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Spirituals and gospel music sung by Chanticleer -
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Chanticleer with Bishop Flunder - How Sweet the Sound - Spirituals and Traditional Gospel Music. © 2004 Warner Classics

If you listen to some of the tracks on Chanticleer's disc How sweet the sound: Spirituals and Traditional Gospel Music, you would be hard put to realise that the Chanticleer is in fact an all male group, with counter-tenors on the upper two voice lines [listen -- track 2, 0:00-0:55].

The group was founded in 1978 and currently consists of twelve singers. They make a smooth, well modulated sound and the counter-tenor's warmth of voice and use of vibrato is a world away from the English Cathedral sound, the difference between the voices, say, of David Daniels and James Bowman. Chanticleer's upper voices cultivate a sound which is sophisticated but which has a far greater feminine element than would be prevalent with traditionally English trained counter-tenors.

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Copyright © 4 December 2005 Robert Hugill, London UK


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