Sound in Spirit

Sound in Spirit

by Chanticleer


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Renaissance motets, Native American chants, mystical invocations by contemporary composers, and much more -- who else besides the 12 vocalists of Chanticleer could pull off an eclectic program like this with such eloquence and grace? Time and again, Chanticleer has proven its mastery of vocal styles from the Middle Ages up to the most challenging contemporary idioms, so Sound in Spirit is less a departure from the ensemble's usual work than a culmination. The program's combination of old and new allows the singers to exhibit all of their strengths and to produce some sounds that are new to them, like the overtone harmonies of "Past Life Melodies." Also innovative is the conception of the album as a continuous listening experience. The tracks are connected by ambient sounds -- voices of nature to complement those of the singers -- fusing the program into a whole rather than allowing gaps of silence amid the music. Some of these effects (and a few of the performances) may feel a trifle too New Age for some listeners. But while individual tracks -- from Alfonso X's 13th-century cantiga "Como Pod' a Groriosa" to the "Night Spirit Song" arranged from Cherokee sources by Chanticleer music director Joseph Jennings, and from Giacinto Scelsi's sublimely disorienting "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" to the reassuring plainchant of "Beata" -- are rewarding enough on their own, it's the seamless flow among them that transforms the project into a unified and unique encounter with these varied expressions of musical spirituality.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2005
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 0825646194124
catalogNumber: 61941
Rank: 170650

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chanticleer   Primary Artist,Vocal Ensemble
John Bischoff   Shaker,Rattles
Steve Barnett   Drums,Rainstick
Joseph Jennings   Vocals,Rainstick,Tibetan Bowls
Eric Alatorre   Shaker,Rattles
Jesse Antin   Drums,Vocals,Shaker,finger cymbals,Rattles
Dylan Hostetter   Vocals,Shaker,Rattles
Justin Montigne   Shaker,Rattles
Ben Sullivan   Vocals
Fraser L. Walters   Vocals
Mark Sullivan   Vocals
Matthew Oltman   Vocals
Michael Lichtenauer   Vocals
Ben Johns   Drums,Vocals,Bird Calls
Eric S. Brenner   Vocals
Timothy Maguire   Tambourine,Vocals
Clifton Massey   Vocals,Shaker,Rattles
Ian Howell   Dumbek,Vocals

Technical Credits

Preston Smith   Remixing,Engineering
Steve Barnett   Producer,Liner Notes
St. Thomas Aquinas   Liner Notes
Joseph Jennings   Liner Notes,Concept,Music Direction
Erich Lessing   Cover Photo
Ivan Moody   Liner Notes
Andrew Morgan   Liner Notes
Patricia Van Ness   Liner Notes
Jan Gilbert   Liner Notes
Christine Bullin   Contributor,Executive Producer
Stephen Leek   Liner Notes
Ian Howell   Sound Effects
Kip Cranna   Liner Notes

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