Choral L'Amour

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It’s right around this time of year, when we’ve all had just about enough of winter, that Valentine’s Day comes around with a hint of spring. Inspired by all the love this week, Kent Tritle arranged a bouquet of romantic music written for chorus. We hear some of the oldest odes to love, some of the newest and the timeless love-song waltzes by Johannes Brahms.



Randall Stroope: Amor de Mi Alma

North Texas Chamber Choir; University of North Texas A Cappella Choir

Jerry McCoy, Conductor

Album Name: Musicks Empire

2008 GIA Publications, Inc.


Clemént Janequin: L’amour, la mort et la vie, M 3 no 87

Claude Debôves, Lute; Antoine Sicot, Bass; Philippe Cantor, Baritone; Michel Laplénie, Tenor; Dominique Visse, Countertenor

Clément Janequin Ensemble

Dominique Visse, Conductor

Album Name: Les Cris De Paris - Chansons de Janequin & Sermisy

Harmonia Mundi Musique D’abord 1951072


Claude Debussy: Trois Chansons de Charles d’Orleans

Dieu! qu’il la fait bon regarder

Quant j’ai ouy le tabourin

Karin Van der Poel, Alto

Netherlands Chamber Choir

Ed Spanjaard, Conductor

Album Name: French Choral Music

Globe 5215


James Mulholland: A Red, Red Rose, from Four Robert Burns Ballads

Kansas City Chorale; Fern Hill Orchestra

Patricia Higdon, Piano

Charles Bruffy, Conductor

Album Name: Fern Hill - American Choral Music

Nimbus 5449


John Clements: Flower of Beauty

Westminster Choir College

Joe Miller, Conductor

Album Name: Flower of Beauty

Westminster Choir College 909


Johannes Brahms: 18 Liebeslieder Walzer, Opus 52

Michael Leuschner, Piano; Martin Galling, Piano

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart

Helmuth Rilling, Conductor

Album Name: Brahms: Love Song Waltzes

Acanta/Pilz 233495


Eric Whitacre: Five Hebrew Love Songs

1. Temuna

2. Kala Kalla (Light Bride)

3. Larov (Mostly)

4. Eyze Sheleg! (What snow!)

5. Rakut (Tenderness)

Eric Whitacre Singers

Eric Whitacre, Conductor

Album Name: Light and Gold

Decca 001485002


Healy Willan: Rise up, my love, my fair one, B 314

Trinity College Choir, Cambridge

Stephen Layton, Conductor

Album Name: Beyond All Mortal Dreams

Hyperion 67832


Johannes Brahms - Paul Heyse; arr. The King’s Singers:

Dein Herzlein mild (Your Gentle Heart)

The King’s Singers

David Hurley, Counter-tenor; Alastair Hume, Counter-tenor; Bob Chilcott, Tenor; Bruce Russell, Baritone; Simon Carrington, Baritone; Stephen Connolly, Bass

Album Name: Chansons d’amour

RCA Victor 09026-61427-2