St. Martin’s Chamber Choir has released 13 highly acclaimed CD recordings. All are available either in the form of a physical CD or as downloaded files.
Music for Guitar & Choir
Music for Guitar & Choir, a collaboration between St. Martin’s Chamber Choir and Guitarist Nicolò Spera, includes a pair of world-premiere recordings on a unique collection of works conceived for an unusual, highly-appealing combination of musicians. The technical challenge of balancing a choir singing at full volume and a guitar, renowned for its gentle sound, has tended to discourage composers from pairing these resources. Handled sensitively, however, the combination yields a seductive sound-world, full of mystery and imagination, tending in this trio of works to evoke a reassuring feeling of familiarity: there is balance, a sense of form, awareness, and respect for a past that is renewed while it nourishes the present.
Released in 2013, Henri Hardouin: Complete Four-Part a Cappella Masses, Volume 1, is a fascinating collection of seldom-heard unaccompanied works from the 18th century, when most choral music employed basso continuo. This is a premiere recording of these masses.
Enlightenment a Cappella
Released in 2009, Enlightenment a Cappella is a fascinating collection of seldom-heard unaccompanied works from the 18th century, when most choral music employed basso continuo. This musical tour of Europe features music by Doles, Graun, Kuhnau, Pitoni, Blow, Mozart and many others.
The Waking: Choral Music of Terry Schlenker contains both never-before-recorded new works and favorites from previous St. Martin’s recordings. Lush voicings and distinctive harmonies make Terry’s music truly memorable, loved by St. Martin’s audiences and by a growing number of choirs and listeners around the world.
A Marian Christmas II
A Marian Christmas II is the sequel to St. Martin’s bestselling 1998 recording A Marian Christmas. Featuring many favorites from the December 2006 concerts of the same name, A Marian Christmas II contains a delightful collection of carol arrangements and sparkling seasonal works, including five world premiere recordings.
It is Finished:
St. Martin’s traces Christ’s Holy Week journey to the Cross in It is Finished: Stations of the Cross. The choir performs works from the 16th to 21st centuries, following the Via Crucis and ending with a prelude to Easter.
The Canonical Hours, an eight movement work by John White reflecting the eight daily monastic services (or hours) as the monks journey through the day, is the centerpiece of St. Martin’s CD Monastic Echoes. Complementing The Canonical Hours are the twelve Gregorian plainchant settings of the Compline text Te lucis ante terminum. Additional works include Terry Schlenker’s “Timor et Tremor” and Craig Carnahan’s “Thou Shalt Know Him”.
The Unknown Masterpiece:
The Unknown Masterpiece features live performances of Terry Schlenker’s Mass for Double Choir, Janet Vanden Bosch’s “These few tears – in memoriam Mark Owen Sheldon”, Tim Krueger’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, and other works given their premieres by St. Martin’s during their 2003-04 season.
O Taste and See
St. Martin’s CD O Taste and See was released in 2003. In addition to Ralph Vaughan Williams choral gem of the same name, the CD includes the monumental Mass for Four Voices by William Byrd, Orlando Gibbon’s Short Evening Service, Charles Stanford’s Three Motets, Op. 38, and other works from the Anglican choral tradition.
The American Spirit
The American Spirit is St. Martin’s Chamber Choir’s celebration of American composers, and includes Cecil Effinger’s Four Pastorales for choir and oboe, Terry Schlenker’s” Kyrie”, Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia”, a new setting of the “Lamentations of Jeremiah” by Timothy Krueger, Jean Berger’s Skelton Poems with piano and Tim Sarsany’s Salve Mater misericordiæ.
A Glimpse of Heaven
A Glimpse of Heaven features heavenly works ranging from Thomas Morley’s setting of the Anglican Burial Service to Horatio Parker’s powerful Adstant Angelorum Chori. The recording also includes works by Pike, Schlenker, Purcell and Cutforth.
Dreams All Too Brief:
St. Martin’s Chamber Choir presents Dreams All Too Brief: English Partsongs. Included on this offering are 19th and 20th century miniature jewels by Elgar, Stanford, Vaughan Williams and Howells. Parry’s timeless Songs of Farewell provide the glorious conclusion to this stunning collection of poignant, ethereal choral works.
A Marian Christmas
A Marian Christmas, the first full-length compact disc recording by the full St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, was released in December 1998. This highly acclaimed collection features Hugo Distler’s chorale variations on “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen” from his cantata Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, and also includes a selection of Marian antiphons, English carol settings, and three wonderful settings of the text Ave Maria.
The men of St. Martin’s Chamber Choir joined organist Richard Robertson for this 1997 recording of Symphonie des Mysteres by French composer Joaquin Nin-Culmell. This large work for organ and Gregorian chant alternates chant with organ meditations on the 15 mysteries of the rosary. The first American performance of this work was given by Mr. Robertson and the St. Martin’s men, in the presence of the composer, on December 7, 1997 in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Denver, Colorado.