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Shall I Compare Thee?

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Shall I Compare Thee?

Chicago a cappella

  • CDR 90000 085
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    • Summer Sonnet (4:46)*

    • KEVIN OLSON (b. 1970)

      Summer Sonnet (4:46)*

    • Blow, blow, thou winter wind (2:37)*

    • MARTHA SULLIVAN (b. 1964)

      Blow, blow, thou winter wind (2:37)*

    • Come Away, Death (3:05)

    • JAAKKO MÄNTYJÄRVI (b. 1963)

      Four Shakespeare Songs (11:53)

      Come Away, Death (3:05)

    • Lullaby (3:23)

    • Lullaby (3:23)

    • Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (2:57)

    • Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (2:57)

    • Full Fathom Five (2:17)

    • Full Fathom Five (2:17)

    • It Was a Lover and his Lass (3:09)

    • MATTHEW HARRIS (b. 1956)

      from Shakespeare Songs

      It Was a Lover and his Lass (3:09)

    • Take, O Take Those Lips Away (1:35)

    • Take, O Take Those Lips Away (1:35)

    • Who is Silvia? (1:21)

    • Who is Silvia? (1:21)

    • And Will A’Not Come Again? (2:39)*

    • And Will A’Not Come Again? (2:39)*

    • It Was a Lover and his Lass (2:28)

    • JOHN RUTTER (b. 1945)

      It Was a Lover and his Lass (2:28)

    • Shall I compare? (2:26)

    • NILS LINDBERG (b. 1933)

      Shall I compare? (2:26)

    • Madrigal (Take, O Take Those Lips Away) (1:37)

    • HÅKAN PARKMAN (1955–1988)

      from Three Shakespeare Songs

      Madrigal (Take, O Take Those Lips Away) (1:37)

    • Sonnet 147 (My love is as a fever) (3:03)

    • Sonnet 147 (My love is as a fever) (3:03)

    • Orpheus with his lute (2:20)

    • GYÖRGY ORBÁN (b. 1947)

      Orpheus with his lute (2:20)

    • O mistress mine! (1:03)

    • O mistress mine! (1:03)

    • To be, or not to be (3:01)*

    • JUHANI KOMULAINEN (b. 1953)

      Four Ballads of Shakespeare (10:00)*

      To be, or not to be (3:01)*

    • O weary night (2:46)*

    • O weary night (2:46)*

    • Three words (1:49)*

    • Three words (1:49)*

    • Tomorrow and tomorrow (2:14)*

    • Tomorrow and tomorrow (2:14)*

    • Spring (2:51)*

    • ROBERT APPLEBAUM (b. 1941)

      Spring (2:51)*

    • Witches Blues (4:53)*

    • Witches Blues (4:53)*

    • Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summers day? (3:13)*

    • Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summers day? (3:13)*

Album Description Download Full CD Booklet

On its new CD, the "world class" (Fanfare) nine-voice ensemble Chicago a cappella brings its trademark "wit, imagination, [and] flawless intonation" (Chicago Tribune) to 23 contemporary choral settings of Shakespeare texts - including ten recorded premieres and three works composed expressly for the group.

Making its Cedille Records debut, Chicago a cappella performs artful arrangements that draw from influences ranging from bossa nova and the blues to Renaissance and medieval modes. You'll hear a fascinating spectrum of styles within single works and across the entire program. This is one CD where (in the words of the Bard) "music and sweet poetry agree."

Critic Reviews

Sequenza21.com (www.sequenza21.com)

" . . . more fun than human beings should be allowed, the most addictive CD to come my way in a long time is Shall I Compare Thee? Choral Songs on Shakespeare on the Cedille label. Some of the pieces are familiar from previous Shakespeare compilations--Jaako Mantyjarvi's Four Shakespeare Songs, with its magnificent "Come away, come away, death;" a selection of Matthew Harris's Shakespeare's Songs from which you would never in a million years guess that he was a student of Carter and Babbitt; Nils Lindberg's Shall I Compare Thee? But, most of the material is new--to me, at least--and none of it has ever been sung this well on CD. The Chicago a capella is some kind of magic blend of the great old jazz group, the Hi-Los, with a little Double Six of Paris and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir thrown in. I challenge anyone who listens to the first cut--Summer Sonnet by Kevin Olson, a composer and pianist at Elmhurst College near Chicago--to stop humming it for a week."

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 63:00

*World Premiere Recording(s)

The participation of the artists in this recording was underwritten in part through the generosity of the Nora Bergman Fund.

Producer: James Ginsburg
Engineer: Bill Maylone
Session Director: Patrick Sinozich
Recorded: November 13, 2004; and January 14-16 and March 19, 2005 at Northeastern Illinois University
Graphic Design: Melanie Germond & Pete Goldlust
Front cover: Ask me no more, 1906 (oil on canvas) by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema © The Bridgeman Art Library

© 2005 Cedille Records/Cedille Chicago

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