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Tapestry, a vocal ensemble founded in 1995 by Laurie Monahan, Cristi Catt, and Daniela Tosic, has established an international reputation for its bold conceptual programming which combines medieval and traditional repertory with contemporary compositions.

Tapestry has won numerous awards, including WQXR and Chamber Music America's Recording of the Year and, most recently, the prestigious Echo Klassik Prize for their recording Sapphire Night.

Based in Boston, the ensemble made its concert debut in its hometown with performances of Steve Reich's Tehillim at Jordan Hall; additional Boston appearances include the Celebrity Series, Harvard, Radcliffe, and Sanders Theater.

Other Tapestry engagements include the festivals at Utrecht, Maastricht, Flanders, Regensburg, the Hannover A Capella Woche, Le Donne in Musica Rome, Festival de Musique Sacree of Quebec, Le Domaine Forget, the Sacred Music Festival and the International Medieval Congress of Kalamazoo, as well as the Hildegard von Bingen Symposium at the University of Oregon, Da Camera of Houston series, Tucson Early Music Society, Cleveland's Museum Concerts, New York City's Frick Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Rockefeller University, Stanford University, and many others.

Tapestry has made four recordings for Telarc International: Angeli, Celestial Light, Song of Songs, and The Fourth River. Tapestry's fifth CD, Sapphire Night was released in January 2004 by German label MDG. Tapestry just released Faces of a Woman with MDG.


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Tapestry : Faces of a Woman : 00  1 CD :  : 3441468

Tapestry : Faces of a Woman

Review: Subtitled "Tales of Remarkable Women Throughout the Centuries " this tribute to the fairer sex features an Irish lady pirate, a Portuguese queen, a Montenegrin mother, a French countess, a Jewish-American socialist, the Virgin Mary, and St. Ursula together with 11,000 other virgins are all featured on Faces of a Woman by Tapestry, the fourth release by these three talented women from New England. The ensemble covers broad musical territory ranging from Hildegard von Bingen's mystical and contemplative songs to Rachmaninoff 's pleasing "Tebye poyem" and to swinging rhythms, from medieval operatic drama to Balkan folklore and to modern music, from the artistry of the ars novato sailors' songs and to the first American blues.

Songlist: Lyulyala, lyulyala, A Window for Her Eyes, Non Sei Come Me Salv'a, Rainha Santa Isabel, A Chantar, Tebye poyem, Slova: Anna Akhmatova and Orthodox liturgy, Sugubaya i Posleduyuschiya Ekteniya, Nada te Turbe, Veni Creator Spiritus, Quia ergo Femina, Spiritui Sancto, Oro 'Se Do Bheatha' Bhaile, Careless Love, Love as a Child, If You Love me

8830c | 00 1 CD | $16.95 | A Cappella Female Choral CDs

Tapestry : Sapphire Nights : 00  1 CD : Hildegard von Bingen : 3441193

Tapestry : Sapphire Nights

Review: The four lovely young women of Boston-based Tapestry return with eight soaring chants by composer Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) and nine by contemporary composer Patricia Van Ness, from the group entitled "The Nine Orders of the Angels." We particularly liked "O Frondens Virga" and "O Euchari, Columba" by von Bingen, and "Sum Aneal ex Septimi Chori," "Raphael sum Virtutum," "Angelus sum Thronorum" by Van Ness. The voices of these women are amazing, the material stunning and is a work of tremendous depth and beauty. Another powerful winner by the women of Tapestry!

Songlist: O Frondens Virga, Karitas Habundat, The Nine Orders of the Angels, Nos sumus Custodes Angeli, Archangelus, Sum Anael ex Septimi Chori, Angeli Potestatis, Raphael sum Virtutum, Dominationes, Angelus sum Thronorum, Angeli ab lacrimis Michaelis, Michael sum Seraphim, O Euchari, Columba (Hildegard von Bingen), In Matutinis Laudibus (Hildegard von Bingen):, - Studium Divinitatis, - Unde Quocumque, - De Patria, - Et Ideo Puelle, Columba Aspexit, O Gloriosa

7058c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella Female Choral CDs

Tapestry : Song of Songs : 00  1 CD :  : 80486

Tapestry : Song of Songs

Review: The Song of Songs is one of the more popular sections of the Bible to set. These often very sensual texts are the basis for this recording which includes music by Ivan Moody, Shira Kammen and Hildegard von Bingen, Medieval Hebrew cantillations, Latin chants and Sephardic instrumentals. The cantillations, sung by Daniela Tosic, separate the other songs and occasionally introduce other pieces with the same text. The group, led by Laurie Monahan, all has clear voices which blend beautifully together. Many of the pieces are accompanied by the exceptional vielle and harp playing of Shira Kammen. This recording is a wonderful intermingling of the ancient and modern.

Songlist: Canticum Canticorum: (Three Motets from the Song of Songs), I. Surge, propera amica mea, II. Descendi in hortum meum, III. Ego dilecto meo, Yo m'asento en mi ventana , Rex Solomon (Worcester Antiphonaire, 13th c.), Hebrew Cantillation , Awake, North Wind, Hebrew Cantillation, Shir Hashirim , Hebrew Cantillation, O Ecclesia , Hebrew Cantillation , Dodi Li , Osculetur me (St. Martial Repertory, 12th c.), Hebrew Cantillation, Dilectus Meus, Hebrew Cantillation , Una Matica de Ruda , Set Me as a Seal Upon Thy Heart

7101c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella Female Choral CDs

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