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The versatile 12-voice male vocal ensemble Chanticleer sings eight distintive works by contemporary composers. Five of the compositions were specifically for the group, notably John Tavener's "Village Wedding."
This compilation of modern-day madrigals, the latest in a fascinating series of discs from the San Francisco-based all-male vocal group Chanticleer, won the Grammy for Best Small Ensemble Performance of 1999. The selections range over a variety of styles and aesthetics, from the haunting, hypnotic sounds of Steven Stucky's Cradle Songs to the archaic, ethereal beauty and Eastern inflections of John Tavener's "Village Wedding." There are the soft (and somewhat affected) asperities of Bernard Rands' Canti d'Amor as well as the gentle, almost English pastoralism of Zhou Long's "Words of the Sun" (beautiful!) and the colorfully exotic Orientalism of Chen Yi's Tang Poems. Other examples of the wide range here are the self-conscious busywork of Augusta Read Thomas's Love Songs to the darkly lush, 12-part weave of Steven Sametz's "In Time Of," with its radiant climax and pulsating chordal sonorites like the tolling of bells. All of this Chanticleer sings with striking freshness and commitment, virtuosic to a fare-thee-well, always sensitive to the emotional cues of the texts. The recording, made at Skywalker Ranch in January of 1999, is vivid and warm, and so is much of the music. Truly a winning disc. --Ted Libbey
Steve Barnett's production of this impeccably "groomed" masterpiece was invincable! I can't wait to hear them perform these works in public!Published 16 months ago by susan vaughan
"Colorful" collection of repertoire. Nice balance between experimental modern (requires serious listening) and more traditional modern. Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Sarah
Just recently had the opportunity to hear Chanticleer in concert...this CD certainly gives a cross section of their range... Read morePublished on March 6, 2001