Sound in Spirit

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Renaissance motets, Native American chants, mystical invocations by contemporary composers, and much more -- who else besides the 12 vocalists of Chanticleer could pull off an eclectic program like this with such eloquence and grace? Time and again, Chanticleer has proven its mastery of vocal styles from the Middle Ages up to the most challenging contemporary idioms, so Sound in Spirit is less a departure from the ensemble's usual work than a culmination. The program's combination of old and new allows the singers to exhibit all of their strengths and to produce some sounds that are new to them, like the overtone harmonies of "Past Life Melodies." Also innovative is the...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Renaissance motets, Native American chants, mystical invocations by contemporary composers, and much more -- who else besides the 12 vocalists of Chanticleer could pull off an eclectic program like this with such eloquence and grace? Time and again, Chanticleer has proven its mastery of vocal styles from the Middle Ages up to the most challenging contemporary idioms, so Sound in Spirit is less a departure from the ensemble's usual work than a culmination. The program's combination of old and new allows the singers to exhibit all of their strengths and to produce some sounds that are new to them, like the overtone harmonies of "Past Life Melodies." Also innovative is the conception of the album as a continuous listening experience. The tracks are connected by ambient sounds -- voices of nature to complement those of the singers -- fusing the program into a whole rather than allowing gaps of silence amid the music. Some of these effects and a few of the performances may feel a trifle too New Age for some listeners. But while individual tracks -- from Alfonso X's 13th-century cantiga "Como Pod' a Groriosa" to the "Night Spirit Song" arranged from Cherokee sources by Chanticleer music director Joseph Jennings, and from Giacinto Scelsi's sublimely disorienting "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" to the reassuring plainchant of "Beata" -- are rewarding enough on their own, it's the seamless flow among them that transforms the project into a unified and unique encounter with these varied expressions of musical spirituality.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 825646194124
  • Catalog Number: 61941
  • Sales rank: 288,045

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chanticleer Primary Artist, Vocal Ensemble
John Bischoff Shaker, Rattles
Steve Barnett Drums, Rainstick
Joseph Jennings Vocals, Rainstick, Tibetan Bowls
Eric Alatorre Shaker, Rattles
Jesse Antin Drums, Vocals, Shaker, finger cymbals, Rattles
Dylan Hostetter Vocals, Shaker, Rattles
Justin Montigne Shaker, Rattles
Ben Sullivan Vocals
Fraser L. Walters Vocals
Mark Sullivan Vocals
Matthew Oltman Vocals
Michael Lichtenauer Vocals
Ben Johns Drums, Vocals, Bird Calls
Eric S. Brenner Vocals
Timothy Maguire Tambourine, Vocals
Clifton Massey Vocals, Shaker, Rattles
Ian Howell Dumbek, Vocals
Technical Credits
Preston Smith Remixing, Mastering, Engineering
Steve Barnett Producer, Liner Notes, Digital Editing
St. Thomas Aquinas Liner Notes
Joseph Jennings Liner Notes, Concept, Music Direction
Andrew Morgan Liner Notes
Erich Lessing Cover Photo
Ivan Moody Liner Notes
Patricia Van Ness Liner Notes
Jan Gilbert Liner Notes
Christine Bullin Contributor, Executive Producer
Stephen Leek Liner Notes
Ian Howell Sound Effects
Kip Cranna Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chanticleer is Back!

    I have followed this group for several years, listening to them grow and change as singers came and went. The cohesiveness of the group’s sound had floundered in the years after Colors of Love was released, and I admit I thought their success was coming to an end right as the general public was becoming more aware of them. With Sound in Spirit, however, I was ecstatic to find a revamped Chanticleer, with a whole new soprano/alto section, and the seamless sound that Louis Botto achieved in the beginning, and that made Chanticleer unique. As for the CD itself, this is one of the most amazing recordings I have ever owned. It is an entire experience, a stream of music that fits together perfectly. It “reads” like a history of music, from the very first music of frogs croaking and wind blowing, to the hair-raising spirit chants that sound as if the singers’ souls are being wrenched from their bodies. If you appreciate good vocal music, this is definitely a must-have recording.

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