When it comes
to Christmas music, nothing can
beat the air of sacredness and the warmth of spirit one encounters in a cappella choral singing. Yet one can
only stand so many Silent Nights and Joy to the Worlds, however
they may be sung.
Ottawa's Stairwell Carollers have released a
collection of 24 beautiful and beautifully sung seasonal carols, only a
of which are well known. These are done with enough verve and character
them from seeming overly familiar.
Most listeners will treasure this collection for
the out-of-the-way offerings like Quem
pastores laudavere and L'annoncation
de l'ange Gabriel. There
is also a piece called Mourning Dove
by Pierre Massie, the Carollers' conductor. It has a rarefied
different from anything else on the CD.
If your local record store doesn't have a copy
of Mourning Dove, you can order it
Richard Todd; Ottawa Citizen, Saturday, Dec 6, 2003.
Sound byte of Mourning Dove