M. White | Rochester, NY USA | 12/31/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Are you getting tired of the same old, mediocre Christmas music year after year? If so, this CD by the National Lutheran Choir is the perfect addition to your holiday repertoire -- fantastic music that has a "Christmasy" feel, yet with none of the typically overplayed carols. This is one of the few CDs I own that requires no skipping of tracks -- all of the pieces are excellent, and the program as a whole is balanced and interesting. My personal favorites on this album are Restoration, Magnificat, Tota Pulcra Es, A Spotless Rose, and Hush, My Dear. More about the National Lutheran Choir, from the CD insert: "The National Lutheran Choir is comprised of professional choral musicians who perform literature from the entire spectrum of sacred choral works, with and without instrumental accompaniment....Selected by auditions held each May, the singers are drawn from a 200-mile radius of Minneapolis/St. Paul for weekly rehearsals. They represent the various Lutheran bodies whose many colleges and universities have provided their musical education. All have received advanced training and most are professionally active in various areas of music." The rich quality of sound and of the program as a cohesive whole is incredible, clearly a cut above other popular choirs. This CD has inspired me to acquire the whole National Lutheran Choir collection!"