DECEMBER 2003                      

Mourning Dove ***1/2
When it comes to Christmas music, nothing can beat the air of sacredness and the warmth of spirit one encounters in a cappella choral singing. Yet one can only stand so many Silent Nights and Joy to the Worlds, however beautifully they may be sung.
Ottawa's Stairwell Carollers have released a collection of 24 beautiful and beautifully sung seasonal carols, only a handful of which are well known. These are done with enough verve and character to keep them from seeming overly familiar.

Most listeners will treasure this collection for the out-of-the-way offerings like Quem pastores laudavere and  L'annoncation de l'ange Gabriel. There is also a piece called Mourning Dove by Pierre Massie, the Carollers' conductor. It has a rarefied loveliness quite different from anything else on the CD. 

If your local record store doesn't have a copy of Mourning Dove, you can order it online (www.stairwellcarollers.com).

Richard Todd;  Ottawa Citizen, Saturday, Dec 6, 2003.

Sound byte of Mourning Dove


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