Recorded live in Germany and Prague, 2007
Water Night | Eric Whitacre
Immortal Bach | Knut Nystedt
Esto les digo | Kinley Lange
Karitas habundant | Hildegard von Bingen
Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst | Rudolph Mauersberger
Lux aurumque | Eric Whitacre
From Missa Tiburtina | Giles Swayne
- Dona nobis pacem
Kondakion | Galina Grigorjewa
Let Our Mouths be Filled | Dmitry V. Smirnov
Evening Prayer | E. Humperdinck, arr. Phil Matson
Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen | G. Mahler, arr. Clytus Gottwald
Nocture Tagore | Thierry Machuel
From Exercitia Mythologica | Jan Novak
El Paisanito | Arr. Ward Swingle
I Can Tell the World | Arr. Moses Hogan
Recorded live in Germany and Luxembourg, 2002
Ave verum corpus | Colin Mawby
O Crux | Knut Nystedt
Jesu, dulcis memoria | Tomás Luis de Victoria
O rubor sanguinis | Hildegard von Bingen
Bogoroditsye Dyevo | Sergei Rachmaninoff
Die Stimme des Kindes | Jaakko Mäntyjärvi
Deep River | Arr. Norman Luboff
I Got Shoes | Arr. Robert Shaw/Alice Parker
Hortabágy | Arr. György Ligeti
Schein uns, du liebe Sonne | Arr. Arnold Schoenberg
Ei, du Lütte | Arnold Schoenberg
Dat du min Leevsten büst | Arr. Hellmut Wormsbacher
Eb fél, kutja fél | Arr. György Ligeti
O quam amabilis | Pierre Villette
Panis angelicus | Pierre Villette
Tenebrae factae sunt | Carolo Gesualdo
De profundis | Jozsef Karai
Crucifixus | Antonio Lotti
Ergebung | Hugo Wolf
Irischer Segenswunsch | Markus Pythik
Shenandoah | Arr. James Erb
Joshua Fought the Battle | Arr. Jonathan Rathbone
It Don’t Mean a Thing | Arr. Anders Edenroth
Goodnight, It’s Time to Go | Arr. Kirby Shaw
LIVE FROM EUROPE CD REVIEWS
This two-CD set is a genuine ear-opener, fuelled by passion and ability that are impossible to fake.
— The Georgia Straight
A virtuosic mastery of choral forces.
— St. Petersburg Scene, Russia
One of Canada’s very best choirs, this Vancouver ensemble – ably guided by artistic director Ramona Luengen – demonstrates its mastery of the choral repertoire…The performance is impeccable; indeed, the first nine songs, presented without applause, form one of the most beautiful suites of Christian sacred music I’ve ever heard.
— Canadian Christianity.com
I have just re-listened to your recording of my Ave Verum. There are now quite a number of them and I’ve heard it sung by many choirs. Your performance is in a class by itself. It gets nearer to the essence of the piece than any other and your insight is wonderful. I was deeply moved by the beauty of your singing. Thanks and all the very best.
— Colin Mawby, British composer
In the Bleak Midwinter | W. Llewellyn/G. Holst
Es is ein Ros’ entsprungen | M. Praetorius /J. Sandström
Uns ist ein Kind geboren | Heinz Werner Zimmerman
How Far is It to Bethlehem | Arr. A. Parker/R. Shaw
Coventry Carol | Arr. Jonathan Rathbone
Here We Come A Caroling | Arr. Phil Mattson
The Little Road to Bethlehem | Michael Head
Hodie Christus natus est | Niels la Cour
A Boy Was Born | Benjamin Britten
A Christmas Carol | Charles Ives
Jingle Bells | Arr. Gordon Langford
Nativitas tua | Plainchant
Ave Maria | Javier Busto
There is No Rose of Such Virtue | Arr. John Joubert
O Magnum Mysterium | Morten Lauridsen
THE HURON CAROL CD REVIEWS
Magic, everything a Christmas album should be – sustained in mood, yet artfully varied within. A keeper.
— Vancouver Sun
An eclectic mixture of the familiar and the rare, all performed with the rich tapestry of sound that is the hallmark of this group…the perfect CD to listen to while in front of a roaring fire on a cold wintry night.
— La Scena Musicale
Recorded live in Copenhagen, 1996
Beata Virgo | David Griffiths
Magnificat | Giles Swayne
Bonjour: et puis, quelles nouvelles? | Orlando de Lassus
From Les Chansons des Roses | Morton Lauridsen
- En une seule fleur
- Contre qui, rose
- Le jardin d’antan
Fred hviler over land og by | Arr. Niels la Cour
Fix me, Jesus | Arr. Augustus O. Hill
Shenandoah | Arr. James Erb
Let’s Do It | Arr. Ken Malucelli
They make a beautiful and perfectly blended sound… [and] are capable of singing the most demanding music. Rhythmically difficult works are sung with natural ease, but even more impressive is the group’s ability to deal with harmonically challenging music. Cole Porter’s Let’s Do it, which the choir delivers with classy aplomb, is dazzling, and it quite rightly brought the house down.
— Classical Music Magazine
I congratulate you for the high quality of the performance of the entire programme. Above all, I appreciate the great sensitivity and the perfect understanding of the subject in my two pieces [Gondolar; Le jardin d’antan]. I can tell you that I have not often heard my vocal music sung with such results. Bravo and thank you!”
— Jacques Hétu, Canadian composer
CONCERT AND GENERAL REVIEWS
PHOENIX CHAMBER CHOIR
Under the direction of Ramona Luengen, this diminutive choir weaves brilliant aural tapestries.
— Georgia Straight
The choir’s vocal control was stunning, yet the performance was warm, embracing, and life-affirming.
— Georgia Straight
Sonic splendor…technical perfection.
— Georgia Straight
On the Threshold of Heaven
On Saturday at Shaughnessy Heights United Church the Phoenix Chamber Choir, technically an amateur vocal ensemble but one with an entirely professional attitude and sound, offered one of the more interesting choral concerts of the spring.This program of mainly 20th century sacred repertoire was typical of the vision of Phoenix conductor Ramona Luengen, who brings a certain high-minded austerity to her best work. This is not to say that things are stuffy, dull, or redolent of either the musicology seminar or the new music seance. Her repertoire is fresh and well chosen, and she shows minimal interest in pieces whose primary objective is to flatter singers or pander to superficial audience expectations. At a Phoenix program you can expect to encounter music truly worth learning and hearing, arranged with a composer’s ear for logic and contrast.
©David Gordon Duke 9 May 2010 Musical Notes
The Bach Project: Jesu, meine Freude
Singing continuously, with neither breaks for applause nor interval, was no mean feat for the choir. An extraordinarily demanding repertoire, and mercurial changes in mood and idiom, were guided by Luengen’s full-bodied approach to her materials, and her choir delivered consistently. The evening’s final juxtaposition had the mystic ecstasy of James Macmillan’s Christus vincit segueing, almost more by faith than reason, into the quiet but confident final chorale setting of Bach’s masterwork, Jesu meine Freude.
— The Vancouver Sun
Bravo! Very sensitive and musical approach…Masterful sense of styles. High level of control and expressivity. Beautiful sonority.
— 2000 CBC National Choral Competition – Jury comments
One of the most beautiful concerts of the entire Mosel Festwochen took place in the Stiftskirche St. Kastor in Treis-Karden. With its spectacular acoustic, the church was predestined for an extraordinary concert of a cappella music. And it was not disappointed. The concert with the Phoenix Chamber Choir, one of Canada’s finest vocal ensembles, was for the audience a “Gesamtkunstwerk” of crystal-clear voices, precise intonation and a stupendous cosmos of sounds.
— Rhein-Zeitung, Germany
— Speyerer Rundschau, Germany
Your CD arrived this morning. It’s wonderful – not just What Child is This? which is everything I hoped it would be – but the whole CD! What a lovely concert – I just wish I’d been there. I think everything you do is so beautifully musical. As a composer, you understand so well what is intended in the writing.
— Jonathan Rathbone, British Composer