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If You Can Only Have One Christmas Recording…

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This Holiday article is early and necessary. I am writing this rare stand-alone review of a Seasonal offering because I have a couple of bah-humbug friends who disrespect Christmas Music. I am giving them, and all other such music Philistines, their warranted comeuppance by introducing the only proof I have ever found for the existence of the Divine as we approach the Christian Holiday Season. If you wanted to limit yourself to a single holiday recording, may it be this ...


Notable & Nearly Missed in 2013

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More music is released each year than can be realistically followed by a given writer. I typically listen to much more music than I write about, not because this music is not worthy somehow but there is so little time. So, this year, I am going to write a “Notable & Nearly Missed" column to catch some of these releases before the year draws nigh. Chanticleer--Someone New (Chanticleer, 2013). Chanticleer got some attention for two recent holiday ...


Christmas II: Two (Almost New) Chanticleer Christmas Offerings

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San Francisco's “Orchestra of Voices," Chanticleer have established themselves as America's premier all-male chorus. The group's repertoire spans 1500 years from anonymous plainchant to the group's tribute to the music of the big and small screen, Someone New (Chanticleer Records, 2013). Tailor made for singing holiday classics, Chanticleer has established a robust track record in the repertoire, be it Medieval or post-modern. I addressed the group's earlier holiday releases in Chanticleer: An Orchestra of Voices Honoring Christmas. ...


Chorus Corner: Chanticleer, Cantus and Seraphic Fire

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Singers singing songs. Times are good for choral music when stalwart Chanticleer and relative newcomers Cantus and Seraphic Fire produce new music in such close proximity. Chanticleer releases a collection of concert highlights while Cantus expands the choral acreage on all four sides and Seraphic Fire looks backward with an instrumentally strip-down of an old favorite. Chanticleer The Siren's Call: Live Concert Highlights Chanticleer Records 2012 Enjoying its ...


Chanticleer: An Orchestra of Voices Honoring Christmas

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cunctae res difficiles non potest eas homo explicare sermone non saturatur oculus visu nec auris impletur auditu quid est quod fuit ipsum quod futurum est quid est quod factum est ipsum quod fiendum est nihil sub sole novum nec valet quisquam dicere ecce hoc recens est iam enim praecessit in saeculis quae fuerunt ante nos. All things are hard: man cannot explain them by word. The eye is not filled with seeing, neither is the ear filled with ...


Chanticleer with Bishop Yvette Flunder: How Sweet the Sound

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After establishing itself as the premiere a cappella vocal ensemble in the United States with specialization in early music, international folk music, the Great American Songbook, holiday music, and spirituals and traditional gospel music, Chanticleer returns to old ground. It is to this latter genre that Joseph Jennings and Chanticleer return with How Sweet The Sound--Spirituals and Traditional Gospel Music. In 1994, the ensemble released the superb Where the Sun Will Never Go Down, a study in traditional Black gospel ...


Chanticleer: A Portrait

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The all-male vocal orchestra Chanticleer is touted as "the only full-time classical vocal ensemble in the United States." The group is composed of 12 male voices: one bass, two baritones, three tenors, three altos, and three sopranos. They have earned a reputation for its crystalline a cappella interpretations of everything from Renaissance liturgical music to jazz vocals. The group was named for the "clear singing" rooster in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and was formed in 1978 by tenor Louis Botto, who ...

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