One of the main things that I had wanted from this site was to find out about choirs that I knew nothing about and that has worked very nicely thanks to the good people who have written. Thanks David, Kelsie and everyone. You make this little effort fun for me. I don't know if anyone noticed but since I put the counter on the site 3 weeks ago I've had almost 600 hits. That just tells me that a lot of people like boy choir music.
I received two CD’s from the Festival site last week that I wouldn’t have known about without a very good tip.
Polski Slowiki has moved on now but some of their CD’s are still available out there. It‘s interesting that they were the first artists in Poland to record a CD back in 1984.
I got the one titled Dennis as well as The Best of the Polish Nightingales and I’ve listened to them both a lot this week.
14-year-old Dennis (Dionizy Placzkowski) has an amazing voice that is surprisingly powerful and operatic. He has a skill and talent that would be impressive in an adult soprano but to hear these sounds, this pulsating vibrato, coming from a young boy is just delightful.
Some of my favorite pieces are the wonderful rendition of Ave Maria, a stirring anthem-like song called The Holy City and a powerful Dies Irae.
Dennis doesn’t carry the show alone. The other boys' voices and the men combine for some really breathtaking music. I actually find myself grinning when I play these CD’s.
A bonus feature to this group is the costuming. They are shown wearing knickers and hose, red waistcoats (or as Dickens calls them: weskits) and large lacy cravats. It’s a great look. These must have been wonderful concerts to see live.