West Coast Mennonite Chamber Choir - Through An Open Window

Wednesday 1st February 1995
West Coast Mennonite Chamber Choir - Through An Open Window

STYLE: Choral
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Infant King

Reviewed by Tony May

If, like me, you still treasure this choir's 'Songs My Father Taught Me' CD, put out by Kingsway in '92, you will want to know of this new one, even though it's not distributed here. The Mennonites, by the way, were founded by a Dutch priest, Menno Simons in the 16th century, and are fundamentalist Christians, strongly pacifist. (No extra charge.) As the sleeve notes say, "Much of the finest choral music ever written was inspired by a sincere love for God." Personally, these 19 songs move me to worship much more deeply than your average P&W fare. Larry Nickel, the composer, raises the absorbing question of what the singing voice of Jesus was like! Hmmm. This youthful 20 or so voice choir brings extraordinary expertise to the music, with a startling range of tingling vocal sounds and the richest of textures. The original songs are lowbrow, accessible, Bible-based, edifying and hugely enjoyable. A feast of glorious, timeless choral music.

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