The GRAMMY-winning Pacific Boychoir Academy (PBA) has released its eighth independent album, a compilation of solos from 2004-2014. Five treble soloists sing fifteen tracks of music by Mozart, Bach, Schubert, Fauré, Barber, and Ellington. The project includes several distingued Bay Area instrumentalist, including pianist Miles Graber, harpist Anna Maria Mendieta, and The Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra.
Show Me the Way (2012) is the Boychoir's second spirituals recording, following up That Promised Land from 2006. This recording features baritone Jonathon Hampton and many of the songs the Pacific Boychoir has become known for on tour around the world.
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This is the live recording from the 2013 Rachmaninoff concert at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco (you can ever hear a cable car go by outside at one point!). The concert featured a 100-voice men and boys choir and tenor soloist Wesley Rogers.
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the last recording in the Mahler symphony recording project. The Pacific Boychoir joins forces with the San Francisco Girls Chorus and the SF Symphony Chorus on the recording, made in concerts in November 2008. The CD includes the Adagio from Mahler's Symphony 10. The San Francisco Symphony's recording of Mahler's Third Symphony, including the PBA, won the Grammy for Best Classical Album in 2004.
That Promised Land is Pacific Boychoir's first spirituals recording, which led to an award for director Kevin Fox from the Friends of Negro Spirituals in 2006. The recording features tenor Jonathon Hampton, PBA's Continuum group, and many of the songs the Pacific Boychoir has become known for on tour around the world.
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The San Francisco Symphony's recording of Mahler's Third Symphony won the Grammy for Best Classical Album in 2004. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts this installment of the Mahler symphony recording project. The Pacific Boychoir joins forces with the San Francisco Girls Chorus and the women of the SF Symphony Chorus on the recording, made in concerts in September 2002. The double CD includes Mahler's Kindertotenlieder, sung by Michelle DeYoung.
Cantate (2004) features Bach Cantata 150 for the first time in America sung with boy sopranos and boy altos, with period instruments, and at Baroque pitch. Also on the CD are solo and duet works sung by Boychoir soloists Julian Abelskamp and Jacob Wilson. The first pressing of this CD sold out, but the recording has been re-released (as of March, 2005) under the Titanic Records label. Place your order here using PayPal, or look for the CD in your local Titanic Records retailer.
The Boychoir sings Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, and collaborates with the Pacific Collegium for Britten's rarely-heard A Boy Was Born. Recorded in 2005 at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, Karen Gottlieb, harp. [this CD also available on iTunes]
The Pacific Boychoir sings two sets of pieces in the newest recording of music by New Mexico composer Michael Mauldin. In addition to the Pacific Boychoir, Enchantment features performances by the Ensemble of Santa Fe, the Russian State Symphony Cinema Orchestra, as well as Lawrence Blind and the composer on piano. The CD is available from the composer's website and from CD Baby.
Enchantment: Three Meditations for Two Pianos
In addition to the B-Minor Mass, Bach wrote four other masses. These "Lutheran" masses are from Bach's time at the Thomasschule in Leipzig. The Pacific Boychoir Academy, the only choir school on America's West Coast, has recorded two of these masses with boy sopranos and altos and an orchestra of Early Music specialists led by Kati Kyme. [This CD also available on iTunes]
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The Boychoir's Live Down Under CD features the repertoire from the July 2001 PBA tour to New Zealand and Australia, with choral and solo works by Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Casals, with spirituals, and selections from Copland's Old American Songs. This is your opportunity to hear the first recording of a nascent boys choir in its early years.