In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Christmas music is some of the most fun choral music out there, both to sing and simply to drink in. Whether the choir is singing centuries’ old pieces by Tavener and Britten, or modern and light-hearted work like Rudolph and Frosty, it’s heartwarming, spirit-raising music that just makes you want to gather with loved ones around a well-lit tree, enjoying a roaring fire. Even in the heart of Summer.
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Review: Conductor and founder of The Acappella Singers Ronald Boender's love of pure acappella singing is but one of his many interests. His interest in Tropical Biology led him to found Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, FL, where the Singers regularly perform. The 32-strong, semi-professional Singers, who are celebrating their 10th year together and their 8th excellent recording, bring us 9 traditional Christmas tunes, 7 of them arranged by Derric Johnson: 'Wassail Song,' 'It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,' 'Rejoice with Exceeding Great Joy' which segues into 'We Three Kings' and 'Noel, Noel;' 'Infant Holy' (arranged by Paul Christiansen), 'Deck The Halls,' 'White Christmas,' 'Winter Wonderland,' 'Away In The Manger,' and 'Jingle Bells.' Nice solos by John Cotter on 'Winter Wonderland' and 'Rejoice with Exceeding Great Joy,' and Beverly Atkinson on 'Away In The Manger.' A bright, joyous collection to brighten your holidays!
Songlist: Wassail Song, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Rejoice With Exceeding Great Joy, Infant Holy, Deck The Halls, White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Away In A Manger, Jingle Bells
I Believe This Is Jesus
Review: Following the inspiration of acappella arrangers Derric Johnson and Norman Luboff, Ronald Boender formed this 24 voice, mixed ensemble dedicated to performing the best of folk, sacred, Americana, and Christmas acappella. Since 1994, the Acappella Singers have built a solid repertoire of the finest acappella choral literature (in 8 parts) remaining steadfast to the foundation of the purest form of singing. Choosing Christmas songs arranged by aforementioned Derric Johnson, as well as Alfred Burt and Jay Rouse to name a few. Accentuated with sounds of a cathedral echo you can only love 'Carol Of The Bells', 'Joy To The World', 'Caroling, Caroling', 'Rejoice and Sing', and 'Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence'.
Songlist: Caroling, Caroling, Be Born In Me, He Just Had To Come Down, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent, Carol Of The Bells, This Christmastide, Rejoice And Sing, Silent Night, I Believe This Is Jesus, Joy To The World, My Song In The Night, Winter Wonderland, Thee With Tender Care, Peace, Peace
Review: Friends in the West International, sponsors of East Africa's African Outreach Academy, have a new CD by the African Children's Choir, and a new Christmas musical (which we are encouraged to perform in our communities to raise money for African children), The First African Christmas, songs from which are the first 8 tunes: the reggae-flavored 'Message for Africa,' 'God's promise from long ago,' 'The Wise Men rap, ' 'The gifts,' 'Shepherd's carol,' 'Philip's song,' 'Gift for the King,' and the music from 'Gift for you to sing.' Following are 6 more Christmas tunes, the a cappella 'Betelehemu,' 'Go tell it on the mountain,' 'Have you any room for Jesus?', 'Bed of straw', 'Drummer boy' and 'Silent Night.' Most songs are accompanied. New energy and spirit for a timeless story from a talented Choir.
Songlist: Message for Africa, God's promise form long ago, The Wise Men rap, The Gifts, Shepherd's carol, Philip's song, Gift for the King, Christmas Celebration Songs:, Betelehmu, Go tell it on the mountain, Have you any room for Jesus?, Bed of Straw, Drummer Boy, Silent Night
Review: Alfred S. Burt died in February of 1954 at the age of 33, already a legend. The slender minister's son, the young jazz trumpeter who composed Christmas carols, was carrying on a tradition started in 1922 by his father, the Reverend Bates G. Burt, who began sending his own composed carols as Christmas messages to friends and family. Rev. Bates proudly saw his son take over music in 1941, while he supplied the lyrics. These are the only carols created in modern times that have obtained international acceptance in the music community, from local choirs to stars like Andy Williams, Peggy Lee, Nat 'King' Cole, Frank Sinatra, The Lennon Sisters and many others have recorded Burt carols. So listen to these 'mini-masterpieces,' beautifully performed by the Columbia Choir with occasional light accompaniment by the Ralph Carmichael Brass Ensemble and organ. 'Caroling, Caroling,' 'The Star Carol,' 'Christ in the Stranger's Guise,' 'Come Dear Children,' 'Some Children See Him,' 'All on a Christmas Morning,' 'O Hearken Ye.' 'Jesu Parvule,' 'Nigh Bethlehem,' 'This is Christmas,' 'Ah, Bleak and Chill' and 'We'll Dress the House.' At the end of the CD is a very nice instrumental medley of the carols. We have enjoyed these carols as particularly wonderful ones for years, never knowing the story of their gifted composer, now we see them with a new appreciation. Recommended!
Songlist: Caroling, Caroling, The Star Carol, Christ in the Stranger's Guise, Come, Dear Children, Some Children See Him, All on a Christmas Morning, O, Hearken Ye, Jesu Parvule, Nigh Bethlehem, This is Christmas, Ah, Bleak and Chill, We'll Dress the House, Instrumental medlies:, Caroling, Caroling, All on a Christmas Morning, We'll Dress the House, The Star Carol, Some Children See Him, Come, Dear Children, Ah, Bleak and Chill, Jesu Parvule, O, Hearken Ye
Review: Considered by some to be the finest recording of Christmas carols ever, these original compositions were written by Alfred and primary lyricists Wihla Hutson and Bates G. Burt (Alfred's father). In fact, the carols were initially sent as Christmas messages to Burt family members and friends! Alfred died in 1954 at the age of thirty three, but his legacy has brought joy to untold myriads of listeners ever since. Artists from Nat 'King' Cole to the Boston Pops Orchestra and Chorus have popularized what conductor John Williams described as 'mini-masterpieces.' The sixteen voice a cappella choir directed by arranger Jimmy Joyce (who had worked with Alfred in the Alvino Rey Orchestra) is sprightly and surefooted in their performance, which was recorded in 1963. A sentimental and popular favorite.
Songlist: This Is Christmas, Christmas Cometh Caroling, Ah, Bleak And Chill The Wintry Wind, Come, Dear Children, Some Children See Him, Sleep, Baby Mine, All On A Christmas Morning, Caroling, Caroling, The Star Carol, We'll Dress The House, Christ In The Stranger's Guise, Nigh Bethlehem, What Are The Signs, Jesu Parvule, O Hearken Ye
Review: An extraordinary set of carol arrangements. As in the case with virtually all of Daron Hagen's music, he takes the listener on an unusual journey, frequently only alluding to tunes or portions of tunes already more than familiar to the listener. As one would expect of a composer who has devoted so much of his life to vocal music and the relationship between music and text, surprising things occur.
Songlist: Lullay, O Come, O Come, Emmauel, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen/O Come, Emmanuel, Silent Night, Once in Royal David's City, Sussex Carol, What Child Is This, At Bethlehem Proper, Hosanna
Review: Two venerable and ancient Christian musical traditions-the Byzantine and the Slavic-come together on this CD, along with traditional Orthodox carols from Ukraine, Lebanon, and... America. The musical richness of the Eastern Orthodox Christmas services has inspired a number of modern-day Orthodox composers to create new compositions and arrangements, 35 of which are recorded here for the first time, entirely in English.
Songlist: Troparion-Entrance Of The Theotokos, Kontakion-Entrance Of The Theotokos, Stichera Lord, I Call, Stichera Aposticha, Canon Odes 1, 3, 6, Hymn To Theotokos, Stichera At The Praises, Stichera At The Aposticha, Troparion-Prefeast Of The Nativity Christ, Kontakion, God Is With Us, Troparion, Kontakion, Glory Be To God On High, Praise The Name Of The Lord, From My Mouth, Stichera After The Matins Gospel, Canon Ode 1, Canon Ode 3, Kontakion / oikos, Canon Ode 8, 9, Exposteilarion, Third Antiphon, Troparion, Kontakion, Communion Hymn, Wondrous News Is Given, Joy Is All Around Us, Angel Choirs In Heaven, Sing Earth And Heaven, God's Son Is Born This Night, Today The Virgin, The Lord Hath Sent Redemption, Christ Our Son, Christ Is Born
Review: Thanks to the legacy of Robert Shaw, Atlanta is rich in choral groups, including several which have gained national distinction. Some of these groups were founded by members of Shaw's Atlanta Symphony Chorus and have survived over the decades to make their own name. The Atlanta Singers, begun 24 years ago, is among the most notable. David Brensinger conducts the Singers, whose repertoire on 'Chantez' includes sacred Renaissance masterworks (Praetorius' 'Psallite,' 'Swete Was The Song the Virgine Soong,' Victoria's 'O Magnum Mysterium,' and 'Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen'), traditional carols ('Il est ne,' 'Wassail Song,' 'Silent Night,' 'Jingle Bells' and 'Deck The Hall'), traditional Spanish carols ('A la nanita nana' and 'Esta noche nace un Nino'), and traditional French carols ('Dans les hombres de la nuit,' the title tune, and 'Entre le boeuf et l'ane gris'). Intricate, classical harmonies perfectly sung by this talented ensemble.
Songlist: Psallite/Singt Und Klingt, Swete Was the Song the Virgine Soong, O Magnum Mysterium, Verbum Caro Factum Est: Y la Virgen le Dezia, Es Ist ein Ros' entsprungen, Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine, Wexford Carol, Quem Pastores, Three Christmas Motets:, -Quem Vidistis, Patores?, O Magnum Mysterium, -HodieChristus Natus Est, Lullay Lord Jesus, Rise, Up, Shepherd, and Follow, Il est ne, Wassail Song, Two Spanish Carols:, -Spanish Lullaby "A la nanita nana", -Spanish Carol "Esta Noche nace un Nino", Three French Carols:, -Dans les Ombres de la nuit, -Entre le boeuf et l'ane gris, -Chantex Noel, Silent Night, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Rockin' for the World, Jingle Bells, Deck the Hall
Review: Toronto's BCC, 200 talented singers ages 6 and up, are divided into 4 choirs and have become a beloved part of Toronto's musical culture. The Christmas CD 'Outside' is the BCC's second, their first being the lovely 'Go Where You Will.' This is a joyous CD, the high, sweet voices of the children are perfect for traditional carols such as 'O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,' 'O Holy Night,' 'Ding Dong! Merrily on High,' and 'Echo Carol,' a pair by John Rutter, 'The Angels' Carol' and 'Carol of the Children,' and many by Canadian composers we haven't heard, Eleanor Daley's 'What Sweeter Music,' Mark Sirett's 'Sunny Bank,' Edith Harrhy's 'Ring, Bells, Ring,' W.H. Anderson's 'Long, Long Ago,' Alexander Tilley's 'When Christ Was Born,' Heather Barnes' 'Torches!' and others. 24 songs, all lightly accompanied. A lovely gift from one of Canada's finest children's choirs.
Songlist: A King Is Born, What Sweeter Music, Sunny Bank, The Angels' Carol, Echo Carol, Go Where I Send Thee, Carol Of The Children, Pat -A- Pan, Ring Bells, Ring, Long, Long Ago, Were You There, When Christ Was Born, S'Vivon / Candle Lullaby, Ding - Dong - Doh!, El Cant Dels Ocels, This Little Babe, Winds Through The Olive Trees, Torches!, Song Of The Innkeeper's Children, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, O Holy Night, This Joy, Ding Dong! Merrily On High, Sleigh Ride
Review: John Rutter conducts the Bach Choir and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in what is surely the finest new recoding of Christmas carols this year. Rutter is a composer, conductor and arranger and he brings all of that to these high holiday gems. Most of the carols are very well known, though in the arrangements of Rutter they sound completely fresh. There are some new carols here - Rutter's own 'Riu Riu Chiu' (the sounds a nightingale makes) and 'The Colours of Christmas' - and some new approaches to old ones. The main factor that makes this such a perfect selection of holiday music is the free intermixing of religious carols with contemporary Christmas songs.
Songlist: Ding Dong! Merrily On High, The Colours Of Christmas, In Dulci Jubilo, What Is This Lovely Fragrance?, Away In A Manger, Hodie Christus Natus Est, Riu Riu Chiu, I Wonder As I Wander, Star Carol, Once In Royal David's City, Silent Night, In The Bleak Midwinter, Gabriel's Message, Fanfare - O Come, All Ye Faithful, O Holy Night, A New Year Carol, Joy To The World, Sleigh Ride, Deck The Hall, The Christmas Song, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Fanfare - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Review: When an ensemble like the BBC Singers, renowned for its commitment to the music of our time, sets out to record a Christmas CD you can be sure that the repertoire will include material rather different from the usual run of popular standards and arrangements! One star, at last includes eight new carols (six of them specially-commissioned by BBC Radio 3), several premiere recordings, and a selection of music - serious and light-hearted, contemplative and joyful - by some of the leading British, European and North American choral composers of the day. Composers include Martland, Weir, Ades, MacMillan, Tavener, Kornowicz, Rodney Bennet and Harle.
Songlist: Nowell Sing We Now, From Lands that see the Sun Arise, Make we Joy, There is no Rose of Such Virtue, I Wonder as I Wander, Illuminare, Jerusalem, The Shepherd's Gift, Corpus Christi Carol, The Fayrfax Carol, The Shepherds Sing, Today the Virgin, Oczekiwanie (Waiting), O Magnum Mysterium, Sleep, little Jesus, sleep, Romance of the Angels, Mrs. Beeton's Christmas Plum Pudding, Nativitas, Seinte Mari Moder Milde, Carol, One Star, at Last
Review: An excellent companion to the other Christmas titles in this series here are some of the great Christmas songs of the Renaissance period. Traditional and early songs and carols from across Europe are brought to life by this wonderful vocal ensemble. If the holiday season stresses you out then you will be sure to relax during the listening of this recording of music from a far less frantic time.
Songlist: Rejoice Rejoice, Nowell: Dieus Vous Garde, Gaudete Gaudete, Behold The Handmaiden, Reading Luke I, Kyrie Elesion, E LA Don Don, Two Fantasies On "Une Jeune Fillette", Joseph Is Well Married, Une Jeune Fillette, Joseph Lieber Joesph Mein, Magnificat Quinti Toni, The Birth Of Jesus, Espirits Divins, Reading Luke II, Es Ist Ein Ros'Entsprungen, Riu Riu Chiu, Herod And The Magi, Wie Schon Leuchtet Der Morganstern, Reading Luke III, O Vos Omnes, The Shepards At The Cradle, Reading Luke II, Ungaresca, Nouvelles, nouvelles, Tau Garco La Durundena, Tura Lura Lura Lo Gau Canta, The Good News, Reading Luke II, O Magnum Mysterium, Singet Und Klinget Ihr Kinderlein, Bransle De Poictou, La Bona Novella
Review: This recortding is one of several in the highly successfule series of Christmas recordings from this fine ensemble. The music on this collection spans seven centuries (12th to 19th) and offers a wide and diverse range of compositions. Director Joel Cohen opens with a Hebrew cantillation of 'Isaiah's Prophecy' of the comming of the Messiah, moves on to a 10th-century Spanish setting of a sibylline prophecy, and then takes us to 12th-century Provence with 'Adest Pronsus'. The performances are always stylish and captivating.... a treasure and essential to your collection.
Songlist: Isiah's Prophecy, The Sybil's Prohecy - Iudicii Signum, Conductis - Adest Sponsus, Clausula - Oiet, Virgines, Hymn - Domino, Lauda - Conditor Alme Siderum, Reading - Verbum Caro Factum, Organum - On Frymae Was Word, Reading - Ludea Et Iberusalem, Hymn - Gedonis Area, Sacred Song - O Maria, Feu MAire, Prosa - Ave Maria, Responsory - Gaude MAria, Hymn - Joseph, Liber Nefe Min, Conductus With Refrain - Congaudes Hodie, in Dulci Jubilo, Hymn - In Dulci Jubilo, Reading - Hand By We Shule Us Take, Conductus - Lux Hodie.. Orientis Partibus
Review: 'In Silent Night' is of course a Christmas CD, but it is so much more. The 51-strong Brazeal Dennard Chorale bases their music on the traditional African-American spiritual's deep emotion, intensity and strength. Dr. Karen Walwyn is listed as the accompanist. 13 powerful songs from a talented group dedicated to preserve and perpetuate the African-American spiritual.
Songlist: In Silent Night, Ave Maria, Alleluia, He Stooped To Bless, Little Lamb, Psalm 57, Hehlehlooyuh, O Praise The Lord, Negro Bell Carol, Nowhere To Lay His Head, Hail Mary, Betelehemu, Siyahamba
Review: Seen nationally on PBS since it was first broadcast in 1993, A Celebration of Christmas embraces the spiritual, traditional, and international spirit of Christmas. You and your family will enjoy this program for many years to come. Available on CD, video, or on a newly remastered DVD.
Songlist: I Saw Three Ships, Away In A Manger, Make We Merry on This Fest, Make We Merry on This Fest, Sing We Now of Christmas, Deck the Hall, Wondrous Night, Carol of the Drum, Betelehemu, Puer Nobis, Nowel, Austrian Yodel Carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas, We Need A Little Christmas, The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy, Troika, from Lieutenant Kije Suite, op. 60, The Sycamore Tree, He Is the Root and the Offspring of David, from The Redeemer, Angels We Have Heard on High
Sing We Now Of Christmas
Review: Since 1984 The Celebration Of Christmas Concerts have launched the Christmas season on the BYU campus. Because of the beauty and exhilaration of this traditional event, tickets are sold out weeks in advance. This CD includes live performances of many favorites sung by BYU Singers over the years. Some selections are familiar to you. Others, new perhaps, will bring fresh, colorful sounds to your holiday celebration. These all a cappella selections are sure to bring you increased feelings of comfort and joy at Christmastide.
Songlist: Hark The Herald Angels Sing, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, What Child Is This?, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night, Sing We Now Of Christmas, Ubi Caritas, Gesu Bambino, Gloria, 'Tis Winter Now, Joy To The World, The Shepherds Had An Angel, Follow The Star, Calm On The Listening Ear Of Night, Silent Night, Gloria In Excelsis Deo, Follow The Light, Isseh, Isseh, Go Tell It On The Mountain, The Secret Of Christmas
Born On A New Day
Review: The first all-new Christmas recording from John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers for almost 20 years. John Rutter directs the Cambridge Singers, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the award-winning Farnham Youth Choir alongside guest soloists Melanie Marshall, Clara Sanabras and Elin Manahan Thomas, for an unforgettable festival of Christmas music.
Songlist: O Come, All Ye Faithful, Gaudete, The Shepherd's Carol, Nos Galan, I Wonder As I Wander, Ave Maria, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Rejoice And Be Merry, El Noi De La Mare, A Christmas Overture, Born On A New Day, Magical Kingdom, Mary's Boy Child, Esta Noche, Sleigh Ride, The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy, New Year, I Wish You Christmas, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Review: 'The aim of this recording is to evoke a sense of the winter season, as reflected in some of the infinitely varied music inspired by it. Christmas inevitably lies at the heart of this wonderful melange of scared and secular, spiritual and convivial, poetic and earthy.' - John Rutter. A compilation of tracks from 1982 thru 2003, mostly recorded in the Great Hall of University College School, London where the exquisite acoustics showcases the voices of the choir to perfection. A most enjoyable Christmas collection indeed!
Songlist: Candlelight Carol, O magnum mysterium, Blow, blow, thou winter wind, Puer nobis, Of a Rose, a lovely Rose, Lullay mine liking, In the bleak mid-winter, Away in a manger, Wild Wood Carol, Videntes stellam, Chanson, What Sweeter Music, Veni Redemptor gentium, Hodie Christus natus est, Hodie Christus natus est, Angels we have heard on high, What cheer?, Wassail song, Good Ale, The very best time of year
Review: The incomparable Cambridge Singers bring us 22 carols, old and new: In dulci jubilo, Adam lay ybounden, Christmas Night, Once, as I Remember, A spotless Rose, In the Bleak Mid-winter, There is a Flower, The Cherry Tree Carol, I Wonder as I Wander, Candlelight Carol, O Tannenbaum, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, A Virgin Most Pure, I Sing of a Maiden, Lute-Book Lullaby, Ballet, The Three Kings, Myn Lyking, O Little One Sweet, etc.
Songlist: In Dulci Jubilo, Adam Lay Ybounden, Christmas Night, Once, As I Remember, A Spotless Rose, In The Bleak Mid-Winter, There Is A Flower, The Cherry Tree Carol, I Wonder As I Wander, Candlelight Carol, O Tannenbaum, Tommorow Shall Be My Dancing Day, A Virgin Most Pure, I Sing Of A Maiden, Lute-Book Lullaby, The Three Kings, Myn Lyking, O Little One Sweet , All My Heart This Night Rejoices, I Saw A Madian, Away In A Manger, Nativity Carol
Review: Recorded in 1981 shortly after the Cambridge Singers formation, 'Christmas Star' then quickly disappeared, as the master tapes were lost. However, the original digital version was found in 1996. Therefore, the Cambridge Singers first Christmas release can once again be heard. Directed by John Rutter, whose standard of taste and excellence is of legendary repute, this multivoice classical ensemble has a pure and weightless tone and broad dynamic range, from pianissimo to forte. With arrangements also by Rutter, the carols are mostly familiar, such as 'I Wander As I Wander,' 'Ding Dong! Merrily On High' and 'What Child Is This,' but there are a few rarities: 'O Little One Sweet,' and 'Twas In The Moon Of Wintertime.'
Songlist: Good Christian Men, Rejoice, I Wonder As I Wander, All My Heart This Night Rejoices, Silent Night, Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming, Ding Dong! Merrily On High, Three Kings Of Orient, How Great Our Joy, Angels We Have Heard On High, Joy To The World, Away In A Manger, Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, What Child Is This?, 'Twas In The Moon Of Winter Time, O Little One Sweet, Go, Tell It On The Mountain, Away In A Manger, Rise Up, Shepherd, And Follow, The Christmas Song, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, O Come, All Ye Faithful
Review: Messiah, (1741), the glorious oratorio by George Frideric Handel, is among the most popular works in the Western choral literature. Here is a fabulous new recording from world-renowned conductor and composer John Rutter. Remarkably, this is the first time Rutter has recorded the Messiah. Named on The Today Show as 'the greatest living composer and conductor of choral music,' he is probably the most successful choral composer of his generation. Messiah is performed here by the Cambridge Singers, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by John Rutter. The soloists are Joanne Lunn, Melanie Marshall, James Gilchrist, and Christopher Purves. The 2-CD set includes a 24-page booklet with the text of Messiah and interspersed photos from the recording session at All Hallows Gospel Oak, London. A treasured possession to be enjoyed year after year.
Songlist: Sinfonia, Comfort Ye, My People, Every Valley Shall Be Exalted, And the Glory of the Lord, Thus Saith the Lord, But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming?, And He Shall Purify, Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive, O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion, For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth, The People that Walked in Darkness, For unto Us a Child Is Born, Pifa, There Were Shepherds Abiding in the Field, Glory to God, Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion, Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind Be Opened, He Shall feed His Flock, His Yoke Is Easy, Behold the Lamb of God, He Was Despised, Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs, And with His Stripes We Are Healed, All We Like Sheep Are Gone Astray, All They That See Him Laugh Him to Scorn, He Trusted in God, Thy Rebuke Hath Broken is Heart, Behold, and See If There Be Any Sorrow, He Was Cut Off Out of the Land of the Living, But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul in Hell, Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates, Unto Which of the Angels, Let All the Angels of God Worship Him, Thou Art Gone Up on High, The Lord Gave the World, How Beautiful Are the Feet, Their Sound Is Gone Out, Why Do the Nations So Furiously Rage Together?, Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder, He That Dwelleth in Heaven, Thou Shalt Break Them, Hallelujah, I know That My Redeemer Liveth, Since by Man Came Death, Behold, I Tell You a Mystery, The Trumpet Shall Sound/, Then Shall Be for Us, O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?/But Thanks Be to God, If God Be for Us, Worthy Is the Lamb That Was Slain/Amen
Review: For more than a decade, John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers have shared the Joy of Christmas with the world. The ethereal sound of perfectly blended voices, singing the most beautiful seasonal music ever composed, never fails to touch the heart and lift the spirit. This year, John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers have assembled a new collection - compiled from the archives, including four never before released tracks! Tracks include English Traditional Carols, European Traditional Carols, Choruses and Motets and Composer's Carols.
Songlist: The Holly and the Ivy , Blessed be that maid mary , Somerset Wassail , Shepherds, in the fields abiding , The infant king , What is this lovely fragrance , Gabriel's message , Still, still, still , Quittez, pasteurs , Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle , Personent hodie , The shepherds' farewell , O holy night , O Magnum Mysterium, Hodie Christus natus est, For unto us a child is born , In dulci jubilo , Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child , A New Year Carol , Balulalow , I saw a fair maiden, The Lamb , Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Review: The Renowned, 31-strong Cambridge Singers have a present for us: 23 songs of Christmas, many of them written, composed and/or arranged by contemporary composer John Rutter, a giant in the Choral world. 'Jesus Child,' 'There Is A Flower,' 'Donkey Carol,' 'Wildwood Carol,' 'Angels' Carol,' 'Mary's Lullaby' - Rutter's original music is lovely, and the CS are the group to do it justice. Also fine are all the traditional carols like 'I Saw Three Ships' and 'Joy to the World.' The songs are divided into six sections: Prologue, The Christmas Story, Christmas Night, Christmas Reflections, Christmas Joy and Epilog. Most of the songs are accompanied by the London Sinfonia. The liner notes are extensive and beautiful. A monumental achievement for the Cambridge Singers, a generous, spirited and brilliant Christmas CD!
Songlist: Wexford Carol, The Christmas story - Jesus child , There is a Flower, Donkey Carol, Wild Wood Carol, Angels' Carol, Nativity Carol, Mary's lullaby , Star Carol, Candlelight Carol, Shepherd's Pipe Carol, Christmas lullaby , Dormi, Jesu , Love Came Down at Christmas , Sans Day Carol , I Wonder as I Wander , What Sweeter Music , Joy to the World , I Saw Three Ships, Deck the Hall , The Very Best Time of Year , We Wish You a Merry Christmas , Silent Night
Review: Listeners who love the sound and mood of the most traditional Christmas carols and hymns should be delighted with this collection of choral arrangements made by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The majority of the pieces are traditional English carols, many of which the composer collected himself as part of his research on folk song. For several of the carols where only a text survives, he wrote the melody. A few of the selections may be familiar to American audiences and a few more to fans of English choral music, but by and large these carols will be obscure to general audiences. Their tone tends to be gently contemplative rather than exuberantly celebratory; they're more similar to 'Away in a Manger' than 'Joy to the World.' Vaughan Williams' intent was to create music that could be sung by the average church congregation or church choir, so the arrangements are simple and traditional. Some are arranged for unison singing, but most are in four parts.
Songlist: Hereford Carol, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night (unspecified tune) , Snow in the Street ("From far away we come to you"), carol for chorus , Song of the Crib , The Holy Well, carol for chorus or voice & piano (Traditional Carols from Herefordshire No. 1 & No. 2; 2 versions) , The Salutation Carol , Blake's Cradle Song ("Sweet dreams, form a shade o'er my lovely infant's head"), carol for chorus , O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green") , Wassail Song ("Wassail, wassail, all over the town"), carol for chorus ("Gloucestershire Wassail") , The Miraculous Harvest, carol for chorus or voice & piano (Traditional Carols from Herefordshire No. 10) , How Far Is It to Bethlehem? (Children's Song of the Nativity) (Tune: Stowey) (English) , The Golden Carol ("Now is Christ mas y-come"), carol for chorus , Wither's Rocking Hymn ("Sweet baby, sleep! What ails my dear?"), carol for chorus , Behold the great Creator makes, hymn ("This Endris Nyght") , Christmas Hymn ("Now Blessed by Thou, Christ Jesu"), for baritone or tenor, chorus & orchestra in F major (Choral Hymns No. 2) , The truth sent from above, carol for chorus or voice & piano (Traditional English Carols No. 6) , And All in the Morning ("On Christmas Day"), carol for chorus or voice & piano (Traditional English Carols No. 1) , On Christmas Night, carol for chorus or voice & piano ("Sussex Carol"; Traditional English Carols No. 2)
Review: Founded by Alfred Burt's daughter Diane, The Caroling Company makes everyday Christmas! This highly in-demand eight-voice a cappella ensemble has had numerous television appearances including ABC's 'Good Morning America and 'The Home Show' and will appear later this year in the Brian Setzer Big Band Christmas CD. With a reputation for excellence and creative arrangements of traditional favorites and jazz standards, they have an enthusiastic following and possess that indescribable quality that identifies them as The Carolling Company.
Songlist: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas / I'll Be HOme for Christmas (Medley), Carol of the Bells, Deck the Halls, The Holly and the Ivy, What CHild Is This, I Saw Three , I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, O Holy Night, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, White Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, Silver Bells, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Merry Christmas Darling, Caroling, Caroling, We'll Dress the House, Some Children See Him, This Is Christmas, The Star Carol, Come, Dear Children, Jesu Parvule, O Hearken Ye, Silent Night
Review: The Cathedral Singers, an independent ensemble of professional Chicago-area singers, who participate in a wide range of musical activity, from early music performance to jazz and musical theater. They bring this collective experience and superb musicianship to enrich the sound of the Singers. Widely experienced founder and director Richard Proulx leads them in this lovely 22-song Christmas collection. Beautifully-sung familiar carols like 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing,' 'Away in a Manger,' 'Angels We Have Heard on High,' 'O Holy Night,' 'Fum, Fum, Fum,' 'O Come, All Ye Faithful,' 'What Child is This' and 'The First Nowell' segue into the lesser-known German carol 'O Dear Little Children,' 'Puer natus in Bethlehem,' Lorelei McDermott's 'Resonet in laudibus and The Virgin's Slumber Song,' and Handel's 'For Unto Us a Child is Born,' from the Messiah. All accompanied, all wonderfully and joyously performed! Many treasures of church music celebrating the birth of Christ are sung with great beauty and eloquence. Director Richard Proulz does a masterful job and this recording is a great addition to your Christmas choral music collection.
Songlist: Angels We Have Heard on High , Away in a Manger, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, What Child Is This, Gesu Bambino, O Holy Night, Puer Natus Est, Fum, Fum, Fum, Sleep, Holy Babe, O Come Little Children, Night of Silence/Silent Night, Low, How a Rose E'er Blooming, O Come, All Ye Faithful, Hark, the Herald Angels Sing, For unto Us, 'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime, O Come, Divine Messiah, Alla Rue, The Virgin Slumber Song, Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
Review: In the spirit of the true meaning of the Cherokee Christmas holiday, the Cherokee National Youth Choir delivers a CD of traditional and original songs of worship and celebration, entitled Jesus is Born Today (which is a translation from Cherokee, of the word Christmas). The album features powerful performances in the beauty of the Cherokee language. The CD opens with wonderful interpretations of 'Silent Night' and 'Angels We Have Heard on High,' before moving into the title track 'Jesus is Born Today,' which was written by Parker and Janice Ballou. They are also joined by well respected Cherokee elder, Reverend Leroy Backwater in a narrative of 'Grandfather's Christmas Story.' The project soars with full choir productions and in selections by smaller groupings of choir members, accompanied by musical producer, Jeffrey Gray Parker.
Songlist: Silent Night, Joy to the World`, Angels We Have Heard On High, Jesus is Born Today, O Holy Night, Away in a Manger, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, What Child is This, Birth of a Savior, Grandfather's Christmas Story
Review: Chicago a cappella returns with a sparkling selection of seasonal songs by contemporary composers and arrangers, including seven world premieres. Works include two lively African settings (in African languages) of the biblical passage 'For unto us a child is born,' delightful treatments of traditional French and French-Canadian carols, a unique Danish take on the Christmas story, distinctive works by leading American composers including Stephen Paulus (Splendid Jewel) and Gwyneth Walker (The Christ-child's Lullaby), and James Clemens's brilliant, jazz-inflected arrangement, Jingle a cappella, centered around a wild fugue in 7/8 time! The disc also presents two pieces based on Hebrew texts: Aleih Neiri, a Hanukkah song by Yemen-born Jewish composer Chaim Parchi, and multiple award-winning young composer Stacy Garrop's poignant prayer for peace, Lo Yisa Goy. In a season brimming with holiday music, Chicago a cappella's new CD stands apart as a jewel of imaginative programming and passionate performances that please the ear and penetrate the heart.
Songlist: Amuworo ayi otu nwa, What Sweet Music, II est Ne, le Divin Enfant, The Huron Carol, I Wonder As I Wonder, Splendid Jewel, Lo Yisa Goy, Who Is The Baby?, The Christ-child's Lullaby, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Noel nouvelet, Prayer of the Venerable Bede, En stjerne er sat, Hodie, Nyathi onyuol, Aleih Neiri, Jingle a cappella, O Lux Beatissima
Review: 'The Chicago Children's Choir is a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization, shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical excellence.' This is how the directors and teachers of the CCC describe themselves and what they are trying to do, and it warms our hearts on many levels. In the very brief liner notes is a picture of the large, red-jacketed choir of beautiful, intently singing children. Inside the 15 live Christmas songs are listed: 'Gesu Bambino,' Sing Joyfully,' 'This Christmastide,' 'Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day,' 'Christmas Song,' 'Riu, Riu Ciu,' 'Vehavta,' 'Hacia Belen va un borrico,' 'Appletree Wassail,' 'I Want the Star,' 'Christmas Lights,' 'A Take Six Christmas,' 'Snow,' 'White Christmas' and 'Go Tell It on the Mountain.' Josephine Lee, Artistic Director, is there in very small type. That's it-we learn from their website that the group began in 1956, the dream of the late Rev. Christopher Moore, that grew from a handful of kids in the First Unitarian Church to 3,000 kids in 61 in-school choruses, 5 after-school neighborhood choirs and this 125-voice Concert Choir. The music, the message and, of course, the children are the emphasis and the gift. Some light accompaniment.
Songlist: Processional, Gesu Bambino, Sing Joyfully , This Christmastide , Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Christmas Song, Riu Riu Chiu , Vehavta , Hacia Belen ca un borrio, Appletree Wassail , I Want the Star, Christmas Lights , A Take Six Christmas, Snow , White Christmas, Go Tell it on the Mountain
Review: Founder and Conductor Joan Gregoryk's singers bring us another impressive, lightly accompanied Christmas collection. Especially fine are Benjamin Britten's 4-part 'Ceremony of Carols, John Rutter's 'Jesus Child,' the Rutter-arranged 'Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant' and 'Personent Hodie;' standards 'O Holy Night,' 'Away in a Manger,' 'Sussex Carol' and 'O Come All ye Faithful;' audience sing-along 'Al Shlosha d'Varim,' 'This is the Truth' (sung by the combined Concert and Treble Choruses) and many others. Simply beautiful!
Songlist: Make We Merry, Ceremony Of Carols, Lullabye, Jesus Child, O Holy Night, Light The Legend, What Sweeter Music, The Virgin Had A Baby Boy, Hatikva, Jubilate Deo, Away In A Manger, Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant, Personent Hodie, Sussex Carol, El Cielo Canta Alegria, This Is The Truth, Al Shlosha D'Varim , O Come All Ye Faithful
Review: Under the direction of founder, Joan Gregoryk, these children shine once again. With beautiful pieces by John Rutter, Benjamin Britten, Bob Chilcott and G.F. Handel, to name a few, you are sure to fall into the Christmas spirit after listening to this beautiful music. This CD represents selections from the past five years of the Children's Chorus of Washington's December Holiday Concerts, and is surely not to be missed!
Songlist: Ding Dong, Merrily On High, Still Still, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Angel's Carol, The Snow, Angels We Have Heard on High, Two Old World Carols, A la Nanita Nana, Le Sommeil de I'enfant Jesus, Shepherd's Pipe Carol, Mary had a Baby, Go Where I Send Thee, Mid Winter, This Little Babe, Never A Child As He, Star Carol, Donkey Carol, Hallelujah Chorus from "Messiah", Sleigh Ride
Review: A new festive release from the Choir of Jesus College Cambridge under their director Mark Williams – with additional performances from organists Robert Dixon and Timothy Lambourn, and trumpeter Rebecca Crawshaw. The programme is drawn from pieces for the festivals of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and Candlemas: Of the annual Christian seasons, it is surely that from Advent to Epiphany which inspires believer and non-believer alike the most: the believer celebrates Christ's birth whilst the non-believer considers hopes for rebirth and renewal as a New Year approaches … If aspirations surrounding the arrival of a new born child are universal, the Christmas music chosen here reflects the season's inspiration through quite recent compositions, alongside music from the early part of the 20th century. -Mark Williams
Songlist: Jesus Christ the apple tree, We wait for thy loving kindness, I sing of a maiden, Advent Prose, There is no rose, Hymn to the virgin, Bright star carol, In the bleak midwinter, Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day, The shepherds carol, I Saw Three Ships, The little road to Bethlehem, Away in a Manger, Sir Christemas, The Lamb, Paean on Divinum Mysterium , Epiphany, Here is the little door, Bethlehem Down, Nunc dimittis, Hymn to the Creator of Light
Review: The choir at Westminister Abbey performs three Carol Services annually, in conjunction with Advent Sunday, The Feast of St. Stephen and The Feast of the Holy Innocents. These 20 carols and hymns are derived from these performances by this 34 member male choir, and many are familiar, such as 'Good King Wenceslas' and 'Ding Dong Merrily On High'; however, director Simon Preston has a penchant for modern compositions as well. 'Alleluya,' (1921), written by Peter Wishart, replicates the celebratory chiming of bells, while alternating between major and minor tonalities; 'Nowell,' (1934) by Peter Maxwell Davies, never declares its tonic, but remains suspended without resolution. Mostly a cappella.
Songlist: Up! Awake! From Highest Steeple, Remember O Thou Man, There Stood In Heaven A Linden Tree, Alleluya, A New Work, Salve Puerule, The Holly And The Ivy, Jesus Christ The Apple Tree, Resonet In Laudibus, Ding Dong Merrily On High, Nowell, Alleluja! Freuet Euch, Up! Good Christen Folk, And Listen, In Dulci Jubilo, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Puer Natus, Rocking, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Illuminare Jerusalem, A Shepherd's Carol, Good King Wenceslas
Review: At the Cathedral Church of York, England, there has been music celebrating the Birth of Christ since the earliest times, as the present building was consecrated in 1472. The procession of the 30-voice Choir, bright against the ancient stones of the building, the glow of the candles the glistening lights on the tree, and the singing of best-loved Christmas carols–this is what 'Carols' is about. 21 magnificent organ accompanied carols, sung in the Minster's superb acoustic, from 'The First Nowell,' 'Coventry Carol,' 'The Holly and the Ivy,' and 'In Dulci Jubilo' to 'Silent Night,' 'O Leave Your Sheep,' 'Behold the Great Creator' and 'Good Christian Men, Rejoice.' Superb!
Songlist: The First Nowell, While Shepherd Watched Their Flocks, Coventry Carol, Good King Weneslas, The Holly and the Ivy, Christians Awake!, Once in Royal David's City, O Come, All Ye Faithful, In Dulci Jubilo, Ding Dong! Merrily on High, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, On Christmas Night, "Sussex Carol", Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Brightest and Best, O Leave Your Sheep, Bethlehem, of Noblest Cities, Behold, the Great Creator, It Came upon the Midnight Clear, Good Christian Men, Rejoice
Review: There is bliss to be found in hearing a pitch-perfect chord held by a chorus. 24-strong Choral Arts Northwest achieves chord after chord like this, a sound that is remarkable for its warmth, richness and full-throated power. Precision and accuracy of intonation are its hallmarks, as well as a phenomenal range of dynamics and a limitless range of shading. There are 19 generally organ-accompanied songs here, some in Swedish or Norwegian, some in English - all sacred Christmas church music. Extensive liner notes tell us the meaning of each of these exceptional songs, but the story here is the singers, who carry each finely-crafted chord as if it were a gift to a very special baby long ago. Touching, soothing sacred music from Scandinavia.
Songlist: Jeg er sa glad, Organ chorale: Af Hoiheden oprunden , Den yndigste rose , Deilig er den himmel blaa , Organ chorale: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland , Ave Maris Stella , O makalosa stjarna , Organ chorale: Guds Son har gjort mig frie , Ave Maris Stella , O Jul med din glede, Organ chorale: Gammal fabodpsalm fran Dalarna , Gloria in excelsis Deo , Jul, jul, Stralande jul! , Organ toccata: Fra himlen hoyt jeg kommer her , Ave Maria , Swedish Christmas Medley , Organ: Sinfonia da chiesa Vretblad
Bring a Torch
Review: Under the direction of Philip Rice this top-notch choir has accrued critical acclaim and as the only professional chorus in Tennessee has developed a series of highly successful performance seasons. This collection of Christmas music has a very special bonus as it features the world premiere of Dave Brubeck's arrangement of 'We Three Kings' which is the icing on the cake of the fine recording. The recording was well produced and engineered and along with extensive color liner notes makes for a great holiday package.
Songlist: O Magnum Mysterium, E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come, Ave Maria, Deck The Halls, There Shall A Star Come Out Of Jacob, Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella, Ave Maria, The Angels And Shepherds, Coventry Carol, My Dancing Day, Ding Dong Merrily On High, Lirum Lirum, Fum Fum Fum, Infant Holy Infant Lowly, We Three Kings
Review: This CD is a lovely assortment of familiar Christmas carols. The opening carol, 'Once in Royal David's City' with soloist Maribeth Diggle is especially nice as voices are gradually added until the full choir is singing. Most pieces are a cappella with a few accompanied by organ. Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus are both directed by Paul Halley. The combination of the children's and adult choirs creates a beautiful sound. This is a delightful treat for Christmas.
Songlist: Once In Royal David's City, Torches, Jesus Christ The Apple Tree, Joys Seven, Huron Carol, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, The First Nowell, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Nativity Carol, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Lo, How A Rose E'Er Blooming, Personent Hodie, There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue, O Come, All Ye Faithful, I Sing Of A Maiden, Sussex Carol, In The Bleak Mid-Winter, Sir Christmas, Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Review: Paul Halley's renowned choirs Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus pair up for another spectacular offering. The choirs sing with precision and clarity while incorporating a warmth and immediacy to the performance of each song. What Child Is This? comprises a selection of the new, adventurous, and less familiar sacred Christmas repertoire, much of it performed in recent years in the choirs' annual Christmas Angelicus concert series (now in its sixteenth season and broadcast annually by National Public Radio.) More than half the arrangements on the CD are Halley's work, which adds a refreshing, new sound to this mix of Christmas music. Halley's arrangements and compositions, written for these choirs and previously unrecorded, deliver the adventurous harmonies and captivating lyricism for which he is celebrated.
Songlist: What Child is This?, Angelus ad Virginem, Angelus ad Virginem, Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head, O Leave Your Sheep, The Blessed Son of God, I Saw Three Ships, O Magnum Mysterium, Agnus Dei, The First Nowell, Bogoroditse Devo, Tis Winter Now, Good King Wenceslas, A Nativity, The Holy Boy, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Lullaby My Jesus, Beannact Leat, Infinite Light, Go Tell It On The Mountain, Watts' Cradle Hymn
Review: An exceptional collection of Appalachia folk music, Tellin' it on the Mountain takes listeners on an inspiring musical journey back to a simpler time in our nation's history. The music is arranged by local composer Samuel Lancaster, who has composed dozens of works for the Colorado Children's Chorale through the years. Lancaster describes the music as 'a collection of valuable antiques.' At times beautifully simple, the music moves the listener through sweet, whimsical grooves to powerfully complex harmonies and pure excitement. Inspired by Appalachia's traditional Christmas 'all-night watch' services where people gathered to sing until the Morning Star appeared, Lancaster calls Tellin' it on the Mountain a 'remembrance of people gathering to look for new life and new hope.' This CD also features two Chorale favorites never before available on one recording: 'Christmas in Colorado' and 'This Christmastide.'
Songlist: Wonder, Wonder, Go Tell It, Bye And Bye, Cradle Song, Angel Band, Wondrous Love, I Wonder As I Wander, Children Go, This Christmastide, Christmas In Colorado
Review: The re-imagined Christmas story takes viewers and audience members on a musical 'Journey to Bethlehem,' combining the pageantry of opera and the grandeur of choral orchestral masterworks. Composer Dr. Rene Clausen weaves sonorous and celebratory Christmas music throughout the concert.
Songlist: Fantasia O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, O Holy Night, There Is No Rose of Such Virtue , E'n So Lord Jesus, Quickly Come, What Child, Do You Hear What I Hear?, Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine, Silent Night, Sanctus, Betelehemu, Estampie Natalis, Dansaron: E La Don Don, Gloria, O Little Town of Bethlehem, We Three Kings of Orient Are, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Praise To the Lord, Stay With Us, Compline
Hodie Christus Natus Est
Review: With almost 20,000 attendees at their annual Christmas series of concerts and the airing on PBS television and radio stations across the nation has certainly made the Concordia Choir a great Christmas tradition for many. The 400 voices celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ with some spectacular arrangements including 'Gesu Bambino' and the title track 'O Come All Ye Faithful'. Two new compositions by director Rene Clausen, who has over the 26 years he has been directing the choir become world-renown, are superb. Always top-notch this choir continues to build upon it's already excellent reputation.
Songlist: Fantasia On O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Watchman, Tell Us Of The Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, Gesu Bambino, Advent Motet, People Look East, There Is No Rose, Lo, How A Rose E'Er Blooming, Mary's Wonder, Lux Aurumque, He IS Born, Jesus Jesus Rest Your Head, Sanctus (From Mass), Hodie Christus Natus Est, Mary Had A Baby, O Day Full Of Grace, Carol Of The Drum, We Three Kings Of Orient Are, Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth, Ring Out Ye Crystal Spheres From Hodie, Compline
Review: On the cover of 'O Holy Night' we see an awesome giant Christmas mural, with the huge Concordia Choir in front of it, and The Concordia Orchestra in the foreground. This massive Christmas celebration has been an annual event for many years, and it just keeps getting bigger and better. 24 songs, with spoken parts, all accompanied, some familiar ('Angels We Have Heard On High,' 'O Holy Night,' 'Joy to the World'), some unfamiliar ( 'Of the Father's Love Begotten,' 'Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah,' 'Calm on the Listening Ear of Night'), but together in sequence they magnificently tell the Christmas story. 'O Holy Night' is a triumph, one of the best of the year!
Songlist: Prelude On How Brightly Shines the Morning Star , Of the Father's Love Begotten, Angels We Have Heard On High , O Holy Night , There Is No Rose of Such Virtue , Light Everlasting , Lost In the Night , Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah , Vene Sanctus Spiritus , All My Heart This Night Rejoices , Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day , He Is Born , Before the Marvel of this Night, Good Christian Friends, Rejoice! , Calm On the Listening Ear of Night , Twelfth Night , How Great Our Joy , Nowell Sing We, Both All and Some , Infant Holy, Infant Lowly , Sussex Carol, Jeg er saa glad , Go, Tell It On the Mountain , Psalm 150 , Joy To the World, Compline
E'en So Lord Jesus, Quickly Come
Review: Director Rene Clausen continues to raise the bar of excellence of this world-class choir and the 2006 Christmas Concert was a special series of concerts indeed. This year's honored concert honored longtime mural designer and liturgical artist David Hetland '69 who designed the hand-painted Christmas Concert murals for the past 28 years. David passed away April 16, 2006. Morten Lauridsen's 'O Magnum Mysterium' has become a standard for many choirs and the choir here gives this magnificent piece true justice. A true delight this recording will brighten everyone's holiday spirits.
Songlist: The Adoration of the Magi, Agnus Dei, O How Shall I Receive You, Christmas Cantata, E'en So Lord Jesus, Quickly Come, Lost In the Night, There Is No Rose of Such Virtue, Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, O Magnum Mysterium, Fum, Fum, Fum, Silent Night, 'Twas in the Moon of Winter Time, Cold December Flies Away, The Angel Gabriel From heaven Came, O little Town of Bethlehem, Twelfth Night, Sanctus, Past Three O'Clock, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, The Three Kings, Psalm 150, Lux Aeterna, Compline
Review: Since 1920 The Concordia Choir of Moorhead, Minnesota, has continued to affirm its reputation as one of the nation's finest a cappella choirs. Touring nationally and internationally the choir has performed in nearly every major hall in the United States including Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. 'Prince of Peace' is their seventh CD release, and it features the 2002 Concordia College Christmas Concert, conducted by the renowned Rene Clausen. Begun on a small scale in 1927, the event as we know it today began in 1937 under Paul Christiansen, son of St. Olaf College choir director F. Melius Christiansen, when the first giant Christmas mural was added. The recording has 25 parts, some simply orchestra, some a cappella singing, some singing with orchestra, some narrative. For a hint of how wonderful this concert is, listen to 'For Unto Us A Child Is Born,' from Handel's 'Messiah,' featuring the orchestra and Choir–outstanding. John Gardner's 'Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day,' Stroope's 'There Is No Rose of Such Virtue,' Pierce's 'How Still He Rests,' or sinple carols like 'Silent Night,' a lilting 'Pat-A-Pan,' 'O Hearken Ye,' 'Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head,' or the powerful Haitian carol 'Noel Ayisen'-it's all amazing.
Songlist: Church Windows , Domine Deus from "Gloria", He, Watching Over Israel , O Lovely Christmas Rose, O Magnum Mysterium, There Is No Rose , Silent Night, How Still He Rests , O Chritmas Babe, the Best of All I Know (Leland B. Sateren), For Unto Us A Child Is Born from "Messiah" , Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day , Pat-A-Pan , Noel Ayisyen (A Haitian Noel) , O Hearken Ye, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Go, Tell It On the Mountain , My Lord, What A Morning , Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head (, People, Look East , Alleluia from "Brazillian Psalm", Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness , Dona Nobis Pacem, Psalm 50 , Praise To the Lord , Copline
Review: Since 1927, the Concordia College Christmas Concert has grown from an activity of the college's music club into the famed concerts that have become a tradition in the Upper Midwest. Since 1937 the spectacle has featured a giant mural, the huge Concordia Choir and three other choirs, and the Concordia orchestra. There are beautiful photographs of the event in the extensive liner notes. 23 songs, 'Venus, the Bringer of Peace,' 'Watchman, Tell Us Of The Night,' 'O How Shall I Receive Thee,' 'Behold A Star From Jacob Shining,' 'Arise, Shine, for Thy Light Has Come,' 'Our Father'… the list goes on and on of beautiful, soaring music, praising Christ and filling the huge hall with love and light. 'Star Of Wonder' is a very special CD of a huge, amazing Christmas event.
Songlist: Venus, the Bringer of Peace, Watchman, Tell Us of the Night, O How Shall I Receive Thee?, Behold A Star from Jacob Shining, Arise, Shine, for Thy Light Has Come, Our Father, The Word Became Flesh, Mary's Song of Praise, People, Look East, We Three Kings, Rise Up, Sheperd, and Follow, I Wonder as I Wander, I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light, Silent Night, I Saw Three Ships, The Godly Stranger, Laudamus Te, Wolcum Yole, The Three Kings, Ye Were Sometimes in Darkness / Walk as Children of Light, Psalm 103, Lord of All Being, Compline
Review: Directed by the contemporary composer Rene Clausen, the Concordia Choir performs frequently, but not exclusively, modern works. This 1999 seasonal recording features several familiar holiday carols, such as Praetorius' 'Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming,' but its appeal is also in the opportunity to enjoy newer, refreshing pieces, such as 'How Still He Rests,' with it's solemn oboe accompaniment. The eerie, yet beautiful tonalities of 'Go Pretty Child,' with its sibilant countermelody, are an example of how the Choir's approach is both delicate and unsettling at once. 'Noel Aylsyen (A Haitian Noel)' bounces between the root and fifth, urged along in a springing rhythm, punctuated by handclaps. This refined and energetic modernism is exciting and supremely musical.
Songlist: Today, Heaven Sings, The Godly Stranger, O Magnum Mysterium, Noel Ayisyen (A Haitian Noel), Shout The Glad Tidings, Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, Carol Of The Drum, A Spotless Rose, Go, Pretty Child, How Still He Rests, The Three Kings, Sweet Was The Song, The Exaltation of Christ, Advent Motet, Lost in the Night
Review: The 2011 Christmas Concert was the 85th annual and is one of the nation's most dramatic choral Christmas celebrations.
Songlist: Nimrod from Enigma Variations, In the Beginning, God, Thou Who Wast God, Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming, O Magnum Mysterium, A Child Is Born, The Coventry Carol, The First Noel, Today Heaven Sings!, Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella, Let Our Gladness Have No End, The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy, Once In Royal David's City, Past Three A Clock, Away In A Manger, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Shout The Glad Tidings, Patapan, Our Father, It Is Well With My Soul, Compline
Review: Since 1967 the Cor Madrigal commissions from a different composer each year the harmonization of a traditional Catalan Christmas carol. After many years this initiative has allowed the choir to compile an important archive of scores and has contributed to the updating and regeneration of these beautiful songs. The carols that make up this recording are all traditional Catalan melodies and presents a varied range from well-known carols and popular melodies to more elaborated compositions which, without losing the traditional essence, treat the works in a more modern setting. A very interesting and enjoyable recording!
Songlist: El Dimoni Escuat - Casanas, El Rabada - Oltra, El Petit Vailet - Pastrana, Les Besties Al Naixement - Sans, El Desembre Congelat - Vivancos, Sant Josep I La Mare De Deu - Jorda, Vos Sou La Meva Prendeta - Casanas, Fum Fum Fum - Cervera, Nit De Vitlla, Nadal - Bibiloni, Bressol De Nadal - Bibiloni, La Pastora Caterina - Marti, Del Cel Baixen - Oltra, Les Dotze Van Tocant - Just, Cap A Betlem Van Dos Minyons - Pastrana, Canco De Bressol - Pons, Ball Rodo - Mompou, El Pobre Alegre - Bonet, El Noi De La Mare - Cervera, Cap A Betlem Caminem - Marti, Deu Vos Guard Josep - Marti, Canco De L'infant - Oltra, El Cant Dels Ocells - Ribo, Pastors - Ben Alegres - Boliart, Cantem Al Xiquet - Gil-Tarrega
Review: Twenty one favorite Christmas Carols and songs performed by the world renown Crouch End Festival Chorus (conductor - David Temple) will brighten anybody's Holiday season. Two of the most respected musical institutions bring together arrangements and orchestrations by Paul Bateman and Jeremy Marchant -harmonized by Charles Wood, David Wilcocks and Simon Fricker with brilliant editing - featuring Dolby Surround Sound and HDCD mastering for the connoisseurs listening pleasure. Entire album is a stand out with Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas', a Martin & Blaine tune that Judy Garland sang in 'Meet Me in St. Louis', has become an every year classic - 'Gaudete', a traditional carol blends eternal happiness, keeping with the season - 'Ding Dong Merrily On High', listen as the chorus receive a wonderful workout and they love it - 'Mary's Boy Child', the big Harry Belafonte hit that always reminds us why we celebrate Christmas - 'Happy Xmas (War is Over)', the Lennon/Ono tune will tell you like it is - but a favorite and highlight is track eleven 'Walking In The Air (from The Snowman), composed for an animated short film with a beautiful and very hauntingly mesmerizing theme.
Songlist: Hark, The Herald Angels Sing, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Joy to the World, Gaudete, I Beleive in Father Christmas, Do You Hear What I Hear?, The First Nowell, Ding Dong Merrily On High, Walking in the Air, The Twelve Days of Christmas, God Rest Ye Merrry Gentlemen, The Little Drummer Boy, White Christmas, O Come All Ye Faithful, Mary's Boy Child, Jingle Bells, Silent Night, Happy XMAS (War Is Over), We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Review: 'A Rose In Winter' is a seasonal program of mostly modern, classical compositions (20th century). Polyphonic texture, as exemplified by Kverno's 'Ave Maria Stella,' and its two-part choir, is heightened in intensity by pushing the vocal ranges, from both ends of the audio spectrum. Other compositions, such as John Paynter's 'The Rose,' use tone clusters (simultaneous discordant pitches) to evoke a sense of stasis, of both rest and motion. The most melodic selection is 'O Be Joyful,' written and played by guitarist Jeffrey Van; its binary form alternates an adagio tempo with double-time (one other track is accompanied, the rest, a cappella), very suggestive of the Rennaissance. The Dale Warland Singers are one of the most lauded professional choirs, and its interpretations are always of the highest standard.
Songlist: Coventry Carol, Hymn to the Mother of God, O sacrum conivium, The Rose, El Rorro, Ave Maria, Verbum caro factum est, Ave Maris Stella, The Angel Gabriel, O magnum mystrium, Iesu parvule, O Be Joyful, The Three Kings, The Lamb, Agnus Dei