Chanticleer: A Portrait (2003)
Chanticleer is currently celebrating its Silver Jubilee with a series of concerts and the release of A Portrait, a compilation representing the group’s previous 25 releases. Specialists in Renaissance polyphony, Chanticleer have recorded several notable works of early music, which include the music of Byrd, Brumel, and Palestrina. The group has also concentrated on Mexican baroque music and jazz, as well as world folk music. But perhaps the most popular of their many releases are their Christmas Collections , which number five. Chanticleer has been awarded three Grammies, for Colours of Love in 2000 (Best Small Ensemble Performance, with or without Conductor); and for Sir John Tavener’s Lamentations and Praises in 2003 (Classical Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without conductor) and Best Classical Contemporary Composition.
All of these recordings plus more are included on the present compilation that very adequately represents the depth and breadth of this fine vocal ensemble. Borrowing from popular music practice, Chanticleer has included a previously unreleased piece, Vince Guaraldi’s "Christmas Time Is Here," from A Charlie Brown Christmas. Arranged by music director Jennings, the piece is a perfect addition to the group’s repertoire. If the listener desires a taste from the Chanticleer table, they need go no further than A Portrait.
Track Listing: Hymn: Quem Terra Pontus Sidera; Ave Maria; Alma Redemptoris Mater; The Angel Cried Out; Recessional: Angelicas Milicias; Wherewithal Shall A Young Man; Love Is A Beautiful Dream; This Heart That Flutters Near My Heart; Wild Grass; Labra Vermiglie; E Belle; Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair; Dulaman; Shenandoah Spanish Carol; Love Is Letting Go; Blues In The Night; Wade In The Water; We Shall Walk Through The Valley Of Peace; Christmas Time Is Here.
Record Label: Teldec