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Our Heart's Joy: A Chanticleer Christmas
on December 24, 2012
I bought this album mainly for the single track 'Ave Maria' by Franz Biebl - well worth the price just for that track alone. But I was amazed to find that the rest of the album is just as good, with some well-known Christmas songs, but mostly with lesser-known ones which should be heard more often. Some of the tracks sound like there are women singing, but per Wikipedia Chanticleer is an all-male group, so the high voices are CounterTenors, something once common in the Middle Ages but done rarely these days. Most of the tracks are in Latin, with some Spanish, at least one French, and one or two in English. This is I believe a compilation from several of their concerts or albums, and it is well worth listening to all year - not just at Christmas.