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Amalgamation Choir

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What better way to start a New Year than with music as creative and beautiful as this. The ensemble is Cypriot and of course, the lyrics are obscure - mountains and eagles. Starting off with a rainstorm of hand percussion, hang in there. It's worth it for the singing.

A Nywe Werk by Sean Doherty

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Here's a nice seasonal (OK, a little early) work by a Northern Irish composer. Sean Doherty (born 1987) is also a member of the New Dublin Voices. He has won numerous prizes and is getting a good amount of performance.
Interesting note: his Ph.D. dissertation was "Solfaing: A History of Four-Syllable Solmization to the Present Day." I'm sure this would be a treat to read for all the shape-note singers out there with a scholarly bent.

Sub Tuum Praesidium by Miklos Kocsar

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It's time again for the International Baltic Sea Choir Competition. This performance is by a Turkish women's choir, Sirene. The Hungarian composer, Miklos Koscar died this year (1933-2019).

VOCES8 Again with William Harris

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Okay, I promise to get off the VOCES8 kick for a time, but I just had to post this one because of the smooth movement through the dissonances. And also because I really liked it.

I didn't know anything about William Henry Harris, primarily remembered for his Anglican church music. Google his name and learn even more about Doc H.

Exceeding Glad Shall He Be - Handel in the Morning

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One of the Coronation anthems. Why the giraffes? I have no idea. The choir is King's College and I believe there are no giraffes on the roster. Nonetheless some mornings just cry out for something triumphant.


VOCES8 The Deer's Cry

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OK - this is my very, very favorite ensemble right now. The repertoire, the balance, the women's voices.  And yes, the men aren't bad either.