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Luther College Nordic Choir
The Eight Chestnut Horses

Song NameComposer
African SanctusDavid Fanshawe
A La Nanita nana
BetelehemuVia Olatunji / Wendell Whalum
Riu, Riu, Chiu
Prayer of the ChildrenKurt Bestor
Hacia Belen va un borrico
Cantos SagradosJames MacMillan
African Noel
Song of CherubimKrzysztof Penderecki
Usuli Boat Song
Noel Ayisyen (Haitian Noel)Emile Desmours
Shut de DoRandy Stonehill
Naiman Sharag (The Eight Chestnut Horses)Se Enkhbayar

Directed by Weston Noble

Not surprisingly, on most of their excellent CDs the Nordic Choir focuses on selections of Christian sacred and spiritual music. In a dramatic change of direction that highlights the Choir's versatility, "Horses" is a collection of World music, beginning with the thundering drums of David Fanshawe's "African Sanctus" and the gentle guitar riffs of "A La Nanita Nana" by Roger Folstrom, the CD continually surprises us. The powerful "Betelehemu" is a "bring the house down" piece in concert, "Prayer of the Children," brings tears remembering children caught in bloodshed and ethnic conflict in the former Yugoslavia in the 1970, and the Chinese "Usuli Boat Song," celebrates finding ways to be happy. The final cut, the title tune, a Mongolian song actually called "Naiman Sharag," gives the feeling of horses running, the song ends quietly, as if the horses are in the far distance. Some strong percussion and light accompaniment. A wonderful, powerful CD!

Item code: 7708C | 1 CD | $15.98 add item to cart
Choral | A Cappella | Mixed | United States

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