AS BELLA VOCE
BRIGHTER THAN THE DAY IS LIGHT: SONGS AND CAROLS FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON (2014)
A compilation of live recordings shows off our typical mix of atypical holiday fare: fresh arrangements of Christmas classics; beloved Baroque, Renaissance, and twentieth-century compositions; and a smattering of traditional carols from around the world.
THE ARMED MAN (2014)
This concert series was so well received that we mastered and released the live recording. Recorded in 2014, this live collection explores some of the many ravishing Renaissance works based on a surprising source: the French secular song "L'homme armé" ("The Armed Man"). Music of Josquin, Morales, Ockeghem, and Busnoys.
SELECTIONS FROM HANDEL'S MESSIAH (2012)
Bella Voce joins Chicago period-instrument ensemble the Callipygian Players to present the Messiah the way the composer intended it to be heard: in a small ensemble and in its entirety. Bella Voce is the only Chicago choir to perform the complete Messiah annually with period instruments. Enjoy live selections from this timeless oratorio in performances that were hailed as "stylish," "revelatory," "exciting," and "deeply moving."
AWAKE THE DAWN (2011)
Recorded in 2011, this inaugural release under the baton of Artistic Director Andrew Lewis features a cappella works by three of today's most popular and innovative composers: Eric Whitacre, Frank Ferko, and Gabriel Jackson.
AMERICAN A CAPPELLA (2005)
Recorded in concert during Bella Voce's 2004–05 season, conducted by Artistic Director Emerita Anne Heider, this disc includes a spectrum of a cappella music from throughout much of American history, from William Billings to African American spirituals, the Sacred Harp, and Stephen Foster.
AS HIS MAJESTIE'S CLERKES
HEAR MY PRAYER (2000)
Moving music of late-Romantic spirituality by three great 20th-century English composers. Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor, Stanford Motets Op. 38, and Parry "Songs of Farewell."
NEWS OF GREAT JOY (1999)
A delightful selection of choral music for the Christmas season, including English, French, and Latvian carols, African-American spirituals, and much more… Purchase on Amazon.com. Ghoostly Psalms A must for any fan of Early American music! Early American and English choral anthems, fuging tunes, and plain tunes by Dowland, Ravenscroft, Billings, Read, Morgan, and others.
GOOSTLY PSALMES (1996)
A must for any fan of Early American music! Early American and English choral anthems, fuguing tunes, and plain tunes by Dowland, Ravenscroft, Billings, Read, Morgan, and others.
JOHANNES CORNAGO (1993)
Missa de la mapa mundi. An early (ca. 1450) example of a polyphonic mass setting built over a secular song. With secular music of 15th-century Spain performed by The Newberry Consort, Mary Springfels, director.
A LAND OF PURE DELIGHT (1993)
Vigorous, engaging anthems and psalmody by colonial America's greatest tunesmith, William Billings (1746–1800). Called "the finest recording of Billings available today" by Tom Manoff, music reviewer for National Public Radio's All Things Considered. This title has been reissued as Early American Choral Music, Vol. 1.
IN A COLD WINTER'S NIGHT (1988)
Meltingly beautiful choral music for the Christmas season, including audience favorites such as Victoria's "O magnum mysterium," Araujo's "Los Negritos," and much more.
EARLY AMERICAN CHORAL MUSIC, VOLS. 1 AND 2 (2001)
Volume 1 contains music of William Billings (1746-1800), one of the first important composers born in America. A leather tanner by trade who taught himself composition, Billings left behind some lovely, unique music that contains early indications of American musical independence. It often doesn't sound like European models. Today, Billings's music survives mostly in Southern shape-note singing, with its exciting raw tone and rhythmic vitality. Volume 2 contains music of other early American composers.
FRANK FERKO: STABAT MATER (2000)
Composer Frank Ferko's majestic Stabat Mater (The Mother Stood) broadens the embrace of this profound medieval hymn depicting Mary at the Crucifixion. Ferko supplements the original Latin text on the theme of premature death with passages from classical Greek drama and modern verse. The Chicago Tribune pronounced our concert premiere of Ferko's Stabat Mater a classical highlight of 1999: "a marvelously intricate and sincerely devout tour de force that showed off the Clerkes' disciplined, sensitive, and uncommonly nuanced singing."