Laughing / The Choir of Ormond College
Singing can be a serious business. Indeed a great deal of effort goes into striving for perfection in the performance of all classical music. There is however a lighter side to all this. We trust that you laughed with us on I Can Tell the World, and now we want you to laugh with us again; well, at least smile a lot. If you don't laugh with the comrades on track 14 you surely need to lighten up.
Many of these pieces have been sung in concert or at parties after concerts. Especially in Germany where we have been hosted many times; choirs love to get together to sing and to laugh. So laugh away, smile at the madrigals and perhaps even feel a little sad with Vaughan Williams and William Shakespeare.
- Douglas Lawrence
Jazz, doo wop and bossa nova
1 Java Jive - words and music: Milton Drake and Ben Oakland,
arr. Manhattan Transfer & Kirby Shaw
2 Chili Con Carne- words and music: Anders Edenroth
3 Goodnight Sweetheart - words and music; Calvin Carter, James Hudson,
arr. Lachlan Mackenzie-Spencer
4 Soul Bossa Nova (theme from 'Austin Powers') - music: Quincy Jones,
arr. Alexander L'Estrange
Three Elizabethan Part Songs - music Ralph Vaughan-Williams
5 A Sweet Day or Virtue - George Herbert
6 The Willow Song - William Shakespeare from 'Othello'
7 O Mistress Mine - William Shakespeare from 'Twelfth Night'
Madrigals and older songs
8 Dame Vailans - anon 14th century French
9 Allegez moi - music: Josquin Desprez
10 Charm Me Asleep - words: Robert Herrick, music: Henry Leslie,
arr. the King's Singers
11 Lay a Garland - words: Francis Beaumont, music: Robert L. Pearsall
12 Sweet and Low - words: Alfred, Lord Tennyson, music: Joseph Barnby
13 In einem kühlen Grunde - words: Karl Eichendorff,
music: Friedrich Glück, arr. Harry Frommermann
14 Laughing (Lachen) - words: G. Hesekial music: Franz Abt
15 Didn't my Lord Deliver Daniel? - arr. Moses Hogan
16 I Want Jesus To Walk With Me - arr. Moses Hogan
17 Calvary- arr. Vaughan McAlley
18 Abide With Me - words: Henry F. Lyte, music: William H Monk,
arr. Moses Hogan
19 My Soul's been Anchored in the Lord - arr. Moses Hogan
Press Quotes“Highlights include the jazzy Java Jive, a delicious version of Goodnight Sweetheart (1950s doo wop hit for the Spaniels) ... This is a highly enjoyable album by a virtuoso choir in marvellous form.”
— New Classics, UK“...sung a capella with considerable choral virtuosity, but also a light and musical touch. Singing is and always has been a simple but key human pleasure, and this collection across eight centuries of songs popular in their time will indeed make you smile”
— Barney Zwartz, The Sunday Age“the choir handles close harmony singing effortlessly ... I think its an excellent presentation by the Ormond Choir ... certainly it performs well”
— John Worcester, 3MBS FM Libretto
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