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Heart Songs: Music of the World  (2017)

Heart Songs - Music of the World! includes  a  wide breadth of musical selections originating from Argentina, Canada, England, France, Israel, Kenya, Romania and the United States. This 19 track CD features songs by Gabriel Faure, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Eleanor Daley and Mark Sirett. The lyrics are drawn from a variety of sources ranging from a Canadian First Nation poet to revered authors and timeless Latin texts. 

 

Haunting melodies that linger in the ear along with rich harmonies and driving rhythms that stir the spirit are the essential musical elements that reflect the heart of every culture. "Heart Songs" features a diverse collection of vibrant vocal dance songs, tender lullabies, and songs of praise from countries across the globe offering a glimpse into the thoughts, hopes, dreams and values of people expressed through their songs.

TRACK LIST

1. Bashana Haba’ah    Nurit Hirsh/arr. Nick Page

2. The Seal Lullaby    Eric Whitacre

3. I’m Gonna Sing      arr. Lela Anderson

4. Les Étoiles     Mark Sirett

5. These Green Mountains      D. Martin and R. Buglass Gluck/arr. Dawn Willis

6. My Heart Soars      Mark Sirett

7. Ave Verum      Gabriel Fauré

8. Chindia     Alexandru Pascanu

9. Lullaby     Ralph Vaughan Williams

10. And Miriam Sang (Shiru L’Adonai)      Zebulon M. Highben

11. Dirait-On      Morten Lauridsen

12. Ave Maria      Eleanor Daley

13. Wana Baraka      arr. Shawn L. Kirchner

14. Esto Les Digo      Kinley Lange

15. Watane      Mark Sirett

16. Weep No More      David N. Childs

17. Jabula Jesu      arr.  Stephen Hatfield

18. Tantum Ergo      Corin Overland

19. El Cielo Canta Alegria!      Pablo Sosa/arr. Roger Bergs

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Produced and Engineered by Peter Engisch, Ad Astra Recording in Williston, VT

Executive Producer: Dawn Willis

Design and Layout: Vikki Day

Cover Design: Vikki Day

Booklet Editing: Nan O’Leary, Sylvia Robison

Recorded in May 2015 at College Street Congregational Church, Burlington, VT

and in May 2016 at First Baptist Church, Burlington, VT

 

This project was made possible with support from the Argosy Foundation.

 

© 2017 Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont

This recording is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend and mentor Robert De Cormier – composer, arranger, conductor and all-around wonderful person. We will treasure all the meaningful musical experiences we shared with him.

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Songs of Hope & Freedom  (2014)

Songs of Hope and Freedom: The Choral Music of Robert De Cormier for Women's Voices.  In the summer of 2012 Bella Voce was asked by an anonymous donor to record our highly successful performance of Robert De Cormier’s cantata They Called Her Moses. Even though it seemed like a daunting project at first - both time and money-wise, we jumped at the chance to bring together all the pieces that Robert has written and re-arranged for Bella Voce. Money was quickly raised by folks who believed this was a great idea too and we were off and running!

 

Read the following beautiful testimonial from Noel Paul Stookey of the popular folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Robert De Cormier was their Music Director for several years.

"Whether sprung from sorrow or joy, songs of conscience are cries of the soul. This most recent choral presentation of DeCormier writings and arrangements, addressing the significant social impact of Harriet Tubman's life, is an exceptional example of passion - inexpressible by words alone - translated movingly into shared melody. Thank you Robert for this, your living gift; and for decades of sensitivity and profound musical insight. Your creativity and counsel continually remind us that music is an inspired celebration; bringing both audience and performer to a meeting place of discovery and wonder. Peter, Mary and I are forever in awe of your talent and deeply honored to share your commitment to the issues of justice and equity in the world."

- Noel Paul Stookey - Peter, Paul and Mary"

Noel Paul Stuckey performing with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus  under the direction of Robert De Cormier in 2010..

TRACK LIST

1.    They Called Her Moses 

2.    Journey (Part 1) 

3.    To da Darlin' Day 

4.    Journey (Part 2) 

5.     I Been in the Storm So Long 

6.    Finale 

7.    Walk Together Children 

8.    Hold On 

9.    By n' By 

10.    Let Me Fly 

11.    Sing Everyone, Sing Me 

12.    Away in a Manger 

13.    Dormi, Dormi O Bel Bambin 

14.    Why Can't We Have Christmas the Whole Year Around 

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Produced and Engineered by Peter Engisch, Ad Astra Recording - Williston, Vermont

Editing Preparation: Dawn Willis

Design and Layout: Vikki Day

Booklet Editing: Nan O'Leary, Sylvia Robison

 

Recorded in May, July and December, 2013 at First Baptist Church, Burlington, Vermont; Elley-Long Music Center, Colchester, Vermont. 

 

© 2014 Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont

 

Tapestry of Song  (2014)

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Tapestry of Song, Bella Voce’s 10th Anniversary CD, features the Bella Voce Chorus, Bella Voce's smaller ensemble, Cantiamo and our special guest ensemble The Inora Brass Quintet. This compilation CD offers 19 tracks of wonderful music by world-renowned composers and arrangers such as Ola Gjeilo, Eleanor Daley, John Rutter and Jonathan Willcocks as well as works by Heinrich Schütz, Zoltán Kodály. It is a mixture of many pieces that we have recently performed: Folk Songs, Classical and Contemporary. Many of the tracks are suitable for enjoying during the Christmas season as well.

TRACK LIST

1.  Jubilate Deo      Michael Braz 

2.  Night      David A. Sasso 

3.  Cantate Domino      Heinrich Schütz 

4.  Ubi Caritas      Ola Gjeilo 

5.  Ritmo      Dan Davison 

6.  Rise Up, My Love      Eleanor Daley 

7.  Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal      arr. Mark Hayes 

8.  Danny Boy      arr. Dede Duson 

9.  The Ash Grove      arr. Jonathan Willcocks 

10.  Kyrie Eleison      Jim Leininger 

11.  Ave, Regina Coelorum     Larysa Kuzmenko 

12.  O Nata Lux      Eleanor Daley 

13.  In Dulci Jubilo      arr. John Rutter 

14.  Sweet Little Jesus Boy      arr. Michael Neaum 

15.  There is No Rose      Eleanor Daley 

16.  A Christmas Carol      arr. Zoltán Kodály 

17.  Cantemus!      Lajos Bárdos 

18.  Ave Maria      Henrique Oswald 

19.  Gloria      Larysa Kuzmenko

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Produced and Engineered by Peter Engisch, Ad Astra Recording - Williston, Vermont

Editing Preparation: Dawn Willis

Design and Layout: Vikki Day

Booklet Editing: Nan O'Leary, Sylvia Robison

 

Recorded in May, July and December, 2013 and May, 2014 at First Baptist Church, Burlington, Vermont; Elley-Long Music Center, Colchester, Vermont.

© 2014   Bella Voce Women's Chorus of Vermont

 

Glorious Seasons  (2012)

TRACK LIST

1.    Alleluia      Charles Callahan

2.   "Spring" from Two Eastern Pictures     Gustav Holst

3.   "Summer" from Two Eastern Pictures     Gustav Holst

4.    The Rose of Sharon      Thomas Juneau 

5.    Indian Summer     Daniel J. Hall

6.    Cantate Domino     Sandra Milliken 

7.    Os Justi     Eleanor Daley

8.    El Romantón     Francisco Muro, arr. Miguel Astor

9.    Sing Me to Heaven     Daniel E. Gawthrop

10. Veniki     arr. Milan Uherek

11. Dona Nobis Pacem     Sandra Milliken

12. Hodie Christus Natus Est     Sandra Milliken

13. Dormi Jesu     Sandra Milliken

14. I Saw Three Ships     arr. Tom T. Shelton

15. Still, Still, Still     arr. Ken Berg 

16. Nativity Carol     John Rutter

17. Gloria     Randol Bass

18. Christmas Flourish     Randol Bass

Produced and Engineered by Peter Engisch, Ad Astra Recording - Williston, Vermont

 

Editing Preparation: Dawn Willis

Design and Layout: Vikki Day

Booklet Editing: Nan O'Leary

 

Recorded at First Baptist Church, Burlington; First Congregational Church of Essex Junction; and St. Joseph's Co-Cathedral, Burlington, 2011-2012. Indian Summer was recorded at a live performance at First Baptist, Burlington in May 2009.

 

© 2012 Bella Voce Women's Choir of Vermont

Glorious Seasons treats the listener to an eclectic collection of everything from holiday classics to and contemporary non-secular masterpieces.  This CD has selections from every season including Spring and Summer from Gustav Holst's Two Eastern Pictures with harp; Daniel Hall's haunting Indian Summer with piano and oboe; and a variety of Christmas pieces including Randol Alan Bass' Christmas Flourish and Gloria for women's voices, brass quintet, organ, and percussion. Glorious Seasons also contains several unaccompanied pieces by Australian composer, Sandra Milliken. You will enjoy this CD!

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Christmas Joy  (2008)

A selection of 20 carols and other works for the season

 

The CD features classic selections for women’s voices which range from Johannes Brahms’ Ave Maria and Benjamin Britten’s This Little Babe (from A Ceremony of Carols) to arrangements of carols and spirituals that hold a revered place in the rich tapestry of choral music. Bella Voce is especially proud to include on this recording Mary Had A Baby: a new arrangement of Christmas spirituals for women’s voices, brass, harp, woodwinds and percussion by Vermont composer and arranger, Robert De Cormier. 

TRACK LIST

1.    The Sussex Carol      arr. Corin T. Overland  

2.    Masters in this Hall      arr. Valerie Shields   

3.    Wexford Carol      arr. Dawn O. Willis 

4.    O My Dear Heart      Eleanor Daley  

5.    Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day      arr. John Rutter

6.    A La Nanita Nana      arr. Michael Braz  

7.    Mary Had a Baby      arr. Robert De Cormier

8.    Jehovah Hallelujah      arr. Robert De Cormier 

9.    Glory and Honor to the Newborn King      arr. Robert De Cormier

10.    Christmas Intrada      David Conte 

11.    What Sweeter Music      Eleanor Daley

12.    La Virgen Lava Pañales      arr. Robert De Cormier

14.    The Moon of Wintertime      arr. George L. Mabry 

15.    This Little Babe      Benjamin Britten   

16.    Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head      arr. Gwyneth Walker  

17.    I Wonder as I Wander      arr. Richard Osborne  

18.    A la Ru, A la Me      arr. Bradley Ellingboe 

19.    Angels Did Sing      Steven Rickards  

20.    Ave Maria      Johannes Brahms   

21.    Magnificat      Z. Randall Stroope

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Produced and engineered by John McClure

Audio Assistant: Susan Presson

Editing Preparation: Dawn Willis

Design and Layout: Vikki Day

Editing: Nan O’Leary

Mechanical Licensing Coordinator: Rose Bacon

 

Recorded at the Music Building Recital Hall, University of Vermont, 2007-2008.

©2008 Bella Voce Women's Chorus of Vermont

 

Now Let Us Sing

A selection of 20 carols and other works for the season

 

The CD features classic selections for women’s voices which range from Johannes Brahms’ Ave Maria and Benjamin Britten’s This Little Babe (from A Ceremony of Carols) to arrangements of carols and spirituals that hold a revered place in the rich tapestry of choral music. Bella Voce is especially proud to include on this recording Mary Had A Baby: a new arrangement of Christmas spirituals for women’s voices, brass, harp, woodwinds and percussion by Vermont composer and arranger, Robert De Cormier. 

TRACK LIST

1.    How Can I Keep From Singing?

2.    Gifts From The Sea

3.    Let Evening Come

Six Songs for Women’s Voices

4.    Women Should be Pedestals

5.    Mornings Innocent

6.    The Name is Changeless

7.    Love is a Rain of Diamonds

8.    In Autumn

9.    I Will Be Earth

10.   I Thank You God

The Spirit of Women

11.    So Many Angels

12.    Walk That Valley

13.    Never Sit Down

14.    Crossing the Bar

15.    Hebrides Lullaby 

16.    Peace I Ask of Thee, O River 

17.    Now Let Us Sing! 

Produced and Engineered by John McClure

Audio Assistant: Susan Presson

Design and Layout: Vikki Day

Editing: Nan O’Leary

Notes: Dawn Willis 

 

Recorded at the Music Building Recital Hall, University of Vermont, 2007

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