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|1. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen|
|2. O magnum mysterium|
|3. In dulci iubilo|
|4. O virgo virginum|
|5. O Jesulein süss, o Jesulein mild|
|6. Hodie Christus natus est|
|7. Marabile mysterium|
|8. Verbum caro factum est: Y la Virgen le dezia|
|9. A un niño llorando|
|10. Here Is The Little Door|
|11. Noel canon|
|12. Quelle est cette odeur agréable|
|13. El Noi de la Mare|
|14. A Christmas Carol|
|15. A virgin unspotted|
|16. In the bleak mid-winter|
|17. Glory to the newborn King|
|18. Stille nacht - Douce nuit - Silent night|
Sing We Christmas
Christmas is the season for whipping out those holiday-specific standard recordings. This splendid gift by Chanticleer should top the list, for one will never tire of this a cappella choir's interpretations. With selections spanning the last five centuries of Latin, German, English, Spanish, and French festive fare, this recording exemplifies the sacrifice of the ego to the higher form of choral sound. Jacob Handl's "Mirabile Mysterium" takes you on a trip into the chromatic wonderlands, where you temporarily lose tonal balance. Victoria's eerie and dissonant "O Magnum Mysterium" treats us to rich voices swelling out of one organic whole. The phenomenal blend and perfect intonation elevate this recording above others in its category. --Barbara Eisner Bayer
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The repertoire here runs from the early Renaissance (Josquin's O Virgo Virginum) to the more well-known 18th and 19th centuries (including the purest performance of Stille Nacht available) thru the American colonies (Billings' A Virgin Unspotted) up to the 20th century. This latter time period includes a marvelous little gem, Noel Canon, and a surprisingly lyrical composition by Charles Ives. Jennings (the director of the group) has chosen the original Holst version of In the Bleak Mid-winter (as opposed to the Harold Darke setting, which has become more popular over the last several years). This performance of the Holst is simply impossible to improve upon.
Defintely one of my half-dozen picks for a desert-island Christmas CD. Highly recommended.
The vocal sound and ensemble are unparalleled by any other group I've heard. Every line is clear and beautiful, from the bass up through the soaring countertenor voices. While there are occaisonally soloists, there really are no stars in this album - it is a performance by the entire group. The arrangements are also very creative, such as Silent Night with 3 verses, each in a different language, and In Dulci Jubilo with 4 verses, each by a different arranger.
The bottom line, however, is the music itself. It doesn't matter how many different styles will fit on one album if the end result is musically lacking. That is not a concern here - music is first and foremost, and this album rises well above a densely-packed field of Christmas records.
"In the Bleak Mid-winter" has now become one of my favorite Christmas carols. And Chanticleer's rendition is the one that melts the winter from my heart better than any other.
Most of the pieces on the album are from the Renaissance and therefore are well-suited to an all-male ensemble. Chanticleer handily sculpts each piece into a figurine in a sort of aural nativity . Even though some of the selections are more joyful, there is a meditative, reverent mood to this recording that sets such a wonderful tone for the Christmas season. It is not Christmas until I have listened to this recording at least once.
So many Christmas albums are just fluff. This one is pure substance.
What a find when I discovered this CD! This is destined to be a classic. The choral representations are wonderfully performed and challenge the ear with beauty. This CD is absolutely the best choral work I have heard in recent memory and promises to get repeat plays in our house over the Christmas season.....and beyond.
Each male voice is superb, from countertenor to bass, and the blending of tones (not to mention the great intonation) is what you would expect to hear in Heaven! Bravo! A variety of known and not so familiar selections provides variety not found on other Christmas CD's. All are excellently performed.
This is an absolute "must have" if choral music is something you enjoy. I hope this group continues to perform and record other Christmas selections in the future.
Most recent customer reviews
I simply don't have the words to describe the sublimity of this CD. Breathtaking? Sublime? I'm not sure words have been invented for it. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2003 by Amy Keene
Sing We Christmas is a terrific CD for those who like their Christmas music to have a touch of mystery and mysticism. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2000 by Miles D. Moore
Chanticleer is a group that you can always rely to provide a quality performance; in this album they exceed their own high standards. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2000 by M. J. Smith
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