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Our American Journey / Chanticleer


Release Date: 11/12/2002 
Label:  Teldec   Catalog #: 48556   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  William BillingsStephen FosterAnn RonnellGeorge Gershwin,   ... 
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The all-male, 12-voice ensemble Chanticleer has proven itself to be the mostenduring, versatile, and popular ensemble of its kind, equally at home in music from the Middle Ages to Tin Pan Alley. This kind of crossover can result in some spectacular car wrecks. Chanticleer, however, has the same sort of all-consuming musical appetite as a Wynton Marsalis or André Previn: each disparate genre is plunged into with intelligence, spirit, and commitment and comes out sounding as though it must be the artists' "real" musical home.

The music is all-American. There's Stephen Foster: Gene Puerling's adaptation of "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" is sung with sentiment, but always stays on this side of
Read more cheez-whiz overindulgence; and there's Gershwin: again, Puerling's elegant arrangement of "Love Walked In" is pure magic. But be prepared to go in some surprising directions: early 17th-century Latin liturgical works from Mexico, or a haunting, chant-like Appalachian tune set to the popular hymn text "Guide me, O Thou Great Jehovah." There's a handful of representatives from the great and often overlooked 18th and 19th century tradition of hymnody and shape-note singing, presented with a austere rawness wholly in keeping with their Folk Art origins; William Billings' "David's Lamentation" is a particular gem, a strange and harrowing illustration of pure grief. Several works by American composers tie "Our American Journey" neatly together, illustrating Chanticleer's position on the cusp of the modern and the ancient; Steven Stucky's "Whispers" is an eerie and somnolent combination of William Byrd and Walt Whitman, and William Hawley's settings of poems of renaissance Italian Torquato Tasso are a masterly and gorgeous reminiscence of Gesualdo.

"Our American Journey" is musical patriotism of the finest sort, the flip side of Sousa marches, and Chanticleer is just the right group for it. Their diverse mastery gets at the heart of myriad influences that make American music, like American culture, sui generis.

David Simmons, WQXR
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Works on This Recording

1.
David's Lamentation by William Billings
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1778; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Camptown races by Stephen Foster
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Jack Halloran 
3.
Willow Weep for Me by Ann Ronnell
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Joseph Jennings 
4.
Goldwyn Follies: Love walked in by George Gershwin
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Gene Puerling 
5.
Soar Away by A. Marcus Cagle
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Whispers by Steven Edward Stucky
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 6 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Wayfaring stranger by Traditional
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Joseph Jennings 
8.
Voices of Autumn by Jackson Hill
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; Japan 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Japanese 
9.
Calling My Children Home by Doyle Lawson
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Joseph Jennings
This selection was written in collaboration with Charles Waller and Robert Yates. 
10.
Jeannie with the light brown hair by Stephen Foster
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Gene Puerling 
11.
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah by Traditional
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Written: Appalachian Mountain 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Joseph Jennings 
12.
The Un-Covered Wagon by Brent Michael Davids
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 8 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Mahican and English.
This selection is scored for voices and nose flutes. 
13.
Credidi propter by Juan de Lienas
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14.
Glorious things of thee are spoken by Traditional
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Joseph Jennings 
15.
Poems (3) of Tasso: Fuggi, fuggi, dolor by William Hawley
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
16.
Poems (3) of Tasso: Labbra vermiglie e belle by William Hawley
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
17.
I'm a pilgrim by Mary Stanley Bunce Dana
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Joseph Jennings 
18.
Versa est in Luctum by Juan Gutierrez de Padilla
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Baroque 
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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