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Magnificat - Cappella Works (Chanticleer) [DVD AUDIO]

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Called “the world’s reigning male chorus,” by the New Yorker magazine, and named 2008 Ensemble of the Year by Musical America, Chanticleer performs more than 100 concerts each year around the globe.

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  • Orchestra: Chanticleer
  • Conductor: Joseph Jennings
  • Composer: William Cornysh, Josquin Desprez, Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, John Taverner
  • DVD Audio (26 Aug 2002)
  • Please Note: This is a DVD-Audio disc which is playable on most DVD players as well as all DVD-Audio players.
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Teldec
  • ASIN: B000059ZHN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,427 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ave Maria
2. Ave Maria, Mater Dei
3. Magnificat
4. StabatVirgo Maria
5. Maria, Quid Ploras
6. The Angel Cried Out
7. Regina Caeli Laetare
8. Alma Redemptoris Mater
9. Ave maris Stella
10. O thou Joy of All the Sorrowful
11. Ave Regina Caelorum
12. Ave Maria
13. Salve Regina

Product Description

Includes - Video Clip - John Tavener "Village Wedding". Picture Gallery. Artist Biography.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 6 Oct 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is a very lovely disc of music devoted to Mary by Josquin, Taverner, Monteverdi, Cornysh and others. The music itself is extremely beautiful; it is often meditative as in Josquin's limpid setting of Ave Maria sometimes strikingly chromatic in the Monteverdi settings and bounded by some lovely chant. It represents some of the finest 16th and 17th century music and forms a really enjoyable collection.

The singing is excellent. I have enjoyed Chanticleer's recordings for some time and this is among the best I know. They have a full, rounded sound in which individual lines are not always completely distinct, but whose overall effect is exceptionally beautiful. The singers are technically excellent with faultless intonation and a genuine engagement with the text and there is a genuine sense of worship and communion with the Virgin and even though this is not a religious belief I share, I find the effect profoundly spiritual and moving.

The recorded sound is excellent and the presentation very attractive making this a very fine disc all round, and I recommend it very warmly.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shane C. Nishibun on 5 Feb 2003
Format: DVD Audio
What a delightful cd. The Josquin numbers are heart-wrenchingly beautiful. And I got to hear new pieces; teh russian guy's were gorgeous.
Definitely a treat to listen to, you should buy three, and give two of them away--if you can part with them.
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Amazon.com: 19 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful performances and some nice surprises 17 Jun 2005
By Sator - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a nice anthology of Renaissance music encompassing key composers of both the Prima and Seconda Prattica, including one or two less known names. The uniting theme is that of they are all in praise of the Virgin Mary. Most of these works are old war horses such as the Josquin Ave Maria which is beautifully performed. Their tempo for the Josquin is similar to that of the spacious approach of the Hilliard Ensemble, and unless you like this music performed at breakneck speed you will likely find this performance perfectly satisfying. If you are interested in an anthology of Renaissance music then this is a great choice, however for those of us with a strong interest in music of this period what really makes this essential listening is the two extraordinary pieces by Vasily Titov.

Titov composed at the time of Tsar Peter the Great's modernisation drive in Russia. He brought in composers from the West and Titov's music represents a marriage of the Italian compositional styles of the Seconda Prattica with the traditions of the Russian Orthodox Church. Like the grand architecture of St Petersburgs, and the Hermitage this is an fascinating mixture of Western influences with distinctly Russian ones. The twelve part polychoral writings have some of the dark solemnity of Russian Orthodox music while clearly being heavily influenced by the likes of Monteverdi, Gabrielli, Lassus and Palestrina. Perhaps a more authentically Russian approach to this music would have given far more prominence to the basses, but this still has trumendous impact. It makes it strange that there is so much interest in composers such as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Moussorsky, Shostakovich and the like but the Early Music movement have yet to catch up with Eastern Europe - Titov is very easily their equal and I would welcome more substantial recordings devoted to exploring this neglected composer.

This is a great recording recommended both to a general audience as well as to lovers of Renaissance music alike. The recorded sound is natural and full bodied. You can pick out individual voices in the chorus without them being drowned into an amorphous porridge of sound - a sign of a good recording. Still, I have heard wider sound staging and a wider dynamic range, so for all its virtues this is almost - but not quite - audiophile quality. Clearly a SACD format DSD recording would have been preferable.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
As usual an excellent performance by Chanticleer 28 Aug 2000
By M. J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Chanticleer is a male choir that you can safely assume that any recording will be good to excellent; one may also assume that there will be one or two astounding cuts - in this case they are to two pieces by Titov, a Russian composer of the late 17th century.
Outside the Titov and Coppini, the pieces on this album are Marian standards - well done; on this recording, the high tenor deserves especial mention.
A thoroughly enjoyable CD.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Gorgeous choral voices surrounding you 3 Feb 2002
By David R. Stone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Audio
I hesitated to buy this disc until a friend told me he knew one of the members of Chanticleer; then again I also had nothing like it in my collection. The sound is rich and resonant. You should know it is recorded realistically, in a variety of soundfields, i.e. sometimes there is a processional from front to rear, sometimes choruses on upper left/right, or from all around you, depending on the material. If that sounds disconcerting be assured it isn't. This is a beautiful and soothing disc with a nice variety to it, and the sound is wonderful.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Magnificat 26 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a glorious compendium of music celebrating Mother Mary, with stellar voices. The clarity and richness of sound is wondrous! The blending of the voices is superb and the ethereal essence delightful.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
One of the Best 8 Sep 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Magnificat/Chanticleer, I Am The True Vine: Arvo Part, and John McArthur's, HIDDEN are the three best albums I have purchased in the last year. This one is stillness in audible tones. Listen, love it, enjoy it.
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