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Cantus - Let Your Voice Be Heard


Release Date: 02/24/2005 
Label:  Cantus Recordings   Catalog #: 5637240526   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalVictor ParanjotiMichael McGlynnPeter Hamlin,   ... 
Performer:  Dave HagedornLawrence WilifordAlan DunbarPeter Zvanovec,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Choral music lovers will find a wealth of interesting and unusual repertoire here, expertly performed by the professional, all-male, Minnesota-based vocal chamber ensemble Cantus, recorded in lively, vibrant, detailed sound. Even the more familiar songs ("Danny Boy", "Loch Lomond") in this profoundly eclectic mix drawn from all over the world--Chinese, Georgian, Irish, Indian, Inuit, Zulu, African-American, Venezuelan--are presented in new or less-common arrangements. The only exceptions are the Parker/Shaw "What shall we do with a drunken sailor" and James Erb's "Shenandoah", which have become staples of the modern choral/folk-arrangement repertoire. The more intriguing pieces include dance music Read more from India, Inuit chants, a wild and wooly Irish working song (sung in Gaelic), a raucous Zulu freedom song (complete with whoops and shouts), a "Swedish judge's dance"(!), and a set of Tanzanian folk songs titled "Songs from Matengo Folktales".


Not as successful is the opening African jazz tune "Let your voice be heard", whose multipart improvisational concept just doesn't work (the song's fundamental structure is too weak and repetitive). Unfortunately, Cantus tries this same piece again at the program's end--to no more appealing effect. Robert Scholz's lovely, tastefully elaborate arrangement of the oft-arranged spiritual "Were you there?" shows off the ensemble's rich blend and polished, nuanced phrasing--but why the pronunciation "crucifahd" and "sometahms"? Also, Cantus' decision to sing the harmonically striking, melodically distinctive Georgian wedding song "Shen khar venakhi" at so unbroken a pace negates some of this little gem's charm. However, in a program of such high technical standards and musical value, these are relatively minor points.


Much is made in the notes regarding the details of the sound engineering, including specifics of equipment setup, types of microphones, tape, monitoring equipment, mastering techniques, etc. If this is important to you, well, you can find it all here. However, the proof is in the listening--and, all I can say is, when you hear those chains rattling in the chain gang song "Rainbow 'round my shoulder" you'll think you're surrounded!
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Let your voice be heard by Traditional
Performer:  Dave Hagedorn (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus
Written: Ghana 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Carleton College, MN 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Adzenyah, Abraham Kobena
This selection appears twice on this recording. 
2.
Dravidian Dithyramb by Victor Paranjoti
Performer:  Dave Hagedorn (Bongos)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: India 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Carleton College, MN 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
3.
El yivneh hagalil by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Carleton College, MN 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
Notes: Arranged: Peter Sozio 
4.
Nukapianguaq by Traditional
Performer:  Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor), Alan Dunbar (Bass), Peter Zvanovec (Tenor),
Dave Hagedorn (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus
Written: Canada 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Carleton College, MN 
Length: 7 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Stephen Hatfield
This performance is sung in Inuit. 
5.
Dúlamán by Michael McGlynn
Performer:  Michael Hanawalt (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Ireland 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Carleton College, MN 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Gaelic. 
6.
What shall we do with the drunken sailor? by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Carleton College, MN 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Alica Parker and Robert Shaw 
7.
Matengo Folktales by Peter Hamlin
Performer:  Dave Hagedorn (Marimba), Lawrence Wiliford (Percussion), Adam Reinwald (Percussion),
Alan Dunbar (Percussion), Tim Takach (Percussion), Brian Arreola (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Carleton College, MN 
Length: 8 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Tanzanian. 
8.
Mata del anima sola by Antonio Estévez
Performer:  Brian Arreola (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Carleton College, MN 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
9.
Georgian Kartl-k'akhetian Songs: Shen khar venakhi by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Carleton College, MN 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Georgian 
Notes: Arranged: Zakhary Paliashvili 
10.
K'ang-ting Love Song "A beautiful cloud hangs above" by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus
Written: China 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Carleton College, MN 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Chinese 
Notes: Arranged: Jameson Marvin 
11.
She moved through the fair by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus
Written: Ireland 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Carleton College, MN 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Timothy C. Takach 
12.
Domaredansen by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus
Written: Sweden 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Carleton College, MN 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
Notes: Arranged: Otto Olsson and A. Linder 
13.
Loch Lomond by Traditional
Performer:  Michael Hanawalt (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus
Written: Scotland 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Carleton College, MN 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Scottish 
Notes: Arranged: Michael Hanawalt 
14.
Danny Boy "Londonderry Air" by Traditional
Performer:  Brian Arreola (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus
Written: Ireland 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Carleton College, MN 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Erick Lichte 
15.
Shenandoah by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Carleton College, MN 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: James Erb 
16.
Every mail day "Chain Gang Song" by Traditional
Performer:  Brian Arreola (Percussion), Alan Dunbar (Bass), Albert Jordan (Percussion),
Lawrence Wiliford (Percussion), Adam Reinwald (Percussion), Alan Dunbar (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Carleton College, MN 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert DeCormier 
17.
Were you there? by Traditional
Performer:  Albert Jordan (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Carleton College, MN 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Scholz 
18.
One by One by Lebo M
Performer:  Tim Takach (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Carleton College, MN 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Zulu 

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