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Chanticleer

Chanticleer is the only independent full-time classical vocal ensemble in the United States. Since its inception in 1978, it has developed an excellent reputation for its interpretation of music from many genres, and its bell-like sound has set a new ensemble standard.

Originally founded to sing Renaissance vocal repertoire, Chanticleer has toured worldwide and released more than 20 recordings. While most of Chanticleer's work is done a cappella, the group has collaborated on a number of unusual projects, including a fully staged opera, recordings of jazz standards with the Don Haas Trio, and performances with Japanese dancers Eiko and Koma. Its repertoire ranges from Gregorian chants to twentieth-century pop. In 1978, founder Louis Botto, a graduate student in musicology, was disturbed by the fact that sacred Renaissance vocal music was so rarely performed. So he formed a group to sing this neglected repertoire. Trying to hold to the male-only Renaissance tradition, Botto asked friends who sang with him in the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and Grace Cathedral's Choir of Men and Boys to join the group. Rehearsals began and the ensemble arranged a debut performance in San Francisco's historic Mission Dolores.

The works chosen for the debut included compositions by Renaissance composers whose music would become staples of the group's repertoire: Byrd, Ockeghem, Morley, Dufay, and Josquin. The members settled on the name Chanticleer in honor of the "clear singing" rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, which Charlie Erikson, one of the baritones, was reading at the time. From 1978 to 1990 While maintaining its basic repertoire of Renaissance music, Chanticleer also began experimenting with music of other genres. During those years, the number of singers varied and eventually settled at twelve.

In 1980, the ensemble participated in the Festival of Masses in San Francisco. Robert Shaw was the Festival conductor that year, and after hearing Chanticleer's solo concert, proclaimed it to be "one of the most beautiful musical experiences" of his life. A turning point in Chanticleer's history came when Joseph Jennings, a countertenor, joined the group in 1983. Other members soon recognized his exceptional vocal and interpretive abilities and asked him to become Chanticleer's first music director. Since accepting that position, Jennings ' bell-clear vocal style and innovative arrangements have become hallmarks of the ensemble.

International early-music audiences began to find out about Chanticleer after a 1984 performance at a large scholarly conference in Belgium, and Chanticleer created its own label, Chanticleer Records, releasing a tenth-anniversary CD in 1988. Over the next six years, the ensemble released ten recordings on its private label. These CDs sold well at Chanticleer's concerts, and in 1994 Teldec Classics International signed Chanticleer to an exclusive recording contract and the group's recordings suddenly became available across North America and abroad. By 1991, Chanticleer was financially able to make all twelve of its members full-time employees, allowing the group to tour more frequently and take on a wide variety of projects. Since then the ensemble has performed and recorded with the London Studio Orchestra, jazz legend George Shearing and the New York Philharmonic. In 1994, the group presented a critically acclaimed, fully-staged performance of Benjamin Britten's opera Curlew River. In 1997 Chanticleer recorded works by Mexican Baroque composers Manuel de Zumayaand Ignacio de Jerusalem, with an orchestra of period instruments. It has commissioned works by many of the late twentieth century's foremost composers, including David Conte, Morton Gould, Bernard Rands and Chen Yi (who served as Chanticleer's composer-in-residence from 1993 to 1996). In 1999, Chanticleer released a collection of these works on its CD Colors of Love. ~ Corie Stanton Root, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Sound In Spirit

Composer: Jan Gilbert
Title: NightChants, Theatrical Vocal Work
Composer: Nectarie Vlahul
Title: Axion Estin
Composer: Joseph Jennings
Title: Sound In Spirit, For Vocal Ensemble
Composer: Carlos Rafael Rivera
Title: Motet For 12 Singers
Composer: Joseph Jennings
Title: Beata, For Vocal Ensemble (after Gregorian Chant)
Composer: Tomás Luis de Victoria
Title: O Sacrum Convivium, Motet For 6 Voices
Composer: Alfonso X (el Sabio)
Title: Cantiga De Santa María 391, Como Pod' A Groriosa Os Mortos Fazer Viver
Composer: Joseph Jennings
Title: Night Spirit Song, For Vocal Ensemble
Composer: Jan Gilbert
Title: NightChants, Theatrical Vocal Work
Composer: Jackson Hill
Title: In Winter's Keeping, For Vocal Ensemble
Composer: Giacinto Scelsi
Title: Canti (3) Sacri, For 8 Part Mixed Choir
Composer: Sarah Hopkins
Title: Past Life Melodies, For Chorus
Composer: Patricia Van Ness
Title: Cor Meum Est Templum Sacrum, For Vocal Ensemble
Composer: Jan Gilbert
Title: NightChants, Theatrical Vocal Work
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Track List: Chanticleer: A Portrait

Composer: Ignacio Jerusalem
Title: Quem Terra Pontus Sidera, Hymn
Composer: Gregorian Chant
Title: Ave Maria, Antiphon
Composer: Tomás Luis de Victoria
Title: Alma Redemptoris Mater, Antiphon For 2 Choirs & Organ
Composer: Vasily Titov
Title: The Angel Cried Out
Composer: Manuel de Zumaya
Title: Angélicas Milicas, Recessional
Composer: John Tavener
Title: Lamentations And Praises, A Liturgical Drama For Male Voices, Flute, Bass Trombone, String Quintet, Tape & Percussion
Composer: Augusta Read Thomas
Title: Love Songs, For Mixed Chorus A Cappella
Composer: Bernard Rands
Title: Canti D'amor, For Mixed Voices A Cappella
Composer: Chen Yi
Title: Tang Poems, 4 Songs For Male Chorus
Composer: William Hawley
Title: Tre Rime Di Tasso
Composer: Stephen Collins Foster
Title: Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair, For Voice & Piano
Composer: Michael Mcglynn
Title: Dúlamán, For Chorus
Composer: American Traditional
Title: Shenandoah, Folk Song
Composer: Traditional Seasonal
Title: Esta Noche Nace Un Niño (Spanish)
Composer: Caroll Coates
Title: Love Is Letting Go
Composer: Harold Arlen
Title: Blues In The Night, Song (from The Film "Blues In The Night")
Composer: Traditional Spiritual
Title: Wade In The Water
Title: We Shall Walk Thro' The Valley, Spiritual
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Track List: Our American Journey

Composer: Traditional
Title: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (Tamworth)
Composer: Juan de Lienas
Title: Credidi
Composer: Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla
Title: Versa Est In Luctum, For Mixed Chorus
Composer: American Traditional
Title: Jefferson And Liberty, Song
Composer: William Billings
Title: David's Lamentation For Chorus
Composer: Alfred Marcus Cagle
Title: Soar Away, Fuging Tune
Composer: Steven Stucky
Title: Whispers
Composer: Jackson Hill
Title: Voices Of Autumn
Composer: Brent Michael Davids
Title: The Un-covered Wagon
Composer: William Hawley
Title: Tre Rime Di Tasso
Composer: Stephen Collins Foster
Title: Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair, For Voice & Piano
Title: Camptown Races, For Voice & Piano
Composer: George Gershwin
Title: Love Walked In, Song (From The The Goldwyn Follies, Film)
Composer: Ann Ronell
Title: Willow Weep For Me
Composer: Dale Lawson
Title: Calling My Children Home
Composer: American Traditional
Title: Wayfaring Stranger, Religious Ballad
Composer: Traditional Spiritual
Title: I'm A Pilgrim
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Track List: Tavener: Lamentations & Praises

Title: Lamentations And Praises, A Liturgical Drama For Male Voices, Flute, Bass Trombone, String Quintet, Tape & Percussion
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Track List: Magnificat

Composer: Gregorian Chant
Title: Ave Maria, Offertory
Composer: William Cornysh
Title: Ave Maria Mater Dei For 4 Voices
Composer: John Taverner
Title: Magnificat, For 4 Voices (sexti Toni)
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Title: Work(s)
Composer: Vasily Titov
Title: The Angel Cried Out
Composer: Tomás Luis de Victoria
Title: Regina Coeli, Antiphon For 5 Voices
Title: Alma Redemptoris Mater, Antiphon For 5 Voices
Composer: Gregorian Chant
Title: Ave Maris Stella, Hymn For The Assumption Of Mary In Mode 1 (Liber Cantualis No. 73)
Composer: Vasily Titov
Title: Thou Art A Consolation Of All The Afflicted, Concerto For Twelve-part Choir
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Title: Ave Regina Coelorum, Motet For 8 Voices (From Motets Book III)
Composer: Josquin Desprez
Title: Ave Maria... Virgo Serena, Motet For 4 Parts
Title: Salve Regina, Motet For 5 Parts
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Track List: Colors Of Love

Composer: Steven Stucky
Title: Cradle Songs, For Chorus
Composer: John Tavener
Title: A Village Wedding, For Chorus
Composer: Bernard Rands
Title: Canti D'amor, For Mixed Voices A Cappella
Composer: Zhou Long
Title: Words Of The Sun, For Chorus
Composer: Chen Yi
Title: Tang Poems, 4 Songs For Male Chorus
Composer: Augusta Read Thomas
Title: Love Songs, For Mixed Chorus A Cappella
Composer: Steven Sametz
Title: In Time Of, For Chorus
Composer: Augusta Read Thomas
Title: The Rub Of Love, For Chorus
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Track List: Mysteria

Title: Immutemur, Antiphon
Title: Kyrie XVII
Title: Laetatus Sum, Gradual In Mode 7 (Liber Usualis No. 560, GR 139)
Title: Hosanna Filio David, Antiphon For Palm Sunday
Title: Dominus Iesus, Antiphon In Mode 2
Title: Tenebrae, Responsory In Mode 7 (Liber Usualis, No. 680)
Title: Pange Lingua, Hymn In Mode 1
Title: Reproaches And Trisagion
Title: Vexilla Regis Prodeunt, Hymn In Mode 1 (Liber Usualis No. 575)
Title: Gloria In Excelsis
Title: Alleluia, Alleluia, Pascha Nostrum Immolatis Est Christus, In Mode 7, For Easter Sunday
Title: Victimae Paschali Laudes, Sequence In Mode 1 For Easter (1. T/GR 198, Liber Usualis No. 780)
Title: Jubilate Deo Universa, Offertory In Mode 1, (Liber Usualis, 486b)
Title: Agnus Dei XVII
Title: Alma Redmeptoris, Antiphon In Mode 5
Title: Ave Regina Caelorum, Antiphon In Mode 6
Title: Regina Caeli, Antiphon In Honor Of Our Lady
Title: Salve Regina, Antiphon In Mode 1
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Track List: And On Earth Peace: A Chanticleer Mass

Title: Da Pacem, Domine, In Diebus Nostris, Antiphon And Verse From Psalm 122
Composer: Andrea Gabrieli
Title: Deus, Deus Meus, Respice In Me, Motet For 10 Voices
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo
Title: Responsories (9) For 6 Voices, Sabbato Sancto
Title: Aestimatus Sum, Responsory For 6 Voices, W. 7/87
Composer: Shulamit Ran
Title: Credo / Ani Ma'amin
Composer: Andrea Gabrieli
Title: O Salutaris Hostia, Motet For 8 Voices
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo
Title: Peccantem Me Quotidie, Motet For 5 Voices, W. 8/36
Composer: Michael Mcglynn
Title: Agnus Dei
Composer: Gregorian Chant
Title: Da Pacem, Domine, In Diebus Nostris, Antiphon And Verse From Psalm 122
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Track List: Love Story

Composer: Sebastián de Vivanco
Title: Veni Dilecte Mi, Motet
Title: Sicut Lilium Inter Spinas, Motet For 4 Voices
Composer: Claudin de Sermisy
Title: Tant Que Vivrait En Eage Florissant, Chanson For 4 Voices
Composer: Maurice Duruflé
Title: Ubi Caritas, Motet For Chorus, Op. 10/1
Composer: Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur
Title: Le Cantique Des Cantiques, For Unaccompanied Voices
Composer: Richard Strauss
Title: Choruses (3) For Male Chorus, O.Op. 123 (TrV 270, AV 123)
Composer: John Tavener
Title: A Village Wedding, For Chorus
Composer: Stephen Paulus
Title: The Lotus Lovers, For Chorus
Composer: Harold Arlen
Title: Blues In The Night, Song (from The Film "Blues In The Night")
Composer: Duke Ellington
Title: Creole Love Call
Composer: Jule Styne (Julius Kerwin Stein)
Title: Make Someone Happy
Composer: Richard Rodgers
Title: My Romance, Song (from "Jumbo")

Comments

Makes you think of ( Old Time Religion ).. GREAT..
Ana gabriel
lkgrebnel
Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah!! Absolutely!
y2karol1
Their music leaves me breathless
This is one of my favorite old time songs.... there was a wise spirit filled man in our churhc named Deacon Thompson, anytime he'd get happy - he'd break out with this song and set the house on fire everytime!
check out their performence on "Prarie Home Companion" that is where i first heard them did you know that a counter tenor can hit a high f or c better than a female soprano most of the time? ha
more please
Where is Cantus? Cantus is an ensemble like Chanticleer and you don't list them. In my opinion, they are better than Chanticleer.

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