O splendor gloriae is our first CD since 2006 and also our first recording dedicated to the sublime Tudor repertory. Enjoy nearly 80 minutes of motets by Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, John Taverner, and John Sheppard, recorded in our home venue, historic Blessed Sacrament Church in Seattle.
Simple Gifts is a follow-up CD to the Tudor Choir's very popular CD of Shaker music, "Gentle Words." The repertory has been expanded to include British and American music characterized by the same simple character and enduring melody. Several beautiful new pieces by Kevin Siegfried are also featured.
At The Waters Edge: The Eagle Trees Kevin Siegfried
The Humble Heart Thomas Hammond Jr. arr. Kevin Siegfried
"The singing from this chamber choir from in the Pacific Northwest is as graceful, unpretentious, and well-scrubbed as the music. Once again, it's the simple gifts that turn out to be the pearls of greatest price." — American Record Guide
Released in 2007 by New Albion Records, this disc of chamber works by Ingram Marshall features a live concert recording of his powerful piece "Savage Altars", which blends medieval, sacred and world-music sources. Tudor Choir concert-goers will remember this stunning peformance, described as follows by Marshall in the liner notes for the disc: "When I heard the 2004 performance recording…I felt that the piece had found its near-perfect realization.""
(Please note that the twenty minute performance by The Tudor Choir, accompanied by violin, viola, and tape, is the only choral music on this very interesting disc, which also includes solo works for piano and guitar.)
"Savage Altars is itself worth the price of admission, propounding musical ideas, withdrawing them and finally weaving into a tapestry of sound that is abruptly cut off at its height." — Anne Midgette, The New York Times, May 7, 2006
AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS
Recorded in February 2002, An American Christmas features Christmas shapenote tunes from New England and Appalachia. Released on the LOFT label. Sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a generous gift from Nicholas J. Bez. Newly reprinted and available.
"Fascinating, truly unusual music for modern ears. It is not just for holiday listening." — The News Tribune
"This is our favorite disc this Christmas. Both EB [Elaine Bartlett] and I like it. We were very pleased to be given this magnificent successor to the choir's The Shapenote Album... — Clifford Bartlett, Early Music Review (UK)
Shaker songs arranged by Kevin Siegfried
Gentle Words is a collection of 28 American Shaker tunes, many in arrangements by Kevin Siegfried. Shaker music is one of the richest bodies of folksong in American history and Siegfried's arrangements follow Shaker aesthetics of beauty, simplicity and utility.
For more information on Shaker Songs, a published collection of five choral arrangements heard on this recording, please contact the publisher, earthsongs. Unpublished arrangements are also currently available from the composer. Newly reprinted and available.
"This recording triumphs on every level. If you care about American music or the art of sublime choral singing, I implore you to buy this recording." — Fanfare
"The choir impresses with its ability to get to the very essence of each song, whether the mood is ecstatic or contemplative. This is a choir that is thinking about the words being sung, and their performances are wonderfully honest and unaffected…This is a choir to watch." — Fanfare
THE SHAPENOTE ALBUM
The Shapenote Album is a lively collection of 25 early American ballads, hymns and fuging tunes, harmonized using the four-syllable shapenote scale — FA (triangle), SOL (circle), LA (square), MI (diamond) — of American singing schools, and performed with the traditional loud and lusty delivery of the folk who originally sang them.
SOLD OUT, but available for download on iTunes and Amazon.
"The Shapenote Album will have you listening with a bubble of amusement. Loudly and lustily, the choir sings music from rural American singing schools of the 18th and 19th centuries. The music and its performance style have been carefully researched and replicated, and there's no doubt our singing ancestors had a good deal of fun." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer