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Songs Of The Lights / Bartle, Toronto Children's Chorus


Release Date: 09/12/2000 
Label:  Marquis   Catalog #: 81253   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Matti HyökkiImant RaminshLydia AdamsStephen Hatfield,   ... 
Performer:  Christina ChabotSarah HicksNaomi ShinOriel Thomson,   ... 
Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Many similar groups would hesitate to release recordings of live concert performances for scrutiny beyond friends and family. And these performances, made on the Toronto Children's Chorus' 1999 tour to Australia and New Zealand do have their "imperfect" moments. But this is what real performance--and live recording--is about. Yes, there's some audience noise (including coughing and the inevitable applause at the end of works), but there's also plenty of concert hall energy and ambience, and a real sense of spontaneity and of something "happening"--as in enchanted audiences under the spell of young voices singing sophisticated and entertaining music. Of course, the Toronto Children's Chorus, now in its 22nd year, is no Read more ordinary choir. It's now an institution that involves more than 300 singers and five choirs, tours the world, wins competitions, and makes recordings. This particular recording is a companion to Come, Ye Makers of Song (see reviews), and where that one contains the more "serious" music from the tour concerts, this one shows the choir's rich repertoire from "folk, jazz, and popular" genres.


One of this ensemble's strengths (and we're hearing the TCC's select "Tour Choir" on both recordings) is in capturing the spirit of ethnic and folk music, which these singers display--here and elsewhere--in many specially commissioned arrangements and in other works written for children's chorus. So you'd expect this recording to be correspondingly strong in its program and in its performances--and it is. And it comes off slightly better than its partner disc, in part because, for recording purposes, more intricate music almost always benefits from the time and technical amenities of a studio production. The 60-voice choir displays its trademark impeccable diction and sterling tone, enlivening every piece it sings, from Imant Raminsh's Songs of the Lights, with texts from Algonquin and Navajo peoples, and Lydia Adams' Micma'q Honour Song, which skillfully employs nature sounds--loon, wolf, human, wind--with drum and chant, to Canadian composer Donald Patriquin's World Music Suite. Commissioned for the TCC's 20th anniversary season, the suite was based on folk songs suggested by the choirs from six different countries who participated in the anniversary concerts. There's also a Gershwin medley, a couple of spirituals, some other Canadian works, and a closing rendition of "Somewhere" from West Side Story. Perhaps the choir and its record label should have just combined both CDs into one box, because, if you have one, you've just got to have the other! [8/22/2000]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. On Suuri Sun Rantas Autius by Matti Hyökki
Performer:  Christina Chabot (Treble), Sarah Hicks (Treble), Naomi Shin (Treble),
Oriel Thomson (Treble)
Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Finland 
Language: Finnish 
2. Songs of the Lights by Imant Raminsh
Performer:  Christina Chabot (Treble), Ruth Watson Henderson (Piano)
Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; Canada 
Language: English 
3. Micma'q Honour Song by Lydia Adams
Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is sung in the Micma'q language. 
4. African Celebration by Stephen Hatfield
Performer:  Lauren Simmons (Treble), Diana Chisholm (Treble), Naomi Shin (Treble),
Samantha Phoenix (Treble), Laura Kishimoto (Treble), Christina Chabot (Treble),
Alison Armstrong (Treble)
Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
Notes: This selction is sung in Zulu and English. 
5. City called Heaven by Traditional
Performer:  Robynne McKinlay (Treble), Ruth Watson Henderson (Piano)
Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Written: USA 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Josephine Poelinitz 
6. Go down, Moses by Traditional
Performer:  Gabi Epstein (Treble), Robynne McKinlay (Treble), Aaron Schwebel (Boy Soprano),
Ruth Watson Henderson (Piano)
Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Mark Hayes 
7. World Suite One by Donald Patriquin
Performer:  Ruth Watson Henderson (Piano), Aaron Schwebel (Percussion)
Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; Canada 
Notes: This selection is a suite which incorporates the following folksongs: "Cabbage Tree Hat," sung in English, "Taivas on sininen ja valkoinen," sung in Finnish, "The Stuttering Lovers," sung in English, "Ach! Syncu, Syncu," sung in Czech, "Deep River" and "I went to the Market," both sung in English. 
8. Musical Animal Tales, Set III: Don't Ever Squeeze a Weasel by Ruth Watson Henderson
Performer:  Ruth Watson Henderson (Piano)
Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; Canada 
Language: English 
9. Sing Me a Song by Leonard Enns
Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Canada 
Language: English 
10. We Rise Again by Leon Dubinsky
Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Canada 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Lydia Adams 
11. Girl Crazy: I got rhythm by George Gershwin
Performer:  Ruth Watson Henderson (Piano)
Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Bill Holcombe
This selection is part of a medley which incorporates "Lady, be Good: Fascinating rhythm," "Oh, Kay!: Someone to watch over me," "Funny Face: 'S Wonderful," "Of Thee I Sing: Who cares?," "Girl Crazy: Bidin' my time" and "Strike up the Band: Strike up the band." 
12. Lady, be Good: Fascinating rhythm by George Gershwin
Performer:  Ruth Watson Henderson (Piano)
Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Bill Holcombe
This selection is part of a medley which incorporates "Girl Crazy: I got
rhythm," "Oh, Kay!: Someone to watch over me," "Funny Face: 'S Wonderful," "Of Thee I Sing: Who cares?," "Girl Crazy: Bidin' my time" and "Strike up the Band: Strike up the band." 
13. Oh, Kay!: Someone to watch over me by George Gershwin
Performer:  Ruth Watson Henderson (Piano)
Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Bill Holcombe
This selection is part of a medley which incorporates "Girl Crazy: I got
rhythm," "Lady, be Good: Fascinating rhythm," "Funny Face: 'S Wonderful," "Of Thee I Sing: Who cares?," "Girl Crazy: Bidin' my time" and "Strike up the Band: Strike up the band." 
14. Funny Face: 'S Wonderful by George Gershwin
Performer:  Ruth Watson Henderson (Piano)
Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Bill Holcombe
This selection is part of a medley which incorporates "Girl Crazy: I got
rhythm," "Lady, be Good: Fascinating rhythm," "Oh, Kay!: Someone to watch
over me," "Of Thee I Sing: Who cares?," "Girl Crazy: Bidin' my time" and "Strike up the Band: Strike up the band." 
15. Of Thee I Sing: Who cares? by George Gershwin
Performer:  Ruth Watson Henderson (Piano)
Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Bill Holcombe
This selection is part of a medley which incorporates "Girl Crazy: I got
rhythm," "Lady, be Good: Fascinating rhythm," "Oh, Kay!: Someone to watch
over me," "Funny Face: 'S Wonderful," "Girl Crazy: Bidin' my time" and "Strike up the Band: Strike up the band." 
16. Girl Crazy: Bidin' my time by George Gershwin
Performer:  Ruth Watson Henderson (Piano)
Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Bill Holcombe
This selection is part of a medley which incorporates "Girl Crazy: I got
rhythm," "Lady, be Good: Fascinating rhythm," "Oh, Kay!: Someone to watch
over me," "Funny Face: 'S Wonderful," "Of Thee I Sing: Who cares?" and "Strike up the Band: Strike up the band." 
17. Strike up the Band: Strike up the band by George Gershwin
Performer:  Ruth Watson Henderson (Piano)
Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927/1929; New York, USA 
Notes: Arranged: Bill Holcombe
This selection is part of a medley which incorporates "Girl Crazy: I got
rhythm," "Lady, be Good: Fascinating rhythm," "Oh, Kay!: Someone to watch
over me," "Funny Face: 'S Wonderful," "Of Thee I Sing: Who cares?," and "Girl Crazy: Bidin' my time." 
18. West Side Story: Somewhere by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Ruth Watson Henderson (Piano), Sarah Hicks (Treble)
Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 

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