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I Have Had Singing - A Chanticleer Portrait


Release Date: 10/13/2009 
Label:  Chanticleer Records   Catalog #: 8810  
Composer:  Steven SemetzOrlando GibbonsThomas TallisAndrea Gabrieli,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are so many superb qualities to this Teldec disc, I hesitate where to begin. Let me give you a taste: it’s inventive; it’s funny; it’s moving; it’s beautiful. And it’s virtually flawless.

Chanticleer is a 12-strong all-male a cappella vocal group with a stunning purity of sound. The countertenors reach up to an almost sopranino range; the deep bass is a phenomenon in himself. Their harmonic empathy is breathtaking.

They hone Tallis and Gibbons like period instruments and make Strauss feel like barbershop. Their Irving Berlin sounds as if Lennie Bernstein himself were conducting from the clouds. Their gospel sears the soul. Joseph Jennings, their director, is an inspired arranger (as in Straight Street; or
Read more Bill Evans revamped à la Meredith Monk). The uppermost solos (Christopher Frizsche) are melting.

Chanticleer’s chief show-stopper (after Shenandoah) is John Rutter’s gorgeous arrangement of O Waly, Waly. Following that, Rutter’s own Cambridge Singers – plenty of talent in the lower voices, but unmarshalled – sound oddly pedestrian. Their latest issue has its moments: Guerrero’s Duo Seraphim makes a cheerful start; rare Mendelssohn, and Allegri’s Miserere, fare well. But raucousness infects not just Spem in alium (Tallis) but their Brahms and Bach motets too.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- BBC Music Magazine

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A Chanticleer Portrait
Previously released on Teldec as Out of This World

This recording contains a magnificat blend of early 16th-century music by Thomas Tallis and Gabrieli right up to contemporary composers commissioned by Chanticleer in celebration of its 15th anniversary. This collection offers works often featured on concerts at home and abroad, including Chanticleer's classic interpretation of Shenandoah and a jazzy Blue Skies.
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Works on This Recording

1.
I Have Had Singing by Steven Semetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
2.
O clap your hands by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
3.
If ye love me by Thomas Tallis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
4.
Magnificat á 12 by Andrea Gabrieli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
5.
Charm me asleep by David Conte
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
6.
Choruses (3) for male voices, AV 123: no 1, Vor den Türen by Richard Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1935; Germany 
7.
Choruses (3) for male voices, AV 123: no 2, Traumlicht by Richard Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1935; Germany 
8.
Choruses (3) for male voices, AV 123: no 3, Fröhlicht im Maien by Richard Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1935; Germany 
9.
Nude descending a staircase by Allen Shearer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
10.
Betsy: Blue Skies by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
11.
Shenandoah by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Written: USA 
12.
Straight street by James Woodie Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: 20th Century 
13.
Out of this world by Harold Arlen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
14.
O waly, waly by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Written: England 
15.
Journey to Recife by Bill Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
16.
Jesus met the woman at the well by James Woodie Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

I Have Had Singing
O clap your hands: O Clap Your Hands
If Ye Love Me
Magnificat a 12
Charm Me Asleep
3 Mannerchore, TrV 270: No. 1. Vor den Turen
3 Mannerchore, TrV 270: No. 2. Traumlicht
3 Mannerchore, TrV 270: No. 3. Frohlicht im Maien
Nude Descending a Staircase
Blue Skies (arr. J.H. Jennings)
Shenandoah (arr. M. Bartholomew and J. Erb)
Straight Street (arr. J.H. Jennings)
Out of This World (arr. S. Barnett): Out of this World (arr. S. Barnett)
The Water is Wide (arr. J. Rutter)
Journey to Recife (arr. J.H. Jennings)
Jesus Met the Woman at the Well (arr. J.H. Jennings)

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