Christmas a cappella
- CDR 90000 107
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Chicago a cappella returns to disc with Christmas a cappella: Songs From Around the World, a sparkling selection of seasonal songs by contemporary composers and arrangers, including seven world premieres.
Works include two lively African settings (in African languages) of the biblical passage "For unto us a child is born," delightful treatments of traditional French and French-Canadian carols, a unique Danish take on the Christmas story, distinctive works by leading American composers including Stephen Paulus (Splendid Jewel) and Gwyneth Walker (The Christ-child's Lullaby), and James Clemens' brilliant, jazz-inflected arrangement, Jingle a cappella, centered around a wild fugue in 7/8 time! The disc also presents two pieces based on Hebrew texts: Aleih Neiri, a Hanukkah song by Yemen-born Jewish composer Chaim Parchi, and multiple award-winning young composer Stacy Garrop's poignant prayer for peace, Lo Yisa Goy.
In a season brimming with holiday music, Chicago a cappella's new CD stands apart as a jewel of imaginative programming and passionate performances that please the ear and penetrate the heart.
American Record Guide (www.americanrecordguide.com)
These are moving, superbly sung performances of beautiful music... This production is first rate in every way, more than worthy of Cedille's high standards. The singing is polished, committed, and fresh; the recorded sound... is rich, full and spacious... and the album booklet... is a model of what one should be.
Chicago Sun-Times (www.suntimes.com)
"This ensemble embraces a musical challenge as if it were a box of Godiva chocolates."
"More fun than human beings should be allowed"
The American Organist (www.sfago.org)
"[Christmas a cappella] is a jewel in the crown of Chicago's musical life."