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Christmas with Chanticleer - An Orchestra of Voices
Christmas with Chanticleer - An Orchestra of Voices
Actor: Chanticleer
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2003     1hr 17min


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Actor: Chanticleer
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Other Music, Classical
Studio: Rhino / Wea
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 11/25/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 17min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Unbelievable voices, unbelievable group
S. Fennell | Somewhere out there.....beneath the pale moon ligh | 09/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you're a fan of Chanticleer, you don't have much of a choice regarding buying their concerts on video; this 2002 Christmas program is the only one they have. Thankfully, though, this one is so excellent, you will want to play it year 'round anyway. Chanticleer is a 12 member men's acappella group, (13 when joined by their director on a couple of selections) and the sounds they produce on this DVD are stunning. This is an extended edition of the same concert that now airs annually on PBS. The concert lasts 77 minutes and features 16 selections; some traditional, some obscure, but all of them captivating. One of Chanticleer's best-loved songs is included in the concert, (German composer Franz Biebl's version of Ave Maria). That, and the Medley of Christmas Spirituals are the two high points of the concert for me, and are worth the price of the DVD, alone. The latter of the two is an incredible concert closer, and the encore of "Christmas Time is Here" is gorgeous. The complete track listing is as follows:

Of the Father's Love Begotten
In Dulce Jubilo
O Magnum Mysterium
Sa aqui turo zente pleta
Rosa das rosas
Riu, riu, chiu
A Christmas Round / Today the Virgin
Village Wedding
The Holly and the Ivy
A Virgin Unspotted
Ave Maria
Star of Wonder / We Three Kings
The First Nowell
In the Bleak-Mid Winter
A Medley of Christmas Spirituals
Christmas Time is Here

Highly recommended
Pure Magic
REB | Kansas City | 02/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Christmas with Chanticleer was originally a Christmas gift from my son and became a gift for several friends who had a love of music as we do. I first listened/watched this DVD as we were together Christmas morning and had to completely stop the festivities to focus completely on the music and the movement on the DVD. Chanticleer's style is pure and transporting. The venue - the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC - was the perfect venue for resonance and mystery. The music was haunting and lovely. A favorite."
Outstanding in every way
CD Maniac | Nashville, TN | 12/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A DVD from a live performance, you'll be amazed at the outstanding performance from this group, and charmed at the simple Christmas quality it delivers. (None of the overblown, sequin-filled extravaganzas that bury you in forced Christmas cheer.)
It you enjoy the reflective warm feeling of Christmas, this is the DVD for you. You won't hear musical performances better than this."
Christmas joy
R. Ramon | 03/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was Chanticleer prior to the departure of most of its members, and their sense of ensemble, nuance and dynamic shading are a wonder. A group can only achieve that kind of precision and sensitivity by singing together for months and years. They have so refined the art of listening to one another that they phrase and breathe almost as one organism rather than 12 separate singers. Some of my favorite selections are Rosas Das Rosas, Village Wedding, Christmastime Is Here, and the spirituals medley of Joseph Jennings at the end is both exhilarating and inspiring. My only minor disappointment was that one solo and refrain of Biebl's Ave Maria were ommitted in the editing .. perhaps they had an off night in this performance of it. I heard them perform it live in their first Carmel Mission performance and it was stunning."