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Colors of Love - Choral Music / Chanticleer

Album Summary

>Stucky, Steven : Cradle Songs, for chorus
>Tavener, John : A Village Wedding, for countertenor, 2 tenors & bass
>Rands, Bernard : Canti d'amor
>Long, Zhou : Words of the Sun, for chorus
>Yi, Chen : Tang Poems, 4 songs for male chorus
>Thomas, Augusta Read : The Rub of Love, for chorus
>Sametz, Steven : In time of, for chorus
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Love Songs
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The versatile 12-voice male vocal ensemble Chanticleer sings eight distinctive works by contemporary composers. Five works included here were written specifically for Chanticleer, notably John Tavener's "Village Wedding," one of the group's favorite works. The groups virtuosity make these difficult modern works sound effortless to perform.

Notes & Reviews:

This recording received the 2000 Grammy Award for "Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor)."

The American male vocal ensemble Chanticleer has, over the years since its founding, commissioned and premiered many new vocal works. Several of these are represented on COLORS OF LOVE, which is also an excellent sampling of the ensemble's talents. With twelve male voices--and not just tenors and basses--Chanticleer presents a shining, effortless sound which serves them well in repertoire ranging across five hundred years.

In the Steven Stucky pieces the sounds of the words are as important as the music and the meanings of the words, creating an additional, unusual musical layer in each work. John Tavener's "Village Wedding" blends Byzantine sounds--chant-like melodies over drones--with dancing, madrigalesque sections. And so the program continues, each work a gem of contemporary-yet-tonal 20th-century music. All but one of the pieces on the disc were written in the 1990s, and the program represents a broad range of composers: American, British, Chinese, male, female, young, old. An excellent compilation of "new" music.



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Works Details

>Stucky, Steven : Cradle Songs, for chorus :: Rouxinol do pico preto
  • Performer: Chanticleer
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stucky, Steven : Cradle Songs, for chorus :: Lilajzé, Jezuniu
  • Performers: Chanticleer (Countertenor); Philip Wilder
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996
  • Language: Polish
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stucky, Steven : Cradle Songs, for chorus :: Buy Baby Ribbon
  • Performer: Chanticleer
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tavener, John : A Village Wedding, for countertenor, 2 tenors & bass
  • Performer: Chanticleer
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Running Time: 9 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rands, Bernard : Canti d'amor :: Winds of May, That Dance on the Sea
  • Performer: Chanticleer
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rands, Bernard : Canti d'amor :: O Cool Is the Valley
  • Performer: Chanticleer
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rands, Bernard : Canti d'amor :: This Heart That Flutters Near My Heart
  • Performer: Chanticleer
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rands, Bernard : Canti d'amor :: Silently She's Combing Her Long Hair
  • Performer: Chanticleer
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rands, Bernard : Canti d'amor :: Gentle Lady, Do Not Sing Sad Songs
  • Performer: Chanticleer
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rands, Bernard : Canti d'amor :: Sleep Now, O You Unquiet Heart!
  • Performers: Kevin Baum (Tenor); Chanticleer (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rands, Bernard : Canti d'amor :: All Day I Hear the Noise of Waters
  • Performer: Chanticleer
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Long, Zhou : Words of the Sun, for chorus
  • Performers: Chanticleer (Countertenor); Michael Lichtenauer (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Yi, Chen : Tang Poems, 4 songs for male chorus :: Written on a Rainy Night
  • Performer: Chanticleer
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1997
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Yi, Chen : Tang Poems, 4 songs for male chorus :: Wild Grass
  • Performer: Chanticleer
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1997
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Thomas, Augusta Read : The Rub of Love, for chorus
  • Performer: Chanticleer
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sametz, Steven : In time of, for chorus
  • Performer: Chanticleer
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Notes: Ver: 1997
  • Running Time: 9 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Love Songs :: Look Out upon the Stars, My Love
  • Performer: Chanticleer
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Love Songs :: Love Is a Beautiful Dream
  • Performer: Chanticleer
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Love Songs :: Alas, the Love of Women!
  • Performer: Chanticleer
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Love Songs :: For Stony Limits Cannot Hold Love Out
  • Performer: Chanticleer
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Love Songs :: All Mankind Love a Lover
  • Performer: Chanticleer
  • Ensemble: Chanticleer
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio