Christmas With Chanticleer & D AUS-Import
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Christmas with Chanticleer (Featuring Dawn Upshaw)
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Top Customer Reviews
As for those songs which include Ms. Upshaw (esp. "This is the truth...", "Esta noche nace un Niño", and "Stille Nacht"), her voice sounds lovely, very pure & clear of tone. Especially on "Esta noche...", her voice reminded me of Kathleen Battle's (in tone quality, flexibility, etc.).
On every single track, Chanticleer's blend is superb. Their purity of sound makes the textures of the arrangements that much more clear. I loved the arrangement of "Coventry Carol" and "Stille Nacht", especially. It's a nice change from my Cambridge Singers CD's, and I would recommend it as a wonderful addition to any Christmas collection.
From the opening song--a crisp, pure tone from Dawn Upshaw--you will realize that this is not typical holiday music fare. It's not the brassy, celebratory music we're accustomed to hearing during the holidays. Instead, it has an "old" feel to it, capturing the tone of early music.
The variety present on this CD is incredible. From a Spanish song of joy to African American spirituals.
We've had this CD for only 2 days, but it has received continuous play.
Give it a try and be amazed by what this CD has to offer.
I think my favorite on this CD was "The Huron Carol." I liked it because it is something different from the usual holiday fare (I'm getting awfully bored with most of what choirs usually sing for Christmas) and it expresses a completely different understanding of the miracle of Christ's birth. If you're looking for something new for a jaded Christmas music palate, this is certainly the CD to do it!
Also especially notable is Healey Wilan's "The Three Kings" with its hushed, reverent opening building to an ecstatic climax.
And also especially appealing is the "Mary and the Baby Medley" which includes "What Child Is This" along with a traditional German carol and two African-American spirituals.
This medley then leads into a beautiful rendition of "Stille Nacht". Definitely recommended for those who love the more classical Christmas music.
Most recent customer reviews
These are a cappella renditions of songs from a variety of sources; Chanticleer's style gives almost all of them a distinctly medieval feel. Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by Krista Casada
Chanticleer did it again. What a wonderful collaboration. Perfect tone, clear vertical structure, and fantastic interpretation of favorite and not-so-well-known pieces. Read morePublished on May 10 2003 by baritone88
Technicaly this is an excellent performance, however the choice of selections is doleful and does not bring much Christmas cheer to the listener. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2002 by Amazon Customer
This disc is filled with the flawless, pristine singing Chanticleer's admirers have come to expect. Upshaw's ravishing soprano adds to the beauty of this inspiring and festive... Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2002
All's I can say is that the entire CD sounded more like a barber shop quartet-type compilation!Published on Oct. 15 2002 by Amazon Customer