I was recently introduced to this incredible ensemble by one of my co-workers. They're a 12-voice choral chamber ensemble out of Vancouver, British Columbia, and they're absolutely incredible. I've been listening to their Christmas CD, called Nativit? for the past week or so, and I'm blown away each time by their collective talent. All of the material they sing is completely a capella, and most (if not all) of it in the sacred genre.

It has been especially fun for me to listen to them, as they sing several of the pieces that I sang with the Bethel Choir including:

  • Morten Lauridsen - O Magnum Mysterium
  • Franz Biebl - Ave Maria
  • Knut Nystedt - O Crux
  • Palestrina - Sicut Cervus

It's a lot of fun to hear these songs, though they sound *much* different when sung by a chamber ensemble than when sung by a 60-voice choir. I have two of their CD's on order, and I can't wait to recieve them. I'd love to see these guys live, but unfortunately, it looks like their live gigs are pretty much centered around the Vancouver, B.C. area. Oh well. I guess the CDs will have to suffice. If you feel inspired to hear some great choral music, I'd suggest that you order yourself a CD.

http://www.musicaintima.com/index.cfm