A Cappella: in the Chapel style
Music is an integral part of the choir experience except when the choir sings a cappella and then the voices take the place of the instruments. It's surprising how well that works. Sometimes I've listened to half a CD before realizing that there is no music. It’s great the way certain harmonies can replace the other instruments so effectively.
A particularly good a cappella CD that I have is Cantate Domino by the German choir Knabenchor Capella Vocalis, Reutlingen.
They have a web page: http://www.capella-vocalis.de/cms/index.php?page=start&page_id= and this is taken from their site:
"The boys' choir Capella vocalis e. V. has existed since 1992.
…This choir is special in a number of ways: it is not linked to any religion, nor is part of a communal institution - Capella vocalis is an independent choir… financed solely with the member's fee and sponsoring.”
“The boys sing religious and secular music and perform in churches as well as at numerous other venues, such as large private functions or official receptions.Capella vocalis does not have a central meeting-point. Parts of the choir practice in Reutlingen, others in Besigheim and its region. This not only means that potential members can be recruited from a larger area - an important requirement for a successful choir - but also that they can meet and practice more easily. In each of the choir's age-groups the singers receive solo and group training.A new course for beginners starts two or three times a year."
This CD has music by Grieg, Buckner, Bach and Mendelssohn, but also by some German names that are new to me, such as Hugo Distler (Es Ist Das Heil Uns Kommen her), Siegfried Reda (Herr, Ich Habe Lieb) and Heinrich Kaminski (Psalm 130)
This is very different from most of my other CD’s and I like that. Different can be good, sometimes really good.