Even More of Our Favorite Things
by Cherilyn Worthen
1. Simple Gifts: The King’s Singers On iTunes
I have always admired The Kings Singers for impeccable ensemble precision, exacting intonation, and the ability to perform all musical styles in a choral context. I heard them perform some of these pieces live before I bought the actual album and especially loved the variety of folk, popular, and choral classics in this particular combination. The album is short, but I never get tired of it. I love the haunting “Valparaiso” melody and the fresh arrangement of Simple Gifts. Anything Kings Singers is always high quality.
2. Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem: Corydon Singers & Matthew Best
I adore Vaughn Williams and have always loved the “Dona Nobis Pacem”. I love the historical context, the libretto, the dramatic orchestration, and so many choral moments in this work. This album also has other Vaughn Williams favorites to enjoy.
3. Chanticleer: Out of This World On iTunes
Chanticleer is another smaller ensemble with such impeccable choral production. This particular album contains a wide variety of selections–everything from Irving Berlin to Thomas Tallis. High quality presentation and includes a variety of colors and styles.
4. Christmas with the Dale Warland Singers On Amazon
I love the detail work and the line present in the Dale Warland Singers recording. I also love the programming on the album and the intimacy of this particular recording. Feels like they’re singing just to you!
5. O Yule Full of Gladness: The St. Olaf Choir On Amazon
I will never admit that I have a “fixed” top 5 list, but I always enjoy St. Olaf–and especially for Christmas music. “My Song in the Night” is one of my favorite choral pieces from their choral tradition. I also love “Water Under Snow is Weary” for its simplicity. And as a singer, have always loved performing the spiritual “I Believe This is Jesus.”