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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Centaur
  • UPC: 044747275222
  • Catalog Number: 2752
  • Sales rank: 211,446

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Danse, ikke gråte nå, setting (after Nilsen) - Gunnar Eriksson & Matthew Greenberg (4:52)
  2. 2 El Hambo, for chorus - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi & Matthew Greenberg (2:38)
  3. 3 Prayers of Steel, for chorus - Jonathan Miller & Jerry J. Troxell (6:25)
  4. 4 Pleasure - Jonathan Miller & Malcolm Dalglish (3:01)
  5. 5 The West Lake, for a capella choir - Chen Yi & Jonathan Miller (5:03)
  6. 6 Waltz For Debbie - Jonathan Miller & Bill Evans (3:33)
  7. 7 Sanctus, for chours - Jonathan Miller & Jan Sandström (4:06)
  8. 8–13 Fragments from His Dish, five part songs for chorus - G.K. Chesterton & Bob Chilcott (16:49)
  9. 9 Les Chansons des Roses, for chorus, No. 2, Contre qui, rose - Morten Lauridsen & Jonathan Miller (2:57)
  10. 10 The Nearness of You - Hoagy Carmichael & Matthew Greenberg (3:26)
  11. 11 The Fall, for chorus - Jonathan Miller & Jonathan Miller (2:47)
  12. 12 Constant Craving - k.d. lang & Jonathan Miller (4:10)
  13. 13 Shenandoah, folk song - Jonathan Miller & American Traditional (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chicago a cappella Primary Artist
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