Cantus (2007)

One of NPR’s Top Ten Recordings of 2007

Cantus’ programming at its finest represents a great mix of styles and influences. On Cantus we’ve decided to showcase this variety on one recording. We’ve included a new commission from Lee Hoiby and paired it with a popular song by Billy Joel. We’ve included early 20th century Russian sacred music next to early 21st century American sacred music. We have two show-stoppers – a Smokey Robinson tune and a spiritual that has a splash of gospel. And preceding a semi-theatrical setting of “Casey at the Bat” we sing an amusing faux-Finnish piece. The programming keeps you listening from beginning to end, just like it does in a live concert.

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Track Listing

1. Introit: Benedicta sit Sancta Trinitas
9th c. plainchant
2. Quatre Petit Prières de St. François d’Assise – I
Francis Poulenc
3. Quatre Petit Prières de St. François d’Assise – II
Francis Poulenc
4. Quatre Petit Prières de St. François d’Assise – III
Francis Poulenc
5. Quatre Petit Prières de St. François d’Assise – IV
Francis Poulenc
6. Salvation is Created (Spaséniye sodjélal)
Pavel Chesnokov, arr. Timothy C. Takach
7. Ave Dulcissima Maria
Morten Lauridsen
8. Last Letter Home
Lee Hoiby
9. Lullabye (Goodnight, my Angel)
Billy Joel, arr. Erick Lichte
10. Mogamigawa funa uta
Japanese Folk Song, arr. Osamu Shimizu
11. Ramkali
Indian Raga, arr. Ethan Sperry
12. Who’s Loving You
Smokey Robinson, arr. Timothy C. Takach
13. Pseudo Yoik NT
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi
14. Dálvi duoddar luohti
Seppo Paakkunainen
15. Casey at the Bat
Peter Hamlin
16. I Can’t Tarry
African-American Spiritual, arr. David Morrow