Eclectric

Eclectric

by Chicago a cappella
     
 

Eclectric, the fifth release from the versatile vocal ensemble Chicago a cappella, definitely features an eclectic mix of pieces, though the voltage of the performances is debatable. This engaging group infuses charm and character into its unaccompanied renditions of folk songs, jazz standards, religious anthems, and popularSee more details below

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Eclectric, the fifth release from the versatile vocal ensemble Chicago a cappella, definitely features an eclectic mix of pieces, though the voltage of the performances is debatable. This engaging group infuses charm and character into its unaccompanied renditions of folk songs, jazz standards, religious anthems, and popular songs, but the singing is quite smooth, evenly blended, and much mellower in tone than highly charged or bristling with energy. Apart from a few jaunty or humorous numbers, such as Jaakko Mäntyjärvi's rambunctious "El Hambo," Malcolm Dalglish's syncopated "Pleasure," and the sweet, Swingle Singers-like version of Bill Evans' classic "Waltz for Debby," most of the selections are slow, serious, and sometimes austerely meditative. Jerry Troxell's "Prayers of Steel," Chen Yi's "The West Lake," Jan Sandström's "Sanctus," and Jonathan Miller's "The Fall" are quite muted and somber; the arrangements of "Shenandoah," k.d. lang's "Constant Craving," Morten Lauridsen's "Contre qui, rose," and Hoagy Carmichael's "The Nearness of You" are more languid than lively. The middle portion of the program is occupied by Bob Chilcott's "Fragments from His Dish," a cycle devoted to the pleasures of eating; though this work has its comic moments, it is gentle and rather soft in its emulation of Renaissance madrigals. So while this disc has a few touches of pizzazz, it is far from rippling with electricity, and absolutely nothing here will shock. Centaur's sound quality is clear and naturally resonant.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2005
Label:
Centaur
UPC:
0044747275222
catalogNumber:
2752
Rank:
243201

Tracks

  1. Danse, ikke gråte nå, setting (after Nilsen)  - Gunnar Eriksson  - Matthew Greenberg  - Jonathan Miller  -  Chicago a cappella  - Erica Muhl  - Amy Conn  - Lillebjørn Nilsen  - Kathleen Dietz  - Rupert Jacobson  - Barbara Muhl  - David Robson
  2. El Hambo, for chorus  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Matthew Greenberg  - Jonathan Miller  -  Chicago a cappella  - Harold Brock  - Elizabeth Grizzell  - Erica Muhl  - Kathleen Dietz  - Rupert Jacobson  - Barbara Muhl  - David Robson
  3. Prayers of Steel, for chorus  - Jerry J. Troxell  - Jonathan Miller  - Carl Sandburg  -  Chicago a cappella  - Erica Muhl  - Rupert Jacobson  - Barbara Muhl  - David Robson
  4. Pleasure  - Malcolm Dalglish  - Jonathan Miller  -  Chicago a cappella  - Erica Muhl  - Rupert Jacobson  - Barbara Muhl  - David Robson
  5. The West Lake, for a capella choir  -  Chen Yi  - Jonathan Miller  - Jonathan Miller  -  Chicago a cappella  - Aaron Johnson  - Erica Muhl  - Su Dongpro  - Rupert Jacobson  - Barbara Muhl  - David Robson
  6. Waltz For Debbie  - Bill Evans  - Jonathan Miller  -  Chicago a cappella  - Erica Muhl  - Rupert Jacobson  - Barbara Muhl  - David Robson
  7. Sanctus, for chours  - Jan Sandström  - Jonathan Miller  -  Chicago a cappella  - Erica Muhl  - Rupert Jacobson  - Barbara Muhl  - David Robson
  8. Fragments from His Dish, five part songs for chorus  - Bob Chilcott  - G.K. Chesterton  - Robert Herrick  - Jonathan Miller  - Ogden Nash  - Samuel Pepys  -  Chicago a cappella  - Erica Muhl  - Michelle Areyzaga  - William Langland  - Amy Conn  - Rupert Jacobson  - Barbara Muhl  - David Robson
  9. Les Chansons des Roses, for chorus, No. 2, Contre qui, rose  - Morten Lauridsen  - Jonathan Miller  - Rainer Maria Rilke  -  Chicago a cappella  - Erica Muhl  - Rupert Jacobson  - Barbara Muhl  - David Robson
  10. The Nearness of You  - Hoagy Carmichael  - Matthew Greenberg  - Jonathan Miller  -  Chicago a cappella  - Harold Brock  - Erica Muhl  - Kathleen Dietz  - Rupert Jacobson  - Barbara Muhl  - David Robson
  11. The Fall, for chorus  - Jonathan Miller  - Jonathan Miller  -  Chicago a cappella  - Erica Muhl  - Russell Edson  - Rupert Jacobson  - Barbara Muhl  - David Robson
  12. Constant Craving  - k.d. lang  - Jonathan Miller  -  Chicago a cappella  - Harold Brock  - Erica Muhl  - Kathleen Dietz  - Rupert Jacobson  - Barbara Muhl  - David Robson
  13. Shenandoah, folk song  - American Traditional  - Jonathan Miller  -  Chicago a cappella  - Erica Muhl  - Rupert Jacobson  - Barbara Muhl  - David Robson

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