Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Morning with Chanticleer


I will openly admit to anyone within hearing that I am a total music geek. My music collection reads like the wishlist for someone with no real focus. From the speed metal of Megadeth to the sweet chorale music of the Heartland Men's Chorus, and oh, so much in between, it is there and I listen to it. This morning I bring you some music from Chanticleer, the San Fransisco-based men's chorale ensemble who make the most remarkable music. I have eight albums in my iTunes, and they are just delectable. I will start off with a live performance given by the ensemble. Crank up the volume, sit back and let the music wash over you. The songs are Christopher Tye's Give Alms of They Goods, Thomas Tallis' If Ye Love Me, and John Sheppard's Our Father. The selections are off the album For Thy Soul's Salvation: Music For England's Monarchs.

Thomas Tallis was one of the gay character's in Showtime's series, The Tudors, played by Joe Van Moyland. You can find For Thy Soul's Salvation: Music For England's Monarchs on Amazon for just $6.99. You can purchase a download from the official Chanticleer online store, for just $9.99. The album is rich and sumptuous. I love it. Next up, there is Henry Purcell's Hear My Prayer, written in the 17th century and featured on the Chanticleer album Evening Prayer: Purcell Anthems and Scared Songs. This is wonderful, and well worth listening to.

You can purchase the Evening Prayer: Purcell Anthems and Scared Songs album off the Chanticleer website, either the physical CD or the MP3 download. Next I decided to bring you a bit of a departure from the other two videos. Surely, God Is Able was written by W. Herbert Brewster, and was a hit in 1950 for the Ward Singers. It appeared on the Chanticleer album How Sweet The Sound. This album features soloist Bishop Yvette A. Flunder.

You can purchase the physical CD from Amazon, or you can purchase it from Chanticleer's online store, the physical CD or the MP3 download. If you enjoy what you hear, support Chanticleer by purchasing some music. Help keep all forms of music alive. You can visit their official website here. You can also donate through the website here.

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