By Request

By Request

by Chanticleer
     
 
Its tenure with the Teldec and Warner Classics & Jazz labels seemingly at an end, the American male vocal ensemble Chanticleer has returned to its own label, with which its rise began. Any loss of marketing muscle is more than compensated for by what seems to be a new sense of adventure in the group's programming. Nothing on By Request<

Overview

Its tenure with the Teldec and Warner Classics & Jazz labels seemingly at an end, the American male vocal ensemble Chanticleer has returned to its own label, with which its rise began. Any loss of marketing muscle is more than compensated for by what seems to be a new sense of adventure in the group's programming. Nothing on By Request is new in the large scheme of Chanticleer's repertory; they began as a Renaissance ensemble and expanded into various forms of contemporary music, and these are the components of the program here. But they're put together in a fresh way, and each component is unusually well done. Sample "Spring Dreams" (track 6), by the underrated Chinese-born composer Chen Yi, with its beautifully controlled yells and whoops, and you will really hear what Chanticleer is capable of. The group's programs have expanded to include experiments with the adaptation of alternative rock, here represented by Erika Lloyd's "Cells Planets," in an arrangement by Vince Peterson that closes the album. The sonics, from Berkeley, CA's Fantasy Studios with finishing work done at Skywalker Sound, match Chanticleer's awesomely precise harmonies, and all in all it would be hard to improve on this release as an introduction to the music of this American group that has done as well as anybody at being consistently crowd-pleasing while keeping to rigorous standards.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2012
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0899653002284
catalogNumber:
2284

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Tracks

  1. Sive Vigilem, for 5 voices  - William Mundy  -  Chanticleer  - Christine Bullin  - Casey Breves
  2. Veni sponsa Christi, motet for 4 voices  - Giovanni Pierliugi Palestrina  -  Chanticleer  - Christine Bullin  - Casey Breves
  3. Le cantique des cantiques, for unaccompanied voices: Épithalame  - Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur  -  Chanticleer  - Christine Bullin  - Casey Breves
  4. Ave verum corpus (also anthem: "O Lord, God of Israel"), motet for 4 voices (SATB)  - William Byrd  -  Chanticleer  - Christine Bullin  - Casey Breves

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