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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.

We Are Not Alone - Mennonite Choir

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If you've ever tried to keep a choir together while they're walking - especially walking AWAY from you, you'll appreciate this. Best moment - the director's smile at the very end.

Salve Regina from La Grande Chartreuse

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The only order that has never needed reform! Enjoy the differences between this version of the Salve regina and that of the Benedictines or the Roman antiphonale.

Psaume 31 (30) from the Monastery of En Calcat

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So nice and smooth - and with the unhurried quality I associate with monastic singing. Not dragging, but not sounding as though they're thinking of what they want to do next. This monastery was the birthplace of my two salterios. One went to a dear friend, the other to the Abbey of St. Meinrad.
Enjoy the abbey's website - https://www.encalcat.com/.