ist ein ros entsprungen - traditional christmas
mary had a baby - negro spiritual
i saw three ships - christmas traditional
jodler-andacht - traditional/ gloria in excelsis deo - christmas traditional/ o come all ye faithful / christmas traditional
silent night - cruber
christmas medley: pastoral symphony from messiah - handel/ good king - traditional carols/ the first nowell, away in a manger, good christian men, rejoice, cowley carol, sleep, holy babe, hark! the herald angels sing - traditional carols

Those familiar with the history of the Malle Babbe Women's Choir know that the ensemble was formed in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, as dramatized in the movie, "Paradise Road." Now directed by Leny Van Schaik, this "voice-orchestra" performs various classical compositions (over seventy-three minutes of material) dedicated to holiday and religious subjects appropriate to the season, in tribute to the original Malle Babbe Choir. The Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus are celebrated in four versions of "Ave Maria," as written by Holst, Arcadelt, von Bruck and Kodaly, as well as several other hymns. Christmas traditionals such as the Austrian "Yodeler Prayer" add variety, as do several Gaillardes (music written in triple meter for recorder, intended for dancing). Familiar carols represented include "I Saw Three Ships," which has a rolling rhythm that propels the listener like oars in water; "Silent Night," with two different arrangements, both by John Rutter, and the recording's finale, a Christmas medley replicated from the original version by the Malle Babbe Choir, transcribed from memory while imprisoned. "Sing, Choirs of Angels" is an apt title for this recording, as indeed the graceful delivery and clear high registers of this women's choir are eminently suitable to convey just such an impression. As the spires of a church ascending toward the heavens, their voices rejoice in the glory of life and of the Creator.

6305 CD $15.98

Manitou Singers of St. Olaf College: Christmas

Make A Joyful Noise
Candlelight Carol
The Road Ahead
There Is No Rose of Such Virtue
All My Heart This Night Rejoices
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
I Sing of a Maiden
Sleep, O Lovely One
Sanctus (from Missa Hosanna)
Make We Joy
The Journey of Mary
Sing a New Noel
How Far is it to Bethlehem?
A la nanita nana
Lullaby (from Hodie)

Sigrid Johnson conducts the Manitou Singers, comprised of 95 first-year female students at Northfield, Minnesota's St. Olaf College. The Singers have delighted audiences over the years with their beautiful and striking interpretations of treble choral literature. Included are ClausenÕs "Make a Joyful Noise," RutterÕs "Candlelight Carol" and "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day," "There Is No Rose of Such Virtue," Jackson BerkeyÕs "Gloria," "Sanctus," "Make We Joy," "Sing A New Noel;" 17 songs in total. Orchestral accompaniment on most songs, but the beautiful voices of the young women are on center stage. Lovely and intricate music for Christmas!

6809 CD $15.98

Mediaeval Baebes: Mistletoe and Wine

The Holly and the Ivy
"Amour de Moi
Salva Nos
Glass Window
There Is No Rose of Swych Vertu
In Dulce Jubilo
Love Me Broughte
I Am Eve
Quan Vey La Layeta
The Coventry Carol
Ecce Mundi Gaudium
Blow Northern Wind

Our definition of a Christmas gift would certainly include 8 beautiful women, dressed in mediaeval costume, singing songs adapted from the 11th through the 16th centuries, lightly accompanied such period instruments as Zither, Hurdygurdy, Harmonium, Citern, Glockenspiel and Astrowheel. We don't even know what a number of these instruments look like, but they sound wonderful! "Mistletoe" is classical and even sacred, but the Baebes' vital sound is anything but dry or academic. 15 tunes, some favorites: "The Holly & The Ivy," the traditional French "L'Amour de Moi," the dramatic "Salva Nos," "There Is No Rose of Swych Vertu," "Kimberly," the lovely "In Dulci Jubilo," "I Am Eve," "The Coventry Carol," the spirited "Undrentide" and the plaintive, haunting "Blow, Northern Wind." The beauty of the words and music are rivaled only by the sweet voices and harmonies!

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7068 CD $15.98

The Mysteries Of Bulgarian Voices Choir: Bulgarian Custom Songs

First Song on the Road
Second Song on the Road
We Sing A Song for You
Cheers to You, Master of the House
Beautiful Milka
We Sing A Song for You
A Girl Bragged
A Mighty Boy Is Saddling His Horse
Turbid Waters Were Flowing
Song on Going Out of the House
Oh, Lazar
Lazarski Bouenets
Lazar Is Coming, Lazar Is Roaming
There's A Willow, There's No Willow
Lazarska Song for the Bride
Beautiful Girl
Young Girls Lazaritsi
Well Aren't We Dancing
Strapping Nikola, Mother's Only Son
Lament for Lazar

The famous choir named The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices conducted by Dora HRISTOVA again conveys its challenge to Bulgarian folk music lovers, this time with their interpretation of songs from the most widely spread and cherished customs, those at Christmas and at St. Lazar's Day. The songs sung at Christmas and St. Lazar's Day lend specific colour in the repertoire of many ensembles. This programme is a successful attempt to select songs which represent a comparison between the two customs. Christmas is celebrated on the day when the church commemorates Christ's nativity. Yet the deep meaning of the custom is in the ancient pagan beliefs about the birth of the new sun. There are young men-Christmas-carollers and their leader is always an older man, called stanenik. According to the custom, the time for Christmas celebration is specifically set - from midnight till sunrise. The Christmas carollers make their rounds always starting to the west. They sing songs glorifying the host in every house and bless him for health and fertility.

9816 CD $15.98

Motet Singers: Sing Noel

O My Dear Heart
Three Spanish Carols
Ya Viene La Vieja
A La Puerta del Cielo
Riu, riu, chiu
Deck The Hall
White Christmas
Ave Maria
Lullay my liking
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
O Magnum Mysterium
Maria durch ein' Dornwald ging 
Over the Hill Maria Went
A La Nanita Nana
Good King Wenceslas
The Christmas Song
The Holly and the Ivy
The Three Kings
Some Children See Him
Salve Regina

The Motet Singers are ten female vocalists who began in 1982 as a vocal sight-reading group under the direction of Hannelore Good. They sing a cappella music from classical, folk and popular genres, ranging from medieval to contemporary, and are known for their pure sound, seamless blending of voices and the eclectic variety of their music. There are 20 tracks here, from a fine "Salve Regina" by Javier Busto and several other contemporary and 20th century pieces, to short sacred works by Renaissance composers Morales and Palestrina, to some very nice 19th and 20th century arrangements of Spanish carols from various periods. Some of our favorites: "A la Puerta del Cielo," "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree" and "Ave Maria." There are drums on at least one cut. Everything relates to the Nativity theme, and there is a nice mix of unfamiliar winners with familiar favorites. An exceptional, beautifully sung CD!

Listen to "Deck The Hall" in Real Audio.

6781 CD $15.98

Musae: Alegria y Placer - A Musae Christmas

¡O, Mi Belén!
El Desembre Congelat
A la Nanita Nana
Las Posadas
Campana sobre Campana
En Belén Tocan a Fuego
El Noi de la Mare
El Rorro
Silent Night
Away in a Manger
This Endris Night
O Magnum Mysterium
Gabriels Message
All Night, All Day
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Deck the Hall
Vus Vet Zayn
Nada Te Turbe

"Alegria y Placer" is the second finely-crafted album of San Francisco's own 15-voice women’s vocal ensemble, Musae. It showcases local composer Conrad Susa's "Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest" for women's ensemble, harp, marimba, vibraphone and guitar. "Carols and Lullabies" is all in Spanish, and it features 10 songs of the 20 on the album. Each of the ten (accompanied) songs seems lovelier than the next, songs like "Alegria," "Los Posadas," the magical "Campana Sobre Campana," and the joyous "El Noi De La Mare." The others include standards such as "Silent Night," "Away in a Manger," "All Night, All Day," "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "Deck the Hall." Other favorites are "This Endris Night," from a 15th Century English text, and a pair of lovely, wise folk songs, the lively "Vus Vet Zayn” and the gentle "Nada Te Turbe.” There is quite a lot of accompaniment in the album, but the focus is on the beautiful voices. Musae is a delicious vocal smorgasbord from beginning to end, and all we have to do is treat ourselves. "Alegria y Placer" is one of the most enjoyable Christmas albums of the year!

8839 CD $15.95

Penninsula Woman's Chorus: Winter Patterns

Dostoyna Yest - Chesnokov
Svete Tihiy - Chenokov
Christmas Cantata - Pinkham
O Vivens Fons - Bingen
Ave Maria - Clarke
TalveMustrid - Tormis
Ave Maria - Szymko
Airecillos De Belen - Balzanelli
Agnus Dei - Griffin
Litanies A La Vierge Noire
Suite De Lorca - Rautavaara
A Carol Sequence - Salvator Mundi

The 60-voice Palo Alto, CA-based PWC is known for adventurous programming, seeking out music written especially for women, and frequently commissioning new works. "Winter Patterns" is a Christmas collection of sacred works such as Chesnokov's "Dostoyno yest" (It is truly fitting) and "Svete tihiy" (Gladsome Light), Daniel Pinkham's 3-part "Christmas Cantata," Rebecca Clarke's "Ave Maria," Charles Griffin's "Agnus Dei," Poulenc's "Litanies a la Vierge Noire" and Veljo Tormis' 4-part "Talvemustrid" (Winter Patterns). There are also carols, Franz Gruber's "Silent Night," and the lesser-known "Salvator Mundi, A Carol Sequence" by William Mathias, which includes "Make we Merry," "Mirabile Mysterium," "Susanni," "Lullay" and "Welcome, Yule." "Patterns" is a rare and beautiful collection of sacred music from one of the world's best women's choral ensembles. Some accompaniment.

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8481 CD $15.98

Penninsula Woman's Chorus: Carols and Lullabies

Oh, mi Belen!
El Desembre Congelat
A la Nanita Nan
Las Posadas
Campana sobre Campana
En Belen Tocan a Fuefgo
El Noi de la Mare
El Rorro
Hodie Christus natus est
Missa Brevis
O Regem coeli
Christmas Intrada

The first 10 songs are a marvelous group called "Carols and Lullabies, Christmas in the Southwest" by Conrad Susa. A friend of Susa's showed him a collection of traditional Spanish carols he had sung as a boy in Arizona, and Susa put them together to form a narrative. combining homey, artful simplicity with Renaissance music, Songs like "Alegria" and the Andalusian song "Chiquirriquitin," with their lilting, dancing marimbas, and the lovely "A La Nanita Nana," are the gems of the CD. The second half of the CD takes us more in the direction of the sacred (Karai's "Hodie Christus natus est" and Missa Brevis' "Kyrie," "Sanctus" and "Agnus Dei"). Throw in "The Carol of the Rose," "Alleluia" and others, and you have a surprising, delightful Christmas CD!

6842 CD $15.98

Penninsula Woman's Chorus: Alleluia Psallat - The Joys Of Christmas

Caritas Abundat
Alleluia Psallat
There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue
Nay, Ivy, Nay
Pastoral Symphony
The Lorde That Lay In The Asse Stalle
Haill! Quuene Of Heven
Nowell In Bethlehem
In The Bleak Midwinter
Wolcum Yole
There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue
This Little Babe
Spring Carol
Deo Gracias
The Wassail Song
Gloucestershire Wassail
In Dulci Jublio
The Joy Of...

Highlights include the Pastoral Symphony by Handel, Caritas abundat by Hildegard von Bingen, selections from Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, Bach's In dulci jubilo arranged for piano and performed by Josephine Gandolfi, and several pieces from Seven Joys of Christmas by Kirke Mechem.

Listen to "The Wassail Song" in Real Audio.

6579 CD $15.98

Philomela: Midnight Christmas

The earth is beautiful
Hail to Thee, most blessed
The snowy cottages sleep
A prayer for Christmas night
The Christmas bells
On Christmas Night
God whispers Christmas
Mary, most lowly of maidens
The sauna seeker
Breathe, my good horse
For God was born
Jesus rocked in a cradle
Cast care aside
Silent night, holy night
Song of Mary

Renowned for its versatility, Philomela has, ever since it was formed in 1984, adopted an innovative approach to choral expression under its conductor Marjukka Riihimaki. Its many awards have included the Grand Prix in the Chorus Review of Tampere Vocal Music Festival, and in recent years it has regularly been invited to sing at international festivals. Recently Philomela decided to explore the potential for adding new songs to the Finnish stock of Christmas carols without violating the traditional Christmas spirit. It therefore commissioned songs on the Christmas theme from composers it had worked with before and were familiar with Philomela's style. They also included some more traditional Finnish Christmas music as well and this resulting recording is a true a cappella pleasure.

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3173 CD $15.95

Santa Fe Women's Ensemble: Glad Tidings

Adam Lay I-bounden - Katherine Dienes
Dormi Jesu - Jonathan D. Green
Shchedrick - arr. M. Leontovich
With This Child
I. Holy Mother
II. O Child, May We Know You
III. Now the Star
IV. Dream of Darkness
V. Song of Light
Ave Maria - Elanor Daley
Ceremony of Carols - Benjamon Britten
Wolcum Yole!
There Is No Rose
That Yonge Child
As Dew in Aprille
This Little Babe
In Freezing Winter Night
Spring Carol
Adam Lay I-Bounden
Night Yoik - Frode Fjelheim
In the Bleak Mid-Winter - Peter Williams
There Is No Rose - Z. Randall Stroope

This second CD is a collection of the group's favorite holiday music. It features one of their commissioned pieces "With This Child" by Michael Maudlin as well as "Ceremony of Carols" by Benjamin Britten. This collection includes both the familiar and unusual in a multitude of tonal colors from women's voices accompanied by harp, flute and saxophone. This fine group celebrates the beauty and diversity of music for women's voices.

7304 CD $15.98

Vesnivka: Angels In Heaven - Ukrainian Christmas Carols

God Is With Us Tropar of the Nativity of Christ
The Bright Star (arr.N Nyzankiwskyj, Y.Poliansky)
Joyous Tidings (arr. Y. Yatsynewych solo A. Yaschyshyn)
Wondrous News (arr. O. Koshytz)
Behold a Miracle (arr. L.Sorochynsky, L. Kuzmenko, orchestral arr. G Kulesha)
The Joyous Birth of Christ (Y. Yatsynewych)
Angels In Heaven (O. Koshytz, orchestral arr. L. Kuzmennko)
A Soldier's Carol (Z. Lawryshyn)
Chernobyl Carol (J. Kytasty - words and music solo H. Feloniuk)
Holy Night (arr. M. Hajvoronsky, orchestral arr. E. Robertson)
Heaven and Earth Rejoice! (H. Havryletz)
The Queen's Court (H. Havryletz)
Return of the Swallow (arr. E. Pip
Good Wishes for the New Year (arr. M. Dauk, Z. Lawryshyn)
Shchedryk (T. Stasiuk)
Shchedrivonjka (arr. M. Dacko, orchestral arr. Z Lawryshyn)
Beyond the Courtyard (arr. M Hajvoronsky, orchestral arr. E.Robertson)

Ukranian Christmas Carols - Kolyadky - (1 - 11) are sung from Christmas Eve - January 6 (according to the Julian Calendar) to Epiphany on January 19. These songs can be traced to pagan times. With the introduction of Christianity in Ukraine in 988, pagan songs were replaced by Christian carols and hymns. Shchedrivky - New Years song - (12-17) also have pagan roots and herald the New Year which starts January 14. These delightful folk songs with their charming rhythmic melodies, express wishes for health, wealth and happines.

Listen to "The Bright Star" in Real Audio.

7823 CD $15.98

Vesnivka: Rejoice

Christ Is Born
Let Us Rejoice
The Stars Shone From Heaven
Heaven And Earth Rejoice
A Son Is Born
Wondrous Tidings
The Carolers
Christ Sat Down To Supper
The Peacocks The Guelder - Rose Meadow
The Beautiful Guelder - Rose
In The Master's Household
The Carol

Kolyadky (carols) and Shchedrivky (New Year's songs) are one of the oldest genres of Ukrainian folk music, dating back to the pre-Christian era. With the coming of Christianity in 988, pagan songs were replaced with Christian carols and hymns, and these delightful (all accompanied) songs reflect sectarian life and express wishes for good health, wealth and happiness. The all-woman Vesnivka Choir was established in 1965 by conductor/director Halyna Kondracki and has won many awards. The Toronto Ukrainian Male Chamber Choir was founded in 2001 by Kondraki in affiliation with Vesnivka. 15 tunes, from "Christ is Born" and "Heaven and earth rejoice" to "The beautiful guelder-rose" and "The Carol." Wonderful solos on "The stars shone from heaven" and "A son is born." This beautiful music, from another culture and another time, is all new to us, but that only increases our appreciation for and enjoyment of it!

8311 CD $15.98

Women's Chorus of Dallas: Seasons Of Dreams

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Before the Paling of the Stars
Noel des enfants qui n'ont pus de maisons
Season of Dreams
Jamaican Noel
Deck the Halls
Bashana Haba'ah
This Little Babe
Wolcome Yule
The Moon of Wintertime
Christmas...In About 3 Minutes
Hanukka Shalom
Away in a Manger
Still, Still Night
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
A Jingle Bell Christmas

Seasons of Dreams is the ninth recording of The Women's Chorus of Dallas and features Holiday music from the 2002-2003 season. There is a diverse repertoire represented on the recording, ranging from classical to pop.

9132 CD $15.95

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