Chorus Angelicus, the internationally acclaimed children's choir directed by Grammy-winner Paul Halley, delivers a polished presentation of beautiful choral repertoire from around the world. Last heard on a Telarc release with such luminaries as Meryl Streep, Dawn Upshaw, and the London Symphony Orchestra, this accomplished ensemble shines in a new compilation of their most vibrant repertoire from Serbia and Russia to South Africa and the Dominican Republic. Sophisticated interpretations of the styles and languages of twelve different countries, and the unusual instrumentation on accompanied pieces, create a distinctive tone of authenticity and atmosphere. Opening with the title cut, "Untraveled Worlds", a new composition by Paul Halley based on the Tennyson poem "Ulysses", the listener is immediately engaged upon a magical journey to distant worlds.
The New York Times
"…so clear, so tight an ensemble, sounding as one voice at times, and the quality of that sound almost as a resonating glass of water."
- Valerie Cruice
from Maine Public Radio MPBN
demonstrates what can be done by young performers in even the most rural
setting, with proper direction and inspiration. A SUPERB recording, both in
terms of performance and recording technique.
- Barry Darling, Classical Music Host, MPBN
from The American
"This recording derives both the title and theme from the text of the opening selection, taken from Tennyson’s “Ulysses”: “…all experience is an arch wherethrough / Gleams that untraveled world whose margin fades / For ever and for ever when I move.” As a meditation on human longing and the mystical experience of alternative realities, “Untraveled Worlds” as a whole succeeds to a degree that far surpasses the impact of any single work therein contained. That this is accomplished against a stylistic background of New Age flavor is perhaps not surprising. Halley is obviously at home with the fluidity of this genre, and he uses it here with masterful skill to guide the listener on an evocative tour through time and space. Chorus Angelicus lives up to its name, delivering texts in any of eight languages with the clarity and precision of a single cherubic voice. For harried souls in troubled times, “Untraveled Worlds” offers a room with a panoramic view of images beckoning from beyond the scope of everyday experience.”
- Jennifer Kolmes
Traditions'' & ``Orgelwerke''
WCNY-FM, Syracuse, WUNY-FM, Utica, WJNY-FM, Watertown
"WHERE have you all been hiding this incredible chorus?? I was reading
through the program notes and noticed that they have been in existence since
about 1991. I placed the disc into my computer and listened as I was
working on some projects and - was just blown away!! Not only is the blend
of their voices perfect, but the musical message expressed by these young
singers is absolutely awesome! The sound of the full chorus just wraps
around you like angel wings and lifts one's spirits to a higher level.
That's the best way that I can describe my feelings when I was introduced to
this intriguing CD release. And then, there is the production aspect --
outstanding, to say the least. You should receive some kind of an award for
Thank you for this wonderful introduction to Chorus Angelicus.....may there
be many more CDs in their future."
- Bonnie Beth Derby
author of two volumes on Poulenc
“Selected Correspondence” and “Music, Art and Literature”
"I am stunned silly by the beauty of Chorus Angelicus. What an
achievement! The voices and the musicianship are nothing short of
outstanding. And thrilled I was to hear, on "Untraveled Worlds", the
little Poulenc Ave Maria, exquisitely sung, in the perfect Poulenc
medium. He always loved more than any other sound the glory of
children's voices. I think he would have been absolutely ecstatic to
hear this rendition."
- Sidney Buckland, United Kingdom
Paul Halley, keyboards
Allan Dean, trumpet
Mary Rowell, violin
Jamey Haddad, percussion
Produced by Tom Bates &
Karen Sovak, Project Assistant
Choir recorded at
Salisbury School Chapel,
and Hotchkiss School Chapel, Lakeville, CT
Keyboards, trumpet, violin, and percussion recorded at
Battell Chapel, Norfolk, CT
Trinity Episcopal Church,
Art Design and Production
Special thanks to Carol Magowan
and the staff at Joyful Noise, Inc.
Patricia Daly, Executive Director
Elizabeth Allyn, Assistant Director
Salisbury Sessions – June 1997
Sessions – June 2000
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