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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.


Rachmaninoff, VOCES8, and the University of Warsaw Choir

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Blend, balance, amazing dynamic range - what more could you want with the work from Rachmaninoff's Vespers. Usually sung by much larger ensembles, this small group enables you to follow the lines easily.

Here's a fine large ensemble recording for contrast. If you were a Russian, you'd go for the large group. If you were an American early music type, you'd go for VOCES8.

I love them both!




Indian Bottom Association of Old Regular Baptists "I'm Going to a City"

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Here's a slow, lined-out hymn. For many of us, it may seem excruciatingly slow. However, when you begin to poke around in the hymnody of those groups that have remained separate, such as the Amish and the Old Regulars, you find all the hymns are slow. And it's my guess that chant was very much like this in its own time. When you explore folk traditions from Native American to Bulgarian, you'll find a great deal of slow singing. We're just in a hurry nowadays.