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Gloriae Dei Cantores offers a joyful Christmas gift! Paraclete Press is pleased to present the choir's new recording of Christmas music that everyone will love. Be Merry! Captures that wonder of Christmas – its joys, mysteries and sheer delight! Listeners can sing along as the choir shares new arrangements of familiar and beloved Christmas carols like "What Child is This?" and "Deck the Hall' with contributions from Gabriel V Brass and Extol Handbell Choir. The beautiful and festive 24-page booklet enhances each carol, providing a meaningful gift ensemble
"What a refreshing musical gift this is! Those familiar with the Gloriae Dei Cantores singers know what a sterling ensemble they are; they deliver all the goods here. Seagull Seven's jazzy arrangement of "deck the Hall" really rocks! In these and all else, the singers exude joy and cheer through artful, infectious performances that are immaculate and engaging. The rich warmth of tone is balanced by vibrancy and energy. This is musical merriment that will bring great cheer at Christmastime--or any time!"
James Hildreth The American Organist October 2009
"Be Merry! is a generous release that covers 24 classical pieces with old-fashioned professionalism and contemporary flair....many cuts of cleanly delivered, sophisticated, unadorned choral presentations. Lovely!The organization[Gloriae Dei Artes] stands for top-quality musical performances, and that commitment is well-evidenced in all of its releases. Be Merry! would be a superb addition to any classical music lover's seasonal collection. Enjoy and BE MERRY!"
Carol Swanson Christmasreviews.com 2008
"Here's a joyful and beautifully sung album of seasonal specialties ......this ensemble can claim many choral strengths, but their most remarkable attribute is their spiritual intensity and sincerity. Sound quality is beyond reproach; notes and texts are laid out in a colorful and festive booklet."
Lindsay Koob American Record Guide November/December 2009
"...[Be Merry] not only upholds the high standards of the internationally renowned 40-voice choir, but also offers listeners a contemporary outlook on standard seasonal repertoire.Be Merry concludes with the jovial Deck the Hall featuring the Gabriel V Brass Quintet. This is one of the most innovative arrangements of the carol I have come across. This lively arrangement even takes the voices into some jazzy vocal scat. Elizabeth C. Patterson and her singers have created an imaginative Christmas album, going beyond tradition but unquestionably living up to the Gloriae Dei Arts Foundation's high standards."
Karen Lecky-Springer Choral Journal November 2009
Gloriae Dei Cantores (Singers to the Glory of God) holds a passionate dedication to the faithful representation of spiritual and musical authenticity in the choral arts. Sharing its vision of inspiration and hope, the choir has touched the hearts of audiences in twenty-four countries in Europe and Asia, as well as extensive tours and concert series in the United States. The choir's catalog of more than fifty recordings showcases an expansive repertoire, encompassing both masterworks and rarely performed musical treasures from Gregorian chant to the twenty-first century. Richard K. Pugsley and Gloriae Dei Cantores have garnered high praise for bringing lesser- known, yet fully deserving composers and their works to light. The choir makes its home at the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, Massachusetts, where it sings worship services throughout the year.