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Alice Parker - Heavenly Hurt
Alice Parker: Heavenly Hurt
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Inspired by Emily Dickinson's elegant poetry, Alice Parker creates a memorable set of songs about love and loss. Dan Bara's debut recording with the University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgsons Singers. Includes Arnesen's "Even when He is silent", Ivor Davies "Prayers from the Ark" and works by Macmillan, Chilcott, Clausen, and Gabriel Jackson. The two canticles for Anglican Evensong, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, are presented here in diverse settings by American composers including Craig Phillips, Roland Martin, Leo Sowerby, Gerald Near, Howard Helvey and Harold Friedell. Also included are first recordings of Craig Phillips’ Jubilate Deo and Larry King’s A Canticle of Praise. Performed by the choirs of the Cathedral of St. Philip (Atlanta) with brass and percussion from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Dale Adelmann directs; David Fishburn and Patrick Scott are the organists.
St. Basil Chapel's sublime acoustics matched with architect Philip Johnson's dynamic and contrasting forms have created an extraordinary place for sacred music. Brady Knapp directs the University Singers. Pilgrim Psalms by Ross Lee Finney is a collection of choral and organ works based on the Ainsworth Psalter, brought by the pilgrims to Plymouth in 1620, "these melodies are among america's greatest folk heritage, influencing sacred singing through each century." Finney's sympathetic settings retain the Psalter's appealing tunes and incorporate the Psalter's seventeenth-century English text. The Harvard Choruses are directed by Andrew Clark in this first recording of Finney's important work. Named the American Guild of Organists’ Distinguished Composer for 2016, David Ashley White was also awarded the 2015 Esther Farfel Award from the University of Houston, the university’s highest honor for teaching and creative work. In July 2015, he was awarded the Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition.
he universal importance of nighttime rituals is celebrated in this recording of choral music from many different traditions and eras. This is the first professional release by the GSU Singers under the direction of Deanna Joseph. The Georgia State University Singers directed by Deanna Joseph were finalists in the 2014 American Prize in Choral Performance. “With a steady stream of choral commissions, Rindfleisch continues to add his voice to the vast repertoire of the choral canon; it is a voice that not only deserves to be heard, but one that will surely influence those working with the choral art in future generations.” Taken from a decade of Veterans Day concerts by Paul Klemme and the Willamette Master Chorus, this program honors those who have served in the armed forces of the United States of America. "the Call", which was commissioned by the choir, is by Dave Metzger, widely known for his many arrangements and orchestrations for films such as "Training Day", "August Rush", "Frozen" and the Broadway production of "The Lion King" --- for which he won a Tony Award nomination.
Music for All Saints Choral music of Gary Davison Choral music of Stephen Caracciolo
The Choirs of the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta present a heavenly foretaste of music for the Feast of All Saints. Gary Davison, a native of the Southwestern United States, has found favor with performers, critics and audiences alike for the idiomatic expression and freshness of voice in his writing. His primary focus is in the choral medium, for which he has earned recognition as one of North America’s leading composers in the refined Anglican choral tradition. The second of this series of new American choral music from the Washington National Cathedral features the popular composer Stephen Caracciolo, whose works have been performed and broadcast by many groups nationwide, including Cantus. This is also the first recording of an elite new choral ensemble, Cathedra, based at the National Cathedral directed by Michael McCarthy.
Choral music of James D'Angelo Bound for Glory - New settings of African-American spirituals
An American living in England, D’Angelo’s compositional style also blends the influences of Debussy/Ravel, Holst and Prokofieff with the neoclassicism of Hindemith. The program consists of a Missa Brevis and Evensong settings, plus organ interludes and voluntaries played by Scott Dettra. Chicago a Cappella's debut release on Gothic features new settings of African-American spirituals by composers like Moses Hogan, Joseph Jennings, Jonathan Miller, Rollo Dilworth and others. "Chicago a cappella is Chicago's best unaccompanied group!" (Chicago Tribune) Composer William Bradley Roberts is well known in Episcopal Church circles for his tuneful melodies and popular liturgical music. The choir of St John's Church is featured in this first recording a series from the Washington National Cathedral which features new American choral music.
As Water Ascends to the Clouds/Opus 7
Winner of Chorus America's coveted Margaret Hillis Award and the American Prize for choral performance, Choral Arts' newest release features the music of Eric Barnum in a program about the nature of love ant different times and situations of life. William Hawley is a central figure in today's renaissance of American choral music.  His treatment of harmony and counterpoint helped to establish compositional trends that have since been adopted by other major figures such as Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre.

Winners of the American Prize and the Margaret Hillis Award, Choral Arts and Robert Bode make a musically persuasive case for the importance of Hawley's choral works.
Winner of The American Prize in Choral Performance! Opus 7 presents world-premier recordings from the innovative choral landscape of the Pacific Northwest. "They manage everything from earthy choral roars to icy, transparent purity. Needlepoint intonation and unearthly ensemble top the high heap of their choral strengths."—American Record Guide
I wonder as I wander The Welcome News In Paradisum/South Dakota Chorale
One of Boston's premier choirs, The Copley Singers draw from British and American traditions with both unusual and familiar arrangements of holiday favorites. Carson Cooman is an American composer with a catalogue of works ranging from solo instrumental pieces to operas; and from orchestral works to hymn tunes. This recording is devoted to presenting the wide variety of his sacred choral music Winner: Grammy for Best Classical Producer, Blanton Alspaugh. In their debut recording, the South Dakota Chorale performs the rarely recorded “organ version” of Duruflé’s Requiem, using the French-influenced Bedient organ of First Congregational Church in Sioux Falls, SD.
From the Land of Sky Blue Waters/VocalEssence Hymns Through Centuries volumes 1 & 2 - Cathedral Choral Society - J. Reilly Lewis Gratitude, Gravy & Garrison/VocalEssence/Keillor
Hymns through the Centuries vol. 1 & 2/Cathedral Choral Society (2 CDs!)
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In 2011, the VocaEssence Ensemble Singer criss-crossed Minnesota via historic Highway 23 to share with the state's citizens the music of its choral composers, its singer-songwriters and the songs being sung by the people who have made Minnesota their home over the past 150 years. Enjoy the voices of VocalEssence as the explore the state's unique legacy of traditional, choral and popular song. A special price on our two most popular hymn CDs. 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.
Storyteller Garrison Keillor and conductor Philip Brunelle lead a harmonious celebration of all things Thanksgiving with the melodious voices of the VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers and their special guests, singer Jearlyn Steele and pianist Richard Dworsky. Along the way we learn that Thanksgiving really isn’t all about the turkey — it’s actually all about the pie...
Christmas at America's First Cathedral Behold this Heavenly Night/VocalEssence Eternal Light - ECU Chamber Singers / Bara
In addition to familiar seasonal music by Mendelssohn, Handel, Rutter, and others, "Christmas at America’s First Cathedral" features music from South Africa, Canada, and the United States, including the premiere recordings of seven new works by two of America’s most important African American composers, Dr. Rosephanye Powell and Dr. James Lee III. In 1998, VocalEssence and the American Composers Forum joined forces to offer an annual contest encouraging the composition of new carols. Over the years hundreds of worthy carols have been submitted. “Behold This Heavenly Night” presents the world premiere of some of these contest-winning carols alongside outstanding arrangements of more familiar melodies. Also included is the U.S. premiere of John Rutter’s new “Carol of the Magi” and a unique arrangement of “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” translated into Latin by Philip Brunelle and his son Christopher. One of America's great university choirs premieres new sacred works for choir and single instruments. Recorded in the sumptuous acoustics of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Greenville, NC.
Sky-Born Music - Milwaukee Choral Artists Messiah/Washington National Cathedral Choir Hear the Christmas Angels/Washington National Cathedral Choirs
It is traditional during an anniversary year that a performing ensemble commissions a piece of music in commemoration of that milestone. Milwaukee Choral Artists went a step further by inviting ten composers to write new works for the ensemble - one for each of its ten years. Founded in 1998 as a chamber ensemble comprising professional solo singers, the Milwaukee Choral Artists is one of only a handful of professional women's vocal ensembles in the country. With its signature lush sound, MCA brings a distinctive and varied repertoire of choral and vocal masterworks to audiences throughout the region. Recorded live in Washington National Cathedral, with the Washington National Cathedral Choir (boys, girls and men) and period instrument orchestra. A collection of favorite hymns and carols from Washington National Cathedral, with the choirs of the Cathedral, the Cathedral Orchestra, and members of the Washington Symphonic Brass.
Over the River/Garrison Keillor & VocalEssence Hymn to Potatoes/Garrison Keillor with VocalEssence Garrison Keillor & VocalEssence
On a chilly November evening, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet — Garrison Keillor, Mollie O’Brien and Robin & Linda Williams — traded musical moments with the VocalEssence Chorus and Ensemble Singers in a concert at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis. The evening seamlessly blended American folk traditions with choral masterpieces old and new, from “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” to “Now Thank We All Our God.” Garrison Keillor shared his Thanksgiving memories in a hilarious yet poignant monologue. Now available nationally for the first time—from The Gothic Catalog! Who knew a choir could be this funny?
Garrison Keillor, Philip Brunelle and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers dish up
a generous helping of "Potatoes a la Schubert", run away to Europe to
indulge their “Shenandoah” habit, and enlighten us on the T.U.L.I.P. doctrine.
This two-CD set of the best choral skits and bits from 10 years on  "A Prairie
Home Companion" includes the often-requested “Julia” (John Lennon) and a
rare choral interpretation of “Karma Chamelon” (Boy George). With Charles
Kemper and Richard Dworsky at the piano, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and guest
appearances by Tom Keith and Tim Russell. Now available nationally for the first time—on Clarion Records from The Gothic
Catalog!
A combination of the three Garrison Keillor/VocalEssence titles (5 CDs total)! "Over the River and Through the Woods", "Hymn to Potatoes" and "Gratitude, Gravy and Garrison"
Solemn Splendor, Adoramus Vocal Ensemble, Mark Burrows, director When I Was A Young Man, Washington Men's Camerata Britten: Ceremony of Carols, National Cathedral Choir, Michael McCarthy
Adoramus is the premier resident vocal ensemble of First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. This first nationally released recording on Clarion features four world premier recordings. Adoramus has a clear and relaxed vocal sound, and has developed a national following with imaginative and popular programming. 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. Appointed in 2003, McCarthy was the founding director of the London Oratory School Schola. The Schola recorded for the film scores of both The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and the Harry Potter film series. McCarthy brings a fresh approach to Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols, and delightful readings of many other Christmas carols. One of America's finest Anglican choirs!
Shenandoah: Songs of the American Spirit/Pacific Chorale's John Alexander Singers/John Alexander, conductor Tidings of Joy: Music for Christmas/Fairfax Choral Society and Orchestra/Douglas Mears, artistic director Choral Music of Edward Elgar/Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge/Marlow
The history of our country is written in our song, and what a variety of song it is! War songs, tunes from Appalachia, gospel—all have been mined over the years by composers and arrangers of every era. This recording offers a varied program of these American works, from the well known (Shenandoah, Buffalo Gals) to the less familiar, expertly arranged for choir and sung by this nationally acclaimed American choir. Under the artistic direction of Douglas Mears, this massive musical ensemble of 300 singers with full symphony orchestra has created a beautifully produced recording with imaginative orchestrations and arrangements. Herald in the season with the Fairfax Choral Society and Orchestra's first release on Gothic! Richard Marlow's final recording as director of the Trinity Colleg echoir (Cambridge, England)!  The choral works of Edward Elgar are gems of the English Romantic tradition. Under the direction of Marlow, the choir of Trinity College was the first mixed choir in a Cambridge college. As an adult mixed choir, they have the distinctive, clear English sound we admire, but with the power that only mature voices can produce.  Highly recommended!
A Glimpse of Heaven St. Martin's Chamber Choir The American Spirit - St. Martin's Chamber Choir - Timothy Krueger Bach: St John Passion - 1725 version - Yale Schola Cantorum - Carrington
This CD features heavenly works ranging from Thomas Morley's setting of the Anglican Burial Service to Horatio Parker's powerful Adstant Angelorum Chori. The recording also includes works by Pike, Schlenker, Purcell and Cutforth.
The American Spirit is St. Martin's Chamber Choir's celebration of American composers, and includes Cecil Effinger's "Four Pastorales" with oboe, Terry Schlenker's Kyrie, Randall Thompson's "Alleluia", a new setting of "The Lamentations of Jeremiah" by Timothy Krueger, Jean Berger's "Skelton Poems" with piano and Tim Sarsany's Salve Mater misericordiæ.
The rarely performed 1725 version of Bach’s St. John Passion is presented by Yale University’s premier early-music ensembles. Simon Carrington, who initiated his illustrious musical career as cofounder of the King’s Singers, directs this live performance.
Simple Gifts: Tudor Choir, Doug Fullington, director Gaudete in Domino - Englsih Lady Mass - Thomas Packe - Schola Gothia Dance Like The Wind: Music of Today's Black Composers/VocalEssence
A follow-up to their successful CD of Shaker tunes, “Gentle Words,” The Tudor Choir expands the repertoire to include other British and American music of simple character and enduring melody. “[The Tudor Choir’s] lovely shaping of phrases, impeccable intonation and unadorned, clean sound allow the words and music to become the Shaker “prayer language,” to free the mind from the world, to visit the soul.”—The Living Church 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. 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.
Got the Saint Louis Blues - Classical Music in the Jazz Age/VocalEssence JAC Redford: Eternity Shut In A Span - Christmas Music - Philadelphia Brass - Utah Chamber Artists Evening Wind: Choral Music by J.A.C. Redford - Los Angeles Chamber Singers
Vibrant music from the crossroads — South and North, African and American, church and street — characterizes the era between 1914 and 1930. Each of the composers here was a significant contributor to the Harlem Renaissance and by tune or text, these works document the coming jazz explosion. Many have never before been recorded. World Premier Recordings!   Multiple Emmy Nominated composer J.A.C. Redford has been active in the film and television industries for over 25 years. Redford has scored more than three-dozen feature films, TV movies or miniseries.  Eternity Shut In A Span features World Premiere Recordings of the Christmas music of this outstanding composer, in luminous performances by the Utah Chamber Artists and the Philadelphia Brass. Evening Wind is a new collection of Choral Music by J.A.C. Redford. With texts by E. E. Cummings and William Wordsworth, this music weaves starswept skies and sunflecked seas around the theme of love. J.A.C. Redford is an accomplished composer of concert, chamber and choral music. In films, Redford is best known for scores to The Trip to Bountiful, Oliver & Company, and Newsies, as well as the television series Coach and St. Elsewhere for which he received Emmy® nominations.   The Grammy award winning Los Angeles Chamber Singers have been one of L.A.'s premier ensembles for 16 years.
Winter - The Choral Project Veljo Tormis: On American Shores - Portland State Chamber Choir - Bruce Browne One is the All - The Choral Project
Winter/The Choral Project
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The Choral Project's fifth recording, Winter, features, appropriately enough, music with winter and holiday themes.  A wide variety of nationalities and genres are represented here, from contemporary composer Eric Whitacre to pieces from Holland, Nigeria, Russia and Jamaica. In 2003 Estonian Composer Veljo Tormis heard the Portland State Chamber Choir while they were on tour in his country. Tormis was so taken with the brilliant artistry and expressive power of the ensemble he requested that Bruce Browne and his singers do a CD of his music sung in English.  For almost two years the Singers, their conductor and the composer worked together on this project. The result is "On American Shores," a collaboration between a great composer and great American college choir. The Choral Project's sixth recordiing features music that spans the globe and the centuries, including a world premiere by award-winning Broadway composer; lyricist Stephen Schwartz, written especially for this production.
Passion - Santa Fe Desert Chorale - Linda Mack Andrew Rindfleisch: Choral Works - Isthmus Vocal Ensemble Joyous Day - Utah Chamber Artists - Barlow Bradford - Christmas carols with orchestra
Although this recording of repertoire selected from the Chorale’s 2005 summer season is focused on music of the 20th and 21st centuries, it encompasses a wide variety of harmonic rhythmic and stylistic elements. Andrew Rindfleisch (b. 1963) is an internationally active composer, conductor, and pianist whose work continues to gain consistent critical and popular acclaim. A leading composer of his generation, he has produced dozens of works for the concert hall, including solo, chamber, vocal, choral, orchestral, and wind music. His committed interest in other forms of music-making have also led him to the composition and performance of jazz and related forms of improvisation. The Isthmus Vocal Ensemble delivers a fine performance of this beautiful and interesting new choral music. This disc is sure to delight those who love the sounds of Christmas and are looking for artful arrangements that enhance the familiar with innovative quality. The ensemble’s performance creates a balance and sonority rarely found in a combined choir and orchestra. These are big, creative, highly orchestrated arrangements executed by first-rate professionals.  Highly recommended!
Live from Loretto Chapel - Santa Fe Desert Chorale - Linda Mack The World Beloved - A Bluebrass Mass by Carol Barnett  - VocalEssence - Philip Brunelle - Monroe Crossing The Songs We Sang: Favorite American Folksongs - VocalEssence
The Santa Fe Desert Chorale offers a brilliant two CD set with selections recorded at the historic Loretto Chapel, during the 2006 Santa Fe Summer Festival. Using two small ensembles, under the baton of artistic director Linda Mack, the chorale offers An American Hallelujah featuring songs of faith, joy and praise. The second disc called Romance is lead by assistant Matthew Tresler and offers a sublime view of the trials and tribulations of love, from Brahms to Lennon and McCartney Minnesota composer Carol Barnett offers this unusual Mass setting in more-or-less classical style, orchestrated with Bluegrass instruments. The result is tailor-fit for VocalEssence a vocal ensemble which hasmade a reputation for first-rate performances of this type of crossover music. This CD also includes ten American choral masterpieces spanning the centuries, including Randall Thompson, William Billings, Libby Larsen, Stephen Paulus, Ned Rorem, Eric Whitacre and others As comforting as an old patchwork quilt, these beloved folksongs are presented in charming choral arrangements with guitar, harmonica, accordion, bass and piano by Philip Brunelle and the 32-voice VocalEssence Ensemble Singers.
Tell the World - The Choral Project What A Mighty God - Spirituals and Gospels for Chorus - VocalEssence William Grant Still: Skyward My People Rose - VocalEssence - Philip Brunelle
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.
   
 
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