Chor Leoni

Chor Leoni’s self-titled disc with the wonderfully orange jacket is a rich and sonorous collection of audience favourites from the Classical repertoire. It includes many of Chor Leoni’s “signature tunes,” including Pavel Chesnokov’s Spaseniye Sodelal, the selection that helped us win first prize in the 2000 CBC Competition.

We are thrilled to have Brett Polegato, our first Honorary Patron, join us as soloist in Schubert’s radiant Ständchen. Other selections include works by Wikander, Luengen, Willan, Fauré, Strauss, Caplet, and more.

Contemplative, warm and refined, this is the perfect disc to enjoy as you sip brandy and sit beside the fire on a winter’s evening, or greet the spring sun with champagne on a laid back Sunday morning.

As of December 2015 this CD is sold out. It is available only through iTunes as a digital download.

Track List

  1. Duo Seraphim Tomás Luis de Vittoria
  2. Beata Viscera Perotin
  3. Cantique de Jean Racine Gabriel Fauré, arr. K. Lee Scott
  4. Sanctus & Benedictus (from Messe á trois voix) André Caplet
  5. Agnus Dei (from Messe á trois voix) André Caplet
  6. Ubi Caritas Ramona Luengen
  7. Magnificat Healey Willan
  8. Repleti Sunt Omnes Jacob Handl (Gallus)
  9. Spaseniye Sodelal Pavel Chesnokov, arr. Vladimir Morosan
  10. Die Nacht D983c Franz Schubert
  11. Ständchen Franz Schubert
  12. Kung Liljekonvalje David Wikander
  13. Traumlicht (from Drei Männerchöre) Richard Strauss
  14. How Sweet the Moonlight Sleeps Michael Head, arr. Stephen Smith

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  1. The latest CD from this Vancouver-based choir, Chor Leoni is mostly a capella, with a few songs accompanied by pianists Ken Cormier and Stephen Smith.

    The album takes an imaginative approach to programming: the first two-thirds is sacred music and the remainder is secular. It begins with praise directed to the ‘Lord of Hosts,’ then it covers various aspects of the life of Christ, and faith in God; after touching upon romantic love, it ends with an evocation of peaceful slumber.

    Sacred material includes “Magnificat,” by Canadian composer Healey Willan, “Spaseniye Sodelal” (Salvation is Created), 20th century Russian composer Pavel Chesnokov’s take on Psalm 74:12, and “Ubi Caritas” (Where There is Charity) by BC composer Ramona Luengen, based on a text from the Mass for Maundy Thursday.

    Highlights include: “Duo Seraphim,” by Vittoria, based on Isaiah 6:1-3; “How Sweet the Moonlight Sleeps,” with text from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice; “Cantique de Jean Racine,” by Gabriel Fauré, with superb violin work by Alicia Au; and “Beata Viscera” (O Blessed Womb), in which soloist Ray Horst is accompanied only by the choir singing prolonged single notes.

    There’s also a guest vocalist, baritone Brett Polegato – one of the current bright lights of the Canadian opera scene – who excels with “Ständchen” (Serenade), by Schubert.

    A fine album, impeccably performed. Kudos to director Diane Loomer.

    David F. Dawes
    BC Christian News

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  2. Chor Leoni can sing like lion or lamb when required.

    The Chor Leoni Men’s Choir has made great strides in its nine year existence. Chor Leoni is the choir’s fifth CD since Songs of War and Peace was released in 1995, also on the Skylark label. Recorded at various times in three different churches during the 1999-2000 season, there is remarkable consistency not only in the recorded expression but also in the recorded sound. This says a lot about the choir’s continually rising performance standards and conductor Diane Loomer’s interpretive vision while the the clear reverberant sound shows the care and sensitivity lavished upon the whole project by recording engineers Stuart Tarbuck and Grant Rowledge.

    The (mostly) sacred program ranges from the “Beata Viscera” by the 12th century French composer Perotin to “Ubi Caritas,” written in the mid-90’s by Vancouver’s Ramona Luengen. Four calm but uplifting secular pieces, including the well-known “Stänchen” (“Serenade”) by Franz Schubert, sung with an exquisitely expressive arc by Canadian baritone Brett Polegato with a gentle, sotto voce Chor Leoni fill out the disc.

    This inspired, contemplative disc is more rewarding as serious listening than background music, but is completely accessible to any willing listener. Chor Leoni can sing like a lion when required or, as this CD shows, like a lamb – if that’s what the music needs.

    Robert Jordan “Quick Spins”
    Vancouver Courier July 2006

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  3. This fifth release from Vancouver’s pride of lions features a mostly sacred and deeply moving program of works ranging from the 12th to the 20th centuries. Canadian baritone Brett Polegato guests on one of the few non-sacred pieces, Schubert’s beautiful “Stänchen” for soloist and men’s choir.

    Other highlights include 12th century organum by Pérotin, “Beata Viscera,” excerpts from Caplet’s Messe à trois voix, a beautiful and seamless performance of Fauré’s “Cantique de Jean Racine” transcribed for men’s voices, and Michael Head’s stunning “How Sweet the Moonlight Sleeps.”

    Patricia Abbott
    Anacrusis, 20:2 (Winter 2001)
    The publication of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors

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