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Chanticleer to Release Then and There, Here and Now on Warner Classics October 12, in celebration of Their 40th Anniversary

September 13, 2018 | By Andrew Ousley
Unison Media

Chanticleer to Release Then and There, Here and Now on Warner Classics October 12, in celebration of Their 40th Anniversary

The album features works by composers including Palestrina, Victoria, Stucky, Sametz, and Bates, along with popular arrangements by Jennings, McGlynn, Puerling, and others

Chanticleer’s 2018–19 season includes 52 performances throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia including stops in Dublin, Wexford, Paris, Luxembourg, Budapest, Prague, Hannover, Leipzig, Moscow, and St. Petersburg

For immediate release — New York, NY — Warner Classics is excited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Chanticleer, “the world’s reigning male chorus” (The New Yorker), with a new recording, Then and There, Here and Now, to be released October 12. The group will tour the album around the world, with 52 performances across the United States, Europe, and Russia including stops in Dublin, Wexford, Paris, Luxembourg, Budapest, Prague, Hannover, Leipzig, Moscow, and St. Petersburg.

Then and There, Here and Now, recorded at Skywalker Ranch, will feature recordings of longtime ensemble favorites including works by Palestrina, Victoria, Stucky, Sametz, and Bates, and popular arrangements by Jennings, McGlynn, Puerling, and others. The recording represents the expansive aesthetic of Chanticleer’s repertoire, from the earliest music to the most recent, some of its favorite composers and arrangers, and the blend of male voices from soprano to contrabass that makes it unique.

Having started on August 4 in San Francisco, Chanticleer’s 2018–19 season includes 52 performances throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia. In the United States, the ensemble will visit 23 states with 27 of their scheduled concerts focused around the San Francisco Bay Area. Two European tours throughout January and February of 2019 will take them throughout Europe and into Russia.

Since its founding in 1978 by tenor Louis A. Botto, Chanticleer has championed music ranging from Renaissance masterpieces to contemporary compositions and arrangements of pop hits, impressing critics and fans alike with their “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity” (San Francisco Chronicle). With over 100 premieres, more than a million records sold, an impressive roster over the years of 120 performers, and a steadfast commitment to music education and community outreach, Chanticleer’s 40-year influence is far-reaching. Barbara Tannenbaum writes, “At forty, Chanticleer has been in existence nearly as many years as its founder, Louis Botto, lived. Not surprisingly, the ensemble has inspired new generations of singers. ‘We see people audition who grew up with Chanticleer’s records and CDs,’ says [Kip] Cranna. ‘They’ve idolized the group from the beginning.’”

 

Tracklist

1. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Motets, Book 5: Gaude gloriosa                
2. Orlando di Lasso 
Surrexit pastor bonus                        
3. William Byrd
Ave verum corpus                        
4. Steven Stucky
Whispers                            
5. Allen Shearer
Nude descending a staircase                    
6. Thomas Morley
Now is the Month of Maying                    
7. Jacob Arcadelt
Il bianco e dolce cigno                        
8. Mason Bates
Stelle, vostra mercè l’eccelse sfere (from Sirens)        
9. William Hawley 
Io son la primavera                        
10. Antonio de Salazar, ed. by Craig H. Russell
Salve Regina                            
11. George Gershwin
Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)            
12. Michael McGlynn
Dúlamán                            
13. Trad. Hungarian, arr. Stacy Garrop
Jarba, Mare Jarba                        
14. Sholom Secunda, arr. Brian Hinman
Bei mir bist du shein                        
15. James Woodie Alexander, arr. by J.H. Jennings
Straight Street                        
16. Traditional arr. By Robert Shaw
I want to die easy                        
17. Traditional Appalachian Folk Hymn, arr. By Robert Shaw/Alice Parker
Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal                
18. Traditional, arr. by J.H. Jennings 
Keep your hand on the plow                    
19. Steven Sametz
I Have Had Singing

Chanticleer
Fred Scott, conductor 
 

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