Alleluia - An American Hymnal

In this their fifth recording for Nimbus, the Kansas City Chorale are very much on their home turf, with a programme of American sacred music, which includes Randall Thompson's famous Alleluia.


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"I was particularly attracted to this CD because it was the only recording I had located for the Paul Manz Anthem "En so Lord Jesus Quickly come". Anything else on the disc was a bonus but I was pleasantly surprised. The Manz Anthem met all my expectations, was sympathetically delivered through a balanced choir and did not disappoint to provide the emotional depth of feeling I am sure Manz has tried to and indeed has successfully captured. The remainder of the CD is an eclectic mix of sacred and spiritual themes but very attractive and I was drawn to listening to it over and over. Styles were sufficiently varied to attract a range of listeners who will no doubt be able to choose their particular favourite. I have described the music, without the religious overtones, in terms of its appeal to the musician but it is equally ecclesiastical and is manna for the soul to a wide audience. I was charmed and moved by the whole experience and would not hesitate to recommend this disc or the Kansas City Chorale for their musicianship under the able artistic direction of Charles Bruffy."- E. J. Hazelwood

"I happened upon this CD after checking out different renditions of "E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come" on YouTube. The KC Chorale's version was my favorite so I went to Amazon to try to find it. The album cover drew me in right away, and after listening to some previews (and reading the other glowing reviews) I knew this would be a disc worth owning. I was not disappointed! The choir sounds incredible and the sound quality of the recording is top-notch. This is a disc meant for playing loud! There's quite a lot of dynamic range but overall the disc is fairly quiet when compared to most of my CDs (although I don't know how it compares to other choral albums). There's a great mix of different styles here, arranged on the CD in groupings. My favorites are the "Sunday Morning" selections but really there's not a bad track on here. It rewards careful and repeat listening, and I would imagine it sounds magnificent with some good headphones. I greatly look forward to purchasing other KC Chorale recordings, in addition to checking out some of their concerts in the future."- Daniel Esmond

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