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"If you love the sound of an adult male choir (no countertenors), you must get to know these singers. I’ve reviewed all three of their previous releases, and every one of them moved me to the core... You’ll be hard pressed to find lovelier or more novel holiday music anywhere." -- Lindsay Koob, American Record Guide
Cantus, America's newest full-time male vocal ensemble, proudly presents part two of their groundbreaking Christmas offering - Comfort and Joy. Conceived as a whole, Comfort and Joy tells the Christmas story from two different perspectives and two separate attitudes; the music of volume one embodies the feeling of Christmas comfort, while volume two's repertoire focuses on Yuletide joy. Comfort and Joy:
Volume 1 was released in October, 2004.
To tell the Christmas story in song, Comfort and Joy: Volume 2 highlights Cantus' diverse repertoire and focuses on music from around the world. Standout tracks include Babatunde Olatunji's "Betelehemu," Ariel Ramirez' "Los Reyes Magos" and Erick Lichte's 5/4 tour de force jazz arrangement of "Deck the Halls."
Digitally recorded, edited and mastered in 24-bit sound by Stereophile Magazine Editor-in-Chief John Atkinson, Comfort and Joy: Volume Two is a state-of-the-art audiophile recording. It is gorgeously packaged in a regal blue tri-fold case with metallic O-sleeve that represents Cantus' continued commitment to producing records that wed the finest choral music with beautiful artwork and packaging.
Works on This Recording
Hail Mary by William Dawson
Alilo by Traditional
Written: Georgian Republic
Los Reyes Magos by Ariel Ramirez
Period: 20th Century
Betelehemu by Babatunde Olatunji
Deck the Halls by Traditional
Written: Wales, UK
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