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Recording lists: Suggestions for recordings in a basic Choral Music Collection

Date: Mon, 14 Jul 1997 13:33:21 +0400
From: Larry Nickel
Subject: "Must Have" Choral CDs compilation

Whew! What a list,

Several weeks ago I asked choralist members to recommend "must have"
choral CDs. (I'm building up our school's CD library) The results are
listed below in no particular order. Some people were more studious at
including the particulars. They came in different formats so I put
quotation marks around each title. The grand winner, the CD that was
recommended nearly ten times, was the Robert Shaw Festival Singers
Rachmaninoff's "VESPERS" recording. I was pleased to realize that I
have many of these recordings already. Perhaps you did not participate
in this poll and still wish to add your recommendations. Just forward
them to me and I will try to do an updated list later on. Many thanks
to all those who sent in their musical "gems" and now it's off to the
music store with a wheel barrow full of money!

"MUST HAVE" CHORAL CDs musical gems!

Chanticleer's "Our Heart's Joy: A Chanticleer Christmas" Chanticleer
Records CR-8803.

Take Six (their self-entitled first album),

Cambridge Singers (any recording) conducted by John Rutter,
"Flora Gave me Fairest Flowers",
"Images of Christ",
"A Cappella."
"Brother Sun, Sister Moon" American Gramaphone, AGCD588.
"Faire is the Heaven" - Collegium COLCD 107
"Hail gladdening light" - Collegium COLCD 113
"Ave gracia plena" - Collegium COLCD 116
"There is sweet music" - Collegium COLCD 104
"Rutter Requiem"

King's Singers any of the albums!!

Robert Shaw Festival Singers Rachmaninoff's "VESPERS" (TELARC
Robert Shaw Festival Singers "Amazing Grace"
Robert Shaw Festival Singers "Evocation of the Spirit" (Telarc)
Robert Shaw (natch) recording of Brahms' "Nanie"
Robert Shaw Festival Chorus: "Liebeslieder Waltzes/New Liebeslieder
BMG reissued on 2 CDs three early LP recordings of the Robert Shaw
Chorale doing Christmas music. Essential arrangements!

Tapiola Choir: "Water Under Snow Is Weary" Finlandia FACD921

Stuttgarter Kammerchor under the direction of Frieder Bernius (any CD)

Collegium Vocale/Herreweghe - "Mendelssohn Motets"

J.S. Bach: "Mass in B minor"
John Eliot Gardiner / Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists
[2 CDs] - Archiv

Brahms: "Ein Deutsches Requiem"
John Eliot Gardiner / Monteverdi Choir / Orch. Rev. et Rom.
[1 CD] - Philips

Verdi: Requiem / "4 Sacred Pieces"
John Eliot Gardiner / Monteverdi Choir / Orch. Rev. et Rom.
[2 CDs] - Philips

Verdi- "Requiem"
Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony Chorus
Telarc CD80152

Arvo Part: "Te Deum / Magnificat / Berliner Messe / Silouans Song"
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Tonu Kaljuste
[1 CD] - ECM New Series ECM 1505

James Macmillan: "Seven Last Words From The Cross"
London Chamber Orchestra & Polyphony
[1 CD] - Catalyst

Poulenc: "Chansons francaises"
The Sixteen - Harry Christophers
[1 CD] - Virgin Classics

"O Magnum Mysterium"
Westminster Choir - Joseph Flummerfelt
[1 CD] - Chesky

"A Land of Pure Delight" - William Billings Anthems and Fuging Tunes
His Majestie's Clerkes - Paul Hillier
[1 CD] - Harmonia Mundi

"In A Cold Winter's Night" (Christmas music from 16th century - present)
His Majestie's Clerkes - Anne Heider
[1 CD] - Centaur

"Salvation is Created" [various; contains 2-3 works by Gretchaninoff]
Concordia College Choir - Rene Clausen
1 CD - I don't know the label!!

Bach- "Christmas Oratorio"
JOhn Elliot Gardiner, Montiverdi Choir, Archiv 432 232-2

"Witness"- spirituals
Philip Brunelle, Ensemble singers and chorus of the
Plymouth Music Series of Minn, Collins 14492

Lauridsen- "Complete Choral Cycles"
Bruce Browne, "Choral Cross Ties"
Freshwater Classics 105-2

"Faure and Durefle- Requiem(s)"
Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony Chorus
Telarc CD80135

Bach- "Magnificat"
John Elliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
Phillips G2 11458

"Allegri- Miserere also Palestrina and Mundy"
Peter Phillips, Tallis Scholars
Gimmell CDGIM 379

Bach - "Motets"
Ton Koopman, Netherlands Chamber Choir
Phillips 434 165-2

Kansas City Chorale - "Liturgy of St. John" Chrysostom/Rachmaninoff -
NI 5497/8

Clare College Chapel Choir - "Tudor Anthems" - Guild GMCD 7115

Choir of King's Consort - "Complete Anthems & Services" vol 7/Purcell -
Hyperion CDA 66677

Monteverdi Choir - "Cantatas BWV 140 and BWV 147/Bach" - Archiv 431

Collegium Musicum 90 - "Gloria/Vivaldi and Magnificat/Bach" - Chandos

"Mahler Symphony #8", directed by Klaus Tennstedt, EMI CDS 7 47625 8

Singers Unlimited (vocal jazz) "The Best" POCJ-1508

U of M Glee Club's recent CD entitled "Dance",

Choir of Trinity College, "Voce" Brentwood Music

"Imant Raminsh, Songs of the Light" Vancouver Chamber Choir, SMCD 5116

Christ Church Cathedral Choir, "Taverner to Tavener" Nimbus Records

Roger Wagner Chorale, "Reflections", EMI CDM 7 63255 2

Anuna - Anuna - "Celtic Heartbeat" 82733-2
Anuna - "Omnis" - Danu CD 005

Vancouver Cantata Singers, "What Sweeter Music", SA96339CD

Chicago Symphony Chorus - "Miserere/Gorecki" - Elektra Nonesuch 79348-2

Bruno Walter recording of the Mahler "Second Symphony"

Kings College Cambridge recording of Benj' Britten's "Ceremony of
and "Rejoice in the Lamb". ("Te Deum" on the CD also, as I recall.)

Dale Warland Singers "Cathedral Classics" recording, with the Frank
Martin "Mass", the Allegri "Misseri", the Herbert Howells "Requiem".

Dale Warland Singers issued two CD compilations of Christmas Music,
"Echos of Christmas, Vol 1" and "...Vol 2"

Dale Warland Singers - "Blue Wheat" - American Choral Catalog ACC122

Christ College Cambridge recording of Christmas music by Walton and

West Coast Mennonite Chamber Choir, "Songs of Earth, Echoes of Heaven",
plus 5 other CDs available through website: (Being a
member of this choir, I would not have listed this if it had not been
recommended by strangers twice.)

Rachmaninoff-Liturgy of St. John Chrystostom, op.31, Kansas City
Chorale (Nimbus 5497/98);

Stravinsky-Les noces, Dmitry Pokrovsky Ensemble (Elektra-Nonesuch

Russian Medieval Chant: The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom,
The Russian Patriarchal Choir, (Opus 111, OPS 30-120)

Atlanta Symphony/Chorus: Faure/Durufle Requiems... (I personally think
Durufle is a much better piece than the Faure, though...)

American Repertory Singers in Washington, DC. "The Peaceable Kingdom"
Randall Thompson distributed by Allegro

Elektra (women's choir) "From the Heart" (

That's all folks!

Larry Nickel
Mennonite Educational Institute
4081 Clearbrook Rd., P.O. Box 2240
Clearbrook, B.C. V2T 3X8
work 604-859-9762; fax 604-859-9206; home 604-859-0809
e mail: nickel(a)