Sing Your Song

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1. SWEETEST LOVE
2. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD
3. A PICKTHALL TRIPTYCH I. THOUGHTS
4. A PICKTHALL TRIPTYCH II. SONG
5. A PICKTHALL TRIPTYCH III. STARS
6. IF I CAN STOP ONE HEART FROM BREAKING
7. STILL COLORS (VELVET SHOES)
8. FERRY ME ACROSS THE WATER
9. FRIEND, PASS SOFTLY
10. HAUL IN THE BOWLINE
11. O MY LOVE
12. SLEEP NOW
13. GOOD NIGHT
14. I ARISE TODAY
15. REMEMBER’D SONGS MOST DEAR
16. SING YOUR SONG

Ripple Effect

Ripple Effect

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This double CD features many new commission pieces for Amabile as well as new recordings of familiar pieces with a next generation of women singing them. Ripple Effect, 25th Anniversary Celebration is a tribute to the past and looks to the future.

The lyrics from Stephen Hatfield’s latest commission for the Amabile Young Women’s Ensemble, Ripple Effect, state: “Dip your fingers in the water and the rings will spread to who knows how far away. Beyond what you see, beyond what you hear, beyond what you hope. We are sending out Amabile. Dip your fingers in the water. Send your voices into the air.”

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1-1. Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110) B. Galuppi
1-2. Regina Coeli G. Aichinger
1-3. Tota Pulchra Es M. Duruflé
1-4. Cantate Domino H. Hassler
1-5. A Child is Born M. Sirett
1-6. Agnus Dei B. Chilcott
1-7. Laudate Dominum Z.R. Stroope
1-8. Canticle: In Remembrance F. Núñez
1-9. Jubilate Deo W. Brisbee
1-10. Laudate Dominum Omnes Gentes P. Drennan
1-11. Ave Maria D. MacIntyre
1-12. Exaudi! Laudate! B. Patton
1-13. Take Me Home H. Bushman
1-14. Rockin’ Jerusalem arr. T. Thomas
1-15. The Lord’s Prayer A. Malotte
1-16. Twelve Gates to the City arr. S. Holowitz
2-1. Ripple Effect S. Hatfield
2-2. Two Windsongs: I. Windwolves I. Raminsh
2-3. Two Windsongs: II. Windy Nights I. Raminsh
2-4. An Eriskay Lovelilt arr. M. Kennedy-Fraser
2-5. Goolay-Yali S. Leek
2-6. I’se the B’y arr. J. Govedas
2-7. Niška Banja arr. N. Page
2-8. Hej, Igazítsad! L. Bárdos
2-9. Love Me Sweet C. Vine, arr. M. O’Leary
2-10. Ici-Bas! G. Fauré, arr. A. Raines
2-11. Clair de Lune G. Fauré, arr. A. Raines
2-12. Echo E. Daley
2-13. Rock Me to Sleep P. Drennan
2-14. In Remembrance E. Daley
2-15. She Weeps Over Rahoon E. Whitacre
2-16. Panta Rhei J. Papoulis

‘Live and Kicking!

Live and Kicking

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Notes from the Composer, Stephen Hatfield: The title for this CD refers to the fact that it opens and closes with all 300 members of the Amabile family singing and dancing in killer versions of “Oolichan” and “Dubula”. These live performances, which I conducted, show all the Amabile choirs at their most fiery and confident, and include several massed choir selections that give an extra richness to the sound. The massed Amabile trebles give stunning performances of “Ahe Lau Makani”, “Ain’t That News” and “Acceptance Speech”. The Amabile men are at their Olympian peak with “Heaven Somewhere” and “O Yo Yo”. “Living In A Holy City” and “All For Me Grog” are sung as only 300 voices can sing them, while the younger choirs in the Amabile family give stand-out versions of “Two Minutes Before Sleep”, “Foggy Birthday Shuffle”, “Set” and the previously unavailable “Three-Part Conniption”. In addition to the fourteen live performances that capture the singers at their high-flying best, the CD includes three treasures from the studio: the Amabile men tear up the speakers with their show-stopping TTBB version of “Nukapianguaq” ; the Chamber Choir gives their definitive performance of “Hard Shoulder”, one of my best pieces ; and the Junior Amabile Singers serve up one of the rarest of Hatfield recordings, the reggae-soaked “No Rock”. Fans of Amabile and Hatfield will not be disappointed in this collection of treasures from the archives.

Track Listing

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1. Oolichan Stephen Hatfield
2. Ahe Lau Makani Stephen Hatfield
3. O Yo Yo Stephen Hatfield
4. Two Minutes Before Sleep Stephen Hatfield
5. Foggy Birthday Shuffle Stephen Hatfield
6. Set Stephen Hatfield
7. No Rock Stephen Hatfield
8. Ka Hia Manu Stephen Hatfield
9. Three-part Conniption (1) Stephen Hatfield
10. Three-part Conniption (2) Stephen Hatfield
11. Ain’t that News Stephen Hatfield
12. Acceptance Speech Stephen Hatfield
13. Nukapianguaq Stephen Hatfield
14. All for Me Grog Stephen Hatfield
15. Living in a Holy City Stephen Hatfield
16. Hard Shoulder Stephen Hatfield
17. Heaven Somewhere Stephen Hatfield
18. Dubula Stephen Hatfield

Early Classics & Late Greats

Early Classics and Late Greats

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Notes from the Composer, Stephen Hatfield: The first pieces I wrote for the Amabile Youth Singers, beautifully conducted by John Barron, were the cornerstone of my career. People often ask why they can’t get those early classics on one CD. Now you can. Here in one collection are the legendary performances of “Nukapianguaq”, “African Celebration”, “Heaven Bound Train”, “Missa Brevis”, “The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy”, and more from those astonishing early sessions in 1991-95. Spanning fifteen years of recordings, the CD also features the choir under my direction in superb live performances of new material such as “Geordie” and “The Sparks Fly Upward”, plus gorgeous concert versions of “Once I Had A Sweetheart” and the 2nd movement of “Three Ways To Vacuum Your House”. I am especially delighted that the CD includes several beloved performances that have never been commercially available before, such as the ferocious live version of “TJAK!”, the first, unreleased recording of “La Lluvia” which remains my favourite version of the piece, and a radiant, mystical “Amazing Grace”, performed here with oboe instead of bagpipes.

Track Listing

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1. Heaven Bound Train Stephen Hatfield
2. African Celebration Stephen Hatfield
3. Amazing Grace Stephen Hatfield
4. Nukapianguaq Stephen Hatfield
5. La Lluvia Stephen Hatfield
6. Geordie Stephen Hatfield
7. The Sparks Fly Upward Stephen Hatfield
8. Apple Tree Wassail Stephen Hatfield
9. TJAK! Stephen Hatfield
10. Missa Brevis – Kyrie Stephen Hatfield
11. Missa Brevis – Gloria Stephen Hatfield
12. Missa Brevis – Sanctus Stephen Hatfield
13. Missa Brevis – Agnus Dei Stephen Hatfield
14. Carol of the Ladder Stephen Hatfield
15. J’ai vu le loup Stephen Hatfield
16. Three Ways to Vacuum your House (II) Stephen Hatfield
17. Go Where I Send Thee Stephen Hatfield
18. Once I Had a Sweetheart Stephen Hatfield
19. The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy Stephen Hatfield

Inner Fire

Inner Fire

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The debut recording of the Primus: Amabile Men’s Choir, a group of 25 senior singers, many of whom have sung with the Amabile Boys Choirs since its inception in 1990. Inner Fire portrays messages or remembrance, thanksgiving and hope, and is a personal accomplishment for each of the 25 young men who comprise the Primus Men’s Ensemble. It is, in a sense, a trophy after many years of hard and dedicated work, and represents the culmination of almost two decades of singing and growing up together. Inner Fire is dedicated to our colleague, Matt Quaife, who sang with us for 8 years and lost his battle to Cystic Fibrosis this year at such a young age.

Track Listing

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1. Lux Aurumque Eric Whitacre
2. Non Nobis, Domine Rosephanye Powell, arr. William C. Powell
3. Ave Dulcissima Maria Morten Lauridsen
4. Gott ist mein Hirt Franz Schubert
5. Ave Maria Franz Biebl
6. Steal Away/Nobody Knows Michael Tippett, arr. Edward Milner
7. O Vos Omnes Pablo Casals
8. Sing Me to Heaven Daniel Gawthrop, arr. James Holloway
9. The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood arr. Randy Crenshaw
10. Nukapianguaq Stephen Hatfield
11. A Celtic Triptych Ron Jeffers
12. Carrickfergus Mark Sirett
13. Soldier’s Cry Roland Majeau, arr. Trent Worthington
14. Ramkali Ethan Sperry
15. Ne Sedi, Djemo! arr. Steven Sametz
16. Esti Dal Zoltan Kodály