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- All Mixed Up! Counterpoint Sings the Music of Pete Seeger, 2016
- An American Hallel – The Sacred Choral Music of Michael Isaacson, 2013
- Legacy Live – A Celebration of the Music of Robert De Cormier, 2011
- Counterpoint Premieres, 2008
- Christmas In Vermont, 2007
- Let Me Fly – Music of Struggle, Solace & Survival in Black America, 2006
- Shalom – Folk Songs and Dances of a Young Nation, 2006
- Misa Criolla and More Music from the South American Folk Tradition, 2006
- Counterpoint Sings Noel, 2005
- When the Rabbi Danced – Songs of Jewish Life from the Shtetl to the Resistance, 2004
- A Counterpoint Christmas, 2002
Backed up by banjo, guitar, and bass, 16 Counterpoint voices sing surprising and stunning choral arrangements of eighteen songs written or popularized by American troubadour Pete Seeger.
A seasoned composer of music for television, film, and theatre, Michael Isaacson brings a finely honed dramatic sensibility to his sacred choral music considering both the blessings and the challenges of a life fully lived. “An American Hallel” explores the spectrum of gratitude and thankfulness found in the Psalms, “The Seven Deadly Sins” with its seven poetic acrostics penned by Nicholas Gordon, paints a chilling, godless scenario of each self absorbed transgression, and “Kohelet,” (Hebrew for Ecclesiastes), takes stock and prioritizes what is essential and what is merely a distraction in life’s journey. Together, these three Isaacson choral suites present a mesmerizing menu of the possibilities and pitfalls in the traversing of one’s odyssey.
Last concert by legendary director/arranger Robert De Cormier with vocal ensemble Counterpoint, April 3, 2011, in Burlington VT. Delightful folksong arrangements, moving original works by De Cormier, and guest appearances by banjo player Eric Weissberg.
Counterpoint Premieres, 2008
A disc of first recordings, the Bernstein is presented in the original narrative context, while the Moyse is a 2002 Counterpoint commission. These two works are complimented with Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s spirit of flamenco and the jazzy swing idiom of the Levi.
Christmas In Vermont, 2007
The Counterpoint Chorale and the Vermont Symphony Brass Quintet gave their first holiday concert in 2003 and, after countless requests, here is their first CD. It begins with a 50th anniversary performance of the late Daniel Pinkham’s marvelous Christmas Cantata and continues through a bright and joyful collection of traditional tunes and discoveries. Christmas in Vermont is a feast for your ears and a gift for your heart.
About this recording, Robert De Cormier wrote, ” I have been involved in African-American music, in one way or another, for almost 60 years. In 1948 I became the music director at Camp Unity, an interracial holiday camp, whose clientele were just about half black, one-half white. Every Sunday a chorus would be recruited from the new campers and rehearsals would begin on Monday. On Friday or Saturday night we would perform together as part of the weekend program. Almost every concert included some African-American music…in 1963 the De Cormier Singers, a professional vocal ensemble, made its debut in New York City. For the next 25 years we toured the United States and Canada. We were always an interracial group and the concert programs almost always included African-American material. Many of the songs on this new CD were originally arranged for them.”
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This recording features new arrangements, ranging from traditional to contemporary, of some of the best known and loved Israeli folk-songs. Unlike European folk-songs, whose origins tend to be vague and lost in the past, most of these songs originated in the 20th century and have known composers and poets. Yet they are folk music just the same, for they live now in the oral tradition. Several generations of Jews have grown up singing them, and some songs have achieved mainstream recognition.
This recording brings together a variety of choral works by 20th century Latin American composers, all of whom find inspiration in folk culture. There are complete English texts for all the works included in the program booklet.
Counterpoint Sings Noel, 2005
Here, Counterpoint sings a beautiful collection of carols covering many periods and cultures, celebrating the holiday season in truly memorable fashion.
Yiddish song was born and flourished in a world that is no more. It reflects the richness of Jewish folklore, as old, vast and varied as the numerous regions which the thousand-year-old language and culture inhabited. It reached its greatest artistic expression in the latter half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th, when its natural venue was the shtetl of Eastern Europe and the tenements of American cities. The songs represent the joys and sorrows, dreams and aspirations of ordinary folk, the Jewish mother’s dreams for her child, the poverty of the rebbe, the Jewish teacher, the freshness of young love and revolution, the joy of Jewish holidays which provided a welcome respite from the drudgery and hardships of daily life for Eastern European Jewry. There are songs of work, love and lullabies; songs about great Jewish heroes and parodies about the same, songs about Hassidic rabbis, pogroms, the Messiah, the longing for redemption and the return to Zion, and of revolution.
A Counterpoint Christmas, 2002
A collection of carols from around the world, including Ariel Ramirez’s complete “Navidad Nuestra.”