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Annotated Compline - Roger Sherman - Peter Hallock Six - King's Singers

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This edition of the Organ Loft radio program with host Roger Sherman was first aired in January, 1995. It includes excerpts from The Compline Choir's CD, "Feathers of Green Gold" (CD 7003) with an annotated version of the Compline service, and an interview with Peter Hallock about the history of the Compline service at St. Mark's.  Since its founding in 1954, the all-male Compline Choir has sung the medieval Office of Compline in a dark Cathedral on Sunday nights. The success of this service and its appeal to young people has sparked a worldwide revival of interest in Compline.
The King's Singers
This is one of the most unusual CDs to come across our desk in a long time. It has only six pieces, and the total length is only 20 minutes. We think the Billy Joel lullaby is worth the price of admission, but for others it might be "Blackbird." Highly recommended.
Part of a series of historic recordings made at Trinity Church (Wall Street) in the early 1990s under the direction of Larry King. The volume features the music of Herbert Howells. Part of an historic series of recordings from Trinity Church, Wall Street, this recording highlights the music of American composer Leo Sowerby. Larry King was the director of music for this series recorded for Gothic. Part of a series of historic recordings made at Trinity Church (Wall Street) in the early 1990s under the direction of Larry King. The series features American composers. This volume features the music of Larry King.
Requiem - Howells and Fauré Masters In This Hall - Washington Men's Camerata Silence and Music - All Saints Beverly Hills - Thomas Foster
One of America's great cathedral men and boys choirs sings two great Requiems, one French, one English.  Recorded at Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis with orchestra. One of the leading men's choruses in the US, the Washington Men's Camerata is joined by celebrated soprano, Rosa Lamoreaux, organist Donald Sutherland and pianist Edward Newman in this program of Christmas carols and anthems. World Premier Recordings! Under the direction of Thomas Foster, this choir has gained a national reputation for a deeply intense and meaningful singing style. Specializing in contemporary Anglican music, this choir soars on long notes and can sustain the listener's attention, especially at slow tempos. The choir is complemented by their extraordinary organ-composer, Craig Phillips, whose "Hodie, Christus natus est" is included here. This is their debut recording on Gothic.
A Song To David - William Albright With Heart and Voice - Trinity Church Boston Charpentier - Christmas Mass - Virgin Consort
Albright: A Song To David
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American composer William Albright is known especially known for his works for organ and keyboard, although he has written for many instruments. His music has been performed by many major symphony orchestras. In this work, he sets the poetry of Christopher Smart, whose poetry also served as the libretto for Britten's "Rejoice in the Lamb." Composed in 1983, "A Song to David" receives its first recording here. Historic Trinity Church on Copley Square in Boston is the setting for this program of choral music.  A generous amount of music from the Anglican tradition included, but what makes this recording distinctive is the inclusion of music from other traditions, including the spiritual There is a Balm in Gilead, the F. Melius Christiansen arrangement of Beautiful Saviour, and the only recording of the Victorian classic, "The Holy City" that we are aware of. Kyler Brown directs the Virgin Consort in this beautiful French classic (Baroque) Christmas Mass.
Westminster Choir at Spoleto Over the Sea to Skye - Washington Men's Camerata Silent Night Washington - National Cathedral Choirs
In this CD, The Westminster Choir demonstrates the kind of singing that puts them in the top ranks college choirs in the United States. A wide range of repertoire is presented, from Brahms and Fauré to Spirituals and Danny Boy. One of America's greatest men's choirs teams up with the legendary John Shirley-Quirk in this delightful survey of folksongs from around the world. This Christmas recording features the Choir of Men and Boys at the National Cathedral. Traditional anthems, congregational singing and organ solos combine in the Gothic cathedral's acoustical cavern to create a recording of distinctive beauty.
Easter - All Saints Beverly Hills - Thomas Foster The Spirit of Freedom - Washington Men's Camerata Honegger's King David - St John's Cathedral - Denver
In their second Gothic release, Tom Foster and the choir of All Saints' present a program of Easter music, including a significant number of first recordings. Supplemented by an eleven member brass ensemble and the organ playing of Craig Phillips, this CD shows why this choir is among the most highly regarded in Episcopal churches.

Includes "Jesus Christ is risen today", "Now the Green Blade Riseth", and Britten's Festival Te Deum.
"Spirit of Freedom" has received critical acclaim in all the major publications (Fanfare, American Record Guide, etc.) Several of the tracks have been featured on a PBS series called "Freedom: A History of US." In addition, those same tracks have been featured on a soundtrack recording and companion anthology released by SONY records. Gothic's original recording "The Spirit of Freedom" is the best anthology available of patriotic songs and the only complete recording containing all four verses of the Star Spangled Banner. Rarely performed, and rarely recorded, this oratorio uses Honneger's original (and unusual!) orchestration. Scored for 'cello, bass, two flutes, oboe/English horn, clarinets, basson, horn, trumpets, trombone, percusion, piano and harmonium, the work was an instant success when it debuted in 1921. Sung in English, with full texts provided in the booklet.
Hymns Through Centuries volume 1 - Cathedral Choral Society - J. Reilly Lewis Dubois - Seven Last Words of Christ - First Methodist Church, Lubbock, TX - Gordon McMillan - Frederick Swann Sing We Noel - Washington Men's Camerata
This is our most popular hymn CD. Great hymns from the broad church tradition sung by a large choir in a monumental space with a large organ.  You will be singing along—guaranteed! Includes "Ye watchers and ye holy ones," "A mighty fortress is our God," "O sacred head," "All glory, laud and honor," "Abide with me," "Rock of Ages" and many other favorites. A timeless, Romantic setting of the agony of Christ's Passion, this CD is consistently a Gothic Catalog best seller.  Sung in English, and beautifully accompanied on organ by Frederick Swann. Also included are Mendelssohn's classic "Hear My Prayer" and Dubois' Grand Chorus for organ. SING WE NOEL: Christmas with the Washington Men's Camerata
Melodious Accord - Master Chorale of Washington - Alice Parker Hymns Through Centuries volume 2 - Cathedral Choral Society - J. Reilly Lewis Craig Phillips - A Festival Song - All Saints Beverly Hills - Thomas Foster
This recording documents an extraordinary concert, intended to capture the spirit of shape note conventions, which are still held today in many parts of the country. Invited choirs joined the Master Chorale to perform Wesley, Idumea and Sweet Prospect, surrounding the audience at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Alice Parker was Special Guest Conductor, joining Music Director Donald McCullough.
Shape-note singing is a distinctively American tradition that is enjoying a revival. Born from the desire to invigorate congregational singing, the shape-note tradition created its own musical notation, a robust singing style and a substantial collection of hymnody.
The Washington National Cathedral Choral Society follows their best-selling first volume of great hymns.  Booklet contains notes on the history of each hymn and texts.  Includes "In the bleak midwinter," "Rejoice, ye pure in Heart!," "Come down, O Love divine,":All my hope on God is founded," and "Lord of all hopefulness" among many others. World Premier Recordings!  In addition to his work as a composer of religious music, Craig Phillips has composed a substantial number of works for organ as well as several chamber pieces scored for solo instruments with organ accompaniment. This recording includes works for a cappella chorus and accompanied chorus, as well as works for organ plus other instruments.
Christmas with the Dale Warland Singers Alice Parker - My Love and I Argento - Walden Pond - The Dale Warland Singers
The acclaimed Dale Warland Singers sing a beautiful Christmas program featuring imaginative arrangements of carols from around the world. The sound is incomparable. One of our best selling CDs EVER. American composer, conductor, and teacher, Boston-born Alice Parker first came to public attention for her arrangements in collaboration with the late choral conductor Robert Shaw. Building on an international reputation, she has continued composing in many forms, researching folk music, conducting performances and workshops all over the continent, and speaking at large and small gatherings of choral musicians. In this recording, the men of her ensemble, Melodius Accord, sing love songs from around the world. Nominated for Best Choral Performance Grammy in 2003! Composer and librettist Dominick Argento is one of America's leading composers and among the most frequently performed 20th-century composers of opera. His chamber pieces as well have met with international acclaim. Argento has a long history of collaboration with the Dale Warland Singers; this new release features a world-premiere recording of the composer's Walden Pond, a song cycle based on text by Henry David Thoreau and scored for chorus, three cellos, and harp.
Alice Parker - Listen Lord Randall Thompson - The Light of Stars - Choral Arts Herbolsheimer- Let Us Sing Sweet Songs - Opus 7
World Premiere Recordings!  American composer, conductor, and teacher, Boston-born Alice Parker first came to public attention for her arrangements in collaboration with the late choral conductor Robert Shaw. Building on an international reputation, she has continued composing in many forms, researching folk music, conducting performances and workshops all over the continent, and speaking at large and small gatherings of choral musicians. Randall Thompson is one of the most important American composers of choral music. Writing in an unabashed Romantic style, this music is ideal for a choir like Choral Arts, which prides themselves in purity and breadth of choral sound. This recording contains Thompson’s “Alleluia,” probably the most popular American choral work ever written, as well as six works never before recorded. World Premiere Recording! A major collection of never-before-recorded music by Northwest composer Bern Herbolsheimer, performed in the beautiful acoustical setting of St. James Cathedral in Seattle. These lyrical works are interpreted with reverence and clarity by Opus 7 vocal ensemble under the direction of Loren Pontén. Opus 7 specializes in the performance of modern and contemporary works, and their previous recordings have received national praise.
Christmas Echoes v.2  - Dale Warland Singers Reincarnations - Dale Warland Singers Britten - War Requiem - Washington Chorus Shafer
A compilation of Christmas arrangements featured on American Public Media's "Christmas Echoes with Dale Warland" broadcasts.  Volume two contains 27 tracks of arrangements by noted musicians like John Rutter, David Wilcocks, Stephen Paulus, William Walton, Daniel Pinkham, Peter Warlock, Jeffrey Van, and of course, Dale Warland. The incomparable sound of the Dale Warland Singers is unleashed on five contemporary American works by Barber, Ives, Avshalomov, Finney, and Fine just the type of music that earned them a Grammy® nomination last year for best choral performance. One of three final recordings by this preeminent group.
Winner of the Grammy® Award for Best Choral Performance! Recorded live at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The War Requiem was written in 1962 for the consecration of the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral and was first performed there in May 1962. Coventry Cathedral had been destroyed during the Battle of Britain in World War II. The work received immediate critical acclaim and was hailed as a masterpiece. A life-long pacifist, Britten wrote his Requiem as a statement against the horrors of war. In it, he intersperses the traditional Latin Requiem texts with works by Wilfred Owen, a poet who died in battle in World War I.
Harvest Home - Dale Warland Singers Noel: A Musical Feast Sounds of Light - Trinity Church, Boston
Exquisitely sung and beautifully recorded, this CD offers some of the most heartfelt singing we’ve ever heard. Perfect intonation, sumptuous sound, and familiar tunes---this is Dale Warland at his best. Includes “Deep River,” Simple Gifts, “The Water is Wide,” Beautiful River (“Shall we gather at the river”) “We gather together,” and many more. Full text and notes on each song.Within its first month, Harvest Home became our best-selling CD ever, and hit Billboard’s Top 20 Classical Chart. Loft Recordings and Gothic Records, in collaboration with Classical KING-FM, present this compilation of Christmas music, featuring our labels' bestselling artists, including the Dale Warland Singers, the Choral Scholars of King's College, the Compline Choir, Choral Arts, Opus 7, the Tudor Choir, the Westminster College Choir, the Washington Chorus, and Joan Lippincott. A program of classic choral works from the 16th to the 20th century, from Byrd to Tavener, this recording also includes new settings of familiar texts, such as “This little light of mine” and “God so loved the World.” Boston’s Trinity Choir is a critically acclaimed ensemble that has been hailed as “one of North America’s treasures” by
Christmas Time is Here - Pacific Chorale - John Alexander Brothers Sing On! - Washington Men's Camerata Be Still My Soul - All Saints Beverly Hills - Dale Adelmann
A treasured collection of some of Pacific Chorale’s most requested Christmas gems. Classic seasonal pieces are heard alongside all-time favorite carols. Arrangements include beloved songs listeners look forward to hearing every year. The perfect stocking stuffer for all your arts- or music-loving friends! Under the direction of Frank Albinder (formerly of Chanticleer) the Washington Men’s Camerata has become one of the nation’s foremost men’s choirs. In this recording, they focus on classic glee club literature, a testament to the power of men’s voices raised in song. World Premiere Recordings! A stunning program of contemplative sacred texts set to some of the most beautiful singing we've heard. Slow, focused intensity creates a strong emotional response from many listeners, including us.  The Martin piece alone is worth the price of admission. With première recordings of new anthems by Craig Phillips and Roland Martin, this CD is also the first recording of the widely admired Choir of All Saints, Beverly Hills, under its new director, Dale Adelmann.
Cathedral Anthems: Music by Peter Hallock - Choral Arts - Richard Sparks Scandinavian Christmas - Choral Arts - Richard Sparks Advent Procession 'O' Antiphons - St Marks Cathedral Choirs - Peter Hallock - J. Melvin Butler
This CD includes both large and small-scale works for choir, with and without instruments, most recorded here for the first time. Hallock was the organist and choirmaster of St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle for forty years, composing an impressive array of original choral works in the Anglican tradition. "To listen to this disc is to be in the grip of a great magnetic force...visionary... breathtaking in every way."--- Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians The rich musical heritage of Scandinavia is represented by one of the finest choirs in the country. David Dahl also plays seven organ works on the new Fritts organ at PLU in Tacoma. 24-bit recording. The famous Advent Sunday service at St Mark's Cathedral consists of seven lessons and carols done in procession. Each is lesson/carol set is based on one of the "O" Antiphons," seven ancient Advent verses that each begin with the word "O". These antiphons later became the basis of the hymn "O Come, O Come Emmanuel".
Gentle - Words Tudor Choir - Douglas Fullington The Shapenote Album - Tudor Choir - Douglas Fullington Bach Masses v.1 - Washington Bach Consort
Gentle Words/Tudor Choir
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Shaker music is one of the richest bodies of folksong in American history and Kevin Siegfried's arrangements follow Shaker aesthetics of beauty, simplicity and utility. Sung by The Tudor Choir, this recording incorporates a variety of original choral arrangements, including unison singing and antiphonal performances.  One of the staff's favorite CDs... Using a high-energy, vibrato-less singing style, the Tudor Choir creates a choral sound that is both unusual, yet entirely appropriate for these early American hymns. Works from the Sacred Harp and similar sources. Booklet contains full texts and commentary on each tune. The success of Bach's B-minor Mass has obscured a number of his shorter masterpieces of the same genre. Written in the 1730s these masses—which consist only of a Kyrie and Gloria setting—could be performed in both Catholic and Lutheran liturgies. Sometimes misleadingly called "The Lutheran Masses," Bach used them to gain recognition from the Catholic court of Dresden, which bestowed upon him the title "Electoral Saxon and Royal Polish Court Compositeur." Program notes by eminent Bach scholar Christoph Wolff.
Christmas with the Choral Scholars of King's College, Cambridge Carry Me Home - Choral Scholars King's College, Cambridge Make We Joy - Tower of London Chapel
The incomparable sound of the men of King's College is unleashed on everything from chant to "Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer." Close harmonies, impeccable tuning, and perfect programming make this a "must-have" CD for connoisseurs of the very best in vocal singing. Includes a hilarious setting of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and an absolutely lush performance of White Chrismtas ("I'm dreaming of a White Christmas)." Following wide critical acclaim of their first disc of Christmas arrangements (QUIL-401), Collegium Regale have released this wonderful disc of folksong arrangements from around the world, sung as only a men's choir can do! A delightful and unusual sequence of music for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany recorded in the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London.
Pantcheff Choir & Organ - Christ Church Oxford Rachmaninoff Vespers - Dale Warland Singers Lux Aurumque - Dale Warland Singers
World Premiere Recordings!  Richard Pantcheff studied music with Simon Preston and Francis Grier at Christ Church, Oxford. In recent years, he has established himself as one of the UK's leading composers of choral and organ music, with a succession of commissions and performances of his work in major English and Scottish cathedrals, colleges and schools. From a concert given on the day of the Columbia shuttle tragedy comes this moving performance of Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil, sung with the dynamics and expressive power of one of the world's great choral ensembles. Sung in Church Slavonic. The Grammy-nominated Dale Warland Singers release their highly anticipated final recording, Lux Aurumque. This program of popular 19th- and 20th-century sacred music demonstrates the high choral standards Warland reached with his now disbanded group. The trademark Warland sound is captured brilliantly by the Grammy award-winning team of Steve Barnett and Preston Smith. One of NPR'S 10 Best Classical CDs of 2007!
An Hour to Dance - Choral Music by Gwyneth Walker Praise the Spirit - Music by David Ashley White - Palmer Church Greater Love: The English choral and organ tradition - ECU Chamber Singers - Daniel Bara
17 World Premiere Recordings!  During the 2005-6 season, Gwyneth Walker traveled across the United States working with a variety of musicians as they premiered and recorded her works. During a week spent in Walla Walla, WA, she worked with the choirs at Whitman College as they rehearsed and recorded this new program of choral music, which employs evocative texts by Langston Hughes, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and Virginia Hamilton Adair, among others. Notes include the full song texts. David Ashley White is one of the most popular composers in the Episcopal Church today. From anthems to hymns, this recording offers a variety of music and texts. The Choir of Palmer Church has long been associated with White's music, and gives the program a polished performance in a reverberant setting. Recorded by the legendary John Proffitt. The ECU Chamber Singers and organist Janette Fishell are conducted by Daniel Bara in these monuments of the English choral tradition. The choir’s sound is greatly enhanced by the sumptuous acoustics of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, and its large, new Fisk organ.
How Bright appears the Morning Star - St. Mark's Cathedral - J. Melvin Butler Praise Parisienne - National Lutheran Choir - David Cherwein - Martin Jean Gaudete in Domino - Englsih Lady Mass - Thomas Packe - Schola Gothia
The chorale “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern” (“How brightly shines the Morning Star”) is presented on this CD in a wide variety of musical styles, along with other hymns, anthems and voluntaries for the season of Epiphany. J. Melvin Butler directs the cathedral choir in this program of familiar–and unusual–works. The National Lutheran Choir’s first recording on Gothic! David Cherwien directs the NLC—2007 winner of the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence– through a program of popular French choral music, joined by organist Martin Jean of Yale, playing on the Casavant Organ (Opus 1177) at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi, Minnesota. Polyphonic settings of the ordinary of the Mass by Thomas Packe (fl. 1487-1499) are interspersed with Gregorian chant in this program which was recorded in the magnificent acoustics of the Varnhem Abbey. The four women of the Grammy-nominated Schola Gothia sing from manuscripts in historical notation on a single large music stand, facilitating a unity of ensemble that gives this music an authentic, transcendent spirit.
What A Mighty God - Spirituals and Gospels for Chorus - VocalEssence William Grant Still: Skyward My People Rose - VocalEssence - Philip Brunelle Dance Like The Wind: Music of Today's Black Composers/VocalEssence
VocalEssence is joined with an orchestra and jazz band for this program of stirring spirituals and rousing gospel melodies.  "Flawless choral singing, presented with a genuine felling of compassion and warmth." - BBC Music Magazine

Part of The Witness Series of African-American music, sung by VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, directed by Philip Brunelle.
William Grant Still's music for chorus, orchestra and organ brings the blues into the concert hall, ragtime to the ballet stage and the Old World into a new era. Thought-provoking and moving music by eight modern composers spans the range of expression from solo cello to chorus, from jazz ensemble to woodwind quintet.
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